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Listen v5.11 – Quotes

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Getting the Inside Scoop on Man There is one thing, and only one, in the whole universe which we know more about than we could learn from external observation. That one thing is Man. We do not merely observe men, we are men. In this case we have, so to speak, inside information; we are in the know. And because of that, we know that men find themselves under a moral law, which they did not make, and cannot quite forget even when they try, and which they know they ought to obey. Notice the following point. Anyone studying Man from the outside as we study electricity or cabbages, not knowing our language and consequently not able to get any inside knowledge from us, but merely observing what we did, would never get the slightest evidence that we had this moral law. How could he? For his observations would only show what we did, and the moral law is about what we ought to do. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Credit Where Credit is Due This is a typical instance of the fact that God gives us credit, not for our impulses, but for the designs of our hearts. God may never allow the design to be carried out, but He credits us with it. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Revealing the Stuff You are Made Of And God formed man from the dust of the earth… Each of us is made of earth stuff — rocks. It is amazing what can come from rocks given enough heat, pressure, and time. Yet nothing comes forth which was not inherently there at the first. With heat and time some reveal precious stones, able to capture and hold light within itself or to dazzle with amazing color and luster given from the light without. Others have a strength or a usefulness that is meted out as metal. This too is revealed by heat and more heat. Metal also reflects some light when shone upon. But the true darling of the earth is the diamond, formed from external pressures, and extreme heat applied over a long time. When cut and polished properly all light that comes to it is reflected in a multiplied manner. Then there are always just rocks. He made some for noble purposes and some for ignoble purposes. Tom Van Hoogen
All of Creation Testifies of Him, All All I had hitherto heard of Christian theology had alienated me from it. I was a pagan at the age of twelve, and a complete agnostic by the age of sixteen; and I cannot understand anyone passing the age of seventeen without having asked himself so simple a question. I did, indeed, retain cloudy reverence for a cosmic deity and a great historical interest in the Founder of Christianity. But I certainly regarded Him as a man; though perhaps I thought that, even in that point, He had an advantage over some of His modern critics. I read the scientific and skeptical literature of my time — all of it, at least that I could find written in English and lying about; and I read nothing else; I mean I read nothing else on any other note of philosophy…. I never read a line of Christian apologetics. I read as little as I can of them now. It was Huxley and Herbert Spencer and Bradlaugh who brought me back to orthodox theology. They sowed in my mind my first wild doubts of doubt. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Dangerous, Very Dangerous Grace Judged by the standard of Luther s doctrine, that of his followers was unassailable, and yet their orthodoxy spelt the end and destruction of the Reformation as the revelation on earth of the costly grace of God. The justification of the sinner in the world degenerated into the justification of sin and the world. Costly grace was turned into cheap grace without discipleship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Wisdom Speaks to Those Who Call Out to Her Of all visible things, the universe is the greatest; of all invisible realities, the greatest is God. That the world exists we can see; we believe in the existence of God. But there is no one we can more safely trust than God Himself in regard to the fact that it was He who made the world. Where has He told us so? Nowhere more distinctly in the Holy Scriptures where His Prophet said: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Well, but was the Prophet present when God made heaven and earth? No; but the Wisdom of God by whom all things were made was there. And this Wisdom, entering into holy souls, makes of them the friends and prophets of God and reveals to them, silently and interiorly, what God has done. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Sacrifice Beyond All that I Can Think or Imagine He wills that we see that His pains and His being made nothing so far surpass all that we can suffer that it can’t really be imagined. Dame Julian of Norwich – The Revelation of Divine Love circa 1343; © 1994 by M. L. del Mastro
On Being the Bride of Christ The Church must examine herself constantly to see if she be in the faith; she must engage in severe self-criticism with a cheerful readiness to make amends; she must live in a state of perpetual penitence, seeking God with her whole heart; she must constantly check her life and conduct against the Holy Scriptures and bring her life into line with the will of God. — Of God and Men A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
Where Can I Run But to Thee, O Lord? The psalmist says, “They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” And again he says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and is safe.” “They that know thy name will put their trust in thee.” They cannot do anything else, because in knowing His name they know His character and His nature, that He is a God whom it is safe to trust to the uttermost. And there can be no doubt that a large part of the unrest and discomfort in so many Christian hearts comes simply from the fact that they do not yet know His name. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Desire, Ability and Power to Pray Prayer is the work of the triune God: the Father, who wakens the desire and will give all we need; the Son, who through His intercession teaches us to pray in His name; and the Holy Spirit, who in secret will strengthen our feeble desires. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
