Quotations for May, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Feast of Philip & James, Apostles
Our Christian experience must agree with the Bible. We will be taught by the Bible and fed by the Bible. But we do not believe in Christ because He is in the Bible: we believe in the Bible because Christ is in us.
... Claxton Monro (1914-1991)
(see also Matt. 4:4; Deut. 8:3; Luke 4:4; 17:20-21; 24:45; John 5:39; 6:32-35; 14:20; 15:4-5; 17:26; Rom. 8:10; Eph. 2:22; Col. 1:27; 3:11; 1 John 4:4; Rev. 3:20; more at Belief, Bible, Christ, Experience, Teach)
Friday, May 2, 2014
Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373
A Christian is a person who, though he knows that he is both ignorant and imperfect, believes that he has a clue to reality. He is not willing to settle for the notion that finite things and finite persons constitute the whole of reality, because he can see they all point beyond themselves. In short, he believes in God. There is a radical difference between “believe in” and “believe that.” The person who believes in involves his whole self in an attitude of trust.
... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Future of the Christian, Harper & Row, 1971, p. 79
(see the book; see also John 14:1; Ps. 139:6; Eccl. 11:5; Isa. 12:2; Mark 9:24; John 6:29,40; 12:44; Rom. 8:24-26; 1 Cor. 3:19; 1 Pet. 1:21; 1 John 5:10-11; more at Attitudes, Belief, God, Knowledge, People, Sight, Trust)
Saturday, May 3, 2014
God reveals Himself as a God who isn’t mad at us. He likes us. Do you know that in experience, that God likes you? He likes you and wants to be with you and hang around with you—wants to go to coffee with you, wants to be involved in your housework, or your job, or whatever it is. And if you knew this, if you do know Him, you know that you would like that.
... Eugene M. Thomas, in a talk delivered May 15, 1983, on the subject “Not Being Worldly”
(see the book; see also John 14:23; Josh. 1:5; Ps. 16:7; 46:7,11; Isa. 41:10; Matt. 1:23; 18:20; 28:19-20; Mark 16:20; John 3:16; 14:16-18; Acts 18:9-10; Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 2 Tim. 4:17; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 4:9-10,19; Rev. 3:20; more at Experience, God, Knowing God, Love, Revelation)
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation
The one great fear which is a holy fear is, I think, lest you make your adventure too small, too easy, too self-full, too mediocre. Christianity fails because people will keep on the surface too much, they will not go down to face these deep inner obediences; and that is ultimately to be beaten by themselves.We talk big and play so small. And the world has found it out—the great bulk have discarded Christianity as the way of Hope and put their hope in other things.
... Florence Allshorn (1887-1950), The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, London: SCM Press, 1957, p. 26
(see the book; see also Col. 1:3-6; Ps. 1:2; 25:10; 111:10; Matt. 5:3; 24:14; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Rom. 1:5; 16:25-27; Col. 1:27; Jas. 1:22; more at Attitudes, Failure, Fear, Holiness, Hope, Obedience)
Monday, May 5, 2014
The word “carnal” is ambiguous. “Flesh” means sin and corruption, and is opposed to the Spirit; but embodiment, outward manifestation, concrete form, is not opposed to the Spirit. “Carnal” means sinful and hostile to God; the evil spirits, who we suppose possess no bodies, are carnal, but the Son of God became man, the Word was made flesh, He took upon Him a human body as well as a reasonable soul. God’s ways and thoughts are not ours. While the abstract and ethereal imaginations of human reason create a god, who is not spirit, and whom they do not worship in spirit and truth, the God of the Bible is God manifest in the flesh—Immanuel... Did not Jesus, after His resurrection, eat before His disciples, who gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and honey? Is not the earth to be the scene of God’s triumph and manifestation? Whatever is revealed in spiritual, whatever man imagines is carnal; the end of the ways of God is embodiment.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 180
(see the book; see also Luke 24:30-31; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:17-18,23; 13:55-56; Luke 1:30-35; 24:36-43; John 1:14; 20:26-27; Rom. 9:5; Gal. 4:4-5; 1 John 1:1-3; more at Corruption, Evil, God, Jesus, Man, Sin, Spirit)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
We must return to Christianity, yes; but why? Because it is true? But do we, in our hearts, believe that it is true, that Christ is the Son of God and that we must follow him even at the cost of renouncing this life and all its treasures? We say little about that, much about our need for Christianity to protect our treasures. Yet surely Christianity was not meant to save the world for us; it was meant to save us from the world.
... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 36
(see the book; see also Luke 14:33; Ex. 20:4-6; Matt. 6:19-21; 19:21-22; Luke 12:15,33-34; 18:22; Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Heb. 10:34; more at Belief, Christ, God, Heart, Salvation, Treasure, Truth, World)
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
There is such a thing as taking ourselves and the world too seriously, or at any rate too anxiously. Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain idea that every man is bound to be a critic of life, and to let no day pass without finding some fault with the general order of things, or projecting some plan for its improvement. And the other half comes from the greedy notion that a man’s life does consist, after all, in the abundance of the things that he possesses, and that it is, somehow or other, more respectable and pious to be always at work making a larger living, than it is to lie on your back in the green pastures and beside the still waters, and thank God that you are alive.
... Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), Little Rivers: a book of essays in profitable idleness, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908, p. 35
(see the book; see also Luke 12:15; Ps. 17:13-15; 37:16; Pr. 15:16; Eccl. 5:10; Matt. 6:25-26; Luke 8:14; 1 Tim. 6:6-8; Heb. 13:5; more at Attitudes, God, Greed, Man, Possession, Sadness, Social, Thanksgiving, Vanity, World)
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
Commemoration of Dallas Willard, Teacher, Spiritual Writer, 2013
The practice of theosophy, occultism, spiritualism is not only harmful in its effect on spiritual health, but has as its basis an illegitimate desire to peep through a closed door. We are humbly to admit the existence of a Mystery, and not try to slip round by the backstairs to listen. Moreover, we have been given a supreme law of life which leads us straight to God—love, a difficult, thorny path; we must follow it, bearing our cross, with no excursions into byways.
... Alexander Yelchaninov (1881-1934), Fragments of a Diary: 1881-1934, in A Treasury of Russian Spirituality, Georgii Petrovich Fedotov, ed., Nordland, 1975, p. 428
(see the book; see also Isa. 8:19; Matt. 13:35; 24:24; Luke 14:27; Acts 19:19; 1 Cor. 2:7-10; 2 Thess. 2:9-10; 1 Tim. 3:16; more at Bearing, Cross, Existence, God, Law, Life, Love, Mystic, Spirit)
Friday, May 9, 2014
Without charity no work profiteth, but whatsoever is done in charity, howsoever small and of no reputation it be, bringeth forth good fruit; for God verily considereth what a man is able to do, more than the greatness of what he doth.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ , Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xv.1, p. 50
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 13:1-3; Mark 12:41-44; Rom. 8:29-30,37; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 Thess. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:3,10; 1 John 3:17; more at Charity, God, Goodness, Greatness, Man, Work)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The community of faith celebrates the resurrection of Jesus as the ground of assurance that the present and the future are not under the control of blind forces but are open to unlimited possibilities of new life. This is because the living God who was present in the crucified Jesus is now and always the sovereign Lord of history and therefore makes possible a continuing struggle against all that ignores or negates his purpose.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Foolishness to the Greeks: the Gospel and Western culture, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 63
(see the book; see also Isa. 45:22-23; Ps. 72:11; Isa. 25:7-8; Hos. 13:14; Rom. 8:10-11; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; Phil. 2:10; 3:10-11; 2 Tim. 1:10; Rev. 1:18; more at Assurance, Crucifixion, God, Jesus, Life, Purpose, Resurrection)
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God’s thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honoured by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), The Sovereignty of God , CCEL, 1972, p. 180
(see the book; see also Ps. 38:9; Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Job 9:32; Matt. 6:8; Luke 12:30; 18:1; John 16:23-24; Rom. 11:29; 1 Cor. 14:1; Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jas. 5:15-16; more at Blessing, Confession, Gifts, God, Knowledge, Need, Prayer, Thanksgiving)
Monday, May 12, 2014
Commemoration of Aiden Wilson Tozer, Spiritual Writer, 1963
God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God , Christian Publications, 1982, p. 71
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 3:14-17; Ps. 19:7; 71:17; 119:105; Matt. 26:54-56; Luke 24:27,45; Acts 10:43; Rom. 15:4; 16:25-27; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; more at Bible, Book, God, Life, Power)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
[Christ] looks today, as He has ever looked, not for crowds drifting aimlessly in His track, but for individual men and women whose undying allegiance will spring from their having recognized that He really wants only those who are prepared to follow the path of self-renunciation which He trod before them.
