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Cake

 

You can't eat your cake and have it too.

 

Calamity

 

Calamity is the test of integrity.

 

Calling

 

You cannot choose your calling. Your calling chooses you. You have

been blessed with special skills that are yours alone. Use them,

whatever they may be, and forget about wearing another's hat. A

talented chariot driver can win gold and renown with his skills. Let

him pick figs and he would starve.

Og Mandino

 

Calm

 

The calmest husbands make the stormiest wives.

 

Candle

 

A candle lights others and consumes itself.

 

Candor

 

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Proverbs 27:5

 

There is no wisdom like frankness.

Benjamin Disraeli

 

Capital Punishment

 

The death penalty may not eliminate crime but it stops repeaters.

 

Capital punishment is when Washington comes up with a new tax.

 

According to the best evidence available, the death penalty is definitely a

deterrent to crime. Not one of the 162 killers executed in Kentucky has killed

anyone since.

 

Capital punishment is when the government taxes you to get capital so

that it can go into business in competition with you, and then

taxes the profit on your business in order to pay its losses.

 

One sensible reason for abolishing the elec­tric chair is the energy it would save.

 

It might lessen crime if an occasional jury would suspend the criminal

instead of the sentence.

 

In the old days judges would suspend the bad men instead of the sentence.

 

Juvenile delinquency starts in the highchair and could end in the electric chair.

 

Capitalism

 

The capitalist system does not guarantee that everybody will become

rich, but it guarantees that anybody can become rich.                          

Raul R. de Sales

 

Cards

 

The cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand.

Jonathan Swift

 

Career

 

Let him sing to the flute, who cannot sing to the harp.

Cicero

 

To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity

to do it is the key to happiness.

John Dewey

 

First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have

to do.

Epictetus

 

Master a trade, and God will provide.

Midrash

 

Careful Driving

 

Drive toward others as you would have oth­ers drive toward you.

 

To drive carefully ‑ just drive like every­body else is crazy.

 

Your wife will drive more carefully if you tell her that in accident reports

they always give the driver's age.

 

Glasses can make driving a lot safer. Provid­ing, of course, they're

worn instead of emp­tied.

 

By driving carefully you can help preserve two of our most

valuable resources ‑ gaso­line and you.

 

A careful driver is a guy in a car that isn't insured yet.

 

Sign on a florist truck, "Drive carefully. The next load may be yours."

 

If we'd drive right, there would be more peo­ple left.

 

Often a man considers himself a careful driver if he slows down as he

passes through a red light.

 

Drive carefully! Motorists can be recalled by their maker.

 

A good safety slogan: "Drive scared."

 

A gentleman driver always tips his head­lights.

 

Driving is a lot like baseball ‑ it's the num­ber of times you get home

safely that counts.

 

Drive carefully! The life you save could be someone who owes you money.

 

Better be patient on the road than a patient in the hospital.

 

The careful driver stops at a railroad crossing for a minute;

the careless one, forever.

 

A good driver is the one who obeys all the traffic rules and is quick

enough to dodge those who don't.

 

You should drive your car as if your family was in the other car.

 

A good driver keeps his eyes on two things when he comes to

a traffic light ‑ red lights and green drivers.

Always drive so that your license will expire before you do.

 

When driving near schools, open your eyes and save the pupils.

 

Nothing improves your driving like a police car following you.

 

Shrink your speed and stretch your life.

 

Safe driving will keep your car out of the junkyard and your body

out of the graveyard.

 

Highway sign in Florida: "Drive carefully! You never know when life

will be worth liv­ing again."

 

Baseball honors its no‑hit pitchers. Why shouldn't we offer some

recognition to our no‑hit motorists?

 

A tip to young male drivers: Forget the girl and hug the road.

 

If you drive carefully, all you need is a strong rear bumper.

 

Drive with care. Life has no spare.

 

A light foot on the gas beats two under the grass.

 

The best safety device ever invented for auto­mobiles is a careful driver.

 

Drive carefully if you'd rather be than was.

 

Forty years ago people were amazed when someone drove thirty

miles‑per‑hour. They still are.

 

A Tennessee husband gave his wife the fol­lowing instructions when

teaching her how to drive his car: "Go on green, stop on red,

slow down when I turn white."

 

Brains and brakes prevent pains and aches.

 

The best way to stay alive on the highway is to limit the speed –

not speed the limit.

 

A careful driver is known by the fenders he keeps.

 

All the safety devices on a car can be replaced by one careful driver.

 

What many automobiles need is not four-wheel brakes but foresighted drivers.

 

Drive carefully! If motorists would give more ground, there'd be fewer in it.

 

Don't drive as if you owned the road ‑ drive as if you owned the car.

 

If you drive carefully you avoid the "mourn­ing after."

 

Driver! Please give the pedestrian a break instead of a fracture.

 

If you want the rest of the world to go by, just drive within the legal speed limit.

 

A good driver is one who, after seeing a wreck, drives carefully for

several blocks.

 

Drive sensibly. The chance‑taker is the acci­dent‑maker.

 

Please drive carefully ‑ the IRS needs you.

 

Defensive driving is looking both ways before crossing a one‑way street.

 

Sign on a laundry truck: "Drive carefully. Blood stains are the hardest to

get out."

 

Safety note for motorists: "Watch out for children ‑ especially if they're

driving cars."

 

Caution is one automobile accessory you can't buy.

 

A railroad crossing is a place where it's better to be dead‑sure than sure‑dead.

 

The best way to stay alive on the highway is to limit the speed –

not speed the limit.

 

There should be just half as much horse sense behind the wheel as

there is horsepower un­der the hood.

 

Advice to motorists: If you want to stay in the pink, watch the

red and the green.

 

It's better to be last in the traffic jam than first in the funeral procession.

 

The best rule in driving through five o'clock traffic is to try and avoid

being a part of the six o'clock news.

 

Careless

 

Throw not the child out with the bath.

Danish proverb

 

Cars

 

If you would like to buy an $18,000 car it's easy--buy a $6,000 car

on time.

 

Cash

 

Nowadays you need a credit card to pay cash.

 

Cask

 

Every cask smells of the wine it holds.

Italian proverb

 

Castle

 

Castles in the air cost a vast deal to keep up.

 

Cat

 

When the cat's away, the mice will play.

 

If you play with a cat, you must not mind her scratch.

Yiddish proverb

 

Cause

 

That cause is strong, which has not a multitude, but a strong man

behind it.

James Russell Lowell

 

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his

well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.

Wendell Phillips

 

Caution

 

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.

African proverb

 

Caution, though often wasted, is a good risk to take.

Josh Billings

 

Watch your step. Everybody else does.

 

Don't try to cross any bridges until you're sure one is there.

 

Bumper sticker on a car in Atlanta: "Caution ‑ keep back! I drive like your wife."

 

A man never knows how careful he can be until he buys a new car or

wears white shoes.

 

It's all right to be cautious ‑ but even a tur­tle never gets anywhere

until he sticks his head out.

 

Caution is one automobile accessory you can't buy.

 

It is well for a girl with a future to avoid the man with a past.

 

Caution is what we call cowardice in others.

 

A railroad crossing is a place where it's better to be dead‑sure than sure‑dead.

 

A cautious man is one who hasn't let a woman pin anything on him

since he was a baby.

 

Be careful as you slide down the banister of life, lest you get a splinter

in your career.

 

Be cautious in choosing friends, and be even more cautious in changing them.

 

Caution is a good risk to take.

 

A person can save himself from many hard falls by refraining from jumping

to conclu­sions.

 

Always take plenty of time to make a snap decision.

 

When we're afraid we say we're cautious. When others are afraid we say

they're cow­ardly.

 

You've reached middle age when all you ex­ercise is caution.

 

Be careful where you inquire for directions along the road of success.

 

He who wants the rose must respect the thorn.

Persian proverb

 

Lock the stable door before the steed is stolen.

 

Hasten slowly.

Augustus Caesar

 

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not

to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong,

never do anything.

Henry Ward Beecher

 

Try the ice before you venture on it.

 

Censors

 

A censor is a guy who finds three meanings in a joke that has only two.

It is the business of a censor to acquaint us with vices we didn't know we had.

 

A censor has the peculiar faculty of banning just what we want to hear, see,

and read.

 

Someone has described a censor as a man who knows more than he thinks

other people ought to. know.

 

Certain

 

Nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin

 

It is not certain that everything is uncertain.

Blaise Pascal

 

There is nothing certain in a man's life but that he must lose it.

Owen Meredith

 

Chain

 

The chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

 

Chance

 

Throw a lucky man into the sea, and he will come up with a fish in

his mouth.

Arabian proverb

 

Change

 

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change

their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to

better.

Richard Hooker

 

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to

worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage-coach, that it is

often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.

Washington Irving

 

Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was

put up.

G. K. Chesterton

 

Some people continue to change jobs, mates, and friends ‑ but never think of changing themselves.

 

Some things never change ‑ like the taste of postage‑stamp glue.

 

Constant change is here to stay.

 

Many people hate any change that doesn't jingle in their pockets.

 

The world changes so fast that you couldn't stay wrong all the time if you tried.

 

All some people need to make them happy is a change ‑ and most of the time that's all a baby needs.

 

New ideas hurt some minds the same as new shoes hurt some feet.

 

One way to have a clean mind is to change it now and then.

 

About the only opinions that do not eventu­ally change are the ones we have about our­selves.

 

Most people are willing to change, not be­cause they see the light, but because they feel the heat.

 

What we want is progress, if we can have it without change.

 

The price of progress is change, and it is tak­ing just about all we have.

 

Everybody is in favor of progress. It's the change they don't like.

 

There have been many changes for the better in recent years, and some people have been against all of them.

 

There's a small town in Nevada where so lit­tle ever changes that the local radio station is still running last year's weather forecasts.

 

Change is what a person wants on a vacation ‑ and a lot of currency too.

 

We can only change the world by changing men.

 

There is no way to make people like change. You can only make them

feel less threatened by it.

Frederick Hayes

 

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought

progress.

Charles Kettering

 

Who would be constant in happiness must often change.

Chinese proverb

 

The more it changes, the more it is the same thing.

French proverb

 

There is nothing permanent except change.

Greek proverb

 

Times change and we change with them.

Latin proverb

 

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of

changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

 

I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I

could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider

himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that

is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it.

Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the

thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change

lies within.

Preston Bradley

 

Character

 

The heroes of the Bible are people who discovered something in God and

in themselves which was a mixture of the majestic and the ordinary,

the divine and the human.

Tim Hansel

 

Be big enough to admit and admire the abili­ties of people who are better than you are.

 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

 

Where we go and what we do advertises what we are.

 

The kind of ancestors we have is not as im­portant as the kind of descendants our ances­tors have.

 

The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.

 

A long face and a broad mind are rarely found under the same hat.

 

Pay attention to what a man is, not what he has been.

 

One evidence of the value of the Bible is the character of those who oppose it.

A big shot is frequently an individual of small caliber and immense bore.

 

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

 

Have character ‑ don't be one!

 

Character is easier kept than recovered.

 

Reputation is precious, but character is price­less.

 

Many people have character who have noth­ing else.

 

The collapse of character often begins on compromise corner.

 

A well‑rounded character is square in all his dealings.

 

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

 

A true test of a man's character is not what he does in the light, but what he does in the dark.

 

Only you can damage your character.

 

Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single act.

 

There is no royal road to character ‑ but there is a road.

 

Character is not made in a crisis ‑ it is only exhibited.

 

Think right, act right; it is what you think and do that makes you what you are.

 

To change one's character, you must begin at the control center ‑ the heart.

 

It is not by a man's purse, but by his charac­ter, that he is rich or poor.

 

You can buy ready‑made clothes, but you can't buy ready‑made character.

 

Reputation is what you need to get a job; character is what you need to keep it.

 

A good past is the best thing a man can use for a future reference.

 

Character, like embroidery, is made stitch by stitch.

 

Many a man's reputation would not recog­nize his character if they met in the dark.

 

Your reputation can be damaged by the opin­ions of others. Only you yourself can damage your character.

 

No amount of riches can atone for poverty of character.

 

Something of a person's character may be discovered by observing how he smiles.

 

Any man who is honest, fair, tolerant, chari­table of others, and well‑behaved is a success no matter what his station in life might be.

 

Some men succeed by what they know, some by what they do, and a few by what they are.

 

A sense of values is the most important single element in human personality.

 

The real measure of a man's wealth is how much he would be worth if he lost all his money.

 

One of the surest marks of good character is a man's ability to accept personal criticism without feeling malice toward the one who

gives it.

 

Every man has three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

 

Brains and beauty are nature's gifts; charac­ter is your own achievement.

 

A person is never what he ought to be until he is doing what he ought to be doing.

 

Character is like glass ‑ even a little crack shows.

 

A person's character is put to a severe test when he suddenly acquires or quickly loses a considerable amount of money.

 

A pat on the back will develop character if given young enough, often enough, low enough ‑ and hard enough.

 

The measure of a man's character is not what he gets from his ancestors, but what he leaves his descendants.

 

Character grows in the soil of experience, with the fertilization of example, the mois­ture of desire, and the sunshine of satisfac­tion.

 

Much may be known of a man's character by what excites his laughter.

 

A man's character and his garden both re­flect the amount of weeding that was done during the growing season.

 

Character cannot be purchased, bargained for, inherited, rented, or imported from afar. It must be home‑grown.

 

Your character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose.

 

Character does not reach its best until it is controlled, harnessed, and disciplined.

 

Take care of your character and your reputa­tion will take care of itself.

 

Men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied; men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

 

It's what you do when you have nothing to do that reveals what you are.

 

You can tell a man's character by what he turns up when offered a job ‑ his nose or his sleeves.

 

The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

 

There are two very difficult things in this world. One is to make a good name for one's self, and the other is to keep it.

 

Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next.

 

How a man plays the game shows something of his character. How he loses shows all of it.

 

The address of character is often carved on the corner of Adversity Avenue and Determi­nation Drive.

 

A man may be better than his creed, his com­pany, or his conduct. But no man is better than his character.

 

There's no limit to the height a man can at­tain by remaining on the level.

 

A man's character, like rich topsoil, can erode so gradually he doesn't notice it until it's almost gone.

 

You can no more blame your circumstances for your character than you can blame the mirror for the way you look.

 

The two great tests of character are wealth and poverty.

 

You can't see the flaw in a bridge until it falls down, or the flaw in a man's character until he meets with temptation.

 

Ability will enable a man to get to the top, but it takes character to keep him there.

 

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

 

People determine your character by observ­ing what you stand for, fall for, and lie for.

 

A person's character is like a fence. All the whitewash in the world won't strengthen it.

 

Show how strong you are by not noticing how weak the other fellow is.

 

It isn't what you have, but what you are, that makes life worthwhile.

 

Youth and beauty fade; character endures forever.

 

A flaw in one's character will show up under pressure.

 

If a man's character is to be abused, there's nobody like a relative to get the job done.

Few things are more dangerous to a person's character than having nothing to do and plenty of time in which to do it.

 

Character, like sweet herbs, should give off its finest fragrance when pressed.

 

A golden character needs no gilding.

 

Character is never erected on a neglected conscience.

 

One of the main troubles with modern civili­zation is that we so often mistake respectabil­ity for character.

 

College is a place that's presumed to mold character, and some of the characters turn out to be very moldy.

 

Contentment is something that depends a lit­tle on position and a lot on disposition.

 

It is important that people know what you stand for; it is equally important that they know what you won't stand for.

 

The true test of moral courage is the ability to ignore an insult.

 

Courage is the quality it takes to look at your­self with candor, your adversaries with kind­ness, and your setbacks with serenity.

 

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in good­ness, humility, service, and character.

 

Happiness does not come from what you have, but from what you are.

 

It's not where you are but what you are that determines your happiness.

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

 

What you laugh at tells, plainer than words, what you are.

 

You cannot control the length of your life, but you can control its breadth, depth, and height.

 

It isn't how high you go in life that counts, but how you got there.

 

A man shows what he is by doing what he can with what he has.

 

The true measure of a man is the height of his ideals, the breadth of his sympathy, the depth of his convictions, and the length of his

patience.

 

You can usually determine the caliber of a man by ascertaining the amount of opposi­tion it takes to discourage him.

 

The measure of a man is the size of the thing it takes to get his goat.

 

Another great need of this country is guns of smaller caliber and men of larger.

 

The test of any man's character is how he takes praise.

 

It is strange that in our prayers we seldom ask for a change in character, but always a change in circumstances.

 

No man is better than his principles.

 

If a man's character is to be smeared, there's nobody like a relative to do the job.

 

You cannot make a crab walk straight.

 

What can you expect from a hog but a grunt.

 

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he

knew he would never be found out.

Lord Macaulay

 

Character--the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own

life--is the source from which self-respect springs.

Joan Didion

 

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of

principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Talents are best nurtured in solitude: character is best formed in

the stormy billows of the world.

Johann Goethe

 

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to

anybody.

Mark Twain

 

Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until

death.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Character is long-standing habit.

Plutarch

 

Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.

La Rochefoucauld

 

If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your

character will take care of itself.

Woodrow Wilson

 

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and

forge yourself one.

James A. Froude

 

Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what

men and women think of us.

Horace Mann

 

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit,

you create a character. If you create a character, you create a

destiny.

Andre Maurois

 

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.

Stendhal

 

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of

itself.

Dwight L. Moody

 

Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.

Phaedrus

 

Every man has his follies--and often they are the most interesting

things he has got.

Josh Billings

 

Learn to say "no"; it will be of more use to you than to be able to

read Latin.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

Every man in the world is better than some one else. And not as

good as some one else.

William Saroyan

 

Listen to a man's words and look at the pupil of his eye. How can a

man conceal his character?

Mencius

 

A man has no more character than he can command in a time of

crisis.

Ralph W. Sockmann

 

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

 

Character is what you are in the dark.

Dwight L. Moody

 

A man shows his character by what he laughs at.

German proverb

 

Character is habit long continued.

Greek proverb

 

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most

talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is

not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece--by thought,

choice, courage and determination.

John Luther

 

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he

describes another's.

Jean Paul Richter

 

The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this

nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and

Independence.

Edward Rickenbacker

 

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it

would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of

circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of

circumstance. From the same materials one man builds palaces, another

hovels; one warehouses, another villas; bricks and mortar are mortar

and bricks until the architect can make them something else.

Thomas Carlyle

 

Adam should have been adamant.

 

Adam switched off from God's design. Instead of maintaining his

dependence on God, he took his rule over himself and thereby

introduced sin into the world.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Adam was created to be the friend and companion of God; he was to have

dominion over all the life in the air and earth and sea, but one thing

he was not to have dominion over, and that was himself.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

No man ever got so much out of a surgical operation as Adam did.

 

Originally one, he has fallen, and, breaking up. . . he has filled the

whole earth with the pieces.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably

desirable. It was not that Adam ate the apple for the apple's sake,

but because it was forbidden.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

 

It wasn't an apple from the tree that started the trouble in the

Garden of Eden; it was the pair on the ground.

 

Silence, O sinner, stop! Accuse not Eve and Adam.

Without that incident, it's you who would have done it.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

Caleb? Every new sunrise introduced another reminder that his body and

rocking chair weren't made for each other. While his peers were

yawning, Caleb was yearning.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

The most enjoyable way to follow a vegetable diet is to let the cow

eat it and take yours in roast beef.

 

David swung. And God made his point. Anyone who underestimates what

God can do with the ordinary has rocks in his head.

Max L. Lucado (1955- )

 

Remember Eutychus who fell asleep during Paul's sermon and fell out

the window? Could planning worship save nodding slaves from broken

necks?

Calvin Miller

 

"Such a thing never entered my head before," said Goliath when struck

by the shot from David.

 

The Lord could not be on Jacob's side until he had been disabled and

learned to use other weapons than those of his own wrestling.

Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889)

 

Jeremiah refutes the popular, modern notion that the end of religion

is an integrated personality, freed of its fears, its doubts, and its

frustrations. Certainly Jeremiah was no integrated personality. It is

doubtful if to the end of his tortured existence he ever knew the

meaning of the word peace. . . . If Jeremiah had been integrated, it

would have been at the cost of ceasing to be Jeremiah! A man at peace

simply could not be a Jeremiah. Spiritual health is good; mental

assurance is good. But the summons of faith is neither to an

integrated personality nor to the laying by of all questions, but to

the dedication of personality-with all its fears and questions-to its

duty and destiny under God.

John Bright (1811-1889)

 

Job feels the rod yet blesses God.

 

Job flings at God one riddle, God flings back at Job a hundred

riddles, and Job is at peace; he is comforted with conundrums.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

 

Seeing God, Job forgets all he wanted to say, all he thought he would

say if he could but see him.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

Jonah felt down in the mouth when the great fish swallowed him.

 

Still as of old, men by themselves are priced-

For thirty pieces Judas sold himself, not Christ.

Hester H. Cholmondeley

 

Ah foolish woman! who must always be,

A sight more strange than that she turn'd to see!

Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

 

Methuselah lived nine hundred and sixty-nine years without a bathtub,

without a toothbrush; he was never x-rayed, manicured, or had his

appendix removed.

Harry Collins Spillman

 

By Nebo's lonely mountain,

On this side Jordan's wave,

In a vale in the land of Moab,

There lies a lonely grave;

But no man built that sepulcher,

And no man saw it e'er,

angels of God upturned the sod

And laid the dead man there .

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)

 

Moses was a great lawgiver: keeping the Ten Commandments short and to

the point shows he was no ordinary lawyer.

 

Wise Nicodemus saw such light

As made him know his God by night.

Henry Vaughan (1622-1695)

 

I don't believe Noah could have rounded up all the animals in one herd

without the skunk causing a stampede.

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

 

Majorities mean nothing: during the Flood only one man knew enough to

get out of the rain.

 

Noah told his sons to go easy on the fishing bait. He only had two

worms.

 

Noah was the best financier in the Bible. He floated his stock while

the whole world was in liquidation.

 

Why didn't Noah swat those two flies when he had the chance?

 

Because it was not politically expedient, none of the three judges

resolved Paul's case: Felix walked the fence like a cat, Festus found

Paul to be as irritating as a festering sore, and Agrippa failed to

get a grip on the situation.

 

Medical materialism finished up Saint Paul by calling his vision on

the road of Damascus "A discharging lesion of the occipital cortex, he

being an epileptic."

William James (1842-1916)

 

Peter often looked more like a sand pile than a rock.

John Powell

 

Samson with his strong body had a weak head or he would not have laid

it in a harlot's lap

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

Samson was strong. One day he was out in a field, and a lion came,

roared and sprang at him, and Samson turned around and took the lion's

jaws in his bare hand and ripped his head open. Now, that takes a

pretty good man to do that. Tarzan couldn't even do that-he had to

have a knife!

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Samson was the most popular actor in the Bible. He brought the house

down.

 

Samson's weakness was his fondness for showing off his strength.

 

There's nothing worse than a homemade haircut-look what it did for

Samson!

 

Solomon got whatever he wanted, especially when it came to symbols of

power and status. Gradually, he depended less on God and more on the

props around him: the world's largest harem, a house twice the size of

the temple, an army well stocked with chariots, a strong economy.

Philip Yancey (1949- )

 

Solomon was famous for his wisdom, not because he knew everything, but

because he knew how little he knew.

 

Charity

 

Charity is helping a man to help himself.

Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)

 

Charity is money put to interest in the other world.

Robert Southey (1774-1843)

 

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Acts 20:35

 

God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

  

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.

Proverbs 19:17

 

Giving good advice does not qualify as char­ity.

 

Giving advice to the poor is not the best form of charity.

 

An autobiography, like charity, covers a mul­titude of sins.

 

Charity begins at home, and generally dies from lack of outdoor exercise.

 

Many a man's idea of charity is to give advice to others that he can't use himself.

 

Maybe we were better off when charity was a virtue instead of a deduction.

 

Charity is twice blessed ‑ it blesses the one who gives and the one who receives.

 

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

 

Charity often consists of a generous impulse to give away something for which we have no further use.

 

Unless a man is a recipient of charity, he should be a contributor to it.

 

Charity should begin at home, but most peo­ple don't stay at home long enough to begin it.

 

Real charity doesn't care if it's deductible or not.

 

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipi­ent become independent of it.

 

In the old days charity was a virtue instead of an industry.

 

Charity is the sterilized milk of human kind­ness.

 

Giving advice to the poor is about as close to charity as some people get.

 

True charity is helping those you have every

 

reason to believe would not help you.

 

Christian charity knows no iron curtain. Feel for others ‑ in your pocketbook!

 

Charity begins at home and usually winds up in some foreign country.

 

Sincere charity is the desire to be useful to others without any thought of recompense.

 

Faith, hope, and charity ‑ if we had more of

 

the first two we'd need less of the last.

 

For a community leader, life is one big bowl of charities.

 

With malice toward none; with charity for all.

Abraham Lincoln

 

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but

rather the feeling of being unwanted.

Mother Teresa

 

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

Victor Hugo

 

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do

anything.

Samuel Johnson

 

Charity is never lost. It may meet with ingratitude, or be of no

service to those on whom it was bestowed, yet it ever does a work of

beauty and grace upon the heart of the giver.

Conyers Middleton (1683-1750)

 

Charity is the scope of all God's commands.

Saint John Chrysostom (C. 347-407)

 

If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind

of heart trouble.

Bob Hope (1903- )

 

In charity there is no excess.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

 

In faith and hope the world will disagree,

But all mankind's concern is charity.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

Never to judge rashly; never to interpret the actions of others in an

ill-sense, but to compassionate their infirmities, bear their burdens,

excuse their weaknesses, and make up for their defects-to hate their

imperfections, but love themselves, this is the true spirit of

charity.

Nicholas Caussin (1583-1651)

 

The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds ceases to be

charity and is only pride and ostentation.

William Hutton (1723-1815)

 

The highest exercise of charity is charity toward the uncharitable.

J. S. Buckminster

 

This only is charity, to do all that we can.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of

recompense.

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)

 

What is charity?

It's silence when your words would hurt

It's patience when your neighbor's hurt

It's deafness when scandal flows

It's thoughtfulness for another's woes

It's promptness when a stern duty calls

It's courage when misfortune falls.

 

Do not condemn your neighbor; you do not know what you would have done

in his place.

 

Do not judge a man until you know his whole story.

 

Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.

Indian Proverb

 

Don't judge anyone harshly until you yourself have been through his

experiences.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

 

Examine the contents, not the bottle.

Talmud

 

Forebear to judge, for we are sinners all.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

He who judges others condemns himself.

English Proverb

 

I am not judged by the light I have, but by the light I have refused

to accept.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If you say that man is too little for God to speak to him, you must be

very big to be able to judge.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

 

Judge a tree from its fruit; not from the leaves.

Euripides (C. 484-406 B.C.)

 

Jumping to conclusions seldom leads to happy landings.

 

Man judges from a partial view.

None ever yet his brother knew;

The eternal eye that sees the whole

May better read the darkened soul,

And find, to outward sense denied,

The flower upon its inmost side!

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

 

Most people judge men only by their success.

François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

 

No man can justly censure or condemn another because no man truly

knows another.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

 

No man is condemned for anything he has done: he is condemned for

continuing to do wrong. He is condemned for not coming out of the

darkness, for not coming to the light.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing to do

is to supply light and not heat.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

 

Only judge when you have heard all.

Greek Proverb

 

Our concept of time makes it necessary for us to speak of the Day of

Judgment; in reality, it is a summary court in perpetual session.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

 

Remind the religious phony that the splinter within your eye is

between you and your Lord, and to pay attention to the tree trunk in

his own eye.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

Such was the rule of life! I worked my best, subject to ultimate

judgment; God's, not man's.

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

 

The archer who overshoots misses as well as he who falls short.

 

The more one judges, the less one loves.

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

 

The unsurrendered Christian stands condemned for what he does not do

more than for what he does.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

To judge wisely, we must know how things appear to the unwise.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions.

Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931)

 

When one knows oneself well, one is not desirous of looking into the

faults of others.

John Moschus (C. 550-619)

 

When rattling bones together fly

From the four corners of the sky.

John Dryden (1631-1700)

 

While we are coldly discussing a man's career, sneering at his

mistakes, blaming his rashness, and labeling his

opinions-"Evangelical and narrow," or "Latitudinarian and

Pantheistic," or "Anglican and supercilious"-that man, in his

solitude, is perhaps shedding hot tears because his sacrifice is a

hard one, because strength and patience are failing him to speak the

difficult word and do the difficult deed.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

You can be certain of this: when the Day of Judgment comes, we shall

not be asked what we have read, but what we have done; not how well we

have spoken, but how well we have lived.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it;

and then you're perfectly safe.

James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

 

Chastity

 

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:10

 

Cheap

 

Cheap things are not good, good things are not cheap.

Chinese proverb

 

Cheat

 

He that will cheat at play will cheat you any way.

 

Checking Account

 

A joint checking account is never overdrawn by the wife. It is just

under-deposited by her husband.

 

Cheerfulness

 

The sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness.

French proverb

 

I exhort you to be of good cheer.

Acts 27:22

 

A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.

George Herbert

 

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Mark Twain

 

The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.

P. Godwin

 

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of

endurance--the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it

better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.

Thomas Carlyle

 

Cheerfulness, in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying

result of strenuous discipline.

Edwin Percy Whipple

 

Cheerfulness is the off-shoot of goodness.

Christian Nestell Bovee

 

Burdens become light when cheerfully borne.

Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 17)

 

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous

preservers of good looks.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

 

Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result

of strenuous discipline.

Edwin Percy Whipple (1819-1886)

 

Cheerfulness is health; its opposite, melancholy, is disease.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)

 

Cheerfulness is no sin, nor is there any grace in a solemn cast of

countenance.

John Newton (1725-1807)

 

Cheerfulness greases the axles of the world.

 

Some people are able to spread cheer wher­ever they don't go.

 

Cheerfulness is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!

 

Lots of people get credit for being cheerful when they are just proud of their teeth.

 

Your day goes the way the corners of your

mouth turn.  _

 

The man who gets along in the world is the one who can look cheerful and happy when he isn't.

 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadows.

 

Remember the steam kettle! Though up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing.

 

Few cases of eyestrain have been developed by looking on the bright side of things.

 

Cheerfulness is contagious, but it seems like some folks have been vaccinated against the infection.

 

Some people grow up and spread cheer; oth­ers just grow up and spread.

 

Some people grow up and spread cheer; oth­ers just grow up and spread.

 

Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825)

 

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind and fills it with

a steady and perpetual serenity.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

 

Cheerfulness removes the rust from the mind, lubricates our inward

machinery, and enables us to do our work with fewer creaks and groans.

 

Cheerfulness: a habit of the mind . . . fixed and permanent.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

 

Cheerfulness: the habit of looking at the good side of things.

William Bernard Ullanthorne (1806-1889)

 

I wonder many times that ever a child of God should have a sad heart,

considering what the Lord is preparing for him.

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

 

If I can put one thought of rosy sunset into the life of any man or

woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)

 

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness and its power of

endurance-the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it

better; will persevere in it longer; than the sad or sullen.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

 

'Tis easy enough to be pleasant,

When life flows along like a song;

But the man worthwhile is the one who will smile

When everything goes dead wrong.

Ella Wheeler (1855-1919)

 

A smile costs nothing but creates much.

 

A smile is a curve that helps to set things straight.

 

If you meet a man who has no smile, give him yours.

 

Most smiles are started by another smile.

 

Nobody needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.

 

There are a thousand languages, but a smile speaks them all.

 

There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some

announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness,

and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing

tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801)

 

They might not need me, yet they might.

I'll let my head be just in sight;

A smile as small as mine might be

Precisely their necessity.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830-1886)

 

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

Child Training

 

The best way to stop kids from seeing dirty movies is to label them "Educational."

 

Some adolescents become bad eggs because they have been set on too long ‑ or not long enough.

 

Never strike a child! You might miss and hurt yourself.

 

It's hard, if not impossible, to get a child to pay attention to you, especially when you're telling him something for his own good.

 

One advantage of the compact car is that when any of the kids start acting up they can be reached by hand.

 

The behavior of some children suggests that their parents embarked on the sea of matri­mony without a paddle.

 

A boy loves a dog because it's the only thing around the house that doesn't find fault with him.

 

One way to keep young boys from getting on the wrong track is to use better switching facilities.

 

A boy is like a canoe ‑ he behaves better if paddled from the rear.

 

It used to be when a boy couldn't learn at his mother's knee he found himself over his fa­ther's.

 

A pat on the back will develop character if given young enough, often enough, low enough ‑ and hard enough.

 

Some kids are like ketchup bottles. You have to slap their bottoms a few times to get them moving.

 

All children don't disobey their parents. Some are never told what to do.

 

The child who always complains he's getting the short end of the stick should be given more of it.

 

Some children grow like weeds and are about as well cared for.

 

Children brought up in Sunday school are seldom brought up in court.

 

There are many "bright children" who should be applauded with one hand.

 

One important way for us to help our chil­dren grow up is for us to grow up first.

 

There are still a few people who can remem­ber when a child misbehaved to get attention ‑ and got it!

 

Spoiled kids soon become little stinkers.

 

If brushing up on manners doesn't help some children, the brush should be moved down a bit.

 

Some of today's children don't smart in the right place.

 

Rearing children is the biggest "heir‑condi­tioning" job ever undertaken.

 

Many children have grown up to be fairly levelheaded because their parents couldn't find the guidance book they were looking for.

 

Nowadays children are called bright when they make remarks that used to call for a good spanking.

 

Any child who gets raised strictly by the book is probably a first edition.

 

When children get on the wrong track it's time to use the switch.

 

Child training is chiefly a matter of knowing which end of the child to pat ‑ and when.

 

Training a child to follow the straight and narrow way is easy for parents ‑ all they have to do is lead the way.

 

In bringing up children it's best not to let them know it.

 

Sometimes the best way to straighten out a child is by bending him over.

 

Never slap a child in the face. Remember, there's a place for everything.

It is extremely difficult to train a boy in the way his father does not go.

 

If a child annoys you, quiet him by brushing his hair ‑ if this doesn't work, use the other side of the brush on the other end of the child.

 

It's better to teach children the roots of labor than to hand them the fruits of yours.

 

Theories on how to rear children usually end with the birth of the second child.

 

Every child has a right to be both well‑fed and well‑led.

 

To train children at home, it's necessary for both the children and the parents to spend some time there.

 

Someone has defined spanking as "stern" punishment.

 

The surest way to make it hard for your chil­dren is to make it soft for them.

 

You train a child until age ten; after that you only influence him.

 

Train your child in the way you now know you should have gone yourself.

 

The best way to bring up children is never to let them down.

 

Teaching children to count is not as impor­tant as teaching them what counts.

 

Another thing a modern child learns at his mother's knee is to watch out for cigarette ashes.

 

A switch in time saves crime.

 

Psychiatrists tell us that discipline doesn't break a child's spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parent's heart.

 

Discipline is what you inflict on one end of a child to impress the other.

 

A modern home is a place where a switch controls everything but the children.

 

A typical home is where the TV set is better adjusted than the kids.

 

One reason for juvenile delinquency is that many parents are raising their children by remote control.

 

One of the problems of juvenile delinquency is children running away from home. It is entirely possible they may be looking for their

parents.

 

Most juvenile delinquents are youngsters who have been given a free hand, but not in the proper place.

 

In the days when a woodshed stood behind the American home, a great deal of what passes as juvenile delinquency was settled out of court.

 

When a youth begins to sow wild oats it's time for father to start the threshing ma­chine.

 

Juvenile delinquency is the result of parents trying to train their children without start­ing at the bottom.

 

Juvenile delinquency was unheard of many years ago because the problem was thrashed‑out in the woodshed.

 

Did the conversion of so many woodsheds into garages have anything to do with the alarming increase in juvenile delinquency.?

 

The man who remembers what he learned at his mother's knee was probably bent over at the time.

 

A mother should be like a quilt ‑ keep the children warm but don't smother them.

 

The time to teach obedience to authority is in the playpen instead of the State pen.

 

Too many parents tie up their dogs and allow their children to run loose.

 

The ability to say no is perhaps the greatest gift a parent has.

 

Some parents begin with giving in and end with giving up.

 

Some parents bring their children up, others let them down.

 

Judging by what we read in the papers, the reason some parents "spare the rod" is be­cause Junior is carrying one.

 

By the time some‑parents get around to put­ting a foot down, the child already has his on the accelerator.

 

Applied child psychology was more effective when the applicator was a small razor strap.

 

We've given our youngsters too much too soon, and now it's too late.

 

Children

 

A child between eighteen and thirty-six months of age is a sheer

delight, but he can also be utterly maddening. He is inquisitive,

short-tempered, demanding, cuddly, innocent, and dangerous at the same

time. I find it fascinating to watch him run through his day, seeking

opportunities to crush things, flush things, kill things, spill

things, fall off things, eat horrible things-and think up ways to

rattle his mother.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

A child's suffering can be very real and very deep and all the worse

since a child has neither the wisdom nor the resources of mature men

and women. His misery fills the whole of his world, leaving no space

for other things. He has only emotions with no cynicism or resignation

to dull the edges of his jealousy or suffering. Those people who think

of adolescence as a happy, carefree time either possess deficient

emotions or inadequate memories.

Louis Bromheld (1896-1956)

 

Today, children of six seem to know all the questions and at

sixteen they know all the answers.

 

There's one thing about children--they never go around showing

snapshots of their grandparents.

 

If anything makes a child thirstier than going to bed, it's knowing

that his parents have gone to bed too.

 

I've got two wonderful children--and two out of five isn't too bad.

 

My kid brother was sent from heaven--they must like it quiet up

there.

 

One thing a child outgrows in a hurry is your pocketbook.

 

Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of

children.

Richard Henry Dana

 

A wise son maketh a glad father.

Proverbs 10:1

 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he

will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

 

He followed in his father's footsteps, but his gait was somewhat

erratic.

Nicolas Bentley

 

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have

nothing but geniuses.

Johann Goethe

 

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I

thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish

things.

1 Corinthians 13:11

 

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders,

but they have never failed to imitate them.

James Baldwin

 

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he is buying.

Fran Lebowitz

 

If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.

Dorothy Law Nolte

 

What's done to children, they will do to society.

Karl Menninger

 

There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your kids to do it.

 

Adolescence is when children start bringing up their parents.

 

Life's golden age is when the children are too old to need baby sitters and too young to bor­row the family car.

 

An alarm clock is a device for awakening peo­ple who don't have small children.

 

Never strike a child! You might miss and hurt yourself.

 

The easiest way to get a kid's attention is to stand in front of the TV set.

 

It's hard, if not impossible, to get a child to pay attention to you, especially when you're telling him something for his own good.

 

When a child pays attention to his parents, they're probably whispering.

 

There is just as much authority in the family today as there ever was ‑ only now the chil­dren exercise it.

 

Teachers in the lower grades needn't worry about automation until someone invents a machine that can blow noses and remove

snowsuits and boots.

 

What the average man wants to get out of his new car is the kids.

 

One advantage of the compact car is that when any of the kids start acting up they can be reached by hand.

 

Nothing lengthens the life of your car like marrying‑off the last of your children.

 

A baby sitter is not experienced until she knows which kid to sit with and which kid to sit on.

 

A baby sitter is a teen‑ager you hire to let your children do whatever they are big enough to do.

 

Most of us want other people's children to behave the way ours should.

 

Some books you can't put down, and others you dare not put down when there are chil­dren in the house.

 

A small boy is a pain in the neck when he's around and a pain in the heart when he's not.

 

Safety note for motorists: "Watch out for children ‑ especially if they're driving cars."

 

Too often an abandoned child is one who is still living with his parents.

