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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

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HABITS

A person doesn’t decide his future. He decides his habits and his habits decide his future

Champions are willing to do daily what others only do occasionally - Mike Murdock

You will never change your life until you change the things you do daily

What you do daily determines what you will become permanently - Mike Murdock

Habit is something you can do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them - Frank Clark

First we form habits then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they'll eventually conquer you

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken - Samuel Johnson

Habits seldom are eliminated but they can be substituted. Put a New Testament where there used to be a cigarette pack.

Do something consistently for 21 days and it will likely become a permanent part of your life

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am habit

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny - Frank Outlaw

Larry Bird shot 500 free-throws every morning

Mary Kay Ash’s habit, she wrote down six things she was to do every day and she did it, year after year

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing - Vince Lombardi

Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams - Og Mandino

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones - Ben Franklin

Habits are first cobwebs, then cables - Spanish Proverb

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit - Aristotle

What you resist persists - Carl Jung

If you can’t break the porn habit, tell your wife and she’ll break it

Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny - G.D. Boardman

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily - John Maxwell

HAPPINESS

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes - Hugh Downs

The only way I could feel better is if I were twins - Van Crouch

Benjamin Franklin was, as usual, on to something when he said, "Beer is living proof that G-d loves us and wants us to be happy." Or, less judgmentally, and for secular people who favor a wall of separation between church and tavern, beer is evidence that nature wants us to be - George Will

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go - George Burns

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being," a novel Brown admires, Milan Kundera writes: "Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition."

Whines are the products of sour grapes

Happiness is not the destiny, it is the journey

The world’s concept of happiness is having what we want. God’s concept is wanting what we have - Neil Anderson

Sorry sour sick sad sacks

Raise both fists in the air Rocky-style and then say, “I’m depressed”. It is impossible. You can’t be depressed when you act victorious - Jack Canfield

Oh what a happy child I am although I cannot see,
For I am determined in this world, happy shall I be,
For the blessings I enjoy that other people don’t,
To weep inside because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t! - Fannie Crosby at age 8

Assume a cheerfulness you do not feel, and shortly you feel the cheerfulness you assumed - Chinese proverb

HEALTH/HEALING

What’s the hard part about healing, patience, fasting, memorizing scripture, what? The hard part was the whip, the nails and the crown. Everything else is easy…just receive.

Here’s to your health!

Job lived 140 years after his healing

If you’re nursing a grudge prepare to pay some huge doctor bills

You’ve got to eat right, exercise and have goals and challenges. Exercise is king; nutrition is queen. Put ‘em together and you’ve got a kingdom - Jack Lallane at 90 yrs old

One preacher lived by grace, grit and grain

Health clubs, rotary clubs, golf clubs, night clubs, bridge clubs, hunting clubs…a lot of people are being “clubbed” to death!

People will stand three hours in a healing line but won’t jog for fifteen minutes - Mike Murdock

John Lake prayed for quarantined Africans suffering from bubonic plague, laying hands on them, without being inoculated. When they examined by microscope froth that was on his hands they found the deadly germs were all dead.

Thomas Jefferson and John Q. Adams both died on the same day, 4th of July 1826, 50th anniversary of Independence Day. Faith enabled them to hold on to that monumental day. Jefferson’s last words were, “Is it the 4th?” and Adams asked, “Is Tom still alive?”

Take care of your body. If you owned a million dollar thoroughbred would you let him stay up till 3 am drinking coffee, smoking and never exercising? Well, you are the real billion dollar man. Think of how much you would sue for if you lost an arm or a leg through someone’s negligence. Your body is valuable, “the temple of the Holy Ghost”. Guard it with all diligence

According to 3 John 2 God wants us to be happy, healthy and holy - “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”

Daily meditation will eliminate the need for daily medication

The first wealth is health - Emerson

Obeying the 5th Commandment is the greatest thing one can do for his health

We can’t afford not to exercise. The endorphins released during exercise are natural uppers. A few minutes of running in the morning will reap hours of productivity the rest of the day

God is responsible for your healing; you are responsible for your health - Mike Murdock

Where would we be without our kids? Umm - Maui, Acapulco, Key West…

Now a word about healing - you are not going to be healed today, I said, you are not going to be healed today. You were healed 2,000 years ago when He paid the price for your healing!

