“When a local church replaces intercession with entertainment, it has taken the road of decline.” 

“In 2050 we will look back at the way worship was done in our churches and smile at how foolish some of us were to think that our songs and music style were the best there ever was.” 

“When I was 12 years old, I was in love with Jesus. Unfortunately, when I was 18 years old, I was in love with the ministry. Every day we need to choose to love Him more than anyone and anything else.” 

“Tomorrow morning when you wake up, you can either reach out for Facebook or you can put your face in The Book.”

“I believe that the top two priorities of the Church today are translating the Bible into every language on earth and standing up for those across the world being persecuted for their faith.”

“The biggest danger in a worship service is to worship worship.” 

“Sometimes the best thing that can happen during a worship service is a power cut. It then gives you an idea of the level of true worship there actually is in the room.”

“Overseas mission has been the blind spot of the African-American Church. The day the Black Church in the United States responds en masse to the Call of reaching the unreached with the Gospel, we will be very close to fulfilling the Great Commission.”

“Being single does not make you less of a person. When God created you, you were already complete, and you always will be. Whether you are single or married, your life in Christ is complete and whole.” 

“It’s interesting how the word ‘sin’ has been replaced by ‘failure’ and ‘mistake’.” 

“Every ministry or Christian NGO that does not lead new believers to a local church cuts itself off from God’s eternal plan.”

“The other day I was watching a sermon from Hillsong Church in Sydney. From where the camera was filming you could spot in the audience those on their smartphone texting or surfing. One of the biggest challenges for any preacher in the years to come will be just that: an increasing number of ‘listeners’ partly engaged with their phone and partly engaged with the speaker.” 

 “Spotlights, smoke and sound effects will never replace the genuine Presence of Jesus.”

“Not too long ago, most of our worship songs were so full of Christian doctrine that as people sang them, they not only grew in their faith but also in their knowledge of fundamental biblical truths.”

“While the English-speaking world does not know what to do with so many Bible versions, from the King James Women of Colour Study Bible to the Financial Breakthrough Spiritual Warfare Bible, millions upon millions of souls around the world do not even have John 3: 16 in their own language.” 

“I have never met a Christian who, after being faithful in his tithing to God, suffered in his finances.” 

“Jesus never ran. He was never in a hurry. He walked.”

“Those who think no country should get involved in North Korea should send their mother for one week to a Pyongyang concentration camp where people endure the worst kind of torture. When they see what their mother had to go through, they will run to their government and beg them, on bended knee, to do all they can to bring down one of the worst regimes the world has ever known.” 

“The role of the Evangelist is not just about preaching to crowds but training and equipping those called to the ministry.” 

“Once, down in the South of France, I joined three old ladies in singing some Christian choruses I use to sing in church when I was a boy. How is it that I remember those old Gospel songs 30 years later, when I cannot remember after only 30 minutes a new song I’ve just heard?” 

“If we had to spend one minute in hell, the content of our preaching and Christian books, the theme of our conferences and the words of our songs would be very different to what they are today.” 

“I’ve started to memorize one Bible verse a day. Not only is it good for my soul, it’s also good for my brain.” 

“I spotted this girl wearing a T-shirt that said: ‘EDUCATION. NO MISSILES’. Several dictators building huge missiles today have studied in some of the best schools in the world. Kim Jong-un was educated in Switzerland.”

“Three of the best non-Christian books I have read were found at airports: ‘Good Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint’ by Christopher Witt at Hong Kong international airport, ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller bought at Doha, Qatar airport and ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain from the airport in Seoul. 

“Some parents cannot imagine their children not having a smartphone. I remind them that when my brother and I were growing up in France we did not have a TV. Some people even felt sorry for us. To this day neither my brother nor I have a television. We wouldn’t want it to be otherwise.”

“A number of new preachers use the pulpit to give motivational speeches. Only the preaching of the Word of God can truly transform hearts.” 

“An increasing number of believers are running from one man of God to another looking for ‘a word’ while forgetting to spend time each day in the Word.” 

“There are two kinds of Christian artists: those who are naturally gifted and those who are gifted and anointed. The first ones entertain. The others produce changed hearts.” 

“Every kind of sin is addressed from the pulpit. I wonder why gluttony and over-eating are left out.” 

“Our society is looking like a hospital ward. In a hospital people are wired up to a drip; in society people are wired up to their smartphone.”

“I wonder why folks still send their newsletter or annual report at the time of the year when the last thing you want to do between Christmas shopping and church celebrations is to read what a distant friend has been doing throughout the year.” 

“Throwing Santa Claus, Father Christmas, reindeers and elves into Christmas has made it the most syncretistic and confusing day in the religious calendar.” 