 

Children love to break things ‑ especially rules.

 

Watch the kid who's cutting classes at school ‑ he may be in training to be a congressman later in life.

 

Children are unpredictable. You never know how high up the wall they're going to drive you.

 

Some kids are like ketchup bottles. You have to slap their bottoms a few times to get them moving.

 

All children don't disobey their parents. Some are never told what to do.

 

The child who always complains he's getting the short end of the stick should be given more of it.

 

Today's kids call it "finding themselves." In the "good old days" it was called loafing.

 

Reasoning with children is what gives you something to do while discovering that you can't.

 

When children are seen and not heard it's apt to be through binoculars.

 

A child's ear is a delicate instrument that can't hear a parent's shout from the next room, but picks up the faintest tingle of the ice cream

man's bell.

 

Children always brighten up a home. They never turn out the lights.

 

Children who are reared in homes of poverty have only two mealtime choices ‑ take it or leave it.

 

The school kids in some towns are getting so tough that teachers are playing hooky.

 

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

 

An unusual child is one who asks his parents questions they can answer.

 

The only thing that children wear out faster than shoes are parents and teachers.

 

A kid who learns the value of a dollar these days is certain to grow up cynical.

 

Small children start to school these days with a big advantage. They already know two let­ters of the alphabet ‑ TV.

 

One thing most children save for a rainy day is lots of energy.

 

Children of today play a game called Zip Code. It's like Post Office but faster.

 

A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.

 

Some children grow like weeds and are about as well cared for.

 

The reason some parents want their children to play the piano instead of the violin is that it's harder to lose a piano.

 

Children may be deductible, but they're still taxing.

 

Modern kids are so TV‑oriented they think there are two kinds of rainbows. One in color and the other in black and white.

 

The trouble with having outspoken children is that you're frequently left holding the bag they let the cat out of.

 

The first thing a child learns when he gets a drum is that he's never going to get another one.

 

Children disgrace us in public by behaving just like we do at home.

 

It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.

 

Children brought up in Sunday school are seldom brought up in court.

 

There are many "bright children" who should be applauded with one hand.

 

Children may tear up a house, but they never break up a home.

 

Few children are guilty of thoughtless mis­chief. They plan it.

 

The best time to put the children to bed is when you can.

 

Babies are angels whose wings grow shorter as their legs grow longer.

 

Children are very much like airplanes; you hear only of the ones that crash.

 

Most kids can't understand why a country that makes atomic bombs would ban fire­crackers.

 

Nothing seems to make children more affec­tionate than sticky hands.

 

Not all children sass their parents. Some don't pay that much attention.

 

Children will be children ‑ even after they are fifty years old.

 

When parents can't or won't control their children in the home, it's extremely difficult for the government to control them on the

streets.

 

If some children are as bright as their par­ents think they are, they should be looked at through sunglasses.

 

No two children are alike ‑ particularly if one is yours and the other one isn't.

 

Some children are running everything

 

around the house except errands.

 

Children are a comfort to us in our old age, and they help us to reach it a lot sooner.

 

One important way for us to help our chil­dren grow up is for us to grow up first.

 

There are only two things children will share willingly ‑ communicable diseases and their mother's age.

 

If you are disgusted and upset with your chil­dren, just imagine how God must feel about His!

 

Infant prodigies are young people with highly imaginative parents.

 

In the old days a father didn't have to take his kid to a psychiatrist to find out that he was a little stinker.

 

There are no illegitimate children ‑ only il­legitimate parents.

 

The trouble with children is that when they're not bringing a lump to your throat they're a pain in the neck.

 

There are still a few people who can remem­ber when a child misbehaved to get attention ‑ and got it!

 

Children are a great deal more apt to follow your lead than the way you point.

 

The best time to put kids to bed is very late ‑ when they're too tired to fight back.

 

It's real nice for children to have pets until the pets start having children.

 

Children are unpredictable. You never know when they're going to catch you in a lie.

 

Childhood is that wonderful period when all you need to do to lose weight is take a bath.

 

The children of today think they have it rough in school if they have to walk more than a block to park their cars.

 

Someday science may be able to explain why a child can't walk around a mud puddle.

 

Spoiled kids soon become little stinkers.

 

There's no child so bad that he can't be used as an income‑tax deduction.

 

More twins are being born these days than ever before. Maybe kids lack the courage to come into the world alone.

 

A baby may not be able to lift very much, but it can hold a marriage together.

 

If brushing up on manners doesn't help some children, the brush should be moved down a bit.

 

One reason so many children are seen on the streets at night is because they're afraid to stay home alone.

 

Children need strength to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, and an example to learn from.

 

You can get any child to run an errand for you ‑ if you ask him at bedtime.

 

Maybe children could keep on the straight and narrow path if they could get informa­tion from someone who's been over the route.

 

Children are natural mimics; they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.

 

Some of today's children don't smart in the right place.

 

Nothing grieves a child more than to study the wrong lesson and learn something he wasn't supposed to.

 

The trouble with a child is that he can't grow up to be anything but an adult.

 

If you don't want your children to hear what you're saying, pretend you're talking to them.

 

If children didn't ask questions, they would never know what little adults know.

 

Children are about the only things in a mod­ern home that have to be washed by hand.

 

Rearing children is the biggest "heir‑condi­tioning" job ever undertaken.

 

You can tell your kids are growing up when they stop asking where they came from and start refusing to say where they're going.

 

When a child listens to his mother, he's prob­ably on the telephone extension.

 

Modern parents think children should be seen, not heard; children think parents should be neither seen nor heard.

 

Many children have grown up to be fairly levelheaded because their parents couldn't find the guidance book they were looking for.

 

What most children learn by doing is how to drive their parents almost crazy.

 

It's extremely difficult for a child to live right if he has never seen it done.

 

Children these days seem to grow up bigger and faster, yet remain children longer than ever before.

 

It's always charming to see little children lined up waiting to talk to the department store Santa Claus ‑ some with parents, some with

lists, and some with chicken pox.

 

Nowadays children are called bright when they make remarks that used to call for a good spanking.

 

The chief trouble with children is they are human.

 

It's great to have your children home from school. It takes your mind off your other trou­bles.

 

The best thing to spend on children is your time.

 

Telling children that school days are the hap­piest days of their lives doesn't give them much to look forward to.

 

Any child who gets raised strictly by the book is probably a first edition.

 

The latest class of underprivileged children are those whose parents own two cars ‑ but no speedboat.

 

Almost every child would learn to write sooner if allowed to do homework on wet ce­ment.

 

There's nothing thirstier than a child who has just gone to bed.

 

More children are spoiled because the parents won't spank Grandma.

 

A "brat" is a child who acts like your own but belongs to your neighbor.

 

Most children seldom misquote you; they repeat what you shouldn't have said word for word.

 

We can't understand why today's children are complaining so much. They're not old enough to remember what prices

used to be.

 

Among the best home furnishings are children.

 

Infant care is another thing that has to be learned from the bottom up.

 

Many children would take after their parents if they knew where they went.

 

When children get on the wrong track it's time to use the switch.

 

Little Willie is at the awkward age ‑ too young to leave him home alone, and too old to trust with baby sitters.

 

Children always know when company is in the living room ‑ they can hear their mother laughing at their father's jokes.

 

It's very difficult to teach children the alphabet these days. They think V comes right after T.

 

Children are so tough in big cities they no longer use bunnies for Easter ‑ they use porcupines.

 

Parents are embarrassed when their children tell lies, but sometimes it's even worse when they tell the truth.

 

A child's definition of a torture chamber is a living room or den without a TV set.

 

If the church neglects the children, it is certain the children will neglect the church.

 

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but in childhood it's next to impossible.

 

A modern son is one who finishes college and his dad at the same time.

 

Sending your child to college is like sending your clothes to the laundry. You get what you put in, but sometimes you can

hardly recognize it.

 

With the world in such a confused state, no wonder babies cry when they come into it.

 

Most kids think a balanced diet is a hamburger in each hand.

 

Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.

 

A great‑many children face the hard problem of learning good table manners without seeing any.

 

We learn from experience. A man never wakes up his second baby just to see it smile.

 

In some families it would be best if the children were properly spaced ‑ about one hundred yards apart:

The advantage of a large family is that at least one of the children may not turn out like the others.

 

As the gardener is responsible for the products of his garden, so the family is responsible for the character and conduct of

its children.

 

Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.

 

Every part of the family constitutes a part of the family tree. Father is the rough bark and fiber, the rugged part which

supports and protects it. Mother is the heart, which must be sound and true or the tree will die. The daughter may be

likened to the leaves and flowers that adorn it. The son is almost always the sap.

 

A lucky farmer is one who has raised a bumper crop of good boys.

 

There's a new baby food on the market. It's half orange juice and half garlic. It not only makes the baby healthier, but also

easier to find in the dark.

 

Jelly is a food usually found on bread, children, and piano keys.

 

No family should have less than three children. If there is one genius among them, there should be two to support him.

 

Playing golf is like raising children ‑ you keep thinking you'll do better next time.

 

All some people need to make them happy is a change ‑ and most of the time that's all a baby needs.

 

The best possible infant care is to keep one end full and the other end dry.

 

Nothing creates a firmer belief in heredity than having a good‑looking child.

 

Home is a man's refuge, a place of quiet and rest, says a certain writer. That's true except for the telephone, the children, the vacuum

cleaner, and the salesman at the door.

 

The honeymoon is definitely over when all the baby talk around the house is done only by the baby.

 

If you plan to teach your children the value of a dollar, you'll have to do it awfully fast.

 

A much‑needed invention for the American scene is an automatic child washer.

 

We need tougher child abuse laws ‑ parents have taken enough abuse from their chil­dren.

 

A real family man is one who looks at his new child as an addition rather than a deduction.

 

Children often hold a marriage together by keeping their parents so busy they don't have time to quarrel.

 

A "miracle drug" is any medicine you can get the kids to take without screaming.

 

Another reason men don't live as long as women is that they suffer so much waiting around in hospitals for their wives to have babies.

 

A mother in Colorado is so ashamed of her unruly kids that she attends the PTA under an assumed name.

 

There are still a few old‑fashioned mothers who would like to tuck their children in bed, but they can't stay awake that late.

 

When it comes to music lessons, most kids make it a practice not to practice.

 

Who said kids aren't obedient? They'll obey any TV commercial about buying a new toy.

 

You are quite old if you can remember when children were strong enough to walk to school.

 

When all the kids have grown up, married, and moved away, many parents experience a strange new emotion; it's called ecstacy.

 

All a parent has to do to make a child thirsty is to fall asleep.

 

Parents would not have to worry so much about how a kid turns out if they worried more about when he turns in.

 

You have to give American parents credit ‑they know how to obey their children.

 

People who say they sleep like a baby haven't got one.

 

There's only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.

 

A good way for your daughter to be popular is for you to be rich.

 

A major problem facing housewives is that ovens are self‑cleaning but kids aren't.

 

Psychiatry has certainly changed things. The kid who used to be just a chatterbox is now a "compulsive talker."

 

It's incredible when we think how little our parents knew about child psychology and how wonderful we turned out to be!

 

Child psychology is what children manage their parents with.

 

Where do kids get all those questions parents can't answer?

 

Little Junior brought home what is now re­membered as his Watergate report card. First, he denied there was one; then he couldn't find

it. When he finally located it, three grades had been erased.

 

The hardest people to convince that they're ready to retire are children at bedtime.

 

If your youngster asks how Santa Claus gets into your house, tell him he comes in through a hole in daddy's wallet.

 

It's invariably the little devil in your neigh­borhood who starts the fight with your little angel.

 

Sleep is something that science cannot abol­ish ‑ but babies can.

 

Efficient school teachers may cost more, but poor school teachers cost the most.

 

A teacher's constant task is to take a roomful of live wires and see to it that they're grounded.

 

Nothing improves a television program as much as getting the children to bed.

 

Children who watch television every night will go down in history ‑ not to mention arithmetic, geography, and science.

 

You don't know what trouble is until your kids reach the age of consent, dissent, and resent ‑ all at the same time.

 

The guy whose troubles are all behind him is probably a school bus driver.

 

The child who knows the value of a dollar these days must be terribly discouraged.

 

The trouble with teaching a child the value of a dollar is you have to do it almost every week.

 

Every child comes into the world endowed with liberty, opportunity, and a share of the war debt.

 

The two agencies now being used to redistrib­ute wealth are taxation and offspring.

 

Things are pretty well evened up in this world. Other people's troubles are not as bad as ours, but their children are a lot worse.         

 

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without

seeing any.

Fred Astaire

 

All children wear the sign: "I want to be important NOW." Many of

our juvenile delinquency problems arise because nobody reads the sign.

Dan Pursuit

 

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

Harold S. Hulbert

 

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not;

for of such is the kingdom of God.

Mark 10:14

 

Even a child is known by his doings.

Proverbs 20:11

 

A spoilt child never loves its mother.

 

Bachelors' wives and maids' children are well taught.

 

Children pick up words as pigeons peas.

 

Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

Alexander Pope

 

You can do anything with children if you only play with them.

German proverb

 

Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.

Anna Jameson

 

My mother loved children--she would have given anything if I had

been one.

Groucho Marx

 

A rose can say I love you,

Orchids can enthrall,

But a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,

Oh my, that says it all!

 

A spoiled child never loves its mother.

Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886)

 

A world without children is a world without newness, regeneration,

color; and vigor.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

All children talk with integrity up to about the age of five, when

they fall victim to the influences of the adult world and mass

entertainment. It is then they begin, all unconsciously, to become

plausible actors. The product of this process is known as maturity, or

you and me.

Clifton Fadiman (1904- )

 

Childhood: that happy period when nightmares occur only during sleep.

 

Children are God's apostles, day by day sent forth to preach of love,

and hope, and peace.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

 

Children are like clocks; they must be allowed to run.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents in spite of

every attempt to teach them good manners.

 

There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your kids to do it.

 

Adolescence is when children start bringing up their parents.

 

Life's golden age is when the children are too old to need baby sitters and too young to bor­row the family car.

 

An alarm clock is a device for awakening peo­ple who don't have small children.

 

Never strike a child! You might miss and hurt yourself.

 

The easiest way to get a kid's attention is to stand in front of the TV set.

 

It's hard, if not impossible, to get a child to pay attention to you, especially when you're telling him something for his own good.

 

When a child pays attention to his parents, they're probably whispering.

 

There is just as much authority in the family today as there ever was ‑ only now the chil­dren exercise it.

 

Teachers in the lower grades needn't worry about automation until someone invents a machine that can blow noses and remove

snowsuits and boots.

 

What the average man wants to get out of his new car is the kids.

 

One advantage of the compact car is that when any of the kids start acting up they can be reached by hand.

 

Nothing lengthens the life of your car like marrying‑off the last of your children.

 

A baby sitter is not experienced until she knows which kid to sit with and which kid to sit on.

 

A baby sitter is a teen‑ager you hire to let your children do whatever they are big enough to do.

 

Most of us want other people's children to behave the way ours should.

 

Some books you can't put down, and others you dare not put down when there are chil­dren in the house.

 

A small boy is a pain in the neck when he's around and a pain in the heart when he's not.

 

Safety note for motorists: "Watch out for children ‑ especially if they're driving cars."

 

Too often an abandoned child is one who is still living with his parents.

 

Children love to break things ‑ especially rules.

 

Watch the kid who's cutting classes at school ‑ he may be in training to be a congressman later in life.

 

Children are unpredictable. You never know how high up the wall they're going to drive you.

 

Some kids are like ketchup bottles. You have to slap their bottoms a few times to get them moving.

 

All children don't disobey their parents. Some are never told what to do.

 

The child who always complains he's getting the short end of the stick should be given more of it.

 

Today's kids call it "finding themselves." In the "good old days" it was called loafing.

 

Reasoning with children is what gives you something to do while discovering that you can't.

 

When children are seen and not heard it's apt to be through binoculars.

 

A child's ear is a delicate instrument that can't hear a parent's shout from the next room, but picks up the faintest tingle of the ice cream

man's bell.

 

Children always brighten up a home. They never turn out the lights.

 

Children who are reared in homes of poverty have only two mealtime choices ‑ take it or leave it.

The school kids in some towns are getting so tough that teachers are playing hooky.

 

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

 

An unusual child is one who asks his parents questions they can answer.

 

Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to

us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a

foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

Children begin by loving their parents. As they grow older they judge

them; sometimes they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but

they have never failed to imitate them.

James Baldwin (1924- )

 

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one

determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger

desires.

Marcelene Cox

 

Children learn what they observe.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn and be

judgmental.

If children live with hostility, they learn to be angry and fight.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy and withdrawn.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love in the world.

Dorothy Knolte

 

Children must be valued as our most priceless possession.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

Children possess an uncanny ability to cut to the core of the issue,

to expose life to the bone, and strip away the barnacles that cling to

the hull of our too sophisticated pseudo-civilization. One reason for

this, I believe, is that children have not mastered our fine art of

deception that we call "finesse." Another is that they are so "lately

come from God" that faith and trust are second nature to them. They

have not acquired the obstructions to faith that come with education;

they possess instead unrefined wisdom, a gift from God.

Gloria Gaither

 

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,

Look upon a little child,

Pity my simplicity,

Suffer me to come to thee.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

 

Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them

afterwards.

Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

 

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is

To have a thankless child!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

In praise of little children I will say

God first made man, then found a better way

For woman, but his third way was the best.

Of all created things, the loveliest

And most divine are children.

William Canton

 

Kids are not a short-term loan, they are a long-term investment!

 

Know you what it is to be a child? . . . It is to believe in love, to

believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little

that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn

pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness,

and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in

its soul.

Francis Thompson Shelley (1859-1927)

 

Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,

All through the night;

Guardian angels God will lend thee,

All through the night;

Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,

Hill and dale in slumber steeping,

Love alone his watch is keeping-

All through the night.

Old Welsh Air

 

The childhood shows the man

As morning shows the day.

John Milton (1608-1674)

 

The difficult child is the child who is unhappy. He is at war with

himself; and in consequence, he is at war with the world.

A. S. Neill

 

The little world of childhood with its familiar surroundings is a

model of the greater world. The more intensively the family has

stamped its character upon the child, the more it will tend to feel

and see its earlier miniature world again in the bigger world of adult

life. Naturally, this is not a conscious, intellectual process.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)

 

The Lord made Adam from the dust of the earth, but when the first

toddler came along, he added electricity!

 

The most deprived children are those who have to do nothing in order

to get what they want.

Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

 

The toddler is the world's most hard-nosed opponent of law and order.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

There are millions of Americans who are clever and fearless . . . they

are four years old.

 

There are no illegitimate children-only illegitimate parents.

Leon R. Yankwich (1888- )

 

Unlike grown-ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

 

We can hardly be surprised if children feel fairly soon that they have

outgrown the "tender Shepherd" and find their heroes elsewhere.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

What a child is taught on Sunday, he will remember on Monday.

Welsh Proverb

 

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter

society, one of the politer names of hell.

Brian Aldiss (1925- )

 

William daily reenacts the feeding of the 5,000. We give him one small

rice cake, and when he's finished, we clean up twelve baskets full of

the remnants.

Kenneth L. Draper (1957- )

 

Chivalry

 

Chivalry is a man's inclination to defend a woman against every man but himself.

 

The age of chivalry is certainly not dead. If a college girl drops one of her books, almost any boy in her class will be delighted to kick it back to her.

 

Chivalry is what a husband displays toward somebody else's wife.

 

In the "good old days" men stood up for women ‑ but there were

 

Chivalry is when a man picks up a girl's handkerchief, even if she's not pretty.

 

Chivalry is opening the door and standing aside so some female can rush in and get the job you're after.

 

no buses then.

 

Choice

 

Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil

one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you

possess.

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

 

Choose to love-rather than hate

Choose to smile-rather than frown

Choose to build-rather than destroy

Choose to persevere-rather than quit

Choose to praise-rather than gossip

Choose to heal-rather than wound

Choose to give-rather than grasp

Choose to act-rather than delay

Choose to forgive-rather than curse

Choose to pray-rather than despair.

