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  1. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~ C.S. Lewis
     
  2. “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ~ C.S. Lewis
     
  3. “God can't give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” ~ C.S. Lewis
     
  4. “The provision is in the promises.” ~ Derek Prince
     
  5. “I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.” ~ Annie Dillard
     
  6. “Why do we people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute?” ~ Annie Dillard
     
  7. “Our old history ends with the Cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.” ~ Watchman Nee
     
  8. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
     
  9. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
     
  10. “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
     
  11. “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.” ~ Dallas Willard
     
  12. “A carefully cultivated heart will, assisted by the grace of God, foresee, forestall, or transform most of the painful situations before which others stand like helpless children saying “Why?” ~ Dallas Willard
     
  13. “I'm practicing the discipline of not having to have the last word.” ~ Dallas Willard
     
  14. “Our failure to hear His voice when we want to is due to the fact that we do not in general want to hear it, that we want it only when we think we need it.” ~ Dallas Willard
     
  15. “When we genuinely believe that inner transformation is God's work and not ours, we can put to rest our passion to set others straight.” ~ Richard Foster
     
  16. "The world upon whom grace is thrust as a bargain will grow tired of it. . .” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
     
  17. "The preaching of grace can only be protected by the preaching of repentance." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
     
  18. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
     
  19. “Peace is first of all the art of being.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
     
  20. “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ~ Frederick Buechner
     
  21. “Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day's chalking.” ~ Frederick Buechner
     
  22. “Only miracle is plain; it is in the ordinary that groans with the weight of glory.” ~ Robert Farrar Capon
     
  23. “The Christian religion is not about the soul; it is about man, body and all, and about the world of things -with- which he was created, and -in- which he is redeemed. Don't knock materiality. God invented it.” ~ Robert Farrar Capon
     
  24. "It doesn't honor God to pretend everything is OK. That’s the beauty of Jesus that so many people miss. The beauty is that he died on the cross for our sins, but also that he existed the way we exist." ~ John Mark McMillan
     
  25. “All sins are attempts to fill voids.” ~ Simone Weil
     
  26. “To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” ~ Simone Weil
     
  27. “A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.” ~ Dorothy L. Sayers
     
  28. “To complain that man measures God by his own experience is a waste of time; man measures everything by his own experience; he has no other yardstick.” ~ Dorothy L. Sayers
     
  29. ‎"Educated Christians like myself expect God's grace to prefer people of greater natural ability, higher standards of behaviour, and superior education in the liberal arts. In fact God mocks my expectations." ~ Augustine of Hippo
     
  30. "Heaven is important, but its not the end of the world" ~ N.T. Wright
     
  31. "You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship." ~ N.T. Wright
     
  32. "If you're a Christian you're just a shadow of your future self." ~ N.T. Wright
     
  33. "I feel about John's gospel like I feel about my wife; I love her very much, but I wouldn't claim to understand her." ~ N.T. Wright
     
  34. “Grace means that all your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame.” ~ Unknown


Ray Hollenbach helps pastors and churches navigate change. He's the founder of DEEPER Seminars, weekend leadership retreats focused on discipleship in the local church. His newest book is Deeper Grace, a guide to the connection between grace and spiritual maturity. Ray currently lives in central Kentucky, coaching and consulting church leaders. You can visit his blog at Students of Jesus.

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