Quotations for June, 2022
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540
“The Law,” he says, “was our ‘pedagogue’, until Christ should come.” Those words have been interpreted as though they described the Law as a preparatory education, continued at a higher stage by Christ. That, however, is not quite what Paul meant. The “pedagogue” in Greek society was not a schoolmaster, he did not give lessons... He was a slave who accompanied a boy to school, and both waited upon him and exercised a supervision which interfered with the boy’s freedom of action. He is, in fact, a figure in the little allegory which Paul gives us to illustrate the position of the People of God before Christ came. There was a boy left heir to a great estate. He was a minor, and so must have guardians and trustees. He was as helpless in their hands as if he had been a slave. He must live on the allowance they gave him, and follow their wishes from day to day. They gave him a “pedagogue” to keep him out of mischief. He could not please himself, or realize his own purposes and ambitions. Yet all the time he was the heir; the estate was his, and no one else’s. Just so the People of God, the Divine Commonwealth, was cramped and fettered by ignorance and evil times. It remained in uneasy expectation of one day coming into active existence. At last the heir came of age: guardians and trustees abdicated their powers, and the grown man possessed in full realization all that was his. So now the fettered life of the Divine Commonwealth bursts its bonds and comes into active existence... The intervention of law was not a reversal of God’s original and eternal purpose of pure love and grace towards men, it only subserved that purpose, while it seemed to contradict it, just as the presence of the “pedagogus” might seem to the high-spirited young heir quite contrary to the rights secured to him by his father’s will.
... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today, London: Swarthmore, 1920, reprint, Fount Paperbacks, 1978, p. 79-80
(see the book; see also Gal. 3:21-24; Lev. 25:42; Matt. 5:17-18; John 8:32-35; Rom. 3:20-22; 7:7-9; more at Christ, Education, Grace, Helplessness, Law, Love, Slave)
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Sin is sin, and we must not call it less than sin. It is not an act of love to explain sin away as a psychological determinism or sociological conditioning, for it is real and must be dealt with. Men need a Savior. Therefore, Christians in our generation must resist relativistic and deterministic thinking. If men are going to find a real solution to the problem of who they are, they must come to terms with the fact that they need a Savior because they are sinners in the presence of a holy God. Sin is serious business.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), No Little People, Downer Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1974, reprint, Crossway, 2003, p. 45
(see the book; see also Isa. 6:5; Matt. 5:48; Luke 16:15; Rom. 14:23; Heb. 2:2-3; 12:14; more at God, Holiness, Love, Savior, Sin, Sinner)
Friday, June 3, 2022
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978
If we look carefully within ourselves, we shall find that there are certain limits beyond which we refuse to go in offering ourselves to [God]. We hover around these reservations, making believe not to see them, for fear of self-reproach... The more we shrink from giving up any such reserved point, the more certain it is that it needs to be given up. If we were not fast bound by it, we should not make so many efforts to persuade ourselves that we are free.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Selections from Fénelon, ed. Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1879, p. 61-62
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 5:7-8; Ps. 51:17; 69:30-31; Rom. 12:1; Phil. 2:17; Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; more at Bondage, Freedom, God, Offering, Self, Weakness)
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Suppose Christianity is not a religion at all but a way of life, a falling in love with God, and through Him, a falling in love with our fellows. Of course such a way is hard and costly, but it is also joyous and rewarding even in the here-and-now. People who follow that Way know beyond all possible argument that they are in harmony with the Purpose of God, that Christ is with them and in them as they set about His work in our disordered world.If anyone thinks this is perilous and revolutionary teaching, so much the better. That is exactly what they thought of the teaching of Jesus Christ. The light He brought to bear upon human affairs is almost unbearably brilliant, but it is the light of Truth, and in that light human problems can be solved.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), When God was Man, London: Lutterworth Press:, 1954, p. 26
(see the book; see also Matt. 5; 6; Luke 6:22-23; 15:10; John 16:33; 1 Thess. 5:16; more at Christ, God, Jesus, Knowing God, Life, Light, Love, Purpose, Religion, Truth, Way)
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754
It is extraordinary that sects of religious enthusiasts, from the Montanists down to the Catholic Apostolics, should have imagined that to make verbal noises which nobody else could understand was evidence of Divine Inspiration, a repetition of the miracle of Pentecost. What happened at Pentecost was exactly the opposite, the miracle of instantaneous translation—everybody could understand when everybody else was saying.
