Francis Chan (in response to Matthew 7:13-14): Can you find one place in the Bible where the majority was right? When in history has the majority been right? When has the right thing ever been popular?
Mark Driscoll: United States of America is not a church. Thank God ’cause what a church that would be.
Mark Driscoll: People don’t have an academic problem with the Bible. They have a moral problem with the Bible. It’s not that they don’t understand it. It’s that they don’t like it.
Mark Driscoll: All we need is Jesus. Jesus plus anything ruins everything.
Mark Driscoll: There’s something worse than dying, and that’s a wasted life.
Mark Driscoll: You need to know that from God’s perspective, religion is just a steaming pile of your own fleshly efforts at holiness.
Mark Driscoll: The truth is, we’re supposed to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, that we are to be able to worship God freely and publicly, and it was never intended that our faith would not have anything to do with our life.
Mark Driscoll: Tolerance used to mean being patient with someone you disagree with. Tolerance now means accepting what they believe.
Mark Driscoll (admitting that he stole this from Rick Warren): Our job is not to win America. Our job is to win Americans.
Mark Driscoll: The natural way to respond to evil is with evil…It takes more courage, strength, and dignity to be like Christ than to instigate further evil.
Mark Driscoll: We are at war, but people are not our enemy. Satan is our enemy. People are our goal.
Jerry Falwell: You do not determine a man’s greatness by his talent, or his wealth, or his education. You determine a man’s greatness by what it takes to discourage him.—Rick Warren adds: Extraordinary people are just ordinary people with great persistence. (I used this in light of the Washington tornado.)
Joe: God inspires us to see who we are in Him so that we can display who He is to the world.
Greg Laurie: When you’re all alone, when no one is watching, and there’s no one around to impress, that is who you are.
Dan Lian: One day, each and every one of us will find ourselves face-to-face with Jesus, and in that moment, nothing else will matter except for this: Did you live your life, did you love your world, did you serve the purposes of God in such a way as to render these words from Him—“Well done!”?
Crawford Loritts: God’s love is not just a feeling of sentiment. It means He comes down in our times of need and says, “I’ve got this. I’ve got this. I’ve got this.”
Todd Nighswonger: God does some of His best work during times of sorrow, agony, and difficult.
Todd Nighswonger: You do not have to live in fear because your time will not come until God the Father decides your time has come.
Perry Noble: If you are going to follow Jesus, you are going to upset some people.
Perry Noble (discussing James 1:14): We can’t say that “the devil made me do it” when we loaded the gun and put it in his hands.
John Piper: Believing a life without prayer would result in an eternal life with Christ is like believing that you could spend as much time underwater as you could above it.
Judah Smith: No sooner do I conquer a bad habit than I become the biggest critic of anyone who still does what I just stopped doing. I make up rules to fit my standard of living, then I judge you by them. If you follow my rules, you are a good person. If you break my rules, you are a bad person. If you have stricter rules than me, you’re a prude who needs to lighten up.
Judah Smith: Rules attempt to force us to do the opposite of what we want. Grace actually changes what we want.
Judah Smith (talking about grumpy-looking Christians): There is nothing more uncomfortable for people than a constipated Christian.
Judah Smith: I pray in light of President Mandela’s life and legacy that we might all consider forgiving those who have profoundly hurt us.
Judah Smith: Something is wrong when we call ourselves Christians but we practically have an aneurysm just trying to crack a smile.
Judah Smith: Sometimes it takes tragic circumstances to realize how real our faith is.
Judah Smith: Jesus is the ultimate zombie. He was killed, then he came back from the dead, and now he’s coming for you. Okay—some of you would do well do discover a sense of humor. You’ll live longer.
Judah Smith: Sometimes Christians are the biggest doomsayers of all. It’s not healthy. Frankly, it’s not even Christian. Fearfulness is an indictment against our God.
Steph: It’s not polite to smite your wife. (There’s no religious message here. This was the end of the silly conversation we were having and I just found this line brilliantly phrased and funny.)
Lee Strobel: God took the very worst thing that has ever happened in the history of the universe — deicide, or the death of God on the cross — and turned it into the very best thing that has happened in history of universe: the opening up of heaven to all who follow Him. So if God can take the very worst circumstance imaginable and turn it into the very best situation possible, can he not take the negative circumstances of your life and create something good from them?
Lee Strobel: So when tragedy strikes, as it will; when suffering comes, as it will; when you’re wrestling with pain, as you will – and when you make the choice to run into His arms, here’s what you’re going to discover: you’ll find peace to deal with the present, you’ll find courage to deal with your future, and you’ll find the incredible promise of eternal life in heaven.
Student in class (in response to me saying that one would need to draw pictures in order for our math teacher [whom I tease a lot] to understand): Is that why she makes us show our work?
Rick Warren: You lie to yourself more than you lie to anybody else…and you do it all the time.—Judah Smith adds: If we can’t be honest with ourselves, we’ll never be honest with God.
Rick Warren: You are not junk. Jesus didn’t die for junk. He was up on the cross with arms spread and nails in this hands saying, “I love you this much. I love you so much, it hurts. I love you so much that I’m willing to go through this pain and suffering in order to be with you forever.” You are not junk.
Finally, my verse of the year. This was picked back in August as a theme verse for Wyldlife. Little did we know just how appropriate it would be when the tornado struck.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9