 

God always gives his very best to those who leave the choice with him.

James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)

 

God asks no one whether he will accept life. This is not the choice.

The only choice you have as you go through life is how you will live it.

Bernard Meltzer

 

Regardless of circumstances, each man lives in a world of his own

making.

Josepha Murray Emms

 

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.

Tryon Edwards

 

Patience may be simply the inability to make decisions.

 

God gave us a free choice because there is no significance to love

that knows no alternative.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

Sign on a businessman's desk: "My decision is maybe ‑and that's final."

 

Few people make a deliberate choice between good and evil; the choice is between what we want to do and what we ought to do.

 

Choice, not chance, determines destiny.

 

When you need to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.

 

The choice is simple ‑ you can either stand up and be counted, or lie down and be counted out.

 

It is much wiser to choose what you say than to say what you choose.

 

There comes a time when a nation, as well as an individual, must choose between tightening the belt or losing the pants.

 

A conference is a meeting to decide when and where the next meeting will be held.

 

A conference is nothing more than an organized way of postponing a decision.

 

Generally speaking, a conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.

 

When a man decides to marry, it may be the last decision he'll ever be allowed to make.

 

No one can grow by allowing others to make his decisions.

 

Nothing great was ever done without an act of decision Always take plenty of time to make a snap decision.

 

It's pretty hard for the Lord to guide a man if he hasn't made up his mind which way he wants to go.

 

A man can't go anywhere while he's straddling a fence.

 

If you're going to pull decisions out of a hat, be sure you're wearing the right hat.

 

Almost everybody knows the difference between right and wrong, but some hate to make decisions.

 

Current events are so grim that we can't decide whether to watch the six o'clock news and not be able to eat, or the ten o'clock news

and not be able to sleep.

 

Many a woman's final decision is not the last one she makes.

 

Be cautious in choosing friends, and be even more cautious in changing them.

 

A good executive is one who can make decisions quickly ‑ and sometimes correctly.

An executive is a fellow who can take as long as he wants to make a snap decision.

 

If fate throws a knife at you, there are two ways of catching it ‑ by the blade or by the handle.

 

If fate hands you a lemon, try to make lemonade.

 

Wise people sometimes change their minds ‑ fools, never.

 

Nature gives man corn, but man must grind it; God gives man a will, but man must make the right choices.

 

Intuition is that gift which enables a woman to arrive instantly at an infallible, irrevocable decision without the aid of reason, judgment, or discussion.

 

In most marriages the husband is the provider and the wife is the decider.

 

Nine out of ten people who change their minds are wrong the second time too.

 

God has no need of marionettes. He pays men the compliment of allowing

them to live without him if they choose. But if they live without him

in this life, they must also live without him in the next.

Leon Morris

 

God regenerates us and puts us in contact with all his divine

resources, but he cannot make us walk according to his will.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

In darkness there is no choice. It is light that enables us to see the

differences between things; and it is Christ who gives us light.

Augustus W. Hare (1792-1834)

 

It is this way. The Lord, he is always voting for a man; and the

devil, he is always voting against him. Then the man himself votes and

that breaks the tie.

 

No man need stay the way he is.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

 

One day there came along that silent shore,

While I my net was casting in the sea,

A Man who spoke as never man before,

I followed him; new life began in me.

Mine was the boat, but his the voice,

And his the call, yet mine the choice.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in

the choices one makes. . . . In the long run, we shape our lives and

we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the

choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

 

Our destiny is not determined for us, but it is determined by us.

Man's free will is part of God's sovereign will. We have freedom to

take which course we choose, but not freedom to determine the end of

that choice. God makes clear what he desires, we must choose, and the

result of the choice is not the inevitableness of law, but the

inevitableness of God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The choices of time are binding in eternity.

Jack MacArthur

 

The crossroads are down here: which way to pull the rein? The left

brings you but loss, the right nothing but gain.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

The difficulty in life is the choice.

George Moore (1852-1933)

 

The disciple who is in the condition of abiding in Jesus is in the

will of God, and his apparent free choices are God's foreordained

decrees. Mysterious? Logically absurd? But a glorious truth to a

saint.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The teachings of Christ reveal him to be a realist in the finest

meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything

visionary or overoptimistic. He told his hearers the whole truth and

let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form

of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but he never ran

after him to try to win him with rosy promises. He would have men

follow him, knowing the cost, or he would let them go their ways.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

To every soul there openeth

A high way and a low;

And every man decideth

Which way his soul shall go.

John Oxenham (1861-1941)

 

We put one foot on God's side and one on the side of human reasoning;

then God widens the space until we either drop down in between or jump

on to one side or the other.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a

choice.

William James (1842-1910)

 

Where there is no choice, we do well to make no difficulty.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

Whoever is on God's side is on the winning side and cannot lose;

whoever is on the other side is on the losing side and cannot win.

Here there is no chance, no gamble. There is freedom to choose which

side we shall be on but no freedom to negotiate the results of the

choice once it is made. By the mercy of God we may repent a wrong

choice and alter the consequences by making a new and right choice.

Beyond that we cannot go.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do

something about its width and depth.

Evan Esar

 

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask

ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.

Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913)

 

Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able

to act with vigor in which they ought to do.

Meng-Tzu (C. 371-C. 289 B.C.)

 

No one learns to make right decisions without being free to make wrong ones.

Kenneth Sollitt

 

Not to decide is to decide.

Harvey Cox (1929- )

 

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision and nothing is so futile.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970)

 

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife

of truth and falsehood, for the good or evil side.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

 

The phrase "Decide for Christ" which we so frequently hear is too

often an emphasis on the thing our Lord never trusted. Our Lord never

asks us to decide for him: he asks us to yield to him-a very different

matter.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow,

or the relentless drift of events will make the decision.

Herbert V. Prochnow

 

Tough decision: when to discard a toothbrush.

 

When God says today, the devil says tomorrow.

German Proverb

 

You are facing a dilemma; you are not quite sure which of two

decisions to make. Apply the test of universality. Suppose your

personal decision should become a universal custom, would it bring the

world happiness or unhappiness?

Joseph R. Sizoo

 

Christ

 

A man who can read the New Testament and not see that Christ claims to

be more than a man can look all over the sky at high noon on a

cloudless day and not see the sun.

William Edward Biederwolf (1867-1939)

     

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said

wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd be either a lunatic-on a level

with a man who says he's a poached egg-or else he'd be the devil of

hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son

of God, or else a madman or something worse.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon

what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ

alone founded his empire upon love, and at this hour millions of men

would die for him.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

 

All his glory and beauty come from within, and there he delights to

dwell, his visits there are frequent, his conversations sweet, his

comforts refreshing, and his peace passing all understanding.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were

built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that

ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon

this earth as powerfully as has this one solitary life.

 

All we want in Christ, we shall find in Christ. If we want little, we

shall find little. If we want much, we shall find much; but if, in

utter helplessness, we cast our all on Christ, he will be to us the

whole treasury of God.

Henry Benjamin Whipple (1822-1901)

 

As the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal

itself, so Christ is the express image-the perfect representation-of God.

Saint Ambrose (C. 340-397)

 

Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife, His only answer was, a

blameless life.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

 

Because eternity

was closeted in time,

he is my open door

to forever.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Because Jesus was not wanted, he was driven to a life of silence,

solitude, and simplicity.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

Besides belonging to eternity, Christ belonged to his times; on the

outskirts of a dying civilization he spoke of dying in order to live.

Today, when our civilization is likewise dying, his words have the

same awe-inspiring relevance as they had then.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can

mankind be remade.

Desiderius Erasmus (C. 1466-1536)

 

By his first work he gave me to myself; and by the next he gave

himself to me. And when he gave himself, he gave me back myself that I

had lost.

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

 

Caesar was more talked about in his time than Jesus, and Plato taught

more science than Christ. People still discuss the Roman ruler and the

Greek philosopher, but who nowadays is hotly for Caesar or against

him; and who now are the Platonists and the anti-Platonists? There are

still people who love him and who hate him.... The fury of so many

against him is a proof that he is not dead.

Giovanni Papini (1923- )

 

Christ ... combines within himself ... the qualities of every race.

Charles Freer Andrews (1871-1940)

 

Christ as God is the fatherland where we are going. Christ as man is

the way by which we go.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves; not

from injustice, far less than justice, but from being unjust. He died

that we might live-but live as he lives, by dying as he died who died

to himself.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud [regarding an early

end of the world], or he was himself deluded, or he was divine. There

is no getting out of this trilemma.

J. Duncan (B. 1870)

 

Christ has not lost a battle yet-not one.

Richard Owen Roberts (1931- )

 

Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns.

Clement of Alexandria (C. 150-C. 215)

 

Christ himself is living at the heart of the world; and his total

mystery-that of creation, incarnation, redemption, and

resurrection-embodies and animates all of life and all of history.

Michel Quoist (1921- )

 

Christ is full and sufficient for all his people. He is bread, wine,

milk, living waters, to feed them; he is a garment of righteousness to

cover and adorn them; a Physician to heal them; a Counselor to advise

them; a Captain to defend them; a Prince to rule; a Prophet to teach;

a Priest to make atonement for them; a Husband to protect; a Father to

provide; a Brother to relieve; a Foundation to support; a Root to

quicken; a Head to guide; a Treasure to enrich; a Sun to enlighten;

and a Fountain to cleanse.

John Spencer (1630-1693)

 

Christ is God acting like God in the lowly raiments of human flesh.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Christ is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is he the best of

several ways; he is the only way.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Christ is the aperture through which the immensity and magnificence of

God can be seen.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

Christ is the bread for men's souls. In him the church has enough to

feed the whole world.

Ian Maclaren (1850-1907)

 

Christ made it clear that his coming, far from meaning peace, meant

war. His message was a fire that would set society ablaze with

division and strife.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Christ's life outwardly was one of the most troubled lives that was

ever lived: tempest and tumult, tumult and tempest, the waves breaking

over it all the time. But the inner life was a sea of glass. The great

calm was always there.

Henry Drummond (1851-1897)

 

Christ's message was revolutionizing; his words simple, yet profound.

And his words provoked either happy acceptance or violent rejection.

Men were never the same after listening to him.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Earth grows into heaven, as we come to live and breathe in the

atmosphere of the Incarnation. Jesus makes heaven wherever he is.

Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

 

Every character has an inward spring; let Christ be that spring. Every

action has a keynote; let Christ be that note to which your whole life

is attuned.

Henry Drummond (1851-1897)

 

Every passage in the history of our Lord and Savior is of unfathomable

depth and affords inexhaustible matter for contemplation. All that

concerns him is infinite, and what we first discern is but the surface

of that which begins and ends in eternity.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

Feed on Christ, and then go and live your life, and it is Christ in

you that lives your life, that helps the poor, that tells the truth,

that fights the battle, and that wins the crown.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

 

Follow me: I am the way, the truth, and the life.

Without the way there is no going;

Without the truth there is no knowing;

Without the life there is no living.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

For the Lord Jesus, there was no fellowship in suffering. For the

Lord, there was only the wooden insensitivity of his disciples-from

the first day right up to the end of his ministry. For him, there was

only that awful climax of isolation on the cross, even to the point of

being forsaken by the Father and abandoned to God's blazing wrath.

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

From his Bethlehem birth to his death in Jerusalem, Jesus took the

road the prophets had marked out, knowing that it would end on

Golgotha. If at times he groaned over its ardours, and right at the

end asked whether, after all, he might be let off the final sacrifice

and left a little longer in a world he must have loved, or he could

not have described and explained it so exquisitely, he always returned

to his ultimate prayer: Not what I will, but what thou wilt. This was

the theme of his life, the essence of the drama he lived out in order

to guide all who came after him in the ways of truth; to give us hope

in our despair, and light in our darkness, enabling us to look out

from time, our prison, on to the mercy of eternity, our liberty.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

From morning to night keep Jesus in your heart, long for nothing,

desire nothing, hope for nothing, but to have all that is within you

changed into the spirit and temper of the Holy Jesus.

William Law (1686-1761)

 

God has himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the

trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of

hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and

humiliation, defeat, despair, and death.

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

 

God never gave a man a thing to do concerning which it were irreverent

to ponder how the Son of God would have done it.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

Had there been a lunatic asylum in the suburbs of Jerusalem, Jesus

Christ would infallibly have been shut up in it at the outset of his

public career. That interview with Satan on a pinnacle of the Temple

would alone have damned him, and everything that happened after could

but have confirmed the diagnosis.

Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

 

He did not come to conquer by force of armies and physical weapons but

by love planted in the hearts of individuals.

W. W. Melton

 

He has entered little into the depths of our Master's character who

does not know that the settled tone of his disposition was a peculiar

and subdued sadness.

Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853)

 

He is a path, if any be misled;

He is a robe, if any naked be;

If any chance to hunger, he is bread;

If any be a bondman, he is free;

If any be but weak, how strong is he!

To dead men, life is he; to sick men, health;

To blind men, sight; and to the needy, wealth;

A pleasure without loss; a treasure without stealth.

Giles Fletcher (1584-1623)

 

He tore through the temple courts like a mad man.

Flavius Josephus (C. 37-100)

 

He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; he wept and

mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice; he was betrayed, that

thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape; he

was condemned, that thou mightest be justified, and was killed, that

thou mightest live; he wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear

a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross with his arms wide open,

to show with what freeness all his merits shall be bestowed on the

coming soul, and how heartily he will receive it into his bosom.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

He wrote no book, and yet his words and prayer

Are intimate on many myriad tongues,

Are counsel everywhere.

Therese Lindsey

 

How widely Jesus had become known is difficult to judge. The Gospels,

very naturally, imply that his words and miracles were on everyone's

lips, but it is significant that Pilate had never heard of Jesus when

he was brought before him, even though it was his business to keep

track of agitators and wandering evangelists liable to stir up the

excitable populace in his turbulent province.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

I am much struck with the contrast between Christ's mode of gathering

people to himself and the way practiced by Alexander the Great, by

Julius Caesar, and by myself. The people have been gathered to us by

fear; they were gathered to Christ by love. Alexander, Caesar, and I

have been men of war, but Christ was the Prince of Peace. The people

have been driven to us; they were drawn to him. In our case there has

been forced conscription; in his there was free obedience.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

 

I am the Way unchangeable; the Truth infallible; the Life everlasting.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

I cannot row it myself,

My boat on the raging sea;

But beside me sits another,

Who pulls or steers with me;

And I know that we too shall come into port-

His child and he.

Dan Crawford

 

I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

I have one passion only: It is he! It is he!

Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

 

I must know Jesus Christ as Savior before his teaching has any meaning

for me other than that of an ideal which leads to despair.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If all Jesus Christ came to do was to upset me, make me unfit for my

work, upset my friendships and my life, produce disturbance and misery

and distress, then I wish he had never come. But that is not all he

came to do. He came to lift us up to "the heavenly places" where he is

himself. The whole claim of the redemption of Jesus is that he can

satisfy the last aching abyss of the human soul, not hereafter only,

but here and now.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all he can do is to tantalize

us, to erect a standard we cannot attain to; but when we are born

again of the Spirit of God, we know that he did not come only to teach

us, he came to make us what he teaches we should be.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If Jesus Christ were not virgin born, then, of course, he had a human

father; if he had a human father, then he inherited the nature of the

father; as that father had a nature of sin, then he inherited his

nature of sin; then Jesus himself was a lost sinner, and he himself

needed a Savior from sin. Deny the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and

you paralyze the whole scheme of redemption by Jesus Christ.

I. M. Haldeman (1845-1933)

 

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him.

They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make

fun of it.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

 

If Shakespeare should come into this room, we would all rise; but if

Jesus Christ should come in, we would all kneel.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

 

If we have never been hurt by a statement of Jesus, it is questionable

whether we have ever really heard him speak. Jesus Christ has no

tenderness whatever toward anything that is ultimately going to ruin a

man for the service of God. If the Spirit of God brings to our mind a

word of the Lord that hurts, we may be perfectly certain there is

something he wants to hurt to death.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If you wish to be disappointed, look to others. If you wish to be

downhearted, look to yourself. If you wish to be encouraged ... look

upon Jesus Christ.

Erich Sauer

 

Immortal Love, forever full,

Forever flowing free,

Forever shared, forever whole,

A never-ebbing sea!

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

 

In his life, Christ is an example, showing us how to live. In his

death, he is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins. In his

resurrection, he is a conqueror. In his ascension, he is a king. In

his intercession, he is a high priest.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

In Jesus Christ there was nothing secular and sacred, it was all real,

and he makes his disciples like himself.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

In Jesus we have ... the holiest man who ever lived, and yet it was

the prostitutes and lepers and thieves who adored him, and the

religious who hated his guts.

Rebecca Manley Pippert

 

In most trials, people are tried for what they have done, but this was

not true of Christ's. Jesus was tried for who he was.

Josh McDowell

 

Independence is not strength but unrealized weakness and is the very

essence of sin. There was no independence in our Lord, the great

characteristic of his life was submission to his Father.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Is Christ thy advocate to plead thy cause? Art thou his client? Such

shall never slide. He never lost his case.

Edward Taylor (C. 1645-1729)

 

It is a profound irony that the Son of God visited this planet, and

one of the chief complaints against him was that he was not religious

enough.

Rebecca Manley Pippert

 

It is, in my experience, the people who have never troubled seriously

to study the four Gospels who are loudest in their protest that there

was no such person as Jesus.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

It was love that kept Jesus from calling 12,000 angels who had already

drawn their swords to come to his rescue.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

It was those luminous words of his, sealed with his death on the

cross, that led to his being recognized as God. After all, who but God

would have dared to ask of men what he asked of them? Demanding

everything and enduring everything, he set in train a great creative

wave of love and sacrifice such as the world had never before seen or

dreamed of.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Jerusalem and Jesus! What a contrast! With what an amazed stare of

contempt the personal powers of Jerusalem confronted Jesus, the

despised and rejected! Yet he was their Peace for time and eternity,

and the things that belonged to their peace were all connected with

him.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus appeared in Judea in the reign of Tiberius Caesar ... a very

definite personality. One is obliged to say: "Here was a man." This

could not have been invented. He was like some terrible moral huntsman

digging mankind out of the snug burrows in which they had lived

hitherto. For to take him seriously was to enter upon a strange and

alarming life, to abandon habits, to control instincts and impulses,

and to essay an incredible happiness.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

Jesus Christ always speaks from the source of things; consequently

those who deal only with the surface find him an offense.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ came into my prison cell last night, and every stone

flashed like a ruby.

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

 

Jesus Christ came to do what no human being can do: he came to redeem

men, to alter their disposition, to plant in them the Holy Spirit, to

make them new creatures. Christianity is not the obliteration of the

old, but the transfiguration of the old. Jesus Christ did not come to

teach men to be holy, he came to make men holy. His teaching has no

meaning for us unless we enter into his life by means of his death.

The cross is the great central point.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ exhibited a divine paradox of the lion and the lamb. He

was the Lion in majesty, rebuking the winds and demons. He was the

Lamb in meekness, "who when he was reviled, reviled not again." He was

the Lion in power, raising the dead. He was the Lamb in patience who

was "brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her

shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." He was the Lion in

authority, "Ye have heard that it hath been said ... but I say unto

you." He was the Lamb in gentleness, "Suffer the little children to

come unto me."

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ had a twofold personality: he was the Son of God

revealing what God is like and Son of Man revealing what man is to be like.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ is God's everything for man's total need.

Richard C. Halverson (1916- )

 

Jesus Christ is the Completer

of unfinished people

with unfinished work

in unfinished times.

Lona M. Fowler

 

Jesus Christ is the divine Physician and Pharmacist, and his

prescriptions are never out of balance.

