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The Bible: He wrote it - we quote it! Why quote others?

Bees gather honey from a lot of flowers so speakers need to gather nectar from a lot of sources

If you haven’t struck oil in the first three minutes, stop boring – George Jessel

The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own – Charles Spurgeon



E-Clips . . . quotes gathered through
three decades of Kris’ reading and study

Updated 1/1/15



The backslider is AWOL - absent without love, MIA - missing in action, and POW - prisoner of the world

Most tires that go flat do so by a slow leak, not a blowout

If you won’t give up sin, you must give up salvation - R.A. Torrey

The best way to avoid going downhill is to stay off the slope - Woodrow Kroll


A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain - Robert Frost


More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great - Zig Ziglar

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - Chinese Proverb

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment - Thomas Carlyle

To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from - T.S. Eliot

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you - Jim Rohnns

You’ve heard “all is well that ends well”, actually, all is well that begins well


You do what you do because you are what you are

We behave according to what we believe

Resolved: that all men should live to the glory of God. Resolved second: that whether others do or not, I will - Jonathon Edwards


A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind - Robert Bolton

Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts - F.F. Bosworth

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, "I believe," three times - Norman Vincent Peale

Are we going to beg, bully and badmouth, or believe?

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief - Thomas Fuller

An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it - Robert Brault

Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories - Felix Cohen

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right - Laurens van der Post

Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it – William Shenstone

Not... what opinions are held, but... how they are held:  instead of being held dogmatically, [liberal] opinions are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment - Bertrand Russell

I do not seek to understand so that I may believe, but I believe so that I may understand; and what is more, I believe that unless I do believe I shall not understand - Anselm


Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow - Abraham Lincoln

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection - Howells


The Bible is a record of God’s likes and dislikes

TNT - The New Testament

The Bible is not obsolete, it is absolute!

Like a hammer the Bible breaks the rocks in pieces, like a fire it burns, like a lamp it illumines, like a mirror it reflects, like a seed it germinates, like milk it causes growth, like bread it feeds, like honey it sweetens, like gold it enriches, like water it cleanses, like a sword it defends

The Bible - a drive down Route 66, 66 books of the Bible

On the flyleaf of Albert Einstein’s bible - “Straw on the surface flows but he who searches for pearls must dig below”

The Bible is the moral code of civilization - Harry S. Truman

The milk of the Word is what it says, the meat of the Word is what it means

The most sublime and benevolent code of morals that has ever been offered to man - Thomas Jefferson

I have made it a practice for several years to the read the Bible through in the course of every year. I usually devote to this reading the first hour after I rise every morning - John Quincy Adams

The Bible is the Word of life. I beg that you read it and find this out for yourself. When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God - Woodrow Wilson

No book has so molded the life of a nation as the Bible has shaped America. It has been America’s hope, its foundation, its molder of character. The Bible has sustained America through its 200 year history and is our only hope of security for the years ahead - Ronald Reagan

If we abide by the principles found in the Bible we will go on prospering, but if we and our posterity neglect it, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity - Daniel Webster

If all the great books of the world were brought together in convention, the moment the Bible entered all the other books would fall on their faces as the gods of Philistia fell when the ark of God was brought into their presence in the temple of Dagon - Isaac Newton

Christ is to the Bible what oxygen is to air, what breath is to life, what fuel is to heat, what carbon is to diamonds, what matter is to physics, what numbers are to mathematics, what water is to thirst, what the sun is to the solar system, what the Ark is to the temple - R.G. Lee

Cut the umbilical cord to the world and hook up to the biblical cord of the Word

The Bible is the echo, Jesus is the Voice

Bible doctrine is in creed form, Bible promises are in seed form, Bible obedience is in deed form

I thoroughly believe in a university education...but I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible. Everyone who has a thorough knowledge of the Bible may truly be called educated - William. Lyon Phelps, Yale University

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book - Abraham Lincoln

I believe the Bible because it is the Word of God - William Jennings Bryan

I know the Bible is inspired because it finds me a greater depth of my being than any other book - Samuel Taylor Coolidge

