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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:07 AM

01 December 2017
 
"Courtesy teaches us self-control that may have far-reaching results for our personality. The undisciplined are almost necessarily discourteous. He who would be the servant of Christ, and the friend of the Son of Man, who "came not to be ministered unto but to minister" (Mark 10:45), must be courteous to all: if we are courteous to everyone at all times we are thereby serving our Master. And who serves Christ does to himself the best of service. "A gracious woman retaineth honour. A merciful man doeth good to his own soul" (Proverbs 11:16-17)."
 
- Claud Lamb
Be Courteous (1993)


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:08 AM

02 December 2017
 
"Let us rejoice that our Lord Jesus was perfectly obedient to his last breath. Let us be truly grateful for the mercy of God in that He gave His only begotten Son for our forgiveness; and that Jesus, now triumphant and holy, sits at the right hand of God in heaven as our mediator and High Priest."
 
- Grahame A. Cooper
And I, if I be Lifted Up From the Earth (1992)


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 03:41 AM

03 December 2017  
 
“We have come to remember our Redeemer in the appointed way; and we remember that he was described as a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”. That links him up with words of the Psalmist: “Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” ... “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
 
- Islip Collyer
The Seed and the Harvest (1946)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 01:12 AM

04 December 2017
 
"A man gives light to the extent that meekness, mercy, pureness of heart and sincerity are of his very being, and not awkward poses that he assumes when he remembers. The light is blocked to the extent that self gets in the way. Jesus is not calling for self-conscious efforts to “shine the light” but for self-effacing “letting it shine”; to let it shine because it is the disciples’ very nature to do so. Jesus himself is the ideal illustration. The light which must be allowed to shine is the glory of God."
 
- Norman Richards
Thoughts from the Mount (1965)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 01:15 AM

05 December 2017
 
"Martyrdom is no criterion of truth; for truth and error have their martyrs who have died in the defence of each."
 
- Anonymous 
The Herald of the Kingdom (1851)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 01:19 AM

06 December 2017
 
"We venerate the Scriptures because they contain what we describe as the Truth and some may think that this is the whole story. But as the character of God is compounded of compassionate virtues, as well as the Truth, so the Truth needs the fellowship of the household to make its revelation a divine reality. This is what Paul was implying when he defined for Timothy the status of the ecclesia as: “The household of God, which is the church (ecclesia) of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15)."
 
- John Marshall
Spiritual Men and Women (1970)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 01:22 AM

07 December 2017
 
"For many today love and commandments, or love and authority of any sort, are a contradiction in terms. Love, they say, goes with freedom and not authority. The Scriptures teach us the folly of such an attitude. “Happy are your men, and happy are these your servants”, said the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. To be in the service of a wise king, to stand continually before him and hear his wisdom, was a privilege and a source of happiness. Freedom would not have made those servants happy. And again Solomon becomes a type of the Lord Jesus our king: we too are happy to serve him in love, to stand continually before him and hear his wisdom. And in these circumstances it is a privilege and not a burden to be a servant. But in fact Christ has promoted us to a higher status: “Henceforth I call you not servants ... but I have called you friends” (John 15:15)."
 
- John Morris
Beloved of God (1973)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 01:27 AM

08 December 2017
 
"... the death which he dies on account of human sin is itself his own righteous act, perfecting a righteous life; righteous not only in the negative sense that it transgressed no law, but because it positively and actively fulfilled the will of God. The whole life—including its end in death—was a “delight” in the will of God, and was therefore a “delight” to God. And thus the bonds of death were broken in the very act of dying, for “it was not possible that he should be holden” by a death which he died to fulfil the will of God. Resurrection followed as a sequel, for that God should raise him from the dead was a moral necessity of God’s own nature. Therefore that hour of darkness when the power of death seemed to have him in its grip was the very point where the power of death was conquered, the serpent was bruised in the head; and in his resurrection triumph he led that power captive."
 
- L.G. Sargent   
The Heart of the Apocalypse (1972)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 01:32 AM

09 December 2017
 
“The Christian should be a person who is kind and generous to his fellowsa man of compassion, one to whom men and women seek in their troubles; to whom they look for an example; from whom they may expect to get a kind reaction and a sympathetic understanding. Yet he is not “of the world”; his outlook and ambitions are centred round the Word of God and the purpose of God; his separation is a positive rather than a negative; as Paul described himself in Romans 1:1: “separated unto the Gospel of God.”
 
- L.W. Richardson
The Importance of Right Attitudes (1970)


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:53 AM

10 December 2017  
 
"Wisdom comes not from the knowledge gathered by blind men stumbling about until they fall over the laws of nature; it cannot be harvested in the field, dredged from the sea, dug from the mine, gathered from the tops of the mountains or brought back at the cost of trillions of dollars from the barren moon. The greatest evil men do is to persuade themselves and their fellows that there is no God. To recognise the visible hand of God is to begin to walk the way of understanding and be led into that wisdom which opens the eyes so that, as we pass by and behold, we see not a cold impersonal “nature”, but a warm, responsible, inviting God."
 
- Leslie Johnson
As I Passed by and Beheld ... (1973)


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 10:44 AM

11 December 2017
 
"Every important doctrine can be placed under one of two headings: as affecting our attitude towards God, or towards man. It is only reasonable that this should be the case, since the foundation of all morality is of the same twofold character. The Lord Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets depended upon the two fundamental precepts of the law of love: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart", "You shall love your neighbour as yourself". All sound doctrine is simply elaboration of these principles."
 
- Islip Collyer
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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:36 AM

12 December 2017
 
"Without the Word we cannot know God or His purpose; through the Word we know that He has created and sustains the world, and will accomplish His end; His command is the basis of all the visible world, and the only foundation for an abiding life. If we are to maintain our lives before Him, it can only be through that living faith which “sees Him who is invisible”. Nothing else can provide the standard by which to judge our daily walk before Him."
 
- L.G. Sargent
Strength Against Temptation (1973)





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