Quotations for August, 2024
Thursday, August 1, 2024
There is a certain extravagance in love. The alabaster phial of perfume was meant to be used drop by drop; it was meant to last for years, perhaps even a life-time; but in a moment of utter devotion, the woman poured it on the head of Jesus. Love does not stop nicely to calculate the less or more; love does not stop to work out how little it can respectively give. With a kind of divine extravagance, love gives everything it has and never counts the cost. Calculation is never any part of love.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Mind of Jesus , New York, Harper & Row, 1961, p. 199
(see the book; see also Matt. 26:6-13; Deut. 6:5; 30:6; Mark 12:30; John 3:16; Tit. 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1; more at Devotion, Giving, Jesus, Kindness, Love, Woman)
Friday, August 2, 2024
If ye keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the Voice of God and learn of Him, in one short hour ye can learn more from Him than ye could learn from Man in a thousand years.
... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), The Inner Way, Sermon XV
(see the book; see also Matt. 26:40-41; Ps. 19:14; 104:34; Mark 13:33-37; Acts17:27; Eph. 1:13-14; Heb. 13:15; more at God, Heart, Listening, Man, Prayer)
Saturday, August 3, 2024
Revelation is a divine activity, not a human achievement. It is not the same thing as discovery or the dawning of insight or the emerging of a bright idea. Revelation does not mean people finding God, but God finding us, God sharing his secrets with us, God showing us himself.
... James I. Packer (b. 1926), God has Spoken: revelation and the Bible, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1965, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979, p. 46
(see the book; see also John 1:18; Eze. 34:16; Matt. 3:17; 9:12-13; 10:6; 15:24; 16:15-17; 17:5; Luke 5:31-32; 19:10; John 1:14; 3:16; 15:15; Heb. 1:1-2; 2 Pet. 1:21; more at Achievement, Action, Discovery, God, Insight, Revelation)
Sunday, August 4, 2024
Feast of John Vianney, Curè d’Ars, 1859
There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord; but few of us willing to do little things... Look at that wonderful sermon that [Jesus] preached to that lone woman at the well of Samaria. He was tired and weary, but he had time and the heart to preach to her. This is but one of many instances in the life of the Master from which we may learn a precious lesson. If the Son of God had time to preach to one soul, cannot every one of us go and do the same?
... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899), The Gospel Awakening, Chicago: Fairbanks and Palmer Publishing Company, 1885, p. 154
(see the book; see also John 4:27; Luke 7:39; John 3:1-3; 9:35-37; Acts 8:26-27; Rom. 10:20; more at God, Greatness, Jesus, Preach, Time, Weary)
Monday, August 5, 2024
Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
God’s Kingdom is no small thing: we may survey in imagination all the worlds of God’s creation, but they are not God’s Kingdom. In whichever soul His Kingdom appeareth, and which knoweth God’s Kingdom, that soul needeth no human preaching or instruction; it is taught from within and assured of eternal life.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Meister Eckhart’s Sermons, tr., Claud Field, H. R. Allenson, London, 1909, p. 20
(see the book; see also Luke 17:20-21; Jer. 31:33-34; Matt. 12:28; John 16:13; 18:36; Rom. 14:17-18; Col. 1:27; more at Assurance, Creation, Eternal life, God, Instruction, Kingdom, Preach, Soul, World)
Tuesday, August 6, 2024
One of Paul’s most important teachings... is the doctrine of what we call “justification by faith.” It frequently appears to the non-Christian mind that this is an immoral or at least unmoral doctrine. Paul appears to be saying that a man is justified before God, not by his goodness or badness, not by his good deeds or bad deeds, but by believing in a certain doctrine of Atonement.Of course, when we come to examine the matter more closely, we can see that there is nothing unmoral in this teaching at all. For if “faith” means using a God-given faculty to apprehend the unseen divine order, and means, moreover, involving oneself in that order by personal commitment, we can at once see how different that is from merely accepting a certain view of Christian redemption... That which man in every religion, every century, every country, was powerless to effect, God has achieved by the devastating humility of His action and suffering in Jesus Christ. Now, accepting such an action as a fait accompli is only possible by this perceptive faculty of “faith.” It requires not merely intellectual assent but a shifting of personal trust from the achievements of the self to the completely undeserved action of God. To accept this teaching by mind and heart does, indeed, require a metanoia [Gr. “transformation”], a revolution in the outlook of both heart and mind.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), New Testament Christianity, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1956, chapt. iv, p. 45-46
