.Pastor’s Pen 2016

 
January
3rd –“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.” Charles Swindoll
10th –“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” Mandy Hale
17th –“My mom was really religious with me when I was young…I wouldn’t have been able to get birth control if it weren’t for Planned P. I wouldn’t have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house.” Jennifer Lawrence
24th –“The encourager, no matter how dark the day, always brings a message of hope. Those who encourage…are in effect only beggars telling other beggars where to find help.” Derek Bingham
31st -“Observe which side resorts to the most vociferous name-calling and you are likely to have identified the side with the weakest argument, and they know it.” Charles R. Anderson
February
7th –“Love is the only force capable of making an enemy a friend.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
14th –“One of my main regrets in life is giving considerable thought to inconsiderate people.” Jarod Kintz
21st –“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” W.C. Fields
28th –“The only thing of our very own which we contribute to our salvation is the sin which makes it necessary.” William Temple
March
6th -“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” Billy Sunday
13th –“The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive human and unaddressed human rights violation on earth.” Jimmy Carter
20th –“Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.” Francis Schaeffer
27th –“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” Woody Allen
April
3rd –“But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.” Albert Camus
10th –“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett
17th – “They say the happiest place on earth is Disneyland. They’re wrong, it’s camp.”
24th – “Compassion is the deep feeling of sharing in the suffering of another and the desire to relieve that suffering.”   Jerry Bridges
May
1st – “A cop has a calling. It’s not about making money. Being a cop making communities safe, caring for children, and doing what it takes to stop someone from hurting another person.”
8th – “Earth has nothing more tender than a woman’s heart when it is the abode of piety.” – Martin Luther
22nd – “Enabling is a way of helping a person that feeds the dysfunction. Helping is being there in a way that does not support the dysfunction.” – Dr. Noelle Nelson
29th – “I’m tired of hearing sin called sickness and alcoholism a disease. It’s the only disease I know of that we’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to spread.”   Vance Havner
June
5th – “We don’t grow older, we grow riper.”  – Pablo Picasso
12th – “The good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.”  – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
19th – “The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men.  The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.” – A. W. Tozer
26th – “The most urgent task facing evangelical Christianity today is the recovery of the Gospel” – J.I. Packer
July
3rd – “Christians are supposed to be conspicuously holy, not for our own reputation but for God’s.  We are to be the light of the world, so that when people see our good deeds they will glorify God.”  – Mark Dever