Christ, our Light

Quotations for October, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897

The Church has no mission of its own. All we can have by ourselves is a club or a debating society; and our only hope, left to ourselves, is to win as many members for our own club and away from other clubs as we can. And whatever this is, it is not Mission. Mission belongs to God. The Mission was His from the beginning; it is His; it will always be His. He has His purposes from the foundation of the world, and the means to fulfill them; and the only part the Church has in this is obedience—a share in the eternal and life-giving obedience of the Son of God... And the most terrible judgment on the Church comes when God leaves us to our own devices because He is tired of waiting for our obedience—leaves us to be the domestic chaplains to a comfortable secular world—and goes Himself into the wilderness of human need and injustice and pain. This judgment does come on churches and nations, when they forget that God is in command, that He does the choosing.
... Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. (1908-1974), An Anglican Turning Point, Austin: Church Historical Society, 1964 (see the book; see also John 6:44; 1 Chr. 16:23-24; Ps. 96; Isa. 43:7; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 13:2-4,47; Rev. 14:6-7; more at Church, Fulfillment, Mission, Need, Obedience, Social, World)

Friday, October 2, 2015

We must consider who it is to whom we pray. The infinitely blessed Majesty of God, than which nothing can be conceived more good, more holy, more pure, more august, more adorable, more compassionate, more incomprehensible, or more unutterable. The very thought of God takes away our breath. He is Three living Persons. We live and move and breathe in Him. He can do what He wills with us. He is no further bound to us than He has graciously and piteously chosen to bind Himself. He knows every thing without our telling Him or asking Him. Yet it is to Him we pray. Next, let us think where it is we pray. Whether it be a consecrated place or not. It is in God Himself. We are in the midst of Him, as fishes are in the sea. His immensity is our temple.
... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Thoughts on Great Mysteries, London: Suttaby and Co., 1884, p. 203-204 (see the book; see also Ps. 103:2-5; Deut. 5:24; 1 Chr. 16:27; Isa. 6:1-5; Matt. 6:8; Acts 17:28; more at God, Goodness, Knowledge, Prayer, Temple, Trinity)

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896
Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958

Upon a little reflection one can see that no concepts which are restricted to Christianity could possibly be found in a language spoken only by pagans. How could pagans have developed words for Christian ideas which have never occurred to them? This identical situation existed when the Holy Spirit inspired the New Testament. At that time many pagan words, with pagan-thought background, were used in Christian contexts; by the contexts the present Christian meaning eventually built up, until it was possible to express all the Christian meaning in the pagan terms.
... Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001), With Heart and Mind, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962, p. 129 (see the book; see also Acts 2:6; Gen. 11:6-8; 2 Tim. 3:16; more at Bible, Holy Spirit, Inspiration, Meaning, Pagan)

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226

My Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd, who have shown Your very gentle mercy to us unworthy sinners in various physical pains and sufferings, give grace and strength to me, Your little lamb, that in no tribulation or anguish or pain may I turn away from You!
... St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), The Little Flowers of St. Francis, Ugolino of Montegiorgio, London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1912, p. 35 (see the book; see also John 10:11-16; Ps. 23:1-4; 80:1; Isa. 40:11; Eze. 34:12; Heb. 13:20-21; 1 Pet. 2:25; more at Anguish, Christ, Gentleness, Grace, Jesus, Mercy, Pain, Prayers, Strength)

Monday, October 5, 2015

When one is thirsty one quenches one’s thirst by drinking, not by reading books which treat of this condition. The desire to know does but increase this thirst. Therefore when one thirsts after sanctity, the desire to know about it only drives it further away. Speculation must be laid aside, and everything arranged by God as regards actions and sufferings must be accepted with simplicity, for those things that happen at each moment by the divine command or permission are always the most holy, the best and the most divine for us.
... Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), Abandonment to Divine Providence, I.i.4 (see the book; see also Col. 1:24; Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17; 1 Pet. 5:10; more at Book, God, Holiness, Knowledge, Simplicity)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Feast of William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536

Christ is with us until the world’s end. Let his little flock be bold therefore. For if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us
... William Tyndale (1492?-1536), “The Obedience of a Christen Man”, preface [1528], Doctrinal Treatises and Introductions, Cambridge: The University Press, 1848, p. 135 (see the book; see also Ps. 27:1; 118:6; Matt. 28:20; John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:31; 1 John 4:4; more at Christ, God, Presence of God)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

