Christ, our Light

Quotations for January, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Feast of the Naming & Circumcision of Jesus

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice
Which is more than liberty.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.
... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Hymns Selected from Frederick William Faber, Part 4, Northampton, Mass.: Bridgman and Childs, 1867, p. 54-55 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 11:3; Ps. 36:5; 85:10; 100:5; 116:6; 118:1-4; 136; 146:7-8; Matt. 18:2-3; Luke 6:36; Rom. 11:32; Eph. 2:4-5; Heb. 4:16; more at God, Justice, Kindness, Love, Mercy, Simplicity)

Thursday, January 2, 2014
Feast of Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops, Teachers, 379 & 389
Commemoration of Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Mystic, Staretz, 1833

Though we were not His brethren, but were enemies through wicked works, yet [Jesus], being not man alone, but God, after He Himself has given us freedom, calls us brethren. He who redeemed us was, if we consider His nature, neither our brother nor man; but if we regard His gracious condescension to us, He calls us brethren and descends to humanity.
... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), Homily on Ps. XLVIII, quoted in Saint Basil the Great, Richard T. Smith, London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1879, p. 109-110 (see the book; see also Rom. 5:10; Ps. 49:7-9; Isa. 52:3; Rom. 3:25-26; 8:3; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Col. 1:21-23; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 4:19; more at Brotherhood, Enemy, Freedom, Grace, Jesus, Redemption)

Friday, January 3, 2014
Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970

That same state and temper of mind which makes our alms and devotions acceptable, must also make our labour or employment a proper offering unto God. If a man labours to be rich, and pursues his business, that he may raise himself to a state of figure and glory in the world, he is no longer serving God in his employment; he is acting under other masters, and has no more title to a reward from God, than he that gives alms that he may be seen, or prays that he may be heard of men.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 51 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:1-6,24; 13:22; Luke 16:13; Rom. 14:8; Eph. 4:28; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 1 Pet. 4:11; more at Devotion, God, Hypocrisy, Labor, Master, Offering, Service, World)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It is almost always a mistake to recruit exceptional people for leadership; look for ordinary Christians—that is mostly what you have anyway. But prize them, value them. And appoint them as leaders.
... Eugene H. Peterson (1932-2018), The Unnecessary Pastor, Marva J. Dawn, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000, p. 204 (see the book; see also Ex. 4:10-11; 3:11; Amos 7:14-15; Matt. 4:18-22; 11:25; Luke 10:21; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 2:12-14; Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5; more at Leader, People, Wrong)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love their cow—for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love Him for their own advantage. Indeed, I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), quoted in Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 52 (see the book; see also Phil. 1:15; 2 Kings 5:15-16; Pr. 15:26; Matt. 10:8; Luke 16:13; John 20:29; Acts 8:18-23; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 2:16; 4:20; more at Authenticity, Comfort, God, Love, Mind, Sight, Truth, Wealth)

Monday, January 6, 2014

God has become Man! From henceforth God is no absentee impersonal Omnipotence. God and Man are indissolubly linked. God has not only made His Personal Visit, not only given us the pattern of true and happy living, not only died to reconcile us to Himself, not only risen again both to shatter the fear of death and to prove His own claims, but there is no barrier now between Him and us. God in Christ is our Contemporary, and if that is not Good News it would be difficult to know what is!
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), God With Us: a Message for Christmas, London: Epworth Press, 1957, p. 12 (see the book; see also Eph. 2:18; Zech. 12:10; Matt. 26:64; Mark 16:19; John 1:14; Acts 2:32-33; 5:30-31; Rom. 8:34; Col. 3:1; Heb. 7:25; 8:1-2; 12:2; more at Death, Fear, God, Gospel, Happiness, Life, Man, Omnipotence, Reconciliation, Resurrection)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Instead of worshiping God “in spirit” (recognizing that he is spirit himself and asks for spiritual worship), idolaters become preoccupied with external, visible, and tangible objects. Even the worship of the people of Israel had a constant tendency to degenerate into formalism and even blatant hypocrisy. The seventh and eighth century [B.C.] prophets were scathing in their denunciation of Israel’s empty religion, and Jesus applied their criticism to the Pharisees of his own day: “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’” So whatever outward forms we may use in Christian worship (liturgies, processions, drama, ritual, kneeling or raising our arms), we need to ensure that they escape the charge of idolatry by passing the double test of being “in spirit and in truth.”
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Basic Christianity, Nottingham, U.K.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2008, third edition, p. 94-95 (see the book; see also John 4:23-24; Isa. 1:13-17; 29:13-14; Amos 5:21-24; Mark 7:6-7; John 1:17; Rom. 8:15,26; Gal. 4:6; Col. 3:5; Jude 1:20-21; more at Criticism, God, Hypocrisy, Idol, Jesus, Pharisaism, Prophet, Spirit, Truth, Worship)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Commemoration of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming, martyrs, Ecuador, 1956

Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on Earth! I care not if I never raise my voice again for Him, if only I may love Him, please Him. Mayhap in mercy He shall give me a host of children that I may lead them through the vast star fields to explore His delicacies whose finger ends set them to burning. But if not, if only I may see Him, touch His garments, smile into His eyes—ah then, not stars nor children shall matter, only Himself.
... Jim Elliot (1927-1956), The Journals of Jim Elliot, ed. Elisabeth Elliot, Revell, 1990, p. 309 (see the book; see also Matt. 9:20-22; Ps. 19:1; Dan. 7:13-14; Luke 2:29-32; more at Child, Fullness, Knowing God, Mercy, Pleasure, Sight)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows the journey’s end. But we do know that it will be a road of boundless mercy. Discipleship means joy.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 38 (see the book; see also Rom. 15:5-6; Matt. 4:19; 8:22; 9:9; 16:24; 19:21; 28:8; Mark 1:17; 2:14; 8:34; 10:21; Luke 5:27; 9:23; 14:27; 18:22; John 1:43; 12:26; 1 Cor. 14:1; Tit. 3:4-7; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 2:20-21; more at Christ, Disciple, Jesus, Journey, Joy, Mercy)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Prayer is insistence upon God’s will being done. It needs for its practice a man in sympathetic touch with God. Its basis is Jesus’ victory. It overcomes the opposing will of the great traitor-leader.
... Samuel Dickey Gordon (1859-1936), Quiet Talks on Prayer, Fleming H. Revell Co., 1904, p. 124 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:10; Ps. 40:8; 103:19-21; Matt. 7:21; 12:50; 26:42; Mark 3:35; John 4:34; 6:40; Rom. 12:2; Col. 1:13-14; Heb. 13:20-21; 1 Pet. 4:1-2; more at Jesus, Man, Prayer, Satan, Victory, Will of God)

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Commemoration of Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915

To remit debts is to renounce our own personality. It means renouncing everything that goes to make up our ego, without any exception. It means knowing that in the ego there is nothing whatever, no psychological element, that external circumstances could not do away with. It means accepting that truth. It means being happy that things should be so.
The words “Thy will be done” imply this acceptance, if we say them with all our soul. That is why we can say a few moments later: “We forgive our debtors.”
... Simone Weil (1909-1943), Waiting for God, Emma Craufurd, tr., Putnam, 1951, p. 224 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:12; Ps. 32:1; 130:4; Matt. 6:10,14-15; 18:21-22; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 6:37; 11:4; 17:3-5; Acts 13:38; Eph. 1:7; 4:32; more at Debt, Forgiveness, Happiness, Renunciation, Truth)

Sunday, January 12, 2014
Feast of Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
Commemoration of Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689

God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that he may love and perfect them.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Four Loves, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1960, p. 140 (see the book; see also Ps. 139:14; Gen. 1:26-28; Job 41:10-11; Ps. 90:2; John 5:26; Acts 17: 24-25; 1 John 4:10; Rev. 4:11; more at Creation, Existence, God, Love, Perfection)

Monday, January 13, 2014
Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367
Commemoration of Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde & Cumbria, 603