... W. H. Auden (1907-1973), A Certain World, London: Faber and Faber, 1971, p. 170
(see the book; see also Acts 2:4-11; Isa. 28:11; Acts 10:44-46; more at Inspiration, Miracle, Pentecost, Sect, Understanding)
Monday, June 6, 2022
Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
Popularity is the most dangerous spiritual state imaginable, since it leads one so easily to the spiritual pride which drowns men in perdition. It is a symptom to be watched with anxiety since so often it has been purchased at the too heavy price of compromise with the world.
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), in The Record, 28 March, 1947, p. 161
(see the book; see also Gal. 6:3; Matt. 23:6-8; 20:26-28; Mark 10:43-44; Luke 11:43; Rom. 12:16; 1 Cor. 1:27-29; Phil. 2:3; more at Anxiety, Condemnation, Danger, Pride, World)
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
In a Christian community, everything depends upon whether each individual is an indispensable link in a chain. Only when even the smallest link is securely interlocked is the chain unbreakable. A community which allows unemployed members to exist within it will perish because of them. It will be well, therefore, if every member receives a definite task to perform for the community, that he may know in hours of doubt that he, too, is not useless and unusable. Every Christian community must realize that not only do the weak need the strong, but also that the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the fellowship.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together , tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 95-96
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 12:22-24; Rom. 14:13; Heb. 5:12-14; more at Community, Doubt, Existence, Fellowship, Strength, Weakness)
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Feast of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Hymnographer, 1711
Commemoration of Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947
To those who, among the conflicting claims and confused teachings of polytheism, were seeking for some unity in the world of nature and of thought, St. Paul brought a doctrine, at once simple and profound, of one personal God living and true, the Creator of all. To men who sought for some intelligent account of the world, its nature and its end, St. Paul revealed a moral purpose in the light of which all the perplexities, uncertainties, and apparent contradictions, resolved themselves into a divine harmony. To men of high moral instincts, appalled and dismayed at the impurity of society around them, St. Paul offered the assurance of a moral judgment. To men oppressed by the sense of sin he brought the assurance of pardon and release. [Continued tomorrow]
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or ours?, London: World Dominion Press, 1927, reprinted, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1962, p. 69
(see the book; see also Acts 20:20-21,27; 17:22-28; Rom. 2:2-3; Col. 3:5; 1 Tim. 3:13; more at Assurance, God, Judgment, Pagan, Revelation, Simplicity, Unity)
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373
[Continued from yesterday] To the downtrodden, the sad, the hopeless, he opened the door into a kingdom of light and liberty. To those who were terrified by the fear of malignant spirits he revealed a Spirit benignant, watchful and ever present, all-powerful and able at a word to banish the power of darkness. To men dissatisfied with the worship of idols he taught the pure service of one true God. To people whose imaginations were overwhelmed by the terrors and darkness of the grave he gave the assurance of a future beyond the grave in the bliss and peace of the Risen Lord. To the weak who needed support, to sinners bound with the chain of vice, to people unable to cope with the depressed morality of their heathen surroundings, he brought the promise of an indwelling Spirit of power. To the lonely he offered the friendly warmth and society of a company all eagerly looking forward to a bright day when Grace would come and this world with all its perplexities and troubles pass away.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or ours?, London: World Dominion Press, 1927, reprinted, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1962, p. 69-70
(see the book; see also Acts 20:24; Rom. 6:23; 13:12; 1 Cor. 4:5; 9:22; 15:55; more at Death, Grace, Holy Spirit, Hopelessness, Idol, Kingdom, Liberty, Revelation, Sadness, Terror, Trouble, Worship)
Friday, June 10, 2022
This service—helping at the tables for the poor—has been clericalized into service at the liturgical altar.
... David Kirk (1935-2007), Quotations from Chairman Jesus, Springfield, Ill.: Templegate Publishers, 1969, p. 41
(see the book; see also Acts 6:1-5; Rom. 12:6-8; Gal. 2:10; more at Altar, Poverty, Service)
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Feast of Barnabas the Apostle
Christianity is not the sacrifice we make, but the sacrifice we trust; not the victory we win, but the victory we inherit. That is the evangelical principle.
