THE MEDITATION OF MY HEART

BTG; Quote Collection #1

THIS IS A COLLECTION OF QUOTES THAT I HAVE WRITTEN ALONG WITH OTHER WRITERS.

Love can never be destroyed… prophecies, opinions, and knowledge may fade, erode, and wither away, but something as complete as love can never be destroyed. Therefore faith, hope and love are eternal. And of these three things… the greatest of all is, love.

Love is preserving

Love is patient

Love is passionate

Love never envies

And love does not rejoice in injustice, But in truth.

Love surpasses all

And believes all

Love bears for all

Love hopes for all

Love endures for all

And because of all of this, love can never be destroyed.

Scripture 1 Corinthians 13:1-13adapted to a quotation and teaching.

“Christians often all walk their own paths, live their own lives. A journey without happy farewells only persecuted and beaten ones, a beginning with one end, glorified with Christ. It’s lonely walking to and fro preaching in of season and out of season, but with God who is the immaterial, immortal, everlasting Spirit, He is self-existent, self-conscience, and self-determined. He is a person, living, seeing, hearing, speaking, thinking, grieving, and feeling. He is immense and immanent in all of the universe, the Creator of it, the upholder, sustainer, and ruler of all things. He is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and immutable.” – Matthew Verderose

“You can always die. It’s living that takes real courage.”

“Death no longer terrifies men. The smell of blood is as common as the smell of roses, so he creates slavery and savagery which surpasses the horrors of dying. These can only be fought with more bloodshed and the cycle never ends. My life is guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, but when all is said, a sword against flesh and blood is a tool for destruction not salvation. The only way I can retain my Eternity is to preach the Gospel.”

“We cannot stand by and watch people suffer while we have the swords to stop it… the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.”

“I will not stand by and watch people suffer while I have the swords to stop it… the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.” – Matthew Verderose

“I will not stand by and watch people suffer while I have the swords to stop it… the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. I will pray with bleeding knees and dripping tears for mankind to come to the knowledge of God, I will not stop until all know of the beauty that is in Christ Jesus.” – Matthew Verderose

“Knowing is not enough… we must apply.

Willing is not enough…we must do.” – Bruce Lee

“There is nothing better then going to Heaven and bringing someone with you, and there is nothing worse then going to Hell and bringing someone with you.” – Matthew Verderose- John Chaffie

“There is no use crying over spilled milk. Unless you were stupid enough to receive a splinter while trying lick the milk off the table.” – Matthew Verderose

“The vulgar people are the real week ones, and the gentle people are the real strong ones.” – James Dean (American Actor)

You need to compare yourself;

You need to challenge yourself,

Your worst enemy is yourself – Jet Li

“You can be the greatest person on earth. But if you don’t know Jesus, you’re not going to Heaven.” – Zack C

“Those frozen blue eyes, I want to keep in my heart… The courage that was lost, remember me again… A shooting star that twinkles in the night, I am gazing into Ice Blue Eyes.”

“The blue sky is infinitely high, crystal clear…that’s what the world should be…a world of infinite possibilities, laid before us, crystal clear”

Please don’t give up your integrity! Its one thing you can’t find! It’s priceless!

“If weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?” — Leonard Ravenhill

“A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning” — Leonard Ravenhill

“The only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it!” — Leonard Ravenhill

“God pity us that after years of writing, using mountains of paper and rivers of ink, exhausting flashy terminology about the biggest revival meetings in history, we are still faced with gross corruption in every nation, as well as with the most prayerless church age since Pentecost.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“My main ambition in life is to be on the devil’s most wanted list.” — Leonard Ravenhill

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.- BRUCE LEE

If you want to do your duty properly, you should do just a little more than that. – Bruce Lee

Running water never grows stale. So you just have to ‘keep on flowing.’ – Bruce Lee

“Someday, people will learn to accept God. I hope you learn to see the realization before you stand before him.” – Matthew Verderose

“I want you to remember one truth. In spirit, every single person is equal in the face of the Lord. A person’s worth is measured not by their class, but by nobility and beauty of their heart. No ornamental words can change this truth.” – Matthew Verderose

