Quotations Of The Week Archive

Quote Of The Week (w/c 1  August 2016)

"What really attracts large numbers of unchurched to a church is changed lives - a lot of changed lives. People want to go where lives are being changed, where hurts are being healed and where hope is being restored".

From The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren, 1995.
 
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Quote Of The Week (w/c 8 August 2016)

“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking God to do His work though me.”

James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) Royal College of Surgeons & Missionary to China

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Quote Of The Week (w/c 15 August 2016)

"So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God"

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) from a book on the theme of Prayer "If Ye Shall Ask" written in 1937.

 

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Quote Of The Week (w/c 22 August 2016)

A quote from F W Bourne in his book Billy Bray the King’s Son:

“When God impresses persons to pray for any particular blessing, it  is a sure sign that He is about to bestow that blessing on them.  Definiteness of aim in prayer, combined with holy persistence will surely hit the mark.”

About this quote John Beyer (Sheffield) came to this conclusion: "Having our spiritual sights accurately set by the Holy Spirit would seem to be the Biblical way to do this.  “Pray at all times in the Spirit” Eph.6:18 and Jude 20.  Lord help us to be hitters of the mark!"

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Quote Of The Week (w/c 19 September 2016)

A quote from Oswald Chambers in his book Biblical Ethics:

“It is [as] impossible to be filled with the Spirit and be free from emotion as it is for a man to be filled with wine and not show it. The reason some of us are so amazingly dull and get sleeping-sickness is that we never once thought of paying attention to the stirring of the Spirit of God [that] gives the mind and our emotional nature.”

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Quote Of The Week (w/c 3 October 2016)

Be by my side dear Lord, Every step I take

Be before me dear Lord, Every step I take

Be behind me dear Lord, Every step I take

Be in me dear Lord, Every step I take

Christ, as a light, Illlumine and guide us

Christ as a sheild,Overshadow and cover us.

From Celtic Prayers Peregrinatio which is about a journey for the love of God, often inward, often without a prescribed destimation. Note: Dag Harmmarskjold, the one-time Secretary General of the United Nations (1950's) and Nobel Prize Winner said this: "the longest journey is the journey inward".

Quote Of The Week (w/c 1 November 2016)

At St. James something is happening that has very little to do with us. God is at work.....

This extract, taken from the Collins Celtic Daily Prayer Book, was originally written by Edith Schaeffer of the Christian Community at L'Abri in Switzerland:

"They were being given (not by us, but by God's answers to prayer) a demonstration that God exists. It was a combination which could never be "planned" or "put on" as an exhibit....it had to be real.......a completely new work....would never have been possible if we had not been uprooted completely in every way, and if in that uprooting we had not decided to pray for God's solution and leading every step of the path as it wound through unknown territory.

As a Yorkshireman my simple interpretation of these words is that God will answer prayers if we pray them. He can't answer prayers that we don't pray.

Quote Of The Week (w/c 21 November 2016)

"I'm a Christian and I've had to work things through. Jesus said we should love our enemies which is hard but as a Christian I have to look at that." Rob Halligan, Christian Singer/Song Writer

Rob Halligan was being interviewed by Jeremy Vine in June 2005 on BBC Radio 2. His father had been killed in the Twin Towers of 9/11 and he was being interviewed some years later after the terror attacks in London which brought it all back for him. Forgiveness is what he had had to work through. Could you or I forgive in similar circumstances? God forgave our sin in Jesus name and in Jesus name we too have to somehow come to that same place of forgiveness.

Rob Halligan is performing at St.James Church, Doncaster this week:  Friday 25th November 2016 at 7pm.

Quote Of The Week (w/c 1 January 2017)

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Britons to use 'hospitality and love' to defeat 'hatred and extremism' in a New Year message highlighting the plight of refugees.

Following a year that was dominated by the migration crisis in Europe, Justin Welby said Britain had always welcomed the 'poor and weak'.

He spoke of how Jesus was a refugee, fleeing as a baby with his parents, and who would go on to call on people to 'welcome the alien and stranger'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3381142/Archbishop-Canterbury-urges-Briton-use-hospitality-love-defeat-hatred-extremism-New-Year-message-focused-refugees.html#ixzz4UalCxfuq
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Christmas is about God come down to Earth as man. As we consider this over Christmas I believe a verse from Graham Kendrick which, though not a seasonal carol, well captures the truth of Christmas:

Quote Of The Week (w/c 30 January 2017)

One of Singer/Songwriter, Rob Halligans songs* contains these profound words.....

