"Be not drawn away from 'the simplicity that is in Christ'. Faith gets the most, love works the most, humility keeps the most. God's vision comes to humble men. He who seeks to make footprints and do sublime things is a failure. A self-conscious poser is a loser. Let self intrude and the whole is spoiled. Excellency is proportioned to the oblivion of self." Frank Bartleman
"'The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.' Rather than being excluded from scientific inquiry, the Bible should be foundational to it. Human investigation of the creation and all within it, though fallible, can proceed with confidence as long as it is undergirded by the infallible word of the Creator."
"Jesus Christ did not say, 'Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right." C.S. Lewis.
"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.
"The evidence of history is explicit to the point, that numerous well regulated governments have lost their liberties with everything which mankind hold dear, by means of a single unprincipled, ambitious individual. Through the agency of intrigue or direct usurpation, they have thus in a day exchanged the brightest national prospects for the chains of unqualified slavery." Joseph Strong, in a sermon given to the legislature of the state of Connecticut, May 13 A.D. 1802.
"Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue." Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT's relativity." Albert Einstein
"It is the irreducible obligation of all men in all departments of life to bring the whole of life into subservience to the totality of God's revealed will." John Murray
February 28, 1781 - Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, literally gave everything for the cause of the American Revolution. He died bankrupt on this date at the age of 51, after having his farm pillaged, his library - one of the best in the country - burned, and his health lost from spending a year in a British prison.
In his will, Stockton wrote, "As my children...may be peculiarly impressed with the last words of their father, I think proper here, not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the Christian religion...but also in the heart of a father's affection, to exhort them to remember that 'the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom'."
"'Is it I'? The question is so full of uncertainty that it might be funny if it weren't so pathetic, so human. After all, how could someone not know whether he is guilty or innocent? The answer may be that each of the disciples recognized that he had, in some way, already betrayed Jesus." Alan Dowd, "ByFaithOnline" e-magazine article
"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughtout the world...the break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state...and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla." Charles Darwin, A.D. 1890
"...the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain." James Madison
"Keep hammering away. As every stone mason knows, each hammer-hit on the chisel brings him that much closer to splitting the stone. Although nothing may appear physically on the surface, with each hit there is something happening within the stone that the eye cannot see." Unknown
April 15, 1954 -- The first year in which this date served as the deadline for filing income tax returns. Although a federal income tax was originally banned by the Constitution (Article 1, Section 9), they were imposed to finance wars and now have been in place for decades.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan said: "I believe God did give mankind unlimited gifts to invent, produce, and create. And for that reason it would be wrong for government to devise a tax structure that suppresses those gifts." Faith2Action Weekly
"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." Will Rogers
"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." Omar Ahmad, Co-Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
"When we create, we tap into our ability to be image bearers of the Creator - beauty is not an 'extra'." Carole Stabler
"If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." Charles Darwin
"Since we know that the victory of our Lord over evil was decisive and that He is now on the throne, the dominant mood of our eschatology must be optimism. This means that we view no world crisis as totally beyond help and no social trend as absolutely irreversible. It means that we live in hope a hope that is built on faith and that expresses itself in love." Gordon Graham
"Business, working through free markets is possibly the greatest force for good on the planet today. Business increases prosperity, ends poverty, improves the quality of life, and promotes the health and longevity of the world’s population." John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods
"A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life'." Unknown
"Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . If the next centennial does not find us a great nation it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." James A. Garfield: Christian minister, U.S. President, two star general in the War Between the States, abolitionist, and victim of assasination on July 2, A.D. 1881.
"To know God is to know him as Lord and therefore to pursue knowledge of him in a godly way. As we come to know God, we recognize that he initiates our knowledge, that his Word is the ultimate authority for our knowledge, and that in knowing God we come into a personal relationship with him. Theology is the application of Scripture to all areas of human life." John Frame
"Back in 1981 when I met someone conveniently labeled (in the West) as a 'militant Muslim,' his complaint to me was that 'Christians are cowards.' When I inquired as to his reasons he simply said, 'the name of Jesus is used as a swear word in the movies and on TV'." Dr. Michael Youssef
"...wanting to keep your own money isn't greed, and spending other people's money isn't compassion." Unknown
"When Christ was crucified, justice was gloriously exalted. 'Vengeance is Mine', says the Lord. Indeed! For the death of Jesus was the righteous God incarnate taking the just vengeance due to others into His own sinless bosom. At Golgotha...'mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed', Psalm 85:10."
