John Owen

When someone acts weak, negligent, or casual in a duty - performing it carelessly or lifelessly, without any genuine satisfaction, joy, or interest, he has already entered into the spirit that will lead him into trouble. How many we see today who have departed from warmhearted service and have become negligent, careless, and indifferent in their prayer life or in the reading of the Scriptures. For each one who escapes this peril, a hundred others will be ensnared. Then it may be too late to acknowledge, "I neglected private prayer," or " I did not meditate on God's Word," or "I did not hear what I should have listened to."

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Eugene H. Peterson

If we get our information from the biblical material there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing, leaping, daring life.
http://www.nelsonministryservices.com/nms/bio.asp?cID=2435

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Maximos

The person who loves God cannot help loving every man as himself, even though he is grieved by the passions of those who are not yet purified. But when they amend their lives, his delight is indescribable and knows no bounds.

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Author Unknown

If you are a Christian, you can expect folks to criticize, but you ought to live so nobody will believe them.

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Jonathan Edwards

What cause have they who have an interest in Christ, to glory in their Redeemer! They are often beset with many evils, and many mighty enemies surround them on every side, with open mouths ready to devour them. But they need not fear any of them. They may glory in Christ, the rock of their salvation, who appears so gloriously above them all. They may triumph over Satan, over this evil world, over guilt, and over death. For as their Redeemer is mighty, and is so exalted above all evil, so shall they also be exalted in him, They are now, in a sense, so exalted. For nothing can hurt them. Christ carries them, as on eagle's wings, high out of the reach of all evils, so that they cannot come near them, to do them any real harm.
http://www.yale.edu/wje/index.html

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David Livingstone

If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honour, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorplivingstone.html

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Benedict of Nursia

We believe that God is present everywhere, and the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the good and the bad.... We must therefore consider how we should behave in the sight of Divine Majesty, and as we sing our psalms let us see to it that our mind is in harmony with our voice.
http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Benedict_Nursia.htm

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Robert R. C. Chapman

Faith looks straight to the command in order to obey it, and takes the promise for her support. She pushes on her way, regardless of dangers. Moses must go forward, though the next step lead the people into the sea. Whatever appearances may say to us, it is by advancing in the narrow way of obedience that we prove the truth of the promises, and the faithfulness, wisdom, and power of our promise-keeping God.

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Peter Kreeft

The greatest Christians in history seem to say that their sufferings ended up bringing them the closest to God - so this is the best thing that could happen, not the worst.
http://www.peterkreeft.com/

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Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

The challenge of hospitality, both personally and professionally, comes when we are stressed out or tired and we offer it grudgingly. The gift of hospitality comes when we find in the welcoming face of hospitality the welcoming face of God.
http://www.calvinseminary.edu/

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