A.D. 2012 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 1

"Youth is not a time in your life, it's a state of mind. It is courage over timidity. It is creativity over complacence. It is challenge over acceptance. Hope springs eternal in every youthful heart full of love for life, love for liberty, and love for the individual pursuit of happiness." — Judge Andrew Napolitano

Posted January 8

"...the man who says 'I believe that Genesis purports to be a historical account, but I do not believe that account' is a far better interpreter of the Bible than the man who says, 'I believe that Genesis is profoundly true, but it is poetry.' " — E.J. Young

Posted January 15

"Heaven, noun: a place where one sees, loves, and serves its Founder and Builder and all others who live there. An eternal, indissoluble home for a single family of billions, yet a place for far ranging exploration and the discovery of treasures deeply hidden from everlasting by infinite wisdom, in His playfulness. A land of a profound peace that is never disturbed, yet one of ceaseless, meaningful, creative productivity. A lush garden paradise yet a beautifully pristine city, every citizen adorned with dazzling holiness, incorruptible glory, and immortal honor. All these things and more than at present can be conceived, and all fitted together into one great, perfect bundle of everlasting, joyful praise and thankfulness to God Triune, with no pain, weariness, sorrow, or death ever to gain entrance. Only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior, can take you to this place, where some of your loved ones might already dwell."

Posted February 5

"Christ did not say 'take and understand', He said 'take and eat'." — Peter Kreeft

Posted February 12

"Sanctification is an ongoing transformation within a maintained consecration, and it engenders real righteousness within the frame of relational holiness…regeneration is birth; sanctification is growth…(sanctification) is an ongoing cooperative process in which regenerate persons, alive to God and free from sin's dominion (Romans 6:11; 14-18) are required to exert themselves in sustained obedience." — condensed from J.I. Packer's "Concise Theology"

Posted February 19

"If the preacher be of such a description as to content himself with moral harangues; if, instead of exhibiting the Saviour of sinners, he have nothing to say to a wounded spirit, unless it be to advise him to forsake his vices, and be better; or if his object be rather to improve the manners of men, and render them decent members of society, than to renew their hearts; the tendency of his preaching will be either to establish the hearer in Pharisaical presumption, or sink him into despondency." — Andrew Fuller (A.D. 1754 - 1815)

Posted March 4

"The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." — Moliere

Posted March 11

"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary." — Martin Luther

Posted March 18

"God's method of sanctification is neither activisim (self-reliant activity) nor apathy (God-reliant passivity), but God-dependent effort (2 Corinthians 7:1, Philippians 3:10-14, Hebrews 12:14)." — J.I. Packer

Posted March 25

"Election can only be known by its fruits. The Elect of God can only be discerned from those who are not Elect by their faith and life. We cannot climb up into the secret of God's eternal counsels. We cannot read the book of life. The fruits of the Spirit, seen and manifested in a man's conversation, are the only grounds on which we can ascertain that he is one of God's Elect. Where the marks of God's Elect can be seen, there, and there only, have we any warrant for saying "this is one of the Elect." How do I know that yon distant ship on the horizon of the sea has any pilot or steersman on board? I cannot with the best telescope discern anything but her masts and sails. Yet I see her steadily moving in one direction. That is enough for me." — J.C. Ryle, A.D. 1816-1900

Posted April 1

"The written word of God infallibly and inerrantly documents the divine promises, prophetic foreshadows, and advental fulfillment of the redemption which Christ the incarnate Word of God has most triumphantly accomplished. There can no more be any addition to that divinely authoritative document than there can be any addition to the saving work of Christ. TETELASTAI – It is finished."

Posted April 8

"Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate." — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and preacher against Nazism, executed by hanging at the order of Adolf Hitler on April 9, A.D. 1945

Posted April 15

"God is like the emplacement on which must stand the very guns that are supposed to shoot Him out of existence." — Cornelius Van Til

Posted April 22

"Charity or divine love, is the sum of all good principles, and therefore the fountain whence proceed all amiable and excellent actions. And as in Heaven this love will be perfect, to the perfect exclusion of all sin consisting in enmity against God and fellow creatures, so the fruit of it will be a most perfect behavior towards all. Hence life in heaven will be without the least sinful failure or error." — Jonathan Edwards

Posted April 29

"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about arithmetic and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman's function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute." — G. K. Chesterton

Posted May 6

"This darkness is very deep. But our God has gone far deeper still. When you have been to Calvary, even Ravensbruck can look trivial." — Corrie Ten Boom, survivor of that Holocaust concentration camp, where her sister died

Posted May 13

"Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid He would ask me the same question." — Anonymous

Posted May 20

"This evil of sin is not superficial, but radical. It pervades human life from the cradle to the grave: 'Behold I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me' [Psalm 51:5]. 'The thought (or devising) of foolishness is sin' [Proverbs 24:9]. 'Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child' [Proverbs 22:15]. 'The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth' [Genesis 8: 21]. 'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked' [Jeremiah 27:9]. 'From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts…all these evil things come from within, and defile the man' [Mark 7:21,23]." — E. Bickersteth

Posted May 27

"Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric." — Thomas Sowell

Posted June 3

"I am opposed to all imperial ambitions, wherever they may be cherished and with whatever veneer of benevolent assimilation they may be disguised." — J. Gresham Machen

Posted June 10

"I like to think of divine providence like a French chef, using spices from decayed vegetables to make good food even better. That all things, even evil, work together for good, is familiar to the Biblically literate - that's Romans 8:28 - but it never ceases to be startling!" — Peter Kreeft

Posted June 17

"Your whole life is a short term mission, in light of eternity." — David Hosaflook, church planter in Albania.