“I was told Singapore was the ‘Antioch of Asia’; the country with a heart for missions. I walked into a Christian bookshop in Singapore, went to the counter and asked: ‘Would you have any books on missionaries and overseas mission?’ ‘No, we do not have any.’ was the reply.” 

“Your greatest weapon: prayer. Your greatest enemy: distraction.”

“When you’ve tried real Indian cuisine, you’ll never want to walk into a KFC or a McDonalds again.”

“Smartphone addiction could do more harm to daily prayer and Bible reading than any other influence we’ve known before.” 

“I have read and prayed through 3 newsletters from 3 different missionaries: one serving in Mongolia, one in Cambodia and one in Switzerland. Those Christian workers have one thing in common: they are single ladies. For some reason, very few single men are responding to the Call of mission.”

“If I had to rate the airports I went through last year, Seoul International Airport is probably the best; Paris Charles de Gaulle is probably the worst.” 

“There was a time when at Prayer Meetings you sang an opening song then prayed for an hour. Now in many places you sing for an hour and close the meeting with a prayer.”

“If you worship God from your heart, no music style is second-class to Him. Celtic or Monastery worship is as precious as Hillsong. Latino and Negro Spiritual can be as anointed as the latest contemporary music band. It’s not about a music genre. It’s about God and your heart.” 

“A Swiss missionary friend keeps strictly to the Sabbath every Saturday. In 50 years, he has never been sick once. I wonder if there is a link between a full day’s rest and good health.”   

“Pastors in church services will soon be calling people forward for prayer who cannot break away from their smartphone and the digital world in the same way people come for prayer to be delivered from drinking, drugs or gambling.”

“In the Christian world of music there are talented artists who are not necessarily anointed. Then you have anointed artists who are not necessarily talented. And finally, there are those few who are talented and anointed.”

“The second coming of Jesus has almost been erased from modern-day worship songs.”

“One song after another led by a band is becoming the norm in almost every church service. Individual praise has unfortunately disappeared. Little or no space is given for members to express their worship to God in their own words.”

“You would be shocked to know how many churches have stored in a back room somewhere, boxes and boxes of Gospels or evangelistic tracts left there for years and now covered with dust. It’s like keeping in stock precious medicine without anyone being concerned enough to hand them out to sick people outside about to die.”  

“Some churches have not mentioned the second coming of Christ for so long that some members of their congregations wouldn’t understand what is happening if the trumpet was heard and Jesus appeared.”

“Those who keep on saying countries should have no borders would never imagine living or letting their children live in a house without walls.” 

“From London to Los Angeles to Sydney, almost every single church service across the world follows the same pattern: singing in the first half and a sermon in the second half. Very few church leaders dare to break the mould and offer a whole new alternative.” 

“It’s correct Biblical theology that should influence Christian song writers. Not the other way around.” 

“Many of those women celebrating the right to abort would not be celebrating had their own Mum decided to vote for the same law.” 

“You can spend your time and energy raising funds for your ministry, or you can follow the example of George Muller, Charles Studd and David Wilkerson, who raised prayers to raise funds.” 

“In a culture that keeps pushing us to buy more and more stuff, we can choose to live differently. Often less is best.”

“To all worship leaders out there: have you ever thought of teaching a song in a whole different language? Just think of a chorus in Hungarian, Vietnamese or Afrikaans for a change. It will not only bring a touch of originality that people in church will talk about, but it will also reflect the diversity of the Body of Christ.” 

“The day you become restless and dissatisfied with your Christian life could actually be the best thing that could happen to you: you then start seeking God and His will for your life.”  

 “A 14-year-old girl came up to me one day at the end of a meeting and said: ‘I need prayer. I am addicted to social media’. The first step out of any addiction is to tell someone about it.” 

“A number of Christians do not see why the Church should be involved in the world of arts and entertainment. Other believers are using it to build a powerful bridge and reach out to those who’ve never heard the Gospel.” 

“Many of our problems would find solutions if we could stop running, turn off every distraction and listen in silence.” 

“The first question I would ask anyone looking to go out into mission would not be: ‘Why are you interested in going to that country?’ or ‘How are you doing financially?’ but ‘How is your daily time with God doing?” 

“Do not let a salary, however big it might be, determine your calling.” 

“You would do better coming to Paris as a missionary than as a tourist.” 

“If Bible-reading, worship and prayer are your priorities as you wake up tomorrow morning, they will automatically have an impact throughout your whole day.” 

“Most church services look like a football game: 45 minutes of worship, half time with the offering and another 45 minutes for the preaching.” 

