Quotations for September, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Commemoration of Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710
When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Hortulus Rosarum, quoted in The Story of the “Imitatio Christi”, Leonard Abercrombie Wheatley, London: Elliot Stock, 1891, IV.ii, p. 212
(see the book; see also Ps. 4:4; Prov. 29:11; Rom. 12:19-21; more at Mind, Self-control, Sin, Wisdom)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
The Christian ethic ... is not a recipe for righteousness; it is not a synthesis of Christian faith and the world’s values; it is not a way of enabling Christians to live without the Holy Spirit. It is the very opposite of all this.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Presence of the Kingdom, tr. Olive Wyon, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1951, p. 23
(see the book; see also Song of Solomon 8:7; Eph. 4:29-30; 1 Thess. 5:19; Heb. 6:4-6; more at Holy Spirit, Morality, Righteousness, Way, World)
Friday, September 3, 2010
Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
It has been a frequent trait in Christian theologians down the ages to commit themselves whole-heartedly to the fashionable philosophies of their day, while passing severe judgments on their predecessors for adopting precisely the same attitude.
... E. L. Mascall (1905-1993), The Secularization of Christianity, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1966, p. 103
(see the book; see also Col. 2:8; 1 Cor. 2:6-10; more at Attitudes, Heresy, Judgment, Philosophy, Theology)
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Commemoration of Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650
The student of [Roger] Williams’ own writings will, I trust, perceive that, great as has been his symbolic role, he himself was thinking on a deeper plane than that which simply recognizes religious liberty as a way for men to live peaceably together. He was not a rationalist and a utilitarian who gave up the effort to maintain an orthodoxy because he had no real concern about religious truth, but was the most passionately religious of men. Hence he is an analyst, an explorer into the dark places, of the very nature of freedom. His decision to leave denominations free to worship as they chose came as a consequence of his insight that freedom is a condition of the spirit.
... Perry Miller (1905-1963), Roger Williams, Atheneum, 1970, p. 255
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1; 1 Pet. 2:16; more at Freedom, Liberty, Man, Religion, Spirit, Truth, Worship)
Sunday, September 5, 2010
O you souls who wish to go on with so much safety and consolation, if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering, and how much it helps in acquiring other good things, you would never seek consolation in anything; but you would rather look upon it as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.
... St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), The Complete Works of Saint John of the Cross, v. III, Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1935, p. 154
(see the book; see also Phil. 1:29-30; 3:10-12; Col. 1:24; Jas. 5:10-11; 1 Pet. 4:13-14; more at Bearing, Consolation, Cross, Goodness, Happiness, Safety, Suffer)
Monday, September 6, 2010
Commemoration of Allen Gardiner, founder of the South American Missionary Society, 1851
Commemoration of Albert Schweitzer, Teacher, Physician, Missionary, 1965
If we consider the lives of Christians in their churches, we so often find that they make good sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, employers, and employees—they have many individual virtues; but they have no way of life other than that which has been imposed upon them by their environment. It is their sociological conditions, their social class, their neighbourhood, their national characteristics, rather than their Christian faith which determine their outlook and values: they are an overwhelming demonstration that it is the economic conditions and background of one’s life which determine what one is and what one will think. This is an intolerable condition, and so long as it persists we shall not be able to make any impact on the world, because it will be abundantly clear that it is the world which is making its impact upon us.
... Douglas Rhymes (1914-1996), “The Place of the Laity in the Parish”, in Layman’s Church, ed. John A. T. Robinson, London: Lutterworth Press, 1963, p. 30
(see the book; see also Matt. 13:22,57-58; Col. 1:21-23; 1 John 5:3-4; more at Church, Faith, Family, Life, Nation, Social, Thought, Virtue, World)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957
If I say, “Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget,” as though God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If , London: SPCK, 1961, p. 40
(see the book; see also Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 3:9; more at Calvary, Forget, Forgiveness, God, Knowledge, Love, Memory)
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Commemoration of Søren Kierkegaard, Teacher and Philosopher, 1855
When Christianity was young and growing, there was general terror of the stars and a wide practice of astrology. The terror was mainly superstitious, and the only way of mitigating the stars’ enmity was through magic. It was one of the Church’s main tasks to reduce the license of... astrological superstition to her own discipline: there was no question of cutting it out altogether. Naturally, she did not wholly succeed, and her task could never be completed. In the Elizabethan as in earlier ages, the orthodox belief in the stars’ influence, sanctioned but articulated and controlled by the authority of religion, was not always kept pure from the terrors of primitive superstition... The superstitious terrors... have little specifically to do with the Elizabethan age. But it is worth reflecting (as is not always done) that even these were not all horror and loss. If mankind had to choose between a universe that ignored him and one that noticed him to do him harm, he might well choose the second. Our own age need not begin congratulating itself on its freedom from superstition till it defeats a more dangerous temptation to despair.
