Over my 54 years in the ministry, I have come across 1000’s of quotes and sayings from many, many sources. I have used them in sermons, the weekly sermon cover letter, church bulletins and for my own edification. The cover letters for the next four weeks will contain some of these and trust they will be a blessing to you.
1. When you think you can’t get over some deep hurt or loss, remember how the Father of Glory stood silently by as His Son suffered scourging and crucifixion, so that by His stripes we can be healed. If you can’t move on, take hold of His nail-scarred hands and let him help you. John Newton wrote, “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear, it soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear. Only Jesus can heal our deepest hurts, and He can help you and me. Remember: He is the Great Physician, move on over to Him.
2. Success in ministry is important – we certainly don’t want to fail in those endeavors! But there is something more important: eternity and its rewards for faithfulness. If you aspire to having your name on a list, make it the list of God’s most faithful.
3. If you would like to accomplish greater works for Christ in your life, try starting with prayer. Remember, the greater the prayer TO God, the greater the works FOR God.
4. How sad today the average church knows more about promotion than prayer.
5. God gives us the spiritual gifts He wants us to have; He puts us in the places He wants us to serve, and He gives the blessings He wants us to enjoy.
6. We don’t have to reach a certain age or level of spirituality before God can use us. He can use us now. All it takes is the willing heart of someone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ and finds Him precious.
7. If we keep our places in all lowliness, our Lord will use us; but it we exalt ourselves, He will leave us to our nothingness – Charles Spurgeon
8. Promises are like crying babies in a church service. They should be carried out at once. When we fail to keep our promises, we diminish our integrity and cheapen our witness. It is important to honor our commitments – the big one we make at the church altar and the little ones we rattle off every day like, “I’ll put the check in the mail,” or “I’ll get to it tomorrow.”
9. The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
10. Faith is the deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
11. Give not place to discouragement; accept no defeat as the final word.
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