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By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The point of the Book of Job is not suffering: where is God When It hurts? The prologue (chapters 1-2) dealt with that issue. The point of the Book of Job is faith: Where is Job when it hurts?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

The bible never belittles disappointment, but it does add one key word: temporary - What we feel now, we will not always feel. Our disappointment is itself a sign, and aching, a hunger for something better. And faith is, in the end, a kind of homesickness - for a home we have never visited but have never once stopped longing for.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

Whatever else we may say about it, the atonement fulfills the Jewish principle that only one who has been hurt can forgive. At Calvary, God chose to be hurt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

As a writer, I play with words all day long. I toy with them, listen for their overtones, crack them open, and try to stuff my thoughts inside.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

I go to church as an expression of my need for God and for God's family.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

I would say my being disheartened has more to do with American culture than anything else. We are becoming a very shallow culture. My goodness, the celebrity ethos has taken over completely. Turn on the television and you see that over and over. There's very little substance. And so, everything gets shorter. Everything is entertainment oriented. Our churches reflect that. A thirty-five minute sermon without a Power Point or video clips is rare these days. That's not true in other countries so much.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

We deserve punishment and get forgiveness; we deserve God’s wrath and get God’s love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

In no other arena is the church at greater risk of losing its calling than in the public square

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 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

As Ecclesiastes tells it, a wholesale devotion to pleasure will, paradoxically, lead to a state of utter despair.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

I am learning that mature faith, which encompasses both simple faith and fidelity, works the opposite of paranoia. It reassembles all the events of life around trust in a loving God. When good things happen, I accept them as gifts from God, worthy of thanksgiving. When bad things happen, I do not take them as necessarily sent by God -- I see evidence in the Bible to the contrary -- and I find in them no reason to divorce God. Rather, I trust that God can use even those bad things for my benefit.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

We preach sermons, write books on apologetics, conduct city-wide evangelistic campaigns. For those alienated from the church, that approach no longer has the same drawing power. And for the truly needy, words alone don't satisfy; "A hungry person has no ears," as one relief worker told me. A skeptical world judges the truth of what we say by the proof of how we live.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Philip Yancey

Whenever I fixate on techniques, or sink into guilt over my inadequate prayers, or turn away in disappointment when a prayer goes unanswered, I remind myself that prayer means keeping company with God who is already present.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Christ bears the wounds of the church, his body, just as he bore the wounds of crucifixion. I sometimes wonder which have hurt worse.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Philip Yancey

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

[Jesus] invoked a different kind of power: love, not coercion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

A philosophy may explain difficult things, but has no power to change them. The gospel, the story of Jesus' life, promises change.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

When I am tempted to complain about God's lack of presence, I remind myself that God has much more reason to complain about my lack of presence.

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 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more . . . And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as "those evil people" or "those poor people who need our help." Nor must we search for signs of "loveworthiness." Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

Thunderously, inarguably, the Sermon on the Mount proves that before God we all stand on level ground: murderers and temper-throwers, adulterers and lusters, thieves and coveters. We are all desperate, and that is in fact the only state appropriate to a human being who wants to know God. Having fallen from the absolute Ideal, we have nowhere to land but in the safety net of absolute grace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

There is an "offense" to the Gospel no matter how graciously we present it. It includes the message that God, not humanity, is the ultimate judge of right and wrong, and that the choices we make here have eternal consequences.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Philip Yancey

On a trip to Russia I bought one of those Matryoshka “nested dolls” that break apart at the waist to reveal smaller and smaller dolls inside…it occurred to me to me later that each of us, like the nested dolls, contains multiple selves, making us a mysterious combination of good and evil, wisdom and folly, reason and instinct… (pp.80)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Augustine started from God's grace and got it right, Pelagius started from human effort and got it wrong. Augustine passionately pursued God; Pelagius methodically worked to please God.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to - because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Some of us seem so anxious about avoiding hell that we forget to celebrate our journey toward heaven.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Philip Yancey

Where is God when it hurts? We know one answer because God came to earth and showed us. You need only follow Jesus around and note how he responded to the tragedies of his day: large-scale tragedies such as an act of government terrorism in the temple or a tower collapsing on eighteen innocent bystanders; as well as small tragedies, such as a widow who has lost her only son or even a Roman soldier whose servant has fallen ill. At moments like these Jesus never delivered sermons about judgment or the need to accept God’s mysterious providence. Instead he responded with compassion – a word from Latin which simply means, “to suffer with” – and comfort and healings. God stands on the side of those who suffer. (pp.27-28/What Good Is God?)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Curiously, the righteous Pharisees had little historical impact, save for a brief time in a remote corner of the Roman Empire. But Jesus' disciples - an ornery, undependable, and hopelessly flawed group of men - became drunk with the power of a gospel that offered free forgiveness to the worst sinners and traitors. Those men managed to change the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

When the world asks if there is any hope, we can say absolutely! No one is exempt from tragedy or disappointment- God himself was not exempt. Jesus offered no immunity, no way out of the unfairness, but rather a way through it to the other side.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

... the issue is not whether I agree with someone but rather how I treat someone with whom I profoundly disagree. We Christians are called to use the "weapons of grace," which means treating even our opponents with love and respect.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Prayer unfolds in the stillness of the soul.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

Whatever makes us feel superior to other people, whatever tempts us to convey a sense of superiority, that is the gravity of our sinful nature, not grace.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

On a small scale, person-to-person, Jesus encountered the kinds of suffering common to all of us. And how did he respond? Avoiding philosophical theories and theological lessons, he reached out with healing and compassion. He forgave sin, healed the afflicted, cast out evil, and even overcame death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

And perhaps, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit may be our very best defense against a materialist view of mankind here on earth.

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 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

God's visit to earth took place in an animal shelter with no attendants present and nowhere to lay the newborn king but a feed trough. ... For just an instant the sky grew luminous with angels, yet who saw the spectacle? Illiterate hirelings who watched the flocks of others, "nobodies" who failed to leave their names.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

Jesus represents a point of common ground an esteemed rabbi to the Jew, a god to the Hindu, an enlightened one to the Buddhist, a great prophet to the Muslim. Even to the New Age guru, Jesus is the pinnacle of God-consciousness. At the same time, Jesus is the divider. None but Christians see Him as a member of the Godhead on an exclusive mission to repair the broken world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Philip Yancey

If your church conveys that spirit of condescension or judgment, it's likely not a place where grace is on tap.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

The presence of another caring person doubles the amount of pain a person can endure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

One Harlem preacher likens us to the pink plastic spoons at Baskin Robbins: we give the world a foretaste of what lies ahead, the vision of the Biblical prophets. In a world gone astray we should be activity demonstrating here and now God's will for the planet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

Whatever else it is, the kingdom of God is decidedly not a call to violent revolution.

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 15 Sep

Philip Yancey

When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Philip Yancey

People want to go back to those old days, but it's probably not going to happen.

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.