... E. M. W. Tillyard (1889-1962), The Elizabethan World Picture , 9th ed., Vintage Books, 1960, p. 53-54
(see the book; see also Isa. 47:13; Job 38:4-7; Ps. 147:4; more at Church, Danger, Despair, Discipline, Religion, Star, Temptation, Terror)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Ten minutes went by, nearly two complete triangles. I had not prayed, not really prayed, for many years, and the habit came hard. Lord, please get me out of this bloody mess... No, you mustn’t talk like that to Him. “Our Father, which art in Heaven—” He’d heard that a thousand times, would be hearing it another thousand times tonight. What do you say to Him when you want help? Please, God, make somebody notice me up here; please make someone see me flying in triangles, and send up a shepherd to help me down to a safe landing. Please help me, and I promise—What on earth could I promise Him? He had no need of me, and I, who now had need of Him, had taken no notice of Him for so long that He’d probably forgotten all about me.
... Frederick Forsyth (b. 1938), The Shepherd, Viking Press, 1976, p. 51
(see the book; see also Ps. 23:1; John 10:11,14-15; Rom. 10:13; more at Forget, God, Need, Prayer, Promise, Safety)
Friday, September 10, 2010
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by two Ta’amireh shepherds produced more changes in the life of the tribe than it did in the text of the Old Testament.
... Paul W. Lapp (d. 1970), in Biblical Archaeology Review, v. IV, n. 1, March, 1978, p. 16
(see the book; see also Ps. 99:7; Hos. 8:12; Matt. 5:18; Rom. 3:1-2; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:12; 2 Pet. 1:21; more at Bible, Discovery, Inspiration, Life)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity... If we want to see mighty works of Divine grace and power wrought, in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let [us] answer God’s standing challenge, “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
... J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), included in Good News for Russia, ed. Jesse Wendell Brooks, Chicago: The Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1918, p. 32
(see the book; see also Jer. 33:3; Matt. 17:20; Luke 17:5-6; more at Challenge, God, Grace, Power, Prayer, Work)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Word of God must always be heard quite specifically and in a new way, varying according to the conditions under which it is preached. Faith is not an acceptance of general, abstract truths, but an answer and a decision at a certain time and in a very certain place.
... J. L. Hromadka (1889-1969), The Church and Theology in Today’s Troubled Times, Prague: Ecumenical Council of Churches in Czechoslovakia, 1956, p. 15
(see the book; see also Rom. 10:17,20; Acts 2:6-11; 13:48; more at Bible, Faith, Preach, Time)
Monday, September 13, 2010
Feast of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407
[Paul] Tillich can show us that the unity which we seek as Christians must involve our denominations in changes even greater than those which many of us now expect. His insistence on taking seriously the gropings of all men for the truth about their lives must be allowed to remind the ecumenical movement that the word oikoumene is Greek not for “the Church” but for “the whole inhabited world.” The ecumenical movement is more than Christian patriarchs kissing. Christian unity means the unity of mankind in finding and obeying God. Tillich can teach us that the Church must not shut its door to celebrate a family reunion while a single child of God remains outside.
