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The Word is Made Flesh But God has put this Word into the mouth of others in order that it may be communicated to us. When one person is struck by the Word, he speaks it to others. God has willed that we should seek and find his living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of a man. Therefore, the Christian need is another Christian who speaks God s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together, circa 1940; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Reason vs. Revelation The seer in the cabin may decipher the language of the clouds more accurately than the bronzed and weather-beaten mariner on the quarter-deck. That was the mistake the centurion made. The centurion believed the master of the ship more than those things which were spoken by Paul. It is a purely nautical matter. The captain of the ship predicts fair weather and urges an early clearance. Paul, the prisoner and passenger, foretold angry seas, and advised remaining in shelter. The centurion believed the captain of the ship. But Paul was right; the captain was wrong; and the ship was lost. Sooner or later life resolves itself into a desperate struggle for human credence between Paul and the captain of the ship.
The point is that the captain of the ship is the man who might be supposed to know. He is a specialist. And Paul sets over against his nautical erudition the unsatisfying words, I perceive . It is a case of Reason on the one hand and Revelation on the other; and the centurion pins his faith to the vigilant captain rather that to the visionary Paul. That is the exact point at which the world has always missed its way.
F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
You Really Should Ignore Your Self Listen to what I have to say. It is not easy to hear, but it will feed your spirit. Do not listen to the voice that suggests that you live for yourself. The voice of self-love is even more powerful than the voice of the serpent. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Spirit to Spirit Rarely and only with great effort does a mind, which has contemplated both the material and spiritual creation of the universe and discovered the mutability of all things, soar to the unchangeable substance of God and there learn that He is the sole Creator of every nature that is not divine. For, God does not speak with man through the medium of matter, with vibrations of air causing His voice to be heard by the ears of the body, nor does he use apparitions resembling bodies such as we see in dreams or in some such way for in this latter case the speaking is to seeming ears, through a seeming medium with a seeming material space of intervening, since such apparitions are very similar to material objects. But He speaks to that part of man which is most excellent and which has nothing superior to it except God Himself. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Are You Above the Law? Jesus Wasn’t If you have the idea that your duty is to catch other people, it puts you on a superior platform at once and your whole attitude takes on the guise of a prig. This too often is the pose of the earnest religious person of to-day. Of all the different kind of men one meets the preacher takes the longest to get at, for this very reason; you can get at a doctor or any professional man much more quickly than you can a professionally religious man. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
A True Friend What can be said about friendship that is higher, or truer, or more useful, than that it ought and is proven to begin in Christ, advance according to Christ, and be brought to perfection by 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.
Rescue The Perishing Consider again what this means. All these dying millions have a right to come to the knowledge of Christ. Their salvation depends on their knowing Him. He could change their lives from sin and unhappiness to holy obedience and heavenly joy. Christ has a right to them. It would make His heart glad to have them come and be blessed in Him. Service to God is the connecting link. And yet, what His people do is nothing compared to what needs to be done, to what could be done, to what ought to be done. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
Teetering On The Brink of Collapse Christianity was like a huge and ragged and romantic rock, which, though it sways on its pedestal at a touch, yet, because it’s exaggerated excrescences exactly balance each other, is enthroned there for a thousand years. In a Gothic cathedral columns were all different, but they were all necessary. Every support seemed an accidental and fantastic support; every buttress was a flying buttress. So in Christiandom apparent accidents balance. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Whatever is Not of Love is Sin It is not a matter of right and wrong. These only have to do with earthly things (i.e. morality). Morality is a corruption of Love. The only concern is whether or not someone is acting in Love or not. If they are, praise God. If they are not, pray God for they are acting in sin. Tom Van Hoogen
Re-Turning is Repentance You are to be completely occupied, inwardly, with God. Of course, this is impossible if, at the same time, you are outwardly busied with a thousand trifles. The Lord is at the center of your being; therefore, He must become the center of your being. What are you to do when you become drawn away from this God who is your center? No matter what it is that draws you away, whether weakness or lack of faith, you must immediately turn within once more. Be ready to turn within, again and again, no matter how often you are drawn away. Be ready to repeat this turning just as often as distractions occur. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
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