The Minister Hurts

Somebody said something or did something, and now the pastor hurts. From a human point of view, he has every right to hurt; but he knows that his people won’t accept it. For some reason, pastors are supposed to “live above the snake line” and never have hurt feelings or broken hearts. Quite the opposite […]

It is Finished

This is the final two outlines from Michael Catt’s sermon series on the Cross. The message is available at IT IS FINISHED John 19:30 Introduction: The Sacrifice was Acceptable J. Oswald Sanders – “The sacrifice of an irrational animal could never make satisfactory atonement for the sin of a rational being.” His finished work […]

"The devil has no difficulty in making sin look innocent." - Anonymous

"Satan promises the best, but pays with the worst; he promises honor and pays with disgrace; he promises pleasure and pays with pain; he promises profit and pays with loss; he promises life and pays with death." - Thomas Brooks

"Satan is an acute theologian." - John Calvin

"Satanic anarchy is conscious and determined opposition to God. Wherever God's rule is made known, Satan will put himself alongside and oppose it. Satan's sin is at the summit of all sins, man's sin is at the foundation of all sins, and there is all the difference in the world between them." - Oswald Chambers

"Satan is not fighting churches; he is joining them. He does more harm by sowing tares than by pulling up wheat. He accomplishes more by imitation than by outright opposition." - Vance Havner

"When Satan fell he may have lost his innocence but he did not lose his intelligence." -Trevor Knight

"The Holy Ghost is the only One who can detect the temptations of Satan, neither our common sense nor our human wisdom can detect them as temptations." - Oswald Chambers

"Nothing promotes the activity of the devil more than the Christian's proximity to God." -John Blanchard

"To deny the fact of Satan is to deny the truth of Scripture." - John Blanchard

"The devil is old, but not infirm." - Anonymous

"If God were not my friend, Satan would not be so much my enemy." - Thomas Brooks

"Satan, as in his first temptation, is still on the losing side." - William Gurnall

"Satan does far more harm as an angel of light than as a roaring lion." - Vance Havner

"Satan has no constructive purpose of his own: his tactics are simply to thwart God and destroy men." -J. I. Packer

"The devil has more knowledge than any of us, and yet is no better for it." - J. C. Ryle

"The devil deserves his name." - Henry Smith

"The devil could care less about how many sermons you listen to, as long as you have no intention of applying them to your life." - Michael Catt

"Satan hates God for His own sake, and everything that is dear to God he hates for the very reason that God loves it". - A. W. Tozer

"The enemy will not see you vanish into God's company without an effort to reclaim you." - C. S. Lewis

"I believe Satan exists for two reasons: first, the Bible says so, and second, I've done business with him." - D. L. Moody

"Satan, when tempting someone, says that sin isn't very bad, isn't very big and isn't very important. But after the person has yielded to temptation and sinned, and has begun to think about asking God's forgiveness, then Satan reverses his field. And to his victim Satan declares that sin is so big, so bad and so awful that asking forgiveness will hardly suffice." - John R. W. Stott

"We must be careful not to advertise the devil by talking too much about him and his devices." - Corrie Ten Boom

In his book about Satan, J. Oswald Sanders, gives a great summary on the counterfeit activities of Satan.

  • "He has his own trinity - the devil, the beast, and the false prophet" - Rev. 16: 13
  • "He has his own church - 'a synagogue of Satan'" - Rev. 2:9
  • "He has his own ministers - 'ministers of Satan'" - 2 Cor. 11:4,5
  • "He has his own theology - 'doctrines of demons'" - 1 Tim. 4:l
  • "He has his own sacrificial system - 'The Gentiles...sacrifice to demons'" - 1 Cor. 10:20
  • "He has his own communion service - 'the cup of demons... and the table of demons'" - 1 Cor.10:21
  • "He has his own gospel - 'a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you'" - Gal. 1:7,8


Clarification of Corporate Lingo

Employer’s Lingo: “COMPETITIVE SALARY” We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors. “JOIN OUR FAST-PACED TEAM” We have no time to train you. “CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE” We don’t pay enough to expect that you’ll dress up; well, a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings. “MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED” You’ll be six months […]

How We Handled Hand Raising

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. But who would have expected it from mild-mannered, rational, Jim Moseley, one of our leading laymen? The guy raised not one arm but two during the first hymn. Now Jim always sits close to the front, so there was no hiding it. And we’re not […]

When Your Friend Has Cancer

– Amy Harwell. Harold Shaw. This is the best guide I’ve seen on ministering to the cancer patient. Miss Harwell is one herself; she knows the subject from the inside! I wish I had known these principles years ago, but it’s not too late to start practicing them now. Put a couple of copies in […]

Wasting Time with God

A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God – Klaus Issler. Intervarsity Press. We need to learn to just enjoy being with the Lord. The author teaches us how to make room for God in this fast paced world in which we live. Howard Hendricks writes, “Here is Encouragement 101. This plainspoken author simply clarifies that […]

Three Crucial Questions about Jesus

– Murray J. Harris. Baker. The author deals with three pillars of the faith: Did Jesus exist? Did Jesus rise from the dead? Is Jesus God? In light of the times in which we live, where ‘all roads lead to God’ this book on the doctrine of Christ, and the exclusive claims of the gospel […]

The Other Side of Leadership

– Eugene Habecker. Victor Books. An experienced administrator, the author combines the best of management skills with the tested principles of God’s Word. Highly recommend. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors. […]

The New International Dictionary of the Bible

Zondervan The late Dr. Merrill Tenney edited the original edition, and Dr. J. D. Douglas did the revision; so you have the combined work of two excellent scholars. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors. […]

The Bible Student’s Commentary Series

Zondervan You don’t have to wade through a lot of material to find out what the text means, and busy people like that. Browse through these volumes at your Bible bookstore and see if they might not be the commentaries you’re looking for. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, […]

Suicide, the Forever Decision

– Paul Quinnett. (Continuum) Suicide The Forever Decision is not a religious approach to the problem, so you will have to add that important dimension. The author knows the field (he’s a clinical psychologist) and has some valuable insights and ideas that the concerned pastor can use. Dr. Quinnett writes directly to the person contemplating […]

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