Christ, our Light

Quotations for March, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601

The preacher and the writer may seem to have an... easy task. At first sight, it may seem that they have only to proclaim and declare; but in fact, if their words are to enter men’s hearts and bear fruit, they must be the right words, shaped cunningly to pass men’s defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. This means, in practice, turning a face of flint toward the easy cliché, the well-worn religious cant and phraseology, dear, no doubt, to the faithful, but utterly meaningless to those outside the fold. It means learning how people are thinking and how they are feeling; it means learning with patience, imagination and ingenuity the way to pierce apathy or blank lack of understanding. I sometimes wonder what hours of prayer and thought lie behind the apparently simple and spontaneous parables of the Gospel.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Making Men Whole, London: Highway Press, 1952, p. 44 (see the book; see also Col. 3:16-17; Matt. 13:10-13; Mark 4:33-34; Luke 12:11-12; more at Gospel, Imagination, Man, Patience, Prayer, Preacher, Simplicity, Understanding)

Friday, March 2, 2012
Feast of Chad, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672

Earth breaks up, time drops away,
In flows heaven, with its new day
Of endless life, when He who trod,
Very man and very God,
This earth in weakness, shame and pain,
Dying the death whose signs remain
Up yonder on the accursed tree,—
Shall come again, no more to be
Of captivity the thrall,
But the one God, All in all,
King of kings, Lord of lords,
As His servant John received the words,
“I died, and live for evermore!”
... Robert Browning (1812-1889), The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Macmillan, 1912, p. 420 (see the book; see also Rev. 1:17-18; Isa. 65:17; 66:22; Heb. 7:23-24; more at Cross, Death, Earth, Eternal life, God, Heaven, King, Man, Shame)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

We need to set our compass with three markers: (1) the Word of God; (2) a true analysis of the facts of our experience; and (3) the sensing of the mind of the Spirit by... this council.
... Thomas Houston, former president, World Vision International, in a private communication from World Vision (see also 1 Thess. 1:4-5; Luke 10:21; Acts 15:28; more at Authenticity, Bible, Experience, Holy Spirit, Mind, Truth)

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Commemoration of Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647

The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952, reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 75 (see the book; see also Heb. 12:1-2; Matt. 5:11-12; Mark 16:19; John 14:2; 2 Pet. 3:13; more at Builder, Conversion, Heaven, Man, Slave)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Grace is a provision for men who are so fallen that they cannot lift the axe of justice—so corrupt that they cannot change their own natures—so averse to God that they cannot turn to Him—so blind that they cannot see Him—so deaf that they cannot hear Him and so dead that He Himself must open their graves and then lift them into resurrection.
... G. S. Bishop (1836-1914), The Doctrines of Grace, Gospel Publishing House, 1910, p. 156 (see the book; see also Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 11:5-6; Eph. 2:1-2; Phil. 2:12-13; Col. 2:13-14; more at Abasement, Blindness, Corruption, Deafness, Death, God, Grace, Man, Resurrection)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Nothing riles the natural man more and brings to the surface his innate, inveterate enmity against God than to press upon him the eternality, the freeness, and the absolute sovereignty of divine grace. That God should have formed His purpose from everlasting, without in anywise consulting the creature, is too abasing for the unbroken heart. That grace cannot be earned or won by any efforts of man is too self-emptying for self-righteousness. That grace singles out whom it pleases to be its favored objects arouses hot protests from haughty rebels.
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), The Nature of God, Moody Publishers, 1999, p. 81 (see the book; see also Isa. 64:8; Rom. 9:12-16; 1 Cor. 2:14; more at Abasement, Everlasting, God, Grace, Self-righteousness)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Feast of Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203

If what was reigned over by death was not that which was assumed by the Lord, death would not have ceased working his own ends, nor would the sufferings of the God-bearing flesh have been made our gain; He would not have killed sin in the flesh; we who had died in Adam should not have been made alive in Christ; the fallen to pieces would not have been framed again; the shattered would not have been set up again; that which by the serpent’s trick had been estranged from God would never have been made once more His own.
... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), letter 261.2, A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. VIII, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1895, p. 300 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:53-57; Isa. 25:7-8; Hos. 13:14; Luke 20:35-36; 1 Cor. 15:22-26; 2 Tim. 1:10; Rev. 20:14; 21:4; more at Christ, Death, God, Sin)