It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom - Horace Greeley

I have always believed in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, whereby they have become the expression to man of the Word and will of God - Warren G. Harding

The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed - Patrick Henry

Someone answered that Esau wrote fables and sold his copyright for a mess of potash

That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests - Andrew Jackson

The Bible contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence than can be collected from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written - Sir William James

The Bible is no mere book, but a living Power that conquers all that oppose it - Napoleon Bonaparte

Ruth Graham, 86-years old with macular degeneration has whole Bible programmed in 2 inch tall letters. She is memorizing the Psalms so she will have the Bible when she can’t read. Jerry Falwell visited her, she had the first 90 memorized

You don’t need to read palms, you need to read Psalms!

Pick up the Bible and the Bible picks up you

I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses [of the Bible] all day than rinse my hand in several chapters - Charles Spurgeon

The 1951 official Dictionary of Foreign Word issued by the Soviet government defines Bible as “a collection of different legends, mutually contradictory and written at different times and full of historical errors, issued by churches as a ‘holy’ book”

Lay hold of the Bible until the Bible lays hold of you - Dr. Will Houghton

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me - Martin Luther

The Bible sheds a lot of light on the commentaries!

God’s word is inerrant; not one word has ever been revised, recalled, rethought, retracted or recanted

The moral principles and precepts found in the Bible ought to form the basis for all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from, vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible - Noah Webster

Go to the Scriptures…the joyful promises it contains will be a balsam to all your troubles - Andrew Jackson

The Bible is the rock upon which our republic rests - Andrew Jackson

We take the Bible away from our kids when they enter kindergarten then give it back to them when they enter prison. What sense is that?

The Bible - soaked by mother’s prayers, preserved by martyr’s blood, perpetuated by scholar’s ink, inspired by God’s breath, preached and proclaimed by God’s power

The Bible is the greatest blessing which humanity ever experienced - Immanuel Kant

We can only see the scriptures in the light of Christ and Christ in the light of the scriptures

It’s not the things in the Bible that I don’t understand that bother me. It’s the things that I do understand that bother me - Samuel Clemens

It does no good to own a Bible if you don’t read it, no good to read it if you don’t believe it, no good to believe it if you don’t act on it

The Bible is not a Book to be explained, but first a Book to be believed

The Word of God is the fulcrum upon which the lever of prayer is placed, and by which things are mightily moved - EM Bounds

I read the newspapers to see what man is doing; then I read the Bible and find out what God is going to do - Mordecai Ham

God gives open book tests. How can you flunk when you can read the answers in the Book? Satan sends a pop quiz, it just pops out of nowhere. But we have the answer

Bible revelation is like climbing a mountain - climb the south side and you get one view, north side, a totally different view

I believe no one can read the history of our country...without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses....I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it - Chief Justice Earl Warren

Job is about warfare, Psalms worship, Proverbs wisdom, Ecclesiastes wealth, Song of Solomon wife - Louis Greenup

The word of God: hear it, fear it, endear it, revere it, adhere to it. Muse in it, meditate on it, memorize it, minister it, master it and be mastered by it

Read the Bible to be wise, practice the Bible to be holy, obey the Bible to be blessed

If the Pentecostals have erred at all, they may interpret the Bible too literally in places, but that is hardly a dangerous error any more than having too many clothes on when you are caught in a mountain snowstorm. Too many clothes may be cumbersome, but too few could cost your life - C. Peter Wagner

Do you know a book that you are willing to put under your head for a pillow when you lie dying? That is the book you want to study while you are living. There is but one such book in the world, the Bible - Joseph Cook

When you take the “text” out of “context” all you’re left with is a “con”


Bartimaeus/ Jesus went to Jericho and started a Jericho march

Disciples/ Jimmy, Johnny, Pete, little John, Bart, Tommy, Andy, Mat, Phil, Jamie, Thad and Judas

