Christ, our Light

Quotations for June, 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540

Jesus met a person at his point of need. We should, too. If his need is in the area of marriage, God has good news for him. If he is struggling with guilt, God has good news for him. Likewise God has good news for the person who needs love and affection, security or esteem... A caring friend who meets them with the gospel at a point of need is often the only way they will see through the caricatures to the real Christ.
... Joseph C. Aldrich (1941-2009), Lifestyle Evangelism, Multnomah Press, 1981, p. 88 (see the book; see also Luke 5:30-32; Isa. 53:4; Matt. 4:23; 8:14-17; 9:12; 14:15-21; Mark 2:4-12,16-17; 7:24-30; Luke 5:12-13; 7:22; John 4:7-24; 5:6-9; more at Affection, Christ, God, Gospel, Guilt, Jesus, Love, Marriage, Need, People, Security, Sight)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

There were ten lepers healed, and only one turned back to give thanks, but it is to be noticed that our Lord did not recall His gift from the other nine because of their lack of gratitude. When we begin to lessen our acts of kindness and helpfulness because we think those who receive do not properly appreciate what is done for them, it is time to question our own motives.
... Evan S. Coslett (1830-1939), Leaves of Gold, Clyde Francis Lytle, ed. [1948], Honesdale, Pa.: Coslett Publishing Company, 1938, p. 33 (see the book; see also Luke 17:12-19; Ps. 44:21; Jer. 17:10; Matt. 6:1-4; 19:30; Heb. 4:13; more at Appreciation, Bible, Gifts, Gratitude, Helpfulness, Kindness, Question, Thanksgiving)

Thursday, June 3, 2021
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978

Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the Gospel in our souls.
... John Owen (1616-1683), IV.1 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 370-371 (see the book; see also John 17:17; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 7:1; Gal. 3:27; Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Thess. 4:1-6; Tit. 1:1; more at Gospel, Holiness, Soul)

Friday, June 4, 2021

It is remarkable how skilfully men will contrive to avoid all real interests, and express almost wholly those which are not real to them. A man prays for the glory of God, for the advance of His kingdom, for the evangelisation of the world; but, in that very time, he will not allude to the very things in which his own life may stand, nor to the wants which every day are working their impress upon his character. The cares, the petty annoyances, the impatience of temper, pride, self-indulgence, selfishness, conscious and unconscious; or, on the other hand, the gladnesses of daily life, the blessings of home, the felicities of friendship, the joys and success of life—in short, all the things which one would talk of to a venerable mother, in an hour of confidence, are excluded from prayer among the brotherhood.
... Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), Summer in the Soul, Edinburgh: A. Strahan & Co., 1859, p. 41 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:5-8; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:15; Eph. 6:18; Jude 1:20; more at Brotherhood, Glory of God, Kingdom, Prayer, Pride, Self-examination, Selfish, Sin)

Saturday, June 5, 2021
Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754

The deepest need of humanity is for salvation from sin. This is the quandary to which the gospel speaks. The church that forgets the gospel of salvation is finally not the church but its echo. The church that becomes focused upon maintaining itself instead of the gospel becomes a dead branch of the living vine. The church is imperiled when it becomes intoxicated with the spirit of its particular age, committed more to serve the gods of that age than the God of all ages.
... Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016), Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology, HarperCollins, 2009, p. 233 (see the book; see also Jas. 5:19-20; Matt. 1:21; John 15:5-6; Acts 3:19; Gal. 1:3-4; Col. 1:18-22; more at Church, Commitment, Gospel, Salvation, Service, Sin)

