THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light

Quotations for March, 2021


 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601

The death of Jesus Christ is for us nothing if we have not died with him; the resurrection of our Lord is for us nothing if we have not been raised with him.
... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), I Believe in the Living God: sermons on the Apostles’ Creed, Westminster Press, 1960, p. 103 (see the book; see also Ps. 16:9-11; John 14:19; Rom. 6:3-10; 2 Cor. 4:10-11; 2 Tim. 2:11-12; more at Christ, Death, Death & Resurrection, Jesus, Resurrection)

 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Feast of Chad, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672

Man, here below, lives so entirely among sensible things, and meditates so little upon spiritual objects, that he comes to look upon that which is spiritual as unreal, and upon material things as the only realities. For most men, houses, and lands, and gold are more real than God and the soul. The former address the five senses, whereas “no man hath seen God at any time,” and the soul is not apprehensible by any sensuous organ. Yet the invisible God is more real than any other being, for he is the cause and ground of all other existence. It was an invisible Mind that made the material chaos from nothing, and brooded over it, and formed it into an orderly and beautiful cosmos. The invisible is more firmly substantial than the visible.
... W. G. T. Shedd (1820-1894), Sermons to the Spiritual Man, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1884, p. 177-178 (see the book; see also Gen. 1:2; John 1:18; 14:2; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:15; 1 John 4:12; more at Beauty, Existence, God, Material things, Meditation, Mind)

 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

[God’s] patience is infinite. Men, like small kettles, boil quickly with wrath at the least wrong. Not so God. If God were as wrathful, the world would have been a heap of ruins long ago.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), Reality and Religion: meditations on God, man, and nature, London: Macmillan, 1924, p. 24 (see the book; see also Ex. 34:6,7; Ps. 86:15; 103:8-10; Isa. 49:15; Luke 20:9-16; more at Desolation, God, Infinite, Patience, World)

 
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Commemoration of Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647

God, though present everywhere, has His special residence, as being a pure Spirit, in our minds. “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” He is somewhere in the recesses of our soul, in the springs of our existence, in that mysterious, dark, cavernous region of our nature where the wishes, feelings, thoughts, emotions take their earliest rise... The mind is a sanctuary, in the center of which the Lord sits enthroned, the lamp of the consciousness burning before Him.
... Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897), Thoughts on personal religion, Rivingtons, 1871, p. 257-258 (see the book; see also Rom. 8:6-7; Acts 17:24-28; more at God, Knowing God, Mind, Sanctuary, Soul, Spirit, Thought)

 
Friday, March 5, 2021

If we are to rid ourselves of pseudo-religion and of an irreligion that is equally spurious, it must be done with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Our Lord bids His disciples pull out first the beam that is in their own eyes. Only then shall we be able to see clearly the tiny splinters which have gotten into the eyes of the poor whom we are called to serve.
... Sir Edwyn C. Hoskyns (1884-1937), We are the Pharisees, London: SPCK, 1960, p. 8 (see the book; see also Matt. 7:3-5; Gal. 2:10; Eph. 6:17; more at Disciple, God, Service, Sight, Spirit, Sword)

 
Saturday, March 6, 2021

The modern translator must be a close student, not only of Greek, but of the art of English translation... In every sentence he must recognize a new problem, for it must be rendered not only for itself but in such a way that its relation to the context is maintained. The best translation is ... one that makes the reader forget that it is a translation at all.
... Edgar J. Goodspeed (1871-1962), Problems of New Testament Translation, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1945, p. 8 (see the book; see also Acts 8:30-31; more at Bible, Holy Spirit)

 
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Feast of Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203

Love is [careful] of little things, of circumstances and measures, and of little accidents; not allowing to itself any infirmity which it strives not to master, aiming at what it cannot yet reach, desiring to be of an angelic purity, and of a perfect innocence and a seraphical fervour, and fears every image of offense; is as much afflicted at an idle word as some at an act of adultery, and will not allow to itself so much anger as will disturb a child, nor endure the impurity of a dream. And this is the curiosity and niceness of divine love: this is the fear of God, and is the daughter and production of love.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 158 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 6:31; John 13:14-15; 15:12-13,17; more at Fear, God, Innocence, Love, Perfection, Purity)

 
Monday, March 8, 2021
Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929

We have forgotten that evil is infectious, as infectious as small-pox; and we do not perceive that if we allow whole departments of our life to become purely secular, and to create and maintain moral or immoral standards of their own, in time the whole of life is bound to become corrupt.
... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Wicket Gate, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923, p. 225-226 (see the book; see also Ps. 14:1-3; Matt. 15:11; Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 1:18-23; 8:20-21; Gal. 6:8; 2 Pet. 1:4; 2:18-19; more at Corruption, Evil, Forget, Ideal, Immorality, Life, Morality, Sin, Time)