“The sword is not the only thing you need to defeat your enemy, put that in your mind.” – Matthew Verderose

“I call myself a peaceful warrior, because the battles that we face are on the inside.” – the peaceful warrior 12:03 am September 24, 2008

“You are who you really are when nobody is around.” – Kemtel Glasgow

“The Ingredients in a crumb is the same Ingredients in the bread.” – Kemtel Glasgow

“A radical praise comes from a desperate heart.” – Kemtel Glasgow

“Suffering saints are living seeds.” – Charles Spurgeon

“Stand stronger and kneel harder.” – Matthew Verderose

“The power that G-d conveys upon us is the power of truth, at all times we must seek and strive to tell all we know of the power of truth, the truth is the gospel of Christ.” – Matthew Verderose

“Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.” – Brave Heart

“All men die, but some men never really live”- Brave Heart

“Being an example is not the main ‘means’ of being a leader, it is the Mean” – Thomas Edison

“A strong man sheds blood before he sheds tears.”

“Today juniors, Tomorrow Leaders.” Grand Master. Dea Kyu Lee

“Good or bad, what we do in life echoes in eternity.” – Matthew Verderose

“Beneath my bones, flesh, and blood there is something more. There is something more, there is a spirit, and the spirit is Eternal.”- Matthew Verderose

“A man puts himself last but finds himself first.” – Matthew Verderose

“Breath in, Breath out, and Move in.” – Matthew Verderose

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and will to carry on successfully.” – Walter Lippmann

“Spring brings flowers to comfort you, the summer stars, the harvest moon in fall, and the powdered snow in winter. All of these things and the promise of them is what make’s life so great.” – Matthew Verderose

“You hear the most interesting things about yourself, when people think you’re asleep.” – Matthew Verderose

“When you are sleeping you are unaware of sleeping until you are awake, during those missing hours a whole other world comes alive.” – Matthew Verderose

“There is no greater purpose in a man’s life then to serve his fellow man.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“There are no ordinary moments.”

“There is never nothing going on.”

“There is no such thing as coincidences; there is only the illusion of coincidences.” – V for Vendetta

“When we are born, we all wear masks. G-d created and forces us to find the one that fits with his will.” – Matthew Verderose

“When we are born, we all wear masks. G-d created and forces us to find the one that fits with his will.” – Matthew Verderose

“It is a disgrace for a gentleman’s words to be greater then his deeds.” – Matthew Verderose

“Leaders are not born, they are made.”

“We Compare, Humans are creatures of comparison. Constantly trying to decide weather things are good or bad, or better or worse then other things. Eventually our overloaded brains will accept anything, good or bad, right of wrong, not caring which is which.” – Matthew Verderose

“The hardest people to love are often the ones who need it the most.” – Matthew Verderose

“One look Is worth a thousand rumors” – Matthew Verderose

“G-d gave us all two ears, and one mouth so we could do more listening and less talking.” – Matthew Verderose

“Don’t ever say ‘I can’t’ without spreading your broken wings trying.” – Matthew Verderose (2:00 am -9/23/08)

“I will conduct myself honorably before G-d and Man. In word, thought and deed.” – HA code of honor

“Life and death are like two sides of a coin, each of us can give and each of us can take, and the unseen force that decides who will give and who will take pours over everything around us. Just like Rain.” – Matthew Verderose

“Knowledge is (Knowing of information) Wisdom is (knowing how to react to the information.)” – Matthew Verderose

“A warrior does not give up what he loves he finds the love in what he does.” – Peaceful Warrior

“A new era can not come about by just one persons dream. A new era must come about by the people who share the same dream and come together as one to strive in the fulfillment of that dream.” – Matthew Verderose

“Swords don’t shape new eras People shape new eras and people are the ones who must shape new eras.” – Matthew Verderose

“Fear is the mind killer, I face my fears, I will let it pass trough me.” – Matthew Verderose

“There is nothing better then going to Heaven and bringing someone with you, and there is nothing worse then going to Hell and bringing someone with you.” – Matthew Verderose

“There is nothing more important then knowing ‘who you’ are in Christ.” – Matthew Verderose

“Life is a Mystery; don’t waste time trying to figure it out.” – Peaceful Warrior

“There is no use crying over spilled milk. Unless you were stupid enough to receive a splinter while trying lick the milk off the table.” – Matthew Verderose

“If you are walking on a beach and you step on a crab. Even if you didn’t mean to, you should go back and apologize.”

