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1. “It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.”

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Source : Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

2. “There is no indication that any church official suggested or supported the emperor's action against gay people. On the contrary, the only persons known by name to have been punished for homosexual acts were prominent bishops.”

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Author : John Boswell
Source : Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century

3. “I was once reproved by a minister who was driving a poor beast to some meeting-house horse-sheds among the hills of New Hampshire, because I was bending my steps to a mountain-top on the Sabbath, instead of a church, when I would have gone farther than he to hear a true word spoken on that or any day. He declared that I was 'breaking the Lord's fourth commandment,' and proceeded to enumerate, in a sepulchral tone, the disasters which had befallen him whenever he had done any ordinary work on the Sabbath. He really thought that a god was on the watch to trip up those men who followed any secular work on this day, and did not see that it was the evil conscience of the workers that did it. The country is full of this superstition, so that when one enters a village, the church, not only really but from association, is the ugliest looking building in it, because it is the one in which human nature stoops the lowest and is most disgraced. Certainly, such temples as these shall erelong cease to deform the landscape. There are few things more disheartening and disgusting than when you are walking the streets of a strange village on the Sabbath, to hear a preacher shouting like a boatswain in a gale of wind, and thus harshly profaning the quiet atmosphere of the day.”

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Source : A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

4. “As a teenager, I began to question the Great Christian Sorting System. My gay friends in high school were kind and funny and loved me, so I suspected that my church had placed them in the wrong category... Injustices in the world needed to be addressed and not ignored. Christians weren't good; people who fought for peace and justice were good. I had been lied to, and in my anger at being lied to about the containers, I left the church. But it turns out, I hadn't actually escaped the sorting system. I had just changed the labels.”

Tags : Christian Church Labels Religion
Source : Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

5. “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.”

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6. “Same-sex marriage has not created problems for religious institutions; religious institutions have created problems for same-sex marriage.”

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7. “Without Christ a people may always have the freedom to do, but never the power to complete.”

Tags : Action Apologetics Bible Christ Control Deed Free Will Freedom Goodness Humanity Humanity And Society Incomplete Meaning Nation Purpose Salvation Sin Sovereignty Spirituality Struggle Work World
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

8. “Let us not forget: we are a pilgrim church, subject to misunderstanding, to persecution, but a church that walks serene, because it bears the force of love.”

Tags : Christianity Church Love Persecution Pilgrim
Source : The Violence of Love

9. “Clary felt suddenly annoyed. "When the self-congratulatory part of the evening is over, maybe we could get back to saving my best friend from being exsanguinated to death?""Exsanguinated," said Jace, impressed. "That's a big word.""And you're a big-""Tsk tsk," he interupted. "No swearing in church.”

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Source : City of Bones

10. “Fighting the Traditional Marriage is provoking God;Beheading Jesus is to lead the church without His rulership or Counsel.Woe to theme who”

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11. “Isn't it funny how the memories you cherish before a breakup can become your worst enemies afterwards? The thoughts you loved to think about, the memories you wanted to hold up to the light and view from every angle--it suddenly seems a lot safer to lock them in a box, far from the light of day and throw away the key. It's not an act of bitterness. It's an act if self-preservation. It's not always a bad idea to stay behind the window and look out at life instead, is it?”

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Author : Ally Condie
Source : First Day

12. “It is my trade," he said. "I work for the bean family, and every day there are deaths among the beans, mostly from thirst. They shrivel and die, they go blind in their one black eye, and I put them in one of these tiny coffins. Beans, you know, are beautifully shaped, like a new church, like modern architecture, like a planned city”

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Author : Janet Frame
Source : Scented Gardens for the Blind

13. “Hypocrisy versus authenticity among men is not always so black and white, and as is righteousness, humility is often self-proclaimed. The Church is most definitely supposed to be a hospital for the spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically sick, hurting, and broken individual, yet ironically, many of its critics are those who ran away and permanently denounced its members after they visited and felt that they were sneezed on.”

Tags : Apologetics Authenticity Church Critics Forgiveness Grace Humility Hypocrisy Mercy Righteousness Sickness Sin
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

14. “I have made up my mind to say my say. I shall do it kindly, distinctly; but I am going to do it. I know there are thousands of men who substantially agree with me, but who are not in a condition to express their thoughts. They are poor; they are in business; and they know that should they tell their honest thought, persons will refuse to patronize them—to trade with them; they wish to get bread for their little children; they wish to take care of their wives; they wish to have homes and the comforts of life. Every such person is a certificate of the meanness of the community in which he resides. And yet I do not blame these people for not expressing their thought. I say to them: 'Keep your ideas to yourselves; feed and clothe the ones you love; I will do your talking for you. The church can not touch, can not crush, can not starve, cannot stop or stay me; I will express your thoughts.”

Tags : Agreement Blame Church Community Condition Distinctly Expression Honesty Kindly Meanness Mental Slavery Patronize Thoughts
Source : The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

15. “Whenever He answers prayers, God usually prioritizes those by people who, instead of their mouths, have prayed with their hands and/or feet.”

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16. “The glorious presence of God is with us. Let us rise in mighty strength to build the nation.”

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Source : Think Great: Be Great!

17. “Wachawi hivi ndivyo wanavyoapishwa na kuikana imani ya Kikristo: Mwanafunzi hupelekwa kilingeni katika siku maalumu kuonana na Shetani, pamoja na jopo la wachawi. Shetani hutokea katika mwili wa hewa, mwili uliochanganyikana na hewa na mvuke mzito, wa mwanamume na kuwasihi waishikilie imani yao kwake kwa mioyo yao yote, huku akiwaahidi utajiri na maisha marefu kama hawatamkana. Kisha wachawi wanampendekeza mwanafunzi kwa Shetani. Shetani humuuliza mwanafunzi kama yuko tayari kuikana imani yake, kuachana na Ukristo na kutokumwabudu Mwanamke Aliyebarikiwa Kuliko Wanawake Wote Duniani Maria Magdalena, na kutoziheshimu sakaramenti za aina zote. Mwanafunzi atakapokubaliana na masharti hayo, Shetani atanyoosha mkono wake na kumsihi mwanafunzi anyooshe wa kwake. Kwa mkono wake mwenyewe, mwanafunzi ataapa na kuweka agano na Shetani mbele ya jopo la wachawi.Baada ya hapo bila kuchelewa Shetani ataendelea na kusema kuwa hicho kiapo hakitoshi. Lakini mwanafunzi atakapouliza afanye kitu gani cha ziada, Shetani atahitaji kiapo kifuatacho kwa heshima yake na kwa heshima ya mashetani wote: Mwanafunzi ajikabidhi kwa Shetani kwa mwili na kwa roho yake yote daima dawamu, na afanye kila awezalo kuleta wanafunzi wengine wa kike na wa kiume katika ufalme wake. Kama hiyo haitoshi Shetani ataongeza kuwa lazima mwanafunzi atengeneze mafuta fulani kutokana na mifupa na viungo vya miili ya watoto, hasa watoto waliobatizwa, kwani kwa kufanya hivyo atamtimizia kila kitu atakachokitaka hapa duniani. Hiyo ni njia mojawapo ya kiapo.Njia nyingine ya kiapo ni kwa wale ambao hawajiamini au wana hofu ya kuonana na Shetani uso kwa uso kilingeni, akiwa na mwili wa kimazingaombwe na sauti ya kutisha kwani Shetani hana mapafu wala hana ulimi. Badala ya kilingeni mwanafunzi hupelekwa kanisani na jopo la wachawi ambapo mbele ya jopo atalazimishwa kuikana imani yake, kumkana Yesu Kristo, kuukana ubatizo na kulikana kanisa zima kwa ujumla wake. Mwanafunzi baada ya hapo atalazimishwa kutoa heshima kuu kwa Mfalme Mdogo, kwani hivyo ndivyo wanavyomwita Shetani ili kumwondolea mwanafunzi hofu, kisha atalazimishwa kunywa supu ya mtoto mchanga waliyemuua akazikwa kisha wakamfukua na kupika viungo vya mwili wake; na dakika hiyo mwanafunzi atapata maarifa, maarifa ya kichawi, kama walimu wake na watarudi nyumbani.”

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18. “Since Jimmy Carter, religious fundamentalists play a major role in elections. He was the first president who made a point of exhibiting himself as a born again Christian. That sparked a little light in the minds of political campaign managers: Pretend to be a religious fanatic and you can pick up a third of the vote right away. Nobody asked whether Lyndon Johnson went to church every day. Bill Clinton is probably about as religious as I am, meaning zero, but his managers made a point of making sure that every Sunday morning he was in the Baptist church singing hymns.”

Tags : 2008 Atheism Baptism Bill Clinton Born Again Christianity Christianity Church Fundamentalism Hymns Jimmy Carter Lyndon B Johnson Piety Political Campaigns Politics Politics Of The United States Religion United States United States Elections 2008
Author : Noam Chomsky

19. “The sadness reality is I mean something to people I don't know and don't care about. But the ones I love , treat me like trash and I amount to nothing to them. But I am not surprised even Jesus was never been seen as a Messiah at the place of his birth , but was just another random dude. But that didn't stop him. and It shouldn't also stop me from believing who i am and knowing my worth,purpose and mission and in life.”