 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

By the quality of our inner lives I do not mean something characterized by ferocious intensity and strain. I mean rather such a humble and genial devotedness as we find in the most loving of the saints. I mean the quality which makes contagious Christians, makes people catch the love of God from you.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), Concerning the Inner Life, London: Methuen, 1927, p. 12 (see the book; see also Phil. 4:5; Matt. 5:16; John 15:9-10; Col. 3:12; 1 John 4:12; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; Jude 1:21; more at Humility, Love, Mission, Saint, Spiritual life)

 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Prayer has everything to do with moulding the soul into the image of God, and has everything to do with enhancing and enlarging the measure of Divine grace. It has everything to do with enriching, broadening and maturing the soul’s experience of God. That man cannot possibly be called a Christian, who does not pray.
... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), The Necessity of Prayer [1907], Lulu, 2007, p. 26 (see the book; see also Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 18:1-7; 22:41-42; Phil. 4:6; Heb. 4:16; Jas. 5:16; Jude 1:20; more at God, Man, Prayer, Sanctification, Soul)

 
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Preachers never tire of telling us that knowing about God is one thing and knowing God is another; but although these are distinct, it would be very odd if you could know God at all well without knowing quite a lot about him. After all, we know an ordinary friend better when we know something about that person’s history and character.
... Richard G. Swinburne (b. 1934), Philosophers Who Believe, Kelly James Clark, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1993, p. 200 (see the book; see also Isa. 66:2; Jer. 31:34; Matt. 7:7-8; 11:29; 1 Cor. 4:6; more at Friend, God, Knowing God, Knowledge, Preacher)

 
Friday, March 12, 2021

They, looking at Baptism as an act done in an instant, and accomplishing its purpose in an instance, and not rather as the witness of an eternal truth, the sacrament of constant union, the assurance of a continual living presence, are driven to this conclusion: that the moment after it has been performed is a period of ideal purity and excellence, from which the future life even of a saint is a deflection, and which those who have wandered far into sin cannot hope to recover. These must be content, by much prayer and fasting, to seek for God’s mercy, which may, perhaps, though there is no certain promise to uphold the flattering expectation, once again redeem them out of sin and hell... Where is the minister of Christ in London, Birmingham, or Manchester, whom such a doctrine, heartily and inwardly entertained, would not drive to madness? He is sent to preach the Gospel. What Gospel? Of all the thousands whom he addresses, he cannot venture to believe that there are two who, in Dr. Pusey’s sense, retain their baptismal purity. All he can do, therefore, is to tell wretched creatures, who spend eighteen hours out of the twenty-four in close factories and bitter toil, corrupting and being corrupted, that if they spend the remaining six in prayer—he need not add fasting—they may possibly be saved. How can we insult God and torment man with such mockery?
... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), The Kingdom of Christ: or Hints on the principles..., letters, by a clergyman of the Church of England, 1837, p. 96 (see the book; see also Rom. 6:3-4 Col. 2:11-14; 1 Pet. 3:18-22; more at Assurance, Authenticity, Baptism, Corruption, Fasting, Gospel, Promise, Purpose, Sacrament, Toil)

 
Saturday, March 13, 2021

[Forgiveness] recognises the wrongdoer as a person. He has done wrong, and about this there is no pretence. But that is not the whole truth about him. He is still of infinite value as a person, since every person is unique and irreplaceable by any other. Since he has so greatly injured himself by doing wrong, he is in special need of help, and help that can be rendered only by the one to whom he has done the wrong.
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), A Genuinely Human Existence: Towards a Christian Psychology, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1959, p. 210 (see the book; see also Luke 6:27-29; Rom. 12:14,17-21; Eph. 4:32; 1 John 2:1-2; more at Forgiveness, Infinite, People, Truth, Wrong)

 
Sunday, March 14, 2021

To make the improving of our own character our central aim is hardly the highest kind of goodness. True goodness forgets itself and goes out to do the right thing for no other reason than that it is right.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Christian Freedom in the Modern World, London: SCM Press, 1937, p. 27 (see the book; see also Eph. 4:15,16; 1 Pet. 1:13-16; more at Forget, Goodness, Truth, Unselfish, Weakness)

 
Monday, March 15, 2021

God hath work to do in this world; and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority... It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness; but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God hath a work to do; and not to help Him, is to oppose Him.
... John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, v. IX, New York: R. Carter, 1851, Sermon XIII, p. 171 (see the book; see also Gen. 6:9; Ps. 55:6; Jer. 9:2; Gal. 5:13; 2 Pet. 3:11; more at God, Holiness, Obedience, Righteousness, Service, Work, World)

