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A God of Love or A God of Wrath? Yes This was exactly one of the paradoxes in which sceptics found the creed wrong; and in this I had found it right. Madly as Christians might love the martyr or hate the suicide, they never felt these passions more madly that I had felt them long before I dreamed of Christianity. Then the most difficult and interesting part of the mental process opened, and I began to trace this idea darkly through all the enormous thoughts of our theology. The idea was that which I had outlined touching the optimist and the pessimist; that we want not an amalgam or compromise, but both things at the top of their energy; love and wrath both burning. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Via Dolorosa There are times when everything in life seems to be a trial. Sometimes there is only suffering. Still, the heaviest cross must be carried in peace. Sometimes the cross must be carried or dragged. Then you can only fall down beneath it, overwhelmed and exhausted. I pray that God may spare you from suffering as much as possible. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Walking By Love vs. Walking in Fear Seeing, then, that sin has no place here, there can be no anguish of conscience, no fear, no heaviness. That is why St. John says, Anyone born of God does not continue to sin (1 John 5:18). But if there is any fear or grief of conscience, it is a sign that this righteousness has been withdrawn, that grace is hidden, and that Christ is darkened and out of sight. But where Christ is truly visible, there must be full and perfect joy in the Lord, and the conscience is at peace and thinks, Although I am a sinner by the law and under the condemnation of the law, I still do not despair and do not die, because Christ lives, and he is my righteousness and my everlasting life. In that righteousness and life I have no sin, no fear, no string of conscience, no worry about death. I am indeed a sinner, as far as this present life and righteousness are concerned, as I am a child of Adam; where the law accuses me, death reigns over me and wants to ultimately devour me. But I have another righteousness and life above this life Christ the Son of God, who knows no sin or death but is righteousness and eternal life. By him, this body of mine that is dead will be raised up again and delivered from the bondage of the law and sin and will be sanctified together with my spirit. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Reality is Not Bound By Logic or Reason The theological view ought to be constantly examined; If we put it in the place of God we become invincibly ignorant, that is, we won t accept any other point of view, and the invincible ignorance of fanaticism leads to delusions for which we alone are to blame. The fundamental things are not the things which can be proved logically in practical life. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
The Nursery Business is Booming What then are the reasons for not growing? Perhaps there are two. On the one hand, it may be due to the negligence of those who, watching over the souls of the younger believers, may only speak to them of the grace of God and of their position in Christ but neglect to encourage them to seek spiritual experience. (Nay those who watch over others may themselves be ignorant of life in the Spirit. How then could such ones ever lead others into more abundant life?) On the other hand, it may be because the believers themselves are not keen on spiritual affairs. Either they assume that it is sufficient enough merely to be saved or they have no spiritual appetite or they simply are unwilling to pay the price for advancement. As a deplorable consequence the church is over-stuffed with big babes. Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Finding and Remaining in The Zone Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Pay strict attention to your heart and watch over it, so that it does not give admittance to thoughts that are evil or in any way vain and useless. Without interruption, whether asleep or awake, eating, drinking, or in company, let your heart inwardly and mentally at times be meditating on the psalms, at other times be repeating the prayer, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me. And when you chant, make sure that your mouth is not saying one thing while your mind is thinking about another. Philimon – The Philokalia, Discourses on Abba Philimon – circa 600; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Prayer – A Symphony with Love The highest promises made to prayer are made to those who agree or, as the Greek more beautifully expresses it, symphonize on earth. There is no place where we can love our friends so beautifully or so purely as at the throne of grace. There is no exercise in which the differences of Christians melt away as when their hearts meet together in the unity of prayer, and there is no remedy for the divisions of Christianity but to come closer to the Father, and then, being together at the throne, we shall be closer to each other. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
A Matter of The Heart not the Hands The goal of true Discipleship is not concerned with what a Christian should do but Who Jesus Christ is. We are not to seek to imitate what He did but to have that Divine Disposition that was behind all that He did. It’s not about doing, it’s about being. Christ must be the center of your life as God the Father was the center of His. Here is the Disposition of Jesus Christ in you, which, as a disciple must work out so that the Word may become Flesh in them; loving, seeking, depending, trusting, following, seeing, hearing, yielding, hoping, knowing, waiting, going, sharing, giving, sacrificing, suffering, dying — in all things — to and for Christ and His Kingdom and His Glory. Never me, always You. Tom Van Hoogen