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20. “Some people in orthodox churches in Africa take poverty as a path that leads to heaven, making christianity look unattractive.”

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21. “Whose little boy are you?”

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Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

22. “The anti-life of [Jerry Falwell] proves only one thing: that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and truth in this country if you'll just get yourself called Reverend. People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup.”

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23. “Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.”

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24. “What if every church in America had a ministry to stand against modern slavery?”

Tags : Activism Church Human Trafficking Slavery
Source : Activist Faith: From Him and For Him

25. “the church was an international institution long before globalization.”

Tags : Church Globalization

26. “Zeal, if it be well ordered, is most beautiful in a Christian; but if not, it is a thing of exceeding great danger: as fire in moderation is most comfortable, but in extremity most fearful.”

Tags : Christianity Church Fellowship Moderation Reformation Religion Renaissance Wisdom

27. “It was masturbation, not willpower, that made it possible for gazillions of women to walk down the aisle with their reputation and their hymen still intact.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

28. “A man cannot really be called (sexually) confident if he has never bought his woman a vibrator.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

29. “Most if not all sexually active people do not really love having sex; they merely love experiencing an orgasm every now and then.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

30. “Some men do not know the father of 'their' children.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

31. “Coco Chanel is said to have said that a girl should be two things: who and what she is. I say a girl should do two things: what and who she wants.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

32. “Some women do not masturbate for pleasure; they masturbate to make a political statement: to remind us that women do not really need men (or at least not as much and as frequently as every single male chauvinist and every single misogynist believes).”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

33. “The primary goal of a righteous parent who has a daughter is to minimize the number of boys and men for whom their daughter will have willingly opened her legs come her wedding day; the closer to zero, the more righteous they will seem.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

34. “Some people are so sexually unattractive that the thought of masturbating turns them off.”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

35. “Here is where most preachers make their mistake. They are afraid that by preaching the gospel too clearly, it will be their fault if people lapse into sin. They imagine that the gospel is food for the carnal-minded. True enough, to many the gospel does become the smell of death unto death, but that is not the fault of the Gospel. That happens only because men do not accept -do not believe-the Gospel. Faith is not merely thinking, "I believe." Your whole heart must be seized by the gospel and come to rest in it. When that happens, you are transformed and cannot help but love and serve God.”

Tags : Church Gospel Law Lutheranism Preachers Preaching
Source : Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible: A Reader's Edition

36. “Most priests wish they were as righteous as they seem to most members of their congregations.”

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37. “Odakle dolazi dojam da je Crkva lakše izlazila na kraj s krivcima-počiniteljima negoli s nedužnim žrtvama? Nije li naša kristologija toliko pretjerano determinirana soteriološki da više niti ne dopušta teodicejsko pitanje (na koje se niti može dati odgovor niti ga se može zaboraviti)?”

Tags : Christology Church Guilt Innocent Soteriology Theodicy Victims
Source : Memoria passionis: Ein provozierendes Gedächtnis in pluralistischer Gesellschaft

38. “You alone in Europe are not ancient oh ChristianityThe most modern European is you Pope Pius XAnd you whom the windows observe shame keeps youFrom entering a church and confessing this morningYou read the prospectuses the catalogues the billboards that sing aloudThat's the poetry this morning and for the prose there are the newspapersThere are the 25 centime serials full of murder mysteriesPortraits of great men and a thousand different headlines("Zone")”

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Source : Zone

39. “If you cannot see that divinity includes male and female characteristics and at the same time transcends them, you have bad consequences. Rome and Cardinal O'Connor base the exclusion of women priests on the idea that God is the Father and Jesus is His Son, there were only male disciples, etc. They are defending a patriarchal Church with a patriarchal God. We must fight the patriarchal misunderstanding of God.”

Tags : Catholicism Christianity Church Clergy Patriarchal Women And Religion
Author : Hans Küng

40. “May our lives and gentle spirit be evident to all that we are members of God's family.”

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Source : Think Great: Be Great!

41. “The preachers and lecturers deal with men of straw, as they are men of straw themselves. Why, a free-spoken man, of sound lungs, cannot draw a long breath without causing your rotten institutions to come toppling down by the vacuum he makes. Your church is a baby-house made of blocks, and so of the state....The church, the state, the school, the magazine, think they are liberal and free! It is the freedom of a prison-yard.”

Tags : Church Free Liberal Magazine Men Of Straw Preachers Prison Rotten School Self Deception State Straw Men
Source : I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau

42. “Roman Catholicism is a broken and utterly desperate thing, capable only of malignant mischief in our awakening world.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Church Malignant Mischief
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church

43. “I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.”

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Author : Clive Barker

44. “Church was doing what he often did when dropped - lying on his back with all four legs in the air, pretending to be dead in order to induce guilt in his owners.”

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Source : City of Lost Souls

45. “What’s the mission at hand? To save the Church? To save the pope? Uncover a menacing secret society within the Church? Eliminate the would-be assassins? Or could it be something else, something even more portentous and earth-shattering?”

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46. “Whatever was in that document had caused the death of the leader of the Catholic Church. Who'd be next? Calvi shuddered. His life's work was safe-guarding this document. Whatever its purpose or mystery, it was his solemn and sole mission to protect it. Even if it meant giving up his life for it.”

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Source : The Secret of Fatima

47. “Well, they've come a long way. To think that he now could access a secret document held in the Vatican archives, via electronic technology.”

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Source : The Secret of Fatima

48. “No churchmen, I notice. Of course not. What use have they for a world without irrational fear?”

Tags : Church Critical Fear
Source : The Fear Institute

49. “I'm half way to Heaven and half way to Hell with each breath I take in this mortal shell.”

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50. “Even those who want to go to heaven would rather kill than be killed.”

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51. “In my prayer journey I’ve been motived by many lesser aspirations like guilt, approval before others and even a ego-driven desire for church growth. Of course, a passion for revival can even trigger more prayers. Yet, in the long run, we must remember that there is a difference between seeking revival from God vs. seeking God for revival.”

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Source : Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

52. “[R]eal prayer is not an excuse for laziness but, in fact, is one of the most arduous engagements I know of in ministry. Prayer is not a replacement for hard work but, in most cases, empowerment for even more fruitful work.”

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Source : Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

53. “The prayer level of a church never rises any higher than the personal example and passion of the leaders. The quantity and quality of prayer in leadership meetings is the essential indicator of the amount of prayer that will eventually arise among the congregation.”

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Source : Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

54. “I have concluded that the more we seek the Lord, with a passion for His worthiness, the more we are gripped with our neediness. Adoration cultivates desperation.”

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Source : Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

55. “My life has far exceeded my expectations not because of my own personal efforts or mindset but because of my friends who have enriched my existence”

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56. “Leadership potential is in everyone; we all have it, but we all don't know it until we have a direct individual encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. The principal source of leadership influence is the Holy Spirit.”

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57. “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”

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Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

58. “Heresy would like to think of itself as 'invented Truth'. But of course, all Reason and Logic would agree that no man can ever create Truth; he can only discover it. If heresy were ever at all beneficial, God would use it really to bring one right back to Truth, as countless 'inventions' have brought men to discovery.”

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Author : Criss Jami

59. “In previous centuries, the Church was the great controller, dictating morality, stifling free expression and posing as conservator of all great art and music. Instead we have TV, doing just as good a job at dictating fashions, thoughts, attitudes, objectives as did the Church, using many of the same techniques but doing it so palatably that no one notices. Instead of ‘sins’ to keep people in line, we have fears of being judged unacceptable by our peers (by not wearing the right shoes, not drinking the right kind of beer, or wearing the wrong kind of deodorant). Coupled with that fear is imposed insecurity concerning our own identities. All answers and solutions to these fears come through the television, and only through television. Only through exposure to TV can the new sins of alienation and ostracism be absolved.”

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Source : The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey

60. “A clarion call to the 7000 remnants who are yet to bow their knees to Baal, to arise and come out of the wilderness to take charge of the guard that would lead their Nations and church to the promise land”

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61. “Man is the head of the family, just as Christ is the Head of the Church.”

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Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

62. “A woman may try to control the man. But God appointed man as the head of the family.”

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Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

63. “The organist was almost at the end of the anthem’s long introduction, and as the crescendo increases the cathedral began to glitter before my eyes until I felt as if every stone in the building was vibrating in anticipation of the sweeping sword of sound from the Choir.The note exploded in our midst, and at that moment I knew our creator had touched not only me but all of us, just as Harriet had touched that sculpture with a loving hand long ago, and in that touch I sensed the indestructible fidelity, the indescribable devotion and the inexhaustible energy of the creator as he shaped his creation, bringing life out of dead matter, wresting form continually from chaos. Nothing was ever lost, Harriet had said, and nothing was ever wasted because always, when the work was finally completed, every article of the created process, seen or unseen, kept or discarded, broken or mended – EVERYTHING was justified, glorified and redeemed.”

