A.D. 2015 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 4

"Our course is clear in good and evil report to stick to our colors, praying for sweet tempers and strong hearts; and, if need be advancing nothing that one does not feel sure of, and when once advanced, dying rather than recalling." — (Dean) John Burgon

Posted January 11

"A good marrige is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love." — Pearl S. Buck

Posted January 18

President Ronald Reagan designated January 22, 1984 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The date was chosen to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case.

Posted January 25

"The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation." — Edward Chapin

Posted February 1

"Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord." — Sallust

Posted February 8

"Remember the Chick-fil-A boycotts so swamped by 'buycotts' that restaurants actually ran out of chicken? Or remember A & E's capitulation in the face of overwhelming support for Phil Robertson?

"Then there was of course the almost laughably ineffective boycott of Hobby Lobby, where hosts of people who never go to craft stores anyway pledged to somehow put the company out of business for resisting the HHS abortion-pill mandate." — David French

Posted February 15

"Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves." — Blaise Pascal, Christian French philosopher

Posted February 22

"Each time Jesus healed a blind person, He also revealed Himself as worth looking at...intently. Each time He healed a deaf person, He thereby announced Himself as worth hearing...closely. Each time He overturned any of the results of sin which justly afflict humanity, it became manifest that the Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil and bring in everlasting righteousness."

Posted March 1

Q. What is true faith?

A. True faith is not only a sure knowledge by which I hold as true all that God has revealed to us in Scripture; it is also a wholehearted trust, which the Holy Spirit creates in me by the gospel, that God has freely granted, not only to others but to me also, forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness, and salvation.

These are gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ's merit.

     — Heidelberg Catechism

Posted March 8

"Ask yourself: have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world." — Annie Lennox

Posted March 15

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." — Moshe Dayan

Posted March 22

"There is need, in preaching, of the power which is necessary to make it the sword of the Spirit, and 'the power of God unto salvation.' I believe that this increase of power will be given when I have more of the Spirit myself." — John Hunt, early 19th century missionary to Fiji

Posted April 5

"Relativism is the recipe for confusion and decay...chaos...rule by the caprice of whoever has the most physical force at any given moment. How brief the reigns of history's long train of despots, when we consider the big picture!"

Posted April 12

"A religious life is a struggle, and not a hymn." — Madame de Staël

Posted April 19

"People tell me, 'judge not, lest ye be judged.' I tell them, 'twist not Scripture, lest ye be like satan'." — Paul Washer

Posted May 3

"Pray for the restraining of those forces which seek the destruction of God's kingdom, and for an open door for the preaching of the Gospel. This must not be taken for granted..." — missionary in harm's way

Posted May 10

"The greatest danger the world faces is not radical Islam, but lukewarm Christianity." — danielkolenda.com

Posted May 17

"Bring all thoughts of evil, guile, and malice to God's altar, do not let it rest in your heart. There is no future in hypocrisy." — Robert A. Cook

Posted May 24

"Had they known that this was He who built all things in six days they would not have made it such an absurdity that He should build a temple in three days." — Matthew Henry

Posted May 31

"New Testament teaching about hell is meant to appall us and strike us dumb with horror, assuring us that, as heaven will be better than we could dream, so hell will be worse than we can conceive. Such are the issues of eternity, which need now to be realistically faced." — J. I. Packer

Posted June 7

"Much of the power of godliness in the heart consists in making God our chief joy and solacing ourselves in him; and our faith in Christ is described by our rejoicing in him. We then give honour to God when we take pleasure in him." — Matthew Henry, commentary on Psalm 149

Posted June 14

"What is there now to do? It is to have songs not only honest, but also holy, which will be like spurs to incite us to pray to and praise God, and to meditate upon his works in order to love, fear, honor and glorify him." — John Calvin's Preface to the Genevan Psalter

Posted June 21

"Isaac, being led by his father to be a victim, and carrying himself the firewood, at that moment was a figure of Christ's death, submitting himself to his father as a victim and lugging the wood of his own passion." — Ante-Nicene Church father Tertullian, Adversus Judaeos, c. A.D. 200

Posted June 28

"If there really was a worldwide flood (as the Bible speaks of), what would the evidence be? Billions of dead things buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth. And that's exactly what we find." — Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis

Posted July 5

"The sum of all is, if would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While, on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves." — Samuel Adams

Posted July 12

Considering the whole counsel of God in Scripture, we learn that although drinking to the state of drunkenness is sinful, the moderate (or medicinal) use of alcoholic beverages is a matter about which Christians have liberty of conscience. Noah was a righteous man who stumbled – and as Proverbs 24:16 says, "a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again."

