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


DISOBEDIENCE

The first thing Adam and Eve did when they fell was to run away from God and hide themselves, and the human race has been busy doing the same ever since.
(Fred Mitchell)


ENCOURAGEMENT

More people fail for lack of encouragement than for any other reason.
(Anon)


ENCOURAGEMENT

(Psalm 139:17) God thinks of the morning duties before you stir and He is there before you. He is waiting long before you are awake … He will bring you to your appointed place, and you will find your appointed resources. You will discover His insight, His oversight and His foresight … You may not always see Him, but you can walk by faith in the dark if you know that He sees you.
(John Macbeath)


ENCOURAGEMENT

(Matthew 10:29; Luke 12:6) The Fifth Sparrow! Have you ever noticed the Master’s mathematics in these two sparrow texts? The sparrow was sold as an article of food in the Palestine markets. So cheap was the little bird that two of them were sold for the paltry pittance of a farthing.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?” “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings?”

Naturally four of them would be sold for two farthings. But so insignificant were they in the sight of the vendor that, when a buyer came along with two farthings, the seller threw in an extra one, giving five for two, instead of four. Yet of this extra sparrow – almost worthless in the sight of the vendor – the Lord utters this wonderful word – “Not one of them is forgotten before God.”
(J. H. McConkey)


EVANGELISM

(Psalm 126:5-6) It is not the truth we know but the truth we sow which saves a soul.
(Anon)


EVANGELISM

Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.
(D. T. Niles)


EXCESS

Excess in meat and drink clouds the mind, chokes good affections, and provokes lust. Many a man digs his own grave with his teeth.
(Thomas Manton)


FAILURE

Failure is never final with God. You ask me what forgiveness means; it is the wonder of being trusted again by God in the place where I disgraced Him.
(Rita Snowden)


FAITH

Faith is the switch that connects us to the power of an Omnipotent God. When we fail to depend upon God’s dependability we short-circuit faith, bringing two tragic results:
1. Unbelief leaves the saint powerless (Mark 9:14-29)
2. Unbelief leaves the sinner hopeless.


FAITH

(Romans 10:17) Faith is merely dependence, but what is faith to depend upon? Faith depends on the facts of God’s Word.


FAITH

When faith goes to market it always takes a basket.
(Anon)


FAITH

Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it is doomed to failure.
(John Haggai)


FAITH

True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectation. The man who believes the promises of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation, there is no faith.
(A. W. Tozer)


FAITH

True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectation. The man who believes the promises of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation, there is no faith.
(A. W. Tozer)


FAITH

Biblical faith is always a response to revelation. It is therefore not a leap in the dark but a step into the light. It is not a vague mysticism but an understanding response to a clearly revealed truth. True faith is not blind but on the contrary cries out, “I was blind but now I see.”
(Peter Lewis)


FAITH

Faith is the principle work of the Holy Spirit, and the faith which He inspires, even though it often has to wrestle with doubts, has at its heart and kernel a confident reliance on God’s love.
(Peter Lewis)


FAITH

In the Cathedral in Copenhagen, Denmark, there are along the walls life-sized statues of the Apostles. At the front is the magnificent Thorwolden statue of Christ. However, while the faces of the other figures can be easily seen, it is said you will not be able to look into the face of the Christ figure unless you kneel at its feet. That is where faith grows strong and hope endures: at the feet of Jesus, the Saviour of the world.
(Peter Lewis)


FAITH

This is the glory of faith, simply not to know: not to know where you are going, not to know what you are doing, not to know what you must suffer, and with sense and intellect, virtue and will, all alike made captive, to follow the naked voice of God … Abraham with his obedience of faith shows the highest example of the evangelical life, because he left all and followed the Lord, preferring the word of God to everything else and loving it above all things; of his own free will a pilgrim, and subject to the perils of life and death every hour of the day and night.
(Martin Luther)


FAITH

We must take God at His word. Experience reveals that such a faith will not make the sun rise sooner, but it will make the night seem shorter.
(Mrs Charles Cowman)


FAITH

The faith that will shut the mouths of lions must be more than a pious hope that they will not bite.
(Anon)