With Thee, ’tis one to behold and to pity. Accordingly, Thy mercy followeth every man so long as he liveth, whithersoever he goeth, even as Thy glance never quitteth any.
... Nicolas of Cusa (1401-1464), The Vision of God [1453], tr., Emma Gurney Salter, London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1928, p. 21 (see the book; see also Ps. 121:3-8; 127:1; Isa. 40:11; Matt. 6:26; 10:29-31; 14:14; 15:32; Mark 6:34; Luke 9:10-11; 2 Cor. 8:9; Heb. 2:17; more at Mercy, Pity, Prayers, Providence)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915

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, January 15, 2014

Every single time a sacrament is celebrated, God takes action, there and then—does something, not on Calvary, but in that church. And what He does is to come to each soul partaking in the Sacrament and to assure it that He stands to the best and biggest of His promises and to the fullness of His grace in Christ; ... de-universalizes the Scriptures and individualizes them, makes them a personal promise, couched no longer in general terms but offered to very you, and very me, as individually as if they covered no other but referred to you and me alone. We may be cold and dead and unresponsive. None the less, something happens in the Sacrament. For God stands to His side of the Covenant, whether we stand to ours or not.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), Experience Worketh Hope, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1945, p. 166 (see the book; see also 2 Tim. 2:13; Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Matt. 24:35; 1 Cor. 5:8; Heb. 6:17-18; more at Action, Assurance, Christ, Church, Fullness, God, Grace, Promise, Sacrament, Scripture)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The community does not speak with words alone. It speaks by the very fact of its existence in the world; by its characteristic attitude toward world problems; and, moreover and especially, by its silent service to all the handicapped, weak, and needy of the world. It speaks, finally, by the simple fact that it prays for the world. It does all this because this is the purpose of its summons by the Word of God. It cannot avoid doing these things, since it believes.
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1979, p. 38 (see the book; see also Luke 8:16; Matt. 5:13-16; Mark 4:21; Luke 12:8; 21:15; 2 Cor. 6:14; Phil. 1:27-28; 2:14-16; 2 Pet. 3:9; more at Belief, Call, Church, Community, Existence, God, Prayer, Purpose, Service, World)

Friday, January 17, 2014
Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

The self-disclosure of God which reached its culmination in Jesus Christ is final, and that by the very necessity of the case. That is to say, if Jesus Christ is God incarnate, no fuller disclosure of God in terms of manhood than is given in His person is conceivable or possible.
... Charles Gore (1853-1932), The New Theology and the Old Religion, E.P. Dutton, 1907, p. vii (see the book; see also John 17:6-7; Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 1:14,18; 12:44-46; 14:7-9; 17:26; 2 Cor. 4:6; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3; 1 John 4:9; 5:20; more at Christ, God, Jesus, Revelation)

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle
Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951

If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If [1938], London: SPCK, 1961, p. 9 (see the book; see also Eph. 5:1-2; Matt. 27:28-31; Luke 23:34; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:2; Col. 3:12; 2 Pet. 1:5-7; 1 John 2:10-11; 3:17-18; 4:20; more at Calvary, Grief, Knowledge, Love, Shame)

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095

It is only by being grafted into Christ that we produce good fruit. Other religions say, “Do good and you will become good.” Christianity says, “Be in Christ, and you will do good.” The meaning of the Atonement and the Blood that washes away our sins is that we are grafted into Christ, I in Him, and He in me. It is a bitter sprig which is grafted into the tree, but, once it is grafted in, the sweet juice of the tree flows through the bitter sprig and makes it sweet.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), The Message of Sadhu Sundar Singh, B. H. Streeter & A. J. Appasamy, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922, p. 49 (see the book; see also Rom. 11:17-18; Ps. 51:7; Matt. 7:17-20; 12:33; Luke 6:43-45; John 15:5; 1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:4-5; Heb. 10:19-22; Rev. 7:13-14; more at Atonement, Bitterness, Christ, Goodness, Tree)

Monday, January 20, 2014
Commemoration of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Writer, Hermit, Mystic, 1349

