Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Just for Fun
December 1, 2012

I couldn’t resist putting this on my blog.


Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.


Observations on life
October 19, 2012

Here are some quotes I came across recently.

If we knew what we are doing, it wouldn’t be called research.  -Albert Einstein.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.  -Sir Winston Churchill

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.  -George Eliot

I’m in the snapdragon stage of life. Part of me has snapped, and the other part is draggin’.  -Unknown

A metaphor is like a simile. -Unknown

God is writing a story
June 23, 2011

Thursday, June 23

En route from PA to Guatemala I read Walking His Trail by Steve Saint and his wife Ginny.

In this book they trace some of the unusual directions their life together has taken as they have sought to follow God. They show that even when the path has been rough and painful, signs of God’s grace and compassion have always appeared as markings along the trail.

Steve observes:
“God does not promise that all of life’s chapters will be easy. He does promise, however, that in the last chapter He will finally make sense of all the others.”
Page 160

As our family lives with the painful loss of baby Mayela, this statement helps us to have perspective and hope.

Wesley Speaks
November 26, 2009

From our visit to John Wesley’s Chapel in Bristol I picked up this quote of Wesley.

“All my designs, and thought, and care, and labour are directed to this one point – to advance the kingdom of Christ upon earth.”

What fills all your thought, care and work?

Also, Wesley described war as “a most horrid reproach to the name of Christian, yea to all men and women, to all reason and humanity.”

In my previous blog I showed a statue of Charles Wesley, the co-founder of Methodism. As for his hymn writing, he composed about 7,000 hymns, many of which are still sung today.

Thoughts for Living Well
June 11, 2009

Myths we live by:

1. There is plenty of time.

2. It doesn’t make any difference whether I act today or tomorrow.

3. I can re-capture the magic of the moment.

By Paul Cowell
Pastor, business entrepreneur and co-founder of Christian Hospitality Network

The Way Life Is
January 10, 2009

Here are some observations from various people about the way life is, or could be.


Live Thoughtfully
December 2, 2008

Last week, with my family, I visited the Pennsylvania State Museum at Harrisburg. The displays and dioramas are informative and quite impressive.

In the central hall among other quotes you find this one:

Consider how many millions of people come into and go out of the world, ignorant of themselves, and of the world they have lived in. – William Penn

Values Clarification
November 24, 2008

We live in a material world where some material things are necessary for life. But out culture has come to place such a high value on the things we wear, drive or own that we are often sidetracked from the things that matter most.

This quote from the journal of David Livingstone (1813-1873) challenges me to the core of my worldview:

I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.

January 14, 2008

The Brethren in Christ (the church family of which I am a part) have been strongly influenced by the holiness tradition of the Wesleyan revival and the American holiness movement.
Richard Foster, in his book Streams of Living Water, comments on some of the positive implications of the biblical teaching on holiness:

Holiness is loving unity with God. It is an ever-expanding openness to the divine center. It is a growing, maturing, freely-given conformity to the will and ways of God. Holiness gives us our truest, fullest humanity. In holiness we become the persons we were created to be.

To which I add this prayer: God, grant that I and all Christians everywhere will live a supernatural life of truth, love and power because of our living connection with you, the living God.

Treat things with reverence
December 5, 2007

“What you do not understand, treat with reverence and be patient, and what you do understand, cherish and keep.” – Augustine

With so many trends and voices in the surrounding culture, and still more trends and voices in the church, this ancient statement gives me the perspective I need.
It’s okay not to understand everything – but be sure to treat such areas with reverence and patience. And what I do understand (or think I understand) I will cherish.
Thank you, Augustine, for your help.
Thank you, God.