“Believing that further delay would be sinful, some of God’s insignificants and nobodies in particular, but trusting in our Omnipotent God, have decided on certain simple lines, according to the Book of God, to make a definite attempt to render the evangelization of the world an accomplished fact… Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time for waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! In God’s holy name let us arise and build! We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear? Before the whole world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, nambypamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God than live trusting in man. And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.”C. T. Studd
30 years ago today, going to the library changed my life. A friend and I had gone rock climbing in the Carter Cave Natural Area. I needed to get a book from the church’s library. When we returned, the church library had already closed. He was a student at the local Christian college. He offered to take me to the campus library to get the book. I took him up on that offer. We entered the library and there was a beautiful young lady sitting at a study carrel tending diligently to her studies. I asked about her. He said not to waste my time, she would not date anyone. I jokingly said, “She hasn’t me me yet!” I introduced myself. The rest is, as you say, history. There is so much more to this love story, but it was 30 years ago today that I met my incredible, beautiful, loving, pretty, godly, and any other positive adjective that I could dream of, wife and best friend, Sharon. She is my P-31! If you want to know what that means, ask her.
Going to the library can change your life. It changed mine.
“Love your fellowmen, and cry about them if you cannot bring them to Christ. If you cannot save them, you can weep over them. If you cannot give them a drop of cold water in hell, you can give them your heart’s tears while they are still in this body.”C.H. Spurgeon
“The only path to pleasure is in pleasing God.”Richard Owen Roberts
“Most Christians expect little from God, ask little and therefore receive little and are content with little.”A.W. Pink
“The lesson of the proverb is a very instructive one. It is one of the most melancholy proofs of man’s fallen and corrupt state, that he never values what he is familiar with, and that familiarity breeds contempt. Ministers of the Gospel discover this by painful experience, when they have resided many years in the same parish, and ministered long in the same congregation. Those who have the most abundant supply of Gospel privileges are often the people who value them least.”J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels Vol. 1, John 4:44.