“‘When you chose independence over relationship, you became a danger to one another. Others became objects to be manipulated or managed for your own happiness. Authority, as you usually think of it, is merely the excuse the strong ones use to make others conform to what they want.'”
— William P. Young, “The Shack”
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“‘The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs… so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.'” Isaiah 41:17-18,20 (NIV)
“Exposition may be carried on in such way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”
— A. W. Tozer, “The Pursuit of God”
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1,3 (ESV)
“IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PRAISE OR THANK ME TOO MUCH. As it is written, I inhabit the praises of My people… A thankful heart has plenty of room for Me… Fill up the spare moments of your life with praise and thanksgiving. This joyous discipline will help you live in the intimacy of My Presence.”
— Sarah Young, “Jesus Calling”, January 7
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“‘Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.'” Psalms 2:8 (NIV)
“To pray unceasingly, as St. Paul asks us to do, would be completely impossible if it meant to think constantly about or speak continuously to God. To pray unceasingly does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, or to talk to God instead of talking to other people. Rather, it means to think, speak, and live in the presence of God. Although it is important and even indispensable for the spiritual life to set apart time for God and God alone, prayer can only become unceasing prayer when all our thoughts — beautiful or ugly, high or low, proud or shameful, sorrowful or joyful — can be thought and expressed in the presence of God. Thus, converting our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer moves us from a self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue. This requires that we turn all our thoughts into conversation. The main question, therefore, is not so much what we think, but to whom we present our thoughts.”
— Henri Nouwen (with Michael J. Christensen and Rebecca J. Laird) in “Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith”, p 61, 2006
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“We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9b-10 (ESV)
“If our Father permits a trial to come, it must be because the trial is the sweetest and best thing that could happen to us, and we must accept it with thanks for His dear hand. This does not mean, however, that we must like or enjoy the trial itself, but that we must like God’s will in the trial; and it is not hard to do this when we have learned to know that His will is the will of love, and is therefore always lovely.”
— Hannah Whitall Smith, Chapter 8 of “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life”
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“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)