Quotes Worth Pondering –  Francis Chan (Letters to the Church)

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“Many of us make decisions based on what brings us the most pleasure….We pursue what we want; then we make sure there are no biblical commands we are violating. In essence, we want to know what God will tolerate rather than what He desires. Maybe we are afraid to ask what will bring Him the most pleasure. Ignorance feels better than disobedience.”
Francis Chan – Letters to the Church

Quotes Worth Pondering –  Philip Yancey (Prayer)

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“Like a flask of lightening, prayer exposes for a nanosecond what I would prefer to ignore: my own true state of fragile dependence…. Prayer helps correct myopia, calling to mind a perspective I daily forget. I keep reversing roles, thinking of ways in which God should serve me, rather than vice versa…. I need the corrective vision of prayer because all day long I will lose sight of God’s perspective.”

Quotes Worth Pondering –  Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy)

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“Recently a pilot was practicing high-speed maneuvers in a jet fighter. She turned the controls for what she thought was a steep ascent-and flew straight into the ground. She was unaware that she had been flying upside down. This is a parable of human existence in our times-not exactly that everyone is crashing, though there is enough of that-but most of us as individuals, and world society as a whole, live at high-speed, and often with no clue to whether we are flying upside down or right-side up. Indeed, we are haunted by a strong suspicion that there may be no difference-or at least that it is unknown or irrelevant.”

Quotes Worth Pondering –  Brother Lawrence (The Practice of the Presence of God)

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“The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.”

Quotes Worth Pondering –  Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship)

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“Costly grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship)

Quotes Worth Pondering – Randy Alcorn (Heaven)

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“The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”
“For the Christian, death is not the end of adventure but a doorway from a world where dreams and adventures shrink, to a world where dreams and adventures forever expand.”
(Randy Alcorn – Heaven)

Quotes Worth Pondering – Jerry Bridges (The Pursuit of Holiness)

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“We need to cultivate in our own hearts the same hatred of sin God has. Hatred of sin as sin, not just as something disquieting or defeating to ourselves, but as displeasing to God, lies at the root of all true holiness.”
“God wants us to walk in obedience—not victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self.”
(Jerry Bridges – The Pursuit of Holiness)

Quotes Worth Pondering – Nancy Pearcey (Finding Truth)

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“When a worldview exchanges the Creator for something in creation, it will also exchange a high view of humans made in God’s image for a lower view of humans made in the image of something in creation. Humans are not self-existent, self-sufficient, or self-defining. They did not create themselves. They are finite, dependent, contingent beings. As a result, they will always look outside themselves for their ultimate identity and meaning. They will define human nature by its relationship to the divine—however they define divinity. Those who do not get their identity from a transcendent Creator will get it from something in creation.”
(Nancy Pearcey – Finding Truth)

Quotes Worth Pondering – Tim Keller (Counterfeit Gods)

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“When people say, ‘I know God forgives me, but I can’t forgive myself,’ they mean that they have failed an idol, whose approval is more important to them than God’s. Idols function like gods in our lives, and so if we make career or parental approval our god and we fail it, then the idol curses us in our hearts for the rest of our lives. We can’t shake the sense of failure.”
I am an idol worshipper. And so are you. John Calvin famously said “the human heart is a perpetual idol factory”. For this reason among many we must daily go to the cross, confess our waywardness, and seek the Lord’s approval rather than man’s. Don’t allow the idols in your life to keep you from knowing God. Put them to death as soon as they are produced by the factory of your heart.

Quotes Worth Pondering – A.W. Tozer (The Knowledge of the Holy)

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“Until we have seen ourselves as God see us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get so far out of hand as to threaten our comfortable way of life. We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.”
Unholiness in our culture does not bother us the way that it should nor does unholiness in our lives bother us as it should. It would be like looking at Michelangelo’s David and watching someone splash paint on it and not caring that this pièce de résistance is being marred. “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”
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