SHOW SOME JESUS TO THE WORLD

In a year when so much is shaping up to happen there is a need, perhaps greater than at any time since WWII for the Worldwide Church to show some Jesus to the world.

* CD title 'Love Come Down' track Common Language.

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 27 March 2017)

From the book "My Journey So Far", by Canon Andrew White, the Emeritus Vicar of Baghdad

DON'T TAKE CARE; TAKE RISKS !

Andrew White is the consumate risk taker. He devotes his life and indeed risks his life every day as he strives under God to bring enemies together to form friendships with each other and make peace in the Middle East. His work centres on Iraq, Jordan and Israel. Andrew White has another saying, that "Our enemies are people whose stories have not been heard yet". So he listens to those storie

Quote Of The Week (w/c 27 March 2017)

From the book "My Journey So Far", by Canon Andrew White, the Emeritus Vicar of Baghdad

DON'T TAKE CARE; TAKE RISKS !

Andrew White is the consumate risk taker. He devotes his life and indeed risks his life every day as he strives under God to bring enemies together to form friendships with each other and make peace in the Middle East. His work centres on Iraq, Jordan and Israel. Andrew White has another saying, that "Our enemies are people whose stories have not been heard yet". So he listens to those stories. In our Useful Links section there is a link to website of The Foundation For Relief and Reconciliation In The Middle East - www.frrme.org

s. In our Useful Links section there is a link to website of The Foundation For Relief and Reconciliation In The Middle East - www.frrme.org

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 17 April 2017)

From the book "Who Moved The Stone", by Frank Morison (1930)

From the moment that the women return from the Garden, the tomb of Jesus passes, historically in complete oblivion.

You would think that of all the famous tombs and mausoleums that people would want to queue up and see (Lenin, Stalin, etc) it would be Jesus' garden tomb that would have the longest queues - especially every year during Holy Week and Easter Sunday itself. But no. As the man said to the women at the tomb that long ago morning, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!".[Luke 24v5-6].

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 8 May 2017)

From the book "Risk Takers", by Malcolm Duncan (2013)

We also passionately believe that mission is not something we go somewhere else to do

Which raises the question: "If we don't go somewhere else to do mission where is that saying we should do it?

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 15 May 2017)

From the book "Risk Takers", by Malcolm Duncan (2013) who provides a very amusing, inspiring yet for every Christian a very comforting quote from the Bible Commentary of the Puritan, Matthew Henry. It concerns the Last Will and Testament of our Lord, Jesus Christ taken from the pages of His Word.

Henry writes: "When Christ died He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea. His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better - His peace !".

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 29 May 2017)

When you are getting to the end of the book "Risk Takers", by Malcolm Duncan (2013) you begin to cry. If you have any emotion in you at all, tears will fill your eyes -  not just because a staggering book by a master storyteller is coming to its grand climax, not just because there is a powerful wind blowing through the book that will blow you over unless you hold on to something, not just because the Greatest Risk Taker Of All, is exposed as God Himself and that the great experiment with mankind still goes on but because you have been invited to be a part of the experiment, part of the risk that God took and continues to take with future generations of mankind. You can be part of it. I'm not sure which quote could best do justice to Malcom Duncan's book but this one near the end caused me to pause and suck in air: 

There are no "ordinary" people in the Kingdom of God

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 19 June 2017)

Reckless Abandonment

"When Mary poured more than a year's wages on Jesus' head and feet in one great gesture of love, Jesus approved of her gift. It is interesting that Jesus never had a word of praise for prudent, conservative giving, but He showed great enthusiasm for those who gave with abandon". 

These words are from a chapter of Alice Mathews' book for women about women in the Gospels, entitled A Woman Jesus Can Teach published by Discovery House. There are many Mary's in the Gospels but this one is Mary of Bethany, Martha's younger sister and this quotation relates to her gesture of lavishing all the contents of an alabaster flask of oil of spikenard or nard (about a pint) on Jesus.

So, not only are we called to give with abandon but its as if, by His support of her actions, that Jesus gives us permission to be reckless in this way. He gave Peter permission to walk on water - reckless faith !

 

Quote Of The Week (w/c 11 September 2017)

Paradise Lost

"....they hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow, through Eden took their solitary way".

These words come from the final lines of John Milton's Paradise Lost.

I'm not a student of English Literature by any means but even I can see that these are some of the saddest words ever uttered.

Adam and Eve had just been ejected from the Garden of Eden and from the presence of their creator - God.

That was then. This is now !

The Good News brought by our Lord Jesus Christ is that our exile has ended for all who will receive Him.

We can be re-united (reconciled) with our creator - God. We can know full forgiveness and the love of God.


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