Christ, our Light

Quotations for June, 2024

Saturday, June 1, 2024
Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540

Jesus is the creating and saving lord of our intellects as well as of our more precious hearts; nothing that he does not think, is worth thinking; no man can think as he thinks, except he be pure like him; no man can be pure like him, except he go with him, and learn from him. To put off obeying him till we find a credible theory concerning him, is to set aside the potion we know it our duty to drink, for the study of the various schools of therapy. You know what Christ requires of you is right.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Justice”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 152 (see the book; see also Heb. 10:38; Ps. 85:8; Matt. 11:29-30; 13:22; 19:21-22; Mark10:21-22; Luke 18:22-23; Jas. 1:6-8; 2 Pet. 2:20-21; more at Christ, Disciple, Duty, Jesus, Obedience, Purity, Salvation, Thought)

Sunday, June 2, 2024

At the earlier Methodist class meetings, members were expected every week to answer some extremely personal questions such as the following: Have you experienced any particular temptations during the past week? How did you react or respond to those temptations? Is there anything you are trying to keep secret, and if so, why? At this point the modern Christian swallows hard! We are often coated with a thick layer of reserve and modesty which covers “a multitude of sins”; usually our own. Significantly James 5:16-20, the original context of that phrase, is the passage which urges, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
... Michael Griffiths (b. 1928), God’s Forgetful Pilgrims, p. 79 (see the book; see also Jas. 5:16-20; Ps. 32:1; Pr. 10:12; 11:30; Matt. 3:5-6; 18:15-17; Acts 19:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet. 4:8; more at Confession, Past, Prayer, Question, Repentance, Sin, Temptation)

Monday, June 3, 2024
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978

This is the age of the conference and study group—people talking about what they know they should be doing. In a subtle way, talking about something becomes an excuse for not doing it. This new bolt-hole of the conference and study group is not confined to the local congregation. It is a painful fact of life in the central structures of the churches. We have a welter of reports, commissions, surveys, liaison bodies, and so on. They have the appearance of progressive thinking and readiness to face change, combined with the function of being delaying devices. They are the sacraments of current Christianity, and its dilemma.
Outreach is a move from power structures to meekness structures, and, in spite of the fact that Christians believe that it is the meek who shall inherit the earth, they show (as in the ecumenical movement) a distinct reluctance to relinquish power-structure thinking.
... Gavin Reid (b. 1934), The Gagging of God, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1969, p. 91 (see the book; see also Col. 2:8-10; Eccl. 12:12; Matt. 7:21; 12:46-50; Luke 6:46-49; 11:27-28; John 5:39-40; 13:17; Rom. 2:13; Jas. 1:22; 4:17; 1 John 2:3; more at Body of Christ, Church, Congregation, Ecumenical, Meekness, Power, Sacrament)

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. VI, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Holy Sonnets, XVII, p. 449 (see the book; see also John 3:3; Deut. 4:24; Ps. 34:18; 51:10,17; Isa. 57:15; Matt. 5:3; Luke 18:11-14; John 14:23; Rom. 6:6-7; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; Heb. 12:29; Rev. 3:20; more at God, Heart, Renewal)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754

The Hebrew word, nabi, which is translated “prophet” in English Bibles, has the connotation of “message bearer.” The prophets were men called by God to serve as His messengers to a stubborn and unheeding people. They were always careful to point out that they were not voicing their own wisdom. Their warnings, entreaties, and promises were always prefaced by the awesome proclamation:
“Thus says the Lord...”
When the prophets did engage in prognostication, they usually were concerned with events which were fairly close at hand, such as the Assyrian conquest of Israel and the Babylonian conquest of Judah (both of which they foretold with deadly accuracy). But occasionally a prophet’s vision ranged farther into the future, to the day when God would enter into a new covenant with his rebellious children. The hope of reconciliation was often linked with the coming of a very particular person, a Messiah or Savior.
What made the prophets so sure that they had a right—nay, a duty, to speak in the name of God? It is clear from their writings that they were not megalomaniacs who confused their own thoughts with the voice of God. On the contrary, they were humble men, awe-stricken by the responsibilities thrust upon them...
The prophets minced no words in their indictments of the sins of Israel and Judah, and they trod especially hard on the toes of the rich, the powerful, and the pious. The Establishment responded then as some church members are wont to respond now when a preacher speaks out on controversial public issues:
“One should not preach of such things!”
... Louis Cassels (1922-1974), Your Bible, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1967, p. 186-187,189 (see the book; see also Mic. 2:11; 1 Kings 22:8; Isa. 30:10; 52:13-15; 53; Jer. 31:31-34; 38:2-4; Eze. 37:3-14; Mic. 2:3-7; more at Bible, Church, Future, Humility, Israel, Messiah, Power, Preach, Prophet, Reconciliation, Vision)

