“The preacher is more than the sermon. The preacher makes the sermon… The man, the whole man, lies behind the sermon. Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make the man.” ~ E.M. Bounds in “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer”

“What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use-men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not sow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men-men of prayer.” ~ E.M. Bounds in “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer”

What a child does when not told what to do is the final indicator of what and who that child is. And so it is for us and our heavenly Father.” ~ Dallas Willard in “Hearing God”

“We naively think the more we grow as Christians, the easier it will be to discern the will of God. But the opposite is often the case. God treats the mature leader as a mature adult, leaving more and more to his or her spiritual discernment and giving fewer bits of tangible guidance than in earlier years.” ~ Oswald Sanders in “Spiritual Leadership

“Involvement is not engagement. Involvement what you do in and for your church; engagement is how feel about your church. This is a crucial difference” ~ Albert L Winseman p28

“Many leaders see hospitality as a strategy for growth rather than something that has intrinsic value” ~ Albert L Winseman

“These churches and their leaders need to wake up before it’s too late; they must start being in mission rather than maintenance” ~ Albert L Winseman

“So conservatives may advocate “compassionate, responsibility-based” solutions that can become paternalistic and even patronizing and are blind to many of the sociocultural factors contributing to the problems of poverty. The liberal orientation against “systemic injustice” can lead to anger, rancor, and division. Both views, ironically, become self-righteous. One tends to blame the poor for everything; the other tends to blame the rich for everything. One approach overemphasizes individual responsibility; the other underemphasizes it.” ~ Tim Keller in Center Church

 

What if someone in your church says, “We are helping him? Why, he’s not so bad off!” Here is a guiding idea. Jonathan Edwards applies the principle “love your neighbor as yourself” to this question. You don’t wait until you are absolutely destitute before you do something to change your condition; so then you shouldn’t help only the absolutely destitute people around you. Don’t be too narrow in your definition of “the poor.”” – Tim Keller in Center Church

If we are going to be imbalanced, better that we be doctrinally weak and have a vital prayer life and a real sense of God on the heart, than that we get all our doctrine straight and be cold and spiritually hard. ~ Tim Keller in Prayer, p 182