John Newton Quote

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Jesus did not tell parables to confirm well-known truths, but rather to shatter well-known truths.

From John 8:31-32:  “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'”

John Newton (1725-1807) was an English pastor who also was a writer of several hymns, including the beloved “Amazing Grace.”  His early life is filled with contrasts, when compared to his later life.  He served as a ship’s captain during the slave trade, but later renounced his work after his conversion to Christianity.  He became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade later in his life.

Always Knowing

From 2 Timothy 13-14:  “Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.”

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Grateful to Father

Clear conscience worships free

Prayers seek encouragement

Always knowing thee


Heart filling with joy

Trust growing, day by day

God’s Word leading each journey

Molding us like clay


Surrounded by truth

Self-discipline stands fast

Spirit of resolve and love

Lord’s grace built to last


Saved by Christ’s mercy

Hallowed be His power

Called to always follow Him

With each passing hour


Light conquers darkness

Faith in Christ, living free

Guided by Holy Spirit

Always knowing thee

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The Bible is our protection against deception.”

Origen of Alexandria Quote

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Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.

From Ephesians 6:13-15:  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.  Stand, therefore, and belt your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness and lace up your sandals in preparation for the gospel of peace.”

Origen of Alexandria (c. 185 – c. 253) was also known as Origen Adamantius.  He was a Christian scholar and theologian who spent the first half of his life in Alexandria (Egypt).

Mark Twain Quotes

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I can live for two months on a good compliment.

No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.

Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better know by his pen name of Mark Twain, is often recognized as one of America’s greatest humorists.  Novelist and writer William Faulkner called him the “father of American literature.”  While he was in California in 1865, his literary skills struck gold with the story of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Notable Philosophers Quotes

John Locke (1632-1704)

Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

There is nothing more ancient than the truth.

John Locke was an English philosopher and physician.  He is often referred to as the “Father of Liberalism.”

Rene Descartes was a French philosopher and mathematician.  His works were instrumental in the emergence of modern philosophy and science.  

Love’s Compass

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”

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Being raised in Christ

Revealing His love

Filling heart with peace

From Father above


Mind on Word above

Forsaking life’s sins

Living righteously

Love of Jesus wins


Humbleness shall win

Stripping away old

Shaping with Christ’s love

Renewed in God’s mold


Holy Spirit molds

Forgiveness respects

Fearing God’s justice

Love’s compass directs


Heart’s kindness directs

Loving each other

Sharing Father’s grace

With every brother

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From Colossians 3:12-13:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Helping Hand

From John 14:15-16:  “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”

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Walking with Jesus

Seeing within Him

Father in Heaven

Praising with each hymn


Believing in Christ

Listening to God

Heavenly dwellings

Beating evil’s odds


Asking of Jesus

Filling with His love

Commandments followed

Blessings from above


Leaving Advocate

Stepping into lives

Holy Spirit breathes

His helping hand thrives


Fulfilling promise

Teaching everything

Spirit within hearts

Living truth to bring

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From John 14:26:  “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

Watchman Nee Quote

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It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God has always one sufficient answer, His Son Jesus Christ, and He is the answer to every need.

From John 14:6:  “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher.  He authored a collection of Christian books, and he endured persecution for his beliefs.  Ultimately, he died while being imprisoned for the final twenty years of his life.

Billy Sunday Quote

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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

From John 4:23-24:  “But the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Billy Sunday (1862-1935) was an American baseball player during the early years of professional baseball.  Fortunately for believers and nonbelievers, Sunday later became one of the most influential evangelists in America during the first two decades of the 20th century.