1.08.2012

quotations

Francis Chan, a pastor and author, has challenged me and changed my entire perspective on life. Over the past few years, his books "Crazy Love" and "The Forgotten God," as well as "Erasing Hell" currently, have had a huge impact on my life. In this post, I simply wanted to share some of the most impacting, challenging, thought-provoking, and true quotations from Francis Chan.







“It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.”


“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.”


“Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.”


“Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. When I am consumed by my problems-stressed out about my life, my family, and my job-I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God's command to always rejoice.”


“The world needs Christians who don't tolerate the complacency of their own lives.” 


“The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time."


“...when we love God, we naturally run to Him-frequently and zealously. Jesus didn't command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' He called this the 'first and greatest commandment' (Matt. 22:37-38). The results are intimate prayer and study of His Word. Our motivation changes from guilt to love.”


“Are we in love with God or just His stuff?” 


“Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.”


"But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.” 


“...we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet are slow to commit to serving God.” 


“...you have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin.”


“Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe 'even if there is no God.' But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way.” 



“The core problem isn’t the fact that we’re lukewarm, halfhearted, or stagnant Christians. The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of
God. We see Him as a benevolent Being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into their lives in some small way. We forget that God never had an identity crisis. He knows that He’s great and deserves to be the center of our lives.”

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Life is once-in-a-lifetime. Oh God, please help me not to waste the precious time You have given me through Your grace. Help me to be different, so different that the world takes note. Help me to realize just how beautiful You are, and help me to love to extremes. You are worth being crazy for.







I would love to hear your thoughts!

1 comment:

  1. I may write that on my wall. I hope it is my prayer every day of my life. :)

    Here are my deep thoughts for the day: Faith is hard. I love love. :)

    One of my favorite music artists, Jimmy Needham, sings, "Maybe for a minute I can get to the heart of it- sure I've got zeal, but does love have a part in it? Passionate words, and beautiful phrases- they just don't mean much if I don't have Jesus in them."
    It reminds me of Paul writing in 1 Corinthians 13, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." That's really been on my heart lately.. and remembering the beauty of the cross only intensifies my need for Jesus.

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