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Author : Susan Howatch

64. “The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. 'They won't let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.''What are you complaining about?' said God. 'They won't let Me in either.”

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Source : The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

65. “No institutional arrangement will ever contain all that they church is. Don't look for it institutionally; look for it relationally. Certainly the New Testament talks about the priorities of that church -- Jesus as its sole head and focus, daily encouragement among believers, plural and lateral leadership, open participation, and an environment of freedom so people can grow in him.”

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66. “The husband is the head of the wife just in so far as he is to her what Christ is to the Church - read on - and give his life for her (Eph. V, 25). This headship, then, is most fully embodied not in the husband we should all wish to be but in him whose marriage is most like a crucifixion; whose wife receives most and gives least, is most unworthy of him, is - in her own mere nature - least lovable. For the Church has not beauty but what the Bride-groom gives her; he does not find, but makes her, lovely. The chrism of this terrible coronation is to be seen not in the joys of any man's marriage but in its sorrows, in the sickness and sufferings of a good wife or the faults of a bad one, in his unwearying (never paraded) care or his inexhaustible forgiveness: forgiveness, not acquiescence. As Christ sees in the flawed, proud, fanatical or lukewarm Church on earth that Bride who will one day be without spot or wrinkle, and labours to produce the latter, so the husband whose headship is Christ-like (and he is allowed no other sort) never despairs. He is a King Cophetua who after twenty years still hopes that the beggar-girl will one day learn to speak the truth and wash behind her ears.”

Tags : Christ Church Eros Husband Love Marriage Wife
Author : C.S. Lewis
Source : The Four Loves

67. “Did those nice church ladies come by again?" He nodded. "I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God's eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”

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Author : Ilona Andrews
Source : Gunmetal Magic

68. “[I]t seemed to me now that a Catholic church was the right companion for all these horrors. Didn't Catholicism deal with blood and resurrected flesh on a daily basis? Wasn't it expert in superstition? I somehow doubted that the hospitable plain Protestant chapels that dotted the university could be much help; they didn't look qualified to wrestle with the undead. I felt sure those big square Puritan churches on the town green would be helpless in the face of a European vampire. A little witch burning was more in their line--something limited to the neighbors.”

Tags : Catholicism Church Protestantism Vampires
Source : The Historian

69. “Ninety-nine percent of everything that goes on in most Christian churches has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual religion. Intelligent people all notice this sooner or later, and they conclude that the entire one hundred percent is bullshit, which is why atheism is connected with being intelligent in people's minds.”

Tags : Atheism Christianity Church Intelligence
Source : Snow Crash

70. “Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you.”

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Author : George Carlin

71. “I also never would have imagined I'd quote back a church lesson, but when the rest of the crowd stood up to take communion, I found myself saying to Dimitri: "Don't you think that if God can supposedly forgive you, it's kind of egotistical for you not to forgive yourself?""How long have you been waiting to use that line on me?" he asked."Actually, it just came to me. Pretty good, huh? I bet you thought I wasn't paying attention.""You weren't. You never do. You were watching me.”

Tags : Church Dimitri Rose
Author : Richelle Mead
Source : Spirit Bound

72. “If you live today, you breath in nihilism ... it's the gas you breathe. If I hadn't had the Church to fight it with or to tell me the necessity of fighting it, I would be the stinkingest logical positivist you ever saw right now.”

Tags : Christianity Church Nihilism Philosophy Theology

73. “I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.”

Tags : Church Religion
Source : Self-Reliance and Other Essays

74. “Will-," Tessa began but it was too late, Church made a yowling noise at being woken, and lashed out with his claws. Will began to swear. Tessa left, unable to hide the slightest of smiles as she went.”

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Source : Clockwork Prince

75. “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

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Author : John Bunyan

76. “The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary. ”

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Author : Wilhelm Reich

77. “The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did the brothels.”

Tags : Bleakness Church Escape
Source : East of Eden

78. “Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?”

Tags : Church Religion Secularism Separation Of Church And State State Theocracy

79. “You can lose your MONEY. You can lose your FRIENDS. You can lose your JOB and you can lose your MARRIAGE...and still recover...as long as there is HOPE. Never lose HOPE.”

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80. “One of the most amazing and perplexing features of mainstream Christianity is that seminarians who learn the historical-critical method in their Bible classes appear to forget all about it when it comes time for them to be pastors. They are taught critical approaches to Scripture, they learn about the discrepancies and contradictions, they discover all sorts of historical errors and mistakes, they come to realize that it is difficult to know whether Moses existed or what Jesus actually said and did, they find that there are other books that were at one time considered canonical but that ultimately did not become part of Scripture (for example, other Gospels and Apocalypses), they come to recognize that a good number of the books of the Bible are pseudonymous (for example, written in the name of an apostle by someone else), that in fact we don't have the original copies of any of the biblical books but only copies made centuries later, all of which have been altered. They learn all of this, and yet when they enter church ministry they appear to put it back on the shelf. For reasons I will explore in the conclusion, pastors are, as a rule, reluctant to teach what they learned about the Bible in seminary.”

Tags : Christianity Church God Ministry Pastor Religion Seminary
Source : Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don't Know About Them

81. “Teenagers who do not go to church are adored by God, but they don't get to meet some of the people who love God back.”

Tags : Church God Teenagers
Author : Anne Lamott
Source : Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

82. “Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone's very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food.”

Tags : Choir Church Inspirational Music Singing
Author : Anne Lamott
Source : Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

83. “Royce Westmoreland stared at him with biting scorn. "I despise hypocrisy, particularly when it is coated with holiness.""May I ask for a specific example?""Fat priests," Royce replied, "with fat purses, who lecture staving peasants on the dangers of gluttony and the merits of poverty.”

Tags : Church Hypocrisy Poverty
Source : A Kingdom of Dreams

84. “The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world ... The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship.”

Tags : Christianity Church Fellowship
Author : N.T. Wright
Source : Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

85. “Over the road there was a church: a modern gray building, which constantly played a recording of church bells. Strange it was. Why no proper bells? I never went in but I bet it was a robot church for androids, where the Bible was in binary and their Jesus had laser eyes and metal claws.”

Tags : Church Comedy Funny Humor Robots
Author : Russell Brand
Source : My Booky Wook

86. “It's time we capture our imaginations for Christ”

Tags : Church God Inspiration Religion
Source : Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith

87. “She gives me the finger and turns back around. "Did you see that?" I flinch at the gesture. "That is completely illegal in here.”

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Author : Addison Moore
Source : Wicked

88. “Church leaders may get disappointed in ministry if they do not know God’s time.”

Tags : Church Disappointed Leaders Ministry

89. “There’s no stronger bulwark of sound conservatism than the evangelical church, and no better place to make friends who’ll help you to gain your rightful place in the community than in your own church-home!”

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Source : Babbitt

90. “The emphasis of the churches were not in how much work or home keeping is done in the four walls of the church itself, they rather told the Protestants to go prove their love to God at their work places through the quality of their works”

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91. “What did you say, Gram? About there being no church out here?" "I said that the sky was the roof of my cathedral and the desert was its floor and any time I paid attention, I could feel a higher power all around me.”

Tags : Attention Cathedral Church Desert Sky
Author : Terri Farley
Source : Blue Wings

92. “God sits on a blue throne called the vena cava. There is no need for a temple to communicate or pray to him. His truths travel from his seat over a purple bridge in your heart, also known as your conscience. Your conscience is where his wisdom shines. A crystal embedded within a fold of your pulmonary trunk acts as a transmitter and receiver. God is closer than you think. In your heart, is his truth and light.”

Tags : Communicate Conscience Creator Crystal God Heart Light Pulmonary Trunk Purple Receiver God Religion Shines Synagogue Temple Think Throne Transmitter Travel Truth Truths Vena Cava Wisdom
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

93. “Finally, the work of the minister tended to be judged by his success in a single area - the saving of souls in measurable numbers. The local minister was judged either by his charismatic powers or by his ability to prepare his congregation for the preaching of some itinerant ministerial charmer who would really awaken its members. The 'star' system prevailed in religion before it reached the theater. As the evangelical impulse became more widespread and more dominant, the selection and training of ministers was increasingly shaped by the revivalist criterion of ministerial merit. The Puritan ideal of the minister as an intellectual and educational leader was steadily weakened in the face of the evangelical ideal of the minister as a popular crusader and exhorter. Theological education itself became more instrumental. Simple dogmatic formulations were considered sufficient. In considerable measure the churches withdrew from intellectual encounters with the secular world, gave up the idea that religion is a part of the whole life of intellectual experience, and often abandoned the field of rational studies on the assumption that they were the natural province of science alone. By 1853 an outstanding clergyman complained that there was 'an impression, somewhat general, that an intellectual clergyman is deficient in piety, and that an eminently pious minister is deficient in intellect.”

Tags : Anti Intellectualism Christianity Church Evangelicalism Evangelism Great Awakening Ministry Pastors Revivalism
Source : Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

94. “Since the time of Voltaire and two-chamber Government, which is at bottom simply distrust and personal self-examination, and gives the popular mind that bad habit of being suspicious, the Church of France seems to have realised that books are its real enemies.”

