THE WORD OF GOD
"When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, 'It is talking to me, and about me.'"
- Soren Kierkegaard
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does."
James 1:22-25 NIV
"God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer."
- Mother Teresa
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
James 4:8 NKJV
THE HOUSE OF GOD
"The church is not here to meet our needs. We are the church here to meet the needs of the world."
- Erwin McManus
"When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Matthew 16:13-19 NKJV
"Men do not decide their future. They decide their habits and their habits decide their future."
"And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples--letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!"
Matthew 4:19 Amp
"Don't be afraid of out-giving God. It is impossible to do that."
- Charles R. Swindoll
"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life."
Mark 10:29-30 NIV