Randy Alcorn quotes

  • Compassion for the mother is extremely important, but is never served through destroying the innocent.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Mother #Compassion #Abortion

  • What is good about Good Friday? Why isn't it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Friday #Good Friday #Trump

  • He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Heaven #Treasure #Looks

  • Statistics show that a soldier's chances of survival in the front lines of combat are greater than the chances of an unborn child avoiding abortion. What should be the safest place to live in America - a mother's womb - is now the most dangerous place.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Mother #Children #America

  • Not only will we see His face and live, but we will likely wonder if we ever lived before we saw His face!
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Saws #Faces #Wonder

  • It is by serving God and others that we store up heavenly treasures. Everyone gains; no one loses.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Treasure #Gains #Stores

  • It's curious that the Church has become the most tightfisted at the very time in history when God has provided most generously. There's considerable talk about the end of the age, and many people seem to believe that Christ will return in their lifetime. But why is it that expecting Christ's return hasn't radically influenced our giving? Why is it that people who believe in the soon return of Christ are so quick to build their own financial empires--which prophecy tells us will perish--and so slow to build God's kingdom?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Believe #Giving #People

  • Whenever I see an unmarried woman carrying a child, my first response is one of respect. I know she could have taken the quick fix without anyone knowing, but she chose instead to let an innocent child live.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Children #Taken #Knowing

  • God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Religion #Standards

  • When you leave this world, will you be known as one who accumulated treasures on earth that you couldn't keep? Or will you be recognized as one who invested treasures in heaven that you couldn't lose?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Heaven #Treasure #Earth

  • Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God's grace never encourages us to live in sin, on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Biblical #Empowering #Grace

  • Jesus' miracles provide us with a sample of the meaning of redemption: a freeing of creation from the shackles of sin and evil and a reinstatement of creaturely living as intended by God.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jesus #Evil #Miracle

  • To procrastinate obedience is to disobey God.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Obedience #Procrastinating

  • He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he's moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice. Are you despairing or rejoicing?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Moving #Loss #Heaven

  • Worry is momentary atheism crying out for correction by trust in a good, sovereign God. Suffering breaks self-reliance.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Self #Worry #Suffering

  • Selfishness is when we pursue gain at the expense of others. But God doesn’t have a limited number of treasures to distribute. When you store up treasures for yourself in heaven, it doesn’t reduce the treasures available to others. In fact, it is by serving God and others that we store up heavenly treasures. Everyone gains; no one loses.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Numbers #Heaven #Selfishness

  • The more you give, the more comes back to you, because God is the greatest giver in the universe, and He won't let you outgive Him. Go ahead and try. See what happens.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Trying #Giver

  • For Christians this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Heaven #Life Is

  • The opportunities for using our financial resources to spread the gospel and strengthen the church all over the world are greater than they've ever been. As God raised up Esther for just such a time as hers, I'm convinced he's raise us up, with all our wealth, to help fulfill the great commission. The question is, what are we doing with that money? Our job is to make sure it gets to his intended recipients.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jobs #Opportunity #Church

  • This is one of the great paradoxes of suffering. Those who don't suffer much think suffering should keep people from God, while many who suffer a great deal turn to God, not from him.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Thinking #People #Suffering

  • Earth is a in-between world touched by both Heaven and Hell. Earth leads directly into Heaven or directly into Hell, affording a choice between the two. The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Two #Heaven #Choices

  • Jesus tells you exactly how to get it. Put your money in missions-and in your church and the poor-and your heart will follow.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jesus #Heart #Church

  • Your children should love the Lord, work hard, and experience the joy of trusting God. More important than leaving your children an inheritance is leaving them a spiritual heritage. If you left your children money they didn't need, and if they were thinking correctly, wouldn't they give it to God anyway? Then why not give it to God yourself, since He entrusted it to you?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Spiritual #Children #Hard Work

  • Countless mistakes in marriage, parenting, ministry, and other relationships are failures to balance grace and truth. Sometimes we neglect both. Often we choose one over the other.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Mistake #Grace #Balance

  • Shouldn't we suppose that many of our most painful ordeals will look quite different a million years from now, as we recall them on the New Earth? What if one day we discover that God has wasted nothing in our life on Earth? What if we see that every agony was part of giving birth to an eternal joy?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Years #Agony #Giving

