The Christian life that is joyless
is a discredit to God and
a disgrace to itself.

Maltie D. Babcock

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because I see everything in it.

C.S. Lewis
The true Christians are the true citizens, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero's deeds, but never looking down on their task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to their own duties as well as to their rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that in their power lies, so that when death comes they may feel that humanity is in some degree better because they lived.

Theodore Roosevelt
No people are true Christians who do not think constantly of how they can lift their brother and sister, how they can assist their friends, how they can enlighten mankind, how they can make virtue the rule of conduct in the circle in which they live.

Woodrow Wilson
A Christian is nothing but a sinful person who has put him or herself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.

Henry Ward Beecher


Christianity is one beggar
telling another beggar where he or she found bread.

D.T. Niles


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Christ does not save us by acting a parable of divine love; He acts the
parable of divine love by saving us.  That is the Christian faith.

Austin Farber


It is not the multitude of hard duties, it is not the constraint and contention
that advance us in our Christian course.  On the contrary, it is the yielding
of our wills without restriction and without choice to tread cheerfully every
day in the path in which Providence leads us.  It is to seek nothing, to be
discouraged by nothing, to see our duty in the present moment, and to trust
all else without reserve to the will and power of God.

François Fenelon

The first thing that we have to realize is a fact of fundamental importance, because it means breaking away from all the ordinary prepossessions of orthodoxy. The plain fact is that Jesus taught no theology whatever. His teaching is entirely spiritual or metaphysical.  Historical Christianity, unfortunately, has largely concerned itself with theological and doctrinal questions which, strange to say, have no part whatever in the Gospel teaching.  It will startle many good people to learn that all the doctrines and theologies of the churches are human inventions built up by their authors out of their own mentalities. . . . There is absolutely no system of theology of doctrine to be found in the Bible; it simply is not there.

Emmet Fox

Christianity is the least concerned about religion of any
of the world's faiths.  It is primarily concerned about life.

T.D. Price

When we were watching the distribution of clothing in Jordan, I found
myself wondering what it would be like to be wearing the clothes of
someone else; how it would be like always in someone else's shoes.
Then it occurred to me that this is precisely what Christianity
means--eternally being in someone else's shoes.

R. Paul Freed


The whole history of the Christian life is a series of resurrections. . . .
Every time we find our hearts are troubled, that we are not rejoicing
in God, a resurrection must follow; a resurrection out of the night
of troubled thought into the gladness of the truth.

George  MacDonald


The ship's place is in the sea, but God pity the ship when the sea gets into it.
The Christian's place is in the world, but God pity the Christians
if the world gets the best of them.



Christianity teaches that the human soul is directly related to God.
Such immediacy is the hallmark of the Divinity of the soul
and the center of our freedom.

Helmut Kuhn


This is what Christianity is for--to teach
people the art of Life.  And its whole
curriculum lies in three words, "Learn of me."




A true Christian should have but one fear--
lest he or she should not hope enough.

Walter Elliot


The essential element in Christianity as it was preached by Jesus
and as it is comprehended by thought, is this, that it is only through
love that we can attain to communion with God.  All living knowledge
of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience Him in our lives as will-to-love.

Albert Schweitzer
Out of My Life and Thought

Every good thing in the Christian life grows in the soil of humility.
Without humility, every virtue and every grace withers.  That’s why
Calvin said humility is first, second, and third in the Christian faith.

John Piper


"The Christian ideal," it is said, "has not been tried and
found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

G.K. Chesterton



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When I awaken in the morning, I am thankful for a new day.  I am
thankful for everything that I have materially.  I am thankful for
everything I have spiritually.  I thank God for allowing me to experience
these things, even the experiences that may not seem so positive,
such as developing an illness.  I may not understand why I have the
illness, but I sense that it is there for a purpose, and so I thank God
for it.  I ask Him to allow me to expand beyond my narrow-mindedness
and self-centeredness so that I can see the good that comes from everything.

Betty Eadie

In the very first words of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus puts his
finger on one of life's most vital issues--individual and personal
happiness.  We all want to be happy--and rightly so.  The longing
for lasting happiness is a deep-rooted instinct that has been built
into us by the Creator Himself.  The God who made the sunset,
painted the rose, put the smile on a baby's face, gave the gift of
playfulness to a kitten and put laughter in our souls is
surely not happy when we are unhappy.
   Although it is a God-given instinct to be happy, we must also see
that it is only God who can make us happy.   Apart from him and his
redemptive love as expressed through the cross and the resurrection,
we would be "most miserable" (1 Cor. 15:19).

Selwyn Hughes


I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all--the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.

I would be learning, day by day, the lessons
My heavenly Father gives me in his Word;
I would be quick to hear his slightest whisper,
And prompt and glad to do the things I've heard.

Harold Arnold Walter

I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the
year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift.  But God does
not require us to carry the whole at once.  He mercifully unties the
bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and
then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on.   This we might
easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each
day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday's
stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's burden to our load,
before we are required to bear it.

John Newton

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones;
and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task,
go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Victor Hugo


There are many who want me to tell them of secret ways of becoming perfect
and I can only tell them that the sole secret is a hearty love of God,
and the only way of attaining that love is by loving. You learn to speak
by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working;
and just so you learn to love God and man by loving.  Begin as a mere apprentice
and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art.

St. Francis of Sales



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My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
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