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Updated on April 7, 2011
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[Here are 70 delightful quotes worth pondering over. May your thoughtful and prayerful reflection upon these famous words of the great men of God of the past draw you closer to Christ today!]

Part 1

On the Bible: ‎"There's no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself." ~ DL Moody

On the Bible: "The chief weapon we ought to use in resisting Satan is the Bible. Three times the great enemy offered temptations to our Lord. Three times his offer was refused, with a text of Scripture as the reason, "it is written" (Mt. 3:4, 7, 10)." ~ J.C. Ryle

On Understanding the Bible: ‎"The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight." ~ DL Moody

On Christ our Wisdom: ‎"I would rather a thousand times be five minutes at the feet of Christ than listen a lifetime to all the wise men in the world."~ DL Moody

On Preaching: ‎"The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ." ~ DL Moody

On Preaching: ‎"Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame, if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago." ~John Wesley

On Pride: ‎"God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves." ~ DL Moody

On Faith: ‎"Faith takes God without any ifs." ~ DL Moody

On Faith: There are three kinds of faith in Christ: 1. Struggling faith, like a man in deep water desperately swimming. 2. Clinging faith, like a man hanging to the side of a boat. 3. Resting faith, like a man safely within the boat (and able to reach out with a hand to help someone else get in). ~D.L. Moody

On Faith: "Real true faith is man's weakness leaning on God's strength." ~D.L. Moody

On Faith: "If you cannot live by faith today, how can you live by faith tomorrow? Every day is an opportunity and a challenge to live by faith." ~ Pratonix

On Faith & Love: ‎"Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy." ~D.L. Moody

On Faith & the Word of God: ‎"I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since." ~D.L. Moody

On Difficulties: "All our difficulties are only platforms for the manifestations of His grace, power and love." ~Hudson Taylor

On Emotionalism: "Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement." (Charles H. Spurgeon)

Part 2

On Prayer: "There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence." ~ O Hallesby

On Prayer: "Our prayers lay the track down on which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails." ~ Watchman Nee

On Prayer: Fall on your knees and grow there. There is no burden of the spirit but is lighter by kneeling under it. Prayer means not always talking to Him, but waiting before Him till the dust settles and the stream runs clear. ~ F.B. Meyer

On Prayer: Prayer is talking with God and telling Him you love Him, conversing with God about all the things that are important in life, both large and small, and being assured that He is listening. ~ C. Neil Strait

On Men of Prayer: "The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…Men of prayer!" ~ EM Bounds.

On Prayer: "I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach. A minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray." ~H. MacGregor

On Prayer: "Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work." ~Oswald Chambers

On Prayer: "Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers." ~J. Sidlow Baxter

On Prayer: In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ~ John Bunyan

On Praying According to God's Will: "Spread out your petition before God, and then say, "Thy will, not mine, be done." The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me." ~D.L. Moody

On Prayer: ‎"Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all." ~ DL Moody

On Prayer: ‎"Work as if everything depended on you and pray as if everything depended on God." ~ DL Moody

Part 3

On Sin: ‎"When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight." ~ Thomas Watson

On Sin: ‎"Sin hath the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages."~ Thomas Watson

On Self-Revelation: "Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ." ~ Blaise Pascal

On Self-Deception: "People don't mind hearing the truths about God, but they do mind hearing the truths about themselves. You can’t be open to God, when you are closed to yourself." ~Pratonix

On Self-Deception: "It is perilously easy to have an amazing sympathy with God's truth and yet remain all the while in sin." ~ Oswald Chambers

On Backsliding: "Many Christians get cold warming themselves by this world’s fires." ~A.J. Gordon

On Judgment: ‎"The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men." ~ John Owen

On Self-Reliance: "The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation."~ Charles Spurgeon

On False Converts: ‎"The Church recruited people who had been starched and ironed before they were washed."~ John Wesley

On False Preaching: "The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from Hell rather than a Saviour from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness." ~Arthur W. Pink

On Mere Knowledge: ‎"Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell." ~Thomas Watson.

On Mere Knowledge: "Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge." (John Wesley)

On Mere Knowledge: "A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant." ~ Stephen Charnock.

