2007 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 7

"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

Posted January 14

"No man who worships education has got the best out of education.... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete." — G.K. Chesteron

Posted January 21

"It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church." — Matthew Henry (Commentary on Jeremiah 7)

Posted January 28

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." — Sir Isaac Newton

Posted February 4

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace."
— Alexander Pope

Posted February 11

"Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first." — Billy Sunday

Posted February 18

"The governing principle upon which the strength of all ministerial duties depends is regard for the approval of God. If a minister lacks that principle his public work will be dominated by regard for himself or for the approbation of men." — Iain Murray, in Scottish Christian Heritage

Posted February 25

"He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God." — John Donne

Posted March 4

"It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation." — Jane Austen

Posted March 11

"A lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic." — Dave Barry

Posted March 18

REPENT v. To turn away from sin, to sorrow or be pained for violating God's holy law, a dishonor to His character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence." — Source Unknown

Posted March 25

A few college courses I'd like to audit:

Biology 104: Evolution's Indisputable Transitional Life Forms

World History 106: How Gross Sexual Perversion Made Past Civilizations Great

Political Science 101: The Constitutional Role of the Judiciary as the Supreme Branch of U.S. Government

The "institution of higher learning" could save a tree by using the same syllabus for all three - a short stack of blank paper!

Posted April 1

"This age thinks better of a gilded fool
Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom’s school." — Thomas Dekker (1570–1632)

Posted April 8

"Be thou comforted, little dog, thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail." — Martin Luther

Posted April 15

"None can love freedom heartily, but good men... the rest love not freedom, but license." — John Milton

Posted April 22

"...one of the most important legal doctrines of the 20th Century is the concept of "penumbral" constitutional rights. It was first discussed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Justice Douglas's opinion in Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965). Justice Douglas believed, and the Court enacted, the doctrine that rights other than those explicitly enumerated in the Constitution exist in 'penumbras, formed by emanations' from Bill of Rights guarantees. This doctrine became the underpinning of Roe v. Wade (legalizing abortion) and Lawrence v. Texas (forbidding the criminal punishment of homosexual sodomy)" — from Anu Garg's "A.Word.A.Day" online publication

Posted April 29

"We are living in strange times when smoking is considered a serious danger to one's health, and something which cannot be tolerated in most areas of public life, but a lifestyle linked to a raging epidemic of disease and death is regarded as a civil right that must not be criticized and even deserves to be celebrated." — Cliff Kincaid

Posted May 6

"It is convincing preaching which must do the soul good. A nipping reproof prepares for comfort, as a nipping frost prepares for the sweet flowers of spring." — Thomas Watson

Posted May 13

"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well." — Margaret Thatcher

Posted May 21

"Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues." — Joseph Hall (1574–1656)

Posted May 27

Madison, Wisconsin - The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in United States cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen U.S. soldiers, according to a settlement...between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans. It adds the five-pointed star to the list of "emblems of belief" allowed on VA grave markers.

Posted June 10

Definition of liberalism: "The haunting fear that someone, somewhere is responsible for himself and his actions." — Source Unknown

Posted June 17

"No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man." — Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 24

"Legalism is a distortion of obedience that can never produce truly good works. Its first fault is that it skews motive and purpose, seeing good deeds as essentially ways to earn more of God's favor than one has at the moment.

Its second fault is arrogance. Belief that one's labor earns God's favor begets contempt for those who do not labor in the same way.

Its third fault is lovelessness in that its self-advancing purpose squeezes humble kindness and creative compassion out of the heart." — J.I. Packer

Posted July 1

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." — Milton Friedman

Posted July 8

"Every man is fully satisfied that there is such a thing as Truth, or he would not ask any questions." — C.S. Pierce

Posted July 15

"There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors." — J. Robert Oppenheimer

Posted July 22

"God sees us in secret, therefore, let, us seek his face in secret. Though heaven be God's palace, yet it is not his prison." — Thomas Brooks

Posted July 29

"The faith of the Ugandan martyrs is the same faith that took Cranmer, Latimer, and Ridley to the stake. Latimer's dying words to Ridley were, 'Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.' Yet, as the light of the gospel continues to dim in the Western world, are we not betraying our founding fathers and the Reformation Faith for which they died?" — Henry Luke Orombi, Anglican Archbishop of Uganda

Posted August 5

"Duty is ours. Consequences are God's." — Stonewall Jackson

Posted August 12

"Devotional Bible study is not so much a technique as a spirit. It is the spirit of eagerness which seeks the mind of God; it is the spirit of humility which listens readily to the voice of God; it is the spirit of adventure which pursues earnestly the will of God; it is the spirit of adoration which rests in the presence of God." — M. Tenney

Posted August 19

"See how the giant sun soars up
God's gift for all your days!
So let the love of Jesus come
And set your soul ablaze."
— Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy

Posted August 26

"A complacent soul said, 'I'm not responsible for our society's moral decay!' A wise man quoted Stanislaus J. Lee in response: 'Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty'."

