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Sermon Quotes: "Ground That Doesn't Shift"

“People have suffered. They’ve been afraid. The ground on which they stand has shifted.” Peggy Noonan

“Through the blessings of grace, walking with Jesus is no longer a forced march of merit…but a willing response of love, gratitude, and thanksgiving…Our job is not to repeat Christ’s work but to honor it. We do so by trusting the adequacy of his grace and responding to it with lives of loving devotion.” Bryan Chapell

“Although Paul does not spell out the source or basis of Christian joy in 5:16, the instructions to ‘rejoice always’ derives its meaning from the earlier passages in the letter. To rejoice always is to see the hand of God in whatever is happening and to remain certain of God’s future salvation. Without such conviction joy would not be possible in the face of affliction, suffering and death.” Charles Wanamaker

“Our tendency is to pore over our losses rather than ponder our mercies…A gracious heart spies out mercy in every condition.” Thomas Watson

“He who observes providence will never be long without a providence to observe.” John Flavel

“If prayer is merely an activity to do, then ‘pray without ceasing’ will sound oppressive. But if prayer is communion with God-communion with this Father, Son and Spirit-then we will hear the command differently: ‘Enjoy God without ceasing. Depend on God without ceasing. Gain strength from God without ceasing. And find that he is ever near, always faithful.” Scott Hubbard

“I always feel it well to put a few words of prayer between everything I do.” Charles Spurgeon

“The Christian should meet the adverse circumstances of life not with a stoic resignation but with a spirit of unfailing gratitude.” Edmond Hiebert

“I have learned that no matter how hard a day is, there are beautiful things in that day that I should be thankful for, and there are reasons to celebrate the love of the One who gave them to me.” Paul Tripp

“In the end everything depends on the single reality that God is absolutely faithful.” Gordon Fee