God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
~General Douglas MacArthur
A foolish woman is complacent, which in this context, means she is contented with a mediocre Christian life. She fails to grasp the truth that there is no middle road, no fence-sitting, when it comes to discipleship, we are at all times either going forward or going backward. That's why living in limbo is really only an illusion.
~Lydia Brownback ("A Woman's Wisdom")
Relationships either get better or get worse;
they never stand still.
~Dr. Gary Chapman
[Jesus] was lionhearted and lamblike, strong and meek, tough and tender, aggressive and responsive, bold and brokenhearted. He sets the pattern for manhood.
For where the glory of God is not made the end of the government, it is not a legitimate sovereignty, but a userpation.
~ John Calvin
Loneliness is a required course for leadership.
Your emptiness is but preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.
’But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it,’ 1 Cor.10:13. Yes, God is faithful even if we are faithless: He is true to His covenant engagements, and though He visits our iniquities with stripes, yet His loving kindness will He never utterly take from one of His own, Ps.89:32,33. It is in the hour of trial, just with the clouds are blackest and a spirit of dejection has seized us, that God’s faithfulness appears most conspicuously. That is to say, He will either lighten the burden or give increased strength to bear it, so that we shall not be utterly overwhelmed by it.
~A.W. Pink ("Elijah")
If you are Christians, be consistent. Be Christians out and out; Christians every hour, in every part. Beware of halfhearted discipleship, of compromise with evil, of conformity to the world, of trying to serve two masters – to walk in two ways, the narrow and the broad, at once. It will not do. Half-hearted Christianity will only dishonor God, while it makes you miserable.
Instead of the word submission, I should write acceptance, for more and more, as life goes on, that word opens doors into rooms of infinite peace, and the heart that accepts asks nothing, for it is at rest, and the pilgrim of love does not need a map or chart. ‘I know my road, it leadeth to His heart.’
Feelings are not scientific instruments for that which surrounds them. They speak only of themselves when they say, “I am cold; I am dark.” They do not necessarily speak of truths. Perhaps the final victory of our Lord came when he followed the cry of 'Why hast thou forsaken me?' with the words, 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.' Shall we then bemoan any darkness? Shall we not rather gird up our strength to encounter it that we, too, from our side may break through the passage for the light beyond? He who fights with the dark shall know the gentleness that makes man great—the dawning countenance of the God of hope.
~George McDonald ("The Laird's Inheritance")