  • Are we truly obeying the command to love our neighbor as ourselves if we're storing up money for potential future needs when our neighbor is laboring today under actual present needs?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Today #Needs #Neighbor

  • Tolstoy said, 'The antagonism between life and conscience may be removed either by a change of life or by a change of conscience.' Many of us have elected to adjust our consciences rather than our lives. Our powers of rationalization are unlimited. They allow us to live in luxury and indifference while others, whom we could help if we chose to, starve and go to hell.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Life Changing #Luxury #May

  • Christians are God's delivery people, through whom he does his giving to a needy world. We are conduits of God's grace to others. Our eternal investment portfolio should be full of the most strategic kingdom-building projects to which we can disburse God's funds.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Giving #People

  • God comes right out and tells us why he gives us more money than we need. It's not so we can find more ways to spend it. It's not so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children. It's not so we can insulate ourselves from needing God's provision. It's so we can give and give generously (2 Corinthians 8:14; 9:11)
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Children #Giving #Way

  • Too often we assume that God has increased our income to increase our standard of living, when his stated purpose is to increase our standard of giving. (Look again at 2 Corinthians 8:14 and 9:11).
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Looks #Purpose

  • Giving jump starts our relationship with God. It opens our fists so we can receive what God has for us.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Fists #Our Relationship

  • Someday this upside-down world will be turned right side up. Nothing in all eternity will turn it back again. If we are wise, we will use our brief lives on earth positioning ourselves for the turn.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Wise #Use #World

  • When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it's not just because wealth might be lost; it's because wealth will always be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. No exceptions....Realizing its value is temporary should radically affect our investment strategy.... According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn't simply wrong. It's just plain stupid.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jesus #Stupid #Treasure

  • There's only one requirement for enjoying God's grace: being broke . . . and knowing it.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Knowing #Grace #Requirements

  • In Heaven, to look into God's eyes will be to see what we've always longed to see: the person who made us for His own good pleasure. Seeing God will be like seeing everything else for the first time.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Inspirational #Eye #Heaven

  • God gives us abundant material blessing so that we can give it away, and give it generously.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Blessing #Giving #Collaboration

  • In Illinois a pregnant woman who takes an illegal drug can be prosecuted for 'delivering a controlled substance to a minor.' This is an explicit recognition that the unborn is a person with rights of her own. But that same woman who is prosecuted and jailed for endangering her child is perfectly free to abort her child. In America today, it is illegal to harm your preborn child, but it is perfectly legal to kill him.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Children #Rights #America

  • We are all theologians, either good ones or bad ones. I'd rather be a good one. Wouldn't you?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Theologian

  • Don't forget that the most effective form of child abuse is giving a child everything they want.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Children #Giving #Abuse

  • How we spend our time verifies what we value most: TV, the Internet, or God's Word?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Tvs #Internet #Verify

  • God doesn't look at just what we give. He also looks at what we keep.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Christian Inspirational #Giving

  • Real gold fears no fire.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Real #Fire #Gold

  • God is the greatest giver in the universe, He won’t let you outgive Him.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giver #Universe

  • The greatest deterrent to giving is the illusion that this earth is our home.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Home #Giving #Earth

  • A nominal Christian often discovers in suffering that his faith has been in his church, denomination, or family tradition, but not Christ. As he faces evil and suffering, he may lose his faith. But that’s actually a good thing. I have sympathy for people who lose their faith, but any faith lost in suffering wasn’t a faith worth keeping.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Evil #People

  • When my thirst for joy is satisfied by Christ, sin becomes unattractive.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Joy #Unattractive #Sin

  • Hell is not evil; it's a place where evil gets punished. Hell is not pleasant, appealing, or encouraging. But Hell is morally good, because a good God must punish evil.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Evil #Hell #Good God

  • When I save, I lay something aside for future need. If I sense God's leading, I will give it away to meet greater needs. When I hoard, I'm unwilling to part with what I've saved to meet others' needs, because my possible future needs outweigh their actual present needs. I fail to love my neighbor as myself.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Needs #Failing

  • Grace never ignores the awful truth of our depravity; in fact it emphasizes it. The worse we realize we are the greater we realize God's grace.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Grace #Awful #Facts