When people jog they are running from their funerals and running for their lives

Psalm 23 is a prescription you can take with meals, bedtime or when you get up or at the first sight of any nauseum - S. I. McMillen

If we keep patting ourselves on our broken backs, how will they ever mend? - Beth Moore

When you say, “I have a gut feeling about such and such”, you’re not speaking metaphorically, you’re speaking literally, because your gut makes the same chemicals as your brain when it thinks - Deepak Chopra

If I find a green meadow splashed with daisies and sit down beside a clear-running brook, I have found medicine - Deepak Chopra

In-curable means curable from within

God heals and the doctor takes the fee - Ben Franklin

HEAVEN

As the ship goes over the horizon we on this side say, “She is gone”, not knowing that others on the other side are saying, “She is coming”

You grow to heaven, you don’t “go” to heaven

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If I were going to dwell in any place in this country, if I were going to make it my home, I would inquire about its climate, about the neighbors I would have - about everything, in fact, that I could learn concerning it. If soon you were going to emigrate, that is the way you would feel. Well, we are all going to emigrate in a very little while. We are going to spend eternity in another world...Is it not natural that we should look and listen and try to find out who is already there and what is the route to take? - D.L. Moody

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither - C.S. Lewis

I can no more adequately provide a message on heaven than a one inch pipe can adequately conduct the flow of the Amazon River or a flickering candle can adequately light up the sunset or a single wheelbarrow can adequately haul away a Midwest wheat crop - R.G. Lee

Notice heaven’s multitudes, mansions, music, marvels, meetings and Master

Robbing a man of his hope of heaven is more dastardly than knocking the crutches out from under a cripple, taking the wheels off an invalid’s wheelchair, stealing money from a blind man’s cup, giving the hungry beggar a stone for a fish or draining the water from a gold fish’s bowl - R.G. Lee

Brethren, I am on my way to heaven and I don’t intend to get lost - Bishop Hughes

If you read history you will find that Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought the most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this - C.S. Lewis

I desire to have heaven and hell ever in my eye while I stand in this isthmus of life between these two boundless oceans; and I verily think the daily consideration of both highly becomes all men of reason and religion - John Wesley letter to John Smith

Booksellers used to offer their customers a prospectus, the covers and sample pages of the complete book...God offers us even now a prospectus of that which is to come...we can enjoy the prospectus before we get to the heavenly library to read the never-ending book - Vance Havner

The outfit of the animal seems an ideal provision for the purely terrestrial sphere in which it is placed, while the outfit of man, if the terrestrial sphere be all that is appointed for him, seems clearly a vast overprovision - James Martineau

Heaven begun is the living proof that makes the heaven to come credible - Frederick Robertson

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?" The little boy replied, "Sure! Just go straight down this street a couple blocks and turn to your right." The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town. I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday. I'll show you how to get to Heaven." The little boy replied with a chuckle. "Awww, come on. You don't even know the way to the Post Office."