(see the book; see also Matt. 9:13; 20:28; Mark 2:17; 10:45; Luke 5:32; Acts 5:5; 20:21; 26:20; Rom. 2:4; 3:25-26; 12:2; 2 Cor. 7:8-10; 2 Tim. 2:25-26; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; more at Atonement, Faith, Heart, Justification, Mind)
Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Commemoration of John Mason Neale, Priest, Poet, 1866
By fruit, the ancient Foe’s deviceDrave Adam forth from Paradise:Christ, by the cross of shame and pain,Brought back the dying Thief again:“When in Thy kingdom, Lord,” said he,“Thou shalt return, remember me!” Thy Holy Passion we adoreAnd Resurrection evermore:With heart and voice to Thee on high,As Adam and the Thief we cry:“When in Thy kingdom Thou shalt be“Victor o’er all things, think of me!” Thou, after three appointed days,Thy Body’s Temple didst upraise:And Adam’s children, one and all,With Adam, to New Life didst call:“When Thou,” they cry, “shalt Victor be“In that Thy kingdom, think of me!” Early, O Christ, to find Thy Tomb,The weeping Ointment-bearers come.The Angel, cloth’d in white, hath said,“Why seek the Living with the dead?“The Lord of Life hath burst death’s chain,“Whom here ye mourn and seek in vain.” The Apostles, on Thy Vision bent,To that appointed mountain went:And there they worship when they see,And there the message comes from Thee,That every race beneath the skiesThey should disciple and baptize. We praise the Father, God on High,The Holy Son we magnify:Nor less our praises shall adoreThe Holy Ghost for evermore;This grace, Blest Trinity, we crave;Thy suppliant servants hear and save.
... St. Germanus (634?-734?) & John Mason Neale (1818-1866), Hymns of the Eastern Church, London: J. T. Hayes, 1870, p. 87-89
(see the book; see also John 2:19-21; Gen. 3:22-24; Matt. 12:38-39; 28:5-6,16-20; Luke 23:42; 24:5-6; more at Baptism, Christ, Disciple, Paradise, Praise, Resurrection, Victor, Vision, Worship)
Thursday, August 8, 2024
Feast of Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221
Miracles and truth are necessary, because it is necessary to convince the entire man, in body and soul.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) , P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #806, p. 285
(see the book; see also Rom. 15:18-19; Matt. 11:2-5; Luke 4:14; Acts 1:8; 15:12; 1 Cor. 1:22-25; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:4; more at Man, Miracle, Soul, Truth)
Friday, August 9, 2024
Feast of Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers’ Union, 1921
As to the poor, I am afraid I was always in some danger of being a partisan of theirs against the rich; and that a clergyman ought never to be. And, indeed, the poor rich have more need of the care of the clergyman than the others, seeing it is hardly that the rich shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, and the poor have all the advantage over them in that respect.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I , London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 61
(see the book; see also Matt. 19:23-24; Ps. 49:5-10; Eccl. 5:10; Matt. 6:19-21; 24; Mark 10:24-25; Luke 12:15; 16:13; 18:24-25; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; Heb. 13:5; Jas. 1:9-10; 5:1-3; more at Kingdom, Minister, Need, Poverty)
Saturday, August 10, 2024
Feast of Lawrence, Deacon at Rome, Martyr, 258
Must we then have strange music... unlike the world’s music, and a special language with an imagery that illuminates the minds only of the religious? Or dare we do what our Lord did, and see the Name hallowed in all life that is real and honest and good? Indeed, it was a scandal to the religious men of Jesus’ day when they saw what He did with sacred things. With Jesus all life was sacred and nothing was profane until sin entered in. And so it was that the word “common,” which used to mean profane and unclean, became the New Testament word for the Communion of Saints and for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
... 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 Luke 7:33-34; Ps. 101:2-3; Matt. 9:10; 11:18-19; Mark 2:15; 12:38-40; Luke 5:29; 15:1; 19:5; John 14:23; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 1 John 1:3; more at Bible, Communion, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Music, Profane, Sin, Worship)
Sunday, August 11, 2024
Feast of Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Order of Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253
Commemoration of John Henry Newman, Priest, Teacher, Tractarian, 1890
May I be patient! It is so difficult to realise what one believes, and to make these trials, as they are intended, real blessings.
