to Encourage!


Everything in life need not be perfect to be perfect.



"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
~Helen Keller~
"When science finally peers over the crest of the mountain, it will find that God has been sitting there all along."

"Parenting with authority is needed, but it must be
authority absorbed by grace and love."
~Rob Klepfer~

"It is diversity that makes our unity rich, and our unity that makes our diversity profound." 
"We would not and cannot exist without one another, and need the other to be
truly different from ourselves."
~~Mark Labberton~~

True sonship is always established in the wilderness.
~William Lane~

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that
an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

~Henry Ford~


What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it!



Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.


Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can
and let God guide the brush.


Life is about moments.
Don't wait for them....Create them!



Can't sling mud at others without getting your own hands dirty.


Forget all the reasons why it won't work and believe the one reason why it will.


Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what's important and capture the good.  Develop from the negatives. 
If out of focus, take another shot!
AND don't forget to crop out what doesn't add value.



It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.
~Abraham Lincoln~



When one door of happiness closes, another opens.  But we often look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
~~Helen Keller~~



Great teams arise out of Chaos.  (Zachary Diehl)


~One thing you can give and still keep is your word.~

~When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.~


Don't let your worries get the best of you;  
Moses started out as a basket case.

Some people are kind,  polite, and sweet-spirited
until you try to sit in their pews.

Many folks want to serve God, 
But only as advisors.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, 
but mosquitoes come close.

When you get to your wit's end,  
you'll find God lives there.

People are funny;  
they want the front of the bus, 
the middle of the road, 
and the back of the church.

Opportunity may knock once, 

but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

Quit griping about your church;  
if it was perfect, you couldn't belong.

If the church wants a better pastor, 
it only needs to pray for the one it has.

God Himself does not propose
to judge a man until he is dead.  
So why should you?

Some minds are like concrete
thoroughly mixed up 
and permanently set.

Peace starts with a smile.

I don't know why some people
change churches;  
what difference does it make 
which one you stay home from?!


A lot of church members who are singing 
"Standing on the Promises" 
are just sitting on the premises.

We were called to be witnesses, 
not lawyers or judges.

Be ye fishers of men.  
You catch them - 
He'll clean them.

Coincidence is when God 
chooses to remain anonymous.

Don't put a question mark 
where God put a period.

Don't wait for 6 strong men 
to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits 
create many jams.

God doesn't call the qualified, 
He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, 
not the curve.

God loves everyone, 
but probably prefers
"fruits of the spirit" 
over "religious nuts!"

God promises a safe landing, 
not a calm passage.

He who angers you, 
controls you!

If God is your Co-pilot, 
swap seats!

Don't give God instructions 
just report for duty!

The task ahead of us 
is never as Great 
as the Power behind us.

The Will of God 
never takes you to where 
the Grace of God 
will not protect you.

We don't change the message, 
the message changes us.

 You can tell how big a person is
by what it takes to
discourage him.

The best mathematical equation 
I have ever seen:
1 cross 

3 nails

4 given.


"Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied."

"The empires of the future will be the empires of the imagination."
(Winston Churchill)

"God does not communicate things to us so much as He just is Himself in us.  We are the vessels, the containers, so that the first work after the new birth is to cultivate the habit of receptivity."
(Norman Grubb)

"A saint is a creature of vast possibilities, knit into shape by the ruling personality of God."
(Oswald Chambers)

"People want the front seat of the car, the back seat at church, and the center of attention."
(Dallas Willard)

"Whenever you doubt God, ask God to help you doubt your doubt."  
(John Wesley)
"Any contradiction between our callings and our careers condemns us to be square pegs 
in round holes."      (Os Guinness)

"A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in a little thing is a big thing."  
Hudson Taylor

"You can get all A's and still flunk life."  
Walker Percy

"The problem with Western Christians is not that they aren't where they should be but that they aren't what they should be where they are."
Os Guinness

"The more we get what we now call 'ourselves' out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become."
C.S. Lewis

"We are responsible because we are response-able."
Os Guinness


Church Signs:

Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low.
But the retirement benefits are out of this world! 

It is unlikely there'll ever be a reduction in the wages of sin. 

Forbidden fruit creates many jams. 

Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins.

Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here.

Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons - come hear one. 

People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are. 



On Balance
(Bobb Biehl)

Life is a constant struggle for balance. 
Balance is a result of one word…schedule.  
Typically you determine your own schedule. 
Therefore, you schedule your own balance/imbalance


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Also what it takes to sit down and listen.


"The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him."
Oswald Chambers


Quotes that Stoke . . .

These are quotes from people who have been on mission with and for God. They stoke Great Commission fire within me:

·       In the vast plain of the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has even been. –Robert Moffat

·       We talk of the second coming; half of the world has never heard of the first. –Oswald J. Smith

·       Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell. –C.T. Studd

·       I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light. –John Falconer

·       The command has been to “go,” but we have stayed—in body, gifts, prayer, and influence. –Robert Savage

·       You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. –Amy Carmichael

·       Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart. –Bob Pierce

·       The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity. –Mike Stachura

·       Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there. –J. Hudson Taylor

·       “Not called!” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face—whose mercy you have professed to obey—and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world. –William Booth

·       This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. –Jesus

·       Here am I. Send me. –Isaiah

A.W. Tozer:
“It is easy to learn the doctrine of personal revival and victorious living;  it is quite another thing to take our cross and plod on to the dark and bitter hill of self-renunciation.”  

“The cross would not be a cross to us if it destroyed in us only the unreal and the artificial.  It is when it goes on to slay the best in us that its cruel sharpness is felt.”

“We must do something about the cross, and one of two things only we can do----flee it or die upon it.” 

For still the vision awaits its appointed time......wait for it....... (Hab. 2:3)


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