“Love that is not deep is quickly broken.”

“To me the supermarket is like a trading facility, apart from the obvious trade in food and household products. The supermarket trades in time. Time for money.” – Matthew Verderose

“The basic rule of time is the more you look at the clock the slower the time goes.” – Matthew Verderose

“If you love life, you won’t waste time, because time is what life is made up of.”- Bruce Lee

“If you make an ass of your self, there will always be someone to ride you.” – Bruce Lee

“You don’t have enough knowledge to live on knowledge alone.”

“When you laugh the world laughs with you. When you weep you weep, you weep alone.” – Matthew Verderose

“Either a rock or a grain of sand, in water they both sink.” – Matthew Verderose

“True friends are true friends until the day they die.” – Matthew Verderose

“You can train a dog with food; you can buy a man with money. But there isn’t a person alive that can influence a man with integrity ” – Matthew Verderose

“A dog will always be a dog, a wolf will always be a wolf, and a soldier for Christ will always be a soldier for Christ.” – Matthew Verderose

“A leader never says ‘I’ he says ‘We’.”

“Martial Arts and Music both share the same principles; they both have complex harmony and elusive melody.” – Matthew Verderose

“Our lives are like a vapor, we are hear today and gone tomorrow” – James 4:14

“Friends come and go, but family is forever.”

“I don’t really consider myself a man, I consider myself an old boy.” – Matthew Verderose (3:33 am – September 24, 2008)

“I want to finish last, last in the world’s eyes. Because no matter what I’m first in G-d’s eyes.” – Steller Kart

“You can never do anything more for G-d to love you more and you can never can never do anything less for G-ds less.

“May your home be too small to hold all your friends?” – Irish proverb

“Inner beauty is more important then Physical beauty.” – 1 Peter 3:3-5

“Once upon a time I always wished to die an honorable death, but when I accepted Christ, that dream died on the cross, and a new dream to live an honorable life was born.” – Matthew Verderose

“Life is good, but eternal life is better.”- Steller Kart

“You have heard it said that; a diamond is a women’s best friend. But I say unto you a diamond is a man’s best friend, for the meaning behind the truth is the woman is the diamond that shines’ joy in the man’s heart.” – Matthew Verderose.

Water side

As I sit by the waterside

Watching glowing fireflies

Pass slowly by my eyes.

In the dark you wander at the tree

The moon gleams upon you and me.

I’m unknown and unseen

As you pass, right by me.

I watch your face begin to show

As a firefly lands upon your nose

You glow

You glow

You glow with the firefly on your nose.

– Matthew Verderose

“Swords cannot make an era. For this you need people.” – Matthew Verderose

“New eras don’t come about because of swords; they’re created by the people who wield them.”-Matthew Verderose

“You can always die. It’s living that takes real courage.”

“Surpassing your limits is what leads to excellence.”

NOTES FROM THE IMATATION OF CHRIST BY THOMAS A KEMPES

This is the greatest wisdom — to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world.

Try, moreover, to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible.

Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars. He who knows himself well becomes mean in his own eyes and is not happy when praised by men.

Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God.

Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you.

If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel.

To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom.

Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself.

The more recollected a man is, and the more simple of heart he becomes, the easier he understands sublime things, for he receives the light of knowledge from above

The pure, simple, and steadfast spirit is not distracted by many labors, for he does them all for the honor of God. And since he enjoys interior peace he seeks no selfish end in anything.

This ought to be our purpose, then: to conquer self, to become stronger each day, to advance in virtue.

Humble knowledge of self is a surer path to God than the ardent pursuit of learning.

He is truly great who is little in his own eyes and makes nothing of the highest honor.