Tags : 1830 Anti Intellectualism Books Church Religion
Author : Stendhal
Source : The Red and the Black

95. “The world is my church. My actions are my prayer. My behavior is my creed.”

Tags : Actions Behavior Church Creed Inspirational Motivational Prayer Steve Maraboli World
Source : Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

96. “At present, a good many men engaged in scientific pursuits, and who have signally failed in gaining recognition among their fellows, are endeavoring to make reputations among the churches by delivering weak and vapid lectures upon the 'harmony of Genesis and Geology.' Like all hypocrites, these men overstate the case to such a degree, and so turn and pervert facts and words that they succeed only in gaining the applause of other hypocrites like themselves. Among the great scientists they are regarded as generals regard sutlers who trade with both armies.Surely the time must come when the wealth of the world will not be wasted in the propagation of ignorant creeds and miraculous mistakes. The time must come when churches and cathedrals will be dedicated to the use of man; when minister and priest will deem the discoveries of the living of more importance than the errors of the dead; when the truths of Nature will outrank the 'sacred' falsehoods of the past, and when a single fact will outweigh all the miracles of Holy Writ.Who can over estimate the progress of the world if all the money wasted in superstition could be used to enlighten, elevate and civilize mankind?When every church becomes a school, every cathedral a university, every clergyman a teacher, and all their hearers brave and honest thinkers, then, and not until then, will the dream of poet, patriot, philanthropist and philosopher, become a real and blessed truth.”

Tags : Brave Church Creeds Dead Fact Facts Falsehoods Genesis Harmony Honest Hypocrites Lectures Minister Miracles Past Recognition Scientific Truth Use Vapid Waste Weak
Source : Some Mistakes of Moses

97. “I think this is irresponsible preaching and very dangerous, and especially when it is slanted toward children, I think it's totally irresponsible, because I see nothing biblical that points up to our being in the last days, and I just think it's an outrageous thing to do, and a lot of people are making a living—they've been making a living for 2,000 years—preaching that we're in the last days.”

Tags : Apocalypse Armageddon Church End Of The World Last Days Preachers Preaching
Source : Charles M. Schulz: Conversations

98. “Lenin held that religion was a simply product of social oppression and economic exploitation. 'The social oppression of toiling masses, their apparent complete helplessness before the blind forces of capitalism ... that is the deepest contemporary root of religion'. Theoretically it followed from this that the elimination of social and economic evils should lead to the disappearance of religious belief. In practice, however, the party has never shown any confidence that this would happen: it has not felt able to concede the churches toleration, and let them decline of their own accord. On the contrary, from the beginning it has aimed at the destruction of the churches and the forcible secularization of believers. With the exemption of the years 1941-53, that has remained the case ever since.”

Tags : Church Lenin Religion Russia Soviet Union
Source : The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within

99. “It is often said, inside the Church and out of it, that there is something grotesque about lectures on the sexual life when delivered by those who have shunned it. Given the way that the Church forbids women to preach, this point is usually made about men. But given how much this Church allows the fanatical Mother Teresa to preach, it might be added that the call to go forth and multiply, and to take no thought for the morrow, sounds grotesque when uttered by an elderly virgin whose chief claim to reverence is that she ministers to the inevitable losers in this very lottery.”

Tags : Celibacy Church Mother Teresa Sexual Life
Source : The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

100. “I am usually able to tolerate all kinds of victims of indoctrination except those who have been infected with xenophobia, racism, or homophobia.”

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101. “Impamvu tur' abakristo bintegenke nuko tutar' imbata nyazo za Kristo”

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102. “Impamvu turi abakristo b'intege nke ni uko tutari imbata nyazo za Kristo”

Tags : Bishops Christ Christianity Church Evangelistic God Inspirational Quotes Jesus Christ Pastors Servant Leaders Servant Leadershipe Servants

103. “For Christians to influence the world with the truth of God's Word requires the recovery of the great Reformation doctrine of vocation. Christians are called to God's service not only in church professions but also in every secular calling. The task of restoring truth to the culture depends largely on our laypeople.To bring back truth, on a practical level, the church must encourage Christians to be not merely consumers of culture but makers of culture. The church needs to cultivate Christian artists, musicians, novelists, filmmakers, journalists, attorneys, teachers, scientists, business executives, and the like, teaching its laypeople the sense in which every secular vocation-including, above all, the callings of husband, wife, and parent--is a sphere of Christian ministry, a way of serving God and neighbor that is grounded in God's truth. Christian laypeople must be encouraged to be leaders in their fields, rather than eager-to-please followers, working from the assumptions of their biblical worldview, not the vapid clichés of pop culture.”

Tags : Christianity Church Doctrine Machen Reformation

104. “Raised in a completely nonreligious family, Joliot never attended any church and was a thoroughgoing atheist all his life.”

Tags : Atheist Belief Church Curie Frédéric Joliot Curie Joliot Nobel Laureate Nonreligious Raised Science
Source : Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography

105. “Only those who do not practice sin can stand in the presence of the holy God." -"I NEVER KNEW YOU”

Tags : Church Faith Quotes Inspirational Quotes Leadership Works Worship Leading
Author : Mac Canoza

106. “I am being a minister of light and a destroyer of ignorance and I shall never keep quiet until this horrendous mountain is pulled down in my country, in the church of Christ and in my continent.”

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107. “To my shame, my nation and the church of the lord Jesus Christ in my continent is covered head to toe in this ignorance.”

Tags : Christ Church Continent Covered Head Jesus Lord My Nation Shame Toe

108. “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.”

Tags : Church Devil Ennui Kindness Love Loving Religion Satan
Author : Helen Keller
Source : The Story of My Life

109. “Don't be afraid to be exactly as awesome as you were created to be.”

Tags : Awesome Church Created Encouraging Faith God Identity Inspirational Original Personality Religious Unique

110. “Every Sunday behind bibles, virgins,soldiers tight against me, longing,and my pelvis rubbing gods'to the big black woman voices.Soldiers tight against me, longing,all that rising, sitting, kneelingto the big black woman voices,spirits warming, tensing, folding, thenall that rising, sitting, kneelinglike some kind of dance, a mating,spirits warming, tensing, folding andgod went “Shhhhh” between my thighs –”

Tags : Church God Gospel Love Marriage Military Spirits Truth
Author : Jalina Mhyana
Source : Dreaming in Night Vision: A Story in Vignettes

111. “Know the word of God not in order that by doing so you might be saved; know it rather so that unlike the many you are not easily deceived. You may find that, evidently, a great many of the so-called novel ideas of the present were made without a clue that 'God', if you will, already laid profound discourse on or against them ages ago: no man has gone against God in such a way that God, from the beginning, did not already expect him to. Then, insofar as this, you will remain clear in that it is not at all that the Christian should be against newness; quite the opposite really - for a major point of Christianity is about one constantly being made new in Christ - it is only that many people are not actually bringing true newness to the table, and this is precisely because they do not first apply (or let alone even know) the wisdom of old.”

Tags : Apologetics Bible Church Conservative Gnosticism God History Ideas Knowledge Liberal New Novel Novelty Old Philosophy Prophecy Religion Salvation Studying Theology Truth Understanding Warning Wisdom Word Of God
Author : Criss Jami

112. “Refusal to engage in spiritual warfare does not exempt you from being among the next casualties of war”

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113. “An altar is like an airport where spirits take off and land”

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114. “Any church that operates in prayerless and powerless Christianity spend their days and years conducting dust to dust rites in the burial grounds.”

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115. “One example is the familiar parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), which in some ways might be better called the parable of the elder brother. For the point of the parable as a whole - a point frequently overlooked by Christian interpreters, in their eagerness to stress the uniqueness and particularity of the church as the prodigal younger son who has been restored to the father's favor - is in the closing words of the father to the elder brother, who stands for the people of Israel: 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.' The historic covenant between God and Israel was permanent, and it was into this covenant that other peoples too, were now being introduced. This parable of Jesus affirmed both the tradition of God's continuing relation with Israel and the innovation of God's new relation with the church - a twofold covenant.”

