To check: Outward religiosity; inward reality
"In other words, some people in our culture want too much out of a marriage partner. They do not see marriage as two flawed people coming together to create a space of stability, love, and consolation—a “haven in a heartless world,” as Christopher Lasch describes it. This will indeed require a woman who is “a novelist/astronaut with a background in fashion modeling”38 or the equivalent in a man. A marriage based not on self-denial but on self-fulfillment will require a low- or no-maintenance partner who meets your needs while making almost no claims on you. Simply put—today people are asking far too much in the marriage partner."
— Timothy Keller, “The Meaning of Marriage.”
"Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."
— Psalm 34:9, 10 NIV
"You’ve got to know pretty intimately what you want, why you want it, how you think you are going to get it, what you are going to do with it after you’ve got it - stuff like that."
— The Rules of Money, Richard Templar
"The most important thing is to put the most important thing as the most important thing."
"Our will - the power to choose and to determine our action - is God’s gift to us. We have no right to surrender it to any man; God does not even ask us go surrender our will to Him. To give up our rights, yes, but surrender our will, no. Only when the power of conscious and deliberate action remains ours can we say with any validity, “I delight to do thy will, O my God.”… Appropriate submission to those in biblically designated authority roles involves freedom to choose; one chooses to submit - but only in ways the Bible holds forth as fitting. Subjugation to inappropriate authority involves the loss of freedom; one slavishly knuckles under out of fear - no matter how improper the demands… We don’t have to try to be the Holy Spirit in another person’s life. Nor do we have to come under bondage to someone “more spiritual,” letting them control our lives. Not when we stand firm in our faith that God is worthy of all our trust - and His Word declares: “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”"
— God wants you rich and other enticing doctrine, Florence Bulle (p. 110 - 111)
"While our postmodern culture says that I am the result of random processes, Christian theism says I am the crowning glory of the creation of God (cf. Ps. 8:5). Christian theism says he knit me together in my mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13). Christian theism says I am no accident. I am no result of random processes. Christian theism says that whether I am tall and beautiful or small and not so handsome, whether my body functions perfectly or is severely deformed, I am the crowning glory of the creation of God, and as a result I have inherent dignity, worth, and value. Christian theism cannot comprehend ideas like racism, classism, or eugenics."
— The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World
"God, I give up trying to do this and do that, or be this and that. But God, will You come and work through me?"