THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light

Quotations for May, 2025


 
Thursday, May 1, 2025
Feast of Philip & James, Apostles

Paul, in matters of Christian liberty, commendeth the unity of their faith in the Holy Spirit, giving order that we should not judge nor condemn one another, in difference of judgment and practice of such things where men live to God on both sides, even though there were some error on one side. How much less in things indifferent, where there may be no error on either side.
... Roger Williams (1603?-1683), The Bloudy Tenent [1644], London: J. Haddon, 1848, p. 224 (see the book; see also Eph. 4:3; Rom. 14:1-6,21; 1 Cor. 1:10; 12:12-13; Gal. 5:1; Col. 3:13-15; more at Error, Faith, God, Holy Spirit, Judgment, Liberty, Unity)

 
Friday, May 2, 2025
Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373

It was [on the world He created] that the angels sang Glory to God in the highest, as at the most amazing work of God. They behold lowest humility and recognize the highest sublimity. This plan to redeem the human race is Christ’s life, Christ’s teaching, Christ’s miracles. It is His passion, cross, resurrection, appearance, ascension, and the descent of the Holy Spirit—the transformation of the earth by a few humble and ignorant men. It is a plan, replete with miracles, that even the angelic spirits could not fathom.
... Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536), The Essential Erasmus, J. P. Dolan, ed., New York: New American Library, 1964, p. 232 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 1:12; Matt. 11:25; Mark 9:35; Luke 2:13-14; John 7:15-16; 13:14-16; Acts 4:13; 1 Cor. 1:27; Phil. 2:5-8; more at Angel, Ascension, Christ, Cross, Glory, God, Holy Spirit, Humility, Life, Miracle, Redemption, Resurrection, Teach)

 
Saturday, May 3, 2025

For Jesus, a realistic assessment of human society in general flowed directly from his radical analysis of human nature. He held out no glib hopes for this world. He saw the problems of society as being rooted in the selfishness of man. The problems of society are like large-scale paintings of the problems of each individual... The teaching of Jesus was centred not on vague recommendations for mankind at large, but on specific remedies for the needs of individuals.
... Denis Alexander, Beyond Science, Berkhamsted: Lion Pub., 1972, reprint, A. J. Holman Co., 1973, p. 166-167 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:20; Ps. 51:10; Isa. 55:7; Eze. 18:31; Matt. 23:12,25-26; Luke 6:41-42; 14:11; 18:10-14; Jas. 4:8; more at Jesus, Man, Selfish, Social, Teach, World)

 
Sunday, May 4, 2025
Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation

The heavens and the earth, and the waters, and the things that are therein, the fish, and birds, and trees, are not evil. All these are good: but it is evil men who make this evil world. Yet as we cannot be without evil men, let us, as I have said, whilst we live pour out our groans before the Lord our God, and endure the evils, that we may attain to the things that are good. Let us not find fault with the Master of the household; for He is loving to us. He beareth us, and not we him. He knoweth how to govern what He made; do what He hath bidden, and hope for what He hath promised.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Sermon XXX [Ben 80], in Sermons on Selected Lessons of the New Testament, v. I, Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1844, p. 243-244 (see the book; see also Matt. 17:15-21; Gen. 1:31; Ps. 94:18; Matt. 18:7; Luke 17:5; John 1:14; Rom. 8:22,26; more at Earth, Evil, God, Goodness, Hope, Love, Man, Promise, Water)

 
Monday, May 5, 2025

Did God really forsake Jesus Christ upon the cross? Then from the desertion of Christ’s, singular consolation springs up to the people of God... Christ’s desertion is preventive of your final desertion. Because He was forsaken for a time you shall not be forsaken forever. For He was forsaken for you... Though God deserted Christ, yet at the same time He powerfully supported Him. His omnipotent arms were under Him, though His pleased Face was hid from Him. He had not indeed His smiles, but He had His support. So Christian, just so shall it be with thee. Thy God may turn away His face, He will not pluck away His arm.
... John Flavel (1628-1691), The Fountain of Life [1671], in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. I, Paisley: A. Weir and A. McLean, 1770, p. 170 (see the book; see also Matt. 27:46; Ps. 22:1; 37:28; 71:11-12; Matt. 28:20; Mark 15:34; Heb. 5:7; 12:2; 13:5; more at Christ, Church, Consolation, Cross, God, Jesus)

