20 amazing quotes on grace overheard at the Cove

Billy Graham, Ruth Graham, Paul Young, The Shack, grace, The CoveBehold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:6, ESV

by Tami Heim

In the conversations at The Cove, with Ruth Graham and other Christian leaders last week, thoughts, ideas, and insights further defined transparency. Some ideas were super sticky—they held fast, adhered to, and clung to our hearts. Today, we’re sharing 20 of those sticky quotes with you. Here we go…

1.  When we speak the truth about us we give others permission to do the same. – Ruth Graham, ministry leader

2.  Churches must become places where people can deal with their sin and pain. – Ruth Graham, ministry leader

3.  When Jesus came, He shocked, surprised and exposed the system. Are we not called to do the same? – Tim Green, Dean of Religion, Travecca Nazarene Universty

4.  Be transparent so others can see the light of Jesus through you. – Cindy Lambert, VP associate publisher, Zondervan

5.  The enemy of authenticity is celebrity. – Matt Brown, pastor

6.  You want a place where people can see the worst of you and still love you. – Matt Brown

7.  Every true encounter with God reveals our brokenness. Matt Brown

8.  For many, transparency lands on us. Matt Brown

9.  The grace of God is that we get caught. Paul Young, author

10. Our wounds and scares become the icons of grace. Paul Young

11. Transparency is to know God loves us in spite of ourselves. Kurt Erwin, executive pastor

12. We judge the sin in others we hate the most in ourselves. Kurt Erwin

13. It’s a struggle to give from the ugly,messy, and real parts of our lives. Lisa Harper, author & speaker

14. Transparency doesn’t happen with a movement, it comes from individual revival Lisa Harper

15. I had to go to the basement with God so I would not be afraid anymore. – Lisa Harper

16. Jesus must be the hero of our story. Lisa Harper

17. When theology meets your reality you will find your destiny. John Bishop, pastor

18. You are either superficial or supernatural. – John Bishop

19. We love you where you are and will take you where you need to be. Clay NeSmith, pastor

20. Man is quick to give God’s place to other men. John Farkas, executive director

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  • Melinda Ysaguirre

    These quotes from Pete Wilson’s book- PlanB (pg’s 121-140) stir up the struggles we face with authentic community.

    “It’s almost impossible to receive love and support if we can’t admit we need it.”

    ” Take the risk of sharing your authentic self whenever you can possibly manage it.”

  • Anonymous

    Awesome quotes Melinda. Diggin’ deeper than the surface is tough stuff — we need wisdom for sure. Seeing Him = authenticity, always. xoxox

  • Macysmom99

    I am forever grateful to every mentor on my ‘spiritual resume’ that’s gone down in the trenches to dig and uncover the dirt with me.
    Thank you for sharing and caring for others everyday.
    You. Are. Loved.

  • Linda

    Every true encounter with God reveals Jesus and His grace. Since we are all broken, our authenticity is strongest when we focus on Jesus and His finished work rather than remain self focused. Example…the broken woman Mary who washed Jesus feet and Simon who just couldn’t understand. Our Jesus is so beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Our jesus is so beautiful. Linda, your post is truly inspiring. Thank you! Gonna RT it in parts . . . . throughout the day! :)

  • Tami Heim

    Me too Melinda – God brings them into our lives right when we need them. LYI.

  • Tammy

    This is so cool that you put these up! Loved revisiting the time by reading through these! Blessings to you guys!
    Tammy Brown

  • Tami Heim

    It was such a joy to be with you and Matt. God bless you and your church. Thanks for keeping it real 4 His glory. Love you Tammy!

  • Marypasillas

    As a follower of Jesus I have come to realize: each step in life will take me to my destination. I have a better understand of who I really am. I’m awaken and shaken because of the truth that has set me free…

  • Tami Heim

    Amen – keep following the light.

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