... David L. Edwards (b. 1929), “A New Stirring in English Christianity”, in The Honest to God Debate, David L. Edwards, ed., London, SCM Press, 1963, p. 35-36
(see the book; see also Gen. 11:7-9; Ps. 133; Isa. 6:3; Matt. 23:8; 2 Cor. 13:11; more at Child, Church, Ecumenical, Family, Truth, Unity)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Feast of the Holy Cross
Whatever may be our differences of colour, culture, and class, the unity that is ours in Christ is given visible expression at every Synod. Here we all gather around the one Altar, here we all share in shaping the policy of the Church in this diocese; here we all take part in making provision for carrying on the work of the Church during the coming year. At this time, year by year, we are specially conscious of our unity in Christ, and are made aware afresh that we are members of this new race of human beings which is made up of all those of every ethnic group who have been added to Christ. We are members of that Kingdom in which all human antagonisms are transcended. Yet we shall not interpret aright this unity which is ours in Christ Jesus unless we continually remind ourselves that it has its origin in His death and resurrection. The Church springs out of the deeds of Jesus done in the flesh, and we can only fulfill our destiny in the Church as we learn that we are utterly dependent upon the whole Body of Christ... Whatever gifts we possess belong to the Body, and are useful only as they are used in the common life of the Church. All this is made very plain in the New Testament Epistles, for in them we are taught that in each local Christian community is a fellowship in which every member is to live in humility and in love to the brethren. Yet no local church is to live to itself. Again and again, local churches are reminded of their close relationship to one another, in life, work, worship, pain, and death. Not that such a relationship is to be regarded either as a matter of convenience or as a question of organization. On the contrary, this intimate relationship is seen as the direct outcome of the saving work of Christ. This unity with one another, and of local churches with each other, is the unity which belongs to the Body of Christ, arising from the unity of God Himself, uttered in the dying and rising again of Jesus, and now expressed in the order and structure of the Church.
... Ambrose Reeves (1899-1980), “The Church is United in the Body of Christ”, in Church and Race in South Africa, David M. Paton, London: SCM Press, 1958, p. 30-31
(see the book; see also Ps. 133; Gal. 3:28-29; Phil. 2:2; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; more at Altar, Body of Christ, Christ, Church, Community, Fellowship, Unity, Worship)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The task to which we are called is not the sacrifice of any principle in which we firmly believe. It is rather to return to Christ, not a figure of the imagination, but the Christ of the Scriptures, and to listen to His voice in obedience, to discover afresh what is the Truth. All unpretentious Bible study, every effort to disseminate a true scriptural theology, and every earnest prayer is part of the task of promoting that unity which is truly Christian.We must not envisage Christian Unity as consisting of far-off and doubtful schemes, but as something very nigh which affects us all. If we are really to seek for Christian Unity, we must be prepared to pay the cost. For it must be based upon love, and love is always costly. It will never be attained until there is “far more humility, far more thought, far more self-sacrifice, and far more prayer, than there is at present.” *If we are right in the conclusion that such disunion as has been sinful in the history of the Church has been due to pride, self-assertion, and contempt for God’s Word and commandment, then it follows that the way to the unity which God wills is through humility, love of the brethren, and obedience to the Divine Revelation. When Christians pray to be shown where they have been wrong, proud, complaisant, or censorious, and to be put right; when they meet for common counsel and study of the Word, in the spirit of obedience and prepared to subject their individual opinions to the guidance of the Spirit; where the strong are willing to foster and strengthen the weak; and where all are seeking the common good rather than their own sectional interests; then the pathway to unity will become plain, and God will grant His blessing.* Streeter, B. H., Restatement and Reunion, 1914, p. 56
... G. T. Manley, Christian Unity, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1945, p. 87-88
(see the book; see also Jer. 3:17; John 17:20-21; Heb. 10:25; more at Call, Humility, Love, Prayer, Scripture, Self-sacrifice, Task, Theology, Thought, Unity)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Feast of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258
Commemoration of Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle to the Picts, c. 430
Commemoration of Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, tractarian, 1882
If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life, that we give to the question of what to do with two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.
... Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958)
(see the book; see also Matt. 3:8; 7:16-20; Luke 8:8; John 15:1-2; more at Attitudes, Life, Question, Thought)
Friday, September 17, 2010
Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
Prayer is like the dove that Noah sent forth, which blessed him not only when it returned with an olive-leaf in its mouth, but when it never returned at all.
... Edward Robinson (1794-1863), from Job, ascribed by M. G. Easton
(see the book; see also Gen. 8:8-12; Matt. 6:5-6; Luke 22:40; Jas. 5:16; more at Blessing, Faith, Hope, Prayer)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Commemoration of George MacDonald, Spiritual Writer, 1905
Christ transcends all ignorance. It will be observed that my friend from India said that ignorance was a bar preventing the people from receiving our message. That may very well be. Our message is not delivered in a form easy to be understood by men of no literary education, nor is it always delivered by men who can approach their hearers with true understanding and use the expressions which they naturally understand. But that the most ignorant man on earth cannot receive Christ and find grace and help in Him seems to me to be contradicted by our own knowledge of Christ’s nature and our frequent experience of His power.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It, London: World Dominion Press, 1949, reprint, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1997, p. 113
(see the book; see also Luke 1:46-49; John 9:17-21,25; Acts 4:13; Jas. 1:9; 4:6; more at Christ, Education, Experience, Grace, Ignorance, Knowledge, Power)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
In the Cross, God gathers up all history into a movement of time, and shows to us the meaning of it. It is the act in time which reveals to us the eternal activity of suffering and redeeming love all down the ages.
... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Hardest Part, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919, p. 62
(see the book; see also Mark 10:45; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Gal. 2:20; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; more at Cross, Easter, Everlasting, Love, Redemption, Suffer)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Feast of John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, & his Companions, Martyrs, 1871
Even though I never did an evil deed, yet, if I have the will to do evil, I have the sin as if I had done the deed; and I could, by a total will, do as great a sin as if I had killed the whole world, though I never actually did anything. Why, would the same not be possible to a good will? Yes, indeed, and even much more so. Surely, I can do all things with the will. I can bear the sorrow of all men and feed all the poor and do the work of all men and whatever else you may think of. If it be not the will that fails you, but only the power, then truly, before God, you have done it all, and no man can take it from you or even hinder you for a moment; for to will to do as soon as I can is the same before God as having done it.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Treatises and Sermons, Harper, 1958, p. 74-75
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:27-28,48; 19:21; Mark 9:41; Gal. 6:9; Jas. 1:13-15; 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17; more at Deed, Good will, Intention, Sin, Work)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
The Church is her true self only when she exists for humanity. As a fresh start, she should give away all her endowments to the poor and needy. The clergy should live solely on the free-will offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Letters and Papers from Prison, London: Macmillan, 1962, p. 239
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:40-42; 19:21; 25:34-40; 2 Cor. 4:5; 8:1-15; 9:6-9; more at Church, Giving, Minister, Poverty)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Love is as strong as death; but nothing else is as strong as either; and both, love and death, met in Christ. How strong and powerful upon you, then, should that instruction be, that comes to you from both these, the love and death of Jesus Christ!
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. III, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon LIX, p. 18
(see the book; see also Ps. 32:8; Song of Solomon 2:5; John 3:16,17; 1 John 4:9-10,19; more at Christ, Death, Instruction, Jesus, Love, Strength)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
It is no straining of metaphor to say that the love of God and the wrath of God are the same thing described from opposite points of view. How we shall experience it depends upon the way we shall come up against it: God does not change; it is man’s moral state that changes. The wrath of God is a figure of speech to denote God’s unchanging opposition to sin; it is His righteous love operating to destroy evil. It is not evil which will have the last word, but good; not sorrow, but joy; not hate, but love.
... R. J. Campbell (1867-1956), The Call of Christ, London: Skeffington & Son, n.d. (before 1932), p. 27
(see the book; see also Num. 14:11; Ps. 7:11; 76:7; 103:8-9; Matt. 25:31; 1 Cor. 3:11-14; more at Evil, God, Goodness, Joy, Love, Man, Morality, Righteousness, Sin, Sorrow)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Rejoice in God, O ye tongues; give the glory to the Lord, and the Lamb.Nations, and languages, and every creature, in which is the breath of Life.Let man and beast appear before him, and magnify his name together.Let Noah and his company approach the throne of Grace, and do homage to the Ark of their Salvation.Let Abraham present a Ram, and worship the God of his Redemption.Let Jacob with his speckled Drove adore the good Shepherd of Israel....Let Daniel come forth with a Lion, and praise God with all his might, through faith in Christ Jesus....Let David bless with the bear—The beginning of victory to the Lord—to the Lord the perfection of excellence—Hallelujah from the heart of God, and from the hand of the artist inimitable, and from the echo of the heavenly harp in sweetness magnifical and mighty.
... Christopher Smart (1722-1771), Jubilate Agno , R. Hart-Davis, 1954, p. 30
(see the book; see also Gen. 6:8-22; 7; 8; 22:13; Lev. 26:6; Ps. 9:1,2; 63:11; Isa. 11:6; Dan. 6:3-23; Rev. 5:12; more at Glory, God, Heart, Israel, Jesus, Lamb, Nation, Perfection, Redemption, Salvation, Victory, Worship)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Feast of Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626
Commemoration of Sergius of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher, 1392
Clear shining from God must be at the bottom of deep labouring with God. What is the reason that so many in our days set their hands to the plough, and looked back again?—begin to serve Providence in great things, but cannot finish?—give over in the heat of the day? They never had any such revelation of the mind of God upon their spirits, such a discovery of His excellencies, as might serve for a bottom of such undertakings.
