Hmm... April 2009

God's kingdom is not a place, but rather a relationship. It exists wherever people enthrone Jesus as lord of their lives.

J. I. Packer, Growing in Christ

The second main petition in the Lord’s Prayer — “Thy Kingdom Come” — rules out any idea that the Kingdom of God is a purely heavenly (that is, “otherwordly”) reality…. Think of the vision at the end of Revelation. It isn’t about humans being snatched up from earth to heaven. The holy city, new Jerusalem, comes down from heaven to earth. God’s space and ours are finally married, integrated at last.

N. T. Wright,
The Lord and His Prayer

God grant that the kingdom of Jesus Christ may grow in his Church on earth, God hasten the end of the kingdoms of this world, and establish his own kingdom in power and glory!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
The Cost of Discipleship

Unlike the teachings that we are accustomed to in our schools, lectures designed to do our thinking for us, Jesus’ teachings sparkled with scintillating aphorisms. He wasn’t so much handing out information as reshaping our imagination with metaphors so that we could take in the multi-dimensioned truth that is Jesus.

Eugene Peterson, Tell It Slant

GOD NEVER wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.

Francis Bacon

The church is evidence of God’s patience.

Max Warren

“You must be little to belittle”

A friend from Chicago, Bill Leslie, used to say that the Bible asks three main questions about money: (1) How did you get it? (Legally and justly or exploitatively?); (2) What are you doing with it? (Indulging in luxuries or helping the needy?); and (3) What is it doing to you? Some of Jesus’ most trenchant parables and sayings go straight to the heart of that last question.

Philip Yancey, writing in
Christianity Today

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible.

George Burns

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.

Winston Churchill

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