Quotations for October, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897
To die of love, O martyrdom most blest!For this I long, this is my heart’s desire;My exile ends; I soon will be at rest.Ye Cherubim, lend, lend to me your lyre!O dart of Seraphim, O flame of love,Consume me wholly; hear my ardent cry!Jesu, make real my dream! Come Holy Dove!Of love I die!
... Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), Poems of St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, Boston, Angel Guardian Press, 1907, “To Live of Love”, n. 14
(see the book; see also John 15:13; more at Death, Exile, Flame, Heart, Longing, Love, Martyr)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.
... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899), Glad Tidings, New York: E. B. Treat, 1876, p. 487
(see the book; see also John 15:14; more at Affliction, Forget, God, Weakness)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896
Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
... C. T. Studd (1860-1931), quoted in C. T. Studd—Cricketer and Pioneer , Norman P. Grubb, World-Wide Revival Prayer Movement, 1947, p. 141
(see the book; see also John 15:15; more at Christ, Death, God, Jesus, Sacrifice, Weakness)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
Where there is fear of God to keep the house, the enemy can find no way to enter.
... St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), The Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi, London: R. Washbourne, 1882, p. 101
(see the book; see also Heb. 12:28,29; more at Enemy, Fear, God, Obedience, Security)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Old-Testament doctrine of salvation gives us no encouragement, on strictly hermeneutical grounds, to argue from what was true politically of Israel to what could or should be true of any modern political state. Even if we were first to grant the presence of a “Christendom” situation in which Church and State would be virtually coextensive, the nation of Israel would still remain [unique]. The focus of salvation is on the historical action of God in forming a people for Himself, and there is no indication anywhere in the Bible that God promises political salvation even inside the context of the full salvation of His people, let alone outside it.
... Michael Sadgrove (b. 1950) & N. T. Wright (b. 1948), “Jesus Christ the Only Saviour”, in The Lord Christ , John Stott, ed., vol. 1 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 66
(see the book; see also Matt. 24:1,2; more at Argument, Church, Historical, Israel, Nation, Providence, Salvation)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Feast of William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536
Now go to, reader, and according to the order of Paul’s writing [in Romans], even so do thou. First behold thyself diligently in the law of God, and see there thy just damnation. Secondarily, turn thine eyes to Christ, and see there the exceeding mercy of thy most kind and loving Father. Thirdly, remember that Christ made not this atonement that thou shouldest anger God again; neither died he for thy sins, that thou shouldest live still in them; neither cleansed he thee, that thou shouldest return, as a swine, unto thine old puddle again: but that thou shouldest be a new creature and live a new life after the will of God, and not of the flesh. And be diligent, lest through thine own negligence and unthankfulness thou lose this favor and mercy again.
... William Tyndale (1492?-1536), “Prologue upon the Epistle to the Romans” , in Doctrinal Treatises and Introductions, Cambrodge: The University Press, 1848, p. 510
(see the book; see also Rom. 3:23-26; 6:1,2; more at Atonement, Bible, Cleanse, Death, Diligence, Law, Life, Mercy, Sin, Will of God)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Millions of hells of sinners cannot come near to exhaust infinite grace.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Jan.30, 1646, p. 653
(see the book; see also Eph. 2:4-5; more at God, Grace, Hell, Infinite, Providence, Sinner)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), in the introductory essay for The Works of Jonathan Edwards, A.M., v. I, London: William Ball., 1839, p. xviii
(see the book; see also Ps. 63:6; more at Attitudes, Death, Life, Resolve)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why He should grant this or that: He knows best what is good for us. If your boy should ask you [for] a suit of clothes, and give you reasons, ... would you endure it? You know his needs better than he: let him ask a suit of clothes.
... John Selden (1584-1654), Table-Talk , Whitefirars: Davidson, 1821, p. 110
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:5,6; more at Giving, God, Goodness, Knowledge, Prayer, Reason)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
God’s Road is all uphill,But do not tire,Rejoice that we may stillKeep climbing higher.
... Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943), included in A Treasury of Sermon Illustrations, Charles Langworthy Wallis, ed., Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1950, p. 78
(see the book; see also John 14:6,7; more at Achievement, Obedience, Road)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
It is not necessary to maintain a conversation when we are in the presence of God. We can come into His presence and rest our weary souls in quiet contemplation of Him. Our groanings, which cannot be uttered, rise to Him and tell Him better than words how dependent we are upon Him.