... John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), in a letter, 1828, Letters and Correspondence of John Henry Newman, v. I, London: Longmans, Green, 1903, p. 160
(see the book; see also Jas. 5:7-8; Ps. 37:7; Hab. 2:3-4; Luke 21:19; Rom. 8:18; Gal. 5:22-23; 6:9; Col. 1:10-11; 3:12; Jas. 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 1:6; more at Belief, Blessing, Patience, Trial, Weakness)
Monday, August 12, 2024
How do you make a day holy? By stopping work—that is, by stopping all the pursuits we engage in for necessity not for pleasure, all our struggles with the world conceived as an enemy that is trying to starve us to death. By looking at that world and seeing that it is good. By entering into all its good and friendly and loving activities, and rejoicing in them. And, above all, by looking beyond the world to the Love that sustains it.
... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 58
(see the book; see also Ex. 20:8; Gen. 1:31; 2:3; Ex. 31:13; Lev. 23:3; Ps. 75:3; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:3; more at Day, Friendliness, Goodness, Holiness, Love, Pleasure, Work, World)
Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Feast of Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down & Connor, Priest, Teacher, 1667
Commemoration of Florence Nightingale, Social Reformer, 1910
Commemoration of Octavia Hill, Worker for the Poor, 1912
Every furrow in the book of the Psalms is sown with such seeds [of praise and thanksgiving]. I know nothing more certain, more constant, to expel the sadness of the world, than to sound out the praises of the Lord as with a trumpet: and when the heart is cast down, it will make it rebound from earth to heaven.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Christian Consolations, in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. I, London: Ogle, Duncan and Company, 1822, p. 131
(see the book; see also Ps. 81:1; 135:3; 145:14; 147:1; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; more at Earth, God, Heart, Heaven, Praise, Sadness, Sow, Thanksgiving)
Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Commemoration of Maximilian Kolbe, Franciscan Friar, Priest, Martyr, 1941
To be elect in Christ Jesus, and there is no other election, means to be incorporated into his mission to the world, to be the bearer of God’s saving purpose for his whole world, to be the sign and the agent and the first fruit of his blessed kingdom which is for all.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1989, p. 86-87
(see the book; see also 2 Thess. 2:13; Rom. 8:23; 9:11-12; Jas. 1:18; 2 Pet. 1:10; Rev. 14:4; more at Christ, God, Jesus, Kingdom, Mission, Purpose, Salvation, World)
Thursday, August 15, 2024
Jesus understood unfinishedness very well, which is why he was comfortable leaving eleven unfinished disciples. When he died, the disciples were confused, depressed, afraid, and doubtful. They faced a lifetime of finishing, just like you and me. Messy spirituality not only reminds us we will always be a work in progress; it also reminds us that the unfinished life is a lot more spiritual than we imagined.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Messy Spirituality , Zondervan, 2007, p. 30
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 2:2-3; Matt. 16:15-23; 28:17; Mark 8:29-33; John 20:25; Rom. 8:5-8; 1 Cor. 2:14-15; 3:1-2; 14:20; Eph. 4:11-15; Col. 1:28; 3:2; Heb. 5:12-14; more at Confusion, Death, Depression, Disciple, Jesus, Progress, Spiritual life, Work)
Friday, August 16, 2024
O radiant luminary of light interminable,Celestial Father, potential God of might,Of heaven and earth, O Lord incomparable,Of all perfections the essential most perfite!O Maker of mankind, that formëd day and night,Whose power imperial comprehendeth every place:Mine heart, my mind, my thought, my whole delightIs after this life, to see thy glorious face. Whose magnificence is incomprehensible,All arguments of reason, which far doth exceed,Whose deity doubtless is indivisible,From whom all goodness and virtue doth proceed;Of thy support all creätures have need:Assist me, good Lord, and grant me of thy graceTo live to thy pleasure in word, thought, and deed,And after this life to see thy glorious face.
