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


FAITH

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
(Emerson)


FAITH

(Psalm 91:4) Under His wings shalt thou TRUST – not shalt thou SEE!
(Frances Ridley Havergal)


FAITH

Faith fears no famine.
(Tertullian)


FAITH

Brother Andrew discovered something about trusting God for finance:
“It wasn’t that I needed the security of a certain amount of money; it was that I needed the security of a relationship.”


FAITH

So on I go – not knowing;
I would not if I might;
I’d rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I’d rather walk by faith with Him
Than go alone by sight.
(M. G. Brainard)


FAITHFULNESS

A little thing is a little thing. But faithfulness in a little thing is a great thing.
(Hudson Taylor)


FEAR

Fear is the darkroom where Satan develops his negatives.
(Anon)


FORGIVENESS

(Colossians 3:13)
The greatest power you have over anyone who hurts you is the power of forgiveness. When you say, “I forgive, and no longer hold it against you”, both sides are set free from the negative bond that exists between you. But there’s more: we also free ourselves from the burden of being the ‘offended one’.


FORGIVENESS

God blots out not only the cloud but the thick cloud, enormities as well as infirmities.
(Thomas Watson) 


GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

When there are great natural gifts, people give the credit to them instead of to the grace which alone did the real work, and thus God is defrauded of the glory.
(Frances Ridley Havergal)


GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

GENTLENESS – is strength under perfect control.


GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

(1 Timothy 6:17)
(God) wants us to enjoy the good gifts that He gives to us, provided that we don’t so focus on the gift that we forget the Giver. When the gift becomes more important than the Giver, you have idolatry; when the Giver is seen through the gift, you have worship.
(Warren W. Wiersbe)


GIVING

(Mark 12:43)
The widow’s mite outweighed the rich man’s heavy coins.
(Anon)


GIVING

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1897, remarked in his Budget that what is annually wasted in the unsmoked remnants of cigars and cigarettes in Britain is estimated at £1¾ million – the equivalent of all that is annually spent on foreign missions by British Christians.
(A. T. Pierson, “George Muller of Bristol”)


GIVING

I have been with smartly-dressed, and generous, businessmen coming home from work in London on the Underground and seen them frown, and sometimes speak with impatience, about those (homeless) people who smell and are dirty, sprawling on the floor and making it difficult to pass by. Yet when later that night one of these businessmen writes his cheque for a well-known charity, some of the money he gives may well provide for folk like these … It is interesting why we find it easier to cope with the latter more than the former. We can often ‘sanitize’ our giving, even romanticize it.
(Elaine Storkey, “Mary’s Story, Mary’s Song”)


GIVING

(Matthew 15:37)
Bless your one loaf and pass it out to the multitude, and it will feed them and return you seven basketfuls. Hoard it and guard it, and it will shrink down to a mildewed crust.


GIVING

Praying for missions is right, but it is no substitute for giving if we are holding the Lord’s money in our hands. God wants to see our faith.
(J. R. Miller)


GOD

God is. God is everywhere active and energetic; and therefore there is no point of space, and no moment of time, in which He does not operate.
(F. B. Meyer)


GOD

God is either your worst enemy or your best friend. (Matthew Henry)


GOD

Our intimacy should not become familiarity. He is our heavenly Father of whom our Lord said, ‘My father is greater than I.’ Reverence becomes our approach and conduct.
(Fred Mitchell)