Q: Why do the texts of the Council and those of the Magisterium since the Council not use the title of "Church" with regard to those Christian Communities born out of the Reformation of the sixteenth century?
A: These ecclesial Communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called Churches in the proper sense." decree of Pope Benedict XVI, A.D. 2007, in "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church"
"A living faith liberates the conscience and binds the will." Brent Kilman
"The entertainment industry (of which the news and information media is now a subordinate part) is all about illusion and masquerade. It's dominated by people who spend much of their time fabricating masks; or by the better-known figures, actors and actresses whose professional purpose is to turn themselves into masks. They draw on their bodies, emotions and memories to project the fictional avatars required to people the virtual worlds suggested by the scripts and story boards they are expected to bring to life." Alan Keyes
"You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say." Martin Luther
"Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally - I do not mean figuratively but literally - impossible for us to figure what the loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals." President Theodore Roosevelt
"It is a dangerous thing, in the service of God, to decline from his own institutions; we have to do with a God who is wise to prescribe his own worship, just to require what he has prescribed, and powerful to revenge what he has not prescribed." Bishop Joseph Hall (15741656)
"You can't kill a Christian. You can only change his address." Pastor Duke Downs
"God's strategy for rebuilding a broken world is to create dispersed assemblies shaped by his word of grace. And those dispersed assemblies, straddling divisions of race, class, and culture, and linked with other assemblies all over the world, will be his instruments to bring forgiveness, healing, and new life under Christ." David Schrock, in his book review of "The Priority of Preaching" by Christopher Ash
"After hearing on the news that chemically treated apples might cause cancer, a New York mother called the state police to intercept her child's school bus to confiscate an apple. Even if were true that the chemical used to treat the apple had cancer-causing potential and there is no evidence it does a human would have to drink 19,000 quarts of juice from Alar-treated apples every day for life. You still wouldn't have to worry about cancer because the fluid intake would kill you." JunkScience DOT com (Steve Milloy, editor)
"Many love to shout and jump up and down with arms in the air to celebrate their salvation. I feel it is much more appropriate to fall on our knees with head bowed in humble gratefulness." Gene Long
"One of the things from which the children of God are delivered is 'aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers' (1 Pet 1:18, NKJV). Human traditions that are in the area of one's religion rank high in this matter. They involve an approach to life that does not enhance one's identity with God. No one is obligated to maintain such traditions." Given O. Blakely
"He is most learned who has learned to not always learn the hard way."
"Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle. Those, therefore, who pay no regard to religion and sobriety in the persons whom they send to the legislature are guilty of the greatest absurdity." John Witherspoon: pastor, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and president of the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University
"The Spirit's empowering presence enables preachers to proclaim the Lord Jesus with boldness, liberty and life-transforming effectiveness. His presence makes preaching an event where the God of the gospel is encountered in all the fullness of his grace and power." The Exiled Preacher
"Those who trade liberty for security have neither." John Adams
"...a relationship with a deeply flawed human ambassador of the redemptive kingdom of Jesus is good. But a relationship with the perfect redeemer, Jesus, is transformational." Unknown
"Do you believe in national pride? I refer not to patriotism, but to a certain undercurrent presumption of the 'special' nature of one's particular ethnicity, one's people according to the flesh.
Surely we all think this way by nature, even as we are prone to that inward, sinful, foolish arrogance by which we so easily look down on others on the personal level. Consider what Paul the apostle, a member of an ethnic group that enjoyed many advantages (Romans 3:1,2), writes at Philippians 3:4-9."
"On October 3, A.D. 1863, the Congress of the United States of America passed an Act designating an annual national day of Thanksgiving, as proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln: 'I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States...to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens...it is announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord. It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.' "
"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." Martin Luther
"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." Washington Irving
"If the heavenly host, for the celebration of His nativity, must praise God; with what shoutings will angels and saints at that day proclaim glory to God, peace and good-will toward men! If a star must lead men from remote parts, to come to worship the Child in the manger; how will the glory of His next appearing constrain all the world to acknowledge His sovereignty!" Richard Baxter
"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." Charles Dickens
"When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?" G.K. Chesteron
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