Christ, our Light

Quotations for June, 2007

Friday, June 1, 2007
Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does its successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
For him shall endless prayer be made,
And princes throng to crown his head;
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise
With ev’ry morning sacrifice.
People and realms, of every tongue,
Dwell on his love with sweetest song,
And infant-voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his name.
Blessings abound where’er he reigns;
The prisoners leap to lose their chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to our King:
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.
... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Psalms of David Imitated [1719], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, Ps. 72, second part, p. 159-160 (see the book; see also Ps. 72:17-19; 145:21; Isa. 9:6-7; Luke 1:30-33; 2:13-14; Rev. 5:13; more at Blessing, Coronation, Everlasting, Honor, Jesus, Kingdom, Prayer, Sacrifice, Song)

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The law is for the self-righteous, to humble their pride: the gospel is for the lost, to remove their despair.
... Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), All of Grace, New York: R. Carter, 1886, p. 14 (see the book; see also Luke 15:7; Lam. 3:18-22; Mark 2:16-17; John 9:39-41; 2 Cor. 4:8-9; 1 Tim. 1:15; Heb. 12:12-13; more at Despair, Gospel, Humility, Law, Legalism)

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Trinity Sunday
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978

Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being thoughtful, you will become more and more Christ-like, for his heart was meek and he always thought of others. Our vocation, to be beautiful, must be full of thought for others.
... Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910-1997), quoted in Something Beautiful for God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Malcolm Muggeridge, London: Collins, 1971, p. 69-72 (see the book; see also 1 Tim. 6:1-2; Rom. 8:29; 12:3; 1 Cor. 15:49; Phil. 2:3-4; more at Beauty, Meekness, Obedience, Sanctification, Thought)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what we need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask... Teach me to pray; pray Thyself in me.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Selections from Fénelon, ed. Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1879, p. 192 (see the book; see also John 16:23-24; Matt. 6:6-8,31-32; Luke 11:11-13; 12:28-30; Rom. 8:26; more at Child, Knowledge, Love, Need, Prayers, Teach)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754

It is through dying to concern for self that we are born to new life with God and others; in such dying and rebirth, we find that life is lent to be spent; and in such spending of what we are lent, we find there is an infinite supply.
... Glenn Olds (see also Luke 17:33; Matt. 10:39; Rom. 6:4-13; 7:4; more at Death, God, Infinite, Life, Obedience, Self)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

The Gospels cannot explain the Resurrection; it is the Resurrection which alone explains the Gospels.
... John S. Whale (1896-1997), Christian Doctrine, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966, p. 73 (see the book; see also John 5:25; 11:25; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 15:16-22; Eph. 2:1-5; 5:14; Col. 2:13; more at Easter, Gospel, Resurrection)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

This is the real Church of the Lord Jesus Christ—not merely organization, but a group of people, individually the children of God, drawn together by the Holy Spirit for a particular task either in a local situation or over a wider area. The Church of the Lord Jesus should be a group of those who are redeemed and bound together on the basis of true doctrine. But subsequently they should show together a substantial “sociological healing” of the breaches between men, which have come about because of... man’s sin.
The Christian sociological position is that the sociological problems which exist... are a result of the separation that has come between men because of sin. [Continued tomorrow]
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There [1968], in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 166 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 14:20; Rom. 1:21-23; 12:1-2; 13:14; Gal. 3:27; Eph. 2:19-22; 4:24-25; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; more at Body of Christ, Church, Holy Spirit, Jesus, People, Redemption, Sin, Social)

Friday, June 8, 2007
Feast of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Hymnographer, 1711
Commemoration of Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947

[Continued from yesterday]
Now the world should be able to see in the Church those marks which exhibit that there is a substantial sociological healing possible in the present generation... It is not enough for the Church to be engaged with the State in healing social ills, though this is important at times. But when the world can turn around and see a group of God’s people exhibiting substantial healing in the area of human relationships in their present life, then the world will take notice. Each group of Christians is, as it were, a pilot plant, showing that something can be done in the present situation, if only we begin in the right way.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There [1968], in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 166 (see the book; see also Col. 3:9-17; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:2-3,32; more at Beginning, Church, God, Life, People, Sight, Social, World)