He is truly wise who looks upon all earthly things as folly that he may gain Christ.

He is truly great, who is great in the love of God.

The Holy Scriptures; and every part must be read in the spirit in which it was written.

A proud and avaricious man never rests, whereas he who is poor and humble of heart lives in a world of peace.

VAIN is the man who puts his trust in men, in created things.

Do not be ashamed to serve others for the love of Jesus Christ and to seem poor in this world. Do not be self-sufficient but place your trust in God. Do what lies in your power and God will aid your good will. Put no trust in your own learning nor in the cunning of any man, but rather in the grace of God Who helps the humble and humbles the proud.

Do not take pride in your talent or ability, lest you displease God to Whom belongs all the natural gifts that you have.

Do not think yourself better than others lest, perhaps, you be accounted worse before God Who knows what is in man. Do not take pride in your good deeds, for God’s judgments differ from those of men and what pleases them often displeases Him.

If there is good in you, see more good in others, so that you may remain humble.

Notes from the book “ the beauty of Christ through brokenness”

Our refusal to bend and brake and be humbled causes us to God’s enemy

The Greek word for “oppose” used in James 4:6 is antitassomai, a word denoting “rage in battle against”

“ANYONE WHO SERVES GOD WILL DISCOVER SOONER OR LATER THAT THE GREAT HINDRANCE HE HAS IN THE LORD’S WORK IS NOT OTHERS, BUT HIMSELF. HE WILL DISCOVER THAT HIS OUTWARD MAN(SOAL) IS NOT IN HARMONY WITH INWARD MAN (SPIRIT). BOTH TEND TO GO TOWARDS TWO OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS FROM EACH OTHER.

HE WILL ALSO SENSE THE INABILITY OF HIS OUTWARD MAN TO SUBMIT TO THE INWARD CONTROL…THUS HE IS RENDERED INCAPABLE OF OBEYING GOD’S HIGHEST COMMAND.” – WATCHMAN – NEE

“When a man admits he has been foolish; it is hope that he will someday stand upon the door steps of wisdom” – C.H. Spurgeon.

10 articles of faith and mental training

Be loyal to your country

Be obedient to your parents.

Be loving within your family

Be cooperative with brothers and sisters.

Be faithful to your friends.

Be respectful to your elders

Establish trust between teachers and students.

Use good judgment in daily affairs

Never retreat from obstacles

Always finish what you start.

“All our lives have a beginning and an end. It’s your choice how you live in between.” – Matthew Verderose

“You can always die. It’s living that takes real courage.” – Matthew Verderose

“You can tame a dog with food, you can buy a person with money, but there isn’t a person alive that can influence men and women of honor to compromise their integrity ” – Matthew Verderose

“Ten years… it’s only two words. But to live it is a long time.” – Matthew Verderose

“A man who can’t uphold his beliefs is pathetic dead or alive.” – Matthew Verderose

“It’s unfortunate, but I have no interest in being the best of the “frogs in the well,” who know nothing of the great ocean.” – Matthew Verderose

“Everything is diseased, the times…and the peoples hearts too, the only cure for the disease is Christ.” – Matthew Verderose

“No matter how strong one may be, no one can stop the flow of time” -Matthew Verderose

“These days no matter what I drink, I only taste spiritual milk” – Matthew Verderose

“Nothing is stronger than the will to live.” – Matthew Verderose

“It is my choices that have made up my life to this point, and it will be my choices that determine my future until I stand upon the Lords throne to be held accountable for every word thought and deed. Until then I hope to make good ones that line up with the Lords will.”