Posted September 2

"We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money." — U.S. Congressman David "Davy" Crockett, 1827

Posted September 9

"At nineteen he engaged in controversy the Jesuit scholar Henry Fitzsimmons, overthrowing him; thereafter none could match him in debate. So great was his repute of tolerance, sincerity and amassed vast learning, characterized by Selden as 'miraculous', that he was awarded a state funeral in Wesminster Abbey by Oliver Cromwell." — Bible chronologist Floyd Nolen Jones, writing of James Ussher (1581 - 1656 A.D.)

Ussher dated the creation of the universe at 4004 B.C. This date was almost universally accepted until the mid-nineteenth century. Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life was published in 1859 A.D.

Posted September 16

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." — Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, in a December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble (emphasis added)

Planned Parenthood, with 164 affiliates operating 915 clinics, is the largest abortion provider in the United States. Although not all clinics perform abortions, all refer and counsel for them. Government sources (tax dollars) accounted for 34 percent of Planned Parenthood's total revenue in 1993. Planned Parenthood performed 134,277 abortions in 1993. In contrast, a mere 9,943 women recieved prenatal care and Planned Parenthood's 1994 Service Report does not even mention adoption.

Posted September 23

"Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, You
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new."
— John Donne

Posted September 30

"What little reason have men to be proud of stately and magnificent buildings, when it was the happiness of man in innocency that he needed none! As clothes came in with sin, so did houses. The heaven was the roof of Adam's house, and never was any roof so curiously ceiled and painted. The earth was his floor, and never was any floor so richly inlaid." — Matthew Henry, commenting on Genesis 2

Posted October 7

"A man's works do not lift a finger to justify him before God. But a man who has been justified by God's grace in Christ also walks by that grace, continually doing works that God graciously has prepared for him to do."

Posted October 14

"Christians do not speak with one accord today, even on this most basic of all truths, the fact of creation. Instead, many choose to dissemble and equivocate and compromise, inventing such self-contradictory concepts as theistic evolution, progressive creation, process creation, and such like, wistfullly seeking approval from those who deny that the God of the Bible created all things and thereby doing great harm to the faith of many. Like the men-pleasers of old who 'loved the praise of men more than the praise of God' (John 12:43), they seek academic approval rather than Biblical authority and scientific factuality. Being of one accord with the intellectual establishment carries more weight than unity with Christian brethren who believe the Bible means what it says." — Henry Morris, founder of the Institute for Creation Research

Posted October 21

"Peace is such a precious jewel, that I would give anything for it but truth." — Matthew Henry

Posted October 28

"Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world." — John Owen (1616 – 1683 A.D.)

Posted November 4

"When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." — Thomas Jefferson, 1821

Posted November 11

"Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you." — Augustine of Hippo

Posted November 18

"The Jew is neither a newcomer nor an alien in this country or on this continent; his Americanism is as original and ancient as that of any race or people with the exception of the American Indian and other aborigines. He came in the caravels of Columbus, and he knocked at the gates of New Amsterdam only thirty-five years after the Pilgrim Fathers stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock." — Oscar Solomon Straus

Posted November 25

"Sin has created a set of circumstances that cannot be seen as ideal even though redemption has been accomplished. Though redemption has been accomplished it is not yet completed and the process can be painful at times." — James A. Smith

Posted December 2

"The eight day feast of Chanukah or Hanukkah begins on December 5 this year. The word means dedication. It is the celebration of the defeat of the Syrian King Antiochus IV in 164 B.C. He had commanded that all temple worship cease, sacrificed a pig on the altar, put a statue of Zeus in the temple, and ordered the Jews to worship pagan idols. A Jewish priest name Mattathias resisted this abomination and fled to the mountains with his sons and a small band of poorly armed resistance fighters...called the Maccabees (Hebrew for 'hammer').

The temple was re-captured, cleansed and re-dedicated to God. As part of the temple worship the Menorah (a seven stem oil burner) had to be kept lit. A legend arose that when the temple was re-captured and cleansed, one day's supply of oil miraculously lasted for the eight days required to produce additional sanctified oil. According to John 10:22,23 Jesus 'walked in the temple' during this feast." — adapted from the AMMI Ministry newsletter

Posted December 9

"Cheer up! You're worse than you ever thought and God's grace is greater than you ever imagined." — Jack Miller, missionary now with the Lord

Posted December 16

"Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked 'No Entrance' and left through a door marked 'No Exit'." — Peter Larson

Posted December 23

" 'Good King Wenceslas' is a popular Christmas carol about a king who goes out to give alms to a poor peasant on St. Stephen's Day (December 26), the day after Christmas. In the journey, his page gives up the struggle against the cold weather and is aided by the king who provides the miracle of the warmth that’s needed in his footprints in the snow. The subject of the carol is the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907-935)." — Click here for the text of this great old hymn with a timeless lesson

Posted December 30

"New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights." — Hamilton Wright Mabie

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