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Philip Yancey Quotes

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
You had me at hello
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A year from now you'll wish you started today
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
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A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want
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Don't look back you're not going that way
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Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: You become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Whatever else we may say about it, the atonement fulfills the Jewish principle that only one who has been hurt can forgive. At Calvary, God chose to be hurt  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Jesus gave us a model for the work of the church at the Last Supper. While his disciples kept proposing more organization - Hey, let’s elect officers, establish hierarchy, set standards of professionalism - Jesus quietly picked up a towel and basin of water and began to wash their feet  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Jesus tended to honor the losers of this world, not the winners. Our modern culture extravagantly rewards beauty, athletic skill, wealth, and artistic achievement, qualities which seemed to impress Jesus not at all  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The world says you gain your life by getting more and more and more and more, but Jesus says, ‘No, that leads to death. You get it back by giving it away and when you give it away you get it back.’  (Philip Yancey Quotes) We in the church have humility and contrition to offer the world, not a formula for success. Almost alone in our success-oriented society, we admit that we have failed, are failing, and always will fail  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The people who related to God best--Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah--treated him with startling familiarity. They talked to God as if he were sitting in a chair beside them, as one might talk to a counselor, a boss, a parent, or a lover. They treated him like a person  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Jesus is the best clue we have as to what God is like and He is consistently gracious and merciful, especially to those who are failures. He is harsh to uptight, judgmental people, but merciful and gracious to the failures. He seems to draw out the smallest kernel of faith in each person that He’s with. So, I presume that that’s the way God is going to judge humanity  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Jesus did not give the parables to teach us how to live. He gave them, I believe, to correct our notions about who God is and who God loves  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Parents learn the uses of power and its limits. They can insist on certain outward behavior but cannot change inner attitudes. They can require obedience but not goodness - and certainly not love  (Philip Yancey Quotes) It’s too bad prayer comes bundled in a package of ‘spiritual disciplines.’ Really, we should see prayer as a spiritual privilege. We don’t do it as a callisthenic exercise to gain points with God; we do it, because it is good for us in every way  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The camera follows a young woman as she makes her way through the stands to an area set aside for repentance and conversion. But Jesus’ stories imply that far more may be going on out there: beyond that stadium scene, in a place concealed from all camera lenses, a great party has erupted, a gigantic celebration in the unseen world  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Most observers understand the difference between a committed Christian who accepts Jesus as a model for living and a ‘cultural Christian’ who happens to live in a nation with a Christian heritage. Most Muslims do not  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Unless we love natural goods - sex, alcohol, food, money, success, power - in the way God intended, we become their slaves, as any addict can attest.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Death, decay, entropy, and destruction are the true suspensions of God’s laws; miracles are the early glimpses of restoration.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) You are free to reject God. Make sure that you’re really rejecting God, not some caricature of God that the church has shown you. But I, one, respect a God who not only allows us to reject Him but includes the arguments we can use against Him in the Bible. I respect that.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) In China, where you can be arrested and imprisoned for your faith, getting together with other Christians is a lifeline and you’ll risk anything for the privilege. No one attends church in China casually, or for a social advantage - quite the opposite.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Christian faith is... basically about love and being loved and reconciliation. These things are so important, they’re foundational and they can transform individuals, families.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The New Testament persistently presses us upward, toward higher motives for being good  (Philip Yancey Quotes) When I write, I try to represent the ordinary person in the pew, which means that, ironically, I’m qualified to write about prayer by being unqualified!  (Philip Yancey Quotes) I wrote a book on grace, and grace is a free gift, but to receive the gift you have to have your hands open. And a lot of people don’t have their hands open, there’s something they’re grasping because there’s a lot of things to grasp in a prosperous country.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The presence of another caring person doubles the amount of pain a person can endure,  (Philip Yancey Quotes) Our confused society badly needs a community of contrast, a counterculture of ordinary pilgrims who insist living a different way. Unlike popular culture, we will lavish attention on the least deserving in direct opposition to our celebrity culture’s emphasis on success, wealth, and beauty.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) We’re in a celebrity culture, and when I turn on the news today I hear about Lindsay Lohan, Tiger Woods and Paris Hilton and the Kardashian sisters and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ one thing after another, Kate Gosselin’s new body.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The Christian sees the world as a transitional home badly in need of rehab, and we are active agents in that project.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) I think God isn’t interested in intervening every time some little bad thing happens. God is interested in getting the message of good news and love and comfort and hope across through people like us, ordinary people, or extraordinary people like Bono.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) God endorses the confusion and even outrage that we feel when mysterious things happen  (Philip Yancey Quotes) What would a church look like that created space for quietness, that bucked the celebrity trend and unplugged from noisy media, that actively resisted our consumer culture? What would worship look like if we directed it more toward God than toward our own amusement?  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The uncommitted share many of our core values, but if we do not live out those values in a compelling way, we will not awaken a thirst for their ultimate Source.  (Philip Yancey Quotes) The world is not against you, but the world is a place where bad things happen. It’s just true. Airlines crash, people do evil things. A lot of bad things happen and it causes pain.  (Philip Yancey Quotes)
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