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The following are some quotes I have found helpful or interesting:

“The man who has a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 2.

“The first step down for any church is taken when it surrenders its high opinion of God” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 4.

“The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God, that is precisely what we see. Twentieth-century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 34.

“To be made for eternity and forced to dwell in time is for mankind a tragedy of huge proportions” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 41.

“With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 64.


LEADERSHIP:

“With God, timing is more important than time.” – Ron Dunn

“As with any change, one person’s disaster is another person’s opportunity.” – Spiritual Leadership, (2011), 9.

 

“An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep” – Arab Proverb

 

“The American church is dying due to a lack of strong leadership. In this time of unprecedented and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence. The primary reason is the lack of leadership. Nothing is more important than leadership.” – George Barna, Leaders on Leadership, 18.

 

“Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomenon on earth.”- James MacGregor Burns, Leadership, 2.

 

“Popularity is not leadership. Results are.”- Peter Drucker, in The Leader of the Future, vii.

 

“They may have exhorted, manipulated, bullied, or held an office, but they have not led unless their people have adjusted their lives to God’s will.” – Spiritual Leadership, (2011), 37.

 

“We are sentenced to live with who we become.” – Max DePree, Leading Without Power, 32.

 

“In almost every case, the factors that eventually undermine us are shadows of the ones that contribute to our success.” – Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership, 22.

 

“Someone who never fails probably isn’t stretching enough.”- A Company of Leaders, 121.

 

“A mistake is an event, the full benefit of which has not yet been turned to your advantage.” – The Fifth Discipline, 154.

 

“The is no such thing as a self made spiritual leader.”- Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, 33.

 

“If your place is not great enough to suit you, make it so. The minister who is unable to make a place great is too weak to hold a great one.” – L. R. Scarborough, With Christ After the Lost, 79.

 

“Good judgment is the result of experience. Experience is the result of bad judgment.” – On Leadership: Practical Wisdom from People Who Know, 157.

 

“A reputation is like fine china . . . expensive to acquire and easily broken.” – Warren Buffet in The Snowball, 485.

 

“If he is not willing to rise earlier and stay up later than others, to work harder and study more diligently than his contemporaries, he will not greatly impress his generation.” – Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, 180.

 

“Make no mistakes in a hurry!” – Dwight Eisenhower in Ambrose, Eisenhower, 278.

 

“I often observe people in top positions doing the wrong things well.” – Warren Bennis, Why Leaders Can’t Lead, 18.

 

“A man has no right to occupy another man’s time unnecessarily.” – John Rockefeller, Titan, 173.

 

“Therefore no more words are wanted, but deeds.” – Hannibal, Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, 133.

 

“We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.” – Abigail Adams, in McCullough, John Adams, 21.

 

“It’s fine to reveal or even trumpet, your core values, but be careful about telling the world the exact location of the hill you’re willing to die on.” – Stephen Sample, The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership, 112.

 

“However inspiring martyrs may be, they do a poor job of leading organizations over the long haul.” – The Character of Leadership, 33.

 

“Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.” – The Duke of Wellington, Wellington, 250.

 

“A minister who inspires great actions must be a great minister.” – William Pitt the Elder, The Elder Pitt, 236.

 

“One who knows his weaknesses may become strong even at the weak point; but he who knows not his weak points cannot be strong at any point.” – A.B. Bruce, The Training of the Twelve, 469-470. 


REVIVAL:


 

“Revival does not need a defense; it needs to be experienced.” – Brian Edwards, Revival! A People Saturated with God, 22.

 

“God does not make suggestions. He speaks commands.” – Fresh Encounter, xi

 

“I had rather see the real impressions of godlike nature upon my own soul, than have a vision from heaven, or angel sent to tell me my name were enrolled in the book of life.” – Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man, 48-49.

 

“How is it that while we make such great claims for the power of the Gospel, we see so little of the supernatural in operation?” – Duncan Campbell, The Price and Power of Revival, 21.

 

“It is fire that we want. The best advertising campaign that any church or any mission can put up is fire in the pulpit and a blaze in the pew. Let us be honest. We say ‘God send a revival,’ but are we prepared for the fire?” – Duncan Campbell, The Price and Power of Revival, 27.

 

“Revival is a divinely initiated work in which God’s people pray, repent of their sin, and return to a holy, Spirit-filled, obedient, love-relationship with God.” – Fresh Encounter, 15.

 

“Revival is not normal any more than spiritual decline and backsliding are normal. They are opposite ends of the normal life of the church. Revival is supernormal and backsliding is subnormal.” – Brian Edwards, Revival, 30.

 

“God would have to deny His nature and refute His values not to deal with our sin.” – Fresh Encounter, 105.

 

God “Is a tender, loving Father; so tender and so loving, that not one stroke, nor one cross, nor one trial more does He lay upon us, than is absolutely needful for our good; not a single ingredient does He put into our bitter cup, that is not essential to the perfection of the remedy.” – Octavius Winslow, Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul, 176.

 

“Of one thing a believer may be certain, that the Holy Spirit never leaves a seeking heart untouched. Skillful is all His surgery, tender all His healing.” – J. Edwin Orr, My All His All, 41.

 

“But the humble person hath the advantage, when he is despised, that none can think more meanly of him than he doth of himself; and therefore he is not troubled at the matter, but can easily bear those reproaches which would wound the other to the soul.” – Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man, 81.

 

“Get your texts from God—your thoughts, your words, from God . . . it is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.” – Robert Murray McCheyne, in James Alexander Stewart, William Chambers Burns and Robert Murray McCheyne, 23.

 

“How many today are really prepared to face the stark fact that we have been outmaneuvered by the strategy of hell, because we tried to meet the enemy on human levels by human strategy? In this we may have succeeded in making people church-conscious, without making them God-conscious.” – Duncan Campbell, in Arthur Wallis, In the Day of Your Power, xi.

 

“The early church put power before influence . . .power, not influence, was the watchword of the early Church.” – Duncan Campbell, The Price and Power of Revival, 23.