1)Polycarp was bishop in Smyrna and a direct pupil of the apostle John, and lived from 69AD-155AD. During an onslaught of persecution of the Christians in the Roman Empire, he was given an opportunity to recant his faith in order to save his life. All he would have to do was say:”Caesar is Lord,” and offer a pinch of incense to his statue. But instead he was burned at the stake after making one of the most famous statements in Christendom:”Eighty six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”
2)In a warning to believers who nurse and feed wrongful thoughts and temptations, Martin Luther made the following statement:”I cannot help it if a bird lands in my hair, but I can keep him from building a nest there.”
3)This quotation is generally attributed to Saint Augustine:”In the household of faith we should have unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and charity in all things.”
4)A quote for every preacher— “Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough.”
5)”The efficacy of the scripture is not dependent on the purity of the preacher.”
6)”A Christian grows in grace or groans in disgrace.”
7)”Christians are like tea bags…..hot water brings out the best in them.”
8)A gossip is a person with a strong sense of rumor.
9)An ounce of motherhood is worth a pound of clergy.
10)If prayer is the heartbeat of the church, then we must be using a pacemaker in desperate need of a new battery. Steve Thompson
11)During the early church when Nero had the Apostle Paul put to death, someone said: “…there will come a day when men will name their sons Paul and their dogs Nero.” Well……….I believe in one half of that statement. I have a son named Paul (and he was indeed named after Paul of Tarsus) but I would never name my dog Nero out of respect for animals. Steve Thompson
12)During World War II, a young Jewish girl in the Warsaw ghetto of Poland managed to escape over a wall and hide in a cave. Tragically, she died in that cave shortly before the Allied army broke into the ghetto to liberate the prisoners. But before she died, she scratched on the wall some powerful words that sound like a creed: “I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. I believe in love, even when I cannot feel it. I believe in God, even when He is silent.”
13)Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leading figure in the fight to end apartheid in South Africa, suffered greatly at the hands of racists in his country. When an interviewer asked if he was hopeful about the future of South Africa, he replied, “I am always hopeful, for a Christian is a prisoner of hope.”
14)You have never tested God’s resources until you have attempted the impossible.
15)A good example is the best sermon.
16)Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own. -Henrichs
17)If you want work well done, Select a busy man- The other kind have no time.
18)A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
19)The mirror of the Word is painfully clear.
20)Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.
21)Bible Mathematics— We are not to add to the Word nor subtract from it, but we are to rightly divide the Word, whereby we will multiply our blessings.
22)Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is a perfect security in storms. He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing.
23)Some people have only three occasions for attending church: When they are hatched, matched, and dispatched.
24)So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
25)In order to properly exegete the scriptures, one must have a proper understanding of the text, the context, and the greater text. This is common knowledge to any serious Bible scholar. We study the passage and all of the surrounding verses that pretain to our theme, then we search the entire Word of God for yet more scripture that deals with the topic at hand. Only then, do we have a serious grip on the doctrine being studied. Someone correctly said: “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
26)Cotton Candy Christianity: One of the great disappointments of my childhood happened in the early 60’s when I went to see the White Sox play ball at old Comiskey Park in Chicago. The cotton candy looked great in the third inning so I bought some. I bit into it and it tasted like a sugar laced spider web. Ick! It reminds me of the imitation Christianity today. It is hollow and without substance, it is sickeningly sweet and made to appear better than it really is. The Bible says that in the last days “there would be a form of religion but men would deny the power thereof.” Steve Thompson
27)True compassion is better lived and practiced, than studied.
28)A coward can praise Christ, but it takes a man of courage to follow Him.
29)Our words may hide our thoughts, but our actions will reveal them.
30)The voice of a holy life often speaks loudest when the tongue is silent.
31)Tell me your company and I will tell you who you are.
32)If God is your co-pilot, then switch seats!
33)Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. –Oswald Chambers
34)Praying keeps a man from sinning and sinning keeps a man from praying.
35)God is making soldiers not Boy Scouts.
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