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Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs if the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn. For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek. For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst for righteousness. For they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful. For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers. For they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
BASIC:Fear of God.“If I only had this as my guide … if all I had was the Bible … and I was to read this book and then start a church, what would it look like? Would it look like the thing that we’ve built here and all refer to as church? Or would it look radically different?” What does the Bible mean when it tells us to fear God? Is it a kind of respect or reverence as many in the church seem to see it today, or is it really more of a paralyzing fear that can drive you to your knees in trembling? A clear understanding of what the Bible teaches can lead to a true fear of God, which can ultimately lead to the life we were intended to live.
Basic: Follow Jesus.
Basic: Holy Spirit.
“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
“A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.”
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”