Below is a collection of quotes. I’ll add to it from time to time, adding the most recent additions at the top. It’s an eclectic mix on all kinds of subjects. The only thing they have in common is the sterling quality of the thought and the spartan economy of the words. People who truly have a clear and compelling thought can say it well with few words. Feel free to add a comment with your own favorite quotable quotes.
Quotes from the Back of My Bible
The following are a collection of quotes from the back of my Bible. For years I jotted down pithy nuggests of truth that I heard during sermons or read during quiet times. They filled up the front and back of the flyleaf in my worn-out Scofield Bible. For the vast majority, I didn’t write down who said them, mainly because the speaker often wasn’t the originator. Many came from Adrian Rogers, however, and I’m sure quite a few are genuine original “Adrianims.” Enjoy and add your own.
God does not want you to do anything for Him. He wants to do something through you.
Prayer isn’t getting man’s will done in Heaven, but getting God’s will done on Earth.
Faith isn’t an effort to believe. It is a resting on God’s promises.
Prayer can do anything God can do, and God can do anything.
The problem with the church is too much organizing and not enough agonizing.
If you please God, it doesn’t matter who you displease. If you displease God, it doesn’t matter who you please.
If satan can’t get you to fail in the flesh, he’ll get you to succeed in the flesh.
Missions isn’t crossing the sea; it’s seeing the Cross.
We’re more influenced by Hollywood than the Holy Word.
The urgent is seldom important, and the important is seldom urgent.
World~Seeing is believing. Faith~Believing is seeing.
GOSPEL~God’s Only Son Provides Eternal Life
Is Christ resident but not President?
A big choice takes care of a lot of little ones.
Faith is not receiving from God the things you want but accepting from God the things He gives.
God’s will for our lives is what we would want for ourselves, if we only had enough sense.
Real prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s willingness.
The devil offers high wages, but he pays in counterfeit money.
Always remember the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.
People don’t need a new definition of the Gospel but a new demonstration.
Love has brought more people to Jesus than zeal.
Man needs a birth, not a bath.
Faith doesn’t put God at our command, but us at God’s command.
Peace is not the subtraction of problems. It’s the addition of Jesus.
When someone pokes a hole in you, Jesus should come out.
We live by promises, not by explanations. It’s better to know Who than why. A relationship is better than a reason.
Most wrong choices usually result in perceived immediate positive results and long-term negative results. Most right choices usually result in perceived immediate negative results and long-term positive results.
Hate is not the opposite of love. Apathy is.
You can’t spell God or Gospel without Go.
Prayer runs the machinery of the world.
No man is a fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
—Jim Elliot, missionary martyr
People don’t care to hear what you know until they know that you care.
God means it for good; satan means it for evil.
—Based on Genesis 50:20
We only truly believe what we practice.
There is no victory at bargain prices.
Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.
—C.T. Studd, missionary
The Lord is fully responsible for a life totally surrendered to Him.
“I” is at the center of “sin” and “pride.”
The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.
God formed man, sin deformed man, education informed man, but only Christ transforms man.
We owed what we could not pay. He paid what He did not owe.
A carnal Christian is often grumbly hateful. The Spirit-filled Christian is humbly grateful.
What counts, costs.
To rejoice is a choice.
Small thinkers make big stinkers.
To get knocked down is not failure. To stay down is.
Three reasons why everything happens: to teach, to tender, to toughen.
If you start sinning, you’ll stop praying. If you start praying, you’ll stop sinning.
Christ didn’t turn the world upside down. Adam did. Christ turned it right side up.
That’s the end of “Quotes from the back of my Bible.” Here are more quotes:
God’s verdict is in. Nobody’s else’s verdict matters.
Everything is safe which is committed to our God.
The modern church is like the Hummer—a warfare vehicle that has been turned into a luxury vehicle.
—Jeremy Haskins (paraphrased)
If you have predetermined what circumstances will make you content, you will never be content.
—David Prince based on Phil. 4:11-13
Never do anything that brings discontment with the good gifts God has given you.
—Larry Thompson based on James 1:12-17
The Power of One
One is infinitely more than zero.
Obedience is the raw material from which blessings are made. Give God something to work with.
Faith on its way to maturity moves from duty to delight. If it is not moving, it has become stagnant. If it has changed the goal from delight to duty, it is backsliden.
Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t have to work because the other half’s going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody’s going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
—Adrian Rogers, 1984 more