E-Clips . . . quotes gathered through
three decades of Kris reading and study
It was said of Jesus - “the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (Psa 69:9). We all l need to be eaten up, consumed, with our dream in life
I would rather have zeal without knowledge than to have knowledge without zeal
Live your life with an exclamation not an explanation
Zig Ziglar spoke of “hardening of the ardor-ies”
A man in one church recalled how during football season he and his son watched football on television the whole weekend. On Saturdays it was college football, on Sundays professional football, and then to cap it off professional football on Monday evenings. This same father was uncomfortable with his son being away for a weekend religious retreat, fearing his son might turn into a religious fanatic! I asked him if he thought being a sports fan was okay for his son. Of course, he replied. But when I pointed out that "fan" is the shortened form of "fanatic," he was taken aback. His long-neglected wife, a football widow of the first rank, wondered aloud why
it was perfectly acceptable to be a football fanatic and not a religious fanatic. "Because," replied her husband without thinking, "unlike a religious fanatic, a football fanatic can be perfectly harmless." "Yes," said the long-unnoticed football widow, "I can vouch for that!"
Make life a blast while it shall last!
Writers of the Sports Illustrated article regarding Bill McCartny couldn’t understand why a man would give up power, prestige and a $350,000 salary for the purpose of spending time with his wife and his God. The article used words like “radical, out of his head, consumed and religious zealot” referring to Coach McCartney. Isn’t it surprising that the zeal considered an asset for him while he was the Colorado Buffs football coach is seen as a liability now that he is a Christian
It is far easier to cool down a fanatic than to warm up a corpse
We need to come alive. T.L. Osborn breaks that word ALIVE down as/ A - we have His Authority, L - we have His Liberty, I - we have His Identity, V - we have His Vitality, and E - we have His Equality
It takes zest to be the best
Motivation isn’t natural, de-motivation is. It’s like giving a shopping cart a shove. Natural laws bring it to a stop. It needs a shove again to continue its momentum. We too need a shove from above every now and then
You’ve heard this cop out - “Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day”. You need to answer that by saying - “Yea, but I wasn’t the foreman on that job!”
Revival is hindered by figureheads, soreheads, hotheads and dead-heads
The heaviest load in the church is not its power bill, mortgage payment or pastor’s salary – the heaviest load is the do-nothing members who feel a calling to sit, sulk, sour and criticize everything the leadership attempts
It is better to have a hundred fanatics than a thousand placid followers - Lenin
It’s time to get the lead out and get the Lord in
Carl Richardson talks of the lady preacher who claimed that none of the other preachers would use her ministry. “So”, she said, “I guess I’ll just sit here on the sidelines of life while the fire of God burns away in my sanctified soul”. Not so, honey. If there’s not enough fire in your soul to burn the lead out of your shoes, don’t tell me about how on fire you are
Nothing is more distressing than a congregation of morning glories who bloom at church on Sunday morning but fold up their pedals the rest of the week
Too many are trying to be neither-nor in a world that is either-or. The need is for courage under fire, not caution under cover - Vance Havner
As there is a physical hardening of the arteries so there is a spiritual hardening of the ardor-ies
Go ahead and get out on a limb because that is where the fruit is found
We need to measure our lives not in heartbeats but in heart-throbs. Who cares how long a man has lived if his heart was never on fire
Instead of praying “if I should die before I wake” why don’t we pray “if I should wake before I die”. That’s our greatest need, to wake up, shake up and make up before we take up
This is the hour of sleeping sentries, tired teachers, prayerless pastors, powerless parishioners, snoozing shepherds and napping saints
Get out of the recliner and get into the refiner!
You can take a wild duck and make him tame but you can’t take a tame duck and make him wild again - Kierkegaard
Zeal then, not charity, became the guide - Alexander Pope
It’s time to raze hell!
Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my King, He would not in mine age have left me naked to mine enemies - William Shakespeare