Moses' Collection of Quotations

Jesus Christ, Christianity, Following Jesus

" 'Apart from me you can do nothing, says Jesus. This verse is explosive. I need to be reminded of it daily. People who don't follow Christ still live good lives, pursue careers, have families and leave legacies. But we were made to become more and more like Jesus, and that's utterly impossible without leaning into God." Ross McCall writing Lessons From a Vineyard in the September/October 2016 Worldwide Challenge magazine, a publication of CRU"

"Christian discipleship is not a workout or a self-help program. The branch is designed to be directed by the vine, not the other way around."
Ross McCall writing" Lessons From a Vineyard" in the September/October 2016 Worldwide Challenge magazine, a publication of CRU

"Death reveals that the world is not as it should be but that it stands in need of redemption. Christ alone is the conquering of death."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. This quote is from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

"Go in a new life in Christ." Father Tim's thought - Father Tim is a character in At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

"He is born that we might have life. Pretty astounding." Father Brad, a character in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"I fear that Christians who venture to stand on earth with one leg will stand in heaven on only one leg too." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. This quote is from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

"In life with Jesus Christ, death as a general fate approaching us from without is confronted by death from within, one’s own death, the free death of daily dying with Jesus Christ. Those who live with Christ die daily to their own will. Christ in us gives us over to death so that he can live within us. Thus our inner dying grows to meet that death from without. Christians receive their own death in this way, and in this way our physical death very truly becomes not the end but rather the fulfillment of our life with Jesus Christ. Here we enter into community with the One who at his own death was able to say, 'It is finished.' " (Deitrich Bonhoeffer, “Circular Letter to the ConfessingChurches August 1941, cited by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, 383-84

" . . . God freely chose to be bound to historical human beings and to be placed at the disposal of human beings. God is free not from human beings but for them. Christ is the word of God's freedom." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"It's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?" Adolf Hitler, (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer ("leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945.

"I’ve spent too much time inside a church for my own needs and I’ve spent far too little time being the church for someone else’s. God doesn’t ask us to confine ourselves to out Christian bubbles or holy huddles, and Jesus didn’t show us how to be a comfy pewwarmer or a bunch of lazy pew-potatoes. God gave us life, which is an adventure to be lived, a time to make a difference, and hopefully becomes a legacy of love to be left for others. Jesus died to show us how we should love God and how we should love others. Jesus showed us how to find life, life life, love life, and also how we could add to, contribute, change, save, or even lay our own lives down for the life of another."Justin Wren, author or Fight for the Forgotten

"Love came down at Christmas" Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems.

"Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. The Christian is called to sympathy and action, not in the first place by his own sufferings, but by the sufferings of his brethren, for whose sake Christ suffered." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. This quote is from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

"No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates en every word. No myth is filled with such life." Albert Einstein (March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist.

"No priest, no theologian stood at the cradle in Bethlehem. And yet, all Christian theology has its origin in the wonder of all wonders that God became man." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

" . . . religion was a dead, man-made thing, and at the heart of Christianity was something else entirely - God himself." Eric Metaxas, author, paraphrasing Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Some people read the Bible and fall asleep. For me, it was a jolt. The worst thing as a Christian is to go through life asleep.” Padre Leo of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico - Author, Sonia Nazario, in Enrique's Journey writes, "Padre Leo tells church members that they, too, were once migrants. Saint Joseph was a migrant. The Bible was written by migrants. Running off a migrant, he says, is like turning against yourself. A person must be more than spiritual, he tells them. They must act."

"The essence of Christianity is not about religion at all, but about the person of Christ." Author Eric Metaxas paraphrasing Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The restoration of the church just surely depends on a new kind of monasticism, which has nothing in common with the old but a life of uncompromising discipleship, following Christ according to the Sermon on the Mount. I believe the time has come to gather people together to do this."Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." C.S. Lewis, (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.

"When Christians believe they can grow without radical submission to God, the source and director of life, they sacrifice the intimate relationship He promises and are left with nothing but rules and rituals." Ross McCall writing Lessons From a Vineyard in the September/October 2016 Worldwide Challenge magazine, a publication of CRU

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