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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Quotes 27 Mar 17

Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit. --Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (July 1 1742 – February 24 1799) (German scientist, satirist and philosopher), _Aphorisms (1765-1799)_ Notebook C (1772-1773) C 26

The gentleman has told us there is no such thing as coercion justifiable under the Constitution. I ask him for one moment to reflect, that no statute ever was enforced without coercion. It is the basis of every law in the universe,--God's law as well as man's. A law is no law without coercion behind it. When a man has murdered his brother, coercion takes the murderer, tries him, and hangs him. --Congressman James Garfield [Ohio] (1831-1881), Reply to Alexander Long [Ohio], 8 April 1864, House of Representatives, 38th Session; _The Life and Work of James A. Garfield_ (1881)

Every single pagan philosopher of the ancient world said…the worst form of slavery was slavery to your own appetites. - Anthony Esolen

He who would save a culture or civilization must not seek first the culture or the civilization but the kingdom of God. - Anthony Esolen

Friday, 24 March 2017

Quotes for 25 Mar 17

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believedthat the most effectual means of preventing this would be to illuminate as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large that…they may be enabled to know ambition under all shapes and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.
--Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Bill for the More General diffusion of Knowledge (1778)

To cling to the crucified and risen Lord is to abolish all hopelessness. There are no hopeless situations for the Christian.- P. Andrew Sandlin

He who is armed with the power of God will not tremble at the noise raised by the world. -John Calvin‏ @JohnCalvinDaily

"New life is not something we can work up, it is something that must come down." —Sinclair Ferguson
Affirming the Bible’s inerrancy is not the same as trusting its sufficiency. - Brian Osisek

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Quotes for 24 Mar 17

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
--Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (July 1 1742 – February 24 1799) (German scientist, satirist and philosopher), _Aphorisms (1765-1799)_ Notebook E (1775 - 1776) E 49

After eight years of bashing Christians, it’s nice to see Democrats praising Jesus again. But their arguments show a deep misunderstanding of what the faith mandates. Jesus called His followers to feed the hungry; He didn’t demand Pontius Pilate feed the hungry. Jesus didn’t don a balaclava, kick a centurion in the shins, and hang a #resistentiam banner from an aqueduct. He gathered the faithful and commanded them to love others. - Jon Gabriel, Ed.,  Render to Caesar the Things That Are Caesars

21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
--Matthew 19:21-22, RSV
I note that Jesus did NOT say “Take what your neighbor possesses and give to the poor.”
--danok1, comment on

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Quotes for 23 Mar 17

"Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.”ß   -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on communism.

"A faulty understanding of God and how to respond to him can only lead to praise that is inadequate in motivation and expression." —Trueman

A book which, above all others in the world, should be forbidden, is a catalogue of forbidden books. --Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (July 1 1742 – February 24 1799) (German scientist, satirist and philosopher), As quoted in A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (1991) edited by Alan Lindsay Mackay, p. 153

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Quotes for 22 Mar 17

Don't be content if your church is known for good bible teaching. It's desirable but not enough; necessary but not sufficient…- Sam Allberry

"Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God."
From ‘Aurora Leigh’ by Elizabeth Barratt Browning, who once described her passionate Christian commitment as "not the deep persuasion of the mild Christian but the wild visions of an enthusiast."

If private revelations agree with Scripture, they are needless, and if they disagree, they are false. John Owen

Belonging to Christ means freedom, not slavery. Don't think of Christianity as having to do what a peevish God wants. Think of it as now being able to do what a good God wants. Through union with Christ we are now empowered for holiness.~ Kevin DeYoung "The Hole in Our Holiness"

Monday, 20 March 2017

Quotes for 21 Mar 17

"All human institutions since the dawn of prehistory or earlier had always been designed to prevent change--all of them: family, government, church, army. Change has always been a catastrophic threat to human security." - Peter R. Drucker, _Technology, Management, and Society_ (2010)

It is only the supremely wise or the deeply ignorant who never alter. --Confucius (551-479 BC) (In Marion Parker's _Thoughts Of The Great:  A Scrapbook of Quotations_ [1960])

Without regeneration it is morally and spiritually impossible for a person to believe in Christ. —John Murray

A German friend once remarked that Hitler was only the second most destructive thing his country had unleashed upon the world.  Worse by far, he said, were the ideas of Karl Marx. The notion an idea could be more destructive than fleets of bombers and Panzer divisions is a large claim but there is evidence in support of it. ... Explosives can achieve gross destruction.  But it misses things between the craters;  by contrast a mental bomb can destroy civilization itself; its value, institutions, goals and even its grip upon
reality.  In the contest between Panzer division and Manifesto, the manifesto appears far the more powerful. The computer revolution has given us the tools to understand why Communism has so much devastating power.  We can now recognize it as history's greatest and most dangerous piece of intellectual malware, whose only true rival is radical Islam.
-- Richard Fernandez, More Powerful Than a Bomb

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Quotes for 20 Mar 17

“For there is no secure possession of wealth, unless it be maintained by defense of arms.” Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus (known simply as Vegetius), _Epitoma Rei Militaris_ (Epitome of Military Science)

“Who can doubt that the art of war comes before everything else, when it preserves our liberty and prestige, extends the provinces, and saves the Empire?”  Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus (known simply as Vegetius), _Epitoma Rei Militaris_ (Epitome of Military Science)

“In every battle it is not numbers and untaught bravery so much as skill and training that generally produce the victory.”- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus (known simply as Vegetius), _Epitoma Rei Militaris_ (Epitome of Military Science)

 No man is qualified to be a disciple of Christ, until he has been divested of self.John Calvin‏ @JohnCalvinDaily