... O. Hallesby (1879-1961), Prayer, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1943, reprint, Augsburg Fortress Books, 1975, 1994, p. 148
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:26,27; more at Holy Spirit, Intercession, Prayer, Presence of God, Soul, Weary)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709
Commemoration of Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
While many Americans are still firmly committed to the traditional, supernatural conceptions of a personal God, a Divine Savior, and the promise of eternal life, the trend is away from these convictions... The fact is that a demythologized modernism is overwhelming the traditional Christ-centered, mystical faith... For the modern skeptics are not the apostates, village atheists, or political revolutionaries of old. The leaders of today’s challenge to traditional beliefs are principally theologians—those in whose care the church entrusts its sacred teachings.
... Rodney Stark & Charles Glock, in Trans-action: social science and modern society, v. 5-6, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., Washington University, 1967, p. 7-8
(see the book; see also Mark 13:21,22; Luke 6:39-40; 21:8; 2 Tim. 4:1-4; more at Authenticity, Christ, Church, Eternal life, Promise, Savior, Skeptic, Theology)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066
The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says “Amen” and runs away before God has a chance to reply. Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas.
... Frank C. Laubach (1884-1970)
(see also Ps. 85:8; more at God, Listening, Prayer)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness,” he will rest satisfied.
... Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: the path to spiritual growth , San Francisco: Harper, 2003, p. 15
(see the book; see also Matt. 13:22; more at Crowd, Discord, Satan, Temptation, Weakness)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582
Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, v. II, Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1980, p. 80
(see the book; see also Phil. 4:12,13; more at Comfort, Indolence, Temptation, Weakness)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thee, Lord, before the close of day,Maker of all things, Thee we prayfor Thy dear loving kindness’ saketo guard and guide us in Thy way. Banish the dreams that terrify,and night’s fantastic company;keep us from Satan’s tyranny;defend us from unchastity. Protect us, Father, God ador’d,Thou, too, coequal Son and Lord,Thou, Holy Ghost, our Advocate,whose reign can know nor bound nor date.
... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), hymn for compline, Roman Breviary, 8th century, attrib.
(see the book; see also Ps. 6:9,10; more at Dream, Guidance, Holy Spirit, Kindness, Prayers, Satan, Tyranny)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
I have but one passion—it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field, and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.
... Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), quoted in Living Abundantly, Kirby Page, Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, 1944, p. 322
(see the book; see also Luke 24:46-48; Acts 4:18-20; 13:47; 1 Cor. 9:22; 12:3; 16:9; more at Christ, Evangelization, Home, Mission, Soul, World)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Feast of Luke the Evangelist
He who prays as he ought will endeavour to live as he prays.
... John Owen (1616-1683), I.4 in The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded , in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 295
(see the book; see also Heb. 5:7-9; more at Authenticity, Endeavor, Life, Prayer)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812
Relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted; speak peace to troubled consciences; strengthen the weak, confirm the strong; instruct the ignorant; deliver the oppressed from him that spoileth him, and relieve the needy that hath no helper; and bring us all by the waters of comfort, and in the ways of righteousness, to the kingdom of rest and glory, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living , in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 33
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:2-5; more at Affliction, Comfort, Conscience, Instruction, Mercy, Need, Persecution, Prayers, Righteousness, Weakness)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Jesus Christ came to tell men that they have no enemies but themselves.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) , P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #783, p. 277
(see the book; see also Mark 7:14,15; more at Enemy, Jesus, Man, Sin, Weakness)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The doctrine of the blessed Trinity is a reminder of the supernaturalness of biblical Christianity. The doctrine defies rationalization, yet it provides for the believer the answer to the unity and diversity of the world.