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Listen v4.46 Quotes

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Ever Hungry, Ever Thirsty, Ever Desiring Yet through the burden, so to speak, of our infirmity, we sink back to our usual level and relapse to our ordinary state. And just as there we found cause for rejoicing, so here there will not be lacking an occasion for sorrow. For that deer that “made its tears its bread day and night,” carried along “by longing for the water-brooks” (that is, to the spiritual delights of God), “pouring forth his soul above himself” that he might attain to what is above his own soul, walking toward “the place of the wonderful tabernacle even unto the house of God,” and led on by the sweetness of that inward spiritual sound to feel contempt for outward things and be ravished by interior things, is still just a mortal man. He is still groaning here, still bearing about the frailty of the flesh, still in danger in the midst of the offenses of this world. He therefore looks back at himself, as if he were coming from the other world, and says to himself, now placed in the midst of the sorrows, comparing these with the things to see which he had entered in there, and after seeing which he had come out of there, says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why do you disturb me?” (Psalm 41:6). See, we have just now been gladdened by certain inward delights; with the mind’s eye we have been able to behold, even though with only a momentary glance, something not susceptible to change. Why do you still disturb me, why are you still cast down? For you do not doubt your God. For now you are not without something to say to yourself in answer to those who say, “Where is your God?” I have now had the perception of something that is unchangeable, so why do you still disturb me? “Hope in God”. Just as if his soul was silently replying to him, “I disturb me because I am not yet there where that delight is to which I was rapt as it were in passing. Augistine of Hippo – Sermon on Psalm 41 – circa 390; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
There is Deception, Not Safety, In Numbers Many of the religious phases of to-day do not touch reality, but only the Pharisaic insistence on a certain form of sound doctrine, and the man who is up against things finds nothing but chaff. Every denominationalist is certain that the crowd who does not agree with what we call our sound principles must be wrong; he never imagines that the Job type of man can be right with God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Faith with Obedience Penetrates the Veil It is only in nature that we meet with God under a veil, while in His revelation, all veils and coverings are removed. Only seclude your selves for time, for the purpose of biblical study, and send up repeated and heartfelt aspirations for divine enlightenment, and you will unceasingly observe infallible traces of Jehovah, and there will be no end to the discoveries you will make of all that is wonderful and glorious. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Self Contented, Self Deceived He has not been anything like long enough with the Enemy to have any real humility yet. What he says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom, he still believes he has run up a very favorable credit-balance in the Enemy’s ledger by allowing himself to be converted, and thinks that he is showing great humility and condescension in going to church with these “smug”, commonplace neighbors. Keep him in that state of mind as long as you can — Screwtape. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters, copyright 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Why Grope In Darkness When There is Light David, in order to pray aright, reposes himself on the Word and promise of God; and the import of his exercise is this: Lord, I am not led by ambition or foolish, headstrong passion, or depraved desire, inconsiderately to ask from Thee whatever is pleasing to my flesh; but it is the clear light of Thy Word which directs me, and upon it I securely depend. –John Calvin Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Only Trust Him, Trust Him Only If you are an uncomfortable Christian, then the only thing to give you a thoroughly comfortable religious life is to know God. The psalmist says that they that know God’s name will put their trust in Him, and it is, I am convinced, impossible for anyone really to know Him and not to trust Him. A trustworthy person commands trust; not in the sense of ordering people to trust him, but by irresistibly winning their trust by his trustworthiness. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Be Doers, Not Hearers Only To paraphrase Thomas a Kempis, “I had rather exercise faith than know the definition thereof.” A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
Identity Crisis Your outcome in eternity is squarely dependent upon the exercise of free will in the face of crises, the greatest and most critical of which is believing the truth about yourself as revealed in God’s Word. Tom Van Hoogen
The Glory of Wormliness False humility belong to those who avoid esteems and who avoid all honor so that they may be taken as being humble. They go out of their way to speak often of just how very evil they are. (They do this so that they may be thought of as good.) Inside, they really do know their own misery yet they utterly despise the thought that anyone else would know. This is feigned humility; this is secret and hidden pride, nothing more. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers

Listen v4.37 Quotes

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One Lord, One Faith, One Sacrifice Christ Jesus, Himself man, is the true Mediator, for, inasmuch as He took the “form of a slave,” He became the “Mediator between God and men.” In His character as God, He receives sacrifices in union with the Father, with whom He is one God; yet He chose, in His character as a slave, to be Himself the Sacrifice rather than to receive it, lest any one might take occasion to think that sacrifice could be rendered to a creature. Thus it is that He is both the Priest who offers and the Oblation that is offered. And it was His will that as a sacrament of this reality there should be daily sacrifice of the Church, which, being the Body of Him, her Head, learns to offer itself through Him. This is the true sacrifice of which the ancient sacrifices of the saints were many and manifold symbols. This one sacrifice was prefigured, in a variety of ways, as though one idea were being expressed in many words to drive in the truth without boring the reader. It is the supreme and true sacrifice to which all false sacrifices have given place. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Feeling No Pain Nurture a love to do good things in secret, concealed from the eyes of others, and therefore not highly esteemed because of them. Be content to go without praise, never being troubled when someone has slighted or undervalued you. Remember, no one can undervalue you if you know you are unworthy. Once you know that, no amount of contempt from another person will be able to hurt you. Jeremy Taylor – The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, circa 1650; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
He Set the Example When we received forgiveness instead of judgment, we, too, were made ready to forgive our brethren. What God did to us, we then owed to others. The more we received, the more we were able to give; and the more meager our brotherly love, the less were we living by God s mercy and love. Thus God himself taught us to meet one another as God has met us in Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God (Rom. 15:7) Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together, circa 1940; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Be Not Hearers Only, But Doers What I am going to say is not directly unto edification, but indirectly it is so most certainly. Directly it is rather for that instruction which is a need in our Christian life as essential as edification. We cannot do without either. On the one hand instructions with no idea of edification at all becomes mere academical discourse. It may begin anywhere and it may end anywhere. On the other hand, edification without instruction very soon becomes a feeble and ineffective thing. I think a great many of us would be agreed that part of the poverty and weakness of the Church at present moment is due to the fact that edification has been pursued to the neglect of instruction. We have been a little too prone to dwell upon the simple side of the gospel. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
Grazing on the Gaze of God Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Paradox of Truthfulness Over and over again a man is said to be a disbeliever when he is simply outgrowing his creed. It is a most painful thing for a man to find that his stated views of God are not adequate. Never tell a lie for the honour of God; it is an easy thing to do. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Whose Side Are You On? How watchful we need to be lest that at any time we be found helping Satan and the construction of that ill-fated kingdom. When we are faced with alternatives and a choice of ways confront us, the question is not: Is this good or evil? Is this helpful or hurtful? No, the question we must ask ourselves is: Is it of this world, or of God? For since there is only this one conflict in the universe, then whenever two conflicting courses lie open to us, the choice at issue is never a lesser one than: God… or Satan? Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
Unbecoming Motives The origin of our trouble is that we love ourselves with a blind passion that amounts to idolatry. If we love anything beyond ourselves, it is only for our own sakes. We must be undeceived concerning all those generous friendships in which it appears as though we so far forgot ourselves as to think only of the interests of our friend. If the motive of our friendship is not low and gross, it is nevertheless still selfish. Fenelon – Christian Counsel, circa 1690, copyright 2002 Bridge-Logos Publishers
What the World Esteems Highly The quintessence of wisdom among those who are not among God s people is to know and earnestly follow the law and active righteousness. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Let Them Go To Free Yourself He only is free whose love for another person is so strong that he can pardon the individuals sin. He alone can pray the prayer, “Forgive us our trespasses,” out of a full and genuine heart. Forgiveness is the only cure for wrong. And hand-in-hand with “sense-of-injury” always walks the weak sister-demon “self-pity,” so dear, so sweet to many. In short, forgiveness is freedom, forgiveness is liberation of the heart, mind, and soul. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Isolated From Self, Not To Self The contemplative is not isolated in himself, but liberated from his external and egotistic self by humility and purity of heart therefore there is no longer any serious obstacle to simple and humble love of other men. The more we are alone with God the more we are with one another. Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation, ©1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc.