Part 4

On Being a Testimony: ‎"Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian." ~ D.L. Moody

On Being a Testimony to One's Family: ‎"A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know."~D.L. Moody

On Being an Example to One's Family: "Children are very quick observers; very quick in seeing through some kinds of hypocrisy, very quick in finding out what you really think and feel, very quick in adopting all your ways and opinions. You will often discover that, as the father is, so is the son." ~J.C. Ryle

On the Family: "I believe the family was established long before the church, and my duty is to my family first. I am not to neglect my family."~D.L. Moody

On a Parent's Joy: "The greatest joy a parent can have is to know that his children are 'walking in truth'.' 3 John 4 ~ Pratonix

On Regeneration: "The difference between the regenerate and the unregenerate man is that the unregenerate man lives in sin, and he loves it; but that the regenerate man lapses into sin, and he loathes it." ~ A.J. Gordon

On the Law vs. the Gospel: "The law produces legal conviction and leads to despair; the gospel produces evangelical conviction and leads to hope." ~ A.J. Gordon

On Helplessness: ‎"A man must completely despair of himself in order to become fit to obtain the grace of Christ." ~Martin Luther

On the *Natural Man: ‎"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, neither can he know them' (1 Cor. 2:14). He may have more insight into the things of the world than a believer, but he does not see the deep things of God. A swine may see an acorn under a tree, but he cannot see a star." ~ Thomas Watson (*The natural man is the unregenerate man of this world.)

On Being Superficial Christians: Are you a butterfly or a bee? Too many are the butterfly Christians, flitting from opinion to opinion, living superficially, not fully settled in the faith. Just a few Christians are like bees building themselves up in the most holy faith and standing boldly as witnesses for Christ. ~ Pratonix

On Anxiety: ‎"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

On Afflictions and Glory: ‎"Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us." ~ A.W. Pink

Part 5

On Youth vs Experience: ‎"When I was young I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me." ~ John Wesley

On God's Greatness: ‎"God is so great that He communicates greatness to the least thing that is done for His service." ~ John Wesley

On Kindness: ‎"Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person." ~C. Neil Strait

On Resting in Christ: "The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No, it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus." ~Hudson Taylor

On the Christ-Life: "I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me." ~Hudson Taylor

On Soul Winning: "Every preacher, if he is saved, has this Great Commission. If you don't win souls, you have failed in your Christian life. No one is a good Christian who doesn't win souls. You are not doing the first things He said you were to do after you got baptized. Those who do not win souls are disobedient in the main command of Jesus Christ, and that is not a small matter."~ John R. Rice

On Committing Things to Christ: ‎"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." ~ Martin Luther

On the Absolute Lordship of Christ: ‎"Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all." ~Hudson Taylor

On Surrender: ‎"Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can." ~D.L. Moody

On Loving Christ or the World: ‎"He who begins by halving his heart between God and Mammon will end by being whole-hearted for the world and faint-hearted for Christ. We are so constituted that it is impossible for us to exercise a divided allegiance; we must be out-and-out for God, or we shall be in-and-in for the world and all its interests." A.J. Gordon

On Being Whole-hearted for Christ: ‎"The out-and-out Christian is a joyful Christian. The half-and-half Christian is the kind of Christian that a great many of you are -- little acquainted with the Lord. Why should we live halfway up the hill and swathed in the mists, when we might have an unclouded sky and a radiant sun over our heads if we would climb higher and walk in the light of His face?" ~Alexander MacLaren

On the Abundant Life: ‎"Christ says, 'I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.' Christ for us, appropriated by faith, is the source of life; Christ within us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the source of more abundant life; the one fact secures our salvation; the other enables us to glorify God in the salvation of others." ~A.J. Gordon

On Faithfulness & Service: "There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things." ~ D.L. Moody

On Idolatry in America: "You don't have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods. America is full of them. Whatever you love more than God is your idol." ~D.L. Moody

On Hell: ‎"Disbelieve hell, and you unscrew, unsettle, and unpin everything in Scripture." ~ JC Ryle.

[Compiled from the Posts of Roland Oliver, on Facebook]


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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria


      This quote are superb !

      Thanks for sharing with hubpages community

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

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      Lori Colbo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very nice collection. We have the same tastes in preachers and Christian scholars. Thanks

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      docbruin 6 years ago from USA

      Very good collection of quotes. Thanks for sharing!

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      Alice in Wonder 6 years ago from South Texas

      Great. Just, great. Thank You.

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      Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Wow! Moody and Spurgeon quotes and Wesley too what a fantastic hub!

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Mr. P.,

      Nice collection of quotes. I've bookmarked this one.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      up and beautiful! Thanks for combining all these famous sayings; love the quotes by the masters. My pastor constantly quotes D L Moody and C H Spurgeon...