 
Tuesday, May 6, 2025

It is true that we are sinners;—but Christ has suffered for us. It is true that we deserve death;—but Christ has died for us. It is true that we are guilty debtors;—but Christ has paid our debts with His own blood. This is the real Gospel! This is the good news! On this let us lean while we live. To this let us cling when we die. Christ has been “lifted up” on the cross, and has thrown open the gates of heaven to all believers.
... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), Expository thoughts on the Gospels, with the text complete, St. John, v. I, Robert Carter and brothers, 1874, p. 143 (see the book; see also John 12:32; Ps. 22:16; Matt. 26:54; Luke 18:31-33; John 3:14-15; 6:44; 8:28; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 9:15; more at Blood, Christ, Cross, Death, Debt, Gospel, Heaven, Sinner, Suffer, Truth)

 
Wednesday, May 7, 2025

A Christian can never say, “I knew the power of the Holy Spirit yesterday, so today I can be at rest.” It is one of the existential realities of the Christian life to stand before God consciously recognizing our need.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), No Little People, Downer Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1974, reprint, Crossway, 2003, p. 66-67 (see the book; see also John 14:26; Ps. 42:1-2; Luke 12:31; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 2:14; Heb. 6:4-6; more at Holy Spirit, Need, Power, Rest, Today, Truth, Yesterday)

 
Thursday, May 8, 2025
Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
Commemoration of Dallas Willard, Teacher, Spiritual Writer, 2013

The overshadowing event of the past two centuries of Christian life has been the struggle between orthodoxy and modernism. In this struggle the primary issue has, as a matter of fact, not been discipleship to Christ and transformation of soul that expresses itself in pervasive, routine obedience to his “all that I have commanded you.” Instead, both sides of the controversy have focused almost entirely upon what is to be explicitly asserted or rejected as essential Christian doctrine. In the process of battles over views of Christ the Savior, Christ the Teacher was lost on all sides.
... Dallas Willard (1935-2013), The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship, HarperCollins, 2006, p. 109 (see the book; see also Luke 6:43-45; Ps. 51:10,17; 119:11; Pr. 4:21; Matt. 23:25-26; Mark 7:21-23; John 4:23-24; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Eph. 3:16-19; Col. 3:12-14; more at Battle, Christ, Disciple, Obedience, Savior, Struggle, Teach)

 
Friday, May 9, 2025

Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon: the thought of him to whom that prayer goes will purify and correct the desire. To say, ‘Father, I should like this or that,’ would be enough at once, if the wish were bad, to make us know it and turn from it... Was it not thus the Lord carried himself towards his Father when he said, ‘If it be possible, let this cup pass from me’? But there was something he cared for more than his own fear—his Father’s will: ‘Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.’
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Word of Jesus on Prayer”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 75 (see the book; see also Luke 22:42; Ps. 10:17; Matt. 10:19-20; 26:39; Rom. 8:15,26-27; Eph. 2:18; 6:18; Jas. 4:3; Jude 1:20; more at Cup, Father, Prayer, Thought, Will of God)

 
Saturday, May 10, 2025

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labor is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1964, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 75 (see the book; see also Heb. 13:2; Isa. 58:6-7; Matt. 25:40; Rom. 12:13; Gal. 6:9; Tit. 1:8; 2 Thess. 3:13; more at Awakening, Awareness, Presence of God, Remembrance, World)

 
Sunday, May 11, 2025

If our principal treasure be, as we profess, in things spiritual and heavenly, (and woe unto us if it be not so!) on them will our affections, and consequently our desires and thoughts, be principally fixed.
... John Owen (1616-1683), The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded [1681], in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 302 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:19-21; Ps. 62:10; Pr. 16:16; Luke 12:16-21,33-34; Col. 2:2-3; 1 Tim. 6:8-10; Heb. 12:2; 13:5; 1 John 2:15-16; more at Affection, Heaven, Loyalty, Treasure)

 
Monday, May 12, 2025
Commemoration of Aiden Wilson Tozer, Spiritual Writer, 1963

All of God’s acts are consistent with all of His attributes. No attribute contradicts the other, but all harmonize and blend into each other in the infinite abyss of the Godhead. All that God does agrees with all that God is, and being and doing are one in Him.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Knowledge of the Holy, Harper & Row, 1975, p. 85 (see the book; see also Rom. 11:28-29; Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Hab. 2:3; Luke 21:33; Heb. 6:17-18; Jas. 1:17; more at Attributes of God, God, Infinite, Unity)