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373

Jesus was the representative of the Lord who forgives sins and heals all infirmities; the disciples acknowledged him as “Lord” and transferred to him the position ascribed to the “Lord” in the Old Testament. Just as Jesus placed the penitent heart and the saving will of God higher than the pride of the godly and the letter of the Torah, so Paul preached faith in Christ as the only way to salvation and rejected striving after righteousness through the works of the Law. Above all, Jesus knew himself to be the Messiah and he acted in messianic authority; hence the risen and glorified Jesus was acknowledged as the king of the last days. It is still faith, not sight, that is demanded from men.
... Otto Betz (1917-2005), What Do We Know About Jesus?, translation of Was wissen wir von Jesus?, 1965, London, S.C.M. Press, 1968, p. 115 (see the book; see also John 20:27-29; Rom. 8:23-25; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Heb. 10:38; 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:8; more at Bible, Forgiveness, God, Health, Jesus, Law, Messiah, Penitence, Pride, Righteousness, Salvation, Sin, Will of God)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The loving service which God sends His people into the world to render includes both evangelism and social action, for each is in itself an authentic expression of love, and neither needs the other to justify it.
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Christian Mission in the Modern World, London: Falcon; Downers Grove: IVP, 1975, p. 109 (see the book; see also Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 2:10; 2 Tim. 4:2; Heb. 13:16; 1 John 3:17; more at Authenticity, Charity, Evangelization, Love, Mission, Service)

Monday, June 11, 2007
Feast of Barnabas the Apostle

Let songs of praises fill the sky!
Christ, our ascended Lord,
Sends down his Spirit from on high,
According to his word.
The Spirit by his heavenly breath,
New life creates within:
He quickens sinners from the death
Of trespasses and sin.
The things of Christ the Spirit takes,
And shows them unto men;
The fallen soul his temple makes,
God’s image stamps again.
Come, Holy Spirit, from above,
With thy celestial fire:
Come, and with flames of zeal and love
Our hearts and tongues inspire.
... Thomas Cotterill (1779-1823), included in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Isaac Watts & ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, p. 672 (see the book; see also Acts 2:1-4; Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16; John 20:22; Acts 1:8-9; 5:20; Rom. 6:4; more at Christ, Fire, Holy Spirit, Love, Pentecost, Zeal)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The experiencing of divine sonship, of adoption, is the act of the Spirit in our hearts crying Abba, Father (Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:15,16)... Liberty, peace, and joy are correlative factors in the same moment of experience, and they are all attributed to the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:2,6; 14:17; Gal. 5:22; 1 Thess. 1:6). In the allegory of Abraham’s two sons, Paul contrasts the state of bondage under the law with that of liberty under grace, and defines the one as being after the flesh, but the other after the Spirit (Gal. 4:21-29)... The first great moment of the new life, whether it be called justification by faith, the realisation of sonship, or peace with God, is a work of the Holy Spirit, through the preaching of the word. But [Paul] does not indicate... the exact logical or historical sequence of the various elements in the experience, and it may be doubted whether he would have entertained any idea of sequence within the complex experience of justification. [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 81-82 (see the book; see also Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:2,6,15,16; 14:17; Gal. 4:21-29; 5:22,23; 1 Thess. 1:6; more at Faith, Father, Grace, Holy Spirit, Joy, Justification, Law, Liberty, Peace, Preach, Son)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936

[Continued from yesterday]
That Paul regarded the subsequent development of Christian life and character as in its totality the work of the Spirit is not questioned. All the Christian virtues are the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23). He is the Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4), of sanctification (II Thess. 2:13), and of a new life (Rom. 7:6). Love, the greatest of Christian graces, is the pre-eminent gift of the Spirit (I Cor. 13; Col. 1:8; Rom. 15:30), not only as a grace of character, but also as the principle of unity in the Church (Eph. 4:1-6; cf. Eph. 2:18, 22). The Spirit bestows wisdom and knowledge on the individual and in the Church. Paul spoke “God’s wisdom in a mystery... through the Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (I Cor. 2:7-10). “For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit” (I Cor. 12:8). All Christian knowledge was derived from the Spirit both by Paul and by [the Apostle] John (Eph. 1:17, 23; 3:16-19; John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; cf. James 1:5; 3:15, 17). [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82 (see the book; see also Eph. 1:17; John 16:13; Gal. 5:22,23; Rom. 1:4; 7:6; 15:30; 1 Cor. 2:7-10; 12:8; 13; Gal. 5:22,23; Eph. 1:23; 2:18, 22; 3:16-19; 4:1-6; Col. 1:8; 2 Thess. 2:13; Jas. 1:5; 3:15, 17; 1 John 2:20, 27; more at Gifts, God, Grace, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Knowledge, Life, Love, Sanctification, Unity, Virtue, Wisdom)

Thursday, June 14, 2007
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691

[Continued from yesterday]
[The Spirit] was the power manifested in the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 1:4), in the inner life of man (Rom. 15:13; Eph. 3:16), and in the preaching of the word (I Thess. 1:5; 1 Cor. 2:4). He is the Spirit of life, both now and hereafter (I Cor. 15:45; Gal. 6:8); and the Spirit of assurance, the guarantee of the new life, whereby man obtains confidence towards God and courage in the face of the world’s evil (II Cor. 1:22; Rom. 5:5; 8:16, 23; Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Man, therefore, as the dwelling-place of the Spirit, is the inalienable possession of God (I Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:19). [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Rom. 5:5; 8:16, 23; 15:13; 1 Cor. 2:4; 3:16-17; 6:19; 15:45; Gal. 6:8; Eph. 1:13; 3:16; 4:30; 1 Thess. 1:5; more at Assurance, Christ, Confidence, Courage, Evil, God, Holy Spirit, Life, Man, Possession, Power, Preach, Resurrection)