  • Am I getting braver, or just getting accustomed to being terrified?
    -- Randy Alcorn

  • Heaven isn't an extrapolation of earthly thinking; Earth is an extension of Heaven, made by the Creator King.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Kings #Thinking #Heaven

  • Abundance isn't God's provision for me to live in luxury. It's his provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with his money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build his kingdom in heaven.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Helping Others #Luxury #Heaven

  • For the Christian, death is not the end of adventure but a doorway from a wold where dreams and adventures shrink, to a world where dreams and adventures forever expand.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Dream #Adventure

  • Whenever we have excess, giving should be our natural response. It should be the automatic decision, the obvious thing to do in light of Scripture and human need.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Light #Giving #Decision

  • You can't take it with you - but you can send it on ahead.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Wealth

  • Unless we learn how to humbly tell each other our giving stories, our churches will not learn to give.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Church #Stories

  • Parents who spoil their children out of 'love' should realize that they are performing acts of child abuse. Although there are no laws against such abuse--no man-made laws anyway--this spiritual mistreatment may result in as much long-term personal and social damage as the worst physical abuse.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Spiritual #Children #Men

  • I imagine our first glimpse of Heaven will cause us to gasp in amazement and delight. That first gasp will likely be followed by many more as we continually encounter new sights in that endlessly wonderful place.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Inspirational #Sight #Heaven

  • Even if abortion were made easy or painless for everyone, it wouldn't change the bottom-line problem that abortion kills children.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Children #Abortion #Lines

  • But isn't it wrong to be motivated by reward? No, it isn't. If it were wrong, Christ wouldn't offer it to us a motivation.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Motivation #Rewards

  • Messin with me, is like wearing cheese underwear down rat alley. Ollie Chandler in Deception
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Deception #Rats #Cheese

  • Many [Western Christians] habitually think and act as if there is no eternity. . . . We major in the momentary and minor in the momentous.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Thinking #Eternity

  • The vermin explain their sin with sanctimonious language like, "We've prayed about it and sought counsel, and we feel it's the right thing to do." Don't let it down on them that to the Enemy what they feel is inconsequential. His moral laws don't give a rip about how any of them feel. The sludgebags have no more power to vote them in and out of existence than they have power to revoke the law of gravity.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Rip #Law #Giving

  • In the midst of prosperity, the challenge for believers is to handle wealth in such a way that it acts as a blessing, not a curse.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Blessing #Challenges #Way

  • Something nonhuman doesn’t become human by getting older and bigger; whatever is human is human from the beginning.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Getting Older #Bigger #Humans

  • ..tithing isn't something I do to clear my conscience so I can do whatever I want with the 90 percent--it also belongs to God! I must seek his direction and permission for whatever I do with the full amount. I may discover that God has different ideas than I do.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Ideas #Different #May

  • It's not just what Christian fiction lacks I appreciate - it's what it offers. The variety is vast: contemporary, historical, suspense, mysteries, adventure, young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Adventure #Appreciate

  • Fiction has subversive potential. People let it into their minds, like the Trojan Horse. They don't know what's inside. You hook them with the story, and God can work below the level of their consciousness. Fiction can be propaganda for evil or convey a theme that impacts people for good.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Horse #Impact #Evil

  • It's dangerous faith in our untamed Savior that leads us to the joy we crave.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Joy #Untamed #Dangerous

  • The conflicting missions of the two armies seemed to have no fog, no gray, only black-and-white clarity. I had lived my life in terms of compromise, rule-bending, trade-offs, concessions, bargaining, striking deals, finding middle ground. In these two great armies, there was no such thing. Good was good, and evil was evil, and they shared no common ground.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Black And White #Army #Fog

  • The currency of this world will be worthless at our death or at Christ's return, both of which are imminent.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #World #Return #Christ

  • It's a law of life: the tyranny of things.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Law #Laws Of Life #Tyranny

  • As you go through life, don’t let your feelings-real as they are-invalidate your need to let the truth of God’s words guide your thinking. Remember that the path to your heart travels through your mind. Truth matters.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Real #Heart #Thinking

  • Grace and truth are spiritual DNA, the building blocks of Christ-centered living.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Spiritual #Block #Dna

  • Contrary to common belief, Christian fiction did not begin with Catherine Marshall, Janette Oke, or Frank Peretti.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Fiction #Common