“Surpassing your limits is what leads to excellence… Your limits aren’t something you decide yourself, for this you need a situation to surpass. “ – Matthew Verderose

“At heart I like to fight but I don’t like to hurt people.” – Matthew Verderose

“Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.” -Bob Pierce

“A real man’s honor cannot be bought by compromise.” – Matthew Verderose

“It’s horrifying to think that man dies without knowing the taste of the heavenly manna that is concealed in the Spirit of Jesus Christ who is the way the truth an the life.” – Matthew Verderose

“The dead don’t desire revenge, but the happiness of the living. To dirty the innocent hands of a child would bring joy to no one.” – Matthew Verderose

“My mind is a world of memories, and there’s no need for the past, the past is the past, and it will only bring pain or joy, but altogether I keep straight the path of Christ to the throne of my God, and Father in Heaven.” – Matthew Verderose

“It takes less then 24 hours with your relationship with God to become stale.” – Heath Stoner

“The true answer comes not by fighting but by living your life for Christ.” – Matthew Verderose

“The true answer comes not by fighting but by suffering for Christ.” – Matthew Verderose

“I’m not a master, I’m a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I’m still learning, So I’m a student-master. I don’t believe in the word master, I consider the master as such when they close the casket.” – Bruce Lee

“Good men and evil man are made of the same flesh. In the end, their flesh rots and return to earth while their spirit dies forever. Its only those who know Jesus Christ ascend into Heaven with immortality.” – Matthew Verderose – March 17, 2009

“Love is different for everyone,. Among a hundred different people there would be a hundred different forms of love. But the highest is Agapeo.” – Matthew Verderose – March 17, 2009

“A human being uses his intellect to know when it’s time to quit. Animals rely on their instincts. But you blame your failures on others, never realizing that your time was up. You’re worse than an animal.” – Matthew Verderose – March 17, 2009

“I don’t fight for the power and glory of self. I fight to protect and give life to people, I use the sword of the spirit which is the word of God to build a world where people can pursue “the thing” that will give them long satisfaction. “that thing” is not a thing, but a God and in Him is everything that makes everything come together to make perfect sense.” – Matthew Verderose- March 17, 2009

“Man will always be a Sinner, Satin will always be a liar, the same way Lord will always remain the same yesterday, to day and forever.” – Matthew Verderose

“Flowers are beautiful now but eventually they’ll wither and turn into dust, like the dead beneath them.” – Matthew Verderose – March 17, 2009

“Man’s true nature is Sin, His Sins committed that are unrepeated for create a world that reflects Hell and leads him to its true existence” Matthew Verderose – March 17, 2009

“Girls give sex to get loved and guys give love to get sex” – Heath stoner- Trailer Club- regarding worldly men- March 19, 2009

“Nobody trips over mountains; it’s the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”

If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. – 2 Corinthians 5:13

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. Agnes M. Pharo

“For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.” – 1 Peter 1:24-25

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; It desires to have you, but you must master it.” – Genesis 4:7

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

“Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.”

– Proverbs 23:23

“Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.” – Acts 12:23

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”-Proverbs 1:7

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”-James 4:10

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Matthew 16:24

“The hands of the righteous will bring forth heavenly nectar, that will flow through the world and every man woman and child will bow and declare Jesus Christ Lord .” – Matthew Verderose

“Jesus must increase and I must decrease.”- Billy Graham

God will not reject a heart that’s broken and sorry for sin, He’s not waiting to condemn you, to judge you. He’s waiting to kiss you and say “I love you.” – Billy Graham

“Missions exists because worship does not.” – John Piper

“Worship is the fuel and goal of missions” – John Piper

“God measures people by the small dimensions of humility and not by the bigness of their achievements or the size of their capabilities.” – Billy Graham

“Unless the soul is Fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled. It remains discontent, confused, restless.” – Billy Graham

“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” – Billy Graham

“We should not appose science with religion; we should oppose bad science with better science.”- “How now shall we live”

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unsprayed for. – C.H. Spurgeon.

“There is one truth above all else. In spirit, every single person is equal in the face of the Lord. A person’s worth is measured not by their class, but by nobility and beauty of their heart. No ornamental words can change this truth. The only way Trang can retain who she is to never loosing that heart she has. Its one thing she won’t find again… It’s priceless, it is.

