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Drawing Upon the Deep Resources of God

Abiding God's Provision Faith

Source: BE JOYFUL by Warren Wiersbe, p. 144

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-13

Scripture: John 15:15

Author: Warren Wiersbe
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All of nature depends on hidden resources. The great trees send their roots down into the earth to draw up water and minerals. Rivers have their sources in the snow-capped mountains. The most important part of a tree is the part you cannot see, the root system …

[Warren W. Wiersbe is best known as a Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He has ministered in churches and conferences in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and the United States. He has published more than 150 books and was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.]

APPLICATION

... And the most important part of the Christian’s life is the part that only God sees. Unless we draw upon the deep resources of God by faith, we fail against the pressures of life.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:15).

Faith Quotes

Faith (Quotes) Abiding Trust (In God)

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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"Faith is not like gasoline which runs out when you use it, but like a muscle that grows stronger as you use it." [Unknown]

“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” [Chuck Swindol (1934 - ) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher.]

"Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation." [D. Elton Trueblood, 20th century author, educator, Quaker theologian]

"Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve." [Lillian Smith, 20th century Southern writer and outspoken segregation critic]

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." [Blaise Pascal, 17th century French scientist, writer, and Christian philosopher]

"God never made a promise that was too good to be true." [Dwight L. Moody, 19th century American evangelist, publisher, and namesake of Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishing]

"Worry is spiritual short sight. Its cure is intelligent faith." [Paul Brunton, 20th century British spiritualist and mystic]

"Faith is reason grown courageous." [Sherwood Eddy, 20th century American missionary, author and educator]

"Skepticism is the beginning of Faith." [Oscar Wilde, 19th century Irish poet, novelist, dramatist]

"Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow." [Unknown]

"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." [Oswald Chambers, early 20th century Scottish minister and Bible teacher]

APPLICATION

Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.

Easter Quotes

Easter Quotes Resurrection Abiding

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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"Easter is the only time of the year when it's safe to put all your eggs in one basket." [Unknown]

"Earth's saddest day and Earth's gladdest day were just three days apart." [Unknown]

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there." [Clarence W. Hall, author, biographer]

"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." [Henry Knox Sherrill (1890-1980), an Episcopal clergyman and the 20th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church]

"On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer." [Douglas Horton (1891-1968), an American Protestant clergyman and academic leader who was noted for his work in ecumenical relations among major Protestant bodies of his day]

"God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress." [Robert South (1634-1716), English clergyman]

"Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.” [N.T. Wright (1948 - ), retired Anglican bishop and a leading New Testament scholar, as quoted from Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church]

“The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn't the end. Jesus didn't escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.” [Steven James (1969 - ), bestselling author of the award winning Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks series, as well as numerous inspirational books, as quoted from his work, Story]

“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus' fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.” [A.W. Tozer (1901-1963), American evangelical pastor, speaker, writer, and editor, as quoted from Preparing for Jesus' Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope]

“Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.” [W.H. Auden (1907-1973), an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century]

“And now brothers, I will ask you a terrible question, and God knows I ask it also of myself. Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without him is the real death, that to die with him the only life?” [Frederick Buechner (1926 - ), an American writer, theologian, and Presbyterian minister, as quoted from The Magnificent Defeat]

"The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in." [Peter Marshall (1902-1949), a Scots-American preacher, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and twice appointed as Chaplain of the United States Senate]

"The point is not that the resurrection is the price paid for our sins. The point point is that the resurrection proves the death of Jesus is an all-sufficient price. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then his death was a failure, God did not vindicate his sin-bearing achievement, and we are still in our sins." [John Piper (1946- ), a Calvinistic Baptist Christian preacher and author, commenting on 1 Corinthians 15:17]

"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown." [William Penn (1644-1718), English Quaker theologian who was given the charter to found the now state of Pennsylvania, named in his honor]

"All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning." 

[Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known as the author of the devotional My Utmost for His Highest]

"The cross is a one time, visual representation of God's grief over sin." [Dean H. Harvey]

"No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like the scene on Calvary. Nowhere does the soul find such consolation as on that very spot where misery reigned, where woe triumphed, where agony reached its climax." [C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), English Baptist minister known as the Prince of Preachers, reputed to have preached to more than 10,000,000 people]

"Death was not Jesus' penalty; it was His destiny. It was not His lot in life; it was His mission. It was not His unavoidable fate; it was His purpose statement for coming to earth that first Christmas: 'Born to die.'" 
[Bill Crowder, American pastor and teacher, and a regular contributor for the popular Our Daily Bread devotional, as well as the teaching chaplain for Sports Spectrum, a weekly national sports radio program, as quoted in The Path of His Passion]

"Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death." [Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher]

"A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me." [Andrew Murray (1828-1917), South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor who considered missions to be "the chief end of the church."]

"3 Nails 1 Cross 4 Given." [Unknown]

"Believing Christ died is history.. Believing He died for you is salvation." [Unknown]

"Jesus paid the price. You get to keep the 'change.'" [Unknown]

"We use Duct Tape to fix everything … God used nails." [Unknown]

APPLICATION

Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.

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Scripture: Job 5:7 ; Isaiah 9:6

Author: unknown
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Author: Terry Enns
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Scripture: Galatians 4:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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