“Strategic plans will never build a church—Jesus will."
The church is obsessed with entertainment and there exists “a hatred of correction and a hatred of reproof” inside our walls.
The Southern Baptists saw more baptisms in a single year during this revival than any other time.
“Out of all the pages of the Bible that it would be open to, that was remarkable.”
"It would make sense for me to think that God couldn’t possibly be good."
How do I get through a “light, momentary affliction” that doesn’t feel very light or momentary?
“If I didn’t have Chip Gaines in my life, I’d still be dreaming in my head, but not acting out on any of that, not living it out,” Joanna says.
This is where the book of Job enters the scene: Right as the reader is questioning God’s wisdom and justice.
God "speaks through our consciences. He speaks through creation. He speaks ultimately through his word and then in the incarnation of Jesus Christ."
"Instantly, that love from God came into me. It was so powerful that the next day I threw away all my drugs and I quit Korn.”
You know you're spiritually alive when humility and receptivity define you.
“The reason why Jesus says don’t parade your righteousness in front of other people is because you don’t have any!"
"This is the story of the Bible: Not only is God going to rid the world of evil, he’s going to do it without destroying humanity."
"We all have running in us an inclination to do this very thing”: to love the world.
“If you’re not passionate about reaching lostness where you are, it’s not going to grow when you’re in a foreign land."
Our world today, if anything, is “less pagan” than it was during Paul’s time.
What would the church look like, Francis Chan asks, "if everyone who showed up on a Sunday morning actually spent the whole week, everyday, alone with God?”
"In silence, you leave many to be with the one."
Lysa TerKeurst is convinced "the more we ease the loneliness ache in others, the more it will be dramatically eased in us."
If we fool everyone on earth into thinking we lived this great life, yet end up in hell, Chan says, what good will that do us when we get to hell?