HELL

To know white there must be black, day - night, heat - cold, Summer - Winter, love - hate, good - evil, winning - losing, success - failure, so if there is God then there is Satan, and if there is Heaven it could not be known unless there is also Hell

Disgraced in time, damned in eternity

Satan put a seal on Christ’s tomb and He broke it. In Revelation 20 Christ will out a seal on the devil’s tomb and he will never break it

The man who will not believe in hell must then surrender his belief in heaven as well - AW Tozer

West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub - February ‘03, 98 died in Great White concert pyrotechnics fire. They went from the Great White Concert to the Great White Throne. One survivor who laid on his side under the pile of human torches heard shrieking screams - “Oh God, I don’t want to die like this!” I thought nightclubs were supposed to be fun

Some words about hell: Exit is not a word in the vocabulary of Hell. Hell is a place of torment, tears, temperature and timelessness. We need to note hell’s cells, hell’s smells, hell’s yells and hell’s bells. Hell’s infernal drums are beating in time to the ceaseless groans of the doomed and damned

The sinner’s wickedness makes him heavy as lead, pressing him downward to hell. Your healthy constitution, wisdom and care would not slow that fall any more than a spider’s web would stop a falling rock - Jonathan Edwards

There is the place of the glorified, the place of the horrified; eternal light, eternal night

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality - Dante

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future - Oscar Wilde

HERESY

The starting point of every heresy is the corrupting of the innocence of intelligence by conceit - Oswald Chambers

HISTORY

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice - Mark Twain

History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana

All great historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice...the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce - Karl Marx

The only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today - Henry Ford

The ideal historian goes to the mouth of the tomb, cries: "Lazarus, come forth!" and sets him that was dead for ages, blinking and passionate, in the sun - Austin O’Malley

Faithful, well-written history is a map, in which we trace the winding ways and manifold wonders of divine Providence - John Thornton

He who thoroughly understands the present epoch, must have reproduced, and lived through, in his private experience, all the religions, dispensations, and civilizations that preceded it - William Greene

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well - Frank Herbert

History, a distillation of rumor - Carlyle

There is properly no history, only biography - Emerson

HOLINESS

God is scouring the inside of the cup and platter today with lye soap, but it has to be done

Holiness is imputed by the Father, imported by the Son and imparted by the Spirit

A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine - D.L. Moody

The angel’s theme was not happy, happy, happy, but holy, holy, holy is the Lord

There are those who sing lustily in the choir on Sunday then live lustfully in the world the rest of the week. They go from the choir to the mire

The battle is between Ishmael and Isaac - physically the battle is for the soil, spiritually the battle is for the soul

They are Sunday morning saints and Monday morning ain’ts

God will take away the jug, the drug, the plug and the jitterbug - Ray Hughes

“Is holiness preaching popular where you are from?” John Wesley Riley replies, “No, but it’s sure popular where I’m going!”

It used to be that there was a high death rate at birth. The simple diagnosis was that the doctors needed to wash their hands before delivery. How many spiritual babes have perished because we religious doctors have dirty hands? It’s time to be clean “ye that bear the vessels of the Lord”

We need clean hands before God - hands clean from greed and grime and the grasp for gain

Today’s cheap gospel delivers men from the penalty of sin but does nothing about the power or pollutions of sin. It deals with condemnation but does nothing about contamination

Our bodies are to be temples, not taverns

The church was intended to be a soloist in this world, not an accompanist with the world

In First Corinthians Paul dealt with carnalities before he could speak on spiritualities

The church picture today - carnage without and carnality within

The world is a pigpen while the church is a playpen

Every believer can choose his own zip code - Egypt which stands for the natural man, Wilderness which is the carnal man, or Canaan which is the spiritual man

We must oppose sin, not appease sin. God would rather you be on the wrong side of the fence than on the fence. The worst enemies of the apostles were not the opposers but the appeasers

The church is not to be a reluctant caboose on the train track of history, but is supposed to be a steaming, streaming locomotive that directs the course of history

God will forgive our sins but we must forsake our sins

We go to the Cross for life in regeneration and for death in sanctification

As Howard Hendricks said, “It’s not hard living the Christian life - it is impossible”. We must have the Holy Spirit’s help to live holy lives

In John chapter 8, concerning the woman caught in adultery, Jesus did not condemn her but neither did He condone her

Are you riding on the old S & N? - “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way…”

A train only has freedom if it remains on the tracks. Jump the track and all freedom becomes chaos and bondage

