“If you want to develop the heart of a disciple, then let God, as the skillful surgeon, cut away anything that will give you heart disease.” ~ Tim Hawkins
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being involved in your local church...but God didn’t create the universe and then retire into full-time churchwork. God is not just interested in being Lord of the church...He’s interested in being Lord of all things. And the way that happens is that as we bring everything in our lives under Christ’s authority, He begins to reign over those things. So,
“Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant prayer life is not so much that we don’t want to...but that we don’t plan to. If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, ‘Hey, let’s go today!’ You won’t have anything ready. You won’t know where
“If your picture of a disciplined Christian is one of a grim, tight-lipped, joyless half-robot, then you’ve missed the point. Jesus was the most disciplined Man who ever lived and yet the most joyful and truly alive.” ~ Donald S. Whitney
This question isn't as crazy as you might think...
"The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet... ...that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God." ~ Oswald Chambers
"Sometimes, we're quick to dismiss constructive criticism because of who it's coming from. Whether we like it or not, there are times where our 'enemies' are actually RIGHT about us... ...and we need to be humble enough to admit that God can use someone who's against us for our good." ~ Skye Jethani
"I think the overriding value in a lot of evangelical churches is to set the bar as low as possible in order to get as many as we can to engage. And because we keep the bar so low, we never really expect much from church attendees. We don't expect that they'll be trained in the full Christian worldview, with a healthy understanding of scripture...we
"My advice to the American church would be simply this: you don't have to be so scared. Sometimes you can lose legislative force and political force, and yet not lose the force of the gospel. Classical historians are still baffled at how the early church completely transformed the Roman Empire with no political or legislative power. Some would venture to say that it was miraculous."
"Jesus promised the disciples three things: that they would be courageous, absurdly happy...and in constant trouble." ~ G.K. Chesterton
"When you've been raised in or around the church, it's very easy to take in a whole lot of head knowledge and intellectualize your faith. It's easy to follow a bunch of Christian rules and just strive to be a better person. There comes a point, however, when you look deeper and realize that this just isn't working...and that it's actually not supposed to work
Are there times where we think we know what Jesus wants to do...and we couldn't be more wrong?
"Much of the American church has abandoned the idea that people's desires need to be transformed. Instead, we try to figure out what people desire, and then we tell them that Jesus is the way to get it. That's how we get people to come to our churches. But we rarely get to the place where we point out that what we should desire most
"The world doesn't properly learn about God by watching Christian movies or shows...the world learns about God by watching Christians. And the notion that we can live any kind of way, but make a really good movie and it have the effect of leading people to Christ...is pretty darn silly." ~ Phil Vischer
"There's a lot of talk about what it means to be a radical Christian. The most radical thing any Christian can do is walk intimately with God, speaking and listening to him every day." ~ Brandon Adams