Some Things are Better Left Alone When we begin to debate God instead of obey Him we force open a doorway to troubles that need never be opened. Tom Van Hoogen

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The Blessedness of Beholding Him I have already said something of the general blessings of God, which, in the natural course of things, come to the good and the bad alike. However, beyond this bounty, He has reserved for the good a special sign of His great love. We can never sufficiently thank Him for the gifts of nature: that we exist in our lives, that we can enjoy the sight of earth and sky, that we have a reasoning mind by which we can seek Him who has made all these things. Yet, for the greater gifts of grace there are not hearts enough nor tongues enough in all the world even to try to thank Him. For, when we were burdened and broken by our sins, and our minds were turned from His light and blinded by the love of the darkness of iniquity, He did not leave us to ourselves, but sent to us His Word, who is His only Son, so that, by His birth and passion in the flesh He assumed for our salvation, we might learn how highly God esteemed our human nature, and that we might be cleansed from all our sins by His unique Sacrifice and, by His Spirit, have Love poured into our hearts, so that, with all our warring over, we might come to everlasting rest in the supreme blessedness of gazing on His face. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Yours For the Taking This verse sums up what has been said before this is a cross!… The Lord has not said that he who does not take up his burden and follow after Him is not worthy of Him. No, He says that whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Him is not worthy of him. A burden is not a cross. Burden is something inescapable; the cross, however, is subject to personal choice and can therefore be avoided. What the first cross in history was, so the countless smaller crosses will be which shall follow afterwards; just as the original cross was chosen by the Lord, so the crosses for today must also be chosen by us…. All the crosses one takes up must be chosen by oneself…. We should take the cross, not make it. Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
All Ye Who Will, Enter In When once you have defeated the enemies of God (i.e. sin, pride, self-isms) you will enter the land (operate in the Spirit) in open places (in Christ). Once you are in Christ all the worldly activities (e.g. eating meat) are unrestricted and unlimited. You may enjoy yourself in Christ. There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Take eat. Do not call unclean what God has cleaned. Tom Van Hoogen
The Precious Price of Progress The majority of us prefer to get up and ride rather than to get out and shove. It is only the people who get out and shove who really make things go. The men who are up against things just now and who are determined to get at Reality at all costs, and will not accept a thing on the religious line unless that line states Reality these are the men who are paying the price for the next generation. The reason we are here in the natural world is because our mothers struggled for our existence, and the more unhindered the birth pangs the stronger and healthier the child. A thing is worth just what it costs. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God-Man, The Intersection of Extremes And now I began to find that this duplex passion was the Christian key to ethics everywhere. Everywhere the Creed made a moderation out of the still crash of two impetuous emotions. Take, for instance, the matter of modesty, of the balance between mere pride and mere prostration…. It separated the two ideas and then exaggerated them both. In one way Man was to be heartier than he had ever been before; in another way he was to be humbler than he had ever been before. In so far as I am Man I am the chief of creatures. In so far as I am a man I am the chief of sinners. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
No Spectators Allowed The law of the kingdom is this: every believer is to live wholly for God’s service and work. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
The Disallusionment of Knowing I remember, I remember,
the fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think of their slender tops
were close against the sky;
it was a childish ignorance,
but now tis little joy
to know I’m farther off from heaven
then when I was a boy.