Thursday, June 6, 2024
Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

The observable practice of truth and the observable practice of love go hand in hand with the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 23 (see the book; see also John 13:35; Matt. 12:33; John 14:6; Rom. 12:9-10; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:1-2,15; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:18-20; 4:11; 2 John 1:3; more at Gospel, Jesus, Love, Preach, Truth)

Friday, June 7, 2024

The impulse to sin is not sin but to consent to sin, to give way to anger, is indeed sin.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), from Counsels on Discernment, Counsel 9, Meister Eckhart: The Essential Writings, HarperCollins, 1957, p. 16 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 4:7; Ps. 4:4; 17:4; 37:8; 73:2-3; 94:17-18; 119:101; Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; 2 Cor. 12:20; Eph. 4:26,31; 1 Tim. 2:8; Jas. 1:19-20; more at Conscience, Depravity, Sin)

Saturday, June 8, 2024
Feast of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Hymnographer, 1711
Commemoration of Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947

Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God hath from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find, the readiest course to be rid of our comforts, is to set our hearts inordinately or immoderately upon them: for our God is a jealous God, and will not part with his glory to another.
... John Flavel (1628-1691), Divine Conduct [1677], in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. IV, London: J. Mathews, 1799, p. 421 (see the book; see also Ps. 30:6-7; Ex. 20:3-6; 34:14; Deut. 4:24; 6:14-15; 32:21; Ps. 78:58; 118:8-9; 146:3; Jer. 17:5; Mic. 7:5; Nah. 1:2; Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13; 1 Cor. 10:19-22; 2 Cor. 6:16; more at Comfort, Glory, God, Heart, Vanity)

Sunday, June 9, 2024
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373

It is not the mere existence of unusual criminals that has ravaged our world; for the arrangements of society (whether national or international) ought always to presume that some of these will be lurking somewhere. The gates have been opened to evil in part because of a terrible discrepancy between human ideals and actual possibilities—terrible heresies concerning the nature of man and the structure of the historical universe. Christianity, even if it cannot persuade men to rise to the contemplation of the spiritual things, embodies principles which may at least have the effect of bringing the dreamers down to earth. Because it confronts the problem of human sin, it can face our difficulties and dilemmas without evasions—without the fundamental evasiveness of those who believe that all would be well with the world if it were not for a few unspeakable criminals, always conveniently identified with the political enemy of the moment.
... Herbert Butterfield (1900-1979), Christianity, Diplomacy and War, London: Epworth Press, 1953, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1953, p. 75 (see the book; see also Luke 18:9-14; Matt. 7:1-5; John 3:19; Rom. 3:9-23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19; Col. 1:13-14; 2:13; 1 Pet. 2:25; 1 John 1:8-10; 2:16; 5:19; more at Belief, Earth, Enemy, Evil, Heresy, Nation, Sin, Social, Spiritual life, World)

Monday, June 10, 2024

In judging others a man laboureth in vain; he often erreth, and easily falleth into sin; but in judging and examining himself he always laboureth to good purpose.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xiv.1, p. 49 (see the book; see also Matt. 7:1-5; Ps. 4:4; 26:2; 119:59; 139:23-24; Lam. 3:40; Hag. 1:7; 1 Cor. 11:28,31; 2 Cor. 13:5; Gal. 6:3-5; 1 John 3:19-22; more at Judgment, Man, Repentance, Self-examination, Sin)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Feast of Barnabas the Apostle

By saying “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance,” [Jesus] made humility the very gate into paradise.
... Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel, tr. Mrs. Humphry Ward, New York: Macmillan, 1885, p. 263 (see the book; see also Luke 15:4-7; Pr. 3:34; Matt. 11:29; 18:12-14; Luke 1:52; 5:32; Eph. 4:2; Jas. 1:9; 4:6; more at Heaven, Humility, Jesus, Joy, Paradise, Repentance, Sinner)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