 
Tuesday, May 13, 2025

By the time most of our children reach junior high school, their natural curiosity has been neutralized by an insidious set of unwritten assumptions:
Assumption 1: Questions can be embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to admit you don’t know something. What is important is never to reveal your ignorance. Don’t admit you don’t know something because others may think less of you. In today’s world, truth doesn’t matter. Image does. Silence your doubts, ignore your questions, don’t do anything that might cause someone to think ill of you. As Flannery O’Connor reminded us, “mystery is the great embarrassment to the modern mind.” [Continued tomorrow]
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 38 (see the book; see also Pr. 12:1; 1:7; Rom. 11:33-34; 1 Cor. 8:1; more at Doubt, Ignorance, Knowledge, Question, Silence, Thought)

 
Wednesday, May 14, 2025
Feast of Matthias the Apostle

[Continued from yesterday:]
Assumption 2: Questions can make people uncomfortable. Questions can cause others to question. Our doubts might resonate with others’ doubts. Because of our questions, others might have to face questions they have learned to ignore. Questions force us to think, to struggle, to interact with truth. In other words, the act of questioning is discomforting. Many Christians have silenced their questions; they’ve ignored the gaps in their thinking and don’t want those questions reawakened. [Continued tomorrow]
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 38 (see the book; see also John 6:27; Hos. 4:6; Matt. 6:33; Luke 12:31; more at Doubt, People, Question, Truth)

 
Thursday, May 15, 2025
Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945

[Continued from yesterday:]
Assumption 3: Questions can be dangerous. Many in our culture have opted to stay safe by limiting our knowledge to what we already know—a self-induced retirement of the mind. If we ask too many questions, the resulting answers might cause us to change. We might become accountable for truth and have to act on it. The Pharisees wanted to shut up Jesus for good. His constant questions were threatening to the status quo. Jesus’ questions were dangerous because the very asking of them was eroding the power structure. Jesus had to be killed because He had to be silenced. Asking “who is my neighbor?” and “whose image is on this coin?” can start a riot. [Continued tomorrow]
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 38-39 (see the book; see also Luke 20:40; Matt. 22:18-21,42-46; Luke 10:29-36; more at Culture, Danger, Jesus, Neighbor, Pharisaism, Question)

 
Friday, May 16, 2025
Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877

[Continued from yesterday:]
Assumption 4: Questions can be “right” or “wrong.” All of us have had the experience of asking a question, only to be told the question was inappropriate, irrelevant, or “wrong.” According to this rule, “wrong” questions reveal a lack of faith, a refusal to believe, a rebellion, a carnal heart. “Wrong” questions are unanswerable questions. “Wrong” questions threaten the majority viewpoint.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 39 (see the book; see also Matt. 9:4-6; Mark 2:8-11; 10:18; Luke 5:22-24; 12:16-20; 18:19; John 5:41-44; more at Belief, Faith, Heart, Question, Wrong)

 
Saturday, May 17, 2025

To imply that Jesus “went to heaven when he died”, or that he is now simply a spiritual presence, and to suppose that such ideas exhaust the referential meaning of “Jesus was raised from the dead”, is to miss the point, to cut the nerve of the social, cultural and political critique. Death is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant; resurrection does not make a covenant with death, it overthrows it. The resurrection, in the full Jewish and early Christian sense, is the ultimate affirmation that creation matters, that embodied human beings matter.
... N. T. Wright (b. 1948), The Resurrection of the Son of God, Fortress Press, 2003, p. 730 (see the book; see also Acts 2:23-24; Matt. 17:22-23; Luke 9:22; 24:5-7; Acts 2:32; 3:15; 1 Cor. 15:17; more at Creation, Culture, Death, Jesus, Resurrection, Social, Tyranny)

 
Sunday, May 18, 2025

O my God, deep calls unto deep. The deep of my profound misery calls to the deep of Your infinite mercy.
... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), The Love of God, and Spiritual Friendship, ed. James Houston, Multnomah Press, 1983, p. 107 (see the book; see also Ps. 42:7; 57:10; 107:1; 108:4; Luke 1:50; Acts 3:19-20; Rom. 11:32; 1 Cor. 2:10; Eph. 2:4-5; more at Call, God, Infinite, Mercy, Prayers)