... H. A. Evan Hopkins, Henceforth: the Meaning of Christian Discipleship , Chicago, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, 1964, p. 22
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:40-42; 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24; 14:26-27; 21:4; John 12:25; Acts 20:24; 1 Cor. 10:32-33; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; Phil. 3:7-8; 1 Pet. 2:11; Heb. 13:12-13; Rev. 12:11; more at Christ, Gospel, Renunciation, Self)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Feast of Matthias the Apostle
Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can’t be God’s will? The God who made giraffes, a baby’s fingernails, a puppy’s tail, a crooknecked squash, the bobwhite’s call, and a young girl’s giggle, has a sense of humor. Make no mistake about that.
... Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), “Joy,” in Christian Herald, v. 82, 1959, p. 33
(see the book; see also Gen. 21:5-7; Deut. 30:9-10; Jer. 32:41; Ps. 126:2; Luke 2:10-14; 6:21; 15:10; John 10:10; 1 Thess. 5:16; more at Creation, God, Humor)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945
If our faith is not relevant to our daily life in the world and in the parish, then it is no use; and if we cannot be Christians in our work, in the neighborhood, in our political decisions, then we had better stop being Christians. A piety reserved for Sundays is no message for this age.
... 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. 29
(see the book; see also 1 John 5:4-5; Matt. 13:54-58; John 16:33; 1 Cor. 15:57; 1 John 2:16-17; 4:4; more at Church, Faith, Life, Neighbor, Work, World)
Friday, May 16, 2014
Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
This world is no friend to grace. A person who makes a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior does not find a crowd immediately forming to applaud the decision or old friends spontaneously gathering around to offer congratulations and counsel.
... Eugene H. Peterson (b. 1932), A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, InterVarsity Press, 2000, p. 15
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:11-12; 10:22; 13:57-58; 23:37; 24:9; Luke 4:24,28-30; 6:22; John 1:45-46; 4:44; 15:18-21; 16:2-3; more at Affliction, Atheism, Commitment, Counsel, Crowd, Friend, Grace, Jesus)
Saturday, May 17, 2014
He may affect us directly by His Spirit, with the force of a thunderbolt, or He may choose to woo us gently by stirring up our consciences.But, in addition, God affects us by determining that in the universe certain causes shall bring about certain effects. Cause-and-effect is, therefore, the operation of God through normal channels rather than through special channels. We have our normal way of acting when we drive a car. We can more or less put it in “automatic pilot” while we carry on a conversation, but when an emergency arises, we take conscious personal control. I have a hunch that God has something for which this automatic pilot will serve as an illustration. That is, His routine way of operating is cause-and-effect, and He is in control of it, so that when cause-and-effect affects us, then God is affecting us. That is what the Apostle Paul means in Galatians when he says, “Do not kid yourself—God is not blind. What you do, you will get paid for.” The causes which we have set in operation by our own personal choices will inevitably bring about certain results. But God is involved because God makes cause-and-effect to work. [Continued tomorrow]
... Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001), With Heart and Mind, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962, p. 62
(see the book; see also Gal. 6:7-9; Job 13:7-9; 34:11; Ps. 62:12; Matt. 16:27; 1 Cor. 4:5; 2 Cor. 9:6; 1 John 3:7; more at Choices, Conscience, God, Holy Spirit, Presence of God, Providence)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
[Continued from yesterday]But since cause-and-effect is under the personal control of God, He can introduce into the situation other causes than the ones which we ourselves can control. When in faith we come to God for cleansing from the mess we have made of things, and when we ask for power to reverse causes we have set in motion, God sends in other causes by His Holy Spirit. It may be by direct intervention, or by a combination of circumstances which He controls. We can, therefore, be delivered from the wrath to come, because God will add other causes than those that we have initiated.
... Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001), With Heart and Mind, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962, p. 62
(see the book; see also Gal. 6:8-9; Ps. 92:5; Rom. 6:13; 8:13-14; 11:33; 1 Cor. 15:28,58; more at Deliverance, Faith, God, Holy Spirit, Presence of God)
Monday, May 19, 2014
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
I don’t see how any Christian can read the New Testament and still go on insisting that his relationship to other Christians makes no demands on him, or that his Lord has no call on a life which He has bought and paid for. Does anyone really think they are at liberty to “go second-class” if they wish? Do they truly expect to be “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease”? Do they possibly intend to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and offer, for His approval, deeds done by hands other than theirs? If so, they need to read the New Testament again, for the Holy Spirit has not yet taught them anything out of it: they have not yet found their place in the Body of Christ.
... Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985), “Amateur Ministry”
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Matt. 20:25-29; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:2,10; 15:27; 1 Cor. 3:17; 6:19-20; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:2,11-13; Col. 1:24; Jas. 2:8; 1 Pet. 1:22; 2:5-9; Rev. 5:10; more at Bible, Body of Christ, Christ, Deed, Holy Spirit, Judgment, Liberty, Life)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A Christian should hold his tools in general with a loose hand, but in particular with a firm hand. No man knows when he may be deprived of his health, his money, his position, his friends; he must not set his heart on any one of them as a final good, as an essential blessing. But upon the tools he has, he must set his heart with great appreciation and concentration, that he may learn how to use each one so as to get the best results inside and out. Love not tools less but craftsmanship more. Work while you have your tools; the hour cometh when you may not have them.
... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 31
(see the book; see also John 9:4; Ex. 31:2-11; Matt. 9:37-38; Rom. 12:11; 13:11-12; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 John 2:17; more at Friend, Goodness, Health, Heart, Knowledge, Love, Man, Money, Work)
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
Whoever hath an interest in any one promise hath an interest in them all, and in the fountain-love from whence they flow. He to whom any drop of their sweetness floweth may follow it up into the spring. Were we wise, each taste of mercy would lead us to the ocean of love. Have we any hold on a promise?—we may get upon it, and it will bring us to the main, Christ Himself and the Spirit, and so into the bosom of the Father. It is our folly to abide upon a little, which is given us merely to make us press for more.
... John Owen (1616-1683), The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed , in Works of John Owen, v. XI, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1853, ch. V, p. 223
(see the book; see also Gen. 32:26-30; Zech. 14:8; Ps. 46:4; Isa. 35:6; Matt. 5:6; John 4:10,13-14; 7:38-39; 14:16-17,26; Gal. 4:6; Rev. 7:17; 22:1-2; more at Christ, Father, Holy Spirit, Love, Mercy, Promise, Wisdom)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God’s good time.
... John Ferguson (b. 1921), The Enthronement of Love: Christ the Peacemaker, London: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1951, p. 102
(see the book; see also 2 Thess. 3:13; Ps. 27:13; Matt. 5:8; Luke 18:1; 2 Cor. 4:1,16; Rev. 2:3; more at Faith, God, Progress, Time, Vision, Work)
Friday, May 23, 2014
Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century
We have no reason or right to choose another way than the way God chose in Jesus Christ. The cross is both the symbol of our salvation and the pattern of our lives.
... Jim Wallis (b. 1948), The Call to Conversion, Harper & Row, 1981, p. 87
(see the book; see also Matt. 26:38-39,42; Luke 22:42; John 12:27; 14:5-6; Acts 2:36-39; 17:30-31; Rom. 5:15-18; Phil. 2:5-11; more at Choices, Christ, Cross, God, Jesus, Life, Salvation, Way)
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788
We are not at liberty to use what he has lodged in our hands as we please, but as he pleases, who alone is the possessor of heaven and earth, and the Lord of every creature. We have no right to dispose of any thing we have but according to his will, seeing we are not proprietors of any of these things.
... John Wesley (1703-1791), The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. I, New York: J. Emory and B. Waugh, 1831, p. 449
(see the book; see also Deut. 15:7-14; Ps. 37:21; 112:5; Pr. 19:17; Matt. 5:42; 22:16-21; 25:35-40; Luke 6:30; 8:1-3; 14:12-14; Rom. 13:7; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 1 Pet. 4:10; more at Earth, God, Heaven, Stewardship, Will of God)
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735
Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709
If God reveal anything to you by any other instrument of His, be as ready to receive it as ever you were to receive any truth by my ministry: for I am verily persuaded, the Lord has more truth yet to break forth out of His holy Word.