 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action—you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things... You are not called to get to heaven, to do good, or to be good—you are called to belong to Jesus Christ. The doing good, the being good, and the getting to heaven, are the by-products of that belonging. The center of conversion is the belonging of a person to a Person.
... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), Conversion, New York: Abingdon Press, 1959, p. 244 (see the book; see also John 8:47; 10:4; Rom. 6:11; 8:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; more at Call, Christ, Conversion, Goodness, Heaven, Jesus)

 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460

Let us guard with all our might against lapsing into mere controversialists, unless God has given us special talents in that way, which we can use with fear and trembling as given us for the special defence of truth and of the Church. As we follow Him after the day of disputation up the slope of the Mount of Olives, and watch there, in the blood-red glow of sunset, and the purple of the deepening gloom, and the blackness of approaching night, Jerusalem with its individual history and palpitating heart of religious frenzy, melting into the judgment of a world, and the crash of falling kingdoms, and the winding up of final doom, how little all the controversy has become, in the face of a world’s sin and a world’s judgment! Jesus Christ was the Truth; and as the Truth, He met and laid low controversy.
... W. C. E. Newbolt (1844-1930), Speculum Sacerdotum, London: Longmans, Green, 1894, p. 188 (see the book; see also Matt. 21:23-27; 1 Cor. 6:1-2; Phil. 2:14-15; 1 Tim. 2:8; 6:20-21; 2 Tim. 2:23-25; Tit. 3:9; more at Church, Dispute, Fear, God, Jerusalem, Jesus, Judgment, Kingdom, Talent, Truth, World)

 
Thursday, March 18, 2021

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)

 
Friday, March 19, 2021
Feast of Joseph of Nazareth

Prayer frees us to be controlled by God. To pray is to change. There is no greater liberating force in the Christian life than prayer. To enter the gaze of the Holy is never to be the same. To bathe in the Light in quiet wonder and glad surrender is to be slowly, permanently transformed. There is a richer inward orientation, a deep hunger for communion. We feel as if we are being taken over by a new control Center, and so we are.
... Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity, HarperCollins, 1989, p. 58 (see the book; see also Rom. 8:14,26; Eph. 6:18; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:9; 1 John 5:16; more at Communion, Gladness, Life, Light, Permanence, Prayer, Wonder)

 
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687

That the death of Christ as an atoning sacrifice was predicted by the law and the prophets is the constant doctrine of the New Testament.
... Charles Hodge (1797-1878), An Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians [1857], New York: Robert Carter & Bros., 1860, p. 313 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:17; Luke 24:44-45; John 1:45; Acts 13:26-27; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; more at Atonement, Bible, Christ, Death, Law, Prophet, Sacrifice)

 
Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Church, rightly conceived, is the whole covenant people called to serve in the world. The clergy are also part of the laity, and their true function is to help equip the laity to be the Servant People. If they turn aside to rule and to secure their own status, they have betrayed the calling of the special ministry.
... Franklin H. Littell (1917-2009) (see also Luke 12:35-36; 22:27; John 13:14-15; 2 Cor. 4:3-5; Eph. 4:11-13; more at Call, Church, Minister, People, Service, World)

 
Monday, March 22, 2021

[Thomas Carlyle] believed that every man had a special duty to do in this world. If he had been asked what specially he conceived his own duty to be, he would have said that it was to force men to realize once more that the world was actually governed by a just God; that the old familiar story, acknowledged everywhere in words on Sundays and disregarded or openly denied on week-days, was, after all, true. His writings, every one of them, ... were to the same purpose and on the same text—that truth must be spoken and justice must be done; on any other conditions, no real commonwealth, no common welfare, is permitted or possible.
... James A. Froude (1818-1894), Life of Carlyle [1884], New York: Scribner, 1904, p. 240 (see the book; see also Nah. 1:3; Heb. 6:10; Rev. 19:1-2; more at Duty, God, Historical, Justice, Man, Truth, World)

 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

We are so farre off from condemning any of their labours that traveiled before us in this kinde, either in this land or beyond sea, ... that we acknowledge them to have beene raised up of God, ... and that they deserve to be had of us and of posteritie in everlasting remembrance... Therefore blessed be they, and most honoured be their name, that breake the yce and give the onset upon that which helpeth forward to the saving of soules. Now what can be more available thereto, than to deliver Gods booke unto Gods people in a tongue which they understand? ... So if we, building upon their foundation that went before us, and being holpen by their labours, doe endeavour to make that better which they left so good; no man, we are sure, hath cause to mislike us; they, we perswade ourselves, if they were alive, would thanke us... For is the Kingdom of God become words or syllables? Why should we be in bondage to them if we may be free?
... Miles Smith (1554-1624), in the preface to The Authorised Version of the English Bible [1611], Cambridge: The University Press, 1909, p. 19,28 (see the book; see also Acts 2:7-12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; 1 John 5:13; more at Bible, Blessing, Bondage, God, Kingdom, Salvation)