F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Man s Capacity for Love vs Angel s Incapacity It is a mysterious thing, and one to which we scarcely dare allude, that there has arisen a Redeemer of fallen man, but not the fallen angels. We would build no theory on so awful and inscrutable a truth; but it is too much to say that the interference on the behalf of man and the non-interference on the behalf of angels, gives ground for the persuasion, that men occupy at least not a lower place than Angels in the love and the solicitude of their Maker? Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
God, The Infinite Measure of Perfections Every attribute of God, every revelation of His character, every proof of His undying love, every declaration of His watchful care, every assertion of His purposes of tender mercy, every manifestation of His loving kindness all are the filling out of this unfinished “I am.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
A Promise with a Punch What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a world-scale I do not claim to know: but what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God

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You Can See the Father in His Sons If God Himself is both Truth and Love it would be logical to suppose that a deliberate refusal to recognize or harbor truth and love would result in an attitude that makes reconciliation with God impossible. Now if it is true that God is both Truth and Love it will readily be seen that the greatest sins will be unreality, hypocrisy, deceit, lying, or whatever else we choose to call sins against truth, and self-love, which makes fellowship with other people in their proper treatment impossible. J. B. Phillips – Your God is Too Small
The Cross, The Place of Substitution Salvation is of Christ and His Cross. The sacrifice of myself to Christ is not a revelation (supernatural knowledge of God) but an experience (the actual sacrifice of myself on the Cross). “You must remain in Me” (e.g. in Me on My Cross). Only when a man is dead does self-will cease to control him. The only place to have freedom from sin (e.g. Self) is on the Cross. Not near it, not close by it, admiring it, but on it becoming one with God’s will for you in Christ. You can never want God’s will until you stop wanting your own will. You will never stop wanting your own will until you are dead. This is the secret, “I am the resurrection, and the life — he that believeth in Me [e.g. faith that produces works, action] though he were dead, yet shall he live [e.g. Eternal Life]. Again, “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless…”. Tom Van Hoogen
Tears Can Speak Volumes It is not so much the weeping eye God respects as the broken heart; yet I would be loath to stop their tears who can weep. God stood looking on Hezekiah’s tears (Isaiah 38:5), “I have seen thy tears.” David’s tears made music in God’s ears. — T. Watson Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
He is the Light That Reveals, Not You Depend upon your Lord, not on yourself, to expose your sin and to show you the extent of your sin. Please understand this fact: it is not your diligence, it is not your examination of yourself that will enlighten you concerning your sin. Instead, it is God who does all the revealing. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
The Dailyness of the Christlife There is one lesson that all young Christians should learn, and that is the absolute necessity of fellowship with Jesus every day. This lesson is not always taught at the beginning of the Christian life, nor does the new convert always understand it. He should realize that the grace he has received the forgiveness of his sins, his acceptance as God s child, his joy in the Holy Spirit can only be preserved by daily renewal in fellowship with Jesus Christ Himself. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
Jesus, a Mountain of a Man Hence, long after, when the Savior had taken flesh from the descendants of Abraham, He said of Himself; I am the way, and the truth, and the life. This is the universal way which had been prophesied a long time before; And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
This way does not belong then, to one but to all the nation; and the Law and the Word of the Lord did not remain in Sion and Jerusalem, but went forth that it might spread throughout the world. For this reason, the Mediator Himself, after His resurrection, said to His alarmed disciples; All things must be fulfilled that are written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me.This universal way for the liberation of souls is the one which the holy angels and holy prophets formerly disclosed to the few who, by the grace of God could understand.
St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
The Love of God Conquers All! The marvellous, uncrushable characteristic of a saint is that he does discern God. You may put a saint in tribulation, amid an onslaught of principalities and powers, in peril, pestilence or under the sword, you may put a saint anywhere you like, and he is more than conqueror every time. Why? Because his heart being filled with the love of God, he has the power to perceive and understand that behind all these things is God making them work together for good. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Different Children, One Father It is a fact that a person who trusts Christ is born into God’s family and becomes a child. There is no doubt about this. You may not feel good, you may regret recent failure, you may be spending your days under a pall of dark depression. But if you have received Christ and truly trust in Him, you have been born again. You may be a prodigal or inconsistent child, but you are a child of a loving, welcoming Father. Enjoy the fruits of your rightful relationship: Take the child’s place at the Father’s table and enjoy His smile. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
The Invincibility of Love Let us consider then what is “that surpassing charity of Christ” (Ephesians 3:19) that conquers love of parents, love of offspring, transcends and even extinguishes affection for a wife, and finally moves the soul to despise itself. O vehemence of love! O violence of charity! O excellent and surpassing charity of Christ! This, brethren, is what we are considering, this is what we are speaking about — the vehemence of charity in the surpassing status of perfect zeal. You well know that it is one thing to talk about charity and another to talk about its consummation; one thing to talk about it, another to talk about its vehemence. Richard of St. Victor – The Four Degrees of Violent Charity; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.

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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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