Tags : Christianity Church Gentiles Israel Jesus Parable Prodigal Son
Source : Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture

116. “Biblia pamoja na historia vinatwambia kuwa mitume kumi na wawili wa Yesu Kristo waliamua kufa kinyama kama mfalme wao alivyokufa, kwa sababu walikataa kukana imani yao juu ya Yesu Kristo.Mathayo alikufa kwa ajili ya Ukristo nchini Ethiopia kwa jeraha lililotokana na kisu kikali, Marko akavutwa na farasi katika mitaa ya Alexandria nchini Misri mpaka akafa, kwa sababu alikataa kukana jina la Yesu Kristo.Luka alinyongwa nchini Ugiriki kwa sababu ya kuhubiri Injili ya Yesu Kristo katika nchi ambapo watu hawakumtambua Yesu.Yohana alichemshwa katika pipa la mafuta ya moto katika kipindi cha mateso makubwa ya Wakristo nchini Roma, lakini kimiujiza akaponea chupuchupu, kabla ya kufungwa katika gereza la kisiwa cha Patmo (Ugiriki) ambapo ndipo alipoandika kitabu cha Ufunuo. Mtume Yohana baadaye aliachiwa huru na kurudi Uturuki, ambapo alimtumikia Bwana kama Askofu wa Edessa. Alikufa kwa uzee, akiwa mtume pekee aliyekufa kwa amani.Petro alisulubiwa kichwa chini miguu juu katika msalaba wa umbo la X kulingana na desturi za kikanisa za kipindi hicho, kwa sababu aliwaambia maadui zake ya kuwa alijisikia vibaya kufa kama alivyokufa mfalme wake Yesu Kristo.Yakobo ndugu yake na Yesu (Yakobo Mkubwa), kiongozi wa kanisa mjini Yerusalemu, alirushwa kutoka juu ya mnara wa kusini-mashariki wa hekalu aliloliongoza la Hekalu Takatifu (zaidi ya futi mia moja kwenda chini) na baadaye kupigwa kwa virungu mpaka akafa, alipokataa kukana imani yake juu ya Yesu Kristo.Yakobo mwana wa Zebedayo (Yakobo Mdogo) alikuwa mvuvi kabla Yesu Kristo hajamwita kuwa mchungaji wa Injili yake. Kama kiongozi wa kanisa hatimaye, Yakobo aliuwawa kwa kukatwa kichwa mjini Yerusalemu. Afisa wa Kirumi aliyemlinda Yakobo alishangaa sana jinsi Yakobo alivyolinda imani yake siku kesi yake iliposomwa. Baadaye afisa huyo alimsogelea Yakobo katika eneo la mauti. Nafsi yake ilipomsuta, alijitoa hatiani mbele ya hakimu kwa kumkubali Yesu Kristo kama kiongozi wa maisha yake; halafu akapiga magoti pembeni kwa Yakobo, ili na yeye akatwe kichwa kama mfuasi wa Yesu Kristo.Bartholomayo, ambaye pia alijulikana kama Nathanali, alikuwa mmisionari huko Asia. Alimshuhudia Yesu mfalme wa wafalme katika Uturuki ya leo.Bartholomayo aliteswa kwa sababu ya mahubiri yake huko Armenia, ambako inasemekana aliuwawa kwa kuchapwa bakora mbele ya halaiki ya watu iliyomdhihaki.Andrea alisulubiwa katika msalaba wa X huko Patras nchini Ugiriki. Baada ya kuchapwa bakora kinyama na walinzi saba, alifungwa mwili mzima kwenye msalaba ili ateseke zaidi. Wafuasi wake waliokuwepo katika eneo la tukio waliripoti ya kuwa, alipokuwa akipelekwa msalabani, Andrea aliusalimia msalaba huo kwa maneno yafuatayo: "Nimekuwa nikitamani sana na nimekuwa nikiitegemea sana saa hii ya furaha. Msalaba uliwekwa wakfu na Mwenyezi Mungu baada ya mwili wa Yesu Kristo kuning’inizwa juu yake." Aliendelea kuwahubiria maadui zake kwa siku mbili zaidi, akiwa msalabani, mpaka akaishiwa na nguvu na kuaga dunia.Tomaso alichomwa mkuki nchini India katika mojawapo ya safari zake za kimisionari akiwa na lengo la kuanzisha kanisa la Yesu Kristo katika bara la India.Mathiya alichaguliwa na mitume kuchukua nafasi ya Yuda Iskarioti, baada ya kifo cha Yuda katika dimbwi la damu nchini India. Taarifa kuhusiana na maisha na kifo cha Mathiya zinachanganya na hazijulikani sawasawa. Lakini ipo imani kwamba Mathiya alipigwa mawe na Wayahudi huko Yerusalemu, kisha akauwawa kwa kukatwa kichwa.Yuda Tadei, ndugu yake na Yesu, aliuwawa kwa mishale alipokataa kukana imani yake juu ya Yesu Kristo.Mitume walikuwa na imani kubwa kwa sababu walishuhudia ufufuo wa Yesu Kristo, na miujiza mingine. Biblia ni kiwanda cha imani. Tunapaswa kuiamini Biblia kama mitume walivyomwamini Yesu Kristo, kwa sababu Biblia iliandikwa na mitume.”

Tags : Armenia Arrows Bible Cross Ethiopia Gospel Happiness Hekalu Takatifu Jerusalem Jesus Christ Jews Luka Luke Mark Mfalme Mnara Mwenyezi Mungu Nathanali Nchi Revelation Rome Tomaso Ufufuo Ukristo Yohana

117. “For the church, the many abuses of human life, liberty, and dignity are a heartfelt suffering. The church, entrusted with the earth’s glory, believes that in each person is the Creator’s image and that everyone who tramples it offends God. As holy defender of God’s rights and of his images, the church must cry out. It takes as spittle in its face, as lashes on its back, as the cross in its passion, all that human beings suffer, even though they be unbelievers. They suffer as God’s images. There is no dichotomy between man and God’s image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being abuses God’s image, and the church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom.”

Tags : Abuse Christian Living Church Cross God Martyrdom Rights
Source : The Violence of Love

118. “Whether [new Protestant church movements] place their emphasis on new worship styles, expressions of the Holy Spirit’s power, evangelism to seekers, or Bible teaching, these so-called new movements still operate out of the fallacious assumption that the church belongs firmly in the town square, that is, at the heart of Western culture. And if they begin with this mistaken belief about their position in Western society, all their church planting, all their reproduction will simply mirror this misapprehension.”

Tags : Christendom Christianity Church Ecclesiology
Author : Alan Hirsch
Source : The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church

119. “Multitudes are now turning to Christ in all parts of the world. How unbearably tragic it would be, though, if the millions of Asia, South America and Africa were led to believe that the best we can hope for from the Way of Christ is the level of Christianity visible in Europe and America today, a level that has left us tottering on the edge of world destruction. The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes-a time for men and women to be heroic in faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message TOO LOW.”

Tags : Christendom Church Gospel
Source : The Spirit of the Disciplines : Understanding How God Changes Lives

120. “{Wells discussing his experiences with Christianity}I realised as if for the first time, the menace of these queer shaven men in lace and petticoats who had been intoning, responding, and going through ritual gestures at me. I realised something dreadful about them. They were thrusting an incredible and ugly lie upon the world and the world was making no such resistance as I was disposed to make to this enthronement of cruelty. Either I had to come into this immense luminous coop and submit, or I had to declare the Catholic Church, the core and substance of Christendom with all its divines, sages, saints, and martyrs, with successive thousands of believers, age after age, wrong....I found my doubt of his essential integrity, and the shadow of contempt it cast, spreading out from him to the whole Church and religion of which he with his wild spoutings about the agonies of Hell, had become the symbol. I felt ashamed to be sitting there in such a bath of credulity.”

Tags : Agony Believers Catholic Catholic Church Catholicism Christendom Church Contempt Coop Credulity Cruelty Divines Dreadful Hell Integrity Lie Luminous Martyrs Realization Ritual Sages Shame Submission Ugly
Author : H.G. Wells

121. “On the subject of who is to blame for our disunity - “The easy conclusion- thatthe devil is at work trying to destroy the church- is true, but itʼs not the whole story. Ofcourse the enemy is at work doing that. But closer examination shows that much ofthe blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the church itself-on believers in god-andhow our own devilish deeds have alienated other followers of God. Sadly, weʼve donethe devilʼs work for him.”

Tags : Blame Christian Christians Church Devil Faith Followers God
Author : Ed Galisewski

122. “Each of those churches shows certain books, which they call revelation, or the Word of God. The Jews say that their Word of God was given by God to Moses face to face; the Christians say, that their Word of God came by divine inspiration; and the Turks say, that their Word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from heaven. Each of those churches accuses the other of unbelief; and, for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”

Tags : Angel Books Church Churches Disbelief Divine Inspiration Heaven Islam Jews Koran Moses Muslims Quran Revelation Turks Unbelief Word Of God
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

123. “You have asked me what I would do and what I would not do. I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use— silence, exile, and cunning.”

Tags : Action Belief Church Cunning Exile Expression Home Serve Silence
Author : James Joyce
Source : A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

124. “Non servirò ciò in cui non credo più, si chiami questo la casa, la patria o la Chiesa: e tenterò di esprimere me stesso in un qualunque modo di vita o di arte quanto più potrò liberamente e integralmente, adoperando per difendermi le sole armi che mi concedo di usare: il silenzio, l'esilio e l'astuzia.”

Tags : Church Cunning Duty Exile Freedom Italian Mission Silence
Author : James Joyce
Source : A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

125. “In a church of my own we're perfect togetherI recognize you in the stained glass”

Tags : Church Lifetime Love Soulmate
Author : Heather Nova
Source : The Sorrowjoy

126. “Your trials equal the power of God that works in you. If your battles are intense, then what God has deposited in you is deep.”