We are dependent upon God for even our sense of worth as individuals. Our uniqueness and dignity are rooted in our creation in the image of God. Our value is not tied to wealth, status, accomplishments, or position. It is a gift. Obviously, this wonderful truth flies in the face of the modern technology to define people by what they produce or what they have.
The terrible reality of the Fall was... a repudiation of our dependence upon God.
... Richard J. Foster (b. 1942), Freedom of Simplicity, HarperCollins, 1989, p. 19 (see the book; see also Gen. 1:26-27; 3:6-7; Ps. 139:13-14; Isa. 40:31; John 14:6; 15:5; Eph. 2:8-9; more at Achievement, Creation, Dependence, God, Truth, Wealth)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I well remember Dr. [Robert] Rainy flinging out a challenge at our communion table: “Do you believe your faith? ... Do you believe a day is coming, really coming, when you will stand before the throne of God, and the angels will whisper together and say, ‘How like Christ he is!’” That is not easy to believe. And yet not to believe it is blasphemy. For that, not less than that, is what Christ promises. And what Christ promises comes true.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1924, p. 12 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 2:21; Lev. 21:8; Matt. 20:26-28; John 13:13-17; 15:4; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 11:1; 15:48-49; 2 Cor. 5:17,21; Eph. 4:22-24; 5:1-2; Col. 1:27; 1 John 2:6; 4:4; more at Belief, Challenge, Christ, Christlikeness, Faith, Promise)

Friday, October 9, 2015
Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253

Evil is not God’s will but that we are brought into contact with evil is his will. He uses evil to bring evil to nought. God is not the direct cause of evil, but he is the cause of the overthrow of evil. This means that in our prayer life we should not meekly submit to evil but instead boldly lay hold of the power of God to combat evil and overcome it.
... Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), The Struggle of Prayer, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 33 (see the book; see also Ps. 5:4; Luke 6:27-30; Rom. 12:21; 1 Pet. 3:9,17; Jas. 1:13; more at Evil, God, Life, Power, Victory)

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644

If [one] attaches no meaning to the words “good,” and “just,” and “right,” except that such is the divine command, then, to say that God is good, and his commands just, is only saying in a circuitous way, that He is what He is, and that what He wills He wills; which might equally be said of any Being in the universe...
And any one would be equally involved in a vicious circle, who, while he held [this] theory, should refer to the pure and elevated moral tone of the New Testament as an internal evidence (and in reality it is a very strong one) to prove that it could not be the unaided work of ignorant, half-crazy Jewish peasants and fishermen. For, if all our moral notions are entirely derived from that book, to say that the morality of the book is correct, is merely to say that it is what it is.
... Richard Whately (1787-1863), Dr. Paley’s Works: A Lecture Delivered by Richard Whately, London: John W. Parker and Son, 1859, p. 27-28 (see the book; see also Ps. 34:8; Jer. 31:14; Matt. 7:11; Luke 1:53; Phil. 4:8; Tit. 3:4-7; 2 Thess. 1:11; Jas. 1:17; 1 John 4:7-10; more at Bible, Commandment, God, Goodness, Meaning, Morality, Purity)

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675

To think of the Communists as the executors of God’s judgment should not strike us as strange if we have read our Bibles. The same study should free us from the assumption that God will always be on our side whatever we do, will always protect His Church from temporal evil, or that He is only concerned with the faithful believers. It was precisely His concern for the wicked Ninevites that so distressed the prophet Jonah.
... David M. Paton (1913-1992), Christian Missions and the Judgment of God, London: SCM Press, 1953, p. 20 (see the book; see also Jon. 4:10-11; Isa. 1:18-20; Luke 15:28-32; Acts 14:27; 17:29-30; Rom. 15:15-16; Eph. 2:1-5; more at Church, Evil, God, Judgment, Prophet, Providence, Thought)

Monday, October 12, 2015
Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709
Commemoration of Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845

The life of this planet, and especially its human life, is a life in which something has gone wrong, and badly wrong. Every time we see an unhappy face, an unhealthy body, hear a bitter or despairing word, we are reminded of that. The occasional dazzling flashes of pure beauty, pure goodness, pure love which show us what God wants and what He is, only throw into more vivid relief the horror of cruelty, greed, oppression, hatred, ugliness.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings, Orbis Books, 2003, p. 37 (see the book; see also Rom. 8:20-22; Gen. 3:16-19; 5:29; Ps. 127:2; Eccl. 2:17; Isa. 24:5-6; more at Beauty, Bitterness, God, Goodness, Life, Love, Purity, Sin, Wrong)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066

