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Jesus Christ: Thoughts About Him

A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.    D.L. Moody

Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God because He said so.   C.S. Lewis

This Man (Jesus) suddenly remarks one day, ‘No one need fast while I am here.’ Who is this Man who remarks that His mere presence suspends all normal rules?   C.S. Lewis

We may note in passing that He was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three results-Hatred-Terror-Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild admiration.    C.S. Lewis

Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; We do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.    Blaise Pascal

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.   Augustine

God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician.   David Livingstone

The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.    Harry Emerson Fosdick

No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.   John Knox

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.    Desiderius Erasmus

Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.    John Piper

To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.    John Henry Newman

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.    Karl Barth

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.  Oswald Chambers

When men sought to make Him a king He fled; now that they seek to put Him to death He goes out to meet them.   Rudolph Stier

He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants.    Henry Blackaby

God doesn’t just give us grace, He gives us Jesus, the Lord of grace.   Joni Eareckson Tada

By a matchless parable our Lord there taught us that all believers are branches of the Living Vine, and that, apart from Him we are nothing and can do nothing because we have in us no life.    A.T. Pierson

Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.    A.W. Tozer

When old companions, old lusts, and sins crowd in upon you, and when you feel that you are ready to sink, what can save you, sinking sinner? This alone – I have a high priest in heaven, and he can support in the hour of affliction. This alone can give you peace – I have a high priest in heaven. When you are dying – when friends can do you no good – when sins rise up like spectres around your bed – what can give you peace? This – “I have a high priest in heaven” .   Robert Murray McCheyne

Jesus was God spelling himself out in language humanity could understand.   S.D. Gordon

While many try to ignore Jesus, when He returns in power and might, this will be impossible.   Michael Youssef

If we cannot claim to live sinless lives, then the only thing that can keep us from despairing before a holy God is that we have an Advocate in heaven and He pleads our case not on the basis of our perfection but of His propitiation. John Piper

In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes him dangerous. Because of Easter I have to listen to his extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from his sayings. Moreover, Easter means he must be loose out there somewhere.    Philip Yancey
 
Christ is not valued at all unless he be valued above all.    Augustine
 
There are many in the Church as well as out of it who need to learn that Christianity is neither creed nor a ceremonial, but a life vitally connected with a loving Christ.    Josiah Strong
 
A man who can read the New Testament and not see that Christ claims to be more than a man, can look all over the sky at high noon on a cloudless day and not see the sun.    William E. Biederwolf
 
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool; you can spit at him and kill him for a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.    C.S. Lewis
 
God is not a sadist who hopes his creatures are miserable. Jesus was so fond of dinner parties that his detractors called him “a glutton and a drunkard” (Luke 7:34). Jesus turned water into wine to keep a party going.  Leland Ryken

No matter how far back we may press our researches into the roots of the gospel story, no matter how we classify the gospel material, we never arrive at a non-supernatural Jesus.    F.F. Bruce
 
When we would consider the love of God in Christ, we are as one approaching the ocean: he casts a glance on the surface, but the depths he cannot sound.  Robert C. Chapman

Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved.   Martin Luther

Augustine– His Best 26 Quotes

St. Augustine of Hippo is depicted in a stained-glass window in Crosier House in Phoenix. The fifth-century doctor of the church, perhaps known best for "Confessions," an autobiographical account of his conversion to Christianity, now has a MySpace page, www.myspace.com/saintaugustineofhippo. (CNS photo/Crosiers) (June 12, 2007) See MYSPACE-SAINT June 12, 2007.

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.

Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.

What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

Is it any merit to abstain from wine if one is intoxicated with anger?

God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe.

Thou didst seek us when we sought Thee not; didst seek us indeed that we might seek Thee.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

To be assured of our salvation is no arrogant stoutness. It is faith. It is devotion. It is not presumption. It is God’s promise.

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man’s wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.

Lord, make me chaste – but not yet. Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don’t want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: ‘This way, please.’ Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you.

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin; whosoever has it, has not himself.

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.

No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion; I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.

How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose!… You drove them from me, You who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, You who are sweeter than all pleasure.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will.

Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do.

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.

Ravi Zacharias– His Finest Quotes

What I believe in my heart must make sense in my mind.

