If you want to see revival, plant your church in the gutter.
People who succeed in life do not go around setting scores; they do not even keep scores. They run up the score by doing good to others, even when the others don't deserve it. They give them better than they are given. And as a result, they often bring the other person up to their level, instead of being brought down to the level of the other.
Agreement is not a prerequisite needed in order to show kindness and respect.
I read about a man who had a weather vane on his barn that said "God is love." When asked why it said that, he told them that it was a reminder to him. "No matter which way the wind blows, God is love." How simple, but how profound - and how true! No matter what "weather" comes our way - God is love. God is faithful. God is sufficient. God is with us. God is good. God is working in our lives to accomplish His plans and purposes. Whatever way the wind blows in our lives - God is there with whatever we need. And He's still working miracles!
The love of God is dangerous... It is a slippery slope... You may just slide right into the arms of your loving Father.
What is outside your comfort zone today maybe at the very centre of your comfort zone tomorrow. This is because once you open become used to the scariness of your new place, being outside your comfort zone begins to seem like home. Before long, you may have to move yet again and go to the unknown, like Abraham went out but did not know where he was going.
Christian conduct is not predicated on whether I have the right to do something, but whether my conduct is helpful to those about me.
Jesus describes Himself as a door, a gate, a portal. In other words, an escape hatch. He has come to free us from a meaningless existence and liberate us to a life filled with adventure. He has come to lead us out of the mundane and into the extraordinary. Strangely enough we find it hard to trust Him, while all the time He has been trying to lead us out of the dark dungeons we have created for ourselves and let us run free in the light of day. When we come to Him, he translates us into an entirely new realm of living. His promise is that in Him we will find the life that our hearts have always longed for. Jesus was crucified as a criminal, but what His accusers didn’t know was that He was planning and fulfilling history’s most extraordinary prison break.
The church is not a select circle of the immaculate, but a home where the outcast may come in. It is not a palace with gate attendants and challenging sentinels along the entrance-ways holding off at arm's-length the stranger, but rather a hospital where the broken-hearted may be healed, and where all the weary and troubled may find rest and take counsel together.