Pearls of Wisdom

Pearl of Great Price

I hope you find some wisdom hidden within these comments. They are not scripture . . . well, most of these quotes are not scripture, but they are the thoughts of men and women who know the Father . . .


"We are living in an age of complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found amoung us. In it's stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervouls activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart." - A. W. Tozer

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C. S. Lewis

"Sometimes in an effort to remind peole of the cost of the cross, we withhold grace until we are sure they understand their sin. But it is in giving of our grace that we remind people that they need to go to Jesus to find their own. People understand their sin without our help. It's grace they need help in understanding." - Shawn Zimmerman

"The mind of a Pharisee thinks truth is more important than love but Jesus showed us that love is the most imortant part of truth." - Adapted from Pharisiatis Test by Don Francisco, Rocky Mountain Ministries

"You should realize that the Bible neither describes nor promotes the local church as we know it (emphasis mine) today. The local church that many have come to cherish - the services, offices, programs, building, ceremonies - is neither biblical nor unbiblical. They are all abiblical - that is, such an orgainzation is not addressed in the Bible" - George Barna

"We are called to be fruitful - not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness" - Henri J.M. Nouwen

"Paul talked about the church that gathered in various homes, but he never called it 'house church'. Houses were just where they ended up in their life together. Jesus was the focus, not the location." - Jake Colsen, So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore

"Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix." - Barbary Brown Taylor in A Deadly Mix

"Much Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire builders have been people unable to give and receive love." - Henri Nouwen

"Even in it's ruined condition a human being is regarded by God as something immensely worth saving. Sin does not make you worthlyess, but only lost." - Dallas Willard

A man had been stranded on a deserted island for years. Finally a boat comes into view and the man frantically waves to draw it's attention. The rescuers turn toward shore and arrive in the island. After greeting the stranded man, one looks aorund and asks, 

"What are those three huts you have here?'

"Well, that's my house there."

"What's that next hut?" asks the sailor

"I built that to be my church."

"What about the other hut?"

"Oh, that's where I used to go to church."

"Not forgiving is like swallowing rat poison and waiting for the rat to die? - Anne Lamott in Traveling Mercies

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic." - Dave Barry

"Ruthless trust comes down to this: faith in the person of Jesus and hope in His promise in spite of all disconcerting appearances."    - Brennen Mannings in his book, Ruthless Trust

An official of a large denomination spoke of inviting Eugene Peterson to come and address their national pastor's conference. 

"How many people are you expecting?" Eugene asked.

"Between seven and eight hundred," came the answer.

After a pause, Eugene Peterson respectfully declined their invitation.

Concerned that they had not gathered a crowd large enough to impress this well-known writer and translator of The Message, the denominational official asked if there was anything they could do to change his mine.

"At this point in my life, I want to make every minute count." Eugene responded, "I rarely address groups larger than twenty people. If you can put something together more like that, I'd be honored to come."

"Since Jesus went through everything you're going through and more, learn to think and act like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning away from the old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you'll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want." - 1 Peter 4:1-2 (The Message)

"Well, I may not know much about God, but I have to say, we built a pretty nice cage for him." - Homer Simpson . . . after helping some island natives build a chapel.

More to come as I find new, challenging, interesting or funny quotes !!!   smiley

AND, by the way, many of these quotes came from the Lifestream Ministry page.