Christian Quotes: Oswald Chambers

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“Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve. Provoke yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.”

Oswald Chambers

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.“

Ephesians 1:18-19

 

Christian Quotes: Reverend Billy Graham

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“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’”

Billy Graham

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all…”

Psalm 34:17-19

Christian Quotes: Henri J M Nouwen

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“The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace… We must dare to opt consciously for our chosenness and not allow our emotions, feelings, or passions to seduce us into self-rejection.”

Henri J M Nouwen

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

1 John 3:1

”But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession..” (1 Peter 2:9)

Christian Quotes: Albert Ocran

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”God saw Israel’s unbelief as rebellion and rejection of His rule. He had proven Himself over the years. The blessing originally prepared for them was to be transferred to the next generation. May that not be your story.”

Albert Ocran

“But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes…When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely…”

Psalm 78:56, 59

Study: Galatians 6:9

Note: This study is based on the Crosswalk article “How Can We Avoid Becoming “Weary in Doing Good”?

  1. Why do you think God designed us to have limits to our physical, mental and emotional energy?

2. Read these verses, and take note of what each says will help us renew our strength.

”Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.” (Exodus 23:12)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.“
(Isaiah 40:31)

3. What helps you find refreshment? Make a list of practical ideas to keep handy. Here are some “starters”: Reading a Psalm, Taking a walk outside; Talking to a good friend; Deep breathing, stretching; Listening to a favorite (worship) song, Writing in a personal journal. Try adding at least one of these activities into your day, especially if it’s a busy one.

Christian Quotes: Jonathan Edwards

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“Hath any man hope that he is converted, and sanctified, and that his mind is endowed with that true excellency and spiritual beauty? That his sins are forgiven, and he received into God’s favour, and exalted to the honour and blessedness of being his child, and an heir of eternal life? Let him give God all the glory; who alone makes him to differ from the worst of men in this world, or the most miserable of the damned in hell. “

Jonathan Edwards

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…”

Psalm 103:1-4

Christian Quotes: Ken Sande

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“What are you really living for? It’s crucial to realize that you either glorify God, or you glorify something or someone else. You’re always making something look big.”

Ken Sande

“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”

Psalm 57:8-11

Christian Quotes: J. I. Packer

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“We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.”

J.I. Packer

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song…Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God…”

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7

Christian Quotes: Albert Schweitzer

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“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Trust in the Lord and do good…”

Psalm 37:3

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

James 2:14-17

Study: Being ‘Slow to Speak’

Note: Click here to read the Crosswalk article: “How Can Being Slow To Speak Heal Us?”

  1. In James 1:9, the author writes about two actions:

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…”

What is the connection between them? How does one effect the other?

2. The Apostle Paul wrote that believers need to show spiritual ‘fruit’ in their lives:

”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Think about how being slow to speak demonstrates each of these traits.

3. Do you find it easy or hard to “wait your turn” in a conversation?
If you struggle in this area, ask God to heal any hurts or to adjust any attitudes that might make it challenging for you.