The church must suffer for speaking the truth, for pointing out sin, for uprooting sin. No one wants to have a sore spot touched, and therefore a society with so many sores twitches when someone has the courage to touch it and say: “You have to treat that. You have to get rid of that. Believe in Christ. Be converted.
God will save whomever He chooses to save. The Christian should proselytize not because he thinks he can change everybody, he should proselytize because the Gospel being shared is the ultimate act of love: because he thinks he can love everybody.
Another distraction that deviates people from their God given purpose and calling is the distraction of job and formal education.
Solitude with God is a place for pregnancy. Solitude is also a place to receive great ideas and creative ideas from God. The power of imagination is strongest in the place of solitude.
It is a great thing to be able to make God your source and the time of solitude presents you with that opportunity.
Without solitude, we are overwhelmed by all the things we hope to do and all of the things we hope to do and all of the things we are planning and praying to do but we never really have the time to actually get down and get these things done.
The first thing I fell in love with about Orthodoxy was that my opinions are irrelevant, which is a sign of the preservation of Truth. I wanted a sound and stable faith, one that was maintained and preserved, not one that was changed and influenced by the tastes and opinions of sinners like me.
The Hindus criticise the Mahomedans for having spread their religion by the use of the sword. They also ridicule Christianity on the score of the Inquisition. But really speaking, who is better and more worthy of our respect—the Mahomedans and Christians who attempted to thrust down the throats of unwilling persons what they regarded as necessary for their salvation, or the Hindu who would not spread the light, who would endeavour to keep others in darkness, who would not consent to share his intellectual and social inheritance with those who are ready and willing to make it a part of their own make-up? I have no hesitation in saying that if the Mahomedan has been cruel, the Hindu has been mean; and meanness is worse than cruelty.
It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding.
Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.
This ignorance of what to do with time is the number one reason why people get bored so easily when alone with nothing to do.
Most people have not become better than they were five years ago because people hardly invest time into improving their knowledge, skills, and talents.
You must arrest every passing time and convert it into growing your knowledge and prowess in that chosen field of influence.
Our world is filled with people who have only a shallow knowledge of certain skills and have remained like that for so many years without self-improvement
The difference between one person who is living in poverty and another person living in wealth is their understanding of what to do with time.
The reason why one man is great and another man is living in mediocrity is simply because one understood the value of time while the other did not.
The secret of all greatness is in knowing what to do with time. The secret of all the great men and women in history is that they converted their time into tangible products.
You must know what to do with your time if you must become great in this life. You must know what to do with your time if you must fulfill your purpose on the earth.
You must choose what you do with your time. You must not just do things because everybody is doing them.
It is rather your limitation that decides to what extent of greatness and to what height you are going to arise in this life. Your level of promotion in life is determined by how much you know.