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

Eleven marks of spiritual health [in] matters concerning ourselves: (1) Brokenness of spirit. (2) Spiritual battles. (3) Godly loathing for sin. (4) True self-denial. (5) Willingness to stay in hard and difficult service. (6) Spiritual contentment in God’s will. (7) Joy in sorrow. (8) Christians weaned from this world’s comforts. (9) God glorified in all earthly businesses. (10) The true watch of God’s people over their tongue. (11) God’s people shun the appearance of sin.
... Roger Williams (1603?-1683), Experiments of Spiritual Life & Health [1652], reprinted, Sidney S. Rider, Providence, 1863, p. 31-37 (see the book; see also Ps. 51:17; 42:5,11; 43:5; Matt. 16:24-26; more at Contentment, Joy, Service, Sin, Sorrow, Spiritual life, World)

Monday, June 7, 2021

Thou wayfaring Jesus, a pilgrim and stranger,
Exiled from heaven by love at Thy birth:
Exiled again from Thy rest in the manger,
A fugitive child ’mid the perils of earth—
Cheer with Thy fellowship all who are weary,
Wandering far from the land that they love;
Guide every heart that is homeless and dreary,
Safe to its home in Thy presence above.
... Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), The Poems of Henry Van Dyke, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1920, p. 230 (see the book; see also Jer. 14:8; Ps. 4:3; 119:19; Matt. 8:28; Luke 8:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:9; Heb. 11:13-14; more at Cheer, Exile, Fellowship, Guidance, Heart, Heaven, Home, Jesus, Love, Pilgrim, Safety, Stranger, Weary)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Feast of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Hymnographer, 1711
Commemoration of Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947

It is almost universally taken for granted that missionary work is the work of a paid professional class, and that the utmost that can be expected of those who do not belong to this class is to support those who do; and even that is not expected of the majority. Missionary societies began their crusade, not by striving to call out the spirit of Christian men whose occupation carried them abroad, not by trying to impress upon the Church at home that Christ calls all His people to witness for Him wherever they may be, wherever they may go, but by creating an army of professional missionaries. The whole system of societies, boards, offices, accounts, contracts with missionaries, statistical returns, reports, reeks of it. From every missionary society there goes out every day and all day into every part of the world with one insistent, unceasing voice the proclamation, that the Gospel must be preached in all the world, and that it must be preached by special agents maintained by a society for this particular work.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It, London: World Dominion Press, 1949, reprint, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1997, p. 145-146 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 9:17-18; Acts 4:13,25-26; 20:33-34; Rom. 1:14-15; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:7-10; more at Gospel, Missionary, People, Preach, Social, Witness, Work, World)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373

Accustom yourself gradually to carry Prayer into all your daily occupation. Speak, act, work in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Selections from Fénelon, ed. Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1879, p. 54 (see the book; see also Ps. 88:1; 5:3; 55:17; Mark 11:24-25; Luke 6:12; 1 Thess. 5:17; more at Action, Peace, Prayer, Work)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
... Edward Herbert of Cherbury (1583-1648), The Autobiography of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, London: Walter Scott, 1888, p. 40 (see the book; see also Mark 11:25-26; Matt. 6:12,14-15; Luke 11:4; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 3:9; more at Forgiveness, Salvation)

Friday, June 11, 2021
Feast of Barnabas the Apostle

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), The Epistle to the Romans, translated from the 6th edition by Edwyn C. Hoskyns, London: Oxford University Press, H. Milford, 1933, 6th ed., Oxford University Press US, 1968, p. 88 (see the book; see also Prov. 3:25-26; Ps. 31:11-14; 46:1-3; Prov. 3:5-6; Rom. 3:19; Heb. 4:16; more at Confidence, God, Religion)

Saturday, June 12, 2021

With his continual doctrine [Bishop Hooper] adjoined due and discreet correction, not so much severe to any as to them which for abundance of riches, and wealthy state, thought they might do what they listed. And doubtless he spared no kind of people, but was indifferent to all men, as well rich as poor, to the great shame of no small number of men now-a-days; whereof many we see so addicted to the pleasing of great and rich men, that in the mean time they have no regard to the meaner sort of poor people, whom Christ hath bought as dearly as the other.
... John Foxe (1516-1587), The Book of Martyrs, v. III, London: George Virtue, 1844, p. 41 (see the book; see also Matt. 19:23-24; Isa. 61:1-3; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:30; Acts 20:35; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 2:10; Jas. 2:2-9; 1 John 3:17-20; more at Christ, Historical, Indifference, People, Poverty, Shame, Wealth)