... P. T. Forsyth (1848-1921), The Justification of God, Duckworth, 1916, London: Independent Press, 1957, p. 220
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Gal. 4:4-5; Eph. 1:13-14; 2:4-5; Col. 3:23-24; Rev. 13:8; more at Evangelization, Inheritance, Sacrifice, Trust, Victory)
Sunday, June 12, 2022
I do not understand how a man can be a sincere believer unto whom sin is not the greatest burden and sorrow.
... John Owen (1616-1683), I.4 in The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded , in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 333
(see the book; see also Isa. 5:18; Deut. 7:26; Matt. 11:28-30; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Eph. 2:1-2; Jas. 1:13-15; 4:17; more at Belief, Burden, Man, Sin, Sincerity, Sorrow)
Monday, June 13, 2022
Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936
As the word “unreasonable” is open to misunderstanding, the matter may be more accurately put by saying that each one of these Christian or mystical virtues involves a paradox in its own nature, and that this is not true of any of the typically pagan or rationalist virtues. Justice consists in finding out a certain thing due to a certain man and giving it to him. Temperance consists in finding out the proper limit of a particular indulgence and adhering to that. But charity means pardoning what is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), Heretics , New York: John Lane Co., 1909, p. 158
(see the book; see also Heb. 11:1; Matt. 11:25; Luke 23:34; Rom. 5:5; 8:24-25; 1 Cor. 13:13; Gal. 5:5; Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 5:8; Tit. 1:1-2; 1 Pet. 1:21; 3:15; more at Charity, Faith, Hope, Justice, Temperance, Truth, Virtue)
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
Use sin... as it will use you. Spare it not, for it will not spare you. It is your murderer, and the murderer of the world. Use it therefore as a murderer should be used. Kill it before it kills you; and then, though it kill your bodies, it shall not be able to kill your souls; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your Head, it shall not be able to keep you there.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), “A Treatise of Death”, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. IV, G. Virtue, 1838, p. 831
(see the book; see also Eph. 2:1-2,5; Rom. 6:21,23; 7:5; 1 Cor. 15:26; Col. 2:13; 1 Thess. 4:17; more at Christ, Murder, Sin, Soul, World)
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Feast of Evelyn Underhill, Mystical Writer, 1941
A simple rule, to be followed whether one is in the light or not, gives backbone to one’s spiritual life, as nothing else can.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The Letters of Evelyn Underhill, Charles Williams, ed., London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1991, p. 312
(see the book; see also Ps. 145:2; 1:2; 5:3; 119:164; Isa. 26:9; Luke 18:6-8; more at Prayer, Rule, Simplicity, Spiritual life)
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral Philosopher, 1752
Israel had another house besides Jerusalem [which was destroyed and the nation dispersed]. It was not merely their national existence, but there was another habitation which God had given unto them—the habitation of the word of God. Their house is left unto them desolate. They are still reading Moses and the prophets; they are still familiar with the outward form of the Word; but the house is desolate. They read the Bible, but the Master of the house is not seen by them. They read Moses, but He of whom Moses testifies is not known by them. They read the prophets, but the Messiah and His great work—behold, this is hidden from their eyes!
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 124-125
(see the book; see also Matt. 23:37-39; John 3:11-12; 5:39-40; Rom. 9:3-6; more at Bible, Desolation, God, Israel, Jerusalem, Messiah, Nation, Prophet)
Friday, June 17, 2022
Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936
We must not measure by natural human fatherhood what it means that God is our Father. It is from God’s fatherhood that our natural human fatherhood acquires any meaning and dignity it has. God is the Father “from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Church Dogmatics, v. I, part 1 , Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004, p. 389
(see the book; see also Eph. 3:13-15; Isa. 63:16; Matt. 23:9; more at Family, Father, God, Heaven, Nature)
Saturday, June 18, 2022
I do not think I am fanciful in discerning among some of those who most earnestly plead against the Christian social movement a feeling that there is something fundamentally intractable, inscrutable, mysterious about the world, and that no more can be hoped for than an heroic protest in the name of Christ, made in obedience but with no sort of hope that anything can come of it. I hope I am not wrong in saying that there is nothing Christian in such an attitude. It savours of the Paganism that saw behind the world a kind of ironical malice; that made Polycrates throw his ring into the sea, and called the Furies the Kindly Ones, if haply they might be so appeased.But we stand outside this world of darkness, for we have learnt that all things were created by the eternal Word, who is Christ Jesus. We know, in the Pauline phrase, that it is in Him that the whole universal order of things consists or holds together. Those who have come to know that, know in consequence that they are in their Father’s house. It is a big house, and they have begun to explore only a little of it. It has great reaches, and some of them are still shadowy. But it is His house, all of it.