After all I’m not the only one that see’s the ardently faith she has for the Lord, that am not. The Lord knows immeasurably more then I of what a sweet and faithful spirit she has for him that He does. When all is said I know G-d wouldn’t want her to loose the Heart of one who loves Him and wishes above all else to bring him glory either.” – written about Trang Pham in “ fasting for the flaming truth” by Matthew Verderose

“Your Love for the Lord shocked me into encouragement. The love you have for Him takes the blood away from my flesh, the scars from my arms, the sight from my eyes to walk by faith. The love you have for the Lord Trang, encourages me, I don’t know to many friends who eats with the Lord, or sends me a text message that says “I am spending time with the Lord, well talk later” Trang, I don’t know where these words came from but I hope they were helpful.” – written in an email by Matthew Verderose to Trang Pham to encourage her low-spirit.

Proverbs 18: 21 says “ Death and Life are in the power of the tongue…”

“My Redeemer lives! I am redeemed in my mind. I am redeemed in my body. I am redeemed in my heart. I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb in my finances.

I am redeemed from torment. My family is redeemed from being ripped apart.

I am redeemed from iniquity. Sin will not rule over my life in name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” – unknown

“The Lord has put us in trust with the gospel. He has filled us with a treasure

with which we are to enrich the world…He has bestowed upon us the light of

the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and it is ours to

reflect the light, to impart the knowledge, to manifest the glory, to point to the

Savior’s face, and to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Having such a

work before us, we do not faint, but press onward with our whole heart.”—Charles Spurgeon

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” – C.H. Spurgeon

“Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives.”

“Give me 100 men that hate nothing but sin, and love Jesus Christ, and we’ll shake England for God.” – John Wesley

“God never said doing His will would be easy, He only said it would be worth it.” – Joanne Shetler,

“Glory is not easy to define. It is like beauty. How would you define beauty?

Some things we have to point at rather than define. But let me try. God’s glory is

the beauty of his manifold perfections. It can refer to the bright and awesome

radiance that sometimes breaks forth in visible manifestations. Or it can refer to

the infinite moral excellence of his character. In either case it signifies a reality of

infinite greatness and worth.”—John Piper

“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which one can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God he calls Father” – J.I. Packer

“Glory in the Old Testament is associated with value, riches, splendor, and

dignity. When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God proclaimed to Moses His

name; that is, He revealed to Moses something of His nature, character, and

power…New Testament writers proclaim that the glory of God is now revealed in

Jesus Christ.”—Reformation Study Bible

What is God? “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” – Westminster Shorter Catechism

“God is the one, simple, absolute, purely spiritual, personal Being of infinite perfections, wholly immanent in all the world, yet essentially transcendent in relation to all things” – Hoeksema

“God is one, absolute, unchangeable and infinite in His knowledge and wisdom, His goodness and love, His grace and mercy, His righteousness and holiness.” – Berkhof

“God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end.” – Strong’s

“In the presence of the Deity, the child of God falls down and worships. Omniscience is not ignorant; God knows. Love is not indifferent; God cares. Omnipotence is not powerless; He acts!” – Thiessen

“Every soul belongs to God and exists by His pleasure. God being Who and What He is, and we being who and what we are, the only thinkable relation between us is one of full lordship on His part and complete submission on ours. We owe Him every honor that it is in our power to give Him. Our everlasting grief lies in giving Him anything less.” – AW Tozer

“This doctrine is the head and the cornerstone. It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God; and without it the church of God cannot exist for one hour. . . .Whoever departs from the article of justification does not know God and is an idolater…. If the article of justification is lost, all Christian doctrine is lost at the same time. . . . When the article of justification has fallen, everything has fallen…” – Luther

Justification

“Justification is the very hinge and pillar of Christianity. An error about justification is dangerous, like a defect in a foundation. Justification by Christ is a spring of the water of life. To have the poison of corrupt doctrine cast into this spring is damnable.” – Thomas Watson

To present Christ Jesus to sinful men in order that through the power of the Holy Spirit they may come to put their trust in God through Him – J.I. Packer

The Canons of the Council of Orange (529 AD)

CANON 21. Concerning nature and grace. As the Apostle most truly says to those who would be justified by the law and have fallen from grace, “If justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose” (Gal. 2:21), so it is most truly declared to those who imagine that grace, which faith in Christ advocates and lays hold of, is nature: “If justification were through nature, then Christ died to no purpose.” Now there was indeed the law, but it did not justify, and there was indeed nature, but it did not justify. Not in vain did Christ therefore die, so that the law might be fulfilled by him who said, “I have come not to abolish them <the law and prophets> but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17), and that the nature which had been destroyed by Adam might be restored by him who said that he had come “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

London Baptist confession of faith (1644)

XXVIII.

