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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Quotes Aug 20

‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’ George Orwell

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks as truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.- Samuel Johnson

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. -- Soren Kierkegaard

Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. - AJ Liebling

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

Friday, 17 August 2018

Quotes Aug 18

For it is not persecution alone that is to be feared. . . . The Enemy is more to be feared and to be guarded against when he creeps on us secretly; when, deceiving by the appearance of peace, he steals forward by hidden approaches, whence he has received the name of the Serpent. -- Cyprian, martyred AD 256.

"The providence of God is the unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and goodwill, He upholds His creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory." What a wonder! -- J.I. Packer

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Quotes Aug 17

Knowing God is a matter of personal dealing ... Knowing God is more than knowing about him; it is a matter of dealing with him as he opens up to you, and being dealt with by him ... Friends... open the hearts to each other by what they say and do... We must not lose sight of the fact let knowing God is emotional relationship, as well as intellectual and volitional one, and could not indeed be a deep relationship between persons if it were not so. - JI Packer, Knowing God

Prayer is a continuing conversation that God has started through his Word and his grace, which eventually becomes a full encounter with him.- Timothy Keller, Prayer, Page 48

We cannot look directly at the sun with our eyes. The glory of it would immediately overwhelm and destroy our sight. We have to look at it through a filter, and then we can see the great flames and colours all Of it. When we look at Jesus Christ as he is shown to in the Scriptures, we are looking at the glory of God through the filter of a human nature. - Timothy Keller, Prayer, Page 49

...there is a place for silence before God... After we have spoken to him, while joy at God's love invades the soul.- J I Packer and At Carolyn Nystrom, Praying our way through duty to delight

The Bible does not present an art of prayer, it presents the God of prayer. - Edmund P Clowney, A Biblical theology

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Quotes Aug 16

I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application.
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1857-94), discoverer of radio wave propagation.

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. Western Union internal memo, 1876.

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876

An amazing invention - but who would ever want to use one?
US President Rutherford B. Hayes makes a call from Washington to Pennsylvania with Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, patented on 7 March 1876

Good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attentions of practical or scientific men.
British Parliamentary Committee on Thomas Edison's electric lamp, patented in the USA on 27 January 1879.

Quotes 15 Aug

"The doctrine of justification by faith only is absolutely essential. There has never been a revival but that this has always come back into great prominence."
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Crucial Doctrine and Revival

What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.
     --Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677)
      (Quoted in Erich Fromm's
      _Psychoanalysis And Religion_ [1950], Chapter 3)

I learned his character at once from what he said
about others (a mode of judging which has never
misled me), and I made up my mind how to act.
     --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
      _Lectures To My Students_ [1860]

We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.
     --Charles F. Stanley (1932-    )
      _Walking With God: Quotations From The Sermons Of
       Dr. Charles F. Stanley_ [2012], "Life Principle No. 29"

Monday, 13 August 2018

Quotes 14 Aug

... prayer is ultimately a verbal response of faith to a transcendent God's Word and his grace, not an inward descent to discover we are one with all things and God. -  Timothy Keller, Prayer, Page 43

"...those born of God must love one another--they cannot help it. If something of the divine nature is in me, and the divine nature is love-"God is love"- then there must be this principle of love within me." - Martyn Lloyd-Jones ,Studies in 1 John

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with.
Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. -
John Swinton, former Chief of Staff, The New York Times, when asked to give a toast to the "free press" at the New York Press Club.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Quotes 13 Aug

I had then and at other times, the greatest delight in the holy scriptures of any book whatsoever. Oftentimes in reading it, every word seemed to touch my heart.  I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence, to see the wonders contained in it; and yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders. -  'Personal Narrative' in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, volume 16, Letters and Personal writings, Yale University press 1998, Page 801

 I think people have spoken much rubbish about that event
[9/11]. The poor revenging themselves on the rich! It's nothing but an
aspect of religious hatred. And that is so hard to deal with, or even
contemplate. You can deal with the poor striking out, but you can't
deal with the threat of a universal religious war.
         -- V. S. Naipaul, interview, The Times, 2002

Good communication is stimulating as black coffee,
and just as hard to sleep after.
     --Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)
      _Gift From The Sea_ [1955], "Argonauta"