THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light

Quotations for April, 2024


 
Monday, April 1, 2024
Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872

The Resurrection narratives are not a picture of survival after death; they record how a totally new mode of being has arisen in the Universe. Something new had appeared in the Universe: as new as the first coming of organic life. This Man, after death, does not get divided into “ghost” and “corpse.” A new mode of being has arisen. That is the story. What are we going to make of it?
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), God in the Dock [1970], ed. Walter Hooper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994, p. 159 (see the book; see also Luke 24:36-43; Matt. 28:9,17-20; Luke 24:15-16,30-31; John 5:28-29; 20:26-27; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; 5:1-5; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 1:18; more at Death & Resurrection, Life, Man, Universe)

 
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Love—and the unity it attests to—is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 36 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:11; John 13:34-35; 17:21; Acts 4:32-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 13:9-10; Gal. 6:10; Col. 1:3-4; 3:12-13; 1 Thess. 4:9; 2 Thess. 1:3; Heb. 13:1; 1 Pet. 3:8; 4:8; 1 John 2:10; 3:10,14,23; 4:11,20-21; more at Christ, Father, Jesus, Knowledge, Love, Unity, World)

 
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

When the word intervenes in a situation, it changes that situation. When it comes on a man, it changes that man even if he refuses to listen. This goes beyond mere obedience. The word enlists man in an adventure into which he carries all those around him and which may be a controversy with God.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Judgment of Jonah, tr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1971, p. 22 (see the book; see also Jon. 1:9-10; Deut. 18:15-19; 1 Sam. 8:18-19; Neh. 9:16-17; Jer. 11:9-10; Matt. 10:14-15; 11;15; 13:15; Mark 4:9; 6:10-11; 9:7; Luke 16:31; ; more at God, Listening, Man, Obedience)

 
Thursday, April 4, 2024

We need to warn [secretly self-complacent] persons that there is no shortcut to holiness. It must be the business of their whole lives to grow in grace and continually to add one virtue to another. It is, as far as possible, “to go on to perfection.”
... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Real Christianity, ed. James Houston, Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2005, p. 170 (see the book; see also Heb. 6:1-2; Ps. 84:7; John 6:27; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 13:11; Gal. 5:22-23; Phil. 2:14-16; 4:8; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 3:13; 4:1,7; 1 Tim. 6:11; Heb. 12:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; 3:14; 1 John 3:7; more at Complacency, Grace, Growth, Holiness, Life, Perfection, Virtue)

 
Friday, April 5, 2024

The radical failure in so-called religion is that its way is from man to God. Starting with man, it seeks to rise to God; and there is no road that way.
... J. Arundel Chapman (1885-1934), The Theology of Karl Barth, London: Epworth Press, 1931, p. 20 (see the book; see also Isa. 40:1-5; Matt. 3:3; Mark 1:2-3; Luke 3:4-6; John 1:23; 10:9; 14:4-6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:1-2; Eph. 2:1-2; 1 Pet. 1:21; more at Failure, God, Man, Religion, Way)

 
Saturday, April 6, 2024
Commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, artist, 1528, and Michelangelo Buonarrotti, artist, spiritual writer, 1564

No mortal object did these eyes behold
When first they met the placid light of thine
And my Soul felt her destiny divine,
And hope of endless peace in me grew bold:
Heaven-born, the Soul a heavenward course must hold;
Beyond the visible world She soars to seek
(For what delights the sense is false and weak)
Ideal Form, the universal mould.
The wise man, I affirm, can find no rest
In that which perishes; nor will he lend
His heart to aught which doth on time depend.
’Tis sense, unbridled will, and not true love,
That kills the soul: love betters what is best,
Even here below, but more in heaven above.
... Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475-1564), translated by William Wordsworth in The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, William Wordsworth, Philadelphia: Troutman & Hayes, 1851, p. 219 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 13:12-13; Ps. 82:6-7; Mark 12:29-31; John 6:27; 10:34-36; 14:2-3; Gal. 5:14; Col. 3:14; 1 John 4:7-9; more at Destiny, Heart, Heaven, Hope, Light, Love, Peace, Soul, Time)

 
Sunday, April 7, 2024

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)

 
Monday, April 8, 2024
Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877

[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)

 
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Feast of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Teacher, Martyr, 1945

Anybody who lives beneath the Cross and who has discerned in the Cross of Jesus the utter wickedness of all men and of his own heart will find there is no sin that can ever be alien to him. Anybody who has once been horrified by the dreadfulness of his own sin that nailed Jesus to the Cross will no longer be horrified by even the rankest sins of a brother.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 118 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:4; Ps. 25:11; Matt. 15:17-20; Luke 6:45; John 8:34; Rom. 7:13,22-24; Eph. 2:1-2; Heb. 12:1; Jas. 1:13-15; Jude 1:22-23; more at Confession, Cross, Evil, Heart, Jesus, Man, Sin)

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Feast of William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
Commemoration of William of Ockham, Franciscan Friar, Philosopher, Teacher, 1347
Commemoration of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest, Scientist, Visionary, 1955