Tags : Born Again Church God Inspirational Life Power Of God Resurrection Of Jesus Trials Work

127. “Against all odds, when the 'no' out-weighs the 'yes' faith become the only bridge to your answer”

Tags : Against All Odds Answer Bridge Church Faith God Grace Jesus Love No Out Weigh Prayer Weigh Yes
Source : Great Reflections on Success

128. “Strengthen yourself in the word of God.”

Tags : Bible Study Christian Church Divine Self Faith God Hope Inner Self Motivation Spiritual Growth Strength
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

129. “But we have no [Marian] apparitions cautioning the Church against, say, accepting the delusion of an Earth-centered Universe, or warning it of complicity with Nazi Germany -- two matters of considerable moral as well as historical import....Not a single saint criticized the practice of torturing and burning "witches" and heretics. Why not? Were they unaware of what was going on? Could they not grasp its evil? And why is [the Virgin] Mary always admonishing the poor peasant to inform the authorities? Why doesn't she admonish the authorities herself? Of the King? Or the Pope?”

Tags : Apparitions Catholic Church Catholicism Church Marian Apparitions Mary Prophecies Roman Catholic Church Saints Science Science And Religion Science Vs Religion Virgin Mary Visions Witch Witch Burnings
Author : Carl Sagan
Source : The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

130. “Two or three angelsCame near to the earth.They saw a fat church.Little black streams of peopleCame and went in continually.And the angels were puzzledTo know why the people went thus,And why they stayed so long within.”

Tags : Angel Angels Catholicism Chapel Christianity Church God Religion Sabbath Sunday
Author : Stephen Crane
Source : Complete Poems of Stephen Crane

131. “As far as not seeing your fruit is concerned, you know many people have this idea that things need to happen when you think they should and if they don't you get this idea that God isn't in it. The fruit you've seen isn't bad fruit. It's just green. It's not ready. I've heard you humans complain time and time again about God telling you to do something and then the frustration begins to set in. You are so busy checking your fruit every two days that you don't realize it's just not ripe yet.”

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132. “Your passion dwindling out isn't Father's fault either. You can't blame that on Him. He has you in Merchant for a reason. You may not see it yet. But there is purpose. Father always has a purpose.”

Tags : An Ember In Time Angels Back To The Future Christian Church Fiction Novel In Time Pastors Quantum Leap Science Fiction Scifi Series Time Travel

133. “Out here, the open night is my church, the trees are my congregation, the stars are my angels and the moon is the only god that I know.”

Tags : Angels Church God Moon Night Stars Trees
Author : A.P. Sweet
Source : dead, but dreaming

134. “What is to be gained if we are so intent in reaching out to the unchurched that we then unchurch the reached?”

Tags : Christianity Church Post Modernism
Source : The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World

135. “Don't ever marry a person you don't truly love. Don't believe what people often say, that the love will develop in future.Those whose love develop in future are very few. If after a period of time you've been dating and the love doesn't seem to grow, I strongly advise you have to re-think.”

Tags : Church Love Marriage Advice Relationship Tips Sweet Romance Sweetness

136. “Training is an active, dynamic process lived out daily in all areas of life- not a rote exercise in memorizing verses and going to church every week.”

Tags : A Rote Active All An And Areas Church Daily Dynamic Every Exercise Going In Is Life Lived Memorizing Not Of Out Process To Training Verses Week
Source : Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working

137. “Don’t feed your body and keep your spirit starving. Butter bread for your body and living bread for your spirit. Read the Bible every day and keep your spirit away from hunger.”

Tags : Bible Body Soul Bread Butter Butter Bread Church Food For Thouught God Hunger Hungry Israelmore Ayivor Jehovah Jesus Jesus Christ Living Bread Prayer Preach Read Read The Bible Save Spiritual Hunger Starvation Starve Word Word Became Flesh
Source : Daily Drive 365

138. “Whenever God allows a mass blindness to cover his church, it is not out of stupidity, it is out of divine providence”

Tags : Allows Blindness Church Cover Divine God Mass Proidence Stupidity Whenever

139. “I want to do it too!” said Gazzy, sitting very, very quietly, completely motionless.“Nope,” said Nudge, shaking her head. “You stand out like a fart in church.”

Tags : Church Fart Funny Lol Powers
Source : The Final Warning

140. “I long for the Church to be more truly itself, and for me this involves changing its stance on war, sex, investment and many other difficult matters. I believe in all conscience that my questions and my disagreements are all of God. Yet I must also learn to live in and attend to the reality of the Church as it is, to do the prosaic things that can be and must be done now and to work at my relations now with the people who will not listen to me or those like me—because what God asks of me is not to live in the ideal future but to live with honesty and attentiveness in the present, i.e., to be at home."What if the project in question is myself, and not some larger social question such as war? At the end of the day, it is the central concern for most of us. We long to change and to grow, and we are rightly suspicious of those who are pleased with the way they are and cannot seem to conceive of changing any further. Yet the torture of trying to push away and overcome what we currently are or have been, the bitter self-contempt of knowing what we lack, the postponement of joy and peace because we cannot love ourselves now—these are not the building blocks for effective change. We constantly try to start from somewhere other than where we are. Truthful living involves being at home with ourselves, not complacently but patiently, recognizing that what we are today, at this moment, is sufficiently loved and valued by God to be the material with which he will work, and that the longed-for transformation will not come by refusing the love and the value that is simply there in the present moment."So we come back, by a longish detour, to the point to which Mark's narrative brought us: the contemplative enterprise of being where we are and refusing the lure of a fantasized future more compliant to our will, more satisfying in the image of ourselves that it permits. Living in the truth, in the sense in which John's Gospel gives it, involves the same sober attention to what is there—to the body, the chair, the floor, the voice we hear, the face we see—with all the unsatisfactoriness that this brings. Yet this is what it means to live in that kingdom where Jesus rules, the kingdom that has no frontiers to be defended. Our immersion in the present moment which is God's delivers the world to us—and that world is not the perfect and fully achieved thing we might imagine, but the divided and difficult world we actually inhabit. Only, by the grace of this living in the truth, we are able to say to it at least an echo of the 'yes' that God says, to accept as God accepts.”

Tags : Change Church Future Rowan Williams Transformation
Source : Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgement

141. “My sister having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.”

Tags : Avoidance Church Excuses Humor Pretext Vicarious Doings
Source : Great Expectations

142. “In their churches the Protestants taught believers to go out of the four walls of the church to demonstrate their love for God by how they serve fellow humans”

Tags : Believers Church Churches Demonstrate Fellows Four Go God How Humans In Love Out Protestants Taught Their Walls

143. “It's like this,' began the elder. 'All these sentences of hard labour in Siberian prisons, and formerly with flogging, too, do not reform anyone and, what's more, scarcely deter even one criminal, and, far from diminishing, the number of crimes are steadily increasing. You have to admit that. It therefore follows that society is not in the least protected, for though a harmful member is cut off automatically and exiled to some remote spot just to get rid of him, another criminal takes his place at once, and often, two, perhaps. If anything does protect society even today and indeed reforms the criminal himself and brings about his regeneration, it is, again, only the law of Christ, which reveals itself in the awareness of one's own consciousness. Only by recognizing his own guilt as a son of a Christian society, that is, of the Church, does the criminal recognize his guilt towards society itself, that is, towards the Church. The criminal today, therefore, is capable of recognizing his guilt only towards the Church, and not towards the State.”

Tags : Church Elder Miusov State The Brothers Karamazov
Source : The Brothers Karamazov

144. “Change is inevitable. Progression is a choice. We all move, but are you going to move forward?”

Tags : Abuse Abused Abussive Addiction Anxiety Beautiful Christian Church Cure Cutting Faith Harm Hurt Image Mirror Past Possitive Qotd Recovery Self Harm Situation Struggle To Write Love On Her Arms Twloha Ugly
Author : Ricky Maye

145. “Stop looking back when your future is ahead of you”

Tags : Abuse Abussive Acts Addiction Anxiety Christian Church Cure Disease Future Harm Hurt Image Mirror Pain Painful Past Possitive Situation Struggle To Write Love On Her Arms Twloha Ugly
Author : Ricky Maye

146. “If you do not cultivate your life's environment, you will not captivate the worlds enlightenment.”

Tags : Abuse Abussive Acts Addiction Anxiety Beautiful Christian Church Cure Cutting Disease Faith Future Hurt Image Mirror Painful Possitive Qotd Self Harm Struggle To Write Love On Her Arms Ugly
Author : Ricky Maye

147. “Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they're sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive”

Tags : Admitting Faults Church Government Governments Religion
Author : Ronald Reagan

148. “For better of for worse the church in the West bought modernity's claims. We were baptized in its story (even though it said it did not have one) and accepted its categories and definitions. But somewhere along the way we also began to believe that the ways in which we accessed knowledge about God or Jesus or the Spirit or Christianity were those things themselves.”

Tags : Christianity Church Culture Modernity
Author : Tim Keel
Source : Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

149. “Again, as I had often met it in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen.”

Tags : Church Clergy Impurity Preacher Women
Author : Harper Lee
Source : To Kill a Mockingbird

150. “I would rather live short and right then long and wrong.”