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929

Prayer in Christ’s name means prayer in Christ’s spirit. The greatest of all prayers does not contain the Name, but is drenched with the spirit. What is Christ’s spirit? In a word, “heroism.” God and my duty first—a long way first. God’s will above and beyond all other things. My pals and other people second. Myself and my own desires last, and a long way last, almost nowhere. That is Christ... There is no such thing as selfish prayer. There is no such thing as prayer which does not put God first. That is the essence of it. That is the spirit. The name without the spirit is as futile as the mumbo-jumbo of a conjuror.
... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Hardest Part, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919, p. 102-103 (see the book; see also John 14:13-14,26; 15:16; 16:23-24; Eph. 6:18; more at Christ, Duty, Futility, God, Heroism, Prayer, Selfish, Spirit)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Saviour of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Man: The Dwelling Place of God, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1966, p. 27 (see the book; see also Isa. 45:9; 1 Chr. 29:11; Isa. 29:16; 64:8; Mic. 6:8; Rom. 9:19-21; more at Father, God, Man, Patience, People, Savior, Struggle)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The knowledge of God without that of man’s misery causes pride. The knowledge of man’s misery without that of God causes despair. The knowledge of Jesus Christ constitutes the middle course, because in Him we find both God and our misery.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #527, p. 173 (see the book; see also Rom. 11:25; Deut. 29:18-19; Hos. 6:6; Matt. 23:2-3,8-12; Luke 20:46-47; Rom. 7:24; 12:3; 1 Cor. 8:1-3; Phil. 3:8; more at Despair, God, Jesus, Knowledge, Man, Pride)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

When Jesus Christ speaks of the mystery of the Kingdom of God, the whole conception of merit and reward, so dear to the natural man, sinks into nothingness; I mean that book-keeping conception of religion to which a nation of shopkeepers is all too prone.
... John S. Whale (1896-1997), Christian Doctrine, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966, p. 80 (see the book; see also Matt. 21:31-32; 13:44-48; 20:3-16; Mark 1:15; 4:11-12; Rom. 3:22-24; 4:4-5; 5:1-2; 11:5-6; Tit. 3:4-7; Eph. 2:8-9; Col. 1:10-12; 1 Pet. 2:1-3; more at God, Jesus, Kingdom, Man, Nature, Religion)

Monday, March 12, 2012

There are few signs in a soul’s state more alarming than that of religious indifference, that is, the spirit of thinking all religions equally true,—the real meaning of which is, that all religions are equally false.
... Frederick W. Robertson (1816-1853), Sermons, v. IV, Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1866, p. 178 (see the book; see also 2 Thess. 2:11-12; Job 12:7-25; Ps. 14:1; Rom. 1:18-20; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; 2:14; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; 1 John 2:22-23; Jude 1:5; more at Indifference, Religion, Spirit, Truth)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

[There] is a base, man-pleasing disposition that is in us. We are so loth to displease men, and so desirous to keep in credit and favour with them, that it makes us most unconscionably neglect our known duty. A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, than we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them. If they did but fall in a swoon, we would rub them and pinch them, and never stick at hurting them. If they were distracted we would bind them with chains, and we would please them in nothing that tended to their hurt; and yet, when they are beside themselves in point of salvation, and in their madness posting on to damnation we will not stop them, for fear of displeasing them.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. XXII, ed. William Orme, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 222 (see the book; see also John 5:39-44; Dan. 11:32; John 12:42-43; Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Thess. 2:6-7; more at Death, Duty, Fear, Folly, Friend, Hell, Man, Neglect, Physician, Salvation, Sickness, Suffer)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Obey Him, love Him, and nothing is too great, nothing is too little; for love knows no struggle of great or little. No impulse is too splendid for the simplest task; no task is too simple for the most splendid impulse.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), The Light of the World, and Other Sermons, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1904, p. 120 (see the book; see also Mark 4:30-32; Amos 4:13; Matt. 17:20; Mark 12:41-44; Rev. 11:16-18; more at Greatness, Love, Obedience, Simplicity, Struggle, Task)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely. Such infinite majesty, and yet such meekness and grace, and all for sinners, even the chief. Live much in the smiles of God. Bask in his beams. Feel his all-seeing eye settled on you in love, and repose in his almighty arms. Cry after divine knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding. Seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasure.
... Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Dundee: W. Middleton, 1845, p. 254 (see the book; see also Luke 12:33-34; Ps. 42:1-2; Prov. 2:4; John 1:29; 6:40; 8:56; Heb. 12:1-2; 1 John 1:1-3; more at Christ, God, Grace, Jesus, Knowledge, Love, Meekness, Search, Treasure, Understanding)

