Quote Title Quotation Source
He Is My Great Reward At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister and to pronounce blessings in His name, as they still do today. That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their brothers; the Lord is their inheritance, as the Lord your God told them. Deuteronomy 10:8-9. The Lord Himself is the one who initiates and calls from among the brethren those who will be set apart (sanctified, consecrated, made holy) for His special purpose which includes: ministering — serving (by the power of the Holy Spirit) the purposes of God; pronouncing blessings — sharing the Good News of salvation to all and the coming of our King. These are the bond-servants, the dulos, the under-rowers — the least in this world. They have no share in temporal blessings (e.g. the Promised Land) for the Lord Himself is their inheritance, their Portion, their Great Reward. Tom Van Hoogen
Projects Are Easier When Broken Down It is hard to lay aside those things to which we are accustomed, but it is harder to go against our own wills. But if we do not overcome small and easy things, how will we overcome harder things? Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Faith Is Like a Warm Sunny Day Faith is the acceptance of the authority of the revelation. When we step into sunshine at noon, we immediately feel the heat in addition to perceiving the light. Faith’s illumination brings with it the heat of divine love. We simply know that God exists and that this good God can and will communicate with us. Such joy and pleasure! We are thrilled. “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful: (Song 1:15). This spiritual union is the ultimate delight. The soul has at last found what it desired and can rest. Francis de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God – circa 1616; edited by Bernard Bangley © 2003
Let Them Say What They Will Oh, the unmitigated curse of controversy! Oh, the detestable passions that corrections and contradictions kindle up to fury in the proud heart of man! Eschew controversy, my brethren, as you would eschew the entrance to hell itself. Let them have it their way; let them talk; let them write; let them correct you; let them traduce you; let them judge and condemn you; let them slay you. Rather let the truth of God suffer itself, than that love suffer. You have not enough of the divine nature in you to be a controversialist. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; . . . by whose stripes ye were healed. Heal me, prays Augustine, again and again, of this lust of mine of always vindicating myself.

Dr. Alexander Whyte

Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Order In the Court! “I will direct my prayer.” It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and the pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the shewbread upon the table. It means just this: “I will arrange my prayer before Thee”; I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice. I will arrange my prayer; or, as old Master Trapp has it, “I will marshal up my prayers,” I will put them in order, call up all my powers, and bid them stand in their proper places, that I may pray with all my might, and pray acceptably. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Friendship, A Doorway to Relationship Pay heed to a few things about how friendship is a step toward the love and knowledge of God. There is nothing dishonorable in friendship, “nothing feigned, nothing of pretense, and whatever it is, is holy, and voluntary, and true” (Cicero, On Friendship). This all belongs also to charity. Friendship shines forth beyond other things with the special prerogative that those who are joined together with the glue of friendship feel that everything is delightful, everything is safe, everything is charming, everything is sweet. Therefore, on the basis of the perfection of charity we love many people who are a burden and a pain to us. We are concerned about them in an honest, not a feigned or pretended way, but truly and voluntarily. But we do not admit them to the secrets of our friendship. So in friendship honesty and sweetness are joined, truth and delight, charm and will, attraction and action. All these things are begun by Christ, are advanced through Christ, and/or brought to perfection in Christ. Alfred of Rievaulx, From Spiritual Friendship circa 1150; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Guiding Light for the Journey The great heresy of the church today is unbelief in the Holy Spirit. The majority of the church does not believe that the Spirit has a revelation for every person individually. The one use of the Bible is to make us look at Jesus, that through Him we might know His Father and our Father, His God and our God. Until we know Him, let’s hold the Bible dear as the moon of our darkness, by which we travel toward the east. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Ante In with Death Even as nothing less than the death of Christ was needed to inaugurate the New Covenant and the resurrection life that empowers it, so there is no entrance into the New Covenant life other than by partaking of that death. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International