John Ellerton: Easter

English: John Ellerton (1826-1893)

English: John Ellerton (1826-1893) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Take with you the joy of Easter to the home, and make that home bright with more unselfish love, more hearty service; take it into your work, and do all in the name of the Lord Jesus; take it to your heart, and let that heart rise anew on Easter wings to a higher, a gladder, a fuller life; take it to the dear grave-side and say there the two words “Jesus lives!” and find in them the secret of calm expectation, the hope of eternal reunion.
John Ellerton

 

Bill Hybels: Cross, not a crown

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God led Jesus to a cross, not a crown, and yet that cross ultimately proved to be the gateway to freedom and forgiveness for every sinner in the world. God also asks us as Jesus’ followers to carry a cross. Paradoxically, in carrying that cross, we find liberty and joy and fulfillment.

Bill Hybels
WillowCreekCommunityChurch

Pope Benedict XVI: Christianity

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.”
Pope Benedict XVI, May 2004

 

C. S. Lewis: Christianity

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ”
C. S. Lewis

 

Charles Edward Montague: Rapture

Echoes (The Rapture album)

Echoes (The Rapture album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie. ”

Origen Adamantius: Jesus and the multitudes

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When Jesus then is with the multitudes, He is not in His house, for the multitudes are outside of the house, and it is an act which springs from His love of men to leave the house and to go away to those who are not able to come to Him. ”
Origen Adamantius

Bob Wilkin: Most fortunate

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Because of Christ‘s resurrection–and His guarantee that He will resurrect all who believe in Him–we are the most fortunate, the most blest people on the planet Our faith is effective, we are not in our sins, our departed loved ones are with the Lord, and the labor we do for Him is not in vain.”
Bob Wilkin

 

Frederick Buechner: Despair

English: Public domain image from Library of C...

English: Public domain image from Library of Congress http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/van.5a51769 taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Despair has been called the unforgivable sin–not presumably because God refuses to forgive it but because it despairs of the possibility of being forgiven.”
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973

 

Pope Benedict XVI: Lent

“The observance of Lent is the very badge of Christian warfare. By it we prove ourselves not to be enemies of the cross of Christ. By it we avert the scourges of divine justice. By it we gain strength against the princes of darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God’s glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted that such negligence would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity, and of private woe.” –Pope Benedict XVI

 

 

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther: Obedience

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Eva...

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2006), 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of

 

new obedience do not grow.

 

Martin Luther

 

Bible: Work of righteousness

 

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”
Bible

 

 

Ephesians Bible: Wherefore…

Illuminated Manuscript, The Rochester Bible, W...

Illuminated Manuscript, The Rochester Bible, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.18, fol.199r (Photo credit: Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts)

“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour for we are members one of another.”
Ephesians Bible

Corrie Ten Boom: Worry

Corrie ten Boom, "The Hiding Place"

Corrie ten Boom, “The Hiding Place” (Photo credit: Corrie ten Boom Museum)

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. ”
Corrie Ten Boom

Charles Templeton: Christianity

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully. ”

William Penn: Patience and diligence

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“Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. ”
William Penn

Faith and discipline

Italian American

“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.”

Vince Lombardi

Albert Einstein: Simplest way

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d...

“God always takes the simplest way.”
Albert Einstein.

Making a whole Christian

“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. ”
Aiden Wilson Tozer