Friday, March 16, 2012

The life of faith is a happy life, and if attended with conflicts, there is an assurance of victory; if we sometimes get a wound, there is healing balm near at hand; if we seem to fall, we are raised again; and if tribulations abound, consolations shall abound likewise.
... John Newton (1725-1807), from a letter, 1773, Letters by The Rev. John Newton of Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth, Josiah Bull, ed., London: Religious Tract Society, ca. 1860, p. 134 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:10-12; Ps. 36:7-8; 2 Cor. 12:10; Phil. 1:29-30; 1 Thess. 2:1-2; Heb. 10:32-33; 1 Pet. 3:14; 4:12-13; more at Assurance, Faith, Happiness, Life, Victory)

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460

God, unto whom all hearts be open, and unto whom all will speaketh, and unto whom no privy thing is hid. I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee, and worthily praise Thee.
... The Cloud of Unknowing, 14th century, ed. Evelyn Underhill, prologue (see the book; see also Ps. 38:9; 1:6; 7:9; 33:13-15; 51:7; 121:3-4; Matt. 6:32; Acts 15:8; Rom. 8:27; 1 Thess. 2:4; 1 John 4:18; more at Cleanse, Gifts, God, Grace, Heart, Love, Praise, Prayers)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The immediate person thinks and imagines that when he prays, the important thing, the thing he must concentrate upon, is that God should hear what HE is praying for. And yet in the true, eternal sense it is just the reverse: the true relation in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person praying continues to pray until he is the one who hears, who hears what God wills. The immediate person, therefore, uses many words and, therefore, makes demands in his prayer; the true man of prayer only attends.
... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Journals, ed. Alexander Dru, Oxford University Press, 1959, #572, p. 153-154 (see the book; see also Luke 6:47-49; 1 Sam. 3:10; Matt. 12:50; John 4:34; 6:40; Rom. 8:26; 12:2; 1 Thess. 5:17; more at God, Imagination, Prayer, Thought, Truth)

Monday, March 19, 2012
Feast of Joseph of Nazareth

You have Him exclaiming in the midst of His passion: “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Either, then, the Son suffered, being “forsaken” by the Father, and the Father consequently suffered nothing, inasmuch as He forsook the Son; or else, if it was the Father who suffered, then to what God was it that He addressed His cry? But this was the voice of flesh and soul, that is to say, of man—not of the Word and Spirit, that is to say, not of God; and it was uttered so as to prove the impassibility of God, who “forsook” His Son, so far as He handed over His human substance to the suffering of death. This verity the apostle also perceived, when he writes to this effect: “If the Father spared not His own Son.”
... Tertullian (Quintus S. Florens Tertullianus) (160?-230?), Adversus Praxean, in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, v. III, Alexander Roberts, ed., Buffalo: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1887, ch. xxx, p. 626 (see the book; see also Rom. 8:32; Ps. 22:1; Isa. 53:5-6; Matt. 27:46; more at Death, Father, God, Man, Son, Spirit, Suffer)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687

How do we conceive the human quest for reliable truth? If our quest is that of Descartes—for a final certitude that admits of no possibility of doubt, for “eternal truths of reason” that are independent of contingent happenings in history—then the Bible is not the place to look. To look for this kind of certitude in the Bible is to impose upon the Bible a concept of truth that is foreign to it and is therefore a misuse of the Bible. If we take the Bible itself as our guide to the question ”What is truth?” we will find the answer in a long record of struggle between the patient love and wisdom of God and the stubborn, impatient, idolatrous wills of men and women. The story culminates in the coming of the One who is himself the truth—not a timeless proposition but a living Lord who undertakes to lead us into the fullness of the truth as it is present in him.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Truth and Authority in Modernity, Gracewing Publishing, 1996, p. 70 (see the book; see also John 14:6; Num. 23:19; Ps. 145:18; John 1:14,17; 8:31-32; 17:17; 1 Cor. 13:6; Eph. 6:14-15; Phil. 4:8; more at Apologetics, Bible, Everlasting, Fullness, God, Guidance, Idol, Independence, Love, Patience, Quest, Reason, Struggle, Truth, Wisdom)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

