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By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

What would a church look like that created space for quietness, that bucked the celebrity trend and unplugged from noisy media, that actively resisted our consumer culture? What would worship look like if we directed it more toward God than toward our own amusement?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Faith is not simply a private matter, or something we practice once a week at church. Rather, it should have a contagious effect on the broader world. Jesus used these images to illustrate His kingdom.: a sprinkle of yeast causing the whole loaf to rise, a pinch of salt preserving a slab of meat, the smallest seed in the garden growing into a great tree in which birds of the air come to nest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Eugene Peterson points out that "the root meaning in Hebrew of salvation is to be broad, to become spacious, to enlarge. It carries the sense of deliverance from an existence that has become compressed, confined and cramped." God wants to set free, to make it possible for us to live open and loving lives with God and our neighbors. "I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free," wrote the psalmist.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us the grace to labour for', as Sir Thomas More expressed it. The inner voice of prayer expresses itself naturally in action, just as the inner voice of my brain guides all my bodily actions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

All of us in the church need “grace-healed eyes” to see the potential in others for the same grace that God has so lavishly bestowed on us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Jesus tended to honor the losers of this world, not the winners. Our modern culture extravagantly rewards beauty, athletic skill, wealth, and artistic achievement, qualities which seemed to impress Jesus not at all.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The surgery of life hurts. It helps me, though, to know that the surgeon himself, the Wounded Surgeon, has felt every stab of pain and every sorrow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

The camera follows a young woman as she makes her way through the stands to an area set aside for repentance and conversion. But Jesus' stories imply that far more may be going on out there: beyond that stadium scene, in a place concealed from all camera lenses, a great party has erupted, a gigantic celebration in the unseen world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Grace does not depend on what we have done for God but rather what God has done for us. Ask people what they must do to get to heaven and most reply, "Be good." Jesus' stories contradict that answer. All we must do is cry, "Help!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The self-sacrificing, servant aspect of the Christian life has many parallels to parenthood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

Why pray? Evidently, God likes to be asked. God certainly does not need our wisdom or our knowledge, nor even the information contained in our prayers ("your Father knows what you need before you ask him"). But by inviting us into the partnership of creation, God also invites us into relationship. God is love, said the apostle John. God does not merely have love or feel love. God is love and cannot not love. As such, God yearns for relationship with the creatures made in his image.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Prayer unfolds in the stillness of the soul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Forgiveness is the only way to break the cycle of blame-and pain-in a relationship...It does not settle all questions of blame and justice and fairness...But it does allow relationships to start over. In that way, said Solzhenitsyn, we differ from all animals. It is not our capacity to think that makes us different, but our capacity to repent, and to forgive.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Philip Yancey

The essence of Christian faith has come to us in story form, the story of a God who will go to any lengths to get his family back. The Bible tells of flawed people -- people just like me -- who make shockingly bad choices and yet still find themselves pursued by God. As they receive grace and forgiveness, naturally they want to give it to others, and a thread of hope and transformation weaves its way throughout the Bible's accounts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The uncommitted share many of our core values, but if we do not live out those values in a compelling way, we will not awaken a thirst for their ultimate Source.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The rubber hits the road when we try to show grace to a person most unlike us, even someone morally offensive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

When he lived on earth, [Jesus] surrounded himself with ordinary people who misunderstood him, failed to exercise much spiritual power, and sometimes behaved like churlish schoolchildren.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Philip Yancey

Fulfillment comes not in pursuit of happiness, but rather in pursuit of service.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The promise of pleasures so alluring that we may devote our lives to their pursuit, and then the haunting realization that these pleasures ultimately do not satisfy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

True healing, of deep connective tissue, takes place in community. Where is God when it hurts? Where God's people are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

I have found that living with faith in an unseen world requires constant effort.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Like all good things, prayer requires some discipline. Yet I believe that life with God should seem more like friendship than duty. Prayer includes moments of ecstasy and also dullness, mindless distraction and acute concentration, flashes of joy and bouts of irritation. In other words, prayer has features in common with all relationships that matter.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The world is not against you, but the world is a place where bad things happen. It's just true. Airlines crash, people do evil things. A lot of bad things happen and it causes pain.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