Except the affections of the soul be supremely fixed on God, that unless it be the leading and governing desire and primary pursuit to possess his favour and promote his glory, we are considered as having transferred our fealty to an usurper, and as being, in fact, revolters from our lawful sovereign; if this be indeed the Scripture doctrine, all the several attachments which have been lately enumerated, of the different classes of society, wherever they interest the affections, and possess the soul in any such measure of strength as deserves to be called predominance, are but so many varied expressions of disloyalty. God requires to set up his throne in the heart, and to reign in it without a rival: if he be kept out of his right, it matters not by what competitor.
... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 163 (see the book; see also Isa. 52:7; 1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 96:10; John 15:19; Rom. 10:10; 12:2; Gal. 1:10; Eph. 2:1-2; Col. 3:1-2; Heb. 3:12; 1 John 2:15; Rev. 3:20; more at Glory, God, Heart, Possession, Scripture)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Let us then ascribe the whole work of grace to the pleasure of God’s will. God did not choose us because we were worthy, but by choosing us he makes us worthy. Proud men are apt to assume and arrogate too much to themselves, in being sharers with God. While many cry out of church-sacrilege, they are in the mean time guilty of a far greater sacrilege, in robbing God of his glory, while they go to set the crown of salvation upon their own head; but we must resolve all into God’s purpose. The signs of salvation are in the saints, but the cause of salvation is in God.
... Thomas Watson (c.1620-1686), A Divine Cordial [1657], Religious Tract Society, 1848, p. 139 (see the book; see also Eph. 1:11-12; Ps. 100:3; John 15:16; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:26-30; 1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 1:4-5; more at Choices, Glory, God, Grace, Pleasure, Purpose, Saint, Salvation, Work)

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582

Unity in Christ is not something to be achieved; it is something to be recognized.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), God Tells the Man Who Cares, Moody, 2006, p. 36 (see the book; see also Eph. 4:4-6; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:44; Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12-13,20; Eph. 2:18; 5:29-30; Col. 3:15; more at Christ, Truth, Unity)

Friday, October 16, 2015
Commemoration of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer, Nicolas Ridley, and Thomas Cranmer, bishops and martyrs, 1555

Spend [time] in nothing which you know must be repented of. Spend it in nothing which you dare not, or may not warrantably pray for a blessing on from God.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. I, ed. William Orme, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 240 (see the book; see also Eph. 4:25-31; Ps. 4:4; 78:40; Matt. 5:22; Rom. 12:19-21; Jas. 1:19-20; more at Blessing, God, Prayer, Repentance, Time)

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107

Toil together one with another, struggle together, run together, suffer together, lie down together, rise up together, as God’s stewards and assessors and ministers.
Please the Captain in whose army ye serve, from whom also ye will receive your pay. Let none of you be found a deserter. Let your baptism abide with you as your shield; your faith as your helmet; your love as your spear; your patience as your body armor. Let your works be your deposits, that ye may receive your assets due to you.
... Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35-98?), Letter to Polycarp [ca. 108?], par. 6 (see the book; see also John 13:34-35; Ps. 68:17-18; Rom. 15:5-6; Eph. 4:3; 6:7-8,11-17; Col. 3:23-24; more at Baptism, Faith, Love, Minister, Patience, Struggle, Suffer, Toil)

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Feast of Luke the Evangelist

When night comes, list thy deeds; make plain the way
’Twixt heaven and thee; block it not with delays;
But perfect all before thou sleep’st: then say:
There’s one sun more strung on my bead of days.
What’s good, score up for joy; the bad, well scann’d.
Wash off with tears, and get thy Master’s hand.
... Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), The Poetical Works of Henry Vaughan, Boston: Osgood, 1871, p. 114 (see the book; see also Ps. 4; 26:2-3; 139:23-24; Hag. 1:5-6; 1 Cor. 11:28; 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 3:19-22; more at Day, Heaven, Joy, Master, Night, Obedience, Tear)

Monday, October 19, 2015
Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812