Vance Havner

 

Jesus Christ is the sternest and the gentlest of Saviors.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ never asks anyone to define his position or to understand

a creed, but "Who am I to you?" ... Jesus Christ makes the whole of

human destiny depend on a man's relationship to himself.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ reveals, not an embarrassed God, not a confused God, not

a God who stands apart from the problems, but one who stands in the

thick of the whole thing.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ served others first; he spoke to those to whom no one

spoke; he dined with the lowest members of society; he touched the

untouchable. He had no throne, no crown, no bevy of servants or

armored guards. A borrowed manger and a borrowed tomb framed his

earthly life.

Charles Colson (1931- )

 

Jesus Christ set a window in the tiny dark dungeon of the ego in which

we all languish, letting in a light, providing a vista, and offering a

way of release from the servitude of the flesh and the fury of the will.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Jesus Christ was not a conservative.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

 

Jesus Christ was not a recluse. He did not cut himself off from

society, he was amazingly in and out among the ordinary things of

life; but he was disconnected fundamentally from it all. He was not

aloof, but he lived in another world. His life was so social that men

called him a glutton and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and

sinners. His detachments were inside toward God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ will be Lord of all or he will not be Lord at all.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

Jesus Christ will never strong-arm his way into your life.

Grady B. Wilson

 

Jesus Christ's outward life was densely immersed in the things of the

world, yet he was inwardly disconnected. The one irresistible purpose

of his life was to do the will of his Father.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ's teaching never beats about the bush.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ: the condescension of divinity and the exaltation of

humanity.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

 

Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he

instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts

an inward taste for the truth.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

Jesus fulfills all the procedures of the prophecies, duly riding into

Jerusalem on an ass to the plaudits of the multitude. Only, his

victory lies in defeat, his glory in obscurity, his acclaim in

ridicule.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Jesus had things to say about how we should behave that captivated his

listeners and have continued to captivate succeeding generations. This

is not because the standards he proposed were lax and easy-going, like

today's permissiveness. Far from it. They asked more of his followers

than any other teacher ever has ... not just to refrain from adultery,

but to refrain from desiring, which amounts to the same thing, and not

just to refrain from killing, but from being angry or calling someone

a fool, these being also mortal sins-alas!

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Jesus is God spelling himself out in language that man can understand.

Samuel Dickey Gordon (1859-1936)

 

Jesus is God with the skin on.

 

Jesus is the prophet of the losers' not the victors' camp, the one who

proclaims that the first will be last, that the weak are the strong,

and the fools are the wise.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Jesus leaps in a unique way across the changing centuries because he

spoke to the unchanging needs of the heart of man. Jesus speaks to us,

not as an antiquated first-century theologian, but as one who knew

what was in the heart of man. He expounded no doctrines but lived

great life convictions and hence speaks to the living experience of

all time.

Clarence T. Craig

 

Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions

than Alexander, Caesar, Muhammad, and Napoleon; without science and

learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all the

philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of the

school, he spoke words of life such as were never spoken before nor

since and produced effects that lie beyond the reach of orator or

poet; without writing a single line, he has set more pens in motion

and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, works of

art, learned volumes, and sweet songs of praise than the whole army of

great men of ancient and modern times.

Philip Schaff (1819-1893)

 

Jesus offends men because he lays emphasis on the unseen life, because

he speaks of motives rather than of actions.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus was ... a simple rural figure. He talked about the sparrows and

the lilies to fishermen and peasants, lepers and outcasts. His radical

personalization of all ethical problems is only possible in a village

sociology where knowing everyone and having time to treat everyone as

a person is culturally an available possibility. The rustic

"face-to-face model of social relations" is the only one he cared

about. There is thus in the ethic of Jesus no intention to speak

substantially to the problems of complex organization, of institutions

and offices, cliques and power and crowds.

John Howard Yoder

 

Jesus was a radical.... His religion has been so long identified with

conservatism-often with conservatism of the obstinate and unyielding

sort-that it is almost startling for us sometimes to remember that all

of the conservatism of his own times was against him; that it was the

young, free, restless, sanguine, progressive part of the people who

flocked to him.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

 

Jesus' guilt is our innocence; as his captivity is our freedom, and

his death our life.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Let all be loved for Jesus' sake, but Jesus for himself.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

Life passes, riches fly away, popularity is fickle, the senses decay,

the world changes. One alone is true to us; one alone can be all

things to us; one alone can supply our need.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

Little Jesus, was thou shy

Once, and just so small as I?

And what did it feel like to be

Out of heaven, and just like me?

Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

 

Love has a clear eye; but it can see only one thing-it is blind to

every interest but that of its Lord; it sees things in the light of

his glory and weighs actions in the scales of his honor; it counts

royalty but drudgery if it cannot reign for Christ, but it delights in

servitude as much as in honor, if it can thereby advance the Master's

kingdom; its end sweetens all its means; its object lightens its toil

and removes its weariness.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

Men overlooked a baby's birth

When love unnoticed came to earth;

And later, seeking in the skies,

Passed by a man in workman's guise.

Only children paused to stare

While God Incarnate made a chair.

Mary Tatlow

 

Mr. Webster, can you comprehend how Jesus Christ could be both God and

man? No sir, I cannot comprehend it; and I would be ashamed to

acknowledge him as my Savior if I could comprehend it. If I could

comprehend him, he could be no greater than myself, and such is my

conviction of accountability to God, such is my sense of sinfulness

before him, and such is my knowledge of my own incapacity to recover

myself, that I feel I need a superhuman Savior.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

 

No one need be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven, and it is his

joy to enter into sorrowful hearts.

Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

 

Not only do we know God through Jesus Christ, we only know ourselves

through Jesus Christ.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

 

Of all the epithets that could be applied to Christ, mild seems one of

the least appropriate.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

Once chosen he's no chance But certainty.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Once I was visited by someone who told me, in the greatest confidence,

that he was Jesus Christ, and that it had been revealed to him that I

was the Apostle Paul, my acceptance of this role being my reward for

acknowledging my visitor as being indeed Jesus. To get rid of such

awkward intruders I easily decided they were mad. Subsequently, I had

qualms of conscience, thinking: Suppose it was Jesus! And I sent him

away! After all, this was just how Jesus would have appeared during

his ministry to unbelievers-as a megalomaniac crackpot, prattling of

being God's Son, and authorized to speak on his behalf. Had I lived in

the time of Jesus, I fear I should have been among the scoffers and

missed the glory of those who heard and saw him and believed.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Once it was the blessing,

Now it is the Lord;

Once it was the feeling,

Now it is his Word.

Once his gifts I wanted,

Now the Giver own;

Once I sought for healing,

Now himself alone.

Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919)

 

Our great High Priest is in glory, exalted above all created angels.

But he is the same Jesus we knew in the days of his flesh. He is the

same Jesus in heaven as he was on earth, as he was before the world

began. The face shining above the brightness of the sun is the face

that drew sinners to his feet. The hand that holds the seven stars is

the hand that was laid in blessing upon little children. The breast

girt about with a golden girdle is the breast upon which the beloved

disciple laid his head at the last supper.

A. D. Foreman, Jr.

 

Our society has taken Jesus and recreated him in our own cultural

image. When I hear Jesus being proclaimed from the television stations

across our country, from pulpits hither and yon, he comes across not

as the biblical Jesus, not as the Jesus described in the Bible, but as

a white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Republican.... God created us in his

image, but we have decided to return the favor and create a God who is

in our image.

Tony Campolo

 

Rest of the weary,

Joy of the sad,

Hope of the dreary,

Light of the glad,

Home of the stranger,

Strength to the end,

Refuge from danger,

Savior and Friend!

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875)

 

Since Jesus died for all men, he might be said to have died even for

Judas. The thought so delighted me that I kept on repeating to myself:

Jesus died even for Judas! as though I had made some extraordinary

discovery. Perhaps in a way I had.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

The Christ child stood at Mary's knee,

His hair was like a crown,

And all the flowers looked up at him,

And all the stars looked down.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

 

The cross for the first time revealed God in terms of weakness and

lowliness and suffering; even, humanly speaking, of absurdity. He was

seen thenceforth in the image of the most timid, most gentle and most

vulnerable of all living creatures-a lamb. Agnus Dei!

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

The death of Jesus was not the death of a martyr, it was the

revelation of the eternal heart of God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The dying Jesus is the evidence of God's anger toward sin; but the

living Jesus is the proof of God's love and forgiveness.

Lorenz Eifert

 

The essential teachings of Jesus ... were literally revolutionary and

will always remain so if they are taken seriously.

Herbert J. Muller (1905-1967)

 

The first and also last is solely Christ himself From him all come to

be, in him all comes to rest.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

The life of Jesus of Nazareth cannot be discussed in the same way as

the life of any other man, however famous. Men like Caesar or

Napoleon, for example, had a profound effect on their own age and may

properly be said to have altered the course of history, but none of

them ever claimed to give the final and definitive explanation of all

that has happened, or will happen, in the course of time. Other men,

like the Pharaohs of Egypt, have insisted on being worshipped as gods

during their lifetime; but no one takes their claims to divinity

seriously today. Quite the contrary is true when we consider the life

of Jesus.

Xavier Leon-Dufour (1963- )

 

The Lord appeared in the flesh, that he might arouse us by his

teaching, kindle us by his example, redeem us by his death, and renew

us by his resurrection.

Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)

 

The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.

Clement of Alexandria (C. 150-C. 215)

 

The miracles of Jesus were the ordinary works of his Father, wrought

small and swift that we might take them in.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

The more you know about Christ, the less you will be satisfied with

superficial views of him.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

The most perfect being who has ever trod the soil of this planet was

called the Man of Sorrows.

James Anthony Froude (1818-1894)

 

The Sermon on the Mount is Christ's biography. Every syllable he had

already written down in deeds. The sermon merely translated his life

into language.

Thomas Wright (1810-1877)

 

The simple record of three short years of active life has done more to

regenerate and soften mankind than all the disquisitions of

philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.

William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838-1903)

 

The Son no more thought of his own goodness than an honest man thinks

of his honesty.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

The strange thing about Jesus is that you can never get away from him.

 

The teaching of Jesus Christ does not appear at first to be what it

is. At first it appears to be beautiful and pious and lukewarm; but

before long it becomes a ripping and tearing torpedo which splits to

atoms every preconceived notion a man ever had.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The teachings of Christ alone can solve our personal difficulties and

the world's problems. Every man is a miniature world. Christ enters

that world to heal its wounds. We know that all the various schemes of

world reconstruction from the beginning of history to our time have

failed. Christ's method of making a better world by making better men

alone succeeds.

Max I. Reich

 

The Transfiguration was the "Great Divide" in the life of our Lord. He

stood there in the perfect, spotless holiness of his manhood; then he

turned his back on the glory and came down from the Mount to be

identified with sin.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The whole life of Christ was a continual passion; others die martyrs,

but Christ was born a martyr. He found a Golgotha (where he was

crucified) even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness

then, the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the

manger as uneasy at first as his cross at last. His birth and his

death were but one continual act, and his Christmas Day and his Good

Friday are but the evening and morning of one and the same day.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

There is no discovery of the truth of Christ's teaching, no

unanswerable inward endorsement of it, without committing oneself to

his way of life.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

There is one source of power that is stronger than every

disappointment, bitterness or ingrained mistrust, and that power is

Jesus Christ, who brought forgiveness and reconciliation to the world.

Pope John Paul II (1920- )

 

They should have known that he was God. His patience should have

proved that to them.

Tertullian (C. 160-After 220)

 

Thinking of Jesus, I suddenly understand that I know nothing, and for

some reason begin to laugh hilariously, which brings me to the

realization that I understand everything I need to understand.

   Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

To become like Christ is the only thing in the world worth caring for,

the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower

achievement vain. Those only who make this quest the supreme desire

and passion of their lives can even begin to hope to reach it.

John Drummond (1851-1897)

 

 

To forsake Christ for the world is to leave a treasure for a trifle

... eternity for a moment, reality for a shadow.

William Jenkyn

 

To tear your name from this world would shake it to its foundations.

Joseph Ernest Renan (1823-1892)

 

To the dead he sayeth: Arise!

To the living: Follow me!

And that voice still soundeth on

From the centuries that are gone,

To the centuries that shall be!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

 

True have his promises been; not one has failed. I want none beside

him. In life he is my life, and in death he shall be the death of

death; in poverty, Christ is my riches; in sickness, he makes my bed;

in darkness, he is my star, and in brightness, he is my sin; he is the

manna of the camp in the wilderness, and he shall be the new corn of

the host when they come to Canaan. Jesus is to me all grace and no

wrath, all truth and no falsehood; and of truth and grace he is full,

infinitely full.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

Unspeakably wise,

He is wisely speechless.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

Virtually all the miracles attributed to Jesus are directly associated

with some lesson he was trying to teach or some insight he wanted to

give to his disciples. The real question to be asked about any miracle

is not how it happened but why: what was God saying to us in this

significant act?

Louis Cassels (1922-1974)

 

We are taken up with interesting details; Jesus Christ was not. His

insulation was on the inside, not the outside; his dominating interest

was hid with God. His kingdom was on the inside; consequently he took

the ordinary social life of his time in a most unobtrusive way. His

life externally was oblivious of details; he spent his time with

publicans and sinners and did the things that were apparently

unreligious. But one thing he never did-he never contaminated his

inner kingdom.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

We get no deeper into Christ than we allow him to get into us.

John Henry Jowett (1864-1923)

 

We marvel, not that he performed miracles, but rather that he

performed so few. He who could have stormed the citadels of men with

mighty battalions of angels, let men spit upon him and crucify him.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

We must not have Christ Jesus, the Lord of Life, put any more in the

stable amongst the horses and asses, but he must now have the best

chamber.

George Fox (1624-1691)

 

We shall never understand anything of our Lord's preaching and

ministry unless we continually keep in mind what exactly and

exclusively his errand was in this world. Sin was his errand in this

world, and it was his only errand. He would never have been in this

world, either preaching or doing anything else, but for sin. He could

have done everything else for us without coming down into this world

at all; everything else but take away our sin.

Alexander Whyte (1836-1921)

 

We should all like life to be free from suffering, and our love to be

free from pain. But there is no true love without suffering. So the

highest love of all, the love of Christ for men, showed unforgettably

how deeply he must suffer in order to bring men to himself.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

What Christ had to say was too simple to be grasped, too truthful to

be believed.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

What stands out most ... in the picture of Jesus is his aloneness....

Free of family, he remained alone. He had neither wife nor children.

He never clung to any of the companions of his youth, his colleagues,

the friends with whom he talked at the doors of the towns he passed.

He did not enter into any part, nor any faction. He was not an Essene,

not a Pharisee, he would not let himself be classified. He was a

solitary man.

José Comblin

 

Whatever he laid aside to come to us, to whatever limitations, for our

sake, he stooped his regal head, he dealt with the things about him in

such lordly, childlike manner as made it clear they were not strange

to him, but the things of his father.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

When he came, there was no light. When he left, there was no darkness.

 

When Jesus Christ utters a word, he opens his mouth so wide that it

embraces all heaven and earth, even though that word be but in a

whisper.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

When Jesus is present, all is good and nothing seems difficult; but

when Jesus is absent, all is hard.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

When Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana of

Galilee, he was only performing quickly the slow miracle occurring

year by year in vineyards.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

When Jesus walked on earth, he was a man acting like God: but equally

wonderful is it that he was also God acting like himself in man and in

a man.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

When we try to understand Jesus Christ's teaching with our heads, we

get into a fog. What Jesus Christ taught is only explainable to the

personality of the mind in relation to the personality of Jesus

Christ. It is a relationship of life, not of intellect.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Wherever [Jesus] went he produced a crisis. He compelled individuals

to decide, to make a choice. In fact, he struck me as the most

crisis-producing individual I had ever encountered.... Nearly everyone

clashed with Jesus, whether they loved him or hated him.

Rebecca Manley Pippert

 

Who stumbles upon Christ (who is a granite stone)

Lies shattered; grasp him and be led securely home.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

Why is it that you can talk about God and nobody gets upset, but as

soon as you mention Jesus, people often want to stop the conversation?

Why have men and women down through the ages been divided over the

question, Who is Jesus?

Josh McDowell

 

With infinite love and compassion our Lord understood the human

predicament. He had deep empathy with people; he saw their needs,

their weaknesses, their desires, and their hurts. He understood and

was concerned for people. Every word he spoke was uttered because he

saw a need for that word in some human life. His concern was always to

uplift and never to tear down, to heal and never hurt, to save and not

condemn.

Charles L. Allen (1913- )

 

You are wisdom

You are peace

You are beauty

You are eternal life.

Saint Francis of Assisi (C. 1181-1226)

 

You can have it all-everything-on the wire called Jesus Christ. That

wire will never snap. Not for a lifetime. Not for eternity.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

You can read a much more detailed and intimate account of the thoughts

and teachings of Marcus Aurelius who lived at roughly the same time.

But, although many have admired him, his influence upon human life is

not one-ten-millionth part of that of the One of whom, alas, we know

so little.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

You never get to the end of Christ's words. There is something in them

always behind. They pass into proverbs; they pass into laws; they pass

into doctrines; they pass into consolations; but they never pass away,

and after all the use that is made of them they are still not

exhausted.

Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815-1881)

 

At his ascension our Lord entered heaven, and he keeps the door open

for humanity to enter.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If upward you can soar and let God have his way,

Then this has in your spirit become Ascension Day.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

Jesus departed from our sight that he might return to our heart. He

departed, and behold, he is here.

Saint Augustine Of Hippo (354-430)

 

The Ascension placed Jesus Christ back in the glory which he had with

the Father before the world was. The Ascension, not the Resurrection,

is the completion of the Transfiguration.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Where every angel as he sings

Keeps time with his applauding wings.

Joseph Beaumont (1615-1699)

 

Authority is God-ordained, but authoritarianism and raw power; in

almost all forms, is dangerous.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

If you accept the authority of Jesus in your life, then you accept the

authority of his words.

Colin Urquhart (1940- )

 

Our world is fast becoming a madhouse, and the inmates are trying to

run the asylum. It is a strange time when the patients are writing the

prescriptions, the students are threatening to run the schools, the

children to manage the homes, and church members-not the Holy

Spirit-to direct the churches.

Vance Havner

 

Self-chosen authority is an impertinence. Jesus said that the great

ones in this world exercise authority but that in his kingdom it is

not so; no one exercises authority over another because in his kingdom

the king is servant of all. If a saint tries to exercise authority, it

is a proof that he is not rightly related to Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.

John Milton (1608-1674)

 

Ah! dearest Jesus, Holy Child,

Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,

Within my heart, that it may be

A quiet chamber kept for thee.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of

little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people

who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you,

and to ask yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the

things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your

lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it

in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for

your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the

gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are

ready to keep Christmas!

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

 

Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it

reaches the heart of man.

 

Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts: the gift of God to man-his

Son; and the gift of man to God-when we first give ourselves to God.

Vance Havner

 

Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.

Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973)

 

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.

Alexander Smith (1830-1867)

 

Give the earth to Christ,

A little boy of heavenly birth,

But far from home today,

Comes down to find his ball, the earth

That sin has cast away.

O comrades, let us one and all

Join in to get him back his ball.

John Bannister Tabb (1845-1909)

 

God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of

Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;

the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in

Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

Wilda English

 

How proper it is that Christmas should follow Advent. For him who

looks toward the future, the manger is situated on Golgotha, and the

cross has already been raised in Bethlehem.

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

 

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . .

yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer

him your hand.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910- )

 

Let us . . . make a compact that, if we are both alive next year;

whenever we write to one another it shall not be at Christmastime.

That period is becoming a sort of nightmare to me-it means endless

quill-driving!

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Oh! the million Christmas mornings

When you'd lie, a babe again,

Beneath a million million trees

And hear the countless tongues chanting your name.

Ah . . . will they remember crimson

Dripping from the iron nails

And will they pray, and will they know

A whiter white than snow?

Keith Patman

 

Once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to

celebrate the advent of a life. Only Jesus claims this worldwide,

undying remembrance.

