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    Effective preaching starts with loving the people we're preaching to.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: people  loving 
     
    I think that what happens for many Christians is, they accept their particular faith, they accept it to be true, and they stop examining it. Consequently, because it's already accepted to be true, they don't examine other people's faiths... That, I think, is not healthy for a person of any faith.
    — Adam Hamilton
    When my kids were growing up, I wanted their teachers to teach them science, reading, math and history. I also wanted them to care about my kids. But I did not want my children's public school teachers teaching them religion. That was my job as a parent and the job of our church, Sunday school, and youth group.
    — Adam Hamilton
    I think anger is a normal response to something horrible that someone has done, another human being has done, and to rob people of life, and that's actually healthy to have, to feel that. At some point you have to figure out, 'How do I let that go?'
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: people  anger  human  healthy 
     
    Those who are believers in God find strength from their faith in the face of suffering. They are compelled to give sacrificially to help those in need. And they have the hope that comes from knowing that, with God by their side, the tragedy they are facing is never the final word.
    — Adam Hamilton
    If God is not sending earthquakes, destroying economies and inflicting pain upon human beings, what is God doing? God works through people, calling them to help their neighbors in need. God comforts His people, walking with them even 'through the valley of the shadow of death.'
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: death  people  work  pain  human  help  comfort  god 
     
    God's role in superintending our world and our lives is neither absentee landlord nor micromanager.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: live  world  god 
     
    Everything doesn't happen for a reason, if by this we mean evil is a part of God's plan. But God does ensure that evil will not prevail and that light will always, ultimately, overcome the darkness. If we follow God's lead, our work is to push back the darkness.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: evil  work  darkness  god 
     
    Many Christians do not believe God sends tornadoes. But they do believe that God walks with His children through the storms, that He sends His people to help after the storms, and that with and through God, there is always hope.
    — Adam Hamilton
    Why did the earthquake and tsunami occur in Japan? Was it the act of an angry God? No, it was the result of the movement and collision of the earth's tectonic plates - a process driven by the earth's need to regulate its own internal temperature. Without the process that creates earthquake, our planet could not sustain life.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: earth  process 
     
    We don't need mandatory, non-sectarian prayers read over the loudspeaker to 'put God back in schools.' God never left the schools. God is still at work through the hundreds of thousands of gifted teachers and administrators, committed parents, and passionate volunteers who seek to help give our children 'a future with hope.'
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: children  work  future  help  child  god  prayer  school  read  hope  parent 
     
    The story of Noah, like other stories in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, are archetypal. Noah's story tells us that human beings have an inherent tendency towards violence both towards their fellow human beings and towards the creation itself. The story tells us that this violence grieves God.
    — Adam Hamilton
    We live on a planet that is amazing, beautiful, and full of wonder but not protected from powerful destructive forces of nature. We are capable of doing wonderful and selfless things but also self-absorbed and harmful things. This is the world we live in.
    — Adam Hamilton
    Frequent prayer has great value. On its surface, this sounds simplistic. But if we're to keep prayer at the forefront of our ministry, we and our people have to pray again and again.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: people  value  prayer  pray 
     
    You are not indispensable to your church, but you are indispensable to your family.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: church 
     
    One thing that helps to stretch me is to listen to other preacher's sermons. Every year, I will listen to at least ten other preachers, both to hear God speak to me, and also to evaluate their preaching to see what I can learn and how I can improve my own preaching.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: help  god  learn  year 
     
    People are drawn to preaching that is passionate and offered with conviction. Passion comes when the preacher has spent significant time with the text, and when God has spoken through the text in a way that addresses the preacher's life first.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: time  people  god  passion 
     
    When people ask me if I'm liberal or conservative, I say, 'Yeah.' I'm both of them. To be a liberal means to be open-minded and generous and open to new ideas. And to be conservative means to hold onto things that are important, things that shouldn't be cast aside.
    — Adam Hamilton
    Our society is divided by the culture wars into the Left and Right, and the United Methodist Church has always stood historically in the center and has been willing to listen to and to bring together those things that often are found in opposite camps.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: society  culture  right  church  war 
     
    My aim is that every sermon series I preach is prepared as though I were teaching a college-level course.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: teaching 
     
    Some Christians see the biblical teaching on homosexuality as reflecting the culture and times in which the Bible was written and not reflecting God's eternal perspective on homosexual people. Others believe these scriptures represent God's timeless will for how human beings practice intimacy.
    — Adam Hamilton
    I am a follower of Jesus Christ. The Bible is my primary way of knowing Him and what it means to follow Him. And I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week. But the Bible is not a manufacturer's handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: knowing  jesus  bible  christ 
     
    The senseless killing of 20 children and their teachers and principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School was not part of God's grand plan. It was a thwarting of God's plan. It was the misuse of human freedom.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: children  freedom  human  child  god  school 
     
    God seldom suspends the laws of nature, just as God does not remove free will to keep evil people from doing evil things.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: evil  nature  people  law  god 
     
    The earliest stories in Genesis were not written to tell primeval history. They were written to tell readers about themselves and about God.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: god  stories 
     
    When sermons start where people live - their questions, struggles, and concerns - and then offer a timely and helpful word from the Scriptures, people are more interested in hearing what else the Scriptures have to say.
    — Adam Hamilton
    While some misuse their freedom to perpetrate evil, millions respond by feeling compelled to use their freedom to do good.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: evil  freedom 
     
    I love the Bible. I read it every day. I spend 10 hours a week studying it. It has affected my life in profound ways. I am inspired when I read it.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: bible  read 
     
    Learning to read the Bible in the light of the times in which it was written is critical.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: time  bible  learning  read 
     
    In America our public schools are intended to be religiously neutral. Our teachers and schools are neither to endorse nor to inhibit religion. I believe this is a very good thing.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: believe  america  school 
     
    I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week. But the Bible is not a manufacturer's handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: bible 
     
    We live in bodies that are fearfully and wonderfully made, yet they are not immune to illness and pain. We have hearts that are capable of experiencing great love, but sometimes they get broken.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: pain  heart  live  illness  body  broken 
     
    As I've taught our congregation, within the Christian faith the question of homosexuality is not a question of biblical authority, but biblical interpretation.
    — Adam Hamilton
    God seeks to influence humanity. This is at the heart of the Christmas story. It is the story of light coming into the darkness, of a Savior to show us the way, of light overcoming the darkness, of God's work to save the world.
    — Adam Hamilton
    I'm convinced many of America's heroes are public school teachers and administrators. Many of these people do what they do because of their faith.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: people  hero  faith  america  school 
     
    The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, and to do justice and love kindness, not to indiscriminately kill one another.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: justice  kindness  bible 
     
    Christians believe that God is everywhere and is involved in our lives at every moment, whether we publicly acknowledge God or not.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: live  believe  moment  god  christian 
     
    Hope is a decision we make, a choice to believe that God can take the adversity, the disappointment, the heartache, and the pain of our journeys and use these to accomplish his purposes.
    — Adam Hamilton
    I suspect that here theists and atheists would agree: Human beings have within them the ability to choose evil or good. We wake up each day facing the age-old struggle of good and evil. In some situations, mental illness clouds our judgment.
    — Adam Hamilton
    If 'everything happens for a reason,' then every act of evil is ultimately God's doing.
    — Adam Hamilton
    tags: evil  god 
     
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