[Matthew] lost a comfortable job, but he found a destiny. He lost a good income, but he found honor. He lost a comfortable security, but he found an adventure of the like of which he had never dreamed. It may be that if we accept the challenge of Christ, we shall find ourselves poorer in material things. It may be that the worldly ambitions will have to go. But beyond doubt we will find a peace and a joy and a thrill in life that we never knew before. In Jesus Christ a man finds a wealth beyond anything that he may have to abandon for the sake of Christ.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of Matthew, v. 1, Westminster John Knox Press, 2001 (revised), p. 383 (see the book; see also Luke 5:27-28; Isa. 33:5-6; Matt. 9:9; 19:21; 2 Cor. 4:6-7; more at Ambition, Destiny, Honor, Jesus, Joy, Life, Material things, Peace, Security, Worldly)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

All theological language is necessarily analogical, but it was singularly unfortunate that the Church, in speaking of punishment for sin, should have chosen the analogy of criminal law, for the analogy is incompatible with the Christian belief in God as the creator of Man.
Criminal laws are laws-for, imposed on men, who are already in existence, with or without their consent, and, with the possible exception of capital punishment for murder, there is no logical relation between the nature of a crime and the penalty inflicted for committing it.
If God created man, then the laws of man’s spiritual nature must, like the laws of his physical nature, be laws-of—laws, that is to say, which he is free to defy but no more free to break than he can break the law of gravity by jumping out of the window, or the laws of biochemistry by getting drunk—and the consequences of defying them must be as inevitable and as intrinsically related to their nature as a broken leg or a hangover.
To state spiritual laws in the imperative—Thou shalt love God with all thy being, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself—is simply a pedagogical technique, as when a mother says to her small son, “Stay away from the window!” because the child does not yet know what will happen if he falls out of it.
... W. H. Auden (1907-1973), A Certain World, London: Faber and Faber, 1971, p. 180-181 (see the book; see also Rom. 7:14-23; Deut. 6:4-5; Rom. 8:1-2; Gal. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:11; more at Freedom, God, Knowledge, Law, Love, Man, Nature, Punishment, Sin, Theology)

Friday, March 23, 2012

... the world cares nothing about doctrine. And that is especially true in the second half of the 20th century when, on the basis of their epistemology, men no longer believe even in the possibility of absolute truth. And if we are surrounded by a world which no longer believes in the concept of truth, certainly we cannot expect people to have any interest in whether a man’s doctrine is correct or not.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 16 (see the book; see also Isa. 33:11; Jer. 6:16-17; 18:18; John 8:43-45; Gal. 1:6-8; 1 Tim. 4:7,16; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:9; 2 Pet. 1:16; more at Belief, Dogma, Man, Truth, World)

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980
Commemoration of Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953

If, then, we would pray aright, the first thing that we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite and vivid consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening to our petition and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him. This is only possible by the Holy Spirit’s power, so we should look to the Holy Spirit to really lead us into the presence of God, and should not be hasty in words until He has actually brought us there.
... R. A. Torrey (1856-1928), How to Pray, Fleming H. Revell, 1900, p. 33-34 (see the book; see also Mark 14:36; Luke 6:12; John 16:13; Eph. 6:18; more at God, Holy Spirit, Listening, Prayer, Presence of God)

Sunday, March 25, 2012
Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary

I have no desire to change the opinion of man or woman. Let everyone for me hold what he pleases. But I would do my utmost to disable such as think correct opinion essential to salvation from laying any other burden on the shoulders of true men and women than the yoke of their Master; and such burden, if already oppressing any, I would gladly lift. Let the Lord himself teach them, I say. A man who has not the mind of Christ—and no man has the mind of Christ except him who makes it his business to obey him—cannot have correct opinions concerning him; neither, if he could, would they be of any value to him: he would be nothing the better, he would be the worse for having them. Our business is not to think correctly, but to live truly; then first will there be a possibility of our thinking correctly.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Justice”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 134-135 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 1:17; Ps. 62:11-12; Eccl. 12:13; Matt. 16:27; John 14:15; Rom. 2:6-8; 14:5,23; 1 Cor. 2:16; 8:10-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 2:5; Col. 3:25; 1 John 3:18-20; more at Burden, Christ, Mind, Obedience, Salvation, Teach, Thought)

