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  • The greatest thing is a life of obedience in the routine things of everyday life. No amount of fine feeling can take the place of faithful doing.
    (William Barclay)

  • Prayer is not a way of making use of God prayer is a way of offering ourselves to God in order that He should be able to make use of us. It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest we wait in silence for God's voice to us we linger in His presence for His peace and His power to flow over us and around us we lean back in His everlasting arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him.
    (William Barclay)

  • In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.
    (William Barclay)

  • For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him.
    (William Barclay)

  • If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.
    (William Barclay)


  • We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.
    (William Barclay)

  • Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.
    (William Barclay)

  • The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way.
    (William Barclay)

  • The awful importance of this life is that it determines eternity.
    (William Barclay)

  • I know it was him. It gave me the chills. He had a pistol in his hand, ... When I saw him, it freaked me out.
    (William Barclay)

  • When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer.
    (William Barclay)

  • A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing.
    (William Barclay)

  • Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
    (William Barclay)

  • When a man undergoes treatment from a doctor, he does not need to know the way in which the drug works on his body in order to be cured. There is a sense in which Christianity is like that. At the heart of Christianity there is a mystery, but it is not the mystery of intellectual appreciation it, the mystery of redemption.
    (William Barclay)

  • But the best definition of it is to say that heaven is that state where we will always be with Jesus, and where nothing will separate us from Him any more.
    (William Barclay)


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