 

Or consider Christmas-could Satan in his most malignant mood have

devised a worse combination of graft plus bunkum than the system

whereby several hundred million people get a billion or so gifts for

which they have no use, and some thousands of shop clerks die of

exhaustion while selling them, and every other child in the Western

world is made ill from overeating-all in the name of the lowly Jesus?

Upton Beall Sinclair (1878-1968)

 

Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes

Wherein our Savior's birth is celebrated,

The bird of dawning singeth all night long;

And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad;

The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,

No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,

So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Thanks be to God for his unspeakable Gift-

indescribable

inestimable

incomparable

inexpressible

precious beyond words.

Lois Lebar

 

The simple shepherds heard the voice of an angel and found their Lamb;

the wise men saw the light of a star and found their Wisdom.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979)

 

Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born,

If he's not born in thee thy soul is still forlorn.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

We rejoice in the light,

And we echo the song

That comes down through the night

From the heavenly throng.

Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,

And we greet in his cradle our Savior and King.

Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881)

 

What can I give him,

Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd,

I would bring a lamb;

If I were a wise man,

I would do my part;

Yet what I can I give him-Give my heart.

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

A spider spins her silver still within your darkened stable shed:

In asterisks her webs are spread to ornament your manger bed.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Advent. The coming of quiet joy. Arrival of radiant light in our

darkness.

 

Breath, mouth, ears, eyes

he is curtailed who overflowed all skies, all years.

Older than eternity, now he is new.

Now native to earth as I am, nailed to my poor planet, caught that

I might be free.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Christ did not only come into our flesh, but also into our condition,

into the valley and shadow of death, where we were, and where we are,

as we are sinners.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

Filling the world he lies in a manger.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

For lo! the world's great Shepherd now is born,

A blessed babe, an infant full of power.

Edmund Bolton (C. 1575-C. 1633)

 

Girded for war, humility his mighty dress,

He moves into the battle wholly weaponless.

Madeleine L'Engle (1918- )

 

God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare

and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught

to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception

in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you

think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so

fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.

J. I. Packer (1926- )

 

God clothed himself in vile man's flesh so he might be weak enough to

suffer.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

God plans and engineers a personal visit to his own world and the

reaction of the world is to get rid of him.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

God, who had fashioned time and space in a clockwork of billions of

suns and stars and moons, in the form of his beloved Son became a

human being like ourselves. On the microscopic midge of planet he

remained for thirty-three years. He became a real man, and the only

perfect one. While continuing to be the true God, he was born in a

stable and lived as a workingman and died on a cross. He came to show

us how to live, not for a few years but eternally.

Fulton Oursler (1949- )

 

Hark, hark, the wise eternal Word

Like a weak infant cries,

In form of servant is the Lord,

And God in cradle lies.

T. Pestel (1584-1659)

 

He clothed himself with our lowliness in order to invest us with his

grandeur.

Richardson Wright (1885- )

 

He stretched skin over spirit

like a rubber glove,

aligning Trinity with bone,

twining through veins

until Deity square-knotted flesh.

Marjorie Maddox Phifer

 

His life is the highest and the holiest entering in at the lowliest door.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

I saw a stable, low and very bare,

A little child in a manger.

The oxen knew him, had him in their care,

To men he was a stranger.

The safety of the world was lying there,

And the world's danger.

Mary Coleridge (1861-1907)

 

I'll wrap him warm with love,

well as I'm able,

in my heart stable.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

In the humanity of Jesus, God was truly speaking our language.

John Powell

 

Jesus' coming is the final and unanswerable proof that God cares.

William Barclay (1907-1978)

 

No one could ever have found God; he gave himself away.

Meister Eckhart (C. 1260-C. 1327)

 

Prepare the way! A God, a God appears

A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,

The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity

Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies!

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

Quiet he lies

whose vigor hurled

a universe.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Run, shepherds run, and solemnize his birth

This is that night-no, day, grown great with bliss,

In which the power of Satan broken is.

William Henry Drummond (1854-1907)

 

Shine out, O Blessed Star,

Promise of the dawn;

Glad tidings send afar,

Christ the Lord is born.

 

Small-folded in a warm dim female space-

the Word stern-sentenced to be nine months dumb-

infinity walled in a womb until the next enormity-

the Mighty, after submission to a woman's pains

helpless on a barn-bare floor

first-tasting bitter earth.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Swift fly the years, and rise th' expected morn!

Oh spring to light, auspicious Babe, be born!

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

The Christian faith is founded upon ... a well attested sober fact of

history; that quietly, but with deliberate purpose, God himself has

visited this little planet.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

The coming of Christ by way of a Bethlehem manger seems strange and

stunning. But when we take him out of the manger and invite him into

our hearts, then the meaning unfolds and the strangeness vanishes.

C. Neil Strait

 

The coming of Jesus into the world is the most stupendous event in

human history.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

The shepherds didn't ask God if he was sure he knew what he was doing.

Had the angel gone to the theologians, they would have first consulted

their commentaries. Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked

around to see if anyone was watching. Had he gone to the successful,

they would have first looked at their calendars.

So he went to the shepherds. Men who didn't have a reputation to

protect or an ax to grind or a ladder to climb. Men who didn't know

enough to tell God that angels don't sing to sheep and that messiahs

aren't found wrapped in rags and sleeping in a feed trough.

Max L. Lucado (1955- )

 

Through the black space of death to baby life

Came God, planting the secret genes of God.

Chad Walsh

 

Today,

A shed that's thatched

(Yet straws can sing)

Holds God.

Clement Paman (C. 1660)

 

Trumpets! Lightnings!

The earth trembles!

But into the virgin's womb

thou didst descend with noiseless tread.

Agathias Scholasticus

 

We know how God would act if he were in our place-he has been in our place.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

We saw thee in thy balmy nest,

Bright dawn of our eternal day!

We saw thee; and we blest the sight,

We saw thee by thine own sweet light.

-The Nativity

Richard Crashaw (C. 1613-1649)

 

Welcome, all wonders in one sight!

Eternity shut in a span.

Summer in winter. Day in night.

Heaven in earth, and God in man.

Great little one! whose all-embracing birth

Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.

Richard Crashaw (C. 1613-1649)

 

What a terrific moment in history that was ... when men first saw

their God in the likeness of the weakest, mildest and most defenseless

of all living creatures!

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

When is the time for love to be born?

The inn is full on the planet earth,

And by greed and pride the sky is torn-

Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

Madeleine L'Engle (1918- )

 

Yet if we celebrate, let it be that he

has invaded our lives with purpose.

Luci Shaw (1928- )

 

Christianity

 

"Crucified" is the only really definitive adjective by which to

describe the Christian life.

J. Furman Miller

 

A great deal of what passes for current Christianity consists in

denouncing other people's vices and faults.

Henry H. Williams

 

Apart from Christ the life of man is a broken pillar; the race of man

an unfinished pyramid. One by one in sight of eternity all human

ideals fall short; one by one before the open grave all hopes

dissolve.

Henry Drummond (1851-1897)

 

Christian: one who believes that the New Testament is a divinely

inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his

neighbour.

Ambrose Bierce

 

If there are any good traits about the atheist, he got them from Christianity.

 

The Bible is the constitution of Christian civi­lization.

 

Christian charity knows no iron curtain.

 

If your Christianity won't work where you are, it won't work anywhere.

 

One of the best things about Christianity is that it must function or fizzle.

 

If you want to convince others of the value of Christianity ‑ live it!

A genuine Christian is the best evidence of the genuineness of Christianity.

 

An empty tomb proves Christianity; an empty church denies it.

 

Christianity is a way of walking as well as a way of talking.

 

The true expression of Christianity is not a sigh, but a song.

 

If you want to defend Christianity, practice it.

 

Christianity is a roll‑up‑your‑sleeves religion.

 

A Chicago gangster was recently converted to Christianity. He confessed that he had sown enough wild oats to make a grain deal with

Russia.

 

Christianity is not a life insurance policy from which one benefits only by dying.

Those who say they believe in Christianity and those who practice it are not always the same people.

 

Christianity requires the participants to come down out of the grandstand and onto the playing field.

 

The better we understand Christianity, the less satisfied we are with our practice of it.

 

Christianity has been studied and practiced for ages, but it has been studied far more than it has been practiced.

 

The spirit of Christianity is not to impose some kind of a creed, but to share a life.

 

Christianity, like a watch, needs to be wound regularly if it is to be kept running.

 

Satan is perfectly willing to have a person confess Christianity as long as he does not practice it.

 

Christianity helps us face the music, even when we don't like the tune.

 

Some people can talk Christianity by the yard but they can't, or won't, walk it by the inch.

 

Foreign missionaries will be more successful when they can show Christianity to the hea­then and not merely tell them about it.

 

Too much of the Christian faith has become trimming on the dress of life instead of a part of the fabric.

 

The hope is that some day the Christian ideal will be put into practice.

 

Christ was one child who knew more than His parents ‑ yet He obeyed them.

 

People always get into trouble when they think they can handle their lives without God.

 

The sermon will be better if you listen to it as a Christian rather than a critic.

 

When tempers grow hot, Christianity grows cold.

 

Christianity is a battle, not a dream.

Wendell Phillips

 

The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching

of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that

ever stirred and changed human thought.

H. G. Wells

 

Christianity can be condensed into four words: admit, submit, commit,

and transmit.

Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873)

 

Christianity does not teach a doctrine of weakness. But the strength

it gives a man is quite different from his natural strength. It is a

God-directed strength, doing what God wills. It wins great victories,

but they are only over evil and self, not the destructive victories

that are won over others.

Paul Tournier (1898-1986)

 

Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

 

Christianity is a battle-not a dream.

Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)

 

Christianity is an invitation to true living, and its truth is only

endorsed by actual experience. When a man becomes a committed

Christian, he sooner or later sees the falsity, the illusions, and the

limitations of the humanist geocentric way of thinking. He becomes

(sometimes suddenly, but more often gradually) aware of a greatly

enhanced meaning in life and of a greatly heightened personal

responsibility. Beneath the surface of things as they seem to be, he

can discern a kind of cosmic conflict in which he is now personally

and consciously involved. He has ceased to be a spectator or a

commentator and a certain small part of the battlefield is his alone.

He also becomes aware . . . of the forces ranged against him.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

Christianity is bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.

 

Christianity is more than a doctrine. It is Christ himself.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

 

Christianity is more than a list of don'ts.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Christianity is neither a creed nor a ceremonial, but life vitally

connected with a loving Christ.

Josiah Strong (1847-1916)

 

Christianity is neither contemplation nor action. It is participation.

Contemplation is looking at God as if he were an object. But if you

participate in God in the sense that you let yourself be penetrated by

him, you will go to the cross like him, you will go to work like him,

you will clean shoes, do the washing up and the cooking, all like him.

You cannot do otherwise because you will have become part of him. You

will do what he loves to do.

Louis Evely (1910- )

 

Christianity is not "an idea in the air." It is feet on the ground

going God's way.

Frederick W Brink

 

Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.

Robert B. Thieme

 

Christianity is not devotion to work, or to a cause, or a doctrine,

but devotion to a person, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Christianity is the good man's text; his life, the illustration.

Joseph Parrish Thompson (1819-1879)

 

Christianity is the land of beginning again.

W. A. Criswell (1909- )

 

Christianity is the power of God in the soul of man.

Robert Boyd Munger (1910- )

 

Christianity isn't only going to church on Sunday. It is living

twenty-four hours of every day with Jesus Christ.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties

and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that,

into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do

not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Everyone there is

filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled

with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it

anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at

the source from which it comes.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers

a power which is nothing less than the power of God.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence.

Jacques Maritain (1882-1973)

 

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite

importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Christianity. We cannot speak against it without anger; nor speak for

it without love.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

 

Churchianity is an organization; Christianity is an organism.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Civil society was renovated in every part by the teachings of

Christianity. In the strength of that renewal, the human race was

lifted up to better things. Nay, it was brought back from death to

life.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)

 

Critics often complain that, if the world is in its present state

after nineteen centuries of Christianity, then it cannot be a very

good religion. They make two mistakes. In the first place

Christianity-the real thing-has never been accepted on a large scale

and has therefore never been in a position to control "the state of

the world," though its influence has been far from negligible. In the

second place, they misunderstand the nature of Christianity. It is not

to be judged by its success or failure to reform the world which

rejects it. It is a revelation of the true way of living, the way to

know God, the way to live life of eternal quality.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

Deity indwelling men! That, I say, is Christianity!

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Enemy-occupied territory-that is what this world is. Christianity is

the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in

disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of

sabotage. When you go to church, you are really listening in to the

secret wireless from our friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious

to prevent us from going. He does it by playing on our conceit and

laziness and intellectual snobbery.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Evil repay with good, if wronged do no one slight,

Thank for ingratitude, that is the Christian life.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

God has never had on his side a majority of men and women. He does not

need a majority to work wonders in history, but he does need a

minority fully committed to him and his purpose.

Ernest Fremont Tittle (1885-1949)

 

God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers.

If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are

embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains

and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is

honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence

being sharpened. One of the reasons why it needs no special education

to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is

why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that

has astonished the whole world.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

God's demands are so great that only he can supply what he demands.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot

lose.

Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

 

He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive

Christianity will change the face of the world.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only

because I see it but because by it I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as

something charming and popular with no offense in it.

Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957)

 

I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one

thing more I wish I could give them and that is the Christian

religion. If they had that, and I had not given them one shilling,

they would have been rich; and if they had not that, and I had given

them all the world, they would be poor.

Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

 

I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity

thought that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves.

But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great

religions which thoroughly approves of the body-which believes that

matter is good, that God himself once took on a human body, that some

kind of body is going to be given to us even in heaven and is going to

be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy.

Christianity has glorified marriage more than any other religion; and

nearly all the greatest love poetry in the world has been produced by

Christians.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

If Christianity has never disturbed us, we have not yet learned what it is.

Sir William Temple (1628-1699)

 

If Christianity were small enough for our understanding, it would not

be large enough for our needs.

 

In science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in

Christianity we find the poem itself.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Is your Christianity ancient history or current events?

Samuel M. Shoemaker (1893-1963)

 

It is. . . startling to discover how many people there are who

heartily dislike and despise Christianity without having the faintest

notion what it is. If you tell them, they cannot believe you. . . .

They simply cannot believe that anything so interesting, so exciting,

and so dramatic can be the orthodox creed of the church.

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

 

It is absurd to call Christianity a system of nonresistance; the great

doctrine of Christianity is resistance "unto blood" against sin.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

It is human to demand justice; it is Christian to give it. It is human

to keep what one has; it is Christian to share it.

E. W. Cross

 

It is no fault of Christianity that a hypocrite falls into sin.

Saint Jerome (C. 374-420)

 

It is unnatural for Christianity to be popular.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Jesus invited us, not to a picnic, but to a pilgrimage; not to a

frolic, but to a fight. He offered us, not an excursion, but an

execution. Our Savior said that we would have to be ready to die to

self, sin, and the world.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Let us not be shocked by the suggestion that there are disadvantages

to the life in Christ. There most certainly are. Abel was murdered,

Joseph was sold into slavery, Daniel was thrown into the den of lions,

Stephen was stoned to death, Paul was beheaded, and a noble army of

martyrs was put to death by various painful methods all down the long

centuries. And where the hostility did not lead to such violence (and

mostly it did not and does not) the sons of this world nevertheless

managed to make it tough for the children of God in a thousand cruel

ways.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Mother Teresa sees it differently. When I asked her once what was the

difference, in her eyes, between the welfare services and what her

Missionaries of Charity do, she said that welfare workers do for an

idea, a social purpose, what she and the Missionaries of Charity do

for a person. What we will do for a person is quite different from

what we will do as a duty to the society we live in, or in fulfillment

of a social idea or ideal.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

My chief reason for choosing Christianity was because the mysteries

were incomprehensible. What's the point of revelation if we could

figure it out ourselves? If it were wholly comprehensible, then it

would be just another philosophy.

Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902- )

 

My experience is that Christianity dispels more mystery than it

involves. With Christianity it is twilight in the world; with out it, night.

Madame Anne Sophie Soymanov Swetchine (1782-1857)

 

No kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.

Charles de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755)

 

One of the greatest attractions of Christianity to me is its sheer

absurdity. I love all those crazy sayings in the New Testament-which,

incidentally, turn out to be literally true-about how fools and

illiterates and children understand what Jesus was talking about

better than the wise, the learned, and the venerable; about how the

poor; not the rich, are blessed, the meek, not the arrogant, inherit

the earth, and the pure in heart, not the strong in mind, see God.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give

up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That

is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give

up all sorts of things for special reasons-marriage, or meat, or beer;

or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in

themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them,

he has taken the wrong turning.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Prosperity has often been fatal to Christianity, but persecution never.

Amish Bishop

 

Religion is humans trying to work their way to God through good works.

Christianity is God coming to men and women through Jesus Christ

offering them a relationship with himself.

Josh McDowell

 

The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has been

found difficult and left untried.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

 

The Christian life is never automatic.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

The Christian life is not a way out, but a way through life.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

The Christian life is stamped all through with impossibility. Human

nature cannot come anywhere near what Jesus Christ demands, and any

rational being facing his demands honestly, says, "It can't be done,

apart from a miracle." Exactly.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The Christian religion is like a vast cathedral with dimly lighted

windows: standing without, you see no beauty nor can you possibly

imagine any. Standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of

splendor.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

 

The constant challenge in this life we call Christian is the

translation of all we believe to be true into our day-to-day

life-style.

Tim Hansel

 

The deeper Christian life . . . is the willingness to quit trying to

use the Lord for our ends and to let him work in us for his glory.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

The greatest test of Christianity is the wear and tear of daily life.

It is like the shining of silver; the more it is rubbed the brighter

it grows.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The primary declaration of Christianity is not "This do!" but "This

happened!"

Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

 

The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce

a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life

easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life.

James L. Christensen (1922- )

 

The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its

stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous

activities which occupy time and attention.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of

Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for his

people.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

There have been, and still are, religions which are concerned with the

worship of a god or gods, but which have no influence on man's

behavior toward man. Christianity is not like this. The fact that the

infinite God focused himself in a man is the best proof that God cares

about people. In the teaching of that man, Jesus Christ, we find

repeated again and again, an insistence on love to God and love to men

being inseparably linked. He violently denounced those who divorced

religion from life. He had no use at all for those who put up a screen

of elaborate ceremonial and long prayers, and exploited their

fellowmen behind it.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

There is no greater and more dangerous enemy of Christianity than all

that makes it small and narrow.

Henri Huvelin (1838-1910)

 

There is no provision for a "privileged class" in genuine Christianity.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

There is simply no room for passivity in the Christian faith. Life in

Christ is one long string of action verbs: grow . . . praise . . .

love . . . learn . . . stretch . . . reach . . . put on . . . put off

. . . press on . . . follow . . . hold . . . cleave . . . run . . .

weep . . . produce . . . stand . . . fight.

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

To hold on to the plough while wiping our tears-this is Christianity.

Watchman Nee (1903-1972)

 

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a

dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop pail, gives him glory too.

He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

 

To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed, opposed; but not to

the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian in the only

sense in which he wished anyone to be; sincerely attached to his

doctrines in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every

human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

 

To try to find a common ground between the message of the cross and

man's fallen reason is to try the impossible, and if persisted in must

result in an impaired reason, a meaningless cross, and a powerless

Christianity.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Unless we love God we cannot love our neighbor; and, correspondingly,

unless we love our neighbor we cannot love God. Once again, there has

to be a balance; Christianity is a system of such balanced obligations

-- to God and Caesar; to flesh and spirit, to God and our neighbor and

so on. Happy the man who strikes the balance justly; to its imbalance

are due most of our miseries and misfortunes, individual as well as

collective.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

We do not have to give up our reason, our intelligence, our knowledge,

our faculty to judge, nor our emotions, our likes, our desires, our

instincts, our conscious and unconscious aspirations, but rather to

place them all in God's hands, so that he may direct, stimulate,

fertilize, develop, and use them.

