Quotations for March, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024
Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
The world exists, not for what it means but for what it is. The purpose of mushrooms is to be mushrooms, wine is in order to wine: Things are precious before they are contributory. It is a false piety that walks through creation looking only for lessons which can be applied somewhere else. To be sure, God remains the greatest good; but, for all that, the world is still good in itself. Indeed, since He does not need it, its whole reason for being must lie in its own goodness; He has no use for it, only delight.
... Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013), The Supper of the Lamb, New York: Doubleday, 1969, p. 86
(see the book; see also Gen. 1:31; Deut. 23:4; Job 38:4-7; Ps. 19:1-2; 104:24; Isa. 42:5; John 1:3,10; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Col. 1:15-17; 1 Tim. 4:4; Heb. 1:1-2; more at Creation, Existence, God, Goodness, Purpose, World)
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Feast of Chad, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
We need to confess to God our sin of neglecting His Holy Word. We have time enough—we take time—to read the writings of fellow-sinners, yet we have little or no time for the Holy Scriptures. The Bible is a series of Divine love letters, and yet many of God’s people have scarcely broken the seals.
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), The Divine Inspiration of the Bible, Swengel, Pa.: Bible Truth Depot, 1917, p. 139-140
(see the book; see also Luke 8:11-12; Ps. 19:1-3; Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18; Rom. 1:16; 10:14-17; 1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:17; Col. 1:6; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12; more at Bible, Confession, God, Love, Sin, Time)
Sunday, March 3, 2024
We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world.
... Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910-1997)
(see also John 3:16; Ps. 117:1-2; 136; Rom. 5:8; 8:32; 2 Cor. 3:3; 5:18-21; Tit. 3:4; 1 John 4:9-10,19; more at God, Love, World)
Monday, March 4, 2024
Commemoration of Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647
Amid all our dryness let us never grow discouraged, but go steadily on, patiently waiting the return of better things; let us never be misled to give up any devout practices because of it, but rather, if possible, let us increase our good works, and if we cannot offer liquid preserves to our Bridegroom, let us at least offer Him dried fruit—it is all one to Him, so long as the heart we offer be fully resolved to love Him.
... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life , London: Rivingtons, 1876, IV.xiv, p. 338
(see the book; see also Phil. 3:13-14; Ps. 31:22; 77:7-9; Isa. 35:3-4; Matt. 10:22; Luke 18:1-8; Rom. 2:7; 8:24-25; 1 Cor. 9:24-25; 1 Thess. 5:14; Heb. 10:36; 12:1-3,11-13; Jas. 1:2-3; 5:10-11; more at Discouragement, God, Good works, Heart, Love, Offering, Patience)
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
I hold that secret sin, if any thing, is the worst of sin; because secret sin implies that the man who commits it has Atheism in his heart. You will ask how that can be. I reply, he may be a professing Christian, but I shall tell him to his face that he is a practical Atheist, if he labors to keep up a respectable profession before man, and then secretly transgresses. Why, is not he an Atheist, who will say there is a God, yet at the same time thinks more of man than he does of God? Is it not the very essence of Atheism—is it not a denial of the divinity of the Most High when men lightly esteem him and think more of the eye of a creature than of the observation of their Creator? There are some who would not, for the life of them, say a wicked word in the presence of their minister, but they can do it, knowing God is looking at them. They are Atheists. There are some who would not trick in trade for all the world if they thought they should be discovered, but they can do it while God is with them; that is, they think more of the eye of man than of the eye of God; and they think it worse to be condemned by man than to be condemned by God. Call it by what name you will, the proper name of that is practical Atheism.
... Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), Sermons of the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon of London, third series, New York: Sheldon, Blakeman and Co., 1857, p. 171-172
(see the book; see also Num. 32:23; Ps. 19:12; Jer. 23:24; Matt. 6:24; Luke 11:23; 16:13; Rom. 6:16; Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16; more at Atheism, Condemnation, Discovery, Evil, God, Heart, Man, Sin)
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Prayer does not stand alone. It is not an isolated performance. Prayer stands in closest connection with all the duties of an ardent piety. It is the issuance of a character which is made up of the elements of a vigorous and commanding faith. Prayer honours God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid... To pray well is to do all things well.
... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), Purpose in Prayer, New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1920, p. 96
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 6:20; Isa. 26:13; Hos. 6:6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 4:16; Jude 1:20; Rev. 4:11; more at Duty, God, Honor, Prayer, Providence)
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Feast of Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
A satisfying prayer life... elevates and purifies every act of body and mind and integrates the entire personality into a single spiritual unit. Such prayer can only be the result of a life lived in the Spirit...In the long pull we pray only as well as we live.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Root of the Righteous, Christian Publications, 1955, p. 81
(see the book; see also Ps. 46:1; 119:11; John 6:63; 14:26; 15:7,16; 2 Cor. 3:6; Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:16,25; Eph. 5:18; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:19; 1 John 2:27; 2 John 1:2; more at Life, Mind, Prayer, Purity, Satisfaction)
Friday, March 8, 2024
Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929
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)
Saturday, March 9, 2024
Sufficient for every day is the good and the evil thereof. This daily doing of the will of God is the coming of his kingdom within us, and at the same time our daily bread. We should be faithless indeed, and guilty of heathen distrust, did we desire to penetrate the future, which God has hidden from us; leave it to Him: let Him make it short or long, bitter or sweet; let Him do with it even as it shall please Himself.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Spiritual Progress: or, Instructions in the Divine Life of the Soul, New York: M. W. Dodd, 1853, p. 79
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:34; Ps. 37:3; 55:22; Luke 12:28-31; John 14:27; 16:33; 2 Cor. 12:9; 1 Thess. 3:8; 1 Pet. 5:7; more at Bread, Day, Evil, Future, God, Goodness, Kingdom, Will of God)
Sunday, March 10, 2024
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)
Monday, March 11, 2024
If anyone tells you that the life of prayer is one uninterrupted experience of being happy with Jesus, do not follow him. He is not a safe guide. Those who follow the Lamb know that there are stretches of darkness and loneliness and perplexity along the way, and they know that Jesus himself went that way.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Journey Into Joy, Christian Literature Society, 1972, reprint, Wm. B. Errdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1973, p. 124
(see the book; see also Mark 14:33-34; Ps. 22:1; 23:4; 27:1; 46:1-3; 69:13-15; 88:6-7; 118:6; 130:1-2; Matt. 26:37-38; Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 15:55-57; Heb. 5:7; more at Darkness, Experience, Happiness, Jesus, Lamb, Loneliness, Prayer)
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
What heart in the kingdom of heaven would ever dream of constructing a metaphysical system of what we owed to God and why we owed it? The light of our life, our sole, eternal, and infinite joy, is simply God—God—God—nothing but God, and all his creatures in him. He is all and in all, and the children of the kingdom know it. He includes all things; not to be true to anything he has made is to be untrue to him.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Righteousness”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 221-222
(see the book; see also Ps. 63:1-4; 27:8; 42:1-3; 84:10; 143:6; 105:3-4; Pr. 8:17; Isa. 44:3; Matt. 7:7-8; John 4:13-14; 6:35; 7:37-39; Heb. 11:6; more at Everlasting, God, Infinite, Joy, Kingdom, Life, Light, Simplicity)
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
There is a pride of faith, more unforgivable and dangerous than the pride of the intellect. It reveals a split personality in which faith is “observed” and appraised, thus negating that unity born of a dying-unto-self, which is the definition of faith. To “value” faith is to turn it into a metaphysical magic, the advantages of which ought to be reserved for a spiritual elite.
... Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Markings, tr. Leif Sjöberg & W. H. Auden, (q.v.), New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964 (post.), p. 106
(see the book; see also Rom. 6:5-7; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 7:1-5; 2 Cor. 4:10; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; Phil. 3:8; Col. 2:13; more at Danger, Faith, Pride, Self-sacrifice, Unity)
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Fellowship between God and man, interrupted by the sin of the first Adam, was reopened by redemption bought with the blood of the last Adam. Now anyone can have direct koinonia with God and share His very life—anyone can live a life of love and unity with Christ. This is really the center of Christianity, and “faith” is nothing other than the state of having this life union with God. To be justified by faith means that God has access to repentant sinners through Christ and is thus able to enjoy this koinonia with them. [Continued tomorrow]
... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 4
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:22; John 1:4; 3:6; 5:21; Acts 2:42; Rom. 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:9; Gal. 3:24; Phil. 2:1-2; 3:10-11; 1 John 1:3; 5:12; more at Christ, Faith, Fellowship, God, Life, Man, Redemption, Repentance, Sin)
Friday, March 15, 2024
[Continued from yesterday]If we will practice this living union with Christ, loving each other without any concern about sects and denominations, doctrines or forms, then we shall have the Body of Christ with Him as Head. This is the Ekklesia in its truest and purest sense. Therefore, the Ekklesia is not an institution, not a system, not theology, not the words of the Bible, and not any ritual or ceremony. The Ekklesia exists where there is this life union with God through Christ.
... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 4
(see the book; see also 1 John 1:3; Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:29-30; Col. 1:18-20; 1 Tim. 3:14-15; Heb. 12:22-24; more at Bible, Body of Christ, Christ, God, Life, Love, Theology, Unity)
Saturday, March 16, 2024
The word “Comforter” as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means “with strength.” Jesus promised His followers that “The Strengthener” would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living.
... E. Paul Hovey (1908-1996), The Treasury of Inspirational Anecdotes, Quotations, and Illustrations, Revell, 1959, p. 211
(see the book; see also John 14:16-17; Ps. 138:3; Isa. 40:31; Luke 21:14-15; Acts 2:4; 4:31; 1 Cor. 1:8; 2 Cor. 1:8-11; 12:9-10; more at Blood, Courage, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Life, Promise, Strength)
Sunday, March 17, 2024
Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460
The Churches belong together in the Church. What that may mean for our ecclesiastical groupings we do not know. We have not discovered the kind of outward manifestation which God wills that we shall give to that inner unity. But we must seek it.
... Hugh Martin (1890-1964)
(see also Rom. 3:21-22; Ps. 133:1; Matt. 23:8; John 17:20-21; Acts 4:32; Rom. 8:1-2,13-14; 12:16; Gal. 3:7-9; Phil. 2:1-2; 3:8-9; 1 John 1:3,7; more at Church, Discovery, God, Unity)
Monday, March 18, 2024
Breathe on us, breath of God; not as the mighty rushing wind, lest the dimly burning flax be quenched; but with the quiet breath that shall fan to flame our smouldering faith. Inward Presence of our God, we cannot do without Thee! Unless first we hear the gentle whisper of Thy voice, the majesty of fire and storm, the glories of earth and heaven will pass in meaningless pageantry before us. The sacred page of the past and the slowly-traced bible of today will alike be closed to us. As we address ourselves to seek our God, light Thou our hearts with His presence. As we turn to think of Jesus, make our hearts to burn with love. Spirit of the Living God, Spirit of Jesus, Spirit who choosest man’s mind for Thy dwelling; make Thyself known to us now. Amen.
... William Edwin Orchard (1877-1955), The Temple: a book of prayers, 3rd ed., New York, E. P. Dutton, 1918, p. 146
(see the book; see also 1 Kings 19:11-13; Ps. 46:1-7; Joel 2:28-29; John 14:16-17,23; Rom. 5:5; 8:10-11; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21-22; 1 John 4:4; Rev. 3:20; more at Fire, Glory, God, Heart, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Knowing God, Love, Prayers, Scripture)
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Feast of Joseph of Nazareth
God has many ways of drawing us to Himself. He sometimes hides Himself from us; but faith alone, which will not fail us in time of need, ought to be our support and the foundation of our confidence, which must be all in God.
... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, New York, Revell, 1895, Twelfth Letter, p. 40-41
(see the book; see also Ps. 33:21-22; 10:1; 13; 22:1-2; 89:46; 147:11; Pr. 3:25-26; John 20:29; Rom. 1:17; Heb. 4:16; 1 John 5:14; more at Confidence, Faith, God, Need, Time)
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687
To pray earnestly and live carelessly is to proclaim that a man is not spiritually minded in his prayer.
... John Owen (1616-1683), The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded , in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, I.6, p. 295
(see the book; see also Pr. 19:16; Ps. 62:11-12; Eccl. 12:14; Matt. 7:26-27; 12:35-37; Gal. 6:7-8; Jas. 2:20; more at Careless, Man, Prayer, Spiritual life, Worldly)
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions , Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, I.i, p. 1
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:28-30; Ps. 38:4; 116:7; Isa. 55:1-3; 66:2; Jer. 6:16; Mic. 6:6-8; Gal. 5:1; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; Heb. 4:1; more at God, Heart, Prayers, Rest, Restless)
Friday, March 22, 2024
My belief that miracles have happened in human history is not a mystical belief at all; I believe in them upon human evidences as I do in the discovery of America. Upon this point there is a simple logical fact that only requires to be stated and cleared up. Somehow or other an extraordinary idea has arisen that the disbelievers in miracles consider them coldly and fairly, while believers in miracles accept them only in connection with some dogma. The fact is quite the other way. The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), Orthodoxy, London, New York: John Lane Company, 1909, p. 278-279
(see the book; see also Matt. 4:23-25; 9:2-7; Mark 2:3-12; Luke 4:14; John 2:11; 7:31; 20:30-31; Acts 19:17; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; more at Belief, Dogma, Historical, Miracle)
Saturday, March 23, 2024
We ought not to forget that the whole Church, quite as much as any part of it, exists for the sole reason of finally becoming superfluous. Of heaven St. John the Divine said, “I saw no temple therein.”
... Howard A. Johnson (1915-1974), “The Vocation of the Anglican Communion (Theme Address),” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 227
(see the book; see also Rev. 21:22; 1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chr. 2:6; 6:18; Ps. 51:17; Isa. 57:15; 66:1; John 4:23-24; 14:23; 1 Cor. 3:18; 6:19; Eph. 2:21-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 John 3:24; more at Church, Existence, Heaven, Reason, Sight, Temple)
Sunday, March 24, 2024
Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980
Commemoration of Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953
This world never looked like a friend upon you. Ye owe it little love. It looked ever sour-like upon you. Howbeit ye should woo it, it will not match with you; and therefore never seek warm fire under cold ice. This is not a field where your happiness groweth; it is up above, where there are a great multitude, which no man can number, of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter to Lady Kenmure, Sept. 14, 1634, p. 69
(see the book; see also Rev. 7:9; Lev. 23:39-40; Matt. 6:24; 21:8-9; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 16:13; 19:36-38; John 12:12-13; 15:19; 18:36; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1-2; Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15; more at Fire, Friend, Happiness, Lamb, Love, Man, Nation, People, World)
Monday, March 25, 2024
Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
It might be well for us not to turn away too quickly from Judas, with a feeling of abhorrence. He is nearer to us than we imagine. He did nothing else than to hold this last, inner position of man against God in a critical moment and with obstinacy. He profoundly perceived that with Jesus and himself it was either He or “I,” and he decided for the “I.”
