Get On Board, Little Children
You know what a lot of religious people are like? They are like a lot of people sitting around a railroad station thinking they are on a train. Everybody is talking about travel, and you hear the names of stations and you have got tickets, and there is the smell of baggage around you and a great deal of stir, and if you sit there long enough you almost think you are on a train. But you are not. You only start to get converted at that point where you get on the train and get pulled out of the station. And you do get pulled out; you do not walk out.
—Sam Shoemaker, in a July 1955 speech commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous
There are two sins of man that are bred in the bone, and that continually come out in the flesh. One is self-dependence and the other is self-exaltation. It is very hard, even for the best of men, to keep themselves from the first error. The holiest of Christians, and those who understand best the gospel of Christ, find in themselves a constant inclination to look to the power of the creature, instead of looking to the power of God and the power of God alone.
—C. H. Spurgeon in Sermons on Sovereignty
For the Christian, the bottom line can never be the bottom line.
—Richard Foster in Money, Sex and Power
There are no graduates in the school of human pain.… All too often we will be faced with the necessity of relearning faith’s lessons and of remaking our commitments and renewing our vows. Truths of Scripture that we thought we knew not only by heart but by experience will have to be reapplied to our souls to meet our daily need.
—Margaret Clarkson in Grace
Grows Best in Winter
Looking unto Jesus
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