Our nation was once shocked with news that a gang of Florida teenagers had brutally killed three motorists. They did so with neither gun nor knife. Instead they removed the stop signs from a dangerous intersection and the resulting collision was fatal. Today the stop signs are slowly being removed

The straight and narrow way has the least accidents and the lowest casualty rate

Then you’ve heard of the lady with the PHD? Pentecostal Hairdo

We need to move from a holy laugh to a holy life

The man of God is not here to catch the spirit of the age but rather to condemn and correct it. He is not to be a chip carried by the current, but a rock jutting out into the stream around which the waters may boil because it will not be moved - R.G. Lee

When Jesus comes back to earth the labels aren’t going to read ‘Made in Mexico’ or ‘Made in Japan’ - they are going to say HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD - Darrell Friend

When you find yourself in some hot water, just remember that hot water can make you clean - Darrell Friend

We are not just broadminded today - we have become Broadway-minded

The Bride is not getting herself ready for a “date” but for a marriage - Francis Frangipane

Prayer is the lungs through which holiness breathes - E.M. Bounds

HOLLYWOOD/ Broadway

Hollywood, where they shoot too many movies and not enough directors

Most of today’s playwrights are play wrongs

A drama critic is a person who leaves no turn unstoned - George Bernard Shaw

The play itself was a profound success, but the crowd was a profound failure - Oscar Wilde

Give me two years and I’ll make her an overnight star

We can be broadminded without being Broadway minded

America has an affection for super models but not role models

Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars - Fred Allen

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart - Fred Allen

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood - Fred Thompson

Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel - Oscar Levant

There's no doubt about it, show business lures the people who didn't get enough love, attention, or approval early in life and have grown up to become bottomless, gaping vessels of terrifying, abject need - Dennis Miller

Here in Hollywood you can actually get a marriage license printed on an Etch-A-Sketch - Dennis Miller 

HOLY SPIRIT

There is someone inside you besides you - Keith Moore

Today’s church is out of step, out of breath, out of touch and about out of time. We need a quickening and we need it quick

Praying for the Holy Spirit to move is like praying for fire to be hot or water to be wet. Moving is what He does

The Holy Spirit, like a dove, was seen descending from heaven, but no one has ever seen Him fly back to heaven

The Holy Spirit is “with you”, “in you” and “upon you”

There are ministers who are ordained yet ordinary, called yet cold, licensed yet licentious, talented yet intimidated, endowed but not endued, on file but not on fire, appointed yet not anointed

Programs that are on a heart-lung artificial support system need to be allowed to die

Incubation (Gen 1:2), incarnation (Mat 1:18), inspiration (2 Tim 3:16)

If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference - A.W. Tozer

When He grieves He leaves

The early church healed a crippled beggar - the modern church is crippled and begs for alms to keep its programs afloat

We need a new commission not a new committee, a new vision not a new version, new touchings not more new teachings, a new man of flame not another man of fame

Christians now run to the psychiatrist to get ‘shock treatment’ - I remember when they went down to the brush arbor to get their shock treatment - Lester Roloff

Buzzards only go after dead things. Eagles only go after living things. Many Christians, like buzzards, wait for the death or removal of someone in a position of authority so they can pounce on an opportunity

Trying to live without the Holy Spirit is like a car without gasoline, sail boat without wind, a locomotive without coal or steam, a light bulb without electricity, a gun without a bullet, a plant without rain, a heartbeat without blood, lungs without air or a body without food

The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the Information Super-highway

The One who - at our invitation - seeps like water under every closed door of our souls, filling each empty place with Himself until the flood rises and the door is swept from its hinges - Beth Moore

The more objective part He did so that we might become His children. He sent forth His Son. The more subjective part He did so that we might liv like His children. He sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts...These two halves form one great whole and cannot be separated - Andrew Murray

There is a twofold work of the Spirit. One, it gives a holy disposition and character. The other, it qualifies and empowers a man for work. The former must always come first - Andrew Murray