... Robert P. Lightner (b. 1931), The God of the Bible , Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978, formerly published as The First Fundamental: God, p. 69
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 1:1,2; more at Simplicity, Trinity, Unity, World)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
One mustn’t make the Christian life into a punctilious system of law, like the Jewish [for] two reasons. (1) It raises scruples when we don’t keep the routine. (2) It raises presumption when we do. Nothing gives one a more spuriously good conscience than keeping rules, even if there has been a total absence of all real charity and faith.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Letters to an American Lady, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 38
(see the book; see also Rom. 4:13; 2 Cor. 3:6; more at Charity, Conscience, Faith, Legalism, Rule, Spiritual life)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Division has always been a disease of the church... The Love Feast, which should have been the sign and symbol of perfect unity, has become a thing of divisions and class distinctions. And here there is something which only the newer translations reveal. In the older translations, it is said that to eat and drink at the sacrament without discerning the Lord’s body is the way to judgment and not to salvation. But in the best Greek text, the word Lord’s is not included. The sin is not to discern the body; that is to say, not to discern that the church is a body, not to be aware of the oneness of the church, not to be aware of the togetherness in which all its members should be joined.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), Ethics in a Permissive Society, New York: Harper & Row, 1971, Fontana, 1971, p. 59
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 11:28,29; more at Church)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Christ came... in a purpose, ... to manifest himself in the Christian Religion, to all the nations of the world; and therefore, says David, The Lord reigneth, let the island rejoice—the island who by reason of their situation, provision, and trading, have most means of conveying Christ Jesus over the world. He hath carried us up to heaven, and set us at the right hand of God, and shall not we endeavour to carry him to those nations, who have not yet heard of his name? Shall we still brag that we have brought our clothes, and our hatchets, and our knives, and bread to this and this value and estimation amongst those poor ignorant Souls, and shall we never glory that we have brought the name, and Religion of Christ Jesus in estimation amongst them? Shall we stay till other nations have planted a false Christ among them? And then either continue in our sloth, or take more pains in rooting out a false Christ than would have planted the true?
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. V, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CXLV, p. 592
(see the book; see also Ps. 96,97; Luke 24:46,47; 1 John 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:15; more at Mission)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285
If I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If , London: SPCK, 1961, p. 58
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:33; more at Weakness)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
All the revelations of God, as well as the laws of men, go upon this presumption, that men are not stark fools; but that they will consider their interest, and have some regard to the great concernment of their eternal salvation. And this is as much to secure men from mistake in matters of belief, as God hath afforded to keep men from sin in matters of practice. He hath made no effectual and infallible provision that men shall not sin; and yet it would puzzle any man to give a good reason, why God should take more care to secure men against errors in belief, than against sin and wickedness in their lives.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. II, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon XXI, p. 276-277
(see the book; see also Matt. 16:1-4; 1 John 4:1; more at Providence)
Monday, October 27, 2008
“Did not I, through faith, conquer kingdoms, apply justice, obtain promises, stop the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, escape the edge of the sword, win strength out of weakness, become valiant in war, and put foreign armies to flight?Was I not a man of faith and a man of action in one skin? Why are the faithful so afraid of deeds, for fear they should fall into ‘justification by works’? And why is Thy Church so uncomfortable with its men of action? And why do men of spirit so often have to work apart from, and even against it? Are there no longer kingdoms to be conquered, injustice to be destroyed, promises to be obtained?The Son of David is a warrior still. Must He tread the winepress alone?”
... David Head, Shout for Joy, New York: MacMillan Co., 1962, p. 58
(see the book; see also John 15:8; Isa. 63:1-3; Heb. 11:32-34; more at Providence)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles
Some natures will endure an immense amount of misery before they feel compelled to look there for help whence all help and healing comes. They cannot believe that there is verily an unseen, mysterious power, till the world and all that is in it has vanished in the smoke of despair; till cause and effect is nothing to the intellect, and possible glories have faded from the imagination; then, deprived of all that made life pleasant or hopeful, the immortal essence, lonely and wretched and unable to cease, looks up with its now unfettered and wakened instinct to the source of its own life—to the possible God who, notwithstanding all the improbabilities of His existence, may yet perhaps be, and may yet perhaps hear His wretched creature that calls. In this loneliness of despair, life must find The Life: for joy is gone, and life is all that is left; it is compelled to seek its source, its root, its eternal life. This alone remains a possible thing. Strange condition of despair into which the Spirit of God drives a man—a condition in which the Best alone is the Possible!
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), David Elginbrod, vol. 2 , Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1871, p. 155-156
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 4:8,9; more at Weakness)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
After saying our prayers, we ought to do something to make them come true.
... William Feather
(see also 2 Chr. 6:17; more at Prayer)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask; yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Watchwords for the Warfare of Life, Elizabeth Rundle Charles, ed., New York: M. W. Dodd, 1869, p. 71
(see the book; see also Matt. 21:22; Mark 11:23,24; 2 Cor. 12:8-9; more at Prayer)
Friday, October 31, 2008
As the enjoyment of God is the heaven of the saints, so the loss of God is the hell of the ungodly. And, as the enjoying of God is the enjoying of all, so the loss of God is the loss of all.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. XXII, ed. William Orme, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 368
(see the book; see also 2 Thess. 1:8-10; more at Knowing God)
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