That those which have union with Christ, are justified from all their sins, past, present, and to come, by the blood of Christ; which justification we conceive to be a gracious and free acquaintance of a guilty, sinful creature, from all sin by God, through the satisfaction that Christ hath made by his death; and this applied in the manifestation of it through faith.

XXX.

All believers through the knowledge of that Justification of life given by the Father, and brought forth by the blood of Christ, have this as their great privilege of that the new Covenant, peace with God, and reconciliation, whereby they that were afar off, were brought nigh by that blood, and have (as the Scripture speaks) peace passing all understanding, yea, joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have received the Atonement.

The Westminster Confession (1646)

I. Those whom God effectually calls, He also freely justifies; not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; nor by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.

II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification: yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.

III. Christ, by His obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified, and did make a proper, real and full satisfaction to His Father’s justice in their behalf. Yet, in as much as He was given by the Father for them; and His obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead; and both, freely, not for any thing in them; their justification is only of free grace; that both the exact justice, and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.

IV. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect, and Christ did, in the fullness of time, die for their sins, and rise again for their justification: nevertheless, they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit does, in due time, actually apply Christ unto them.

V. God does continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified; and although they can never fall from the state of justification, yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of His countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance.

Methodist 25 Articles of Religion (1808)

Article 9—Of the Justification of Man

We are accounted righteous before God only for the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deserving’s. Wherefore, that we are justified by faith, only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.

Westminster Shorter Catechism: Question 33

Q: What is justification?

A: Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoned all our sins, and accepted us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.

“Justification has to do solely with the legal side of salvation. It is a judicial term, a word of the law courts. It is the sentence of a judge upon a person who has been brought before him for judgment. It is that gracious act of God as Judge, in the high court of Heaven, by which He pronounces an elect and believing sinner to be freed from the penalty of the law, and fully restored unto the Divine favor. It is the declaration of God that the party arraigned is fully conformed to the law; justice exonerates him because justice has been satisfied.

Thus, justification is that change of status whereby one, who being guilty before God, and therefore under the condemning sentence of His Law, and deserving of naught but an eternal banishment from His presence, is received into His favor and given a right unto all the blessings which Christ has, by His perfect satisfaction, purchased for His people” – A.W. Pink

“Sooner or later we must leave our dream world and face up to the facts of God, sin, and judgment.” – Billy Graham

“An instantaneous legal act of God in which he (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in his sight.” [from Systematic Theology by Grudem, p. 723]

“Justification; is the right standing of mankind in relationship to God due to the forgiveness of sin, which God offers solely through the vicarious death of Jesus Christ on the cross and is appropriated through faith.” – J. Olsen

The activity of the church in telling the gospel to sinners with the intent to bring them to a saving knowledge Christ – J.C. Macaula

Is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the scriptures and that as reigning Lord, He now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Holy Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism and so it is that kind of dialogue who purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand.

But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical, Christ as Savior and Lord, with a view of persuading people to come to him personally and be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship.

Jesus still calls all who would follow Him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify them selves with this new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into His church and responsible service to the world. – Lausanne (1974)

“I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.” – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis

“The best friend of a government is Christianity; because Christianity is the only religion that deals with the heart.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I would rather die in the will of God then live outside of it” –

“CARVE YOUR NAME ON HEARTS AND NOT MARBLE.”-CHARLES H. SPURGEON

“YOU CAN GIVE YOUR FRIENDSHIP TO OTHERS BUT YOU CANNOT REALLY ASK FOR THEIRS. THAT IS THEIR DECISION.”-JOHN C. MAXWELL

THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION.