 “There are two ways to transform a nation: Revolution or Revival. France chose a revolution back in 1789 while Britain chose revival. The French people still choose the road of revolution because they don’t know about revival, God’s lasting solution to society’s problem.”

“What do the Apostle Paul, Francis of Assisi, Helen Roseveare, Corrie Ten Boom, John Stott, Jackie Pullinger and Bill Wilson have in common? Celibacy.
Being single did not stop them making a great impact for the Kingdom of God.”

“My Mum and Dad have been married since 1970. They have never had one single argument in all their life together. Peace in the world starts in the home.”

“Biblical anorexia is probably the greatest tragedy of the modern Church. Reading and meditating the Bible every day is the best way to keep a soul in good health.”

“Each night before I go to sleep, I look for 3 things that I am thankful I did that day and one thing I need to improve on.”

“When I started out as a pastor in France at age 22, I decided that each week I would take a full day off. My Sabbath back then was every Monday. Over the years, I sometimes respected that day of rest, other times I neglected it. When you decide to stop running, turn your phone and Facebook Messenger off for 24 hours, not only does your body feel good, but also your soul.” 

“When we are told that tithing was ‘only practiced under the Law and therefore not for us anymore’, we forget that Abraham tithed before the Law was given, and that under the New Covenant Jesus never abolished it.”

“One of the most charming places on Earth is a French village with its church and cafés.”

“Christian movies of excellent quality like ‘The Case for Christ’ or ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ have been unique opportunities to invite a non-Christian friend to discover the Gospel at the cinema: a friend who would not have necessarily walked into a church or an evangelistic event. I am afraid we’ve missed golden opportunities.”

“The governments of our world have closed their eyes to the 50,000 Christians locked up in North Korea. While the conditions in labour camps are pure evil and with no chance of escape, the United Nations is still today unable and unwilling to do anything.”

“Christians need to be more than ever involved on the artistic scene. We are called to be salt and light in the theatres and art festivals of our cities and communities.”

“Those who can’t break away from their smartphone remind me of flies stuck on those yellow fly papers we used to hang from the ceiling of our kitchen.”

“One of the best ways to keep your passion for mission alive (as you prepare to leave) is to read biographies of missionaries. Each book you read is a log you add to keep the fire in your heart burning.”

“When I started changing some of my eating habits such as having fruits at the start of the meal instead of the end, eating little meat and almost no sugar, I started feeling much better.”

“Recently I have rediscovered that it is more restful to finish the day with a book than watching a screen.”

“I see the Church like two siblings: a brother in the free world and a sister in the persecuted world. The brother often forgets to take care of his sister.”

“When I die, I want these words engraved on my tombstone: ‘He spent his life emptying the shore and filling up the boats’.

“On the mission field I hear more and more missionaries saying that locals should be on the front line while missionaries should take a back seat and take care of fundraising. I wonder what Mother Teresa or Hudson Taylor would have said to such reasoning?”

“If every Christian could share their faith with one person each day, the world would soon be evangelised. That is probably all it takes to complete the great commission.”

” One of the best things a family can do after church is to look out in the congregation for a person that is alone and invite them over for lunch.”

” When I was a boy, my parents were not too strong on checking my homework from school, but they encouraged me much in starting the day with God’s Word and prayer.”

” Usually when I read a book, I get to underline everything that speaks specifically to me. When I’ve finished reading the book, I then cut out all those precious passages and stick them in a notebook. I now have several of those notebooks full of gems and wisdom.”

” I wish the media could report the destruction of countless churches in China, Nigeria or elsewhere with as much fervour as they did for the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.”

‘ A good way to know if you are addicted to Facebook or not, is to close it for 3 months. It could also give you an idea if those friends you had are really interested in what has happened to you. I’ve tried it.”

“Abortion is the silent genocide most of the Church is still silent about.”

“There was a time when you could find dozens of Christian bands. From ‘Petra’ to ‘2nd Chapter of Acts’ to the ‘Oslo Gospel Choir’ with their own style of music and songs.  For the last 20 years, worship groups with no name, little personality and with only one genre of music have slowly taken over.”

“Many missionaries go back to their home country for a year of Bible school training. For some reason, many never go back to the mission field. The Bible school that was supposed to help them be better equipped for the field has actually kept them back from their calling.”

” The Internet is a powerful tool. A tool to reach out with the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. But a tool that could backfire. There are believers who have become so used to follow from their couch a church service online some 2000 miles away that they have forgotten the small group of believers 2 miles away from their home.”  

“The Scriptures teaches us that there are 5 ministries. I observed that in most church today, for some reason, there are two: the pastor and the worship leader.”

“Our standard is not Western Evangelical Christianity but the Kingdom of God.”