Come into me, my Beloved!
All that I had I gave for Thee, and that I should have,
for Thee I have forsaken,
that Thou in my soul mightest have a mansion for to comfort it.
Never forsake Thou him that Thou feelest so sweetly glow with desire for Thee;
so that with most burning desire I desire,
to be ever within Thy embrace.
So grant me grace to love Thee, and in Thee to rest,
that in Thy kingdom I may be worthy for to see Thee withouten end.
... Richard Rolle (1290?-1349), Fire of Love [1343], tr. Richard Misyn, I.ii (see the book; see also Song of Solomon 6:3; 2:6,10-13,16; John 14:2; Rev. 3:20; more at Comfort, Faith, Grace, Kingdom, Love, Rest, Sight)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Feast of Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304

Men and women can bear hardship, poverty, physical hunger and pain, but there is one thing which they cannot bear very long, and that is meaninglessness. If they are not provided with meaning in one connection, they will seek it in another. The parable of the impossibility of the permanently empty house is more applicable to our society today than it has ever been in our lives.
... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Future of the Christian, Harper & Row, 1971, p. 13-14 (see the book; see also 2 Thess. 2:9-12; Ps. 81:11-12; Matt. 12:43-45; 24:10-13; 1 Tim. 4:1; 6:9-10; 2 Pet. 2:3; 1 John 2:18-19; Jude 1:4; more at Bearing, Emptiness, Longing, Man, Meaning, Pain, Poverty, Social, Woman)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It is possible [through prayer] for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.
... John R. Mott (1865-1955), The Pastor and Modern Missions, New York: Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, 1904, p. 203 (see the book; see also 2 Thess. 3:1; Matt. 9:37-38; Luke 10:2; Eph. 6:19-20; Phil. 1:18-19; Col. 4:2-4; Heb. 13:18-19; more at Church, Evangelization, God, Heart, People, Power, Prayer, World)

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893

Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish that you had made it larger.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), The More Abundant Life: Lenten Readings, Dutton, 1906, p. 103 (see the book; see also Acts 4:29-30; Ex. 33:18; Ps. 27:1-3; 56:4; John 17:20-21; Rom. 8:15-17; Eph. 2:18; 3:12; 2 Thess. 3:1; Heb. 4:16; 10:23; more at God, Greatness, Prayer, Thought)

Friday, January 24, 2014
Feast of François de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622

If any trouble comes upon you, use the remedies with which God supplies you. Not to do this is to tempt Him; but having done so, wait whatever result He wills with perfect resignation. If He pleases to let the evil be remedied, thank Him humbly; but if it be His will that the evil grow greater than the remedies, patiently bless His Holy Name.
... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, III.iii, p. 138 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 4:8-11; Job 1:21; Ps. 25:16-19; 66:11-12; 119:75; Lam. 3:32; Amos 3:6; John 9:1-3; Rom. 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 12:7-9; 1 Thess. 3:2-3; Jas. 1:2-3; 5:13-14; more at Blessing, Evil, God, Patience, Resignation, Trouble)

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Feast of the Conversion of Paul

What is said in the passage [James 2:14 ff.] is like a two coupon train or bus ticket. One coupon says, “Not good if detached” and the other says, “Not good for passage.” Works are not good for passage; but faith detached from works is not saving faith.
... Charles C. Ryrie (1925-2016), Ryrie Study Bible, Moody Publishers, 1986, note on James 2:24 (see the book; see also Jas. 2:14-18; Matt. 7:16-17; Rom. 14:23; 1 Cor. 13:2; Gal. 5:6; 1 Thess. 1:3; Jas. 2:26; 3:13; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; more at Faith, Goodness, Salvation, Work)