Is it not therefore exceeding strange, that people should place so much piety in the attendance upon public worship, concerning which there is not one precept of our Lord’s to be found, and yet neglect these common duties of our ordinary life, which are commanded in every page of the Gospel?
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 9 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:48; Gen. 17:1; Lev. 11:44; Deut. 18:13; Mic. 6:8; Luke 6:36; 2 Cor. 7:1; 13:11; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 1 John 3:17; more at Duty, Gospel, Neglect, Worship)

 
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Commemoration of George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878

Jesus came to raise the dead. The only qualification for the gift of the Gospel is to be dead. You don’t have to be smart... You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to be wise. You don’t have to be wonderful. You don’t have to be anything... you just have to be dead. That’s it.
... Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013), The Door Interviews, Mike Yaconelli, Zondervan, 1989, p. 230 (see the book; see also Col. 2:13-14; Matt. 8:22; 17:9;22:31-32; Mark 12:25-27; Luke 9:60; 20:35-38; John 5:21,24-25,28-29; Acts 2:24; 17:32; 26:8; Rom. 4:17; 6:4-5,8-11; 8:10-11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 15:21-22,51-54; 2 Cor. 1:9; Eph. 2:1-5; Rev. 1:17-18; more at Death, Death & Resurrection, Goodness, Gospel, Jesus, Resurrection, Wisdom)

 
Friday, April 12, 2024

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, April 13, 2024

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, April 14, 2024

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, April 15, 2024

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, April 16, 2024

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, April 17, 2024

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, April 18, 2024

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, April 19, 2024
Commemoration of Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012

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 [1418], 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, April 20, 2024

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, April 21, 2024
Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109

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 [1918], 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, April 22, 2024

Is it then reasonable to love our enemies? God does; therefore it must be the highest reason. But is it reasonable to expect that man should become capable of doing so? Yes; on one ground: that the divine energy is at work in man, to render at length man’s doing divine as his nature is. For this our Lord prayed when he said: “That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.” Nothing could be less likely to human judgment: our Lord knows that one day it will come.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Love Thine Enemy”, in Unspoken Sermons [First Series], London: A. Strahan, 1867, p. 218-219 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:43-48; Pr. 25:21; Luke 6:27-29,35; John 17:20-21; Rom. 5:10; 12:14,20-21; 1 Pet. 2:23; 3:9; more at Enemy, Father, Knowledge, Love, Man, Reason)

 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Feast of George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
Commemoration of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1988

[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 [1942], 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, April 24, 2024
Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624

Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart has turned to stone.
... Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Seeds of Contemplation, London: Hollis & Carter, 1949, New Directions. 1949, p. 140 (see the book; see also Matt. 26:36-39; Mark 14:34-36; more at Heart, Love, Prayer)

 
Thursday, April 25, 2024
Feast of Mark the Evangelist

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, April 26, 2024

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, April 27, 2024
Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894

Tune me, O Lord, into one harmony
With thee, one full responsive vibrant chord;
Unto thy praise all love and melody,
Tune me, O Lord.
... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 463 (see the book; see also Ps. 92:1-3; 33:1-3; 68:4; 81:1-3; 98:4-6; 104:33; 144:9-10; 150:3-5; Eph. 5:19-20; Col. 3:16; Rev. 14:2-3; more at God, Harmony, Love, Praise)

 
Sunday, April 28, 2024
Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841

We must be ready, indeed eager, to see God’s Name being hallowed outside the Church as well as inside. It may be that today the philosopher is honouring the Name of God when he insists that we should know what we mean when we utter our religious language and that we should be ready to have that meaning tested. It may be that other philosophers hallow the Name when they refuse to allow us to withdraw it to some supernatural realm, but insist on wrestling with the unknown God in the agony and joy of existence, crying with Jacob, “Tell me, I pray thee, thy Name.” And is not the scientist honouring the Name when he patiently and obediently follows where the evidence leads? Or the social scientist when he asks us to understand what is before we begin pronouncing what ought to be? God does not spend all His time in Church.
... Howard Hewlett Clark (1903-1983), “Sermon at the Opening Service,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 11 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:9; Gen. 32:24-29; Ps. 111:9; Mal. 1:11; Luke 1:48; 11:10; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:15-16; Rev. 4:11; 5:12; more at Church, God, Honor, Knowing God, Philosophy)

 
Monday, April 29, 2024
Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380

Faith hath cause to take courage from our very afflictions; the devil is but a whetstone to sharpen the faith and patience of the saints. I know that he but heweth and polisheth stones all this time for the New Jerusalem.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, March 9, 1637, p. 218 (see the book; see also Jas. 1:2-3,12; Matt. 5:10-12; Luke 6:22-23; Acts 5:41; Rom. 5:3-4; 8:17-18; 2 Cor. 4:17; 12:9; Col. 1:24; Heb. 10:34; 1 Pet. 4:13-14; more at Affliction, Devil, Faith, Knowledge, Patience, Saint)

 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922

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)

 

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