“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ. ”~Sir Francis Drake


If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
– Augustine

“The words of Scripture thrill my soul as nothing else ever can. They bear me aloft or dash me down. They tear me in pieces or build me up. The words of God have more power over me than ever David’s strings had over his harp strings.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

“Why do you need a voice when you have a verse?”
– Jim Elliot

“The Bible is simply God’s love story, the story of the love of a holy God to a sinful world.”
– R.A. Torrey

“God’s voice will never tell us to engage in any activity or relationship that is inconsistent with the Holy Scriptures.”
– Charles Stanley

“The will of God is found in the Word of God. The more a person grows, the more he begins to think instinctively and habitually from a divine perspective.”
– Howard G. Hendricks

“The Bible has bookend commands: The first command is ‘Eat freely.’ The last command is ‘Drink freely.’ And everything in between is a banquet. Not a snack. Not a smorgasbord where we choose between what we like and leave what we don’t like. Rather, a life-course meal on which we feast on Him in our hearts with thanksgiving.”
– Leonard Sweet

“The Bible doesn’t really care if we’re offended when we read it.”
– Thor Ramsey

“Ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are merely playing at Bible study; and therefore ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are mere weaklings, when they might be giants.”
– R.A. Torrey

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps; shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim.”
– John Owen

“Amidst the flood of dangerous reading, I plead for my Master’s book; I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul. Do not let newspapers, novels, and romances be read, while the prophets and Apostles be despised. Do not let the exciting and sensual swallow up your attention, while the edifying and the sanctifying can find no place in your mind.”
– J.C. Ryle

“If you do not understand a book by a departed writer you are unable to ask him his meaning, but the Spirit, who inspired Holy Scripture, lives forever, and He delights to open the Word to those who seek His instruction.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“If I did not believe in the infallibility of Scripture – the absolute infallibility of it from cover to cover, I would never enter this pulpit again!”
– Charles Spurgeon

“The Scripture can only be read intelligently by inspired men and women. The value we get from our reading is in direct proportion to the measure in which we are filled with God’s Spirit.”
– G. Campbell Morgan

“Whenever a man takes upon him to make additions to the Scriptures, he is likely to end with valuing his own additions above Scripture itself.”
– J.C. Ryle

“Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them.”
– Unknown

“If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.”
– Billy Graham

“True Christianity finds all of its doctrines in the Bible;
true Christianity does not deny any part of the Bible;
true Christianity does not ad anything to the Bible.
For many centuries the Bible has been the most available book on the earth. It has no hidden purpose. It cannot be destroyed.”
– Billy Graham

“The reason why we have so little success in our teaching is because we know so little of the Word of God. You must know it, and have it in your heart. A great many have it in their head and not in their heart.”
– D. L Moody

“Read the Bible, my friends, as if you were seeking for something of value. It is a good deal better to take a single chapter, and spend a month on it, than to read the Bible at random for a month.”
– D.L. Moody

“I’m glad there are things in the Bible I don’t understand. If I could take that book up and read it as I would any other book, I might think I could write a book like that, or that you could. I am glad there are heights I haven’t been able to climb to. I am glad there are depths I haven’t been able to fathom. It’s the best proof that the book came from God.”
– D.L. Moody

“Would the Holy Spirit, who authored the Scriptures for the purpose of their being our infallible guide, promote them as a grab-bag of all kinds of meanings?”
– Jim Elliff

“God’s Word is not obsolete, it is absolute.”
– Vance Havner

“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”
– Horace Greeley

“I plead for a closer and wider and deeper study of the Bible, so that our people may be in fact as well as in theory ‘doers of the Word and not hearers only’.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“I want to know one thing – the way to heaven. God Himself has condescended to teach the way….He hath written it down in a Book! O give me that Book! At any price, give me that Book of God!”
– John Wesley

“When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me?”
– Soren Kiekegaard

“Most people are bothered by those passages in Scripture which they cannot understand, but as for me, I always noticed the passages in Scripture which trouble me most are those which I do understand.”
– Mark Twain

“Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.”
– Ronald Reagan

“After reading the doctrines of Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle, we feel that the specific difference between their words and Christ’s is the difference between an inquiry and a revelation.”
– Joseph Parker

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”
– Martin Luther

“It is easier for me to have faith in the Bible than to have faith in D.L. Moody, for Moody has failed me lots of times.”
– D.L. Moody

“Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.”
– E. Paul Hovey

“Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, follow nothing which is not in the Bible nor can be proved by the Bible.”
– J.C. Ryle

“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
– John Stott

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