Friday, June 15, 2007
Feast of Evelyn Underhill, Mystical Writer, 1941

[Continued from yesterday]
As the Christian life in the individual is the work of the Spirit, it follows that the corporate realisation of that life, in the Church built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, is also His creation... The great creative acts and significant turning-points were recognised, either by the Church or by its historian, as determined by the Spirit. The Spirit confirmed and preserved the community from the outset, by the descent at Pentecost (Acts 2:4). The extension of the Gospel beyond Judea and the first mission to the Gentiles were commanded and approved by the Spirit (Acts 8:29; 10:19, 44; 13:2, 4). Paul, on his journeys, was led by the Spirit (Acts 16:6, 7). He himself was especially conscious that his whole ministry was inspired by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 15:18,19). All the apostles were conspicuously men of the Spirit. [Continued tomorrow]
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82-83 (see the book; see also Rom. 15:18-19; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19,44; 13:2,4; 16:6-7; more at Church, Community, Creation, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Inspiration, Journey, Life, Pentecost)

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral Philosopher, 1752

[Continued from yesterday]
The Spirit guided the Church in the creation of organisation and officers (Acts 6:3; 20:28). The first three gifts of the Spirit which God had set in the Church were apostles, prophets, and teachers, in addition to which the whole Church had a gift of government (I Cor. 12:4, 28). The decisions of the first council of the Church were first of all the decrees of the Spirit (Acts 15:28). Paul had preached and created churches by the power of the Spirit (I Cor. 2:4; 1 Thess. 1:5,6; Gal. 3:2). In one Spirit were all believers baptized into one body (I Cor. 12:13: cf. Phil. 1:27). The Spirit therefore dwells in the Church as the principle of its entire united and common life (Eph. 2:18, 22; cf. I Cor. 3:16).
... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 83 (see the book; see also Gal. 3:2; Acts 6:3; 15:28; 20:28; 1 Cor. 2:4; 3:16; 12:4,13,28; Eph. 2:18,22; Phil. 1:27; 1 Thess. 1:5-6; more at Baptism, Body of Christ, Church, Disciple, Gifts, Guidance, Holy Spirit, Power, Preach, Prophet, Teach, Unity)

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936

1. I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient. 2. Not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities. 3. Not what I wish to be. God, who knows my heart, knows I wish to be like him. 4. I am not what I hope to be; ere long to drop this clay tabernacle, to be like him and see him as He is. 5. Not what I once was, a child of sin, and slave of the devil. Though not all these, not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what I once was, I think I can truly say with the apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”
... John Newton (1725-1807), Letters by The Rev. John Newton of Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth, Josiah Bull, ed., London: Religious Tract Society, ca. 1860, p. 400 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:10; Luke 7:2-10; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; Eph. 3:7-8; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; more at God, Grace, Heart, Hope, Knowledge, Providence)

Monday, June 18, 2007

The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is wholly practical; it is revealed to us, to discover our high original and the greatness of our fall, and to show us the deep and profound operation of the triune God in the recovery of the divine life in our souls: that by the means of this mystery thus discovered, our piety may be rightly directed, our faith and prayer have their proper objects, [and] the workings and aspiring of our own hearts may cooperate and correspond with that triune life in the Deity, which is always desiring to manifest itself in us.
... William Law (1686-1761), An Appeal to All that Doubt [1740], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VI, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 82 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19; John 3:35; 5:20; 6:46; 14:9-11,16; more at Aspiration, Discovery, Faith, Fall, God, Prayer, Soul, Trinity)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929

Many people despise those who spend their health, strength and money for the salvation of others, and call them mad. And yet it is they who will save many and be saved themselves.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), The Message of Sadhu Sundar Singh, B. H. Streeter & A. J. Appasamy, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922, p. 170 (see the book; see also Acts 26:13-18; Rom. 15:2-3; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; 10:24,33; 2 Cor. 5:13; more at Health, Mission, Money, Salvation, Strength)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

It makes a great difference in our feelings towards others if their needs and their joys are on our lips in prayer; as also it makes a vast difference in their feelings towards us if they know that we are in the habit of praying for them. There is no chasm in society that cannot be firmly and permanently bridged by intercession; there is no feud or dislike that cannot be healed by the same exercise of love.
... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World [1899], London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 83 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 5:25; Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 5:5; Heb. 13:18-19; Jas. 5:16; more at Attitudes, Intercession, Love, Prayer, Social)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