Elijah went from Carmel to the cave
Elijah – long-haired, long hunted, long hated, long heralded. On Mount Carmel he was outnumbered but not outweighed
Ahab was tormented by the Tishbite’s teasing taunts! - R.G. Lee

Good Samaritan/ man in ditch - they flipped him, tripped him, ripped him, stripped him, gypped him. He was left “half dead” - that means half alive to God, half alive to the world

John the Baptist - made the transition from law to grace. He ate the locusts of the law but the wild honey of grace

Jonah - only two exits from the fish and neither were very appealing.
Jonah had the “inside story”
Jonah slept on a foam blubber mattress

Joseph/ kind of a Jewish Cartwright family. The youngest was “little Joe”

Nebuchadnezzar got put out to pasture for seven years

Peter was a chip off the old rock

Prodigal son - there were two prodigals in that story, one left the father’s home, the other left the father’s heart

The prodigal son sold his jewelry, then his coat, then his shirt, then his T-shirt then he “came to himself”.

Rich young ruler - never a man came to Jesus with more, never a man left Jesus with less

Samson had a bad hair day

Saul - David wouldn’t spear him, he would spare him

Woman at the well/ she’d rather face the scorching rays of the sun than the searing words of the gossips. She avoided running into the ladies but ran into God instead.

Woman in John 8 - there we see the Teacher and the Cheater

I guess Noah’s wife would be an Ark-angel

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that. Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. Then God made the world. He split the Adam and made Eve.  Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.....Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars. Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something. One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check. After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat. Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable. God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother. One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town. After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them. After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New one.  He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.') During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him. Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead. Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminium. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution


The birthright was not worth as much as the blessing. Birthright is a one-time inheritance. The blessing is an ongoing life of prosperity and success that passes to future generations


Without blood all flesh asphyxiates and dies. How dare we deny the blood from a world that needs it? There are Christians who will donate blood to the Red Cross then deny sinners the right to come to the communion table

To say to a person who has sinned that they can’t come for communion until they are worthy is like telling a hungry man that he can’t come to the table until he is full, or to a poor man he can’t get a job until he is financially stable, or a sick man that he can’t have medicine until he feels better

He shed His blood in type on the altar/cross (Exo 24:6-8), around the cross (Exo 29:12-16), on the High Priest’s garments (Exo 29:20-21), on the bottom of the cross (Lev 4:6-7), on the side of the cross (Lev 5:9), on the earth beneath (Lev 7:2).

We take the bread then the wine because the bread is lifeless by itself until the blood is sprinkled upon it. Moses sprinkled the book with blood. Jesus, the Word of God, had to be sprinkled with blood before He could give life.

Lester Sumrall cast demons out of a Phillipino girl who could not speak English. She spoke in clear English cursing the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost and the blood of Jesus in that order, before it was expelled. Devils see the blood as equal with the trinity.

Drying blood draws flies. Beelzebub is lord of the flies. But the living blood of Jesus repels them.

Israelites would have perished on Passover night had they: mocked or disobeyed Moses’ order concerning the blood, decided to go to another church that didn’t teach such rubbish, ventured outside their houses for but a minute. offered their own righteousness, trinkets, etc. instead of the blood, sprinkled red paint, water or any other substitute liquid

Joel 3:21 – He will cleanse our blood. Sin taken out of the blood removes all its subsequent contaminants.

Scarlet saved the harlot. Rahab was a prostitute right out of her home which meant her brothers were likely pimps and her other sisters were hookers too. But anyone wanting saved can be saved if they will exercise faith in the red thread. She asked for a “true token” just as at Passover the blood was called a token. Tokens open the turnstile. The spies would have slain a lamb for the house but there was not time. Instead they designed a prophetic type, the thread, but said Rahab and her family could not leave the house until deliverance came. These were the first Gentiles permitted into God’s household and it came by faith in the blood

