We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
[God] is able to take your life, with all of the heartache, all of the pain, all of the regret, all of the missed opportunities, and use you for His glory.
The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray.
When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.
When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.
We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
God uses those who seem ill-fitted for a significant life.
The glory of God is a man fully alive, and the life of a man consists in beholding God.
People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Boldness in the course of a noble fight is worth the risk…If you stand on truth, you’ll only regret your timidity later, but you’ll never regret being bold.
Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone – deep, non-hypocritical integrity
If you allow it, [suffering] can be the means by which God brings you His greatest blessings.
The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.
If you are having difficulty loving or relating to an individual, take him to God. Bother the Lord with this person. Don’t you be bothered with him – leave him at the throne
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here’s how – guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality . Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do’s and don’ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately… yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it – emotional and spiritual damage will occur.
If you’re running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you’re trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you’ll find that no job is all that intimidating.
A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven.
We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.
Emmanuel. God with us. He who resided in Heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn’t come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety.
I let people see the cracks in my life. We can’t be phony. We’ve got to keep it real.
Alleged ‘impossibilities’ are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched.
Jesus didn’t come to earth to establish a new religion. He came to restore a broken relationship. He came to make the primary, primary again.
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never.
Grace has to be the loveliest word in the English language. It embodies almost every attractive quality we hope to find in others. Grace is a gift of the humble to the humiliated. Grace acknowledges the ugliness of sin by choosing to see beyond it. Grace accepts a person as someone worthy of kindness despite whatever grime or hard-shell casing keeps him or her separated from the rest of the world. Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.