2009 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 4

"In reading the Bible, this means we come to the text with an openness to hear, to receive, to respond, to be a servant of the Word rather than a master of the text." — Robert Mulholland, Jr.

Posted January 11

"I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also." — words written by alleged "deist" Thomas Jefferson on the front of his well- worn Bible

Posted January 18

"Unless it is initiated by, preserved by, and ultimately consummated on that great Day to come by the power of the living, triune God of the Bible, a man's religion is utterly useless."

Posted January 25

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." — Harry S. Truman, 33rd US president (1884-1972)

Posted February 1

"...You know those kind of people in your life too. They were living witnesses to Christ. Sometimes we just did not know, but we were living with a saint. We were frustrated or angry but they were thoughtful. We were in despair. They lived in hope. We gave up. They persevered knowing that God would bring them out of the difficulty through it. One thing I like about today is that we have a moment now to think about them. They are not dead. They are alive with Christ and are thinking about us too. Because we had them in our lives, we are better people." — Army Chaplain Rev. David McMillan, on the occasion of All Saints Day

Posted February 15

"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." — Aesop (620-560 BC)

Posted February 22

"From heaven's perspective, those who break God's Law are vile and worthy of all loathing. They are a wretched lot, justly exposed to divine vengeance, and rightly devoted to eternal destruction. It is not an exaggeration to say that the last thing that the accursed sinner should and will hear when he takes his first step into hell is all of creation standing to its feet and applauding God because He has rid the earth of him. Such is the vileness of those who break God's law, and such is the disdain of the holy towards the unholy." — Paul Washer

Posted March 1

"Our whole life should be so angled towards God that whatever strikes us...whether sorrow or joy...should be deflected upwards at once into His presence." — Alec Motyer

Posted March 8

"The position today is that all fossil remains which were previously assigned some intermediate status between apes and humans have later been definitely reassigned into the categories of either extinct ape or human, and this reassignment has been accepted by all but the most fanatical devotees of this or that fossil...the missing link is still missing." — Richard Milton, Shattering the Myths of Darwinism

Posted March 15

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." — passive resistance and non-violence leader Mahatma Mohandas Ghandi, referring to the British colonial government's Indian Arms Act of 1878

Posted March 22

"There are just two choices on the shelf,
Pleasing God or pleasing self." — Unknown

Posted March 29

"The treasures of indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the wealth of men." — Martin Luther

Posted April 5

"As the suffering of Christ is the principal part of the ransom paid for us by him and the special foundation of our confidence and consolation, it should also be the primary object of our faith and the theme of meditation, that with Paul we may count all things for loss but the knowledge of the crucified Jesus. We should attend to it more diligently as Satan the more impotently rages to obscure the truth of those sufferings and to deprive us of their saving fruit." — Francis Turretin

Posted April 19

"Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors." — Unknown

Posted April 26

"When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. Christianity is a system, a consistently thought out and complete view of things. If one breaks out of it a fundamental idea, the belief in God, one thereby breaks the whole thing to pieces: one has nothing of any consequence left in one's hands." — a-Theist Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 - 1900 A.D.

Posted May 3

"When life knocks you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray!" — Unknown

Posted May 10

"...motherhood informs every thought I have, influencing everything I do. More than any other part of my life, being a mother taught me what it means to be human." — Mary Kay Blakely

Posted May 17

"He that desires to read his Bible with profit, must first ask the Lord Jesus to open the eyes of his understanding by the Holy Ghost. Human commentaries are useful in their way. The help of good and learned men is not to be despised. But there is no commentary to be compared with the teaching of Christ. A humble and prayerful spirit will find a thousand things in the Bible which the proud, self-conceited student will utterly fail to discern." — J.C. Ryle

Posted May 24

"Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted." — Unknown

Posted May 31

"Q. 38. Is it lawful to explain this mystery (the Trinity) by natural similitudes?

A. No; for there is no similitude amongst all the creatures, that has the remotest resemblance to this adorable mystery of the three one God. By making similes or comparisons of this kind, men have become vain in their imaginations, and their foolish minds have been darkened, Rom. 1:21-26; and therefore, as this doctrine is entirely a matter of faith, it becomes us to adore it, without prying curiously into what is not revealed." — Fisher's Catechism

Posted June 7

"Gratitude of mind for the favorable outcome of things, patience in adversity, and also incredible freedom from worry about the future all necessarily follow upon this knowledge... ignorance of providence is the ultimate of all miseries; the highest blessedness lies in the knowledge of it." — John Calvin

Posted June 14

"The secular sentimentalism of modern Western culture, with its exalted optimism about human nature, its shrunken idea of God, and its skepticism as to whether personal morality really matters - in other words its decay of conscience - makes it hard for Christians to take the reality of hell seriously. The revelation of hell in Scripture assumes a depth of insight into divine holiness and human and demonic sinfulness that most of us do not have. However, the doctrine of hell appears in the New Testament as a Christian essential, and we are called to try to understand it as Jesus and His apostles did." — J.I. Packer, "Concise Theology"

Posted June 21

"...many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God. Making prayer the center is like making conversation the center of a family mealtime. In prayer, focusing on the conversation is like trying to drive while looking at the windshield instead of through it." — Paul E. Miller

Posted June 28

"The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is...to have with them as little political connection as possible. It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world." — George Washington

Posted July 5

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ." — Patrick ("Give me liberty or give me death") Henry

Posted July 12

"Maintaining a vigorously consistent, salty and lightsome, Biblical world view requires intellectual discipline and perpetual vigilance in what we think and say."

