We can say that true gratitude does not give rise to the debtor’s ethic because it gives rise to faith in future grace. With true gratitude there is such a delight in the worth of God’s past grace, that we are driven on to experience more and more of it in the future…it is done by transforming gratitude into faith as it turns from contemplating the pleasures of past grace and starts contemplating the promises of the future. ”
― John Piper
“To truly try means to accept God’s love, his healing, to accept the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn’t have to be. It takes courage, Finley the warrior. You haven’t held on to your anger and bitterness in search of healing, but as a banner of your hurt. Because it’s real and visible and strong, ” she said. “But so is God’s love and so are those arms he’s holding out for you.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You’ll Find Me
“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”
― Gregory Peck
“My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive.”
― Cindy Martinusen Coloma, Caleb + Kate
“A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.”
― J.S.B. Morse, Now and at the Hour of Our Death
“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.”
― William Blake
“You can’t confuse childlike faith with childish thinking.”
― John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every
generation may not come that far, but none comes further.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
“I have always been a firm believer in God and the power of prayer, though to be honest, my faith has made for alist of questions I definitely want answered after I’m gone.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
“Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?”
― Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy
“But what really matters is not what you believe but the faith and conviction with which you believe…”
― Knut Hamsun, Mysteries
“Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward…just patience and faith.”
― Cristina Marrero
“All religions are based on obsolete terminology.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
“The goal of prayer is to live all of my life and speak all of my words in the joyful awareness of the presence of God.
Prayer becomes real when we grasp the reality and goodness of God’s constant presence with ‘the real me.’ Jesus lived his everyday life in conscious awareness of his Father.”
― John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You
“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Ask and it shall be given you,'” I began. “‘Seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.’ We have the same message in the Book of Saint John,” I said, sounding for all the world like a preacher….”
Well, but how could I just stop there? Those words were worse than nothing if I didn’t tell what they meant to Grandpa. Looking at the long rough box, I spoke timid, in a mumbled voice. Not preachified at all. “Grandpa didn’t think Jesus meant, by that, that we should ast God for things, or for special favors. He said we could trust that in the nature of things, without astin’, we’ll get lots of blessin’s and happy surprises and maybe a miracle or two. When Jesus said ast and you’ll get it, He meant things of the spirit, not the flesh. Right now for instance, I could ast, ‘Lord please raise Grandpa from the dead,’ but it wouldn’t happen. But I can say, ‘Please, God, comfort me,’ and I’ll get heart’s ease. Grandpa said Jesus meant us to ast for hope, forgiveness, and all that. Ast, ‘Hep us not be scared, hep us not be greedy, give us courage to try.” I was really carried away. “Ast any such and God will give it to you. But don’t ast Him not to let fire burn, or say spare me from death. At least, uh, that’s what Grandpa said.”
― Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree
“Guys like him, the ones who grip the Bible so tight they leave fingernail grooves, they’re the ones who are the most scared of their dark side. Always going too far the other way, fighting for the Lord, often just because it gives them an excuse to fight. ”
― David Wong
“When we try to focus our thought upon One who is pure uncreated being we may see nothing at all, for He dwelleth in light that no man can approach unto. Only by faith and love are we able to glimpse Him as He passes by our shelter in the cleft of the rock.”
― A.W. Tozer
“When your only regret is if anyone thinks you regret anything – that is the definition of conviction.”
― Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality
“Christian spirituality was not a children’s story. It wasn’t cute or neat. It was mystical and odd and clean, and it was reaching into dirty. There was wonder in it and enchantment.”
― Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
“Although, I admit, I desire,
Occasionally, some backtalk
From the mute sky, I can’t honestly complain:
A certain minor light may still
Out of kitchen table or chair
As if a celestial burning took
Possession of the most obtuse objects now and then — ”
― Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems
“there comes a time
when you have to let go
all the words
all the teaching
and trust the infinite”
― Billy Doyle, The Mirage of Separation
“I’ve learned that no matter how inspired, fired up and motivated you might be, the dark clouds will always set in”
― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die
“Suffering provides the gym equipment on which my faith can be exercised.”
