“ He took him [Abraham] outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
~ Genesis 15:5 ~ ~ ~
“And so from this one man, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” ~ Hebrews 11:12
"A people that
takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve
anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendents." –
"Because God chooses to use other people as channels of blessing in our lives, we need to develop a thankfulness for others in our focus on what God has done for us. We can either take others for granted or develop an “attitude of gratitude” for people in our lives." ~ Phyllis Stanley & Miltinnie Yih.
“By many hands the work of God is done.” ~ Richard Le Gallienne
“By the early nineteenth century, the naming of sons for preachers whom parents admired had become a common practice; the names “Dow” and “Linzie,” so common in Appalachia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originated with the Methodist circuit riders Lorenzo Dow and Marcus Lindsay.” ~ John Sparks, The Roots of Appalachian Christianity
---------- Bumper Stickers: "Every Saint has a past" and "Every Sinner has a future."
Christianity can be condensed into four words: admit, submit, commit, and transmit. ~ Samuel Winderforce.
“Everyone loves a story, and everyone finds encouragement from role models – heroes of the faith.” ~ Kay Arthur.
“For in Christ’s coach saints sweetly sing
As they to glory ride therein.” ~ Edward Taylor (1644-1729)
“Heroes are not the strongest or fastest or smartest or best looking. A true hero is someone who does what is right, even when it’s very hard to do.” ~ The King, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. (Big Ideas DVD)
If you want your neighbor to know what Christ will do for him, let him see what Christ has done for you. ~ Ray L. Smith.
"Isn’t it interesting how we always examine babies to determine who they resemble. And rightly so -- heritage is important. We’re delighted to see our good qualities passed on to our children -- and the bad ones always come from the other side of the family. But even more, we should examine ourselves to see how well we resemble our Heavenly Father." ~ Donna Fletcher Crow.
“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.”
~ H.W. Longfellow, A Psalm of Life.
“Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds.” ~ Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn.
“Only a dead nation loses sight of its legends and early
history. Both national and local pride is engendered and preserved by these
reminders of the men and women who have made the American people the heirs of
all that is best in past ages.” ~ Dr. William Jayne.
"Patriotism, side by side with Christianity, I would have to go down to future generations, for wherever the church is destroyed you are making room for asylums and prisons." ~ Thomas Coleman Younger
“Praying saints are the only saints who have influence with God. Praying saints are the only saints in which the Holy Spirit dwells, for the Holy Spirit and prayer go hand-in-hand. The Holy Spirit never descends upon prayerless saints. He never fills them. He never empowers them. There is nothing whatever in common between the Spirit of God and saints who do not pray.” ~ E.M. Bounds.
“Remember my little friends, it matters not but little what great things we undertake. Our glory is not in that, but in what we accomplish. Nobody in the world cares what we mean to do; but everybody will open their eyes by-and-by to see what men, women, and children have done.” ~ H.W.Phelps
"Saints are people like us who had a deep relationship with God. Their lives are inspirational, and they can serve as holy mentors for our own faith journeys." ~ Carole Goodwin & Marilyn Keilbasa.
"Saints are very much like stained glass. They are people who love God so much that they allow God's light and love to shine through them. They make life more beautiful and help us to be closer to God." ~ Delia Halverson.
“Thanks be unto God, who, in our national trials, giveth us the churches.” ~ Abraham Lincoln.
“The church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.” ~ Rev. Morton Kelsey
"The fact is – the wonder is – that God did & still does use men whose lives are far from blameless, who may even be acting from completely wrong motives. We are not meant to imitate their shortcoming. Their immorality is neither condoned nor glossed over in Scripture. Only their faith & courage are commended. God does not permit his ultimate purposes to be thwarted even in an age of seemingly hopeless decadence." ~ Eerdman's Handbook to the Bible
"There is history in everyone's life." ~ William Shakespeare
"These people in this place belong to God. They are saints, which means baptized, beloved, grace-filled children of God. They are already holy, not by their own actions, not by our correct teaching, but by the gift of what Jesus Christ has already done for them in his incarnation, death, and resurrection. The people in this learning community are gathered to be saints together with all those who in every time and place have called on or will call on the name of Jesus." ~ Norma Cook Everist, The Church As Learning Community.
“This age thinks better of a gilded fool
Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom’s school.”
~ Thomas Dekker (1572-1632)
"When looking back on the lives of men and women of God the tendency is to say – What wonderfully astute wisdom they had! How perfectly they understood all God wanted! The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God through childlike people who were foolish enough to trust God's wisdom and the supernatural equipment of God." ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
and Anonymous Sayings:
A Christian can do great things for the Lord, if, he is willing to do little things for others.
A Christian is a person whose life makes it easier to believe in God.
A little boy in Sunday school class was asked what was a saint. He thought a minute and said, “A saint is a person the light shines through.
Aspire to inspire before you expire.
Every brave and good life out of the past is a treasure which cannot be measured in money and should be preserved with faithfulest care.
God chooses ordinary men, for extraordinary work.
Poor is the nation that has no heroes: shameful is the nation that has them and forgets.
The greatest gift you can give to others is a good example.
Those who only lay on the sands of religion--who will only walk along the edge, as though testing the water--will never know the fullness of joy experienced by those who dive freely into the surf and come up laughing, into the arms of God.
To be a fisher of men in the world, you have to be a hunter for truth in the Word.
To receive God’s approval, we must not only believe the Gospel but must also behave the Gospel.
When God measures a man, he puts the tape measure around his heart, not his head.
Wise men are still seeking Jesus.
Your life is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.
I would like to eventually compile a heritage scrapbook of Christians I admire from Missouri and Kansas history and journal their life in a short one or two paragraph biography such as I've compiled in this blog (Hey homeschoolers, similar biographies of your child's heroes would be appropriate for lap book projects!). Although my church doesn't celebrate All Saints Day as a holiday, in my opinion, we should recognize heroes in the faith who have gone on before us as they may inspire us by their love for the Lord. It could be my own personal celebration of that day which falls on the first of November, like Foxe's Book of Martyrs!
As it is written in Psalm 78: 4 and 7, "we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. . . then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds" and Romans 15:4 says: "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."
If you would like to see what I mean, here's a sample of an art journal page using a stencil of Lincoln: Click Here!