We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.

Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.

Yes, if truth is not under girded by love, it makes the possessor of that truth obnoxious and the truth repulsive.

I remember the time an older man asked me when I was young, “Do you know what you are doing now?” I thought it was some kind of trick question. Tell me,” I said. You are building your memories,” he replied, “so make them good ones.”

The four absolutes we all have in our minds: love, justice, evil, and forgiveness.

Truth by definition excludes.

Only when holiness and worship meet can evil be conquered. For that, only the Christian message has the answer.

The primary purpose of a home is to reflect and to distribute the love of Christ. Anything that usurps that is idolatrous.

Where the eye is focused, there the imagination finds its raw material. The right focus must be won at immense cost and discipline. Train the eye to see the good, and the imagination will follow suit.

Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.

One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place–but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.

To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge.

A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.

Capturing the beauty of the conversion of the water into wine, the poet Alexander Pope said, “The conscious water saw its Master and blushed.” That sublime description could be reworked to explain each one of these miracles. Was it any different in principle for a broken body to mend at the command of its Maker? Was it far-fetched for the Creator of the universe, who fashioned matter out of nothing, to multiply bread for the crowd? Was it not within the power of the One who called all the molecules into existence to interlock them that they might bear His footsteps?

I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come form being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.

We are his temple. We do not turn in a certain direction to pray. We are not bound by having to go into a building so that we can commune with God. There are no unique postures and times and limitations that restrict our access to God. My relationship with God is intimate and personal. The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us. Even today He would overturn the tables of those who make it a marketplace for their own lust, greed, and wealth.

His life spells living. Your life or my life, apart from Him, spells death.

Our intellect is not intended to be an end in itself, but only a means to the very mind of God.

 

 

John Hagee- Top of the Top Quotes

405px-JCH_at_PodiumA pure heart won’t get us out of conflict and controversy. It may well be the very thing that gets us into it.

Since my money is God’s money, every spending decision I make is a spiritual decision.

Meekness enables us to be led by the Spirit of God.

A church can be unified in one of two ways. You can freeze together, as the Church of the Frozen Chosen; or you can melt together with the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to visit a New Testament church service? I imagine it would be a far cry from our stately sanctuaries with their crystal chandeliers and misty-mauve carpets.

The vital Christian arouses opposition because he is a standing rebuke to the selfishness and sin of those around him.

When your thoughts and opinions become intellectual gods in rebellion against the Word of God, you are in idolatry.

In the heart of every man lurks a sense of inner wrongness and a conscience that will not be silenced.

We are indeed the light of the world–but only if our switch is turned on.

Mercy requires that we learn to love others, to value their welfare more than our own!

Some people seem to be at peace–but in fact they’re just resting up between fights.

Paul never developed a negative attitude. He picked his bloody body up out of the dirt and went back into the city where he had almost been stoned to death, and he said, “Hey, about that sermon I didn’t finish preaching–here it is!

Truth is not what I say it is, and not what you think it is. Truth is what God’s word says it is.

Tithing is God’s financial plan for world evangelism and your personal success. Tithing is what he church did before bingo.

When you get up in the morning have something that’s on God’s agenda, and do that.

The measure of a men’s greatness is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves.

Happy are those whose self-centered lives have been crushed and reshaped by the Master’s hand to be full of mercy.

Quotes About Correction

He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.     A.W. Tozer

The majority of people have not the courage to correct others because they don’t have the courage to bear correction themselves.   Unknown

Many saints today are stricken with sickness, weakness and suffering; God is chastening them that they may present their bodies to Him a living sacrifice.  Watchman Nee

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
John Wooden

Listen to advice and accept correction, then in the end you will be wise.   Proverbs

Being open to correction means making ourselves vulnerable, and many people are not willing to do that.   Myles Munroe

As the books of Job, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk clearly show, God has a high threshold of tolerance for what appropriate to say in a prayer. God can “handle” my unsuppressed rage. I may well find that my vindictive feelings need God’s correction – but only by taking those feelings to God will I have the opportunity for correction and healing.   Philip Yancey