  • Cheap grace replaces truth with tolerance, lowering the bar so everyone can jump over it and we can all feel good about ourselves.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Feel Good #Tolerance #Grace

  • If we can keep ourselves from interfering with the natural laws of life, mistakes can be our child's finest teachers.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Teacher #Children #Mistake

  • Giving up everything must mean giving over everything to kingdom purposes, surrendering everything to further the one central cause, loosening our grip on everything. For some of us, this may mean ridding ourselves of most of our possessions. But for all of us it should mean dedicating everything we retain to further the kingdom. (For true disciples, however, it cannot mean hoarding or using kingdom assets self-indulgently.)
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving Up #Mean #Self

  • Wealth is a relational barrier. It keeps us from having open relationships.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Wealth #Open Relationship #Barriers

  • If economic catastrophe does come, will it be a time that draws Christians together to share every resource we have, or will it drive us apart to hide in our own basements or mountain retreats, guarding at gunpoint our private stores from others? If we faithfully use our assets for his kingdom now, rather than hoarding them, can't we trust our faithful God to provide for us then?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Faithful #Together

  • To turn the tide of materialism in the Christian community, we desperately need bold models of kingdom-centered living. Despite our need to do it in a way that doesn't glorify people, we must hear each other's stories about giving or else our people will not learn to give.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Christian #Giving #People

  • Why ask for your daily bread when you own the bakery?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Bakeries #Bread #Daily Bread

  • Sin and death and suffering and war and poverty are not natural—they are the devastating results of our rebellion against God. We long for a return to Paradise—a perfect world, without the corruption of sin, where God walks with us and talks with us in the cool of the day.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #War #Perfect #Long

  • Because satan hates us, he's determined to rob us of the joy we'd have if we believed what God tells us about the magnificent world to come.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Hate #Joy #World

  • Every kingdom work, whether publicly performed or privately endeavored, partakes of the kingdom's imperishable character. Every honest intention, every stumbling word of witness, every resistance of temptation, every motion of repentance, every gesture of concern, every routine engagement, every motion of worship, every struggle towards obedience, every mumbled prayer, everything, literally, which flows out of our faith-relationship with the Ever-Living One, will find its place in the ever-living heavenly order which will dawn at his coming.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Prayer #Struggle #Character

  • What we love about this life are the things that resonate with the life we were made for. The things we love are not merely the best this life has to offer—they are previews of the greater life to come.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #This Life #Made #Offers

  • If God was the owner, I was the manager. I needed to adopt a steward's mentality toward the assets He had entrusted - not given - to me. A steward manages assets for the owner's benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets he manages. It's his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jobs #Done #Benefits

  • Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven. We think that what we want is sex, drugs, alcohol, a new job, a raise, a doctorate, a spouse, a large-screen television, a new car, a cabin in the woods, a condo in Hawaii. What we really want is the person we were made for, Jesus, and the place we were made for, Heaven. Nothing less can satisfy us.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jesus #Jobs #Sex

  • Are you winning the battle against materialism?
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Winning #Battle #Materialism

  • Is It Unloving to Speak of Hell? If you were giving some friends directions to Denver and you knew that one road led there but a second road ended at a sharp cliff around a blind corner, would you talk only about the safe road? No. You would tell them about both, especially if you knew that the road to destruction was wider and more traveled. In fact, it would be terribly unloving not to warn them about that other road.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Denver #Safe

  • You are made for a person and a place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Jesus #Heaven #Made

  • When Paul was taken in chains from his filthy Roman dungeon and beheaded at the order of the opulent madman Nero, two representatives of humanity faced off, one of the best and one of the worst. One lived for prosperity on earth, the other didn’t. One now lives in prosperity in heaven, the other doesn’t. We remember both men for what they truly were, which is why we name our sons Paul and our dogs Nero.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Dog #Taken #Son

  • What you do with your resources in this life is your autobiography.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Life Is #This Life #Resources

  • Given our abundance, the burden of proof should always be on keeping, not giving. Why would you not give? We err by beginning with the assumption that we should keep or spend the money God entrusts to us. Giving should be the default choice. Unless there is a compelling reason to spend it or keep it, we should give it.
    -- Randy Alcorn

    #Giving #Choices #Assumption