How can we know that what Jesus has shown us of God is the truth; ... how do we know when we look into the face of Jesus that we are looking into the face of God? ...
The answer is so plain and simple that it is a marvel how intelligent men can manage to miss it as they do... Look at what Christ has done for the soul of man: that is your answer. Christianity is just Christ—nothing more and nothing less. It is a way of life, and He is that way. It is the truth about human destiny, and He is that truth. It is the offer of life lived in the sunshine of eternal love, and He is that life. To know this is to know God, and every need is satisfied in that one word.
... R. J. Campbell (1867-1956), The Call of Christ, London: Skeffington & Son, n.d. (before 1932), p. 89-90 (see the book; see also John 14:8-9; Ps. 51:10; Luke 10:21, John 14:5-6; 16:6-7; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17; Col. 1:21-22; 3:9-10; more at Christ, Destiny, Everlasting, God, Jesus, Knowledge, Life, Love, Soul, Truth, Way)

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936

In the modern world we are primarily confronted with the extraordinary spectacle of people turning to new ideals because they have not tried the old. Men have not got tired of Christianity; they have never found enough Christianity to get tired of.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), What’s Wrong with the World, New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1912, p. 56 (see the book; see also 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Pr. 1:32; Jer. 6:16-17; Luke 18:8; John 3:19-21; Acts 17:21; Tit. 1:13-14; 1 Tim. 1:3-4; 4:1,7; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 2 Pet. 1:16; 2:1-3; more at Christianity not tried, Ideal, People, World)

Friday, June 14, 2024
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691

We have greater work here to do than mere securing our own salvation. We are members of the world and church, and we must labour to do good to many. We are trusted with our Master’s talents for his service, in our places to do our best to propagate his truth, and grace, and church; and to bring home souls, and honour his cause, and edify his flock, and further the salvation of as many as we can. All this is to be done on earth, if we will secure the end of all in heaven.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), “Dying Thoughts upon Philippians 1:23”, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. XVIII, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 245 (see the book; see also Phil. 1:23-24; John 15:26; 16:7; Acts 2:33; Rom. 13:11; Phil. 2:12-13; more at Church, Grace, Salvation, Security, Stewardship, Trust, Truth)

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Feast of Evelyn Underhill, Mystical Writer, 1941

As our life comes to maturity we discover to our confusion that human ears can pick up from the Infinite many incompatible tunes, but cannot hear the whole symphony. And the melody confided to our care, the one which we alone perhaps can contribute and which taxes our powers to the full, has in it not only the notes of triumph but the notes of pain. The distinctive mark therefore is not happiness but vocation: work demanded and power given, but given only on condition that we spend it and ourselves on others without stint.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today, E.P. Dutton, 1922, p. 225 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 4:10; Matt. 20:25-28; Mark 9:35; 1 Cor. 7:20,24; 13:9-10,12; 2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 6:7-8; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 3:1-2; Jas. 1:23-24; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; more at Call, Confusion, Discovery, Happiness, Pain, Power, Work)

Sunday, June 16, 2024
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral Philosopher, 1752

Since God offers to manage our affairs for us, let us once and for all hand them over to His infinite wisdom, in order to occupy ourselves only with Himself and what belongs to Him.
... Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), Abandonment to Divine Providence, II.ii.1 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:31-34; Ps. 55:22; Pr. 3:9-10; Matt. 4:4; Luke 12:29-31; John 6:27,51; 1 Pet. 5:7; ; more at Direction, God, Guidance, Infinite, Providence, Wisdom)

Monday, June 17, 2024
Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936

God is none other than the Saviour of our wretchedness. So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities. Therefore those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness, have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #547. p. 177 (see the book; see also John 9:39-41; 6:53-58; Rom. 7:24-25; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 1 Pet. 2:7-8; Rev. 3:17; more at Depravity, God, Knowing God, Savior, Sin)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The reason people do not come to the light is because they do not love it. Love for the light is not caused by coming to the light. We come because we love it. Otherwise, our coming is no honor to the light. Could there be any holy motivation to believe in Christ where there is no taste for the beauty of Christ? To be sure, we could be motivated by the desire to escape hell or the desire to have material riches or the desire to rejoin a departed loved one. But how does it honor the light when the only reason we come to the light is to find those things that we loved in the dark?
... John S. Piper (b. 1946), Desiring God, Portland: Multnomah Press, 1986, reprint, Random House Digital, Inc., 2011, p. 72 (see the book; see also John 3:19-21; Isa. 9:2; 42:6-7; 60:1-3; Mal. 4:2; Matt. 4:13-16; Luke 1:76-79; 2:30-32; John 1:4-9; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35; Acts 13:47; 26:22-23; more at Beauty, Belief, Christ, Holiness, Honor, Light, Love)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929

