Friday, April 29, 2011

Potential For Good And Potential For Evil

"The greater the potential for good, the greater the potential for evil. That is what Jim and I found in the force of the love we bore for each other. A good and perfect gift, these natural desires. But so much the more necessary that they be restrained, controlled, corrected, even crucified, that they might be reborn in power and purity for God."
- Elizabeth Elliot

Source: Elliot, Elizabeth. Passion and Purity. Fleming H. Revell, 1997: p. 68.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Ultimate Paradox

"Infinitely Awesome—Intimately Approachable. Creator—Father. Lord Almighty—Friend. A contradiction? No. A paradox? For sure."
- Louie Giglio

Source: Giglio, Louie. The Air I Breathe. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, Inc. 2003. p. 70.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Why George Müller Started An Orphanage

"I certainly did from my heart desire to be used by God to benefit the bodies of poor children, bereaved of both parents, and seek in other respects, with the help of God, to do them good for this life;--I also particularly longed to be used by God in getting the dear orphans trained up in the fear of God;--but still, the first and primary object of the work was (and still is:) that God might be magnified by the fact, that the orphans under my care are provided with all they need, only by prayer and faith without anyone being asked by me or my fellow-laborers whereby it may be seen, that God is FAITHFUL STILL, and HEARS PRAYER STILL."
- George Müller

Source: Müller, George. Answers To Prayer From George Müller's Narratives. Compiled by A. E. C. Brooks. The Moody Press, 2008: p. 4-5.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How Great is Our God?

"So often in the Psalms we find expressions very similar to this one: "Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised." When you break it all down, true worship is simply catching sight of the greatness, majesty, glory, and grace of an infinite God. When God is not greatly praised, it's only because we don't think He's that great of a God. When our worship is small, it's because our concept of God is small. When we offer God little-bitty sacrifices, it's because we've somehow reduced him in our hearts to a little-bitty God. Our vision has become clouded, our hearts distracted."
- Louie Giglio

Source: Giglio, Louie. The Air I Breathe. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, Inc. 2003. p. 55.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Faith Is Selfless

"Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which is rests and pays no attention to itself at all."
- A. W. Tozer

Source: Tozer, A. W. The Pursuit of God. Christian Publications, 1982: p. 91.

Waiting For His Calling?

"Most of us use 'I'm waiting for God to reveal His calling on my life' as a means of avoiding action. Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday? Or to go on your last vacation? Or exercise this morning? Probably not, but you still did it. The point isn't that vacations and exercise are wrong, but that we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet are slow to commit to serving God."
- Francis Chan

Source: Chan, Francis. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God. David C. Cooke, 2008: p. 169.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Worship In Spirit and In Truth

"To worship God in spirit requires that we be alive on the inside, experiencing the life He gives by spiritual birth. Without His life, you can never truly worship. And to worship in truth means to worship God as He really is, bringing more than our words, but bringing words amplified by an authentic life that flows from being spiritually remade within."
- Louie Giglio

Source: Giglio, Louie. The Air I Breathe. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, Inc. 2003. p. 43.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lukewarm Toward Sin

"Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don't genuinely hate sin and aren't truly sorry for it; they're merely sorry because God is going to punish them."
- Francis Chan

Source: Chan, Francis. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. David C. Cooke, 2008: p. 70.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Blessing of Thankfulness

"It is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing. Could you, therefore, work miracles, you could not do more for yourself than by this thankful spirit; for it heals with a word speaking, and it turns all that it touches into happiness."
- W. M. Law

Source: Tileston, Mary W. Daily Strength for Daily Needs. Public Domain Books. Digital.