... John Robinson (1576?-1625), to the “Mayflower” emigrants, in The History of the Puritans, or Protestant Noncomformists, Daniel Neal, Harper, 1844, vol. 1, p. 269
(see the book; see also 2 Pet. 3:15-16; John 15:26; 16:13-14; Rom. 8:24-25; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 10:38; 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:8; more at Bible, God, Minister, Revelation, Truth)
Monday, May 26, 2014
Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
Commemoration of Arthur John Gossip, Spiritual Writer, 1954
Even those of us who are inside it will agree that, in the main, the Church, and all for which it stands, occupy a palpably smaller place in the life of the average member than it did in former days. We explain it on the ground that life has become fuller, and that, of necessity, our attention nowadays has to percolate over a wide area instead of rushing foam-flecked down a narrower channel—which is to say, in other words, that Christ is getting lost to us in the crush and throng of things, does not loom up as arresting, as unique, as all-important, as He did to our forefathers. Yet that, when you come to think of it, is no bad definition of unspirituality.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 61-62
(see the book; see also Luke 8:14; Matt. 6:24-25; 13:22; Mark 4:18-19; 8:27-29; Luke 16:13; 18:24-25; 21:34; Rom. 7:18; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 1 John 2:15-17; Jas. 3:13-15; Jude 1:12; more at Christ, Church, Historical, Life, Meditation, Thought)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564
When they inquire into predestination, they are penetrating the sacred precincts of divine wisdom. If anyone with carefree assurance breaks into this place, he will not succeed in satisfying his curiosity and he will enter a labyrinth from which he can find no exit. For it is not right for man unrestrainedly to search out things that the Lord has willed to be hidden in Himself; nor is it right for him to investigate from eternity that sublime wisdom, which God would have us revere but not understand, in order that through this also He should fill us with wonder. He has set forth by His Word the secrets of His will that He has decided to reveal to us. These He decided to reveal in so far as He foresaw that they would concern and benefit us.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I , tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.xxi.1, p. 142
(see the book; see also Rom. 11:2-6; Ex. 33:19; Matt. 6:8; 22:14; Acts 2:23; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:15-18; 1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 1:4-5; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; more at Eternity, God, Man, Predestination, Revelation, Will of God, Wisdom)
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089
What St. Paul dreads, and protests against in his Epistles to the Romans and Galatians, is a baptized Pharisaism which would remain in all essentials pre-Christian. He is determined that Faith shall not lose its new active meaning, as a decisive moral act of trust; he dreads that it may become again Jewish and passive, a mere fidelity to the terms of a covenant. He is fighting for the new content of the word Faith, as a Christian virtue. But it is as a Christian virtue bound up inextricably with the other Christian virtues, and especially with Love, which is its proper activity..., that he claims such importance for it.
... William R. Inge (1860-1954), Faith and its Psychology, Scribner, 1910, p. 13
(see the book; see also Gal. 5:6; Rom. 10:9; Gal. 5:1-2; 6:15; Jas. 2:18; 1 Pet. 1:8-9; 1 John 4:12; more at Faith, Love, Meaning, Pharisaism, Trust, Virtue)
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Christ, our High-priest, is ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father, where, without ceasing, he makes intercession for us, where St. Paul, with very excellent, glorious words, pictures Christ to us; as in his death, he is a sacrifice offered up for sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in making mediation and intercession, a high-priest.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table-Talk , CXC
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:34; Ps. 110:1; Matt. 26:64; Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Rom. 8:26; Heb. 1:3; 8:1-2; 12:2; more at Ascension, Christ, Father, Heaven, Intercession, King, Resurrection, Sacrifice)
Friday, May 30, 2014
Feast of Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
Commemoration of Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Commemoration of Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist, 1933
The saints of God are called hidden ones. Why so? not only because they are hid in God’s decree, and hid in Christ’s wounds, but oftentimes God hides them in a time of danger and calamity: they are hidden ones. He reserved to himself seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal. The prophet knew not where there was one, but God knew there were seven thousand.
... Thomas Watson (c.1620-1686), preached Aug. 19, 1662, in Farewell Sermons of Some of the Most Eminent of the Nonconformist Ministers, London: Gale and Fenner, 1816, p. 211
(see the book; see also Col. 3:3; 1 Kings 19:14,18; Ps. 83:3; Isa. 3:10-11; John 14:27; 2 Cor. 3:3-4; Phil. 4:7; 1 Pet. 3:4; Heb. 4:16; more at Christ, Danger, God, Knowledge, Prophet, Saint)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Though you may think yourselves ever so dull, and incapable of sublime attainments, yet by prayer the possession and enjoyment of God is easily obtained; for He is more desirous to give Himself to us than we can be to receive Him.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Mme. Guyon (1648-1717), William Backhouse (1779/80-1844) & James Jansen (1784-1821), A Guide to True Peace , Pendle Hill by Harper & Brothers, 1946, p. 15
(see the book; see also Acts 10:9-10; Matt. 18:12-14; Luke 1:46-48; Acts 13:32; Rom. 12:12; 14:17-18; 15:13; Jude 1:24-25; more at Dullness, Giving, God, Grace, Possession, Prayer)
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