David du Plessis was a Pentecostal pastor from South Africa who became an international spokesman and lecturer. On one occasion, he’d been talking to a group of Episcopalian clergymen for about a half-hour about the Pentecostal experience of the Holy Spirit when one of the priests stood up suddenly as though a nerve had been struck. With quavering voice flush with emotion, the clergyman asked:“Mr. du Plessis, are you telling us that you Pentecostals have the truth, and we other churches do not?” Rev. du Plessis replied, “No, I believe we both hold the same truth…but we HANDLE it differently. Let me try to illustrate: When my wife and I moved to America we bought…a deep freeze, and there we kept some rather fine Texas beef. Now, we can take one of those steaks out and lay it, frozen solid, on the table. It’s a steak, all right, no question of that. You and I can sit around and analyze it: we can discuss its lineage, its age, what part of the steer it comes from. We can weigh it and list its nutritional values.but, when I put that steak on the grill, something different begins to happen. [It starts to sizzle and smoke and] my little boy smells it from way out in the yard and comes shouting, ‘Gee, that smells good! Can I have some?’ Gentlemen, that is the difference between our ways of handling the same truth, the same Lord, the same Baptism, the same Holy Spirit: You have yours on ice; we have ours on fire”

HOME

Strange development: before the wedding he wouldn’t go home, after the wedding he won’t stay home

Home, the only bliss of Paradise that hast surviv’d the Fall - William Cowper

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right - Maya Angelou

Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room - Beecher Stowe

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in - Robert Frost

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it - George Moore

A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to - John Ed Pearce

HONESTY

Your teeth may be false but your tongue can be true

No man for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Adam was stripped naked before his wife then before his God. Two most important needs, be honest before your mate and your Maker

I’d rather be right than be president - Henry Clay

Bear in mind that withholding truth is always a potential lie, and that each instance in which the truth is withheld, a significant moral decision is required - M. Scott Peck

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything - Mark Twain

Spin is sin

There's a story about a woman finding herself alone in an elevator with the famous and very handsome Robert Redford. As the elevator moved up the floors, the woman, like many of us might, found herself uncontrollably staring at the movie star. Finally, in her excitement and nervousness, she blurted out: "Are you the real Robert Redford?" To which Redford responded, "Only when I'm alone."

This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man - In Hamlet, Polonius giving advice to Laertes

He who is slow in promising is always the most faithful in performing - Rousseau

I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth, even though it costs him his job - Samuel Goldwyn

Promises are like money, easier made than kept

Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark - Thomas Fuller

Honesty is still the best policy. However, there are less policy holders than there used to be - John Mason

A shady person never makes a shining witness

An honest man alters his ideas to fit the truth and a dishonest man alters the truth to fit his idea - John Mason

When anybody in business accuses everybody in business of being dishonest, they convict at least one person - R.A. Torrey

The vow that binds too strictly snaps itself - Tennyson

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on - Samuel Goldwyn

You can’t always tell a crook by his cover

HONOR

Honor is better than honors

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to receive honors and not deserve them - Mark Twain

Who steals my purse steals trash, but he that pilfers from me my good name robs me of that which enriches him, and makes me poor indeed - Shakespeare

When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead - Whittier

HOPE

Life with Christ is endless hope, without Christ it is a hopeless end

Many with no rope, no cope, no hope, only dope

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer - Albert Camus

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks - Helen Keller

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on

Man can live forty days without food, four days without water, four minutes without air, but he can’t live four seconds without hope

The best bridge between despair and hope is often just a good night’s sleep

As a man will grab for anything to steady himself on a slick sidewalk, so people are grabbing for anything and anyone that can give them a steady hope in this icy age

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope - Martin Luther King

Churchill said that England’s greatest weapon against Hitler was hope

G. Campbell Morgan tells of a Chicago man whose shop burned to the ground. The next morning he set up a table amid the charred debris with an optimistic sign - “Everything lost except wife, children and hope. Business will resume as usual tomorrow morning”