Tags : Austin Texas Church Conferences John Paul Warren John Warren Motivational Pastor John Warren Speaker Voice Of The Nations

151. “The story of the angel announcing what the church calls the immaculate conception, is not so much as mentioned in the books ascribed to Mark, and John; and is differently related in Matthew and Luke. The former says the angel, appeared to Joseph; the latter says, it was to Mary; but either Joseph or Mary was the worst evidence that could have been thought of; for it was others that should have testified for them, and not they for themselves. Were any girl that is now with child to say, and even to swear it, that she was gotten with child by a ghost, and that an angel told her so, would she be believed? Certainly she would not. Why then are we to believe the same thing of another girl whom we never saw, told by nobody knows who, nor when, nor where? How strange and inconsistent is it, that the same circumstance that would weaken the belief even of a probable story, should be given as a motive for believing this one, that has upon the face of it every token of absolute impossibility and imposture.”

Tags : Angel Belief Biblical Inconsistencies Church Credulity Evidence Gospels Immaculate Conception Imposture Inconsistencies John Joseph Luke Mark Mary Matthew
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

152. “My politics is my religion, my religion is my politics.”

Tags : Church Faith Government Poilitics Reason Religion State Theocracy
Source : Selected Political Writings

153. “That's what lay behind the feud under way in the Republic: a battle between different noble family factions in a fight for power. Serving this side or the other was of no interest to Mathias. But the consequences of a Venice under the Pope's direct control weren't at all to his liking. His beloved books would be burned by ignorant, avid priests. Men like Malachia would win.It was the same old struggle. The same fight Gheorg had chosen, the same fight that might take him to Wittenberg. But he wouldn't clear the way for Alexander VI. With what little strength he possessed, even though he was nothing more than a pawn of a chessboard, that extended farther then he could see, Mathias would help those in power smash what had all the makings of a major plot, one designed to overturn the government in power in La Serenissima. And these thoughts allowed the monk to find the first answer to the many question with which he still felt burdened.He and the Borgias did NOT share the same Church.”

Tags : Battle Battles Within Books Borgias Church Italy Monk Pawn Pawn Or Player Venice
Source : The Lion and the Rose

154. “Actually, what we really need to remember about Galileo is that most of the people who use his name in argument could barely spell it, let alone tell us what actually happened to the man. His case is used over and over again because critics can't think of any other scientists who were mistreated by the Church. And in this instance they're right. There may have been some people in the scientific world who did not enjoy Church support and were even challenged by Catholicism but, sorry to disappoint, there weren't very many of them. The Church has been the handmaiden of science and scientific discovery, and those who refer to Galileo tend to forget that Louis Pasteur, the inventor of pasteurization, was a devout Catholic, as was Alexander Fleming, who gave us penicillin. Or Father Nicolaus Copernicus, who first proposed the theory of the earth revolving around the sun - this was precisely what Galileo stated, but Copernicus taught it as theory and not fact. Or Monsignor Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître, a Belgian Roman Catholic priest and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven, who proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe. In the field of acceleration, Fr. Giambattista Riccioli changed the way we understand that particular science; the father of modern Egyptology was Fr. Athanasius Kircher, and the Yugoslavian Fr. Roger Boscovich was the founder of modern atomic theory.”

Tags : Church Galileo Science
Author : Michael Coren
Source : Why Catholics are Right

155. “If we're going to impact our world in the name of Jesus, it will be because people like you and me took action in the power of the Spirit. Ever since the mission and ministry of Jesus, God has never stopped calling for a movement of "Little Jesuses" to follow him into the world and unleash the remarkable redemptive genius that lies in the very message we carry. Given the situation of the Church in the West, much will now depend on whether we are willing to break out of a stifling herd instinct and find God again in the context of the advancing kingdom of God.”

Tags : Church Impact Mission Missional
Author : Alan Hirsch
Source : The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church

156. “Instead it is the Church hierarchy that is rather teaching congregation to be afraid of darkness, instead of teaching them to go with light to overcome darkness.”

Tags : Afraid Church Congregation Darkness Hierarchy Light Overcome Teach

157. “Everybody gets to play.”

Tags : Church Holy Spirit Minister Vineyard
Author : John Wimber
Source : Power Evangelism

158. “Human beings seem to have a perpetual tendency to have somebody else talk to God for them. We are content to have the message second-hand. One of Israel's fatal mistakes was their insistence on having a human king rather than resting on the theocratic rule of God over them. We can detect a note of sadness in the word of the Lord, 'they have rejected me from being king over them' (1 Sam. 8:7). The history of religion is the story of an almost desperate scramble to have a king, a mediator, a priest, a pastor, a go-between. In this way we do not need to go to God ourselves. Such an approach saves us from the need to change, for to be in the presence of God is to change.”

Tags : Church God Old Testament Pastor Priest Spiritual Mediation The Lord
Source : Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

159. “You haven't heard a damn word I've said. See, this is why I can't stand your kinds. You light your candles and mumble your latin spells and pray to a god who isn't there, doesn't care, or is just plain crazy or cruel or both. The world burns and you praise the asshole who either set it or let it.”

Tags : Atheism Church Priests Religion
Author : Rick Yancey
Source : The Last Star

160. “The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?”

Tags : Catholicism Celibacy Christianity Church Clergy Contraception Ecumenism Eucharist Pope Priesthood Priests Protestantism Religion Women Clergy
Author : Hans Küng

161. “Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.”

Tags : Catholicism Celibacy Christianity Church Priesthood Priests Religion
Author : Hans Küng

162. “Some churches, sects, cults or religious movements are basically collective egoic entities, as rigidly identified with their mental positions as the followers of any political ideology that is closed to any alternative interpretation of reality.”

Tags : Church Cults Ego Movements Politics Reality Religion
Author : Eckhart Tolle
Source : A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

163. “Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man.”

Tags : Adam And Eve Brain Church Creationism Eden Fear Garden Of Eden Genesis Happy Knowledge Laughing Gas Tree Of Knowledge Whiskey

164. “Your church is a baby-house made of blocks.”

Tags : Church Freethought Humor
Source : On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

165. “I think that it [the Church] stands for everything most hostile to the mental emancipation and stimulation of mankind. It is the completest, most highly organized system of prejudices and antagonisms in existence. Everywhere in the world there are ignorance and prejudice, but the greatest complex of these, with the most extensive prestige and the most intimate entanglement with traditional institutions, is the Roman Catholic Church. It presents many faces towards the world, but everywhere it is systematic in its fight against freedom.”

Tags : Antagonism Catholic Catholic Church Catholicism Church Emancipation Freedom Hostile Ignorance Intimate Mankind Prejudice Prestige
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church

166. “A blessed deed is saying hello with a smile to someone you meet on the street, in the shop, in the bus, in the office, in the church, in the holy places, in the mosque, at the park, at the school, at the university…..’ This is the greatest action of belonging to one another.”

Tags : Actions Beautiful Writing Belief Church Cultural Diversity Daily Life Daily Living Experience Faith Great Deeds Hello Hope Humanity Lailah Gifty Akita Affirmations Lessons Learnt Love Mission Mosque Parenting Advice Positive Attitude Positive Thoughts Religion Wise Words Youth Culture
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

167. “In a team setting, leadership is shared by a community of people, which counters the tendency for pastors to form congregations in their own images.”

Tags : Church Introverts Leadership Pastors Teamwork
Source : Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

168. “Where did you meet?” he pressed on.I shrugged and considered a little rephrasing. “I was out for a run.”“From who?”I leaned back to take a long, very long, slow sip of that beer.Knox leaned forward. “I think we’re both bullsh*tting here, you ever play that card game?”“With my grandma, every Sunday after church.”

Tags : Card Game Cards Church Fantasy Funny Grandma Humor Knox Paranormal Silver Sterling Urban Zoe
Author : Dannika Dark
Source : Sterling

169. “The most evil institution in the world is the Roman Catholic Church.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Church Church Evil Institution Roman Catholic
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church

170. “Down through the centuries, the Church has carefully preserved, protected, and defended its Marian teachings, because to give them up would be to give up the gospel.”

Tags : Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church Church Gospel
Author : Scott Hahn
Source : Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God

171. “Immorality is the word we use to describe people that are not sinning the same way we are.”

Tags : Believes Church Hypocrisy Hypocrites Immorality Judgement Religion Self Righteous Sinning

172. “No Temple made by mortal human hands can ever compare to the Temple made by the gods themselves. That building of wood and stone that houses us and that many believe conceals the great Secret Temple from prying eyes, somewhere in its heart of hearts, is but a decoy for the masses who need this simple concrete limited thing in their lives. The real Temple is the whole world, and there is nothing as divinely blessed as a blooming growing garden.”

Tags : Belief Bloom Blooming Church Deity Garden Gardener Gardening Gods Growing Growth House Of Prayer Mystery Nature Plant Plants Pray Prayer Religion Temple Truth World Worship
Author : Vera Nazarian
Source : Dreams of the Compass Rose

173. “The temple is a place of beauty, it is a place of revelation, it is a place of peace. It is the house of the Lord. It is holy unto the Lord. It should be holy unto us.”