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), from “Jesus and Judas”, in Come Holy Spirit: Sermons, New York: Round Table Press, 1933, reprint, Mowbrays, 1978, p. 131
(see the book; see also Matt. 27:3-5; Ps. 109:8; Zech.11:12-13; Matt. 26:14-16; Mark 14:43-46; Luke 22:3-6; John 13:27; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; more at Betrayal, Criticism, Depravity, God, Jesus, Perception)
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883
It was on the last night of His life, when His enemies were all around Him, that He spoke to His disciples of the joy that no man taketh away. Read again the story of His Passion: Jesus is seen throughout as calm, quiet, and confident. His last word is, “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit.” Someone may say, “Yes, but He knew that He was going to rise from the dead.” But have we not the same promise for ourselves? [Continued tomorrow]
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 33
(see the book; see also John 16:19-22; Luke 23:46; John 5:25; 6:40; 16:33; 1 Cor. 6:14; Phil. 3:10-11; 1 Thess. 4:14-16; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 12:2; more at Calm, Church, Confidence, Death, Disciple, Father, Jesus, Joy, Promise)
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
[Continued from yesterday]The ordinary group of worshipping Christians, as the preacher sees them from the pulpit, does not look like a collection of very joyful people, in fact, they look on the whole rather sad, tired, depressed people. It is certain that such people will never win the world for Christ... It is no use trying to pretend: we may speak of joy and preach about it: but, unless we really have the joy of Christ in our hearts and manifest it, our words will carry no conviction to our hearers.
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 33-34
(see the book; see also John 16:33; Ps. 9:2; Luke 2:10; 6:22-23; 10:20; 24:52; 1 Thess. 1:6; 5:16; 1 Pet. 1:8-9; more at Christ, Church, Conviction, Depression, Heart, Joy, Preach, Sadness, Worship)
Thursday, March 28, 2024
How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died.
... Philip Yancey (b. 1949), Soul Survivor, New York: Doubleday, 2001, p. 285
(see the book; see also Matt. 26:56; 9:13; Mark 2:17; 14:29-31,66-72; Luke 5:32; 22:54-61; Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15; more at Betrayal, Church, Death, Disciple, Forget, Jesus)
Friday, March 29, 2024
Commemoration of Jack Winslow, Missionary, Evangelist, 1974
O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;How art Thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), included in Masterpieces of Religious Verse, James Dalton Morrison, ed., New York: Harper & Bros., 1948, p. 198
(see the book; see also Matt. 27:27-30; Ps. 69:7; Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 20:18-19; Mark 15:16-19; Luke 23:3-37; John 19:1-3; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:3-5; Heb. 12:2-3; 1 Pet. 3:18-20; more at Anguish, Death, Grace, Grief, Savior, Scorn, Shame, Sinner, Suffer)
Saturday, March 30, 2024
I have spoken of the birth of Jesus Christ as a well-attested fact of history, but, of course, it became that, for the most part, in retrospect. For as the Holy Babe grew to manhood it was only here and there that men recognized what they were seeing—God focused in human form. When the final tragedy came and the forces of darkness conspired to put out the Light, probably a mere handful retained their faith. It was the reverberating miracle of the Resurrection, witnessed and vouched for by hundreds of reliable witnesses, which settled the matter, and transformed dispirited disciples into determined heroes prepared to challenge and change the world.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), God With Us: a Message for Christmas, London: Epworth Press, 1957, p. 9-10
(see the book; see also Luke 24:19-21; Ps. 16:9-11; Jon. 1:17; Matt. 16:16-17; 28:9-10; Mark 16:2-7; Luke 2:27-38; 24:5-7; John 1:4-5; 11:25-26; 20:9-17; Acts 13:30-37; 17:30-31; Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:3-8,14,20-21; more at Challenge, Darkness, Disciple, Faith, Historical, Jesus, Light, Man, Resurrection, Witness)
Sunday, March 31, 2024
Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;Death is strong, but Life is stronger;Stronger than the dark, the light;Stronger than the wrong, the right.Faith and Hope triumphant say,Christ will rise on Easter-Day.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Christmas Songs and Easter Carols, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1904, p. 35
(see the book; see also Luke 24:1-7; Song of Solomon 8:6; Matt. 28:1-7; Mark 16:2-7; John 1:4-5; 20:1-8; Rom. 8:23-25; Heb. 11:1; 1 Pet. 2:9; more at Christ, Death, Easter, Faith, Hope, Life, Strength)
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