Sunday, June 13, 2021
Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936

We say, not lightly but very literally, that the truth has made us free. They [the denouncers of dogma] say that it makes us so free that it cannot be the truth. To them it is like believing in fairyland to believe in such freedom as we enjoy. It is like believing in men with wings to entertain the fancy of men with wills. It is like accepting a fable about a squirrel in conversation with a mountain to believe in a man who is free to ask or a God who is free to answer. This is a manly and a rational negation, for which I for one shall always show respect. But I decline to show any respect for those who first of all clip the wings and cage the squirrel, rivet the chains and refuse the freedom, close all the doors of the cosmic prison on us with a clang of eternal iron, tell us that our emancipation is a dream and our dungeon a necessity; and then calmly turn round and tell us they have a freer thought and a more liberal theology.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), The Everlasting Man, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1925, Wilder Publications, 2008, p. 157-158 (see the book; see also John 8:31-32; 16:23-24; Gal. 5:1; more at Apologetics, Belief, Dogma, Emancipation, Freedom, God, Man, Truth)

Monday, June 14, 2021
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691

Will it do you any hurt to leave your beastly, sensual lives, and to “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ?” This is the doctrine of saving grace. Would it do you any harm to be assured of salvation, and ready to die, and to know that angels shall conduct your departing souls to Christ, and that you shall live in joy with him for ever? Or to be employed in those holy works that must prepare you for this day, and help you to this assurance? If God be naught for you, if holiness, and righteousness, and temperance be naught for you, then you may as well say, heaven is naught for you.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), Directions and Persuasions to a Sound Conversion, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. VIII, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 181 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 5:8; Gal. 3:1; Tit. 1:8; 2:11-14; more at Assurance, Heaven, Holiness, Life, Righteousness, Salvation, Savior, Self-control)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Feast of Evelyn Underhill, Mystical Writer, 1941

Only those who try to live near God and have formed the habit of faithfulness to Him in the small things of our daily life, can hope in times of need for that special light which shows us our path. To do as well as we can the job immediately before us, is the way to learn what we ought to do next.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) (see also Luke 12:42-44; Matt. 25:14-30; Jas. 1:22; more at Faith, God, Hope, Life, Light, Need, Weakness)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral Philosopher, 1752

Lord, remove every barrier the enemy has put in place, so that the only barrier which remains is the cross itself.
... Jon Reid (see also 1 Cor. 15:25-26; Eph. 2:11-16; Col. 1:19-20; more at Cross, Enemy, Prayers)

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936

Jesus is God! The solid earth,
The ocean broad and bright,
The countless stars, like golden dust,
That strew the skies at night,
The wheeling storm, the dreadful fire,
The pleasant wholesome air,
The summer’s sun, the winter’s frost,
His own creations were.
Jesus is God! The glorious bands
Of golden angels sing
Songs of adoring praise to Him,
Their Maker and their King.
He was true God in Bethlehem’s crib,
On Calvary’s cross true God,
He who in heaven eternal reigned,
In time on earth abode.
Jesus is God! There never was
A time when He was not:
Boundless, eternal, merciful,
The Word the Sire begot!
Backward our thoughts through ages stretch,
Onward through endless bliss,—
For there are two eternities,
And both alike are His!
Jesus is God! Alas! they say
On earth the numbers grow,
Who His Divinity blaspheme
To their unfailing woe.
And yet what is the single end
Of this life’s mortal span,
Except to glorify the God
Who for our sakes was man?
... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Hymns, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1877, p. 38 (see the book; see also John 13:31-32; Ps. 33:6;90:2; Isa. 9:6; John 12:23; Rom. 1:21-23; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:2-3; Rev. 4:11; more at Angel, Cross, Everlasting, Glory, God, Jesus, Man, Song, Truth)