... John Skelton (1460-1529), Pithy, Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, London: C. Davis, 1736, p. 121-122
(see the book; see also John 9:5; Gen. 1:5; Matt. 4:15-16; John 1:4-5; 8:12; 2 Cor. 10:5; Eph. 5:13-14; Col. 1:27; Jas. 1:17; more at Father, Glory, God, Goodness, Grace, Light, Power, Virtue)
Saturday, August 17, 2024
God appears, and God is LightTo those poor souls who dwell in night,But does a human form displayTo those who dwell in realms of day.
... William Blake (1757-1827), Poems of William Blake, ed. William Butler Yeats, London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1893, p. 472
(see the book; see also John 1:4-5; Isa. 9:2; 50:10; 60:1-3,19; Luke 2:30-32; John 8:12; 12:46; Eph. 5:8-14; 1 Pet. 2:9; 1 John 1:5-7; Rev. 22:5; more at Day, God, Jesus, Light, Night, Soul)
Sunday, August 18, 2024
Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love. If I do not love a person I am not moved to help him by proofs that he is in need; if I do love him I wait for no proof of a special need to urge me to help him. Knowledge of Christ is so rich a treasure that the spirit of love must necessarily desire to impart it. The mere assurance that others have it not is sufficient proof of their need. This spirit of love throws aside intellectual arguments that they can do very well without it. But if this spirit is not present, a man is easily persuaded that to impart a knowledge of Christianity (for it is noteworthy that such men always speak of Christianity rather than of Christ) is not necessary, nay, is superfluous expense of energy which might be better used in other ways.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Pentecost and the World, London: Oxford University Press, 1917, included in The Ministry of the Spirit, David M. Paton, ed., London: World Dominion Press, 1960, p. 35
(see the book; see also Matt. 13:44; Ps. 18:49; Isa. 43:5-11; John 3:16-17; more at Enlighten, Knowing God, Love, Missionary, Treasure)
Monday, August 19, 2024
We have no cause to be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; but the Gospel of Christ may justly be ashamed of us.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. VI, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon CXVIII, p. 30
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:6; Rom. 1:16-18; more at Bible, Christ, Gospel, Shame)
Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire. Sometimes a slave may do God’s work; but because he does not toil voluntarily, he remains in bondage. So a mercenary may serve God, but because he puts a price on his service, he is enchained by his own greediness. For where there is self-interest there is isolation; and such isolation is like the dark corner of a room where dust and rust befoul. Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives.
... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), On Loving God, CCEL, ch. 12
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 1:7; Isa. 55:7; Matt. 10:7-10; 18:3; Rom. 8:15; 1 Cor. 9:18; 2 Cor. 11:9; 1 Thess. 2:9; Jas. 1:13-14; 1 John 4:18; more at Conversion, Fear, God, Love, Self, Service, Slave)
Wednesday, August 21, 2024
Few have defined what free will is, although it repeatedly occurs in the writings of all. Origen seems to have put forward a definition generally agreed upon among ecclesiastical writers when he said that it is a faculty of the reason to distinguish between good and evil, a faculty of the will to choose one or the other. Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I , tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, II.ii.4, p. 236-237
(see the book; see also Rom. 7:14-25; 8:5-8; Gal. 6:8; Jas. 1:13-17; more at Choices, Evil, Free will, Goodness, Grace, Reason)
Thursday, August 22, 2024
Want not to be worldly? Then take Jesus’ view toward life, what’s important, for instance, to give yourself to. If you give yourself to things, you will become hard and cold. We become the thing we worship. We get to be like what we worship. If we love God, what will happen to us? Well, we will get big hearts, for one thing. We will get so we love more people than we did in the beginning. We will find ourselves being open to what God does to us and what He is telling us.
