Your Favorite Quotes

Last week I asked you to share your favorite quotes (other than those found in the Bible). I got some great responses. I’ll share some of them below—as well as some of my favorite quotes.

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One quote rose to the top, mentioned more than once:

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. —Jim Elliot

That quote from Elliot’s journal has long lived in the hearts of Christians since Elliot’s martyrdom in 1956.

You offered some other great quotes—some humorous and some serious. I’ve listed most of them below, as well as a link to my favorite quotes.

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Is It Safe to Travel to Israel?

6 Reasons you can go to the Holy Land with confidence.

It seems most every week the news spotlights some political tension in the Middle East. Headlines do their best to dial in on any unrest they can find, making us wonder if it is safe to travel to Israel.

Is It Safe to Travel to Israel? YES.

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But think about what the news reports here in the States. Only bad news makes the news. And yet, we know for a fact the news reports only on a slice of reality.

I had a friend from China who came to America to study at seminary. He told me his wife was afraid to move to America because she thought their children would be shot at public school. Think about it. If all we knew of America came from what we learned on the news, we would have a very distorted perspective.

When forming an opinion on whether or not it is safe to travel to Israel, we tend to make that choice based on feelings—not facts. Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

Here are 6 reasons why you can go to the Holy Land with confidence.

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The Best Insurance for the Most Certain Event in Your Life

Why you should insure what's certain and not only what's possible.

As worriers, we often place more value on possibilities than certainties. We’ll invest plenty of money to insure ourselves against theft, flood, fire, sickness, or accident—all only possibilities. But we give little thought to the most certain event in our lives.

Death. Even life insurance doesn’t cover that.

The Best Insurance for the Most Certain Event in Your Life

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I believe in insurance. I pay for it, consider it prudent, and enjoy its benefits. In a way, my blog distributes spiritual insurance in bulk.

  • I explain people’s options and risks regarding the events following death.
  • I do my best to warn them of buying into cheap insurance that looks good up front but raises its premiums exorbitantly and reneges on paying the final benefits of their claim.

Such shams offer heaven for the price of good deeds.

Only God offers the best insurance for the most certain event in your life.

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Tell Me What Great Quotes Have Inspired You Most

We live in a world of sound bites, one-liners, and Tweets, where witty, quick, and cutting quotes elbow their way to the front of the line. But often, nobody remembers them.

Tell Me What Great Quotes Have Inspired You Most

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The recent passing of Yogi Berra reminded me the enduring power of quotes. Berra had some great ones, didn’t he? Many almost sounded proverbial.

The future ain’t what it used to be. —Yogi Berra

Of course, we have no better source of wise quotes than the Bible. We could cite it all week and still fail to mention all the great quotes! But we have other quotes that have inspired us outside of God’s Word.

What is your favorite quote? Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what great quote(s) have inspired you most (other than Scripture).

  • You could include those that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually. Feel free to list a couple.
  • Be sure to include who said it.

In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your top quotes and include my own list of favorites.

Okay, go!

Tell me what you think: What great quotes have inspired you most (other than Scripture)? To leave a comment, just click here.

How I Cracked a Rib Washing My Hair

And 2 Reality Checks that Can Pull Our Heads Out of the Sand

Panicked, I woke up late for my men’s Bible study. Rather than show up with bedhead, I opted for a quick head rinse in the tub. I had done it a thousand times before. But this time would be the last.

How I Cracked a Rib Washing My Hair

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I planked on the edge of the tub to wash and rinse. As I leaned to the side, all of my weight rested on my ribs. I felt a give—and then a sharp pain. In that moment, one of two things happened:

  1. I received the gift of speaking in tongues . . .
  2. Or something was very, very wrong.

“You cracked a rib,” the doctor told me a few painful days later. Several of my close friends had another prognosis:

You’re getting old, Wayne.

Really? I have lived all my life like I was still 25. And frankly, that was my problem.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

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What if Your Busy Life Isn’t Productive?

How to bear fruit for God in a world of distraction.

My old car had a funny way of handling the cold. I would turn on the headlights, heat, rear defrost, and the radio. All was fine until I turned on my blinker. When I did, the radio blinked off and on.

What if Your Busy Life is not Productive

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The small drain from the blinker was more than the power source could handle. Many mornings I feel like my old car. Every ounce of energy is already being used, and if even one small additional drain is required from me, the overload starts shutting down my system.

We’ve all been there. A busy life means little margin—and often, little productivity. No fruit for God.

Jesus told a story once about our busy lives—and the way to bear fruit to God.

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