Bumper sticker - “Due to recent cutbacks the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off”

A young man questioned why he had robbed a bank said, “I’ll get a free meal every day in jail, or else I’ll escape and get off scot-free or perhaps the police will shoot me and any of those would be better than what I have now”

Better to eat Twinkies in hope than broccoli in despair - John Ortberg

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again - Anne Frank

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? - Thornton Wilder

HUMANITY

To err is human; to blame it on someone else is even more human

To err is human; to really foul things up takes a computer

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud - Carl Sandburg

Tears are the lowest common denominator of humanity

We all are part of the Adam’s Family

Human nature – insurance company says, We have found 2000 people who have had their fenders smashed in parking lots, but not one that smashed someone else’s

We are not human beings seeking a spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings living a human experience

People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention

If I were two-faced don’t you think I would be wearing the other one?

Man is more interesting than men. It’s him, not them, whom God made in his image. Each is more precious than all - Andre Gide

We try to be Super Man, but we don’t go to bed wearing our cape - Ronnie Webb. (After hours we are back to being Clark Kent)

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere - C.S. Lewis

HUMILITY

The hardest instrument in the orchestra to play is second fiddle - Leonard Bernstein

A young seminary graduate came up to the lectern, very self-confident and immaculately dressed. He began to deliver his first sermon in his first church and the words simply would not come out. Finally he burst into tears and ended up leaving the platform obviously humbled. There were two older ladies sitting in the front row and one remarked to the other, "If he'd come in like he went out, he would have gone out like he came in."

Humility comes from the word “humus”, of the earth, lowly

Paderewski felt unworthy to play Beethoven’s piano

Don’t be humble; you’re not that great - Golda Meir

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly - G.K. Chesterton

We grow small trying to be great - E. Stanley Jones

He’s a legend in his own mind

Alex Haley, the author of Roots, has a picture in his office, showing a turtle sitting atop a fence. The picture is there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago: "If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help." Says Alex, "Any time I start thinking, "Wow, isn't this marvelous what I've done!" I look at the picture and remember how this turtle - me - got up on that post

I may have my faults, but being wrong ain’t one of them - Jimmy Joffa

God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him - Martin Luther

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with - Peter Marshall

The fellow that does things that count usually doesn’t take time to count them

God made the world out of nothing and as long as we are nothing he can make something out of us - Martin Luther

The moment you think you have humility you’ve lost it

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker - Helen Keller

The humble never stumble

I’m not on an ego trip but a success trip - Robert Schuller

A young second lieutenant at Fort Bragg discovered that he had no change when he was about to buy a soft drink from a vending machine. He flagged down a passing private and asked him, "Do you have change for a dollar?" The private said cheerfully, "I think so, let me take a look." The lieutenant drew himself up stiffly and said, "Soldier, that is no way to address an officer. We'll start all over again. Do you have change for a dollar?" The private came to attention, saluted smartly, and said, "No, sir!" James W. Hewitt, Illustrations Unlimited, Wheaton: Tyndale, 1988, p. 42.

If you put a small value on yourself the world will not offer to up the price

Saul went from self-depreciation to self-glorification, at one moment hiding behind the baggage feeling unworthy of promotion, then seeking to build a monument to himself

It’s better to walk with an occasional limp than a continuous strut

Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less

The vine in a grapevine are so intertwined that you really can’t distinguish which branch it is that bears the fruit - the fruit doesn’t brag!