 
Monday, May 19, 2025
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

Suppose the evidence had been reversed: suppose Jesus’ first convert in Samaria had been a man, and His favorite friends in Bethany had been two active brothers and a silent sister; suppose a woman had betrayed Him with a kiss, and another woman had cursed Him for fear of a manservant in the High Priest’s courtyard; suppose two men had first found His tomb empty, and the women had come to see it only in doubt and fear; suppose that the church in Caesarea had been served by the four sons of Phillip, all prophets, and Aquila’s name had always been mentioned before his wife’s—would we not assert without fear of contradiction that the New Testament reinforces the teaching of the Old, that women are and must remain inferior to men?
... Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985) (see also Matt. 9:22; 16:13-15; 17:12; 26:47-49,69-74; 28:1; Luke 24:9-12; John 4:7-10; 11:1-2; Acts 18:26; 21:8-9; more at Bible, Church, Doubt, Jesus, Man, Woman)

 
Tuesday, May 20, 2025

[The Kingdom of God] is the reconciliation of the world to God. And here is the consequence of this reconciliation: a new world, a new aeon, a new heaven, and a new earth, which are new because they are surrounded by the peace of God... The end and purpose of the world is the coming of the Kingdom.
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Prayer, Westminster John Knox Press, 2002, p. 35 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Ps. 29:11; 85:8; Matt. 26:64; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27; John 14:27; Acts 10:36; more at Earth, God, Kingdom, Peace, Purpose, Reconciliation, World)

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2025
Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330

How dry and hard you are without Jesus! How foolish and vain if you desire anything but Him! Is it not a greater loss than losing the whole world? For what, without Jesus, can the world give you? Life without Him is a relentless hell, but living with Him is a sweet paradise. If Jesus be with you, no enemy can harm you.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, II.viii.1-2, p. 95-96 (see the book; see also John 10:27-29; Ps. 27:1; 46:1-3; 56:4,11; 118:6; Matt. 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25; John 11:28-29; Rom. 8:31; 1 John 4:4; more at Folly, Jesus, Life, Paradise, Vanity, World)

 
Thursday, May 22, 2025

Let us remember how very soon the missionary character of the Church was forgotten, and the Church, instead of obeying the commandment of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations (in fact, that it was chiefly a missionary association), neglected this great and important calling... It is astonishing how a commandment so simple and distinct, and how a duty which you would have imagined would be eagerly greeted by the impulse of gratitude, of affection, and of compassion, was forgotten for so long a time, in the churches of the Reformation especially. Now we are accustomed to hear of mission work among the heathen nations, and to find that a great multitude of people are interested in it, and regard it with respect; but it was only at the commencement of the last century, and with great difficulty, [that] the attention of the Church was roused to this important duty; and even in the... Church of Scotland there were a number of ministers who thought that the state of heathenism was so utterly corrupt, and that there was so much to be done in our own country, that it was altogether a Utopian project to think of converting the idolaters, and that it was not our imperative duty to trouble ourselves with their wretched condition.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 83-84 (see the book; see also Matt. 28:19-20; Ps. 22:27-31; 98:2-3; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8; 2:38-39; 10:45-48; 13:46-47; 28:28; Col. 1:22-23; more at Call, Church, Commandment, Conversion, Corruption, Duty, Jesus, Mission, Missionary, Obedience, Reformation)

 
Friday, May 23, 2025
Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century

God, of Thy Goodness, give me Thyself: for Thou art enough to me, and I may nothing ask that is less that may be full worship to Thee; and if I ask anything that is less, ever me wanteth,—but only in Thee I have all.
... Juliana of Norwich (1342?-1417), Revelations of Divine Love, Grace Harriet Warrack, ed., Methuen, 1901, ch. V, p. 11 (see the book; see also Luke 11:9-10; Ps. 27:8; 105:3-4; Pr. 8:17; Matt. 6:33; 7:7-8; Heb. 11:6; more at God, Goodness, Prayers, Worship)

 
Saturday, May 24, 2025
Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788

O for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood
So freely shed for me.
 
A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer’s throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.
 
A humble, lowly, contrite, heart,
Believing, true and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
From Christ who dwells within.
 