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963

How many of us would have Christ divided into two halves, that we might take the half of Him only, and take his office, Jesus and salvation! But “Lord” is a cumbersome word, and to obey, and work out our own salvation, and to perfect holiness, is the cumbersome and stormy north side of Christ, and that which we shun and avoid.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Mr. Rutherford’s Letters, Edinburgh: E. and J. Robertsons, 1761, letter, Sept. 7, 1637, p. 155 (see the book; see also Phil. 2:12-13; Matt. 7:24-27; 12:49-50; Mark 3:35; Luke 8:21; 11:28; John 14:15; 15:14; Acts 2:36; 1 Cor. 1:13; Eph. 4:4-6; Heb. 5:8-9; Jas. 1:22; more at Christ, Holiness, Jesus, Obedience, Perfection, Salvation)

Monday, January 27, 2014

No man is better for knowing that God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth. The devil knows that, and so did Ahab and Judas Iscariot. No man is better for knowing that God so loved the world of men that He gave His only begotten Son to die for their redemption. In hell there are millions who know that. Theological truth is useless until it is obeyed. The purpose behind all doctrine is to secure moral action.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Of God and Men, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1960, p. 27 (see the book; see also Jas. 2:19-20; 1 Kings 20:13; Ps. 103:17-18; Matt. 7:24-27; 11:15; 27:3-6; Luke 14:27; John 3:16; 13:17; 14:15; 15:14; Jas. 1:22; more at Action, Death, Devil, God, Knowledge, Man, Morality, Obedience, Redemption, Son, Theology, Truth)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Feast of Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1274

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
... Thomas Aquinas (1225?-1274) (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 4:1-2; Ps. 40:8; Matt. 6:10; 7:21; John 4:34; Rom. 8:26; 12:2; Eph. 6:18; more at God, Man, Prayer, Will of God)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jonah teaches us that this storm, whose physical causes are the same as those of all other storms, is there only for Jonah and because of Jonah. It has other effects. It sweeps the coasts, disperses fish, causes ships to founder. But its purpose is to smash inflexible Jonah. Thus the elements and many men, especially the sailors, are engaged in the adventure of Jonah with him and because of him. One sees here the weight and seriousness of vocation. God thinks his choice is so important, and takes the one elected so seriously, that he brings nature into play to see that this man fulfills his vocation.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Judgment of Jonah, tr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1971, p. 25 (see the book; see also Jon. 1:1-4; Amos 7:14-15; Matt. 8:23-27; John 6:44; Acts 9:1-6; 13:2-3; Rom. 8:29-30; 1 Cor. 7:20; Eph. 4:4; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Heb. 11:8; more at Call, Choices, Fulfillment, Nature, Teach)

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Commemoration of Lesslie Newbigin, Bishop, Missionary, Teacher, 1998

The effect of the post-Enlightenment project for human society is that all human activity is absorbed into labor. It becomes an unending cycle of production for the sake of consumption. The modern concept of “built-in obsolescence” makes this clear. The cycle of production and consumption has to be kept going, and the work of the artist or craftsman who aims to create something enduring becomes marginal to the economic order. Likewise, the world of action, of politics, is reduced to a conflict of views about how to keep the cycle of production and consumption going. Questions of ultimate purpose are excluded from the public world.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Foolishness to the Greeks: the Gospel and Western culture, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 30 (see the book; see also Jer. 11:3-4; Lev. 26:12; Ps. 2:6-9; 17:14; Dan. 7:26-27; Matt. 5:19-21,25-32; 20:25-28; Luke 12:22-30; John 16:33; Eph. 1:18-23; 4:17; Col. 1:15-16; 2:13-15; Heb. 8:10; more at Action, Labor, Purpose, Question, Social)

Friday, January 31, 2014
Commemoration of John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888

Groups that require little of their membership count for little outside their membership. Real spiritual capacity requires at least as much concentration and training as learning to play a musical instrument. Nobody has ever drifted into a genuine Christian experience.
... William T. Ham, “Candles of the Lord”, in Spiritual Renewal through Personal Groups, John L. Casteel, ed., NY: Association Press, 1957, p. 171 (see the book; see also Eph. 6:12-18; Matt. 11:29-30; 1 Cor. 9:25; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; 1 Tim. 1:18-19; 6:12; 2 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 12:4; Jas. 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:2-4; more at Authenticity, Church, Experience, Music)


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