 
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980
Commemoration of Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953

If you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday worship and so on.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Tozer on Worship and Entertainment, WingSpread Publishers, 2006, p. 9 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:5-6; 23:27-28; John 4:21-23; Col. 2:20-23; more at Day, God, Heaven, Sunday, Worship)

 
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary

What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object—that is, God, Himself. He alone is man’s veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such—even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #425, p. 138-139 (see the book; see also Ps. 42; 86:10; Amos 8:11-12; John 4:13-14; 6:32-35; more at Apologetics, Emptiness, God, Happiness, Infinite, Man, Nature, Preach, Reason)

 
Friday, March 26, 2021
Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883

Our wills are not ours to be crushed and broken; they are ours to be trained and strengthened. Our affections are not ours to be blighted and crucified; they are ours to be deepened and purified. The rich opportunities of life are not held out to us only to be snatched away by an invisible hand patiently waiting for the hour when the cup is sweetest; they are given to us that we may grow, alike through their use or their withdrawal. They are real, they are sweet, and they are worthy of our longing for them; we gain nothing by calling them dross, or the world an illusion, or ourselves the victims of deception, or by exalting renunciation as the highest virtue. When these opportunities are denied us, it is a real, not an imaginary, loss which we sustain; and our part is not that of bare renunciation, of simple surrender; our part is to recognize the loss, to bear the pain, and to find a deeper and richer life in doing the will of God.
... Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916), The Life of the Spirit, New York: Dodd, Mead, 1901, p. 131 (see the book; see also Amos 5:15; Rom. 8:22; Phil. 4:8; more at Illusions, Obedience, Opportunity, Purity, Renunciation, Virtue, Will of God)

 
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Every time the disciples started establishing rules—no children near Jesus; don’t let the crowd touch Jesus; don’t talk to Samaritan women; don’t let people waste expensive perfumes—Jesus told them to knock it off, and his rebuke was usually followed by a lecture that said, “You still don’t get it! We’re not substituting religious rules with our rules. We are substituting religious rules with Me!” Jesus kept saying “Follow Me,” not “follow My rules.” So most of us have spent our Christian lives learning what we can’t do instead of celebrating what we can do in Jesus.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 53 (see the book; see also Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 7:36-47; John 4:9; more at Disciple, Jesus, People, Rule)

 
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday

He who has surrendered himself to it knows that the Way ends on the Cross—even when it is leading him through the jubilation of Gennesaret or the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
... Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Markings, tr. Leif Sjöberg & W. H. Auden, (q.v.), New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964 (post.), p. 91 (see the book; see also Mark 6:53-56; Luke 9:23-24; 14:26-27; John 12:12-13; Rom. 8:13-14; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; more at Cross, Gospel, Jerusalem, Knowledge, Way)

 
Monday, March 29, 2021
Commemoration of Jack Winslow, Missionary, Evangelist, 1974

To live thus—to cram today with eternity and not wait the next day—the Christian has learnt and continues to learn (for the Christian is always learning) from the Pattern. How did He manage to live without anxiety for the next day—He who from the first instant of His public life, when He stepped forward as a teacher, knew how His life would end, that the next day was His crucifixion; knew this while the people exultantly hailed Him as King (ah, bitter knowledge to have at precisely that moment!), knew, when they were crying, “Hosanna!”, at His entry into Jerusalem, that they would cry, “Crucify Him!”, and that it was to this end that He made His entry. He who bore every day the prodigious weight of this superhuman knowledge—how did He manage to live without anxiety for the next day?
... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Christian Discourses, tr. Walter Lowrie, New York: Oxford University Press, 1961, p. 78 (see the book; see also Matt. 21:9; Mark 15:13-14; Luke 12:22-23; 21:34-36; 23:21-24; more at Anxiety, Attitudes, Bearing, Bitterness, Crucifixion, Day, Life)

 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Blow out your foolish lamps; here are two honest men,
Diogenes;
A thief and a blasphemer; or, I think, a god,
On gallows-trees.
... Mary Madeleva (Mary Evaline Wolff) (1887-1964), Gates and other Poems, New York: Macmillan, 1938, p. 22 (see the book; see also Matt. 26:65-66; Luke 23:39-43; 2 Cor. 1:9-11; more at God, Jesus, Man, Salvation)

 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631

Our critical day is not the very day of our death, but the whole course of our life; I thank him, that prays for me when my bell tolls; but I thank him much more, that catechizes me, or preaches to me, or instructs me how to live.
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. VI, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CLVIII, p. 291 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 2:3-4; Ps. 68:20; John 6:26-27; Rom. 12:5-8; more at Attitudes, Day, Death, Instruction, Judgment, Life, Prayer, Preach)

 

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