God’s holiness is manifested at the Cross. Wondrously and yet most solemnly does the Atonement display God’s infinite holiness and abhorrence of sin. How hateful must sin be to God for Him to punish it to its utmost deserts when it was imputed to His Son!
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), The Attributes of God, Swengel, PA : Bible Truth Depot, 1961, reprint, Sovereign Grace Publishers, 2002, p. 45 (see the book; see also Pr. 15:26; Ps. 145:17; Isa. 5:16; Matt. 20:28; Gal. 4:4-5; Eph. 2:4-5; Col. 1:19-20; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; 1 John 1:5; more at Atonement, Cross, God, Holiness, Punishment, Sin)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Humanly speaking, love of one’s enemies is impossible, “contrary to nature”: the leopard cannot change his spots, as we say. So love of our enemies is the thing that is different, the thing that is divine. “He makes his sun rise upon the evil—on the evil first of all—and on the good.” Love of our enemies is the secret of Jesus that corresponds to God himself. Jesus blessed the people who cursed him. He prayed for the people who tortured him. He did not retaliate, but took suffering upon himself for love’s sake. He died for his enemies on the cross. And so he died for us.
... Jürgen Moltmann (b. 1926), The Power of the Powerless, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983, p. 56 (see the book; see also Luke 6:27-28; Matt. 5:44-45; Luke 6:34-35; 23:34; Rom. 5:10; 12:14,20-21; 1 Pet. 2:23; 3:9; more at Cross, Death, Enemy, Evil, Jesus, Love, Nature, Prayer, Suffer)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The mark of modern unbelieving man as a whole is that he has felt astonishingly much at home in his earthly surroundings. He has taken a cheerful view of the prospects of the race and of the future of human history, staying his soul upon the promise of further “evolution” of the human individual, the continuous upward progress of civilization, or perhaps the confident expectation of a completely revolutionized order of society—a communist Utopia beyond the class struggle or something else of that same general kind. Where such hopes remain unchastened by the cold touch of reality, there is little prospect of the Christian Gospel recommending itself to men’s minds, and any wordy defense of it is likely to be quite useless.
... John Baillie (1886-1960), Invitation to Pilgrimage, Oxford University Press, 1942, and New York: Scribner, 1942, p. 94-95 (see the book; see also Luke 6:47-49; Isa. 6:9-10; Matt. 13:14-15; Mark 4:11-12; John 8:45; 12:40; Acts 28:26-27; Rom. 11:7-8; 2 Cor. 5:20; 2 Tim. 4:3; 1 Pet. 2:11; more at Apologetics, Future, Gospel, Home, Hope, Man, Progress, Social, Unbelief)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I fear that many people seek to hear God solely as a device for securing their own safety, comfort and righteousness. For those who busy themselves to know the will of God, however, it is still true that “those who want to save their life will lose it” (Matt. 16:25). My extreme preoccupation with knowing God’s will for me may only indicate, contrary to what is often thought, that I am over concerned with myself, not a Christlike interest in the well-being of others or in the glory of God.
... Dallas Willard (1935-2013), Hearing God, Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999, p. 33 (see the book; see also Matt. 16:25; Est. 4:16; Matt. 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 17:33; John 12:25; Acts 20:24; Rev. 12:11; more at Christlikeness, Comfort, Glory of God, God, Knowing God, Life, Righteousness, Safety, Security)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Yes! blessed are those holy hours, in which the soul retires from the world, to be alone with God. God’s Voice, as Himself, is every where. Within and without He speaks to our souls, if we would hear. Only the din of the world or the tumult of our own hearts, deafens our inward ear to it... Learn to commune with Him in stillness, and He Whom thou hast sought in stillness, will be with thee when thou goest abroad.
... Edward B. Pusey (1800-1882), Sermons during the season from Advent to Whitsuntide, Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1848, p. 193,201 (see the book; see also Ps. 19:1-2; 46:10; 83:18; Hos. 2:14; Hab. 2:20; Zech. 2:13; John 11:28; more at Blessing, God, Heart, Holiness, Silence, Soul)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

General rules are easily laid down. But it is not possible to apply them accurately in particular cases, without the anointing of the Holy One: this alone, abiding with us, can teach us of all things. Thus our general rule is, “Thou shalt do no murder;” which plainly forbids every thing that tends to impair health; and implies that we use every probable means of preserving or restoring it. But when we come to apply this to particular instances, we are presently in a labyrinth, and want that anointing which alone can make plain the way before our face, and direct us to do, in every minute circumstance, what is acceptable to God.
You have abundant reason to praise God, both for spiritual and temporal blessings. Beware of indulging gloomy thoughts: they are the bane of thankfulness. You are encompassed with ten thousand mercies, let these sink you into humble thankfulness.
... John Wesley (1703-1791), in a letter, Apr. 26, 1777, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. X, New York: J. & J. Harper, 1827, p. 310 (see the book; see also 1 John 2:27; Matt. 26:53; John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:9-13; 1 John 2:20; more at God, Holy Spirit, Mercy, Reason, Rule, Thanksgiving, Vision)