In Romans 7, St. Paul says, “The law is spiritual.” What does that mean? If the law were physical, then it could be satisfied by works, but since it is spiritual, no one can satisfy it unless everything he does springs from the depths of the heart. But no one can give such a heart except the Spirit of God, who makes the person be like the law, so that he actually conceives a heartfelt longing for the law and henceforward does everything, not through fear or coercion, but from a free heart.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans”, par. 6 (see the book; see also Rom. 7:14; Lev. 19:18; Deut. 6:5; Ps. 51:6; Matt. 22:37-40; Heb. 4:12; more at Freedom, God, Heart, Holy Spirit, Law, Longing, People, Spiritual life, Work)

Friday, June 22, 2007
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209

We implore the mercy of God, not that He may leave us at peace in our vices, but that He may deliver us from them.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #553, p. 180 (see the book; see also Isa. 35:3-4; 57:20-21; more at Sin)

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees... Let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.
... Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), Sermons of the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon of London, seventh series, New York: Sheldon and Co., 1864, Sermon 349 (see the book; see also Jude 1:22-23; Rom. 15:21; more at Condemnation, Evangelization, Hell, Mission, Prayer, Sinner)

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

“Thou shalt not” is the beginning of wisdom. But the end of wisdom, the new law, is, “Thou shalt.” To be Christian is to be old? Not a bit of it. To be Christian is to be reborn, and free, and unafraid, and immortally young.
... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 20 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:11-12; Ps. 143:8-10; John 16:13; Gal. 4:6; 5:16,18,22-25; Rom. 8:13-14; 2 Tim. 1:7; more at Attitudes, Beginning, Immortality, Law, Wisdom)

Monday, June 25, 2007

When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion, don’t pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God.
... Luis Palau (b. 1934), in a private communication from the Luis Palau Association (see also Col. 1:24; more at Affliction, Careless, Confusion, God, Peril, Prayer, Strength, Weary)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Even in a day of overdone distinctions, one might point out that interpretations are not properly to be classified as historical or dogmatic, but as true or false. If they are false, it does not matter whether they be called dogmatic or historical; and if they are true, they may quite well be both.
... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903, p. 7 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:13-17; Matt. 15:2-6; Mark 7:5-9; Acts 26:8; Gal. 1:14; Col. 2:8; more at Bible, Historical, Truth)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

This is our Lord’s will, that our prayer and our trust be both alike large. For if we do not trust as much as we pray, we fail in full worship to our Lord in our prayer; and also we hinder and hurt ourselves. The reason is that we do not know truly that our Lord is the ground from which our prayer springeth; nor do we know that it is given us by his grace and his love. If we knew this, it would make us trust to have of our Lord’s gifts all that we desire. For I am sure that no man asketh mercy and grace with sincerity, without mercy and grace being given to him first.
... Juliana of Norwich (1342?-1417), Revelations of Divine Love, Grace Harriet Warrack, ed., Methuen, 1901, ch. XLII (see the book; see also Luke 11:11-13; Ps. 4:5; 73:26; 142:5; Pr. 3:5; Lam. 3:24; Matt. 7:7-11; John 4:10; 7:37-39; 14:13; 16:23-24; Jas. 1:5; 1 John 5:14-15; more at Grace, Love, Prayer, Sincerity, Trust, Will of God, Worship)

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200

It is quite possible to perform very ordinary actions with so high an intention, as to serve God therein better than in far more important things done with a less pure intention.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 3 (see the book; see also 1 Tim. 4:12; Rom. 12:18; Phil. 4:8; 2 Tim. 2:22; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; more at Action, Attitudes, God, Intention, Purity, Service)

Friday, June 29, 2007
Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles

The unbelieving mind would not be convinced by any proof, and the worshiping heart needs none.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Knowledge of the Holy, Harper & Row, 1975, p. 65 (see the book; see also Heb. 4:6-7; Luke 16:27-31; John 12:10-11; Acts 28:23; Rom. 8:6-8,16; 2 Cor. 4:3; 5:11; more at Heart, Mind, Proof, Worship)

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Jesus will prevail. His Church will prevail. Everything else is just passing away. Our current leadership [of the Episcopal Church USA] will die one day, as will you and I. It is not for us to condemn others, but to witness to them of Him who is in our lives. Even now, the enemy is at work, but Jesus will prevail. I know a God whose mercy knows no limits and whose power has no restraints.
... Todd H. Wetzel (b. 1946), Steadfast Faith, Dallas, Texas: Latimer Press, 1997, p. 170 (see the book; see also Luke 6:37-38; Matt. 28:19; Luke 24:46-47; John 15:27; Acts 1:8; 2:32; more at Church, Condemnation, Death, God, Jesus, Life, Mercy, Power, Witness)


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