Paul Tournier (1898-1986)

 

Whatever is benevolent is right; whatever is malevolent or indifferent

is wrong. This is the radical simplicity of the gospel's ethnic, even

though it can lead situationally to the most complicated, headaching,

heartbreaking calculations and gray rather than black and white

decisions.

Joseph Fletcher

 

Christians

 

A child of God should be a visible beatitude for joy and happiness,

and a living doxology for gratitude and adoration.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

Being a Christian means taking risks: risking that our love will be

rejected, misunderstood, or even ignored.

Rebecca Manley Pippert

 

Every Christian occupies some kind of pulpit and preaches some kind of

sermon everyday.

 

A Christian has God's honor at stake.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

A Christian is a living sermon whether or not he preaches a word.

 

A Christian is

a mind through which Christ thinks;

a heart through which Christ loves;

a voice through which Christ speaks;

a hand through which Christ helps.

 

A Christian is an oak flourishing in winter.

   Thomas Traherne (C. 1637-1674)

 

A Christian is never in a state of completion but always in the

process of becoming.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

A Christian is not one who withdraws but one who infiltrates.

Bill Glass

 

A Christian is salt, and salt is the most concentrated thing known.

Salt preserves wholesomeness and prevents decay. It is a disadvantage

to be salt. Think of the action of salt on a wound. If you get salt

into a wound, it hurts, and when God's children are amongst those who

are "raw" toward God, their presence hurts. The man who is wrong with

God is like an open wound, and when "salt" gets in, it causes

annoyance and distress and he is spiteful and bitter. The disciples of

Jesus preserve society from corruption; the "salt" causes excessive

irritation which spells persecution for the saint.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

A Christian is someone who shares the sufferings of God in the world.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

 

A Christian is the keyhole through which other folk see God.

Robert E. Gibson

 

A Christian is the most free of all, and subject to none; a Christian

is the most dutiful servant of all, subject to everyone.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

A Christian is what he is not by ecclesiastical manipulation but by

the new birth. He is a Christian because of a Spirit which dwells in him.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Many Christians expect the world to respect a book they neglect.

 

No one can become a Christian on his own terms.

 

A Christian must get on his knees before he can get on his feet.

 

Christians are the light of the world, but the switch must be turned on.

 

To feel sorry for the needy is not the mark of a Christian ‑ to help them is.

 

The Christian who is pulling the oars doesn't have time to rock the boat.

 

Christians may not see eye to eye, but they can walk arm in arm.

 

We are not to consider ourselves Christians simply because we think we are.

 

A Christian shows what he is by what he does with what he has.

 

The true Christian is a person who is right‑side‑up in a world that is upside‑down.

 

If people have to ask you if you're a Christian ‑ you're probably not.

 

Every Christian occupies some kind of a pul­pit and preaches some kind of a sermon every day.

 

A Christian must carry something heavier on his shoulder than a chip.

There are a lot of Christians who haven't stored up enough treasures to make a down‑payment on a harp.

 

A Christian is one who makes it easier for other people to believe in God.

 

What most Christians need is fewer plati­tudes and better attitudes.

 

A lukewarm Christian makes a good bench‑warmer but a poor heart‑warmer.

 

It does not take much of a man to be a Chris­tian, but it takes all there is.

 

Happier faces are seen on bottles of iodine than on some Christians.

 

What the world needs is not more Christian­ity but more Christians who practice Chris­tianity.

 

The Christian's walk and talk must go to­gether.

 

A Christian has not lost the power to sin, but the desire to sin.

 

Satan is never too busy to rock the cradle of a sleeping Christian.

 

If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

 

A real Christian is as horrified by his own sins as he is by his neighbor's.

 

There are some Christians who can't be called "pilgrims" because they never make any progress.

 

An idle Christian is the raw material of which backsliders are made.

 

Christians are like pianos ‑ grand, square, upright, and no good unless in tune.

 

The Christian should learn two things about his tongue ‑ how to hold it and how to use it.

 

It's a little difficult to reconcile the creed of some Christians with their greed.

Two marks of a Christian: giving and forgiv­ing.

 

It's good to be a Christian and know it, but it's better to be a Christian and show it.

 

Too many Christian soldiers fraternize with the enemy.

 

A few Christians give the impression they have been baptized in vinegar.

 

No Christian is strong enough to carry a cross and a prejudice at the same time.

 

Beware of a Christian with an open mouth and a closed pocketbook.

 

A genuine Christian is like a good watch: he has an open face, busy hands, is made of pure gold, is well‑regulated, and is full of good

works.

 

A Christian is a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, a hand

through which Christ helps.

 

When Christians feel safe and comfortable, the church is in its greatest danger.

 

Some Christians who should be wielding the sword of the Spirit are still tugging at the nursery bottle.

 

The cross is easier to the Christian who takes it up than to the one who drags it along.

 

A Christian is like ripening corn: the riper he grows, the lower he bows his head.

 

Every Christian should have two planks in his platform: one is for what he will stand for; the other is for what he will not stand for.

 

A Christian is a living sermon, whether or not he preaches a word.

 

No one is a Christian just because he goes to church, any more than one is a calf because he drinks milk.

 

A Christian should live so that instead of be­ing a part of the world's problems he will be a part of the answer.

 

Some Christians have will power; others have won't power.

 

A Christian is not necessarily a man who is better than someone else, but one who is better than he would be if he were not a

Christian.

 

Some Christians wish to be counted in, but not to be counted on.

 

The Christian life is like an airplane ‑ when you stop you drop!

 

Many churches are plagued with a lot of "retired" Christians.

 

No garment is more becoming to a Christian than the cloak of humility.

 

God is not only a present help in time of trouble. but also a great help in keeping us out of trouble.

 

The knowledge, understanding, and appropriation of God's Word are the means by which a Christian grows.

 

To feel sorry for the needy is not the mark of a Christian ‑ to help them is.

 

A wise man said that humility is Christian clothing. It never goes out of style.

 

If some Christians knew as little about their jobs as they do the Bible, they would have to be guided to their work benches every morning.

 

The weekend religion of some Christians is weak at both ends, and unreliable between the two ends.

 

The Lord prepares a table for His children, but too many of them are on a diet.

 

Nowadays we have sermonettes by preacherettes for Christianettes.

 

Some people seem willing to do anything to become a Christian except to give up their sins.

 

Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year's gifts.

 

Nothing destroys the Christmas spirit faster than looking for a place to park.

 

A Christian life based on feeling is headed for a gigantic collapse.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

A Christian life is not an imitation but a reproduction of the life of

Christ.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

 

A devout man . . . sets eternity against time; and chooses rather to

be forever great in the presence of God when he dies than to have the

greatest share of worldly pleasure while he lives.

William Law (1686-1761)

 

A genuine Christian is like a good watch. He has an open face, busy

hands, is made of pure gold, is well-regulated, and is full of good

works.

 

A God-intoxicated man.

Novalis (1772-1801)

 

A large measure of disappointment with God stems from disillusionment

with other Christians.

Philip Yancey (1949- )

 

A maid, after she had been confirmed, was asked how she knew she was a

Christian. "Because," she replied, "now I do not sweep the dirt under

the rugs."

John H. Miller (1722-1791)

 

A man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for

one whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to someone he

cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another; empties

himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared

right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest,

richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies

so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep,

sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes

knowledge.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

A vital fringe benefit of being a Christian is the tremendous sense of

identity that grows out of knowing Jesus Christ.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

As his child, you are entitled to his kingdom,

The warmth, the peace, and the power of his presence,

The wisdom, the insight, and the guidance of his Spirit,

The goodness, the joy, and every supreme expression of his love.

 

Be to the world a sign that while we as Christians do not have all the

answers, we do know and care about the questions.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion-it is

a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Christ cannot live his life today in this world without our mouth,

without our eyes, without our going and coming, without our heart.

When we love, it is Christ loving through us. This is Christianity.

Leon Joseph Suenens (1904- )

 

Christ chose an image that was familiar when he said to his disciples:

"You are the salt of the earth." This was his conception of their

mission-their influence. They were to cleanse and sweeten the world in

which they lived, to keep it from decay,  and to give a new and more

wholesome flavor to human existence. Their characters were not to be

passive, but active. There is no use in saving salt for heaven. It

will not be needed there. Its mission is to permeate, season, and

purify things on earth.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

 

Christian, are you a fool? You trust eternity

Yet cling with body and soul to temporality.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

Christians can be like a sack of marbles-unfeeling, unloving, just

clacking against each other as they go through life. Or; they can be

caring people-like a sack of grapes pressing together to provide a

soft loving place to cushion and comfort each other from the hard

crushes of life.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

Christians may not see eye to eye, but they should walk arm in arm.

 

Christians must see and hear something for themselves if they are to

escape religious stultification. Effete catchwords cannot save them.

Meanings are expressed in words, but it is one of the misfortunes of

life that words tend to persist long after their meanings have

departed with the result that thoughtless men and women believe they

have the reality because they have the word for it.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Christians often ignore any thought of walking by the Spirit because

they think they are not good enough. Their life is too filled with

fleshly struggles. But that's like refusing to accept medicine until

you get well and feel worthy of it!

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Christians should be in the vanguard. The church of Jesus Christ is

the most universal body in the world today. All we need to do is truly

obey the One we rightly worship. But to obey will mean to follow. And

he lives among the poor and oppressed, seeking justice for those in

agony.

Ronald J. Sider

 

Dost thou see a soul with the image of God in him? Love him, love him.

Say to thyself, "This man and I must go to heaven together someday."

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

Every believer is God's miracle.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902)

 

Faith makes a Christian; life proves a Christian; trials confirm a

Christian; and death crowns a Christian.

Johann Georg Christian Hopfner (1765-1827)

 

Fearless devotion to Jesus Christ ought to mark the saint today, but

more often it is devotion to our set that marks us. We are more

concerned about being in agreement with Christians than about being in

agreement with God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Following Christ is a hard, rugged life. There is nothing easy or

sissy about it.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

For the Christian, to do wrong, is to wound his Friend.

William Temple (1881-1944)

 

God calls us to live a life we cannot live, so that we must depend on

him for supernatural ability. We are called to do the impossible, to

live beyond our natural ability.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

God entrusted his reputation to ordinary people. Yet in some way

invisible to us, those ordinary people filled with the Spirit are

helping to restore the universe to its place under the reign of God.

At our repentance, the angels rejoice. By our prayers, mountains are

moved.

Philip Yancey (1949- )

 

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a

garage makes you an automobile.

Billy Sunday (1862-1935)

 

How long does it take to become a Christian? A moment-and a lifetime.

Louis Cassels (1922-1974)

 

If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be

a Christian anywhere.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

 

If Christ lives in us, controlling our personalities, we will leave

glorious marks on the lives we touch. Not because of us but because of

him.

Eugenia Price (1916- )

 

If you accept this gospel and become Christ's man, you will stumble on

wonder upon wonder; and every wonder true.

Brendan (C. 486-578)

 

If you are trying to be a Christian, it is a sure sign you are not

one.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

David Otis Fuller

 

It is a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in

the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great

secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than

any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but

they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the

world. These people are the Christians-and I am one of them.

Saint Cyprian (200-258)

 

It is an interesting thing that when he wants to get up, the Christian

always starts down, for God's way is always down, even though that is

contrary to common sense. It is also contrary to the finest wisdom on

the earth, because the foolish things of God are wiser than anything

on this earth.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, and another thing to

go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no

limelight, no one paying the remotest attention to us.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

It is strange that we rarely notice the other side of this truth: that

God also visits his children with the usual problems common to all the

sons of men. The Christian will feel the heat on a sweltering day; the

cold will bite into his skin as certainly as into that of his unsaved

neighbor; he will be affected by war and peace, booms, and

depressions, without regard to his spiritual state. To believe

otherwise is to go beyond the Scriptures and to falsify the experience

of the saints in every age.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

It may be all right for angels to spend their time in visions and

meditation, but if I am a Christian, I find God in the ordinary

occurrences of my life.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Let not it be imagined that the life of a good Christian must be a

life of melancholy and gloominess; for he only resigns some pleasures

to enjoy others infinitely better.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

 

 Look in, and see Christ's chosen saint

In triumph wear his Christlike chain;

No fear lest he should swerve or faint;

His life is Christ, his death is gain.

John Keble (1792-1866)

 

Many Christians are staking their reputations on church attendance,

religious activity, social fellowship, sessions of singing-because in

all of these things they are able to lean on one another. They spend a

lot of time serving as religious props for one another in Christian

circles.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Many of us who profess to be Christians are so busy with the mechanics

of our religion that we have no time left for the spiritual part of it.

William B. Martin

 

Mediocre-most Christians are mediocre!

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Most Christians would be better pleased if the Lord did not inquire

into their personal affairs too closely. They want him to save them,

keep them happy, and take them to heaven at last, but not to be too

inquisitive about their conduct or service.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our

unwillingness to take God as he is and adjust our lives accordingly.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing

looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist, I had moods in which

Christianity looked terribly probable.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Once you say the yes of faith to Jesus and accept his blueprint for

the fullness of life, the whole world can no longer revolve around

you, your needs, your gratifications; you'll have to revolve around

the world, seeking to bandage its wounds, loving dead men into life,

finding the lost, wanting the unwanted, and leaving far behind all the

selfish, parasitical concerns which drain our time and energies.

John Powell

 

Our greatest need today is not more Christianity but more true

Christians. The world can argue against Christianity as an

institution, but there is no convincing argument against a person who,

through the Spirit of God, has been made Christlike.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Our Lord calls to no special work; he calls to himself.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

People who think that once they are converted all will be happy, have

forgotten Satan.

(D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

 

Pliny: I will banish thee. Christian: Thou canst not, for the whole

world is my Father's house. Pliny: I will slay thee. Christian: Thou

canst not, for my life is hid with Christ in God. Pliny: I will take

away thy treasures. Christian: Thou canst not, for my treasure is in

heaven. Pliny: I will drive thee away from men, and thou wilt have no

friends. Christian: Thou canst not, for I have a Friend from whom thou

canst never separate me.

(Pliny The Elder (23-79)

 

Remember who your ruler is. Don't forget his daily briefing.

(Carl F. H. Henry (1913- )

 

So many people think themselves no longer capable to be Christians

because they are unchaste, weak, and backsliding. But in fact there is

a far greater number of people who will never be Christians because

they think themselves just, honorable, and pure.

 (Louis Evely (1910- )

 

Some Christians are like candles: they glow with a warmth that draws

people to them. Then again, you have the flashlight sort of believers

who seem to be able to look right through you. Christians with the

gift of teaching remind me of reliable, steady light bulbs-dispelling

darkness, showing things for what they truly are. Then there are the

laser-types, cutting right through the tomfoolery and getting things

done. Searchlight people have a way of leading others out of darkness

and guiding and directing them back to safety.

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

Some churches seem filled with people who can tell you the day and the

hour of their conversion but who live as if God were dead.

(Richard Owen Roberts (1931- )

 

Some seem to think our Lord said, "You are the sugar of the earth,"

meaning that gentleness and winsomeness without curativeness is the

ideal of the Christian.

(Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Take the case of a sour old maid, who is a Christian, but

cantankerous. On the other hand, take some pleasant and popular

fellow, but who has never been to church. Who knows how much more

cantankerous the old maid might be if she were not a Christian, and

how much more likeable the nice fellow might be if he were a

Christian? You can't judge Christianity simply by comparing the

product in those two people; you would need to know what kind of raw

material Christ was working on in both cases.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

The assured Christian is more motion than notion, more work than word,

more life than lip, more hand than tongue.

Thomas Benton Brooks (1608-1680)

 

The average Christian these days is a harmless enough thing. God

knows. He is a child wearing with considerable self-consciousness the

harness of the warrior; he is a sick eaglet that can never mount up

with wings; he is a spent pilgrim who has given up the journey and

sits with a waxy smile trying to get what pleasure he can from

sniffing the wilted flowers he has plucked by the way.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

The best tests of my Christian growth occur in the mainstream of life,

not in the quietness of my study.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of

us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.

Charles L. Allen (1913- )

 

The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has

cultivated the knowledge of God.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree! For

the gaudy decorations of a Christmas tree are only tied on, whereas

fruit grows on a fruit tree.

John R. W. Stott (1921- )

 

The Christian who has the smile of God needs no status symbols.

Leonard Ravenhill (1867-1942)

 

The initiative of the saint is not toward self-realization, but toward

knowing Jesus Christ. The spiritual saint never believes circumstances

to be haphazard, or thinks of his life as secular and sacred; he sees

everything he is dumped down in as the means of securing the knowledge

of Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The man who is poor in spirit is the man who has realized that things

mean nothing, and that God means everything.

William Barclay (1907-1978)

 

The ordinary Christian knows and understands more about life than the

greatest philosopher who is not a Christian.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

 

The people of God are not merely to mark time, waiting for God to step

in and set right all that is wrong. Rather; they are to model the new

heaven and new earth, and by so doing awaken longings for what God

will someday bring to pass.

Philip Yancey (1949- )

 

The Scriptures give four names to Christians-saints, for their

holiness; believers, for their faith; brethren, for their love;

disciples for their knowledge.

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)

 

The servant of God has a good master.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

 

The ship's place is in the sea, but God pity the ship when the sea

gets into it. The Christian's place is in the world, but God pity the

Christian if the world gets the best of him.

 

The way we act behind the wheel is far more indicative of our walk

with God than the way we act praying in a pew or smiling over a

well-marked Bible.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

The well-defined spiritual life is not only the highest life, but it

is also the most easily lived. The whole cross is more easily carried

than the half. It is the man who tries to make the best of both worlds

who makes nothing of either. And he who seeks to serve two masters

misses the benediction of both. But he who has taken his stand, who

has drawn a boundary-line sharp and deep about his religious life, who

has marked off all beyond as forever forbidden ground to him, finds

the yoke easy and the burden light. For this forbidden environment

comes to be as if it were not. . . . And the balm of death numbing his

lower nature releases him for the scarce disturbed communion of a

higher life. So even here to die is gain.

Henry Drummond (1851-1897)

 

The world does need changing, society needs changing, the nation needs

changing, but we never will change it until we ourselves are changed.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

The world is glad of an excuse not to listen to the gospel message,

and the inconsistencies of Christians is made the excuse.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The world says, "What can't be cured must be endured." Christians say,

"What can't be cured can be enjoyed."

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

There are many who agree with God in principle but not in practice.

Richard Owen Roberts (1931- )

 

There are religious sects whose witnesses are willing to go to jail,

to be pushed around, to be lampooned for the sake of a miserable,

twisted doctrine! But in our Christian ranks, we prefer to be

respectable and smooth.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

There is a division as high as heaven and as deep as hell between the

Christian and the world.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

There is nothing so refreshing as to watch a new Christian before he

has heard too many sermons and watched too many Christians.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

We are called to be God's transmitters, to be completely separated

from all thoughts which are contrary to his thinking, so that we may

transmit his thoughts to others.

Hannah Hurnard (1905-1990)

 

We are never sure where a true Christian may be found. One thing we do

know: the more like Christ he is, the less likely it will be that a

newspaper reporter will be seeking him out.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

We are not criticized for being Christians, but for not being

Christian enough.

Leon Joseph Suenens (1904- )

 

We are not evangelicals, or fundamentalists, or charismatics, or

ecumenists, or Catholics, or Protestants; we are children of God.

Stephen D. Watkins

 

We don't have to be super saints, just thirsty sinners.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

We get no deeper into Christ than we allow him to get into us.

John Henry Jowett (1864-1923)

 

We must not think of ourselves as ordinary people. We are not natural

men; we are born again. God has given us his Holy Spirit.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

 

We often find that we were better persons just after our conversion

than we are after many years of being a Christian. Every day that

passes should make us more like Christ, but we tend to grow cooler

rather than warmer.