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285

In the precepts of the law, God is seen as the rewarder only of perfect righteousness (a righteousness of which all are destitute), and, on the other hand, as the stern avenger of wickedness. But in Christ his countenance beams forth full of grace and gentleness towards poor unworthy sinners.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, ii.7.8, p. 320 (see the book; see also Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; Heb. 7:26; Jas. 4:8; more at Christ, Gentleness, God, Grace, Law, Perfection, Righteousness, Sinner)

Monday, October 26, 2015
Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664

No heart can conceive that treasury of mercies which lies in this one privilege, in having liberty and ability to approach unto God at all times, according to His mind and will.
... John Owen (1616-1683), A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. VI-IX [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. IV, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 316 (see the book; see also Mark 11:24; Matt. 7:7-8; 18:19; 21:22; Luke 11:9-10; John 14:13; 15:7; Rom. 8:15-17; 10:13; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 10:19-23; Jas. 1:5-6; more at God, Liberty, Mercy, Prayer)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell. But God wills our good, and our good is to love Him (with that responsive love proper to creatures) and to love Him we must know Him: and if we know Him, we shall in fact fall on our faces.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Problem of Pain, New York: Macmillan, 1944, p. 41 (see the book; see also Gen. 17:1-4; Lev. 9:24; 1 Kings 18:38-39; Ps. 19:1; 24:8-10; 29:2-4; 57:11; 72:18-19; 96:3-4; 113:4; Dan. 7:13-14; Luke 2:14; 5:12; John 13:31-32; 17:1; Phil. 2:9-11; Rev. 4:11; 21:23; more at Darkness, Glory, God, Goodness, Knowing God, Love, Worship)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles

The Holy Spirit is as indispensable to your believing, as is Christ in order to your being pardoned. The Holy Spirit’s work is direct and powerful; and you will not rid yourself of your difficulties by trying to persuade yourself that his operations are all indirect, and merely those of a teacher presenting truth to you. Salvation for the sinner is Christ’s work; salvation in the sinner is the Spirit’s work. Of this internal salvation he is the beginner and the ender. He works in you, in order to your believing, as truly as he works in you after you have believed, and in consequence of your believing.
... Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), God’s Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious, London: J. Nisbet, 1864, p. 149 (see the book; see also 1 John 5:6; Acts 13:48; Rom. 4:5; 8:8-10,16,26-27; 1 John 2:20; 3:24; more at Belief, Christ, Holy Spirit, Salvation, Sinner, Teach, Truth, Work)

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885

It seems that Paul is here [2 Cor. 5:21] outlining the very ultimate degree of Christ’s self-identification with us, the very lowest point to which he condescended when he took the form of a slave. He allowed himself (God allowed him) to be accounted sin by the Law. He refused to do what orthodox Jews of his day thought God had commanded them to do, (i.e.) seek to gain credit with God by keeping the Law. He lived by faith, not Law, and therefore repudiated the Law and the path of self-justification... He stripped himself even of that claim to moral goodness which would have distinguished him from sinners. Short of becoming a sinner (and Paul shows that this idea is repudiated), how could God come closer to us sinners?
... Anthony T. Hanson (1916-1991), The Church of the Servant, London: SCM Press, 1962, p. 57 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:21; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 4:2; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 1 John 2:1-2; 4:10; 5:3-4; more at Abasement, Faith, God, Jesus, Law, Sinner, Slave)

Friday, October 30, 2015
Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546

There is no Christian who does not have time to pray without ceasing. But I mean the spiritual praying, that is: no one is so heavily burdened with his labor, but that if he will he can, while working, speak with God in his heart, lay before Him his need and that of other men, ask for help, make petition, and in all this exercise and strengthen his faith.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), in “Treatise on Good Works” [1520], Works of Martin Luther, v. I, Philadelphia: A. J. Holman, 1915, p. 229 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 5:17; Matt. 6:7; Luke 18:1; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2; more at Faith, God, Heart, Need, Prayer, Time, Work)

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Reformation Day

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much, as praying for him.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 415 (see the book; see also 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Ps. 122:6; Eph. 6:18; Heb. 13:18; Jas. 5:14-18; 1 John 5:16; more at Love, Prayer)


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