... John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, v. VIII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1851, Serm. II, p. 90
(see the book; see also Amos 3:7; Hab. 3:1-9; Luke 9:62; John 12:35; Rev. 16:10; more at Authenticity, Beginning, God, Providence, Revelation, Service)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Commemoration of Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942
There is a covenant, ... and God is faithful to His covenant. But the substance of that covenant is all pure mercy and grace. If men presume to claim for themselves, upon the basis of the covenant, some relationship with God other than that of the sinner needing God’s grace, the covenant has been perverted. And where that has happened, God, in the sovereign freedom of His grace, destroys these pretensions, calls “No people” to be His people, breaks off natural branches and grafts in wild slips, filling them with the life which is His own life imparted to man. There is no law in His Kingdom save the law of pure grace. That is why they come from east and west to sit down with Abraham and Isaac, while the sons of the Kingdom are cast out; for the sons of the Kingdom have no place there unless they are willing to sit down with all whom the Lord of the feast shall call, and to receive His mercy in exactly the same way as the publicans and sinners.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Household of God, London, SCM Press, 1953, New York: Friendship Press, 1954, p. 90-91
(see the book; see also Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 9:11-13; Rom. 11:22-24; 1 Pet. 2:10; more at God, Grace, Kingdom, Law, Mercy, Sinner)
Monday, September 27, 2010
Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660
Jesus Christ can so interfere in a human life that it can look up and say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits,” even in the midst of sorrow or suffering.
... Robert Pierce (1914-1978), founder and president, World Vision, in a private communication from World Vision
(see also Ps. 103:1-5; 146:1-3; Luke 1:46-47; more at Blessing, Christ, Jesus, Life, Sorrow, Suffer, Weakness)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Humility and love are precisely the graces which the men of the world can understand, if they do not comprehend doctrines. They are the graces about which there is no mystery, and they are within reach of all classes. The poorest... Christian can every day find occasion for practicing love and humility.
... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), Expository thoughts on the Gospels, with the text complete, St. John, v. III, London: William Hunt, 1873, p. 16
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:16; Rom. 3:12; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Pet. 3:4; more at Grace, Humility, Love)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Feast of Michael & All Angels
As a good Christian should consider every place as holy, because God is there, so he should look upon every part of his life as a matter of holiness, because it is to be offered unto God.The profession of a clergyman is a holy profession, because it is a ministration in holy things, an attendance at the altar. But worldly business is to be made holy unto the Lord, by being done as a service unto Him, and in conformity to His Divine will.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life , London: Methuen, 1899, p. 46
(see the book; see also Ex. 3:1,2; Rom. 14:6-8; Phil. 2:14,15; Col. 3:3; more at Holiness, Life, Minister, Obedience, Service)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
God could, if I may so say, more easily have made a new world of innocent creatures, and have governed them by the old covenant, than have established this new one for the salvation of poor sinners; but then, where had been the glory of forgiveness? It could never have been known that there was forgiveness with Him. The old covenant could not have been preserved and sinners pardoned. Wherefore, God chose to leave the covenant than sinners unrelieved, than grace unexalted and pardon unexercised...Will we continue on the old bottom of the first covenant? All that we can do therein is but to set thorns and briars in the way of God, to secure ourselves from His coming against us and upon us with His indignation and fury. Our sins are so, and our righteousness is no better. And what will be the issue? Both they and we shall be trodden down, consumed, and burnt up. What way, then, what remedy is left unto us? Only this of laying hold on the arm and strength of God in that covenant wherein forgiveness of sin is provided.
... John Owen (1616-1683), An Exposition upon Psalm CXXX , in Works of John Owen, v. VI, New York: R. Carter & Bros., 1851, p. 475
(see the book; see also Ps. 32:1-2; 51:7-9; 130:4; Isa. 27:2-5; Rom. 4:6-8; 1 John 2:1-2; more at Choices, Forgiveness, God, Salvation, Sin, Sinner)
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