... Eugene M. Thomas, in a talk delivered May 15, 1983, on the subject “Not Being Worldly”
(see the book; see also Phil. 1:4-6; Luke 16:13; Gal. 5:16; Col. 2:6-7; 1 Thess. 3:12; 2 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 4:16-18; more at God, Heart, Jesus, Love, Worldly, Worship)
Friday, August 23, 2024
Commemoration of Rose of Lima, Contemplative, 1617
The final secret, I think, is this: that the words “You shall love the Lord your God” become in the end less a command than a promise. And the promise is that, yes, on the weary feet of faith and the fragile wings of hope, we will come to love him at last as from the first he has loved us—loved us even in the wilderness, especially in the wilderness, because he has been in the wilderness with us. He has been in the wilderness for us. He has been acquainted with our grief.
... Frederick Buechner (b. 1926), A Room Called Remember: Uncollected Pieces, HarperCollins, 2009, p. 45
(see the book; see also Mark 12:29-30; Deut. 6:5; Isa. 53:3; Matt. 22:37; Luke 10:27; Rom. 8:38-39; more at Commandment, Faith, God, Grief, Hope, Love, Promise)
Saturday, August 24, 2024
Feast of Bartholomew the Apostle
His be the Victor’s nameWho fought the fight alone;Triumphant saints no honour claim,His conquest was their own. By weakness and defeat,He won the meed and crown;Trod all our foes beneath His feetBy being trodden down. He Satan’s power laid low;Made sin, He sin o’erthrew;Bowed to the grave, destroyed it so,And death by dying slew. Bless, bless the Conqueror slain,Slain in His victory;Who lived, who died, who lives again—For thee, His church, for thee!
... Samuel Whitelock Gandy (1780-1851)
(see the book; see also Rom. 8:37; Gen. 3:15; 1 Cor. 15:55-57; 2 Cor. 2:14; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 4:4; 5:3-4; Rev. 12:11; more at Abasement, Blessing, Death, Death & Resurrection, Defeat, Fight, Life, Satan, Sin, Victor, Victory)
Sunday, August 25, 2024
No struggle will come your way apart from God’s purpose, presence, and permission. What encouragement this brings! You are never the victim of nature or the prey of fate. Chance is eliminated. You are more than a weather vane whipped about by the winds of fortune.
... Max Lucado (b. 1955), Come Thirsty: No Heart Too Dry for His Touch, Thomas Nelson Inc, 2004, p. 189
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 10:13; Luke 22:31-32; John 10:28-30; Rom. 8:28-39; 2 Cor. 1:10-11; 12:8-10; 2 Tim. 4:18; Heb. 12:5-6; 2 Pet. 2:9; more at Encouragement, Fate, God, Nature, Purpose, Struggle)
Monday, August 26, 2024
The resurrection of Jesus is a sign of God’s purpose and power to restore his creation to its full stature and integrity. Just as death could be seen as the culmination of all that is wrong with the world, so the resurrection can be seen as a pledge of God’s ultimate victory over the disorder which plagues his creation on account of the fall. Death is the greatest enemy, and yet death has been defeated by God through Christ. And so we are given hope that the remainder of the powers and forces that confront us are similarly being defeated and their power broken.