Are you trusting in the blood or treading on the blood

Solomon had 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep sacrificed at the dedication of the temple. The blood flow caused a literal stream flowing down to the Kidron valley. But all that blood can’t measure to the unceasing stream of Calvary. Josephus taught that a household not numbering more than 20 had to offer a lamb for a house. At a population of 2.5 million in Egypt there would have been 160,000 lambs slaughtered at the first Passover. In Solomon’s day there were more like 6 million Israelites needing more than 400,000 lambs at Passover

The outpouring of the blood for us was to prepare the way for the outpouring of the Spirit on us – Andrew Murray

BODY - temple of Holy Ghost

If you had a million dollar thoroughbred would you let him stay up all night, drinking coffee, smoking and never exercising? Well, your is a billion dollar body. How much would you sue for if you lost an arm or leg to someone’s negligence? - Zig Ziglar


Don’t stare up the steps - step up the stairs! - Zig Ziglar

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult - Seneca

We are His masterpieces and mouthpieces. Be prepared to boldly speak

You have a voice and you have a choice. Exercise both of them boldly

Before Pentecost the disciples were all nerves. After Pentecost they were all nerve

If you’re hunting for rabbits in tiger country you must always be alert for tigers, but if you’re hunting for tigers then who cares about rabbits? Don’t you think it’s time to go after something bigger in life?

One day they will wheel your cold body into the coroner’s lab on a stainless steel gurney and stick a yellow tag to your bluish stiff toe. Before that day comes you owe it to yourself to at least once go for that go-for-broke feeling of giving it all you got in life

Even a turtle can’t make any progress if he doesn’t stick his neck out once in a while. You have to take chances to make advances

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing

If you only walk in other men’s tracks you will never make any new discoveries

“There once was a very cautious man, who never laughed or played,
he never risked, he never tried, he never sang or prayed,
And when at last he passed away, his insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived, they said, “he never died”

We are to live our lives active and not passive, in the first person not the second person – in the indicative mood not the subjective mood, in the present tense not the future tense

An Army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions - Napoleon


No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance - Atwood H. Townsend

Do not deny yourself the help of good books on the subject of your lessons. Buy, borrow or beg, if necessary, but obtain somehow the help of the best thinkers, enough at least to stimulate your own thought; but do not read without thinking. If possible, talk the lesson over with an intelligent friend; collision often brings light - John Milton Gregory

I hate to lend out books. I find that my friends are all pretty lousy accountants but they are sure good bookkeepers


He must have been an incredibly good shot - Noel Coward, on being told that someone had blown his brains out

A brain is no stronger than its weakest think


We need burdened hearts, burning hearts and believing hearts

We need burning lips, bursting hearts, brimming eyes, blushing faces, blasting tongues and blessing hands

We need prophets today burdened, bowed, bold, broken and blazing

We need to be broken before God and bold before men - Darrell Friend

Before Jesus whipped the money-changers He wept for them

Men like Evan Roberts of the Welsh Revival, Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield of England and New England, were all good reapers in public because they were good weepers in private

Now we have lots of travelers but few travailers, lots of organizers but few agonizers, lots of fears but few tears, lots of fashion but little passion, lots of nestlers but few wrestlers, lots interferers but few intercessors, lots of singers but few clingers

Today’s church lacks a burden for this lost world. One guy indifferent fellow said, “I used to be apathetic, not I just don’t care”

Quit rowing the boat and start rocking it!

We need a voice in this wilderness. We have the wilderness, now if we just had the voice. John the Baptist was a voice in the wilderness, too many today are just echoes


More than 98% of all American companies are comprised of fewer than 100 people

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy knows the recipe for success: Honor God, listen to the customer and put people before profit

When you hire people smarter than yourself, you prove that you are smarter than they are

When the boss read the notes in the suggestion box he wished they had been more specific - “What kind of kite? Which lake?”

There is only one boss in the company, the customer, and he can fire everyone in the company - Sam Walton

90% of small business fail the first year, 80% of the remainder close their doors within the next five years, 80% of those aren’t open ten years later

Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company - Zig Ziglar

The three R’s: Reputation, Resume and Rolodex

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