Posted June 24

"Christians have largely shut up their spirituality into a small corner of life – Sunday church or their Bible studies – instead of realizing that the Lordship of Christ is to permeate the whole spectrum of life. They have coasted along complacently, often serving up such dogmas as, 'You can't mix religion and politics', or 'you can't legislate morality', or 'we just need to pray and witness to people' when what they really meant was...'WE JUST DON'T WANT TO BE DISTURBED'." — Francis Schaeffer

Posted July 1

"Sins begin like cobwebs, but become iron clamps." — J.C. Ryle

Posted July 8

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." — John Milton

Posted July 15

"All of Scripture comes to us through human instrumentality. If such instrumentality involves fallibility, then such fallibility must attach to the whole of Scripture. For by what warrant can an immunity from error be maintained in the matter of 'spiritual content' and not in the matter of historical or scientific fact?" — John Murray

Posted July 22

"If you want to hear God speaking audibly, simply listen to the Bible being read out loud." — Unknown

Posted July 29

"The corruption of sin is spiritual, noetic, volitional, affectional, and corporeal. This weight of guilt, removable only by the power of the God Whose angel removed the stone from Christ's grave, carries with it a pollution that extends to the entire human race except One, and to the whole being of every person except Him."

Posted August 5

"...the Spirit of God so wrought in him and in his preaching that the response on the part of the Corinthians was the solid faith which rests upon the power of God and not that evanescent faith which depends upon the appeal of rhetorical art and worldly wisdom." — John Murray, speaking about the apostle Paul

Posted August 12

"Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." — Winston Churchhill

Posted August 19

"A man's free will cannot cure him even of the toothache, or a sore finger; yet he madly thinks it is in his power to cure his soul." — Augustus Toplady

Posted August 26

"We believe that God's Word is not only inerrant, but that it is also clear to the learned and unlearned alike; thus, we affirm that when God reveals his mind – on creation or any other matter – he is quite capable of making his thoughts known in ordinary language that does not require extraordinary hermeneutical maneuvers for interpretation." — Matthew Henry

Posted September 2

"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine." — D.L. Moody

Posted September 9

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are 'indispensable' supports." — George Washington, farewell address, September 19, A.D. 1796

Posted September 23

"Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little bit about everything." — Blaise Pascal

Posted September 30

"In regard to Bible versions many contemporary Christians are behaving like spoiled and rebellious children. They want a Bible version that pleases them no matter whether it pleases God or not. 'We want a Bible version in our own idiom,' they clamor. 'We want a Bible that talks to us in the same way in which we talk to our friends over the telephone. We want an informal God, no better educated then ourselves, with a limited vocabulary and a taste for modern slang.' And having thus registered their preference, they go their several ways..." — Edward Hills

Posted October 7

"Rock has always been the devil's music – I believe that (it's) dangerous. It could very well bring about a very evil feeling in the west – a dark era. I feel that we're only heralding something even darker than ourselves." — David Bowie

Posted October 14

"Divine intervention is an impoverished and curious concept. The Lord is not an habitually absent father who occasionally shows up. The living, omnipresent God of sovereign power is perpetually at work in His world...transcendently but intimately active in every moment and every molecule. It is mankind who intervened at the beginning by rebelling against Him, and every sin since Eden has been another human intervention. Thankfully, the loving, redeeming God of sovereign grace responded to our meddling by providing the only means of restoration, forgiveness, and reconciliation: Jesus Christ the Savior."

Posted October 21

"When Solomon said there was a time and a place for everything, he had not encountered the problem of parking his automobile." — Bob Edwards

Posted October 28

"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with suprising strides." — George Sand

Posted November 11

"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God 'Your will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, have it your way.' " — C.S. Lewis

Posted November 18

"Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process." — Phillips Brooks

Posted November 25

"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce and canonized those who complain." — Dr. Thomas Sowell

Posted December 2

"By the death of the Testator the testament was become of force, and He was now risen from the dead, to prove the will, and to be Himself the Executor of it." — Matthew Henry

Posted December 9

"Since the last communion here, one of our dear helpers in this presbytery from whose lips you used to hear the joyful sound, is gone away to the communion-table above; and glory be to God that he got a full gale of heavenly wind, to drive him in with holy joy and triumph to the harbor of glory." — Ralph Erskine

Posted December 16

"There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead of the sky, the sun, the moon, just as if somebody were moving in a carriage or ship might hold that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved. But that is how things are nowadays: when a man wishes to be clever he must needs invent something special, and the way he does it must needs be the best! The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth." — Martin Luther, contemporary of Copernicus

Posted December 23

"Blow, blow, thou winter wind; thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude." — William Shakespeare

Posted December 30

"Say what men may, it is doctrine that moves the world. He who takes no position will not sway the human intellect." — William Thayer Shedd

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