... William Paton
(see also Col. 1:15-17; John 1:1-3; 8:58; 14:2; 17:5; 1 Cor. 8:6; more at Christ, Father, Hope, Knowledge, Malice, Obedience, Social, World)
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929
Prayer does not consist in an effort to obtain from God the things which are necessary for this life. Prayer is an effort to lay hold of God Himself, the Author of life, and when we have found Him who is the source of life and have entered into communion with Him, then the whole of life is ours and with Him all that will make life perfect.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), At the Master’s Feet, Fleming H. Revell, 1922, p. 41
(see the book; see also Heb. 2:10; Gen. 2:7; John 14:23; Acts 3:15; Gal. 4:6; Phil. 2:1-2; Heb. 5:8-10; 12:2; 1 John 1:3; more at Communion, God, Life, Perfection, Prayer, Providence)
Monday, June 20, 2022
The mistake of centuries of Christianity has been to regard sin as a moral fault. Biblically this is not the case. Sin is a break with God and all that this entails.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), Anarchy and Christianity, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1991, p. 20
(see the book; see also Isa. 59:2; Deut. 7:26; Ps. 51:2; Luke 12:2-3; Rom. 8:6-7; Heb.12:14; more at God, Morality, Sin)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
How many times in life have we been wrong when we put a kind construction on the conduct of others? We shall not need our fingers to count those mistakes upon. Moreover grace is really much more common than our querulousness is generally willing to allow. We may suspect its operations in the worst men we meet with. Thus, without any forced impossibility, we may call in supernatural considerations in order to make our criticisms more ingenious in their charity. When we grow a little holier, we shall summon also to our aid those supernatural motives in ourselves, which, by depressing our own ideas of ourselves, elevate our generous belief in others.
... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Spiritual Conferences, London: Thomas Richardson & Son, 1860, p. 27-28
(see the book; see also Rom. 12:3; Matt. 18:2-4; Gal. 6:3; Phil. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 5:5; more at Belief, Charity, Grace, Holiness, Kindness, Pride)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209
It is high time to ... shew in briefe what we proposed to ourselves, and what course we held in this our perusal and survey of the Bible. Truly (good Christian Reader) we never thought from the beginning, that we should neede to make a new Translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one, but to make a good one better, or out of many good ones, one principal good one, not justly to be excepted against; that hath bene our indeavour, that our marke. To that purpose there were many chosen, that were greater in other mens eyes then in their owne, and that sought the truth rather then their own praise... If you aske what they had before them, truely it was the Hebrew text of the Olde Testament, the Greeke of the New. These are the two golden pipes, or rather conduits, where-through the olive branches emptie themselves into the golde.
... Miles Smith (1554-1624), in the preface to The Authorised Version of the English Bible , Cambridge: The University Press, 1909, p. 25
(see the book; see also Luke 24:44-45; 4:16-21; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:21; more at Bible, Goodness, Purpose, Thought, Truth)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
Idolatry is... all manner of devotion in those that would serve God without Christ the Mediator, his Word and command. In [the Roman Catholic world] it was held a work of the greatest sanctity for the monks to sit in their cells and meditate of God, and of his wonderful works; to be kindled with zeal, kneeling on their knees, praying, and having their imaginary contemplations of celestial objects, with such supposed devotion, that they wept for joy. In these their conceits, they banished all desires and thoughts of women, and what else is temporal and evanescent. They seemed to meditate only on God, and his wonderful works. Yet all these seeming holy actions of devotion, which the wit and wisdom of man holds to be angelical sanctity, are nothing else but works of the flesh. All manner of religion, where people serve God without his Word and command, is simply idolatry, and the more holy and spiritual such a religion seems, the more hurtful and venomous it is; for it leads people away from the faith of Christ, and makes them rely and depend upon their own strength, works, and righteousness.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table-Talk , CLXXI
(see the book; see also Col. 3:4-6; Isa. 41:24; 66:3-4; Hab. 1:11; 1 Cor. 12:2-3; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 3:8-9; more at Idol, Meditation, Sin, Work)
Friday, June 24, 2022
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist
Lord, thus long I have offered my prayer dry unto thee, now, Lord, I offer it wet. Then wilt thou own some new addition therein, when, though the sacrifice be the same, yet the dressing of it is different, being steeped in his tears who bringeth it unto thee.
... Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), Good Thoughts in Bad Times , Chicago: United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston, 1898, “Scripture Observations,” XII
(see the book; see also Heb. 5:7; Ps. 22:2; 42:1-3; 84:1-2; 126:5; Luke 7:37-38; Luke 22:44; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 3:18; more at Anguish, Offering, Prayers, Sacrifice, Tear)
Saturday, June 25, 2022
I am, indeed, far from agreeing with those who think all religious fear barbarous and degrading and demand that it should be banished from the spiritual life. Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear. But so do several other things—ignorance, alcohol, passion, presumption, and stupidity. It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent to cast out our fear.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The World’s Last Night , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 109
(see the book; see also 1 John 4:18-19; Rom. 8:15; 2 Tim. 1:7; Heb. 12:28-29; 1 John 4:12; more at Attitudes, Fear, Love, Perfection, Spiritual life)
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification; and as without this, without holiness, no man shall see God, though he pore whole nights upon his Bible; so without that, without humility, no man shall hear God speak to his soul, though he hear three two-hours’ sermons every day.
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. I, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon VII, p. 149
(see the book; see also Ps. 25:8-9; Matt. 11:15; John 10:10; Rom. 12:3; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 3:4; 5:5; more at Bible, Holiness, Humility, Knowing God, Sanctification, Sermon)
Monday, June 27, 2022
To hold your truth, to believe it with all your heart, to work with all your might, first to make it real to yourself and then to show its preciousness to other men, and then—not till then, but then—to leave the questions of when and how and by whom it shall prevail, to God; that is the true life of the true believer. There is no feeble unconcern and indiscriminateness there, and neither is there any excited hatred of the creed, the doctrine, or the Church which you feel wholly wrong. You have not fled out of the furnace of bigotry to freeze on the open and desolate plains of indifference. You believe, and yet you have no wish to persecute.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Sermons, v. III, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1883, Sermon XII, p. 257
(see the book; see also Acts 5:34,38-39; Job 39:1; Eccl. 9:1; John 7:16,17; more at Attitudes, Belief, Church, Heart, Indifference, Persecution, Truth)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200
Now, that we may not suffer [heretical teaching], we must needs hold the rule of the faith without deviation, and do the commandments of God, believing in God and fearing Him as Lord and loving Him as Father. Now this doing is produced by faith: for Isaiah says: If ye believe not, neither shall ye understand. And faith is produced by the truth; for faith rests on things that truly are. For in things that are, as they are, we believe; and believing in things that are, as they ever are, we keep firm our confidence in them.
... Irenaeus (c.130-c.200), The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching [2nd c.], par. 3
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 3:3-4; Rom. 10:17; Gal. 1:6-7; 6:10; 2 Pet. 2:1; Jude 1:3-4; more at Belief, Commandment, Faith, Father, Fear, God, Love, Obedience, Truth, Understanding)
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles
Faith hath cause to take courage from our very afflictions; the devil is but a whetstone to sharpen the faith and patience of the saints. I know that he but heweth and polisheth stones all this time for the New Jerusalem.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, March 9, 1637, p. 218
(see the book; see also Jas. 1:2-4; Ps. 37:7-9; Hab. 2:4; Luke 21:17-19; Rom. 5:3-4; 8:25; Gal. 6:9; Col. 1:10-12; 1 Pet. 2:21-23; more at Affliction, Courage, Devil, Faith, Jerusalem, Saint)
Thursday, June 30, 2022
[God desires] not that He may say to them, “Look how mighty I am, and go down upon your knees and worship,”—for power alone was never yet worthy of prayer; but that He may say thus: “Look, my children, you will never be strong but with my strength. I have no other to give you. And that you can get only by trusting in me. I can not give it you any other way. There is no other way.”
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I , London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 513
(see the book; see also Eph. 6:10; Deut. 20:3-4; Isa. 40:31; Hag. 2:4; Zech. 8:13; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:10-12; 2 Tim. 4:17; Heb. 11:1; 1 Pet. 5:10; more at Faith, God, Power, Prayer, Strength, Trust, Worship)
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