Friday, June 18, 2021

One good man,—one man who does not put his religion on once a week with his Sunday coat, but wears it for his working dress, and lets the thought of God grow into him, and through and through him, till everything he says and does becomes religious, that man is worth a thousand sermons—he is a living Gospel—he comes in the spirit and power of Elias—he is the image of God. And men see his good works, and admire them in spite of themselves, and see that they are Godlike, and that God’s grace is no dream, but that the Holy Spirit is still among men, and that all nobleness and manliness is His gift, His stamp, His picture; and so they get a glimpse of God again in His saints and heroes, and glorify their Father who is in heaven.
... Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Twenty-five Village Sermons, London: John W. Parker, 1858, p. 197-198 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:14-16; John 6:56; 14:16-17,23; Rom. 8:29-30; Col. 3:17; Tit. 2:9-14; more at Church, Father, God, Good works, Gospel, Grace, Heaven, Holy Spirit, Life, Man, Power, Religion, Saint, Spirit, Sunday)

Saturday, June 19, 2021
Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929

Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which he imparts to us.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), Reality and Religion: meditations on God, man, and nature, London: Macmillan, 1924, p. 24-25 (see the book; see also Luke 14:34; Lev. 2:13; Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5; Matt. 5:13; Mark 9:50; Col. 4:6; more at Christ, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Love, Water)

Sunday, June 20, 2021

To do his work God does not send a book of metaphysics or a sacred book of Gnostic revelations or a complete epistemological system or a perfected wisdom. He sends a man.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Subversion of Christianity, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 24 (see the book; see also 1 John 4:2-3; Luke 2:10-12; 19:10; Acts 17:2-3; 1 Cor. 1:17,21-23; 2:6-10; Col. 2:8; more at Book, God, Jesus, Man, Revelation, Wisdom, Work)

Monday, June 21, 2021

We are a fallen race. Our nature has become corrupted by our apostasy from God, and therefore every imagination (i. e., every exercise) of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually... This is the Scriptural and the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal, and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.
... Charles Hodge (1797-1878), Systematic Theology, Londom, Edinurgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1872, p. 238 (see the book; see also Gen. 8:21; Hos. 6:7; John 3:19; Rom. 3:23; 5:14-21; 7:18-21; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1-2; 5:8-10; more at Apostasy, Corruption, Evil, God, Heart, Scripture, Sin, Thought)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209

He who desires to become a spiritual man must not be ever taking note of others, and above all of their sins, lest he fall into wrath and bitterness, and a judging spirit towards his neighbors.
... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), “Sermon for St. Peter’s Day,” in The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler of Strasbourg, Charles Kingsley, pref. & Susanna Winkworth, tr., New York: Wiley & Halsted, 1858, p. 462 (see the book; see also Luke 6:37-38; Rom. 9:22-23; 2 Tim. 4:2; more at Attitudes, Bitterness, Fall, Judgment, Neighbor, Sin, Spirit, Spiritual life)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

For the flowers are great blessings.
For the Lord made a Nosegay in the meadow with his disciples and preached upon the lily...
For the flowers have great virtues for all senses.
For the flower glorifies God and the root parries the adversary.
For the flowers have their angels even the words of God’s creation...
For there is a language of flowers.
For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers.
For elegant phrases are nothing but flowers.
For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ.
... Christopher Smart (1722-1771), Jubilate Agno [1759], R. Hart-Davis, 1954, p. 105 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:28-29; Ps. 103:15-16; Jas. 1:10; more at Angel, Flower, Jesus, Worship)

