Thoughts to drive us

Some people make a great many claims, but we should not believe anyone unless their actions align with their words…There will be three effects of closeness to Jesus – humility, happiness, and holiness. May God give them to you, dear Christian!
-Charles Spurgeon

We need to discover for ourselves how to live this day in faithful surrender to God as we “continue to work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12).
-Francis Chan, Crazy Love

The central dogma of the Incarnation is that by which relevance stands or falls. If Christ was only man, then He is entirely irrelevant to any thought about God; if He is only God, then He is entirely irrelevant to any experience of human life. It is, in the strictest sense, necessary to the salvation of relevance that a man should believe rightly the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Dorthy L. Sayers, quoted by Alister McGrath in Heresy

The Holy Spirit makes people repentant long before He makes them perfect, and he who believes what he knows will soon know more clearly what he believes.
-Charles Spurgeon

The world needs Christians who don’t tolerate the complacency of their own lives.
-Francis Chan, Crazy Love

You have the freedom to do what you most want to do. And therein lies the problem. I cannot be anything I want to be. I cannot do anything I want to do. My choices are governed by my heart, and my heart is the heart of a sinner, unless and until it is changed by the intervention of God.
-Colin Smith, “‘The Adjustment Bureau’ Adjusted”

Christ’s throne, crown, scepter, palace, treasure, robes, and heritage are all yours and are far superior to jealousy, selfishness, and greed, which share no benefit to those who participate in them.
-Charles Spurgeon (on Rom 8:17)

There are a lot of things in [the Bible] that I go, “Wow God, you did that, you thought that, I wouldn’t think that, and I wouldn’t have done that.” But when…you come to those passages, does it even enter your mind that maybe He knows something that you don’t?
-Francis Chan, “Hell: We can’t afford to get it wrong.”

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