This collection of quotations is primarily designed for preachers, but we believe will be of benefit to new Christians, those involved in personal evangelism and all servants of our Lord Jesus Christ who need the help and encouragement which such tools can bring.
Some quotes or illustrations are great statements (even one-liners) from the Puritan fathers; others are up-to-date stories with a message.
Francis Dixon often used quotes and illustrations in his preaching, but was careful only to do so if they helped to press home a point, rather than over-stretching a spiritual application.
New quotes will appear regularly. We have tried to give credit where the source is known. We trust you will find them a blessing and a help.
David and Mary Tucker
(1 Peter 4:12)
Life is apparently meant to be a series of tests in the school of God. The tests He sends or permits are in reality His vote of confidence, for He undertakes not to allow us to suffer any testing beyond our powers of endurance.
(J. Oswald Sanders)
Troubles in our Christian lives will either make us grow bitter or better.
His love and pity were the real nails that nailed Him fast to the Cross till the very end, till He could say, ‘It is finished’.
(Frances Ridley Havergal)
At first there was no-one to help Jesus to bear his cross … Yet we must remember that while Jesus had to bear the cross unaided, it really was not for himself that he bore it, but for us … The Baptist said when Jesus passed by him at the beginning of his ministry, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!” We may say the same words as we see Jesus bearing his cross. That is what he is doing.
IT WAS NOT THE MERE WOOD that was so heavy; the real load which Jesus bore that day was the mountain of our sins. It was this that made him faint and sink down by the way, and that wrung from him such cries and tears in Gethsemane and on Calvary.
A little later he sank down under the burden … then the scene was this – Jesus and Simon of Cyrene together carrying the cross, Jesus in advance carrying the heavy end, and Simon coming behind bearing the lighter end.
(J. R. Miller)
Why was Jesus stripped of his garments? Was it not that he might prepare garments of righteousness for us in our spiritual nakedness?
One night of bitter cold and pitiless storm a mother was out in the wilds with her child in her arms. Unable to carry her precious burden and find a shelter, she took off her own outer clothing, and wrapping it about her little one she laid him in a cleft of the rock, and hastened on, hoping to find help. Next morning some shepherds heard the cry of a child, and found the babe safe and warm in the rock’s cleft. Then, not far away in the snow, they discovered the mother – dead! She had stripped off her own garments and died in the cold to save her child. Did not Jesus do the same? He took off his raiment and hung naked on his cross, that we may stand in the final judgment arrayed in robes of beauty.
(J. R. Miller)
(1 Peter 18-19)
When Jesus died on the Cross it wasn’t just blood He shed – it was His precious blood.
We break the power of the past by living for the future.
The past cannot be relived. What’s done is done. Even God cannot change what has happened. But when He grants us true repentance he promises to ‘shape’ the past so that it looks good. Eventually the whole past will “work together for good”.
(R. T. Kendall)
God, unlike us, doesn’t idly reminisce. The essence of God’s ‘remembering’ lies in His acting toward someone because of a previous commitment.
When He ‘remembered’ Noah, or His covenant with Abraham, this human term meant that His time was now ripe for action.
(B. S. Childs)
If we will look back upon the past, many of us will find that the very time our Heavenly Father has chosen to do the kindest things for us, and given us the richest blessings, has been the time we were strained and shut in on every side. God’s jewels are often sent us in rough packages and by dark liveried servants, but within we find the very treasures of the King’s palace and the Bridegroom’s love.
(A. B. Simpson)
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!
1 TIMOTHY 5: 1-3
“Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father … Treat older women as you would your mother … Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.”
(New Living Translation)
The man who begins to tithe will have six genuine surprises:
- Surprise at the amount of money he has for the Lord’s work.
- Surprise at the deepening of his own spiritual life in paying the tithe.
- Surprise at the ease in meeting his own obligations with the 9/10 with God’s blessing.
- Surprise at the ease in going on from 1/10 to larger giving.
- Surprise at the preparation this gives to be a faithful and wise steward over the 9/10 that remain.
- Surprise at himself in not adopting the biblical plan sooner.
(Charles E. Cowman)
Nine-tenths of your income with God’s blessing will go further than ten-tenths without! – just as you can accomplish more on six days by consecrating the seventh to Him as commanded.
(Charles E. Cowman)
Every trial of our faith is but a trial of His faithfulness.
(Frances Ridley Havergal)
As with ordinary sheep management, so with God’s people, one only gains higher ground by climbing up through the valleys.
When we read of ‘trials’ we too often forget the implication of the word which is not calamity but proof as, for instance, where we speak of a new car or aeroplane being put through its ‘trials’. God never gave us faith as an ornament but as a working tool, a piece of equipment to be used in battle, something that can take hard knocks and the heat of trying situations.
The heart of the matter is that we are to trust God, not ourselves. Our strength and might are perfectly irrelevant in God’s plan. We can do nothing on our own and God intends for us to learn that.
If God had meant to run back from any promise, he would surely have run back from the promise to give His only begotten Son; but having fulfilled that, what promise is there that He will ever break?
(C. H. Spurgeon)
I’d rather walk with God in the dark than walk alone in the light.