“The bigger the darkness, the easier it is to spot your little light.”
“Don't curse the darkness but light a candle.”
“You can get in anywhere if you go to serve.”
“That's the excitement in obedience, finding out later what God had in mind.”
“Persecution is an enemy the Church has met and mastered many times. Indifference could prove to be a far more dangerous foe.”
“Why are we worried!" Rolf said suddenly. "This is God's work. He'll make a way for us.”
“Don't complain to yourselves that you can't go to the mission field! Thank God for bringing the mission field to you!”
“I think you're like one of your own lumps of clay, Andy. God has a plan for you, and He's trying to get you into the center of it, and you keep dodging and slithering away.”
“Whenever, wherever, however You want me, I'll go. And I'll begin this very minute. Lord, as I stand up from this place, and as I take my first step forward, will You consider this is a step toward complete obedience to You? I'll call it the step of yes.”
“In the years of living this life of faith, I have never known God's care to fail.”
“I experienced one of the common miracles of the Christian life. Our spirits recognized each other.”
“Lord, if you show me the way, I will follow You.”
“God really is a Father, as displeased with a cramped, niggardly attitude of lack as with its opposite.”
“The Church is larger than any one nation or any one political scene.”
“The enemy is fierce and he would like for you to think that he has on. Don't believe his lie.”
“It was Sunday morning. I woke very early to a bright and cheery day, anxious to join my fellow Christians in this lovely garden of a land. The clerk in the hotel eyed me a little dubiously when I asked for a church. 'We don't have many of those, you know,' he said. 'Besides, you couldn't understand the language.'
'Didn't you know?' I said, 'Christians speak a kind of universal language.'
'Oh. What's that?'
'It's called "agape".'
'Agape? I never heard of it.'
'Too bad. It's the most beautiful language in the world.”
“Hatred and greed are heavy loads. Your motive, on the other hand, is love. And instead of priding yourselves on your cunning, you recognize how weak you are...so weak that you must depend totally on the Spirit of God.”
“It is never safe to call a church a puppet—no matter how dead, no matter how subservient and temporizing it may appear on the surface. It is called by God’s name, it has God’s eye upon it, at any moment He may sweep the surface away with the purifying wind of His Spirit. ———”
“Karl Marx had said, ‘Give me twenty-six lead soldiers and I will conquer the world,’ meaning of course the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.”
“What is it, Lord? What am I holding back? What am I using as an excuse for not serving You in whatever You want me to do?' And then, there by the canal, I finally had my answer. My 'yes' to God had always been a 'yes, but'. Yes, but I'm not educated. Yes, but I'm lame.
With the next breath, I did say 'Yes'. I said it in a brand-new way, without qualification. 'I'll go, Lord,' I said, 'no matter whether it's through the route of ordination, or through the WEC programme, or through working on at Ringers'.' Whenever, wherever, however You want me, I'll go. And I'll begin this very minute. Lord, as I stand up from this place, and as I take my first step forward, will You consider that this is a step towards complete obedience to You? I'll call it the Step of Yes.”
“The real purpose of this training,” Mr. Dinnen told me, “is to teach our students that they can trust God to do what He has said He would do. We don’t go from here into the traditional missionary fields, but into new territory. Our graduates are on their own. They cannot be effective if they are afraid or if they doubt that God really means what He says in His Word. So here we teach not so much ideas as trusting.”
“Game of the Royal Way. I had discovered that when God supplied money He did it in a kingly manner, not in some groveling way. Three”
“Ohne Gott und Sonnen schein Holen Wir Die Ernte ein Without God and without sun We will get the harvest done I”
“The saddest part of the story to me is that no one talked about the duplicity. The missing bread was never mentioned. The people were silent. ———”
“In the communes, sir,” he had said proudly, “you will find no churches. You see, religion is for the helpless. Here in China we are not helpless any more.” ———”
“A group is the right size, I would guess, when each member can pray every day for every other member, individually and by name, interceding for his personal needs as well as for the success of a particular mission. But what is to prevent twenty, fifty, one hundred such groups from springing up wherever the call is heard—each obedient to its own particular genius, each working in its different way for the coming of the one Kingdom. And”
“You can’t use strong-arm tactics against the Church without strengthening it. It’s always been that way. Under persecution a man looks at his faith to see if it’s worth fighting for, and this is a scrutiny Christianity can always withstand. The real danger comes with an indirect attack, where a person is lured away from the Church before he has a chance to become strong.”
“Funny how long it took us to learn the simple fact that God really is a Father, as displeased with a cramped, niggardly attitude of lack as with its opposite failing of acquisitiveness. ———”
“I urged the German Christians to become missionaries; because it has been my experience that a missionary church is an alive church. At”
“That’s the excitement in obedience,” he said. “Finding out later what God had in mind.” ———”
“Sensing another maternal oration coming on, one of those I-bore-you-and-thus-know-what’s-best-for-you lectures, Richard made a pointed move towards the door. ‘If that’s all for the moment, Mother, I really must be off. The War Office…’
The marchioness gave another of her infamous
‘Have a good time at White’s, darling,’ she said pointedly.
Richard paused halfway out the door and flashed her an incredulous look. ‘How do you always know?’
Lady Uppington looked smug. ‘Because I’m your mother. Now, shoo! Get along with you!”
“Have you ever noticed how when you're happy, time seems to pass by fast, while when you're miserable it goes real slow? Life would have been a blink with you whether it lasted a millennium or a month.”
“Jazz hadn't given her many details of exactly what life in the Dent house had been like, but he'd told her enough that she knew it wasn't hearts and flowers. Well, except for the occasional heart cut from a chest. And the kind of flowers you send to funerals.”
“The Lord often has his prophets climb mountains to converse with Him. I always wondered why He did that, and now I know the answer: when we are on high, we can see everything else as small. Our glory and sadness lose their importance. Whatever we conquered or lost remains there below. From the heights of the mountain, you see how large the world is, and how wide its horizons.”
“And I also believe that love can work miracles."
"Love?" She cocked an eyebrow at him. "What about friendship? Can that work miracles, too?"
Carwyn rolled his eyes. "Silly B, love is friendship...just with less clothes, which makes it far more brilliant.”
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