“Personally I find great comfort and encouragement in the face of my fallibility by maintaining a close relationship with the Bible. . . . It cannot be stressed too much that the permanent address at which the word of God may be found is the Bible. More of God’s speaking has come in conjunction with study and teaching of the Bible than with anything else”–Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, 183.
“Of what use is it to discourse learnedly on the Trinity, if you lack humility and therefore displease the Trinity? Lofty words do not make a man just or holy, but a good life makes him dear to God. I would far rather feel contrition than be able to define it. If you knew the whole Bible by heart, and all the teachings of the philosophers, how would this help you without the grace and love of God?–Thomas a Kempis.
“We pastors are so busy bringing encouragement to others in discovering their own spiritual gifts or abilities that we often fail to be an encouragement in this vein to those who love us most. Build up your wife. Encourage her in the Lord. Challenge her to exercise the gifts of love and service with which Christ has equipped her”–O.S. Hawkins, The Pastor’s Primer, 218.
“Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up”–James Dobson.
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