Words from the Shepherds

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Ah, the world we live in! The internet now provides us with more sermon content than we could ever hear, let alone digest. Have you made time to listen? I find this takes great discipline, since the internet also provides a wealth (maybe not the right word!) of distraction. Sometimes, though, I manage to choose wisely, and from those times I’ve gleaned a few nuggets I’d like to share with you today.

  • “Trade your life for Christ, and then live like you made the trade.” Ty VanHorn
  • “There is no difficult request for God… Our requests just scratch the surface of his power.” Tyler Davis
  • “Egbokbgiic (Pronounced Egg-bok-bee-geek). Everything’s gonna be OK, because God is in control.” Roy Farmer
  • “No one talks to you more than you do. What are you saying to yourself?” Matt Chandler
  • “The best medicine for us is this: Get a picture of God as mighty, glorious and powerful. It is good to feel small.” Greg Laurie
  • “Assume the best, and go to a person if you have an issue.” Brad Thomas
  • “Love your children enough to tell them about God’s grace.” John Wayland
  • “Go as a learner. Ask questions.” Don Ellsworth
  • “Believe in Jesus before you try to behave like Jesus.” Ty VanHorn
  • “Everybody has something God wants them to do.” Joyce Meyer
  • “You think what you feel and you act on what you think, so if you want to change something you have to change your feelings.” Alan Stanford
  • “Your focus will determine your faith.” Joe Emmert
  • “In the end, what matters is whether we have surrendered ourselves to the place that we are willing to be used for whatever He may choose.” Dan Slagle
  • “Christian contentment is a peaceful inward disposition that freely submits to and delights in union with the almighty… I am peaceful in the arms of the almighty, the One who cares for me.” Ben Stuart
  • “You can choose faith over fear.” Dorie Van Stone
  • “Continue to praise him anyway…” Jeff Wells
  • “Nothing can break His Seal.” William Branham
  • “There is no dark that cannot be penetrated by even the smallest light.” Dan Mark
  • “It’s okay to tell Him we’re angry. He is a big God and can handle it… Faith is not about a feeling. It’s about knowledge of that relationship with our God.” Jeff Wells
  • “It’s just not about us…it never was…but instead it is about His glory shining through us.” Bob Livesay
  • “Faith is knowing that everything will be fine, no matter what happens.” Father Chris Metropulos

A few of those quotes were shared by friends far and wide. Won’t you add to this list? What have you heard a pastor say, either in person or on-line, that has sunk into your soul and made a difference in your life?

And here’s another version of the wisdom of 1 Corinthians 13

“If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.

Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

For if there are prophecies they will be fulfilled and done with, if there are “tongues” the need for them will disappear, if there is knowledge it will be swallowed up in truth. For our knowledge is always incomplete and our prophecy is always incomplete, and when the complete comes, that is the end of the incomplete.

When I was a little child I talked and felt and thought like a little child. Now that I am a man my childish speech and feeling and thought have no further significance for me.

At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror. The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face! At present all I know is a little fraction of the truth, but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God now knows me!

In this life we have three great lasting qualities—faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.”

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)J. B. Phillips, “The New Testament in Modern English”, 1962 edition by HarperCollins

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