― Joni Eareckson Tada, Suffering: Making Sense of Suffering 5pk
“Allah tests our patience and our fortitude. He tests out strength of faith. be patient and there will endless rewards for you, insha’Allah” – Utaz Badr”
― Leila Aboulela, Lyrics Alley
“We see them as they cannot, will not, see each other–we see his heart in the way he looks at her; we see her soul calling out for his every touch. It would be so easy if they could only see inside each other as we can.
And yet, there is beauty in the way they find each other: slowly, in a fragile dance of sidelong glances and accidental touches. To see them come together, souls binding without knowing each other as we do, without being certain of what the other’s heart holds, is to learn something new…
― Amie Kaufman, Their Fractured Light
“The worse I am, the more I need God. I can’t shut myself out from His mercy. That is what it would mean; starting a life with you, without Him.”
― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
“To my mind, faith is like being in the sun. When you are in the sun, can you avoid creating a shadow? Can you shake that area of darkness that clings to you, always shaped like you, as if constantly to remind you of yourself? You can’t. This shadow is doubt. And it goes wherever you go as long as you stay in the sun. And who wouldn’t want to be in the sun?”
― Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil
“Since the beginning of time, spirituality and religion have been called to fill in the gaps that science did not understand.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26″).”
― Michele Woolley, God’s Favor – Breath Of Heaven
“ஒன்றே சொல்வார் ஒன்றே செய்வார்
உள்ளத்தில் உள்ளது அமைதி
இன்பத்தில் துன்பம் துன்பத்தில் இன்பம் இறைவன் வகுத்த நியதி…
வரும் துன்பத்தில் இன்பம் பத்தாகும்
இந்த இரண்டு கட்டளை அறிந்த மனதில்
எல்லா நன்மையும் உண்டாகும்
எல்லா நன்மையும் உண்டாகும்”
― கண்ணதாசன் [Kannadasan]
But thou shalt remember the lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18
I can’t be used to obtain the savior and heaven.
Here money itself has agreed, I can’t be used to obtain a savior and heaven. What then can I say?
Money is an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except to obtain a savior and heaven – W.F. Kumuyi.
On a leaflet was written, do you know that you’ll outlive the sun? Do you know that when the earth and the stars have all passed away, you’ll just be beginning your endless day – a time without end? Once you are born you’ll never cease to leave. You’ll live forever; you’ll be alive eternally. Eternity has no end. This is solemn and fearful truth. Suppose it were possible to tie a rope from the earth to heaven and an ant were to go to the end and return on this rope, when the ant has done that a hundred times, then a small fraction of eternity has passed. Suppose a small boy were to empty an ocean with a cup, the time it will take the boy to do so is a very tiny part of eternity. If it were possible to gather all the books that have ever been written in all fields of human Endeavour and in all languages, and a student were to read them one by one, the time he’ll spend reading all the books will only amount to a minute fraction of eternity. If a grain of sand at the seashore will represent a year only a small negligible part of eternity will all amount to. If a bird went to sharpen its beak once a year at a mountain, when the bird wears the mountain in this way, only an insignificant part of eternity would have passed. Eternity is the life- time of the never- dying God. And you’ll be alive eternally. Once born, a person remains consciously alive forever.
Eternity doesn’t terminate at the time of death. Death is just another wrung on the ladder of eternity. It’s only a gateway to eternity- eternity in heaven or in hell. There is the resurrection of life and there is the resurrection of damnation. There is no neutral place. These are stark realities you must face.
Choose you this day. Where do you want to spend eternity? You can only answer with an action.
Eternity in hell is sure for every sinner who refuses to repent. Choose you this day. Where’ll you spend eternity? With God in heaven? Then you must repent now. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. – Proverbs 28:13.
Confession (salvation pill)
Place your right hand on your navel, close your eyes and imagine Jesus Christ standing before you.
Prayer of salvation
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for saving me. I believe you died for my sake. I surrender all to you. Purify, sanctify and justify me. Erase the consequences of my sins. Make me rapture able. Write my name in the book of life. Have mercy upon me and let your grace continually abide with me. Amen.
Wow!!! You have just signed into the resurrection of life. See how the hosts of angels are jubilating for you.
From now on:
But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
You shall prosper
…And he (you) shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his (your) fruit in his season, his leaves shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper… Psalm 1:1-3
Now therefore fear the lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods your fathers served… Joshua 24:14.
…as for me and my house (family), we will serve the LORD…Joshua 24:15-16