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Friday, 14 December 2018

Quotes Dec 15

Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age,
God's breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth
Engine against th' Almighty, sinner's tow'r,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood,
The land of spices; something understood.

“A second referendum would be a losers’ vote. It would be the political class saying to voters: ‘You gave the wrong answer, you idiots, and now you must get it right.’ It wouldn’t be a democratic act — it would be an attempt to thwart a democratic act.” -Brendan O’Neill on Sky

"Maintaining a certain level of comfort is the agenda of an enormous amount of American evangelicalism but…. It needs to be said loud and clear that in the kingdom of God there ‘ain't no comfort zone and never will be." ~ J.I. Packer

“ Calvin’s attachment to Christmas ran deeper than mere preservation of tradition. For the Frenchman, Christmas and Easter formed the two most holy days of the year, and he set aside his regular practice of preaching through the books of the Bible, known as lectio continua, to hold sermons on the Nativity and the Passion of Christ. Some of Calvin’s most moving words from the pulpit flowed from his preaching at Christmas.“

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Quotes 14 Dec

Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family – the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith; no one can make me change my life; and no one can raise me from the dead...   Jesus is the Christ, son of the eternal, living God. He died for sinners and rose to life for us. He is my king and the king of the whole earth yesterday, today, and forever. I am his servant, and I am imprisoned because of this. I will resist in meekness those who resist God, and I will joyfully violate all laws that violate God’s laws.  - Wang Yi, imprisoned in China 2018

In 1897 the first Zionist Congress was held in Basle... Herzl wrote in his diary: "if I were to sum up the Basel Congress in one word - which I shall not do openly - it would be this: at Basle I have founded the Jewish state. If I were to say this today, I would be met by universal laughter. In five years, perhaps, and certainly in 50 everyone will see it." On May 14 1948, over three months before the 50 years Herzl's prophecy had run their course, the Jewish state of Israel was proclaimed. - H L Ellison, The Christian Approach to the Jew, P. 30

There is a state of perfect peace with God to be attained under imperfect obedience.  –John Owen

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Quotes 13 Dec

While there is a devil and a wicked man in the world, never expect a charter of exemption from trouble—Thomas Watson

Depend upon it, however, let men rebel against this truth as they will, that God has determined the end from the beginning. He has left no screw loose in the machine, He has left nothing to chance or accident.-  Charles Spurgeon@CHSpurgeon

Christianity has occasionally calmed the brutal German lust for battle, but it cannot destroy that savage ecstasy....When once the restraining talisman, the Cross, is broken...the old stone gods will leap to life among forgotten ruins, and Thor will crash down his mighty hammer on the Gothic cathedrals. - Heinrich Heine, in Robert Carr, The Paths of Dictatorship

I bequeath all my property to my wife on the condition that she remarry immediately. Then there will be at least one man to regret my death.- Heinrich Heine

Matrimony - the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented. Heine (1797-1856)

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

IM Robert Browning Dec 12 1812-

And gain is gain, however small.- Robert Browning (1812-1889) In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.

There are those who believe something, and therefore will tolerate nothing; and on the other hand, those who tolerate everything, because they believe nothing. -R. Browning

Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought. Robert Browning (1812-1889) "A Death in the Desert."
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?"
Robert Browning 1812-89 (Andrea del Sarto (1855) L.97

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!
Robert Browning (1812 - 1889) "'Rabbi Ben Ezra"

Quotes Dec 11

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure
without losing your enthusiasm.
 ~Winston Churchill

This is the choice before us: either try to
revolutionize the world and break under it, or
revolutionize ourselves and remake the world.
     --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)
      _Crossways_ [1984]

“The power of Kings and Magistrates is only derivative, transferr'd and committed to them in trust from the People, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be tak'n from them, without a violation of thier natural birthright.”- John Milton,

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.- Timothy Keller@timkellernyc

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Quotes Dec 10

“There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. Help us to remember it, Lord. Amen.” ~ George H.W. Bush

I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master. (John Newton)

Christ was wrapped in swaddling clothes the we might be wrapped in Christ. - Chris Roberts, sermon 9 Dec 2018

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Quotes Dec 8

An older Christian in my life had more peace than me about a hard situation today.
I said, “You have more faith than me.”
He responded, “No, I have more experience with a faithful God.” - howertonjosh@howertonjosh

“My life is dominated by the notion of God...I am a believer – in both God’s presence and His absence...In the end, with all respect, I haven’t the stomach for atheism...It feels like a dead end to me, unhelpful and bad for the business of writing.”
- Nick Cave on God.

When I behold Thy works on high,
The moon that rules the night,
And stars that well adorn the sky,
Those glorious worlds of light;
Lord, what is man, or all his race,
Who dwells so far below,
That Thou shouldst visit him with grace,
And love his nature so? -
Isaac Watts@Wondrous_Cross

The only person whose opinion counts, the creator God of the universe, looks at me and he finds me more valuable than all the jewels in the earth. How can we worry about being snubbed now? How can we care that much about what we look like in the mirror? -Timothy Keller@timkellernyc

“There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. Help us to remember it, Lord. Amen.” ~ George H.W. Bush