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Grace

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is the glue.” -Eugene Gladstone O’Neill

“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes” –Martin Luther

“We’re all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.” –Bo Lozoff

“Lord I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better I’d have come running with a bucket.” -Nancy Spiegelberg

“Godly parents have often been afflicted with wicked children; grace does not run in the blood, but corruption does.”  – Matthew Henry

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” –Anne Lamott

“What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.” –Augustine

“My dear brother, let God make of you what He will, He will end all with consolation, and shall make glory out of your suffering.”  –Samuel Rutherford

D.L. Moody– My Top 20 Favorite Quotes

Moody1Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.

Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.

If I walk with the world, I can’t walk with God.

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.

Character is what a man is in the dark.

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.

God doesn’t seek for golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.

Every one of our children will be brought into the ark, if we pray and work earnestly for them.

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.

There is not a better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit.

As I go into a cemetery I like to think of the time when the dead shall rise from their graves. … Thank God, our friends are not buried; they are only sown!

“But,” a man said to me, “no one has come back, and we don’t know what is in the future. It is all dark, and how can we be sure?” Thank God! Christ came down from heaven, and I would rather have Him coming as he does right from the bosom of the Father, than any one else. We can rely on what Christ says, and He says, “He that believeth on Me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Not that we are going to have it when we die, but right here to-day.

Obedience means marching right on whether we feel like it or not. Many times
we go against our feelings. Faith is one thing, feeling is another.

The trouble is, people do not know that Christ is a Deliverer. They forget that the Son of God came to keep them from sin as as well as to forgive it.

A great many people want to bring their faith, their works, their good deeds to Him for salvation. Bring your sins, and He will bear them away into the wilderness of forgetfulness, and you will never see them again.

A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God’s store of grace from day to day as we need it.

Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming
and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.

The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.
God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.

If a man gets drunk and goes out and breaks his leg so that it must be
amputated, God will forgive him if he asks it, but he will have to hop around
on one leg all his life.

A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns;
they only shine.

I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man I ever met.

Compassion

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.  Mother Teresa

Compassion costs. It is easy enough to argue, criticize and condemn, but redemption is costly, and comfort draws from the deep. Brains can argue, but It takes heart to comfort.   Samuel Chadwick

“We must feel toward our people as a father toward his children; yea, the most tender love of a mother must not surpass ours. We must even travail in birth, till Christ be formed in them. They should see that we care for no outward thing, neither liberty, nor honor, nor life, in comparison to their salvation… When the people see that you truly love them, they will hear anything from you…Oh therefore, see that you feel a tender love for your people in your hearts, and let them perceive it in your speech and conduct. Let them see that you spend and are spent for their sakes.”   Richard Baxter

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”   JRR Tolkein

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.   Plato

“Without suffering, there’d be no compassion.”   Nicolas Sparks

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”   John Green

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.”

The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”    Wendy Mass

“It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.”    Albert Camus

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ”    William Faulkner

The badge of courage does not require that we walk through something dangerous. It simply requires that we continue to share God’s love whenever and wherever we are.   Tom White

The difference between mercy and grace? Mercy gave the prodigal son a second chance. Grace gave him a feast.    Max Lucado

“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.”   Albert Camus

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.   Mother Teresa

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”   Elisabeth Kubler  Ross

“Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world.”    Frank  Warren

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”    Helder Camara

“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”    Mother Teresa

The gospel of a broken heart demands the ministry of bleeding hearts…We can never heal the needs we do not feel. Tearless hearts can never be heralds of the passion. We must pity if we would redeem. We must bleed if we would be ministers of the saving blood.    Dr. John Henry J. H. Jowett

I choose kindness… I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.   Max Lucado

The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn’t some broad, general outline–it’s a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins.    Joni Eareckson Tada

Social responsibility becomes an aspect not of Christian mission only, but also of Christian conversion. It is impossible to be truly converted to God without being thereby converted to our neighbour.    John R. W. Stott

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight; I’ll fight to the very end!    General William Booth

The “least of my brethren” are the hungry and the lonely, not only for food, but for the Word of God; the thirsty and the ignorant not only for water, but also for knowledge, peace, truth, justice and love; the naked and the unloved, not only for clothes but also for human dignity; the unwanted; the unborn child; the racially discriminated against; the homeless and abandoned, not only for a shelter made of bricks, but for a heart that understands, that covers, that loves; the sick, the dying destitutes, and the captives, not only in body, but also in mind and spirit; all those who have lost all hope and faith in life; the alcoholics and dying addicts and all those who have lost God (for them God was but God is) and who have lost all hope in the power of the Spirit.    Mother Teresa

It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbour.    Martin Luther

Faith is believing He, the miracle worker, can turn my stone-cold indifference into a fire of love toward certain “unlovables”.    Pamela Reeve

God does not comfort us to make us comfortable only, but to make us comforters.    Dr. John Henry J. H. Jowett

Please, Lord, teach us to laugh again; but, God, don’t ever let us forget that we cried.   Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson

Good preaching to some extent at least, can be developed through close study and application of sound principles of speech, homiletics and communications, but the awesome demands of ministering to someone who is hurting can only be met by an active and believing prayer life.    John Wimber

Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your kindness sealed until your friends are gone. Speak aprovingly, cheering words while their ears can hear them and be made happier by them.    George W Childs

We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, “Weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15, KJV).    Billy Graham

Do you wish to commune with God in your mind? Strive to be merciful… A man should first of all begin to be merciful in the measure that our heavenly Father is merciful.    Isaac of Syria

Christianity is not about ideas but about deeds inspired by love.    Frederic Ozanam

May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.     Anonymous

Compassion means to suffer with, to live with those who suffer. When Jesus saw the woman of Nain he realized, This is a widow who has lost her only son, and he was moved by compassion. He felt the pain of that woman in his guts. He felt her pain so deeply in his spirit that out of compassion he called the son to life so he could give that son back to his mother.    Henri J. M. Nouwen

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.    Mother Teresa

I have discovered that the people who believe most strongly in the next life do the most good in the present one.     C. S. Lewis

Love every man in spite of his falling into sin. Never mind the sins, but remember that the foundation of the man is the same – the image of God.    John of Kronstadt

If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other.    Mother Teresa

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