Inspiration Corner

From Books

*Excerpts from Books*

“The average Christian in the United States spends ten minutes per day with God; meanwhile, the average American spends over four hours a day watching television.” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)

“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable.” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)

(Hebrews 11) “These people are far from perfect, yet they had faith in a God who was able to come through in seemingly dire situations.” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)

“Wherever God has placed you HE can use you, and He will, if you let Him.” (Bill Bright, Glow In The Dark)

“Don’t be afraid, he says, or think you’re not old enough or mature enough to make a mark. God has given us everything we need to do what He asks of us.” (Bill Bright, Glow In The Dark)

“the Messiah entered the world, only to land in an animal’s feeding trough, because nobody had any room for him.” (Rick James, Jesus Without Religion)

“This may seem harsh, but as you look around, it seems Christians have done the one thing to Christianity that even Christ’s enemies could not do. Christ’s enemies scourged Him, mocked Him, beat Him, tried Him falsely, hung Him on a cross, jammed a crown of thorns on His head, stuck a spear in His side, and finally sealed Him in a stone-cold tomb. Centuries after His resurrection, His enemies denied that he ever existed. But with all this, we Christians has dealt Christ a more damaging blow. We have not killed Him, but we have made Him boring.” (Dan Hayes, Fireseeds of Spiritual Awakening)

“How many of us would really leave our families, our jobs, our education, our friends, our connections, our familiar surroundings, and our homes if Jesus asked us to? If he just showed up and said, ‘Follow me’? No explanation. No directions. You could follow Him straight up a hill to be crucified. Maybe He would lead you to another country, and you would never see your family again. Or perhaps you would stay put, but He would ask you to spend your time helping people who will never love you back and never show you gratitude for what you gave up.” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)

“Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)


From Videos

“There are millions of people on this earth, who call themselves followers of Jesus’, but their lives look nothing like his, yet in their hearts they’re convinced they are followers.” (Francis Chan, BASIC Series: Follow Jesus) 

From Scripture

*According To Scripture*

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

“In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” (1 Timothy 2:8)

“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NIV)

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’, The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40 NIV)

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18 NIV)

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back…” (Luke 6:32-36)

“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,…” (Jude 1:20)

“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.” (2 John 1:6)

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” (1 John 5:21)

“We love each other because he loved us first.” (1 John 4:19)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” (Romans 8:26)

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 ASV)

” if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20 NIV)

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8 NIV)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

“Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not you own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2)

“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.” (Proverbs 27:19)

“Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

“When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.” (Proverbs 16:7)

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

“Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.” (Psalm 90:16)

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.” (Psalm 4:4)

“He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” (Psalm 33:15)

“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;…” (Psalm 46:7)

“So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.” (Acts 19:20)

“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12:21)

“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” (Acts 2:44)

…”And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

…”We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20)

“After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)

“Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord – crowds of both men and women.” (Acts 5:14)

“As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by.” (Acts 5:15)

“Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight…” (Acts 9:18)

“Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7)

“Love each other deeply with all your heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)

“Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” (1 Peter 3:17)

“’Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.’” (Hebrews 4:7)

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

“…by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” (Hebrews 6:6)

“He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

“…I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Hebrews 8:10)

“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” (Hebrews 13:2)

“…Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” (Hebrews 13:3)

From Others

*Quotes from Others*

“Are we in love with God or just His stuff?” (Francis Chan)

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” (John Piper)

“We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe God.” (Francis Chan)

“We have to believe it enough that it changes how we live.” (Francis Chan)

“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.” (Francis Chan)

“Has your relationship with God changed the way you live your life?” (Francis Chan)

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