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“If you want to develop the heart of a disciple, then let God, as the skillful surgeon, cut away anything that will give you heart disease.” ~ Tim Hawkins Advertisements

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"The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet... ...that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God."
~ Oswald Chambers
"Sometimes, we're quick to dismiss constructive criticism because of who it's coming from. Whether we like it or not, there are times where our 'enemies' are actually RIGHT about us... ...and we need to be humble enough to admit that God can use someone who's against us for our good."
~ Skye Jethani
"I think the overriding value in a lot of evangelical churches is to set the bar as low as possible in order to get as many as we can to engage. And because we keep the bar so low, we never really expect much from church attendees. We don't expect that they'll be trained in the full Christian worldview, with a healthy understanding of scripture...we don't expect them to learn, nor do we expect them to change. So, I think we've created this tension between wanting to have a big church, and wanting to have committed and deep disciples of Jesus. And I would argue that in far too many of our churches, we've focused on the size of our churches rather than the depth of our disciples."
~ Skye Jethani
"My advice to the American church would be simply this: you don't have to be so scared. Sometimes you can lose legislative force and political force, and yet not lose the force of the gospel. Classical historians are still baffled at how the early church completely transformed the Roman Empire with no political or legislative power. Some would venture to say that it was miraculous."
~ John Dickson (an Australian Christian apologist)
"When you've been raised in or around the church, it's very easy to take in a whole lot of head knowledge and intellectualize your faith. It's easy to follow a bunch of Christian rules and just strive to be a better person. There comes a point, however, when you look deeper and realize that this just isn't working...and that it's actually not supposed to work like that. Everything changes when you let go and accept the fact that you can't live up to God's standards on your own. And ironically, when you acknowledge your failure, and focus on your relationship with Jesus, He actually enables you to meet the standard."
~ Phil Vischer
"Much of the American church has abandoned the idea that people's desires need to be transformed. Instead, we try to figure out what people desire, and then we tell them that Jesus is the way to get it. That's how we get people to come to our churches. But we rarely get to the place where we point out that what we should desire most is Jesus Himself."
~ Skye Jethani
"The world doesn't properly learn about God by watching Christian movies or shows...the world learns about God by watching Christians. And the notion that we can live any kind of way, but make a really good movie and it have the effect of leading people to Christ...is pretty darn silly."
~ Phil Vischer