... Alister E. McGrath (b. 1953), What Was God Doing on the Cross?, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1992, p. 51-52
(see the book; see also Acts 2:26-27; Ps. 16:8-11; Hos. 13:14; 1 Cor. 15:55; Col. 1:27; 1 Thess. 4:13-14; more at Creation, Death, God, Jesus, Power, Purpose, Renewal, Resurrection, Victory)
Tuesday, August 27, 2024
Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
Augustine shows clearly the religious character of sin. Sin for him is not a moral failure; it is not even disobedience. Disobedience is a consequence but not the cause of sin. The cause is turning away from God, from God as the highest good, as the love with which God loves Himself through us. For this reason, since sin has this character—if you say “sins,” it is easily dissolved into moral sins; but sin is first of all basically the power of turning away from God. For this very reason, no moral remedy is possible. Only one remedy is adequate—return to God. But this of course is possible only in the power of God, and this power is lost. This is the state of man under the conditions of existence.
... Paul Tillich (1886-1965), A History of Christian Thought, London: SCM, 1968, p. 126
(see the book; see also Eph. 2:1-2; 1 Sam. 15:11; 1 Kings 11:9; Ps. 53:3; Jer. 8:4-5; Amos 4:6-11; Rom. 3:12; more at Disobedience, Failure, God, Historical, Love, Morality, Power, Sin)
Wednesday, August 28, 2024
Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430
God judged it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit any evil to exist. And if he had willed that there should be no reformation in the case of men, as there is none for the wicked angels, would it not have been just if the nature that deserted God and, through the evil use of his powers, trampled and transgressed the precepts of his Creator, which could have been easily kept—the same creature who stubbornly turned away from His Light and violated the image of the Creator in himself, who had in the evil use of his free will broken away from the wholesome discipline of God’s law—would it not have been just if such a being had been abandoned by God wholly and forever and laid under the everlasting punishment which he deserved? Clearly God would have done this if he were only just and not also merciful and if he had not willed to show far more striking evidence of his mercy by pardoning some who were unworthy of it.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Enchiridion On Faith, Hope, and Love, par. 27
(see the book; see also Rom. 5:12; Matt. 26:28; Acts 2:38; 10:43; Eph. 1:7-8; 4:32; Col. 1:13-14; Heb. 9:22; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 1:6; more at Discipline, Evil, Free will, God, Goodness, Judgment, Light, Man, Mercy, Punishment)
Thursday, August 29, 2024
Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and bring Him nearer to our own image.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God , Christian Publications, 1982, p. 95
(see the book; see also Jas. 4:7-8; 2 Chr. 30:8; Ps. 46:10; 66:3; 145:18; Hos. 6:1-2; Matt. 11:29; Rom. 10:3; 14:11; Heb. 12:9; Jas. 1:6-8; more at Apologetics, Apprehension, Knowing God, Life, Understanding)
Friday, August 30, 2024
It is to no purpose to boast of Christ, if we have not an evidence of His graces in our hearts and lives. But unto whom He is the hope of future glory, unto them He is the life of present grace.
... John Owen (1616-1683), The Glory of Christ [1684, 1691], in Works of John Owen, v. I, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1850, p. 318
(see the book; see also Rom. 5:1-2; Matt. 5:16; John 10:7-9; 14:6; Eph. 2:10,18; 3:12; Tit. 2:7-8,11-14; 1 Pet. 2:12; 3:15-16; Rev. 3:20; more at Boasting, Christ, Future, Glory, Grace, Heart, Hope, Jesus, Life)
Saturday, August 31, 2024
Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651
Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725
Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
John Bunyan understood the Gospel when he wrote that tract, “The Jerusalem Sinner Saved.” He knew that every sinner is a Jerusalem sinner who has crucified the Lord of Glory; and to whom, notwithstanding all this, the grace of God is exceedingly abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. Therefore the Apostle Paul himself is a pattern... of the grace of God abounding to the Christ-crucifiers. A new covenant is made with those who transgressed the first covenant. It is the brethren of Joseph, who have sold him into Egypt, who are made the partakers of Joseph’s power and of Joseph’s riches.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 191
(see the book; see also 1 Tim. 1:14; Matt. 27:25; Acts 2:36; 4:8-10; 7:9-10,52; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; 2:8; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29; more at Crucifixion, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, Jerusalem, Jesus, Sinner)
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