We should do whatever we can to cut through the scum that has grown on our understanding and rediscover freshness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

There is but one true Giver in the universe; all else are debtors.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Jesus announced a great reversal of values in His Sermon on the Mount, elevating not the rich or attractive, but rather the poor, the persecuted, and those who mourn.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Never do I see Jesus lecturing people on the need to accept blindness or lameness as an expression of God's secret will; rather, he healed them.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Philip Yancey

Or we can picture God as a caring parent with traits with love, generosity, and sensitivity- an infinite Being who personally interacts with and responds to creation. Accordingly, God considers prayers much as a wise parent might consider requests from a child.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

For me, the world of nature bears spectacular witness to the imaginative genius of our Creator.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

We, Jesus' followers, are the agents assigned to carry out God's will on earth. Too easily we expect God to do something for us when instead God wants to do it through us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Homeless people bear God's image too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

We tend to think, 'Life should be fair because God is fair.' But God is not life. And if I confuse God with the physical reality of life- by expecting constant good health for example- then I set myself up for crashing disappointment.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Philip Yancey

Indeed, how could we experience grace at all except through our defects?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Jesus never met a disease he could not cure, a birth defect he could not reverse, a demon he could not exorcise. But he did meet skeptics he could not convince and sinners he could not convert. Forgiveness of sins requires an act of will on the receiver's part, and some who heard Jesus' strongest words about grace and forgiveness turned away unrepentant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Individuals and societies are not helpless victims of heredity. We have the power to change - not by looking "down" to nature but "up" to God, who consistently calls us forward to become the people we were designed to be. A confused world urgently needs a model of what that looks like. If Christians fail to provide that model, who will?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

If God doesn't want something for me, I shouldn't want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God's.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Philip Yancey

Ironically, (the church's) respect in the world declines in proportion to how vigorously we attempt to force others to adopt our point of view.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

Whenever faith seems an entitlement, or a measuring rod, we cast our lots with the Pharisees and grace softly slips away.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

The Bible never belittles human disappointment ... but it does add one key word: temporary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

By striving to prove how much they deserve God's love, legalists miss the whole point of the gospel, that it is a gift from God to people who don't deserve it. The solution to sin is not to impose an ever-stricter code of behavior. It is to know God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

I have found that lived out, the hardest place to be a Christian is to be in a nice prosperous country with a lot of entertainment options because there's so many distractions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

prayer, and only prayer, restores my vision to one that more resembles God's. i awake from blindness to see that wealth lurks as a terrible danger, not a goal worth striving for; that value depends not on race or status but on the image of God every person bears; that no amount of effort to improve physical beauty has much relevance for the world beyond.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Philip Yancey

Family is the one human institution we have no choice over. We get in simply by being born, and as a result we are involuntarily thrown together with a menagerie of strange and unlike people. Church calls for another step: to voluntarily choose to band together with a strange menagerie because of a common bond in Jesus Christ. I have found that such a community more resembles a family than any other human institution. Henri Nouwen once defined a community as “a place where the person you least want to live with always lives.” His definition applies equally to the group that gathers each Thanksgiving and the group that congregates each Sunday morning. (p. 64-65, Church: Why Bother?)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Christianity is not a purely intellectual, internal faith. It can only be lived in community.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

I have come to know a God of compassion and mercy and love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Someone asked the Swiss physician & author Paul Tournier how he helped his patients get rid of their fears. He replied, 'I don't. Everything that's worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids--all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Charles Williams has said of the Lord's Prayer, "No word in English carries a greater possibility of terror than the little word 'as' in that clause." What makes the 'as' so terrifying? The fact that Jesus plainly links our forgiven-ness by the Father with our forgiving-ness of fellow human beings. Jesus' next remark could not be more explicit: 'If you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

People instinctively know the difference between something done with a profit motive and something done with a love motive.