This fitness of the heart and thoughts of man is like that of the strings of a guitar or violin. When these are tightened and made to harmonize, then by the touch of the plectrum or the bow the most charming music is produced; but if that is not done the touch of the bow only produces discords. And the production of sweet sounds when the strings all harmonize is again dependent on the air, by the force and motion of which sound is carried into the ear. In the same way, to harmonize the thoughts and imaginations of men the presence of the stimulating breath of the Holy Spirit is necessary. When that is present there will be produced heavenly airs and joyous harmonies in men’s hearts, both in this life and in heaven.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), At the Master’s Feet, Fleming H. Revell, 1922, p. 86-87 (see the book; see also Ps. 150:3-6; 33:1-3; 57:8-9; 68:4; 81:1-3; 92:1-3; 98:4-6; 104:33; 144:9-10; Eph. 5:19-20; Col. 3:16; Rev. 14:2-3 ; more at Discord, Heart, Heaven, Holy Spirit, Joy, Man, Music, Thought)

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Mere confidence that one’s impressions are God-given is no guarantee at all that this is really so, even when, as sometimes happens when they are bound up with noble purposes, they persist and grow stronger through long seasons of prayer. To follow impressions, however much they are bound up with the holy concerns of evangelism, intercession, piety, and revival, is not the way to be Spirit-led. Bible-based wisdom must judge them.
... James I. Packer (1926-2020), Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Vine Books, 1995, p. 64 (see the book; see also Heb. 4:12; Matt. 4:1; Luke 11:28; 24:45; John 12:48; Acts 5:32; 15:28; 17:11; Rom. 2:13-16; 15:4; Col. 3:16; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:14-15; Jas. 1:22; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Confidence, Evangelization, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Intercession, Judgment, Prayer)

Friday, June 21, 2024

We know God but as men born blind know the fire; they know there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not; so that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite.
... Thomas Manton (1620-1677), The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, v. 7, London: Nisbet & Co., 1872, p. 469 (see the book; see also Col. 2:2-3; Ps. 9:10; 119:97; Hos. 6:3; Matt. 13:11,35; Mark 4:11-12; Luke 8:10; 1 Cor. 2:7-10; Eph. 3:2-11; Col. 1:25-27; 1 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; more at God, Infinite, Knowing God, Perfection)

Saturday, June 22, 2024
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209

The great need today among the young is the strengthening of belief in things spiritual, for in spite of the superhuman advances in science, invention, and culture, none of this is attributed to God’s gift to man; in fact, the increase of knowledge and the cult of education have but given to youth a self-reliant independence where religion has no place, and beyond admitting that Christ was “the best man that ever lived,” there are few who concede any other tribute to the Creator. And yet the saving principles of the world are rooted in Christ, implanted in him; the Truth by which men live is the Truth as taught and lived by Jesus.
... Helen Olney, Thoughts (see also John 14:6; 1:14; 8:32; Acts 4:12; 17:21-23; 2 Cor. 1:19-20; 2 John 1:9; more at Culture, Education, God, Jesus, Need, Religion, Science, Spiritual life, Teach, Truth)

Sunday, June 23, 2024
Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

Jonah counts on the will of God calming the storm. This is not a mechanical effect. It is the reference to a free will that Jonah has learned to know already when he was chosen to carry the word. It is the reference to a good will, for outside Jesus Christ there is no full testimony that God’s will is good and his concern is to save man rather than to cause him to perish.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Judgment of Jonah, tr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1971, p. 38 (see the book; see also Jonah 1:12; 1 Chr. 21:17; Matt. 7:11; Luke 1:53; 6:35; 18:19; Acts 27:21-26; Tit. 3:4-7; Jas. 1:17; 1 John 4:8; more at Christ, Goodness, Jesus, Man, Salvation)