The person who is wrapped up in himself makes a very small package, and the package contains an unhappy person

Humility is not denying the power you have but in sharing that the power comes through you not from you

THE INDISPENSABLE MAN
“Sometime when you’re feeling important, sometime when your ego’s in bloom,
Sometime when you take it for granted that you’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometime when you think that your going would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction and see how it humbles your soul,
Take a bucket and fill it with water, and put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining is the measure of how you’ll be missed,
You may splash all you please when you enter, and may stir up the water galore,
But stop and you’ll find in a minute that it looks quite the same as before,
The moral in this quaint example is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember, there’s no indispensable man”

Toscanini was one of the greatest orchestral conductors in the world. Once when he was talking to an orchestra when he was preparing to play one of Beethoven’s symphonies with them he said: “Gentlemen, I am nothing; you are nothing; Beethoven is everything”

We've all used the story of the woodpecker whose tree was struck by lightning and thought he had brought the tree down himself

God dwells in the highest heaven but also in the lowliest heart

I find in my own ministry that supposing I pray for my own little flock, ‘God bless me, God fill my pews, God send my flock a revival,” I miss the blessing; but as I pray for my big brother, Mr. Spurgeon, on the right-hand side of my church, ‘God bless him’; or my other big brother, Campbell Morgan, on the other side of my church, ‘God bless him’; I am sure to get a blessing without praying for it, for the overflow of their cups fills my little bucket - F.B Meye

We gain humility through humiliations

If I were to pick out two phrases necessary for spiritual growth, I would pick out these: 'I don't know' and 'I am sorry.' And both phrases are the evidences of deep humility - anonymous missionary

True humility is not putting ourselves down but rather lifting up others. If we concentrate on lifting up others, putting down ourselves will take care of itself

To get the wrinkles out of a feed sack you flatten it. To get them out of a rug you roll it out and walk on it

The longer uneaten crow remains on your plate, the worse it tastes

My honest confession of impotence opened the door to omnipotence - Jack Hayford

Become scientists, and all your life remember these words, “I don’t know” - Dr. Edward Teller

The beginning of greatness is to be little; the increase of greatness is to be less; the perfection of greatness is to be nothing - D.L. Moody

God only sends away empty those who are full of themselves

I would much rather that posterity should inquire why no statues were erected to me, than why they were - Cato

“Lo, I am with you always” - if we’ll stay low He’ll always be with us

No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one - Nathanael Hawthorne

HUNGER

More important than our earning power is our yearning power

In the old days of revival if we didn’t have a break we didn’t get a break. Services would last 2-3-4 weeks until the breakthrough came - Ray Hughes

Now we just have weekend meetings which are weakened meetings

Believers today are not hard to please because they are spiritual. They are hard to please because they are spoiled. They have become charismatic connoisseurs after a gourmet gospel. They are pampered, picky and plump and have little yearning for the deep things of God

When we get as anxious for services to go into overtime as we are for the Super-Bowl to, we will be ready for revival

As when the Creator gives His creature the power of thirst, it is because water exists to meet its thirst; and as when He creates hunger there is food to correspond to the appetite; so when He inclines men to pray it is because prayer has a corresponding blessing connected with it - Dick Eastman

Not all who wander from church to church are uncommitted or superficial Christians. A significant number are honestly searching for Christ. They are asking, “Have you seen Him?” - Francis Frangipane

HYPOCRISY

A hypocrite has been accurately described as one who is not himself on Sunday

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

No hypocrite intends to be what he pretends to be

Too many hypocrites in the church? Come on in - one more won’t hurt

Karl Marx’s Jewish father joined the Lutheran Church to get better business deals. The young man disillusioned with his father’s hypocrisy penned that “religion is the opiate of the masses”

Baptist pastor said to his teenage daughter after staying out all night. “Good morning thou child of the devil”. She responded, “Good morning to you father”

Everyone knows what a hypocrite is..that's the guy who gripes about the sex, violence and nudity on his VCR - Zig Ziglar

The Bible suffers more from its proponents than its opponents - Spurgeon

Are you willing to preach what you practice?

Trouble with Baptists, if one goes fishing with you he’ll drink all your beer, if two go with you they won’t drink any of it - Branson Comic

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