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"...the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you." II Cor. 1:12

“Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.” 
Os Guinness

"The Universe is of made of stories, not atoms."
Muriel Rukeyser

"The Son...[sustains] all things by his powerful word."
the writer to the Hebrews

"The B!ble is authoritative on everything of which it speaks. Moreover, it speaks of everything."
C. Van Til

"There is no better test of growth than that a man desires God because He is God."
—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit."

"Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs through, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads."
John Trapp

"The fish must honor its design. It is designed for water, not for land. Real freedom is finding the right restrictions."
Tim Keller

"What makes the g0spel so profound is that it makes all the sad things come untrue."
Sally Lloyd-Jones

"Rachel was loved, Leah was hated,
but God brought the Lion of Judah through the loins of Leah.
God doesn’t waste your suffering."
Lore Ferguson

The unfolding of your words gives light;
 it gives understanding to the simple." Psalm 119:130

"Peter . . . said to Jesus, 'But Lord, what about this man?' Jesus said to him, '...what is that to you? You follow Me.'" John 21:21-22

"Weak is the effort of my heart, And cold my warmest thought; But when I see Thee as Thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought."
—from How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds by John Newton

"Many a marriage has commenced like the morning, red, and perished like a mushroom. Wherefore? Because the married pair neglected to be as agreeable to each other after their union as they were before it. Seek always to please each other, my children, but in doing so keep heaven in mind. Lavish not your love to-day, remembering that marriage has a morrow and again a morrow. Bethink ye, my daughters, what the word housewife expresses. The married woman is her husband’s domestic trust. On her he ought to be able to place his reliance in house and family; to her he should confide the key of his heart and the lock of his store-room. His honor and his home are under her protection, his welfare in her hands. Ponder this! And you, my sons, be true men of honor and good fathers of your families. Act in such wise that your wives respect and love you. And what more shall I say to you, my children? Peruse diligently the Word of God; that will guide you out of storm and dead calm and bring you safe into port. And as for the rest, do your best."

—Frederika Bremer

"As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat."
"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.
There is visible labor and there is invisible labor."

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."
"Morality is truth in full bloom." 
—from Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."
—Samuel Johnson

If realism is the recognition of things as they actually are, the Christian is of all persons the most realistic. He of all intelligent thinkers is the one more concerned with reality…He demands to know the whole truth about God, sin, life, death, moral accountability and the world to come…He takes into account the undeniable fact that he has sinned. He recognizes the shortness of time and the certainty of death. These he does not try to avoid or alter to his own liking. They are facts and he faces them full on.” —A W Tozer

"People desperately need to see the larger story. They need to see their lives as part of something that is bigger and more important than their own happiness…They need their story embedded every day in the story of God. This will give them a reason to do what is right. This will give them hope. This will give them strength to endure what God calls them to endure."
—P. D. Tripp

"And remember that a desire for even a good thing becomes a bad thing when it becomes a ruling thing." —P. D. Tripp (Sex and Money)

"Read one thinker and you become a clone. Read two and you become confused. Read a hundred and you start to become wise."
 —Tim Keller

‘If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents—the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts—i.e. of materialism and astronomy—are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milkjug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.’
 —C.S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven, Fount Paperbacks, U.K., p. 97, 1984.

"If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!"
 —D. L. Moody

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." 
—Albert Einstein

"Justice is the grammar of things.
Mercy is the poetry of things."
—Frederick Buechner

"On Thy brow we see a thorn-crown,
Blood-drops in Thy track.
O forbid that we should ever
Turn us back."
 —Amy Carmichael, India

"To love at all is to be vulnerable."
—C.S. Lewis

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone”
—Sam Levenson

"Are any of you happy? You should sing..."
—James the Just

"Dress can turn a young woman, unwittingly, into walking entertainment for men, or it can do the opposite, and cause people to focus on her internal qualities."
—Wendy Shalit

"Oh friend what a great listener you are
You sit across the table with your coffee long gone
And I am talking about the books that I’ve been reading
when the house is dark and still

All the words, all the words
all the words, they are my fingers on a face
oh the words
looking for patterns in the shapes
You’re so good
 to be a witness to my sounds
trying to frame the clouds

My feet are stepping on new earth all the time
discovery lights the fraying wires of my mind
for every one good answer, two more questions
and it all feels incomplete....

Well I wish I’d more to show for the years I’ve been alive
 there’s more to learn before I go than there is time
So friends don’t take me wrong on those days when I sound too sure
of the things I say, I say....
I’m trying to frame the clouds" 

—Christa Wells, Frame the Clouds

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