Posted July 19

"The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the travelers map, the pilgrims staff, the pilots compass, the soldiers sword, and the Christian's character. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good is its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is given you in life and will be opened in the judgement and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents." — Unknown

Posted July 26

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work." — C.H. Spurgeon

Posted August 2

"He challenged us to live as courageous reconcilers, willing to bridge conflicts. He challenged us: 'If you act as a bridge, recognize that people will walk all over you.' Thus such a life is not for the lily-livered, but for those who accept that being berated and attacked is part of the calling." — Wycliffe Bible Translators' Dr. Clare O'Leary, speaking of her colleague Piet Meiring

Posted August 9

"The despicable casualness that pervades the contemporary church is evidence of its aloofness from God. Those in such a state cannot live above sin. They cannot aggressively pursue the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Thus Satan overtakes and enslaves them, and that without their awareness of what has happened. Content to be "good," by way of comparison with more wicked people, they do not avail themselves of the grace of God. Supposing that identity with a religious institution is sufficient, they drift away from God into the cauldron of alienation and spiritual death. They are not "alive to God," and thus cannot distinguish or avoid sin. Sin is not unreasonable to them. Therefore, they are overcome by it." — Given O. Blakely

Posted August 16

"...whenever you do something like go to a grocery store to buy milk, you reveal many things about yourself. When you first walk up to the grocery store, you assume that you and the store are two different things, not one, thus showing your rejection of most Eastern and New Age religions. When you walk down that same dairy aisle and select the same kind of milk, you assume that the world is not chaotic, but orderly, regular, and divided into set kinds of things. When you stand in line with others, expecting others to respect your space and person, you reveal your rejection of moral relativism and your deep trust in absolute ethical norms. When you calculate your available change, compare the price of the milk, and make the exchange with the clerk at the register, you engage in a complex array of thought processes involving nonmaterial rules of reasoning, thus showing your rejection of materialism and evolution." — Douglas Jones

Posted August 23

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French author and aviator

Posted August 30

"Mystery is the lifeblood of dogmatics. To be sure, the term 'mystery' in Scripture does not mean an abstract supernatural truth in the Roman Catholic sense. Yet Scripture is equally far removed from the idea that believers can grasp the revealed mysteries in a scientific sense. In truth, the knowledge that God has revealed of himself in nature and Scripture far surpasses human imagination and understanding. In that sense it is all mystery with which the science of dogmatics is concerned, for it does not deal with finite creatures, but from beginning to end looks past all creatures and focuses on the eternal and infinite One himself. From the very start of its labors, it faces the incomprehensible One." — Herman Bavinck

Posted September 6

"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." — Unknown

Posted September 13

"Spirit filled souls are ablaze for God. They love with a love that glows. They serve with a faith that kindles. They serve with a devotion that consumes. They hate sin with fierceness that burns. They rejoice with a joy that radiates. Love is perfected in the fire of God." — Samuel Chadwick

Posted September 20

"Everything must be done in the name of man's dignity and rights, and in the name of his autonomy and freedom from outside constraint. From the claims and constraints of Christianity, above all." — Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci, 1891 – 1937

Posted September 27

"Christ uncrowned Himself--to crown us! He put off His robes--to put on our rags! He came down from heaven--to keep us out of hell! He fasted forty days--that He might feast us to all eternity! He came from heaven to earth--that He might send us from ...earth to heaven! There is no going to the fair haven of glory--without sailing through the narrow strait of repentance." — William Dyer

Posted October 4

"Now is the time to remember the words that should be so much more than a motto for those who would be free; words that should be the moral and spiritual coinage for our judgment as citizens and our choice of political allegiance: not in parties or in leaders but IN GOD WE TRUST, and in those who by their reasoned words, their principled deeds and their sacrifice of mere ambition, prove to us they do likewise." — Alan Keyes

Posted October 11

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." — Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

Posted October 18

"The wicked is a very coward, and is afraid of everything; of God, because He is his enemy; of Satan, because he is his tormentor; of God's creatures, because they, joining with their Maker, fight against him; of himself, because he bears about with him his own accuser and executioner. The godly man contrarily is afraid of nothing; not of God, because he knows Him his best friend, and will not hurt him; not of Satan, because he cannot hurt him; not of afflictions, because he knows they come from a loving God, and end in his good; not of the creatures, since 'the very stones in the field are in league with Him;' not of himself, since his conscience is at peace." — Joseph Hall

Posted October 25

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety), by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." — H. L. Mencken

Posted November 1

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." — Unknown

Posted November 8

"...a believer's living unto God is the native consequence and fruit of his being dead to the law as a covenant of works. As long as a man continues alive to the law, he is dead to God; but when he becomes dead to the law in point of justification, he begins to live unto God in respect of sanctification." — John Colquhoun

Posted November 15

"Dissipation gives but momentary and hollow gratification while discipline yields true and enduring satisfaction."

Posted November 22

"A wise and frugal government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government." — Thomas Jefferson

Posted December 6

"Obeying God is freedom. Our souls are like closed rooms and God is the sunlight. Every new way we find in which to obey Him we throw open a shutter. Our souls are enclosed bays, and God is the ocean." — Phillips Brooks

Posted December 13

"The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer." — F.B. Meyer

Posted December 20

"Many men throughout world history have wanted to become gods, but there has been only one God who wanted to become a Man." — John MacArthur

Posted December 27

"...account the long-suffering of our Lord to be salvation. (2 Peter 3:15) Does your Lord delay His coming? Do not think this is to give more time to make provision for your lusts, to gratify them; it is so much space to repent and work out your salvation. It proceeds not from a want of concern or compassion for His suffering servants, nor is it designed to give countenance and encouragement to the world of the ungodly, but that men may have time to prepare for eternity. Learn then to make a right use of the patience of our Lord, who does as yet delay His coming." — Matthew Henry

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