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Lewis on God’s delight in us

He who will, in the long run, be satisfied with nothing less than perfection, will also be delighted with the first feeble, stumbling effort you make tomorrow to do the simplest duty. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Macmurray on fear

The maxim of illusory religion is: “Fear not; trust in God, and He will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you.” Real religion has a different maxim: “Fear not; the things that you are afraid... Continue Reading →

Graham on study

One of my great regrets is that I have not studied enough. I wish I had studied more and preached less. People have pressured me into speaking to groups when I should have been studying and preparing. Donald Barnhouse said... Continue Reading →

Burrows on holiness

Holiness has to do with very ordinary things: truthfulness, courtesy, kindness, gentleness, consideration for others, contentment with our lot, honesty and courage in the face of life, reliability, dutifulness. Intent, as we think, on the higher reaches of spirituality, we... Continue Reading →

Peck on Being Religious

There are two reasons people become religious: to approach mystery, and to escape mystery. Scott Peck

Chesterton on paradox

Paradox is truth standing on its head and waving its legs to get our attention G.K. Chesterton

Richard Rohr on the lenses we wear

People don’t see things as they are; they see things as THEY are. Richard Rohr

Nouwen on Self-Rejection

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can, indeed, present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger... Continue Reading →

Yeats on Self-Examination

It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield. W.B. Yeats

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