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

It is one of the greatest dangers of the Church in a democratic country—and one of the greatest temptations for churches which for their support are dependent on the good will of their congregations—to present the gospel message in a way agreeable and inoffensive to those who are to hear it.
... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), The Scandal of Christianity, London: SCM Press, 1951, reprint, John Knox Press, 1965, p. 113 (see the book; see also Luke 6:26; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; more at Church, Congregation, Danger, Good will, Gospel, Temptation)

Friday, June 25, 2021

A preaching of the gospel that calls men and women to accept Jesus as Savior but does not make it clear that discipleship means commitment to a vision of society radically different from that which controls our public life today must be condemned as false.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Foolishness to the Greeks: the Gospel and Western culture, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 132 (see the book; see also Luke 21:16-19; Matt. 10:34-38; Mark 13:12; Luke 9:23-24; more at Commitment, Gospel, Jesus, Life, Preach, Savior, Social, Today)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Gospels contain what the Apostles preached—the Epistles, what they wrote after the preaching. And until we understand the Gospel, the good news about our brother-king—until we understand Him, until we have His Spirit, promised so freely to them that ask it—all the Epistles, the words of men who were full of Him, and wrote out of that fullness, who loved Him so utterly that by that very love they were lifted into the air of pure reason and right, and would die for Him, and did die for Him, without two thoughts about it, in the very simplicity of no choice—the Letters, I say, of such men are to us a sealed book. Until we love the Lord so as to do what He tells us, we have no right to an opinion about what one of those men meant; for all they wrote is about things beyond us. The simplest woman who tries not to judge her neighbour, or not to be anxious for the morrow, will better know what is best to know, than the best-read bishop without that one simple outgoing of his highest nature in the effort to do the will of Him who thus spoke.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I [1867], London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 128 (see the book; see also Heb. 6:11-12; 2 Chr. 7:17-18; Matt. 4:4; Heb. 10:36; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Bible, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Love, Obedience, Preach, Reason, Will of God)

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Christian church with all its faults is the greatest serving institution on earth. It has many critics, but no rivals in the work of human redemption... No other institution has done anything like it—none whatever. The fact that the church has been able to survive the dead weight of a large proportion of its membership unconverted is a proof of its essential soundness and vitality. A minority of converted people keep its soul alive.
... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), Conversion, New York: Abingdon Press, 1959, p. 225 (see the book; see also Matt. 13:36-43; 5:42; 13:24-30; Luke 6:30; Rom. 12:13; Gal. 2:10; 6:10; 1 Tim. 5:16; Jas. 1:27; 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17; more at Church, Conversion, Criticism, Earth, Proof, Redemption, Service, Soul)

Monday, June 28, 2021
Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200

Now this God is glorified by His Word who is His Son continually, and by the Holy Spirit who is the Wisdom of the Father of all: and the power(s) of these, (namely) of the Word and Wisdom, which are called Cherubim and Seraphim, with unceasing voices glorify God; and every created thing that is in the heavens offers glory to God the Father of all.
... Irenaeus (c.130-c.200), The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching [2nd c.], par. 10 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 4:6; Matt. 11:25-26; John 1:1; 8:31-32; Rom. 1:20; 1 Cor. 1:30; more at Father, Glory, God, Holy Spirit, Son, Wisdom)

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles

Christianity is a battle—not a dream.
... Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), speech, April, 1869, recorded in Wendell Phillips: the agitator, William Carlos Martyn, New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1890, p. 368 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-17; 1 Tim. 6:12; more at Battle, Definition of Christianity, Dream)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A man’s physical hunger does not prove that that man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man’s hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating, and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist. In the same way, though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will. A man may love a woman and not win her; but it would be very odd if the phenomenon called “falling in love” occurred in a sexless world.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Weight of Glory, and other addresses, Macmillan Co., 1949, p. 6 (see the book; see also John 7:37-39; Ps. 42:1-4; Matt. 5:6; more at Apologetics, Bread, Love, Paradise, Proof)


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