Monday, March 26, 2012
Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883

The more God raises and exalts good men, the more they abase and humble themselves. They remember with sorrow what they are of themselves, and what they are capable of becoming.
... Thomas Wilson (1663-1755), Maxims of Piety and of Christianity, London: Macmillan, 1898, p. 70 (see the book; see also Matt. 23:8-10; 2 Chr. 7:13-14; Isa. 35:10; Prov. 16:18-19; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 11:29; 18:3-4; John 13:12-15; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Eph. 4:1-3; Jas. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 5:5; more at Abasement, God, Goodness, Humility, Remembrance, Sorrow)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Original sin is in us, like the beard—we are shaved today and look clean, and have a smooth chin; tomorrow our beard has grown again, nor does it cease growing while we remain on earth. In like manner original sin cannot be extirpated from us as long as we exist. Nevertheless, we are bound to resist it to our utmost strength, and to cut it down unceasingly.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), in The Life of Luther, M. Michelet, London: David Bogue, 1846, p. 267 (see the book; see also Isa. 43:27-28; Ps. 51:2; 90:7-8; Luke 6:45; John 8:34; Rom. 5:12; 6:23; 7:22-24; 14:23; 1 Cor. 15:22; Heb. 12:14; more at Cleanse, Earth, Growth, Sin, Strength)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[The enemy] comes and whispers suggestions of evil to us,—doubts, blasphemies, jealousies, envyings, and pride,—and then turns round and says, “Oh, how wicked you must be to think of such things! It is very plain that you are not trusting the Lord; for if you were, it would have been impossible for these things to have entered your heart.” This reasoning sounds so very plausible that the soul often accepts it as true, and at once comes under condemnation, and is filled with discouragement. Then it is easy for Satan to lead it on into actual sin. One of the most fatal things in the life of faith is discouragement. One of the most helpful is cheerfulness.
... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, London: F. E. Longley, 1876, p. 136 (see the book; see also Ps. 37:16-17; 31:22; Jer. 18:11-12; 1 Cor. 10:13; Eph. 4:26-27; 1 Tim. 6:6-8; Heb. 12:11-13; 1 John 4:4; more at Condemnation, Discouragement, Doubt, Enemy, Evil, Pride, Sin, Trust)

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Commemoration of Jack Winslow, Missionary, Evangelist, 1974

When scientists are honest, as most of them are, they are well aware of the fact that their competence in science does not give them a clue to the problem of how their science should be used in the service of man. The sensitive visitor to the mesas of Los Alamos is almost sure to meditate on the experience of that gifted man, Klaus Fuchs. Though his work in the laboratories was outstanding, his decision concerning the use of what he knew was disastrous. What if, in addition to his scientific competence, the younger Fuchs had shared something of the Christian conviction of his father, Emil Fuchs? Much of the subsequent history of our earth might then have been different.
... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Incendiary Fellowship, New York: Harper, 1967, p. 95 (see the book; see also 1 Tim. 6:20-21; 1 Kings 4:30-34; Matt. 16:1-4; more at Conviction, Historical, Knowledge, Practical Christianity, Science, Service)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is its lack of humility.
... Andrew Murray (1828-1917), Humility: the Beauty of Holiness, New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1895, p. 74 (see the book; see also Isa. 57:15; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 18:2-5; 23:12; Luke 7:6-9; Rom. 11:17-18; Jas. 1:9-10; more at Beauty, Holiness, Humility)

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631

No man hath any such righteousness of his own, as can save him, for howsoever it be made his, by that application, or imputation, yet the righteousness that saves him, is the very righteousness of Christ himself. St. Hilary’s question then, hath a full answer, ... Were there any that needed not Christ’s coming? No; there were none.
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. V, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CXXXIX, p. 501 (see the book; see also Rom. 8:29-30; Lev. 18:5; Matt. 9:13; Rom. 3:22-24; 10:3-4; Rev. 3:17; more at Christ, Man, Righteousness, Salvation)


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