Neutral men are the devil’s allies.    Edwin Hubbel Chapin

We want, in fact, not so much a father in heaven as a grandfather in heaven: a senile benevolence who, as they say, “liked to see young people enjoying themselves” and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, “A good time was had by all.”   C. S. Lewis

You will never know how much you believe something until it is a matter of life and death.” “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: Think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.   C.S. Lewis

All are wicked to some extent or other. Therefore, everyone needs correction; and everyone has to be educated and guided into the right path.   Atharva Veda

Let us pray, therefore, and implore of His mercy, that we may live blameless in love, free from all human partialities for one above another.  First Clement 50

The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the Church has lost her power to weep over it.   Leonard Ravenhill

A wife who is 85% faithful to her husband is not faithful at all. There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ.    Vance Havner

Because we are continually growing in the Lord, preachers and lay people alike must be open to the Lord’s correction.   Unknown

Our attitude is very important. “Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done” (Ephesians 4:32). It is then that we are more able to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

The Bible prescribes the procedure for confronting a sinning brother or sister in an extensive passage on church discipline: “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector” (Matthew 18:15-17)

So, when should Christians talk to or try to correct a fellow Christian? When we have talked to the Lord first, have an attitude of submission and concern for the other person, and are committed to following the procedures outlined in His Word for such a situation.

His Resurrection

Some people probably think of the Resurrection as a desperate last moment expedient to save the Hero from a situation which had got out of the Author’s control. C.S. Lewis

He alone can believe in immortality who feels the resurrection in him already. Frederick W. Robertson

In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes him dangerous. Because of Easter I have to listen to his extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from his sayings. Moreover, Easter means he must be loose out there somewhere. Philip Yancey

The seed contains the pattern for the plant that grows. All the genetic code for an entire oak tree is contained inside the kernel of the acorn. Likewise, our resurrection bodies will bear a resemblance to the body that is buried – but with a far greater glory. We will be ourselves, only perfect. And the decomposition of the earthly will only facilitate the remaking of a glorified resurrection body – with none of the flaws of the old, but with all that is necessary for a perfect existence in heaven. John MacArthur

If a skillful workman can turn a little earth and ashes into such curious transparent glasses as we daily see, and if a little seed that bears no show of such a thing can produce the more beautiful flowers of the earth; and if a little acorn can bring forth the greatest oak; why should we once doubt whether the seed of everlasting life and glory, which is now in the blessed souls with Christ, can by Him communicate a perfection to the flesh that is dissolved into its elements? Richard Baxter

The Gospels do not explain the resurrection; the resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. J.S. Whale

The Resurrection is the central theme in every Christian sermon reported in the Acts…The first fact in the history of Christendom is a number of people who say that they have seen the Resurrection. C.S. Lewis

Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in the resurrection shall have a little golden tail. Martin Luther

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime. Martin Luther

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. Timothy Keller

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about. N.T. Wright

Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection. Watchman Nee

We are adopted into God’s family through the resurrection of Christ from the dead in which he paid all our obligations to sin, the law, and the devil, in whose family we once lived. Our old status lies in his tomb. A new status is ours through his resurrection. Sinclair B. Ferguson

I went to a psychologist friend and said if 500 people claimed to see Jesus after he died, it was just a hallucination. He said hallucinations are an individual event. If 500 people have the same hallucination, that’s a bigger miracle than the resurrection. Lee Strobel

Taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the resurrection of Christ. B.F. Westcott

Thus we may say of our ministers and Christian friends, yet a little while, and we shall not see them, either they must leave us or we must leave them, but it is certain that we must part shortly, and yet not part forever. It is but a good night to those we hope to see with joy in the morning. Matthew Henry

The old world told men merely about to live and to die. Today men think about defeating death and resurrection. Toba Beta

If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the earth. CS Lewis

The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead. William Lloyd Garrison

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer. Douglas Horton

The seed dies into new life and so does man. George McDonald

What we have at the moment isn’t as the old liturgies used to say, ‘the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead,’ but a vague and fuzzy optimism that somehow things may work out in the end. N.T. Wright

The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating thet God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it. N.T. Wright

For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ. Brennan Manning

In a world where the dead have returned to life, the word ‘trouble’ loses much of its meaning. Dennis Hopper

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. St. Augustine

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. Pope John Paul II

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25

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