A heart in every thought renewed
And full of love divine,
Perfect and right and pure and good,
A copy, Lord, of Thine.
... Charles Wesley (1707-1788), A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the people called Methodists, John Wesley, London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1876, p. 322 (see the book; see also Eze. 36:25-27; John 14:16-17; Rom. 8:3-4,29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 4:16-17; Gal. 2:20; more at Belief, Christ, Cleanse, God, Heart, Humility, Jesus, Meekness, Perfection, Praise, Redemption, Sin, Truth)

 
Sunday, May 25, 2025
Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735
Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709

New forms of community, shaped largely by media and consumer choices, are displacing many of the former structures of community. But they carry with them a major drawback: they often do not bring persons into face-to-face relationships. Many people today desperately search for a face-to-face community, “a place where everybody knows your name.” Yet many remain alone, trapped in the individualism of the modern condition. Social and ethnic diversity represents a threat, not a resolution.
... Darrell L. Guder, Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998, p. 43 (see the book; see also John 15:12-13; 13:34-35; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:11,23; 4:11-12; more at Choices, Community, People, Social)

 
Monday, May 26, 2025
Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
Commemoration of Arthur John Gossip, Spiritual Writer, 1954

It is not for nothing that the central rite of Christ’s religion is not a fast but a feast, as if to say that the one indispensable requirement for obtaining a portion in Him is an appetite, some hunger, is to be without what we must have and He can give.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 22 (see the book; see also John 7:37; Ps. 42:1-2; Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 5:7-8; 11:23-27; Eph. 1:4-6; Rev. 19:9; more at Christ, Church, Fasting, Giving, Religion)

 
Tuesday, May 27, 2025
Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564

Any due progress in the knowledge of Christ brings with it all that can be learned from the Gospel. On the other hand, to search for wisdom apart from Christ means not simply foolhardiness but utter insanity.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), [1539] The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Romans and to the Thessalonians, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995, p. 15 (see the book; see also Col. 2:2-3; Rom. 1:1-4; 11:33; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 2:6-8; Eph. 1:7-8; 3:10-11; Col. 1:9; 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; more at Christ, Gospel, Knowing God, Progress, Search, Wisdom)

 
Wednesday, May 28, 2025
Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089

We have still much to learn as to the laws according to which the mind and body act on one another, and according to which one mind acts on another; but it is certain that a great part of this mutual action can be reduced to general laws, and that the more we know of such laws the greater our power to benefit others will be. If, when, through the operation of such laws, surprising events take place, [we may] cry out, ... “Such is the will of God,” instead of setting ourselves to inquire whether it was the will of God to give us power to bring about or prevent such results, then our conduct is not piety but sinful laziness.
... George Salmon (1819-1904), “A Sermon on the Work of the Holy Spirit”, Appendix, in The Evidences of the Work of the Holy Spirit, Dublin: Hodges, Smith, 1859, p. 30 (see the book; see also Gen. 1:28-29; Pr. 1:7; 3:19-20; 18:15; 24:5; Luke 11:52; Acts 18:24-28; 1 Cor. 13:9-12; more at Action, Holy Spirit, Knowledge, Law, Mind, Power, Will of God)

 
Thursday, May 29, 2025
Ascension

At his Ascension our Lord entered heaven, and he keeps the door open for humanity to enter.
... Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), My Utmost for His Highest, Leicester: F.A. Thorpe, 1927, p. 138 (see the book; see also Luke 24:50-53; Matt. 19:24-26; Acts 1:9-12; Phil. 3:10-11; more at Ascension, Door, Heaven, Jesus, Man)

 
Friday, May 30, 2025
Feast of Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
Commemoration of Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Commemoration of Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist, 1933

Prayer in the Scriptures is a renunciation of human means. It is not merely the point beyond which I could not go, the limit of my power which dissolves into impotence, but it is indeed a stripping bare, the abandonment of all human apparatus in order to place myself, without arms or equipment, into the hands of the Lord, who decides and fulfills.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), Prayer and Modern Man, New York: The Seabury Press, 1973, p. 30 (see the book; see also Ps. 40:8; Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 22:42; John 4:34; 5:19,30; 1 Thess. 3:2-3; more at Fulfillment, God, Power, Prayer, Renunciation, Scripture)

 
Saturday, May 31, 2025

Do not wonder to see simple people believe without reasoning. God imparts to them love of Him and hatred of self. He inclines their heart to believe. Men will never believe with a saving and real faith, unless God inclines their heart; and they will believe as soon as He inclines it. And this is what David knew well, when he said: “Incline my heart, O Lord, unto thy testimonies.”
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #284, p. 100-101 (see the book; see also Ps. 119:36; 51:10; 1 Kings 8:58; Pr. 3:5; Eze. 11:19-20; John 6:44-45; 14:6; more at Belief, Faith, Heart, People, Salvation, Simplicity)

 

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