Tags : Church Holy Temple Worship

174. “We don’t find Godin temples and cathedrals.We don’t find Himby standing on a prayer rug or sitting in a pew.God appears when welove someone other than ourselves.And we continue to feel His presence when we do good for others.Because God is not foundin mosques and synagogues.He resides in ourhearts.”

Tags : Awareness Beloved Cathedral Christ Devotion Divinity God Good Kamand Kamand Kojouri Kojouri Love Pray Prayer Prayer Rug Presence Religion Religious Ritual Spirituality Temple Theology

175. “Why are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths.”

Tags : Anti Religious Catholicism Christianity Church Discipline Happiness Imoral Morality Religion Unhappiness
Source : Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

176. “I am convinced it is, then our churches are filled with believers who are hurting, to one degree or another, whether visible or unseen. Some come every Sunday clinging to a thread of hope that somehow the church will be the body of Christ that supports them, offers a word of hope, and helps them find a way to walk through the storm with God instead of without God.”

Tags : Church Grief Hurting People
Source : Hurting with God

177. “True leaders bring out your personal best. They ignite your human potential”.”

Tags : Church John Paul John Paul Warren Leadership Mens Ministry Motivational Pastor John Paul Warren Sozo The Refuge Austin Training Voice Of The Nations

178. “If your altar is not active, your voice will not be strong”

Tags : Active Altar Anoint Anointed Anointing Bishop Church Faith God Grace Great Inspirational Inspire Jesus Life Pastor Prof Professor Religion Religious Strength Voice

179. “A pastor without anointing is just a religious professor”

Tags : Anoint Anointed Anointing Bishop Church God Grace Great Inspirational Inspire Jesus Life Pastor Prof Professor Religion Religious

180. “The verbal tool of exploring mystery together is not confrontation or preaching but dialogue. We subject ourselves to the same questions we pose to others, and as we traverse them together, we may arrive at surprising conclusions we could never have reached when simply trying to defeat one another's logic. Our questions are open ended, granting the other person the freedom to respond or not to respond. The questions stick with us, even haunt us, long after we ask them, and we await insight together. The process is more important than an immediate decision.”

Tags : Christianity Church Evangelism Introverts Spirituality
Source : Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

181. “For his own unfathomable reasons, God chooses to disguise himself when he comes to this planet, and there have been few disguises better than the church.”

Tags : Church Evangelism Witness
Author : Mark Galli
Source : Chaos and Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit

182. “Remembering that only a few years ago men, women, and even children, were imprisoned, tortured and burned, for having expressed in an exceedingly mild and gentle way, the ideas entertained by me, I congratulate myself that calumny is now the pulpit's last resort. The old instruments of torture are kept only to gratify curiosity; the chains are rusting away, and the demolition of time has allowed even the dungeons of the Inquisition to be visited by light. The church, impotent and malicious, regrets, not the abuse, but the loss of her power, and seeks to hold by falsehood what she gained by cruelty and force, by fire and fear. Christianity cannot live in peace with any other form of faith. If that religion be true, there is but one savior, one inspired book, and but one little narrow grass-grown path that leads to heaven. Such a religion is necessarily uncompromising, unreasoning, aggressive and insolent. Christianity has held all other creeds and forms in infinite contempt, divided the world into enemies and friends, and verified the awful declaration of its founder—a declaration that wet with blood the sword he came to bring, and made the horizon of a thousand years lurid with the fagots' flames.”

Tags : Abuse Bible Burned Christianity Church Contempt Creeds Cruelty Declaration Division Falsehood Friends Heaven Ideas Imprison Inquisition Inspired Loss Malicious Opinion Power Regret Religion Savior Time Torture
Source : Some Mistakes of Moses

183. “Sećam se da sam jedno jutro video ispred samoposluge nekog popa kako ljušti kikiriki, odmah mi je bilo jasno da neće biti mira na Balkanu.”

Tags : Balkans Church Priest Religion War
Source : Starost

184. “Man's delight in the Lord is the absolute peak of human triumph. He praises God when full of joy, and when not, he praises God to become full of joy. For to know and to live as though God is worthy of all praise, in all one's circumstances, whether seemingly good or seemingly bad, is the primary definition of joy and the richest triumph for man under God.”

Tags : Apologetics Awe Church Delight Glorification Glorification Of God Glory Greatness Happiness Holiness Honor Lord Love Man Music Peace Praise Prayer Respect Reverence Rich Singing Strength Triumph Trust Victory Worship
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

185. “How to love is the real question. We all know to love and to keep loving more, but man's confusion comes from the differing opinions on how to love. The Church will always be accused of not loving enough by human standards - which should be its motivation to love more - however that is, in many cases, because its focus is and should also be to love on levels of eternal significance. This is the level of love that will inevitably go unnoticed by those who do not believe in eternity.”

Tags : Agreement Apologetics Christians Church Confusion Different Disagreement Eternity Love Motivation Opinions Question Significance
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

186. “Sometimes the church talks about singleness as if it were similar to being chosen for Hufflepuff by the Magic Sorting Hat in Harry Potter. The good news is that you still are at Hogwarts, but the bad news is that pretty much everyone else there will avoid you and make it clear they feel sad for you and would never, ever want to be you.”

Tags : Church Singleness
Author : Sammy Rhodes
Source : This Is Awkward: How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection

187. “The city takes a breath on Sunday. Of all that’s lost with the pursuit of what’s next, I hope we don’t lose that…”

Tags : Breath Church Sunday
Source : Hawksley Burns for Isadora

188. “[As a young man ] I came to the conclusion that the church was just a bunch of fascists that supported Franco. I stopped going on Sunday mornings and watched the birds with my father instead.”

Tags : Church Conclusion Fascists Franco Sunday

189. “Church was never meant to be a place for gods to gather, but for devils wanting to shed their horns for halos.”

Tags : Church Churches Going To Church Richelle Richelle E Goodrich Richelle Goodrich Sunday Worship

190. “You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning.You can tell how popular the pastor or evangelist is by who comes on Sunday night.But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting.”

Tags : Church Desperation Growth Jesus Prayer Sunday

191. “If we are serious about climbing to higher ground, we will be found in church every Sunday—attending all of our meetings, partaking of the sacrament, participating in Sunday School, and contributing to the spirit found in Relief Society, Primary, and priesthood meetings.”

Tags : Christ Church Faith Lds Mormon Sunday

192. “The church is constituted as a new people who have been gathered from the nations to remind the world that we are in fact one people. Gathering, therefore, is an eschatological act as it is the foretaste of the unity of the communion of the saints.”

Tags : Christianity Church Communion Of Saints Fellowship Kingdom Of God Sunday Morning
Source : In Good Company: The Church as Polis

193. “One of the Christian's biggest fears is appearing 'too Christian'. God forbid, because that's often characterized as god-awful! We want to be one, but without being 'one of them'.”

Tags : Apologetics Awful Character Christian Christianity Church Conservative Criticism Fear Forbid Funny God Humor Hypocrisy Judgment Liberal Misrepresentation Modernity Religion Representation Scrutiny Self Righteousness Spirituality Worldly
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

194. “When everything has gone down, God wants youto look up”

Tags : Anointing Authority Believe Christ Confidence Conquer Courage Decision Deliverance Divine Faith Glory God Jesus Laden Look Power Predicament Reason Strength Tribulations Up Victory Will Word

195. “The real church is comprised of a long list of "formers" who collectively work together for world reform.”

Tags : Church Church Calling Church Leaders Church Members Reformation Reforming The Church

196. “Go to church to learn about forgiveness; come back to become a forgiver! Go to church and learn about kindness; come back to become a kind person! If things go like that, you will be a true image of Christ after going to church only 10 times on 10 Sundays!”

Tags : 10 Accept Christ Apostle Arc Bishop Bishop Choir Christ Christ Like Christians Church Churches Do The Word Doers Of The Word Food For Thought Forgive Forgiveness Image Israelmore Ayivor Kind Kind Person Kindness Learn Love The Lord Pastor Preach Sunday Sundays Ten True Christians

197. “How can we say that the Church wishes to bring us back into the Dark Ages? The Church was the only thing that ever brought us out of them.”

Tags : Church Dark Ages Ignorance
Source : Orthodoxy

198. “The children of Birmingham did not really die in the State of Alabama, however, because Alabama is a state of mind, and in the minds of the [white] men who rule Alabama, those children had never lived [...] their blood is on so many hands, that history will weep in the telling...and it is not new blood. It is old, so very old.”

Tags : Birmingham Black Bombing Church Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement Hate Racism White
Author : Roger Ebert

199. “To preach about sin, but refuse to integrate grace and mercy is a sermonic sin.”

Tags : Bible Quotes Church History Jesus Martin Luther King Jr

200. “Going to the extreme of inviting and welcoming people into your church in order to hear you condemn them or to know from your policy that you condemn them is not much better than bullying.”

Tags : Bullying Church Condemn Extreme Inviting Policy Welcoming