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Sermon Quotes

Comfort

James H. Aughey

The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating an undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones are let on long leases.

 

Bob Benson

When life caves in, you do not need reasons – you need comfort. You do not need some answers – you need someone. Jesus does not come to us with an explanation – He comes to us with His presence.

John Bunyan

If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a glass slipper on a gouty foot.

John Calvin

When Christ returned to heaven, He withdrew His physical presence from our sight. He didn’t stop being with the disciples but by the ascension fulfilled His promise to be with us to the end of the world. As His body was raised to heaven, so His power and reign have spread to the uttermost parts.

 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!

Crime and Punishment

C.S. Lewis

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

Mere Christianity

 

C.S. Lewis

It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It’s not the sort of comfort they supply there.

Letters of C. S. Lewis

 

 

John Newton

It is necessary that our sharpest trials should sometimes spring from our dearest comforts; else we should be in danger of forgetting ourselves and setting up our rest here.

The Works of the Rev. John Newton

Peter Kreeft

He’s what we really need. If your friend is sick and dying, the most important thing he wants is not an explanation but for you to sit with him. He’s terrified of being alone more than anything else. So God has not left us alone.

Quoted in Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith.

 

Ernest Becker

Why does man accept to live a trivial life? Because of the danger of a full horizon of experience, of course.

The Denial of Death, Free Press.

Thomas A Kempis

Jesus today has many who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who carry his cross; many who yearn for comfort, few who long for distress. Plenty of people he finds to share his banquet, few to share his fast. Everyone desires to take part in his rejoicing, but few are willing to suffer anything for his sake. There are many that follow Jesus as far as the breaking of bread, few as far as drinking the cup of suffering; many that revere his miracles, few that follow him in the indignity of his cross.

Imitating Jesus

Erin M. Straza

The real problem is that we have sought comfort in all the wrong places, everywhere but God.

 Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom From Habits That Bind You, InterVarsity Press.

Erin M. Straza

Living for what gives or maintains the greatest amount of personal comfort is our long-established habit. At the core, that’s what comfort is—it’s a habit, a way of life. Comfort has become the default.

 Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom From Habits That Bind You, InterVarsity Press.

Erin M. Straza

Our self-soothing habits are keeping us from experiencing true comfort from God.

 Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom From Habits That Bind You, InterVarsity Press.

Erin M. Straza

The real problem is that we have sought comfort in all the wrong places, everywhere but God.

Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom From Habits That Bind You, InterVarsity Press.

Julian Of Norwich

I was wholly at peace, at ease and at rest, so that there was nothing upon earth which could have afflicted me. This lasted only for a time, and then I was changed…I felt there was no ease or comfort for me except faith, hope and love, and truly I felt very little of this. And then presently God gave me again comfort and rest for my soul…And then again I felt the pain, and then afterwards the delight and the joy, now the one and now the other, again and again, I suppose about twenty times.

Revelations of Divine Love 

Rainer Maria Rilke

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.

Letters to a Young Poet

Julian Of Norwich

I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: He is our clothing that for love wrappeth us, claspeth us, and all encloseth us for tender love, that He may never leave us; being to us all-thing that is good.

The Showings of Divine Love

Martin Luther

Thus, we must regard baptism and put it to use in such a way that we may draw strength and comfort from it when our sins or conscience oppress us, and say: ‘But I am baptized! And if I have been baptized, I have the promise that I shall be saved and have eternal life, both in soul and body.

The Large Catechism,” in The Book of Concord (1580), ed. Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000), pt. 4, §44 (462).

Francis de Sales

The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.

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A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.

Jonathan K. Dodson

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit act as a divine community of comfort for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Trinity possesses all comfort all the time for all afflictions. The Godhead never run short and are never indisposed. They are an eternal fountain of self-giving solace for sufferers. Always available, together they provide comfort that is both portable and eternal. Nothing can hold a candle to that.

Taken from Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes by Jonathan K. Dodson Copyright (c) 2020 by Jonathan K. Dodson. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

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Disturb us, O Lord, when

We are too pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O 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, O Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wilder seas

Where storms will show Your mastery;

Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars.

Francis de Sales

The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.

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