“I WILL SPEAK ILL OF NO MAN, AND SPEAK ALL THE GOOD I KNOW OF EVERYBODY.”-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

“YOU CAN’T MAKE THE OTHER FELLOW FEEL IMPORTANT IN YOUR PRESENCE IF YOU SECRETLY FEEL THAT HE IS A NOBODY.”-LES GIBLIN

“EVERY MAN IS ENTITLED TO BE VALUED BY HIS BEST MOMENTS.”- RALPH WALOO EMERSON

“YOU CANNOT SHAKE A HAND WITH A CLENCHED FIST.”-INDIRA GANDHHI

“THE MAN WHO GOES ALONE CAN START THE DAY. BUT HE WHO TRAVELS WITH ANOTHER MUST WAIT UNTIL THE OTHER IS READY.”-HENRY DAVID THOREAU

“DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET OTHERS TO LIKE YOU? LIKE THEM FIRST!”-JOHN C. MAXWELL

“MY IDEA OF AN AGREEABLE PERSON IS A PERSON WHO AGREES WITH ME.”-BENJAMIN DISRAELI

“PEOPLE ARE LONELY BECAUSE THEY BUILD WALLS INSTEAD OF BRIDGES.”-JOSEPH F. NEWTON

“REMEMBER THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE YOU MEET. YOU MAKE A GREAT SECOND IMPRESSION.”-JOHN C. MAXWELL

“HANDLE PEOPLE WITH GLOVES, BUT ISSUES WITH BAREFISTED.”-DAGOBERT D. RUNES

“NINETY PERCENT OF THE ART OF LIVING CONSISTED OF GETTING ON WITH PEOPLE ONE CANNOT STAND.”-SAMUEL GOLDWYN

“TRY NOT TO BECOME MEN OF SUCCESS. RATHER BECOME MEN OF VALUE.”-ALBERT EINSTEIN

“LOOK AT OUR HEROES, WHAT WE SPEND OUR MONEY ON, WHAT WE VALUE. CHANGING THINGS IS THE PROBLEM. IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF HOEING AT THE WEEDS ON THE SURFACE OF SOCIETY, BUT OF A REAL ROOT JOB.”-NICOLAS FOX

“NICE GUYS MAY APPEAR TO FINISH LAST, BUT USUALLY THEY ARE RUNNING IN A DIFFERENT RACE.”-KEN BLANCHARD & NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

You don’t make decisions because they are easy. You don’t make decisions because they are cheap. You don’t make decisions because they are popular. You make decisions because they are right. -Thodore Hesburgh

LIFE IS TEN PERCENT HOW WE MAKE IT; NINETY PERCENT HOW WE TAKE IT.

“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”-Leo Tolstoy

“Let no feeling of discouragement pray upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”-Abraham Lincoln

God chooses what we go through. We choose how we go through it.

“The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The Pessimist fears it is true.”-Robert Oppenheimer

“Attitude more then age determines energy.”-Robert Schuller

“You’re only as handicapped as you want to be.”-Nick Vujicic

Attitudes determine actions. You are not what you think you are. What you think, you are.

“I don’t believe in pessimism if something doesn’t come the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”-Clint Eastwood

We are either the masters of the victims of our attitudes. It’s a matter of personal choice-blessing of curse.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”Thomas Jefferson

‎”We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” David Rockefeller, 1994

It has never been determined whether the early bird enjoys the worm as much as the late bird enjoys the extra sleep.

There is no sense arguing with people so stupid they don’t know that you have the better of them.

A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with Unicorn.

Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. – Lord Chesterfield

One of the greatest joys in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

The thought that disaster is impossible often leads to unthinkable disaster. – The Titanic Effect

STRESS: That confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living shit out of some asshole who desperately needs it.

REALITY: Man’s attempt to rationalize the illusions that his mind creates in order to understand the world around him.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. – Abraham Lincoln

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity. – Albert Einstein

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.- Albert Einstein

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time–a tremendous whack. – Winston Churchill

To the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name knowledge. – Ambrose Bierce

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. – Elbert Hubbard

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them. – Werner Heisenberg

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. – Elbert Hubbard

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