Vance-HavnerIf you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.

People get so used to the dark that they think it is growing brighter.

The church is a hospital for sinners, and not a museum for saints.

When I pastored a country church, a farmer didn’t like the sermons I preached on hell. He said, “Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus.” I said, “That’s where I got my information about hell.””

Where are the marks of the cross in your life? Are there any points of identification with your Lord? Alas, too many Christians wear medals but carry no scars.

If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.

God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.

Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, “Shake well before using.” That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.

Popularity has slain more prophets of God than persecution ever did.

We have suffered from the preaching of cheap grace. Grace is free, but it is not cheap. People will take anything that is free, but they are not interested in discipleship. They will take Christ as Savior but not as Lord.

We are suffering today from a species of Christianity as dry as dust, as cold as ice, as pale as a corpse, and as dead as King Tut. We are suffering not from a lack of correct heads but of consumed hearts.

What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the face of the contract.

Some missionaries bound for Africa were laughed at by the boat captain. “You’ll only die over there,” he said. But a missionary replied, “Captain, we died before we started.”

We are the salt of the earth, mind you, not the sugar. Our ministry is to truly cleanse and not just to change the taste.

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.

The hope of dying is the only thing that keeps me alive.

The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

The alcoholic commits suicide on the installment plan.

Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.

We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.