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Sermon Quotes

Blessings

Mark Batterson

Blessing is God’s default setting—His first and foremost reflex. If you don’t believe that, you’ll doubt the goodness of God. And if you second-guess the goodness of God, you’ll forfeit His blessing.

Double Blessing: Don’t Settle for Less Than You’re Called to Bless, Multnomah, 2019.

Mark Batterson

The blessing of God is not an immunity card against pain and suffering. Jesus said point blank, “In this world you will have trouble.

Double Blessing: Don’t Settle for Less Than You’re Called to Bless, Multnomah, 2019.

Mark Batterson

What is the blessing of God? It’s God—God with us, God for us, God in us. To reduce it to anything less dishonors God and devalues the blessing. God with us is joy unspeakable and the peace that surpasses understanding.21 God for us is His favor, the X factor between the best we can do and the best God can do. And God in us is power, resurrection power.

Double Blessing: Don’t Settle for Less Than You’re Called to Bless, Multnomah, 2019.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Possessions are not God’s blessing and goodness, but the opportunities of service which he entrusts to us.

Bono

What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me? I’ll lift high the cup of salvation – a toast to God!

F.F. Bruce

God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite.

Walter Brueggemann

The world is God’s way of bestowing blessings upon us.

Our times are ordered by God according to the seasons of the year, according to

the seasons of life, according to the needs of the day.

Spirituality of the Psalms, Fortress Press, 2002,p.22.

John Calvin

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.

Clement of Alexandria

The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrises.

Alexandre Dumas

“Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.”

The Count of Monte Cristo

Jack Hyles

The greatest blessing in the whole world is being a blessing.

Timothy Keller

Have you heard God’s blessing in your inmost being? Are the words, ‘You are my beloved child, in whom I delight’ an endless source of joy and strength? Have you sensed, through the Holy Spirit, God speaking to you? That blessing- the blessing through the Spirit that is ours through Christ- is what Jacob received and it is the only remedy against idolatry. Only that blessing makes idols unnecessary. As with Jacob, we usually discover this only after a life of ‘looking for blessings in all the wrong places.’ It often takes an experience of crippling weakness for us to finally discover it. That is why so many of the most God-blessed people limp as they dance for joy.

C.S. Lewis

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.

Max Lucado

God’s greatest blessings often come costumed as disasters. Any doubters need to do nothing more than ascend the hill of Calvary.

Darrow Miller

How you treat a person in the brief moment when you pass together through a revolving door tells the world what you believe about them.

Joyce Meyers

It is God’s will to bless us, but not necessarily on our terms. Sometimes what we think would be a wonderful blessing would not bless us at all.

Be Anxious For Nothing

Mother Teresa

Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.

Lloyd John Ogilvie

To be a blessed person is to know; feel, and relish God’s affirmation and assurance, acceptance, and approval. It is the experience of being chosen and cherished, valued and enjoyed.

Lord of The Impossible (Nashville, TN: Abingdon press, 1984), p. 28.

Wilferd A. Peterson

In gratitude for God’s gift of life to us we should share that gift with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.

The Art of Living Treasure Chest

John H. Sailhamer

The focus of the author since the beginning chapters of Genesis has been both on God’s plan to bless humankind by providing them with that which is “good” and on the human failure to trust God and enjoy the “good” that God has provided. The characteristic mark of human failure up to this point in the book has been the attempt to grasp the “good” on their own rather than to trust God to provide it for them.

The Pentateuch as Narrative (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992), p.134.

Ebeneezer Scrooge (Charles Dickens)

“God bless us, every one!”

A Christmas Carol

Gary Smalley and John Trent

To bless someone is “to bow the knee” before them as a sign of honor and respect.

Gary Smalley and John Trent

In the Bible, by blessing humankind, God is telling us how highly he values us. When we bless one another, we remind one another how important and significant our lives are to each other. And when we bless God, as in worship, we are telling God how important [he] is to us.

Charles Spurgeon

God has a way of giving by the cartloads to those who give away by shovelfuls.

Andy Stanley

 Blessed is the man who gets the opportunity to devote his life to something bigger than himself and who finds himself surrounded by friends who share his passion.

Charles Stanley

In thinking about His many blessings, you view God’s work from a new perspective.

Thomas Watson

If the worst things work for good to a believer, what shall the best things?” “Nothing hurts the godly . . . all things . . . shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings.

A Divine Cordial; the Saint’s Spiritual Delight; the Holy Eucharist; and Other Treatises (The Religious Tract Society, 1846), 68.

H. Norman Wright

The Old Testament Hebrew word for blessing means the transmission or endowment of the power of God’s goodness or favor. And the Old Testament affirms that God is the source of the favor and well-being we receive. Blessings must be pretty important, because it’s mentioned 415 times in the Old Testament alone.

Chosen For Blessing, Harvest House Publishing, 1992.

Martin Luther

Blessings that at times come to us through our labors and at times without our labors, but never because of our labors; for God always gives them because of His undeserved mercy”

Quoted in Leland Ryken, “Puritan Work Ethic: The Dignity of Life’s Labors,” Christianity Today, October 19, 1979, 17

Alia Joy

We don’t believe our ability to bless others might result from our poverty. Our need might be the thing that most blesses the body of Christ.

Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack, Baker Books, 2019.

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