Posted July 19

"Christendom has had a series of revolutions and in each one of them Christianity has died. Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave." — G.K. Chesterton

Posted July 26

Just as evolutionism has distorted how we think about the origin of life as well as the history and future of humanity, so denial of the global flood of Noah's time has distorted how we think about the origin of geological phenomena as well as the history and future of the earth.

Posted August 2

"In any field it's a plus if you view criticism as potentially helpful advice rather than as a personal attack. But for an astronaut, depersonalizing criticism is a basic survival skill. If you bristled every time you heard something negative – or stubbornly tuned out the feedback – you'd be toast." — Colonel Chris Hadfield

Posted August 16

[Christians are] "...too grateful to be hateful, too anointed to be disappointed, and too blessed to be stressed." — Kevin Hay

Posted August 23

"When God wants to make an oak tree He takes one hundred years. When He wants to make a squash He takes two weeks." — Anonymous

Posted August 30

"When I view worship as something that ultimately exists for my good and my satisfaction, it is easy to take a day off, to think that my presence makes no difference. But when I come to bring glory to God, I understand that no one else can take my place. God means for me to lift my hands, to lift my heart, to lift my voice to him." — Tim Challies

Posted September 6

"Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to." — H. E. Fosdick

Posted September 13

The Church – God's people of all ages, old and new covenants – is full of EX-murderers (Moses), EX-adulterers (David) and EX-bigots (Paul). Consider the fuller list of "EXES" at 1 Corinthians 6:9ff, which concludes with the words:

"...And such WERE some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

Posted September 20

"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills." — Adrian Rogers

Posted September 27

"Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego." — Jean Arp, died A.D. 1966

Posted October 4

A distraught man frantically rode his horse up to John Wesley, shouting, "Mr. Wesley, Mr. Wesley, something terrible has happened! Your house has burned to the ground!"

Weighing the news for a moment, Wesley replied, "No. The Lord's house has burned to the ground. That means one less responsibility for me." — source: Managing God's Money, by Randy Alcorn

Posted October 11

Salvation is like a roller coaster. Calling grace first pulls you up by no power of your own. Then, with your hands and feet inside the car of Kingdom obedience, you ride the rails of sanctifying grace for a while, going up and down in your course of discipleship. Before you know it, glorifying grace has brought you safe and sound to "Grace Depot," heaven!

Posted October 18

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church? — John Calvin

Posted October 25

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years. — Henry Ward Beecher

Posted November 1

The greatest kindness ministers can do to secure sinners is to preach against them, and to show them their misery and danger, though they are ever so unwilling to see them. We then act most for them when we appear most against them. — Matthew Henry, commentary on Ezekiel 11

Posted November 8

...a church can ignore the state only as long as the state respects the territorial boundaries of Mr. Jefferson's "wall of separation." A state that sees some aspects of Christian witness as bigoted and dangerous will not long stay on the other side of that wall. — Russell Moore

Posted November 15

Do all roads lead to God? Of course! Everyone's path in life terminates at Judgment Day. The far more important question for every traveler is, "how will I fare when I stand before the Judge – the Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate – when I see Him there with my own eyes, seated on His great and glorious throne?" Why not come to Him now, before He convenes that final court...come to Him while He is still offering amazing grace style clemency to all who call upon His name!

Posted November 22

Praising and blessing God is work that is never out of season: and nothing better prepares the mind for the receiving of the Holy Ghost than holy joy and praise. Fears are silenced, sorrows sweetened and allayed, and hopes kept up. — Matthew Henry

Posted November 29

Jesus said that the world which hated Him – Who did not hesitate to call sin what it is – would hate His followers also (John 15:18). "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets," said the Master (Luke 6:26).

Posted December 6

But faith is not belief in the history of Christ, as the godless think, but belief in the purpose of Christ's incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. For He took on flesh, was crucified, and rose from the dead in order to justify all who would believe in Him. — Philipp Melanchthon

Posted December 13

The only people whose souls can truly magnify the Lord are people who acknowledge their lowly estate and are overwhelmed by the condescension of the magnificent God. — John Piper

Posted December 20

Brethren, it is easier to declaim against a thousand sins of others, than to mortify one sin in ourselves. — John Flavel

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