Monday, June 24, 2024
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

Holiness comes not of blood—parents cannot give it to their children: nor yet of the will of the flesh—man cannot produce it in himself: nor yet of the will of man—ministers cannot give it you by baptism. Holiness comes from Christ. It is the result of vital union with Him. It is the fruit of being a living branch of the True Vine.
... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), Holiness [1877, 1879], Sovereign Grace Publishers, reprint, 2001, p. 32 (see the book; see also John 15:1-8; Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 5:22; 1 Tim. 6:11-12; Tit. 1:15; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:4-8; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:2-3; 2 John 1:4; more at Baptism, Christ, Holiness, Man, Minister)

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

When Paul speaks [II Cor. 3] of our being ministers of the New Testament, he does not refer to books most of which were not yet written, but to the gospel, which he found in the Scripture he possessed. The Jews could only see “Old Testament” in Moses and the prophets, because they were blind. To the spiritual all Scripture is gospel, or New Testament (the Law being the schoolmaster, bringing us to Christ), but to the natural and self righteous, as we ought to know from experience and observation, all Scripture (gospels and epistles included) is Old Testament, or Covenant of Works.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 191 (see the book; see also Gal.3:24-25; Gen. 15:6; Jer. 31:31-34; 32:40; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25; 2 Cor. 3:6; Heb. 8:6-13; 9:15; 10:16-17; 13:20-21; more at Bible, Gospel, Grace, Minister, Scripture, Self-righteousness, Work)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

For the power Thou hast given me to lay hold of things unseen:
For the strong sense I have that this is not my home:
For my restless heart which nothing finite can satisfy:
I give Thee thanks, O God.
For the invasion of my soul by Thy Holy Spirit:
For all human love and goodness that speak to me of Thee:
For the fullness of Thy glory outpoured in Jesus Christ
I give Thee thanks, O God.
... John Baillie (1886-1960) & Donald M. Baillie (1887-1954), A Diary of Private Prayer, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939, p. 53 (see the book; see also Col. 3:17; more at Christ, Glory, Goodness, Heart, Holy Spirit, Home, Jesus, Power, Prayers, Restless, Thanksgiving)

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Every book of the New Testament is written from faith to faith, by believers for the edification of other believers, or for those who are not yet believers that they may be brought to the faith. But this faith is not to be confused with mere acquiescence or intellectual assent; it involves death and life, confrontation and commitment, as almost every book in the New Testament makes plain, to a way that is inseparable from danger and suffering.
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), Jesus Through Many Eyes, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1976, p. 194-195 (see the book; see also John 20:31; Luke 1:1-4; John 21:24; Rom. 1:17; 1 Cor. 4:14; 5:11; 14:37; 2 Cor. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:14-15; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; 1 John 2:7-8,26; 2 John 1:5-6; more at Bible, Commitment, Danger, Faith, Suffer, Way)

Friday, June 28, 2024
Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200

God has a time for everything, a perfect schedule. He is never too soon, never too late. The when of His will is as important as the what and the how.
... Richard C. Halverson (1916-1995), No Greater Power: Perspective for Days of Pressure, Multnomah Press, 1986, p. 213 (see the book; see also Eph. 1:9-12; Matt. 6:27; 26:52-56; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:35-40; John 13:1; Acts 17:26; 1 Cor. 10:11; Gal. 4:4-5; Heb. 1:1-2; 11:39-40; more at God, Perfection, Providence, Time)

Saturday, June 29, 2024
Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles

Our help to people is often not in the system of the deliberate actions, influencing their soul, but in the invisible and unknown for us action of our spiritual gifts on them.
... Alexander Yelchaninov (1881-1934), Advice of Fr. Alexander Yelchaninov to Young Priests [1934], in A Treasury of Russian Spirituality, Georgii Petrovich Fedotov, ed., Nordland, 1975 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 14:1; Ps. 29:11; Pr. 2:6; Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 1:5-7; 12:4-11; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 1:29; 1 Tim. 4:14; Jas. 1:5,17; 4:5-6; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; more at Action, Gifts, Helpfulness, People)

Sunday, June 30, 2024

We shall understand [the story of King Saul] best if we consider how wide the law of life is that it opens to us. The law is that: a beneficent power, if we obey it, blesses and helps us; but the same power, if we disobey it, curses and ruins us. That law runs everywhere... Was not Judas cursed by the same friendship with Jesus that perfected John?
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Visions and Tasks, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1910, p. 302,305 (see the book; see also 1 Sam. 16:14; Jonah 1:12; Matt. 27:5; John 13:23; more at Blessing, Condemnation, Disobedience, Law, Obedience, Power)


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