Notable Quotes

"Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet."
Ann Lamott


Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
 Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
~ John Wooden (American basketball player and coach)


No man is an island, entire of itself

every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main

if a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,

as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were

any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind

and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls

it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1622)

Devotions on Emergent Occasion (written 1623-1624)


"God doesn't want something from us. He wants us."
C.S. Lewis

"Let God's promises shine on your problems."
Corrie Ten Boom

"Patience is nothing other than a long-term demonstration of love and forgiveness."
J. Ellsworth Kalas,
United Methodist Pastor
Asbury Seminary

"By the grace You grant me of silence without loneliness
give me the right to plead,to clamor
for my brothers imprisoned in a loneliness without silence"

A Thousand Reasons for Living by Dom Helder Camara
found in disciplines for the inner life, by Bob,Sr and Michael Benson editors

"There is a place in the religious experience where
we love God for Himself alone,
with never a thought of His benefits."

 The Root of Righteousness, by A. W. Tozer
found in disciplines fo the inner life,
Bensons, Bob,sr and Michael editors

"Remember, you are a minister of hope,
not a prophet of doom"
An Introduction to Christian Writing, by Ethel Herr

"Remember! You are born for nothing else. Your life
is continued to you upon this earth for no other purpose than this,
that you may know, love and serve God on this earth, and enjoy Him to all eternity"
from The Message of the Wesleys,
compiled by Philip S, Watson
found in disciplines for the inner life,
Bob,Sr and Michael Benson, editors

We enter it at birth.
We pass through it in life.
We exit it at death.
It was our preparation for eternity.

Dick Innes
quoted in Living Between Estrogen and Death
by Barbara Johnson

"We must base our solutions on biblical teaching
and write to foster a growing worship and dependance on God,"

Ethel Herr
An Introduction to Christian Writing

"None of my problems are here to stay"

Barbara Johnson
Living between Estrogen and Death


"God always adds to our lives,
the devil subtracts,
God multiplies our blessing,
the devil divides."

Pastor John Hackney Apr.11,2010
Sermon, Love in a Divided Home
Sermon Series: Employment of God's Love

Do it Anyway!

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

credited to Mother Teresa


The creed does not belong to you unless you have lived it.
Metropolitan Philaret

quoted in The Orthodox Way of Life, by Kallistos Ware
quoted in disciplines for the inner life, by Bob Benson and Michael Benson


God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

by Reinhold Niebuhr


“. . . the kingdom of God is not the destination at the top of the ladder we climb. Rather it’s a realm that appears when we chose to engage. Any moment we chose God’s way over our way, the kingdom breaks through. Whenever Jesus rules our day in any way, the kingdom breaks through. Anytime we choose to pray about a decision, to surrender to His will, to open the Bible for insight or wisdom, or to extend mercy or grace, the kingdom breaks through. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time, in that moment Jesus reigns in your life and the kingdom of God is at hand."

from A Mile High
By Brandon Hatmaker

Grow Into Him

  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried  about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, b...