Thomas A Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

We were chaff, now we are wheat;

We were dross, now we are gold;

We were ravens, now we are sheep;

We were thorns, now we are grapes;

We were thistles, now we are lilies;

We were strangers, now we are citizens;

We were harlots, now we are virgins;

Hell was our inheritance, now heaven is our possession;

We were children of wrath, now we are sons of mercy;

We were bondslaves to Satan, now we are heirs of God and co-heirs

with Jesus Christ.

James Bisse

 

What gets me into the kingdom, from Christ's own statement, is not

saying, "Lord, Lord," but acting "Lord, Lord."

Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

 

 

What, dear Clement, is a Christian to do when we have so much that we

feel so little need of Christ.

Calvin Miller

 

When Christians meet . . . to take counsel together, their purpose is

not-or should not be-to ascertain what is the mind of the majority,

but what is the mind of the Holy Spirit-something which may be quite

different.

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (1925- )

 

When Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean

simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being "in Christ"

or of Christ being "in them," this is not simply a way of saying that

they are thinking about Christ or copying him. They mean that Christ

is actually operating through them; that the whole mass of Christians

are the physical organism through which Christ acts-that we are his

fingers and muscles, the cells of his body.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

When the world is at its worst, Christians must be at their best.

Proverb

 

You are the light of the world, but the switch must be turned on.

Austin Alexander Lewis

 

You cannot have Christian principles without Christ.

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

 

[Christians] don't work in order to go to heaven; they work because

they are going to heaven. Arrogance and fear are replaced with

gratitude and joy.

Max L. Lucado (1955- )

 

Christmas

 

Christmas is a race to see which gives out first ‑ your money or your feet.

 

The Christmas season is only as meaningful as we make it.

 

Christmas carolers sing about peace on earth, but they don't tell us where.

 

Can you remember when Christmas was so simple that one Santa Claus could work an entire town?

 

What most of us want for Christmas is the day after.

 

Anyone who thinks Christmas doesn't last all year doesn't have a charge account.

 

About all you can do is dream of a white Christmas, for it seems like it always leaves most of us in the red.

 

The average couple splits the Christmas chores. She signs the cards and he signs the checks.

 

Christmas shopping should include buying toys for the children that their father would enjoy playing with.

 

Last year a big store in Milwaukee started its Christmas sale so early that Santa Claus wore Bermuda shorts.

 

Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered.

 

Always mail your Christmas gift early. It will give the receiver time to reciprocate.

 

Christmas is the time of the year when Santa Claus comes down the chimney and your savings go down the drain.

 

When we throw out the Christmas tree we should be especially careful not to throw out the Christmas spirit with it.

 

Christmas holidays mean: anticipation, preparation, recreation, prostration, and recuperation.

 

A Christmas shopper's complaint is one of long‑standing.

 

Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace by giving our kids rockets, machine guns, atom‑bomb kits, and tanks.

 

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.

 

It's a soul‑stirring experience to hear Yule carolers standing in a Los Angeles smog sing­ing, "It Came upon a Midnight Clear."

 

The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how mach.

 

One thing about Christmas shopping ‑ it toughens you up for the January sales.

 

Let's all have an old‑fashioned Christmas this year, but not the kind that comes in bot­tles.

 

At Christmas most parents spend more money on their children than they did on the honeymoon that started it all.

 

A father's biggest difficulty at Christmas time is convincing the children that he is Santa Claus and his wife that he is not.

 

A family in San Francisco is reliving its

 

Christmas holidays ‑ the man of the house is showing colored slides of his cancelled checks.

 

On Christmas Eve Santa carries the bag. Af­ter Christmas dad is holding it.

 

"Good Will Toward Men" is the spice in the Christmas season.

 

Christmas is a time for exchanging a lot of things you can't afford for a lot of things you don't want.

 

One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present.

 

God shocked the world with a babe, not a bomb.

 

Why does Christmas always come just when the stores are so crowded?

 

Show me an unemployed Santa, and I'll show you a ho-ho hobo!

 

An unbreakable Christmas toy is one that's guaranteed to last through the New Year.

 

This year Americans are planning the big­gest Christmas they ever charged.

 

The battle of Christmas shopping is a time when the casualty list grows in the War on Poverty.

 

When you pay twenty‑five dollars for a Chris­tmas tree, you've been trimmed more than the tree has.

 

Many a parent sighs for the "good old days" when a stocking could hold what a child wanted for Christmas.

 

The Christmas season reminds us that a dem­onstration of religion is often better than a definition of it.

 

Christmas shoppers are people with the "brotherly shove."

 

Smart kids will be hanging up stretch stock­ings next Christmas.

 

Christmas is the time of year when both trees and husbands get trimmed. Sometimes both get lit up too.

 

You might as well do your Christmas hinting early.

 

Christmas is a time for sportsmanship be­cause we don't always get everything we want.

 

We feel close to everybody at Christmas ‑especially on a bus.

 

What many a store clerk gets for Christmas is an ulcer.

 

The Christmas spirit that goes out with the dried‑up Christmas tree is just as worthless.

 

There have always been some Christmas stockings that provided Santa with a few problems, but one wonders about his reaction to

panty hose!

 

The exchange of Christmas gifts ought to be reciprocal rather than retaliatory.

 

Keeping Christmas is good, but sharing it with others is much better.

 

The best Christmas gift of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another.

 

Christmas is a time when a lot of others be­sides Santa find themselves in the red.

 

Christmas is when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.

 

Church

 

"Where is the church at 11:25 on Monday morning?" The church then is

in the dentist's office, in the automobile sales room and repair shop,

and out in the truck. It is in the hospital, in the classroom, and in

the home. It is in the offices, insurance, law, real estate, whatever

it is. That is where the church is, wherever God's people are. They

are doing what they ought to be doing. They are honoring God, not just

while they worship in a building but out there.

Arthur H. DeKruyter (1926- )

 

A Christian church is a body or collection of persons, voluntarily

associated together, professing to believe what Christ teaches, to do

what Christ enjoins, to imitate his example, cherish his spirit, and

make known his gospel to others.

R. E. Sample

 

A man who is immersed in business all week should come up for a breath of fresh air on Sunday ‑ at church.

 

Children brought up in Sunday school are seldom brought up in court.

 

When Christians feel safe and comfortable, the church is in its greatest danger.

 

The man who says he's just as good as half the folks in the church seldom specifies which half.

 

Many churches are plagued with a lot of "re­tired" Christians.

 

Church is where you go to find out what your neighbors should do to lead better lives.

 

Many church services today are marked by lameness, tameness, and sameness.

 

It's disconcerting to fall asleep in church and have a fly buzz into one's open mouth.

 

Every church has all the success it prays for and pays for.

A fortune awaits the person who will design a church building without any front pews.

 

The church offers you something you simply can't get elsewhere.

 

Not many people are attracted to churches which are as cold as ice or by preachers who are as dry as dust.

 

Sign on a church bulletin board in Benton, Wisconsin: "For God so loved the world that He didn't send a committee."

 

The less religion a church has, the more ice cream and cake it takes to keep it going.

 

All churches grow old, but some never grow up.

 

A church that is not reaching out is passing out.

 

The church needs workers, not a wrecking crew.

 

It is easy to lose interest in the church if you have never made an investment in it.

 

One place where people seem to think they can get as much as ever for a quarter is in the church.

 

What the church needs is more men who talk less and work more.

 

The business of the church is to get rid of evil, not to supervise it.

 

A cold church is like cold butter ‑ never spreads very well.

 

Sign on a church lawn in Des Moines, Iowa: "Keep off the grass. This means thou."

 

 

Separation of church and state could hardly be more complete. The church teaches that money isn't everything, and the government keeps telling us it is.

 

The church cannot afford the luxury of loaf­ing.

 

If the church neglects the children, it is cer­tain the children will neglect the church.

 

Some churches seem to be sound in doctrine, but they are also sound asleep.

 

Did you know that the church is a workshop and not a dormitory?

 

A nodding congregation may or may not mean assent to what the preacher is saying.

 

When the church ceases to be in touch with another world, it is no longer in touch with this world.

 

The great task of the church is not only to get sinners into heaven, but to get saints out of bed.

 

Sign in front of a Chicago church: "The com­petition is terrible, but we're still open for business."

 

Too many churches have become distribution points for religious aspirin.

 

All church buildings should be air‑condi­tioned; it is unhealthy to sleep in a stuffy room.

 

What the church needs today is more cal­loused hands and fewer calloused hearts.

 

The carriers and the carried are in every church.

 

You need the church, the church needs you, the world needs both.

 

If the church were perfect, you could not be­long.

Sign outside a Dallas church: "Last chance to pray before entering the freeway."

 

Don't stay away from the church because you have the idea that there are too many hypo­crites in it. There's always room for one more.

 

If you make the church important, it is quite likely to return the favor.

 

The collection is a church function in which many people take only a passing interest.

 

We are sometimes so interested in creating the machinery of the church that we let the fire go out in the boiler.

 

When the churches discover they can't suc­cessfully compete with the theater, perhaps they will try religion again.

 

Don't knock your church ‑ it may have im­proved since the last time you were there.

 

The church is a building and loan association to help you build a mansion in heaven.

 

Many churches are now serving coffee after the sermon. Presumably this is to get the peo­ple thoroughly awake before they start to

drive home.

 

Sign on a church bulletin board in Denver: "If you have troubles, come in and tell us about them. If you have none, come in and tell us

how you do it."

 

Many folks think that what the church has is for somebody else.

 

The church will improve when its members improve.

 

Church is a place where you can meet old friends you never saw before.

 

The church does not necessarily consist of the good, but of those who want to be better and do better.

 

Notice in a church bulletin: "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver. He also accepteth from a grouch."

 

The church is paralyzed with timidity and gradually dying of dignity.

 

If the church is ever to get on its feet, it must get on its knees.

 

The church of today is an institution sup­ported largely by the husbands of its mem­bers.

 

It seems that our modern churches are full of willing people; some are willing to work, and others are willing to let them.

 

Announcement on the bulletin board of a church in Ohio: "This is a segregated church ‑ for sinners only. All welcome."

 

How often have you met a critic of the church who tried to make it better?

 

When someone says he diets religiously, he probably means he doesn't eat anything while in church.

 

Your faith gets a real test when you find yourself in church with nothing less than a twenty dollar bill in your wallet.

 

The way some people give, you would think the church is coin‑operated.

 

One reason we have so many pennies in the church collection basket is because we have no smaller coins.

 

Many people give a tenth to the Lord ‑ a tenth of what they ought to give.

 

From the amount that some people give to the Lord, they must be positive that it's the little things that count.

 

Support the church with your money. You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.

 

Some people will bring a hymnbook or a prayer book ‑ but not a pocketbook to church.

If it rained dollar bills, some people would try to get one changed before going to church.

 

A really good golfer is one who goes to church on Sunday first.

 

Golf is a wonderful game ‑ for one thing it keeps men from falling asleep in church on Sunday mornings.

 

The surest steps toward happiness are the church steps.

 

Every human being should have three homes: a domestic home, a church home, and an eternal home.

 

It's funny how a dollar can look so big when you take it to church and so small when you take it to the supermarket.

 

Anybody who thinks there's a shortage of coins hasn't been to church lately.

 

The woman who starts putting on her shoes when the preacher says, "And now in conclu­sion," is a real optimist.

 

Perfect poise is not looking self‑conscious in the front pew.

 

If you gave the same amount of time to your work as you do your church, how long would you hold your job?

 

Many people spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats ‑ then go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.

 

The world at its worst needs the church at its best.

 

A place of worship should be of such charac­ter that it will be easy for men to find God and difficult for them to forget Him.

 

Blessed is the man who can hear his alarm clock on Sunday as well as on Monday.

 

An empty tomb proves Christianity; an empty church denies it.

 

No one is a Christian just because he goes to church, any more than one is a calf because he drinks milk.

 

No one is too bad to go to church; neither is anyone good enough to stay away.

 

Everybody has to be somewhere, so how about being at church next Sunday?

 

Sign on a church lawn in Atlanta: "Come to church next Sunday. If you have no sins, bring someone who has."

 

It seems that some people refuse to come to the front of the church unless escorted by pallbearers.

 

One reason it's often difficult to coax men to go to church is that men aren't interested in what other men are wearing.

 

Many come to church to bring their new clothes rather than themselves.

 

The great task of the church is not only to get sinners into heaven, but to get saints out of bed.

 

The church service is not a convention to which a family should merely send a dele­gate.

 

If you would like to hear all about the trou­bles in the church, ask someone who hasn't been there for several months.

 

The most expensive piece of furniture in the church is the empty pew.

 

Sign outside a Louisiana church: "Heaven knows when you were here last."

 

Sign outside a church in Dallas: "Join our sit‑in demonstration every Sunday."

 

Many people go to church; fewer go to wor­ship.

 

A man may attend church services regularly, but this does not necessarily mean he attends religiously.

Every person ought to go to church occasion­ally to get away from himself.

 

Some people go to church to see who didn't.

 

Church attendance is determined more by de­sire than by distance.

 

The automobile does not take people away from the church against their will.

 

Judging by church attendance, heaven won't be crowded with men.

 

Perhaps you had never thought of going to church as a beauty treatment, but it is a won­derful way to get your faith lifted.

 

Some are late for church service because they have to change a tire; others, because they have to change a dollar.

 

Many people who demand a front seat in a night club try to even things up by taking a back seat in church.

 

Depressions, funerals, weddings, and cov­ered‑dish suppers keep most people attending church regularly.

 

Your willful absence from church is a vote to close its doors.

 

Too many men who talk of finding God in nature rather than in church go hunting for Him with rod or gun.

 

Some folk's churchgoing is like ice cream ‑it disappears when the weather gets hot.

 

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, some church members are deeply in love with the church.

 

On December 22, 1977, the following sign ap­peared in a Los Angeles church: "Come in and pray today. Beat the Christmas rush."

 

If a church member expects to answer when the roll is called up yonder, he had better be present when the roll is called down here.

 

No person can fully and completely discharge his debt to Almighty God, but surely he can make regular payments on it.

 

There are some whose faith is not strong enough to bring them to church services, but they expect it to take them to heaven.

 

Religious freedom is the right of each individ­ual to attend the church of his choice, or go fishing.

 

More time in God's house will bring better times in our house.

 

A religion that won't take you to church ser­vices on Sunday certainly won't take you to heaven when you die.

 

Blessed is the man whose watch keeps church time as well as business time.

 

Church membership is not necessarily an elevator to heaven.

 

Church membership is now at an all‑time high; but so is political and social corruption.

 

Many churches today gain more members by generation than by regeneration.

 

Some church members are so introverted they can't even lead a silent prayer.

 

There are four classes of church members: the tired, the retired, the tiresome, and the tireless.

 

The undertaker is the only person who ought to take names off the church roll.

 

Church members are stockholders in the church, not merely spectators.

 

Judging by the way some church members live, they need fire insurance.

 

A sickly saint is likely to be a healthy hypocrite.

When a church member rests, he rusts.

 

"Not good if detached" is true of church members as well as railroad tickets.

 

It is far better to be a weak church member than a strong sinner.

 

Too many church members have "teflon minds" ‑ nothing seems to stick.

 

Did you hear about the church member who attends church occasionally to discount his blessings?

 

There are still a few church members who are like the farmer's pond ‑ dried up in the summer and frozen in the winter.

 

There are two kinds of people in your church: those who agree with you and the bigots.

 

A lot of church members know the twenty‑third psalm much better than they know the Shepherd.

 

The inactive church member is of no more use than a corpse ‑ and takes up more room.

 

Some church members are like wheelbarrows ‑ they go only when they are pushed.

 

Many church members could appropriately begin all church services by singing, "Nothing in my hand I bring."

 

It seems that some church members have been starched and ironed, but not all have been washed.

 

Many churches have three kinds of members: pickers, kickers, and stickers.

 

Have you noticed that some church members are like balloons ‑ full of wind and ready to blow up at any time!

 

Why is it that so many church members who say "Our Father" on Sunday go around the rest of the week acting like orphans?

 

A great many church members are in the salvation train, but too many of them are traveling in the sleeper.

 

There are a few church members who may be described as the farmer described his mule: "Awfully backward about going forward."

 

Some church members are like footballs you never know which way they'll bounce.

 

Church members who need defrosting should hear a few "red‑hot" sermons.

 

Some church members are like a tire with a slow leak ‑ it takes a lot of pumping to keep them inflated.

 

Many church members have enough religion to make them decent but not enough to make them dynamic.

 

Beware of the church member with an open mouth and a closed pocketbook.

 

No sooner is a temple built to God, but the Devil builds a chapel

hard by.

 

A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.

L. L. Nash

 

A church that is soundly rooted cannot be destroyed, but nothing can

save a church whose root is dried up. No stimulation, no advertising

campaigns, no gifts of money and no beautiful edifice can bring back

life to the rootless tree.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

All our Lord succeeded in doing during his life on earth was to gather

together a group of fishermen-the whole church of God and the

enterprise of our Lord on earth in a fishing boat!

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

An inscription over a church door: This is the house of God. This is

the gate of heaven. (This door is locked in the winter months).

 

As long as you notice, and have to count the steps, you are not yet

dancing but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don't

notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not consciously

think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church

service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would

have been on God.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

Before the service speak to God. During the service let God speak to

you. After the service speak with your neighbor.

 

Biblically the church is an organism not an organization-a movement,

not a monument. It is not a part of the community; it is a whole new

community. It is not an orderly gathering; it is a new order with new

values, often in sharp conflict with the values of the surrounding

society.

Charles Colson (1931- )

 

Big doesn't necessarily mean better.

Sunflowers aren't better than violets.

Edna Ferber (1887-1968)

 

Church unity is internal; church union, external. The former is the

result of spiritual and organic growth; the latter is to a great

extent the product of the organizing activity of men.

Louis Berkhof (1873-1957)

 

Church-goers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they

keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Church: the only place where someone speaks to me . . . and I do not

have to answer back.

Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

 

Churches: Soulariums

P. K. Thomajan

 

Every time I pass a church

I stop in for a visit,

So when I'm carried in

The Lord won't say,

"Who is it?"

 

God fully expects the church of Jesus Christ to prove itself a

miraculous group in the very midst of a hostile world. Christians of

necessity must be in contact with the world but in being and spirit

ought to be separated from the world-and as such, we should be the

most amazing people in the world.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

God never intended his church to be a refrigerator in which to

preserve perishable piety. He intended it to be an incubator in which

to hatch converts.

F. Lincicome

 

I like the silent church before the service begins better than any

preaching.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

I love thy church, O God!

Her walls before thee stand,

Dear as the apple of thine eye,

And graven on thy hand.

Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)

 

If after kirk ye bide a wee,

There's some would like to speak to ye;

If after kirk ye rise and flee,

We'll all seem cold and stiff to ye.

The one that's in the seat wi' ye,

Is stranger here than you, may be;

All here hae got their fears and cares-

Add you your soul unto our prayers;

Be you our angel unawares.

 

If the person who doesn't attend church because hypocrites do were

consistent, he wouldn't attend anything.

Olin Miller

 

In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the church is like a

great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses.

Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.

Saint Boniface (680-C. 754)

 

In the average church service the most real thing is the shadowy

unreality of everything. The worshiper sits in a state of suspended

mentation; a kind of dreamy numbness creeps upon him; he hears words,

but they do not register, he cannot relate them to anything on his own

life level. . . . It does not affect anything in his everyday life. He

is aware of no power, no presence, no spiritual reality.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

In the church of God two opposite dangers are to be recognized and

avoided: they are a cold heart and a hot head.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

In what strange quarries and stoneyards the stones for the celestial

wall are being hewn! Out of the hillsides of humiliated pride; deep in

the darkness of crushed despair; in the fretting and dusty atmosphere

of little cares; in the hard cruel contacts that man has with man;

wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace

and homely ways-there God is hewing out the pillars for his temple.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

 

It is not with the motes from one's neighbor's eye that the house of

God can be built, but with the beams that one takes out of one's own.

André Gide (1869-1951)

 

It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a

meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that

God's professed children are bored with him, for they must be wooed to

meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies,