TFTD - February 2010
Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:27 AM
“Pride perceiving humility honorable,
often borrows her cloak.”
- Thomas Fuller
"The reward of humility and
reverence of the Lord
are riches, honor and life."
Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:24 AM
"Life is so full of uncertainties that there are no guarantees;
failure is as possible as success; indifferent health as fitness;
tomorrow's plans can be brutally overthrown by untimely death,
so much so that the wise man as he looks ahead seeks for divine
guidance in the spirit of "Thy will be done" and then prepares to
accept the offering of each day as it comes.
James repeats the warning in his so practical Epistle: "Go to now,
ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and continue
there a year and buy and sell and get gain; whereas ye know not what
shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour,
that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye
ought to say, If the Lord will we shall live and do this or that."
The Christadelphian - 1978
Selections by brother Norman Owen
"The Bedside Watchman"
Posted 03 February 2010 - 10:53 AM
"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet. "Rabbit's clever." "And he has a Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has a Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh,
"that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne
"The law of the Lord is unspotted,
the testimony of the Lord is faithful,
giving wisdom to little ones."
Posted 04 February 2010 - 10:55 AM
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God"
"In Biblical imagery, the heart is the center of the entire personality. Purity of heart must never be confused with outward conformity to rules. Because it is the heart which must be pure, this beatitude interrogates us with awkward questions like these:
- What are you thinking about when your mind slips into neutral?
- How much sympathy do you have for deception, no matter how skillful?
- For shady humour, no matter how funny?
- Who do you love?
- To what extent are your words and actions an accurate reflection of what is in your heart?
- And to what extent are your actions and words a cover up for what is in your heart?
Our hearts must be pure, clean, unstained. One day, when the kingdom of heaven is established, and Jesus returns, we will be like him (1 John 3 v 2). According to John, the Christian purifies himself now because pure is what he will ultimately be. Our present efforts are consistent with our future hope.
The pure in heart will be blessed because they will see God.
What an incentive to purity!"
Adapted [freely by G. G. (1997)] from "The Sermon on the Mount" D.A. Carson
Posted 05 February 2010 - 11:00 AM
"Nothing multiplies so much as kindness."
- John Ray (1627-1705)
"So, as those who have been chosen of God ...
put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other..."
Posted 06 February 2010 - 11:11 AM
"The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it."
"But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps."
1 Peter 2:20-21
Posted 07 February 2010 - 12:25 PM
"Of all the lessons I have been fortunate enough to learn,
the single most powerful, most important one is:
Hate no one!"
- Dave Pelzer
"'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
This is the first commandment.
"And the second, like it, is this:
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
There is no other commandment greater than these.""
Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:36 AM
"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average
conscience a still, small voice says to us,
'Something is out of tune.'"
- Carl Jung
"he may speak in their ears
and terrify them with warnings,
to turn man from wrongdoing
and keep him from pride,"
Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:08 AM
"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back.
Regret is an appalling waste of energy;
you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in."
- Katherine Mansfield
"But Jesus said to him, "No one,
after putting his hand to the plow
and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:58 AM
"The people in your life are like the pillars on your porch.
Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you.
Sometimes it's enough to know they are standing by."
- Merle Shain (1935-1989)
"I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Be completely humble and gentle;
bearing with one another in love."
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:44 AM
"Jesus sought sinners who were humbly repentant:
he was not interested in the self-righteous egotist.
And on those who sought him he lavished the compassion,
grace, mercy and truth which his Father had manifested to Israel.
He never refused the sincere appeal for help,
and because he is still the same Jesus,
he is still at hand to comfort."
The New Life
Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:41 AM
"No one has an exclusive on opportunity.
When the sun rises, it rises for everyone."
- Chinese proverb
"So then, while we have opportunity,
let us do good to all people ..."
Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:21 AM
The Duties of those in Christ
"All who are "in Christ" by baptism into him must conform to his requirements as revealed in the Bible. Amongst other things they are commanded to partake in a memorial of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (the breaking of bread and the drinking of wine), "This do in remembrance of me," which after the Apostolic example, they do every first day of the week.
They are expected to be separate from the world, in it but not of it, and they must conform to the commandments of Christ even though they conflict with the laws of men.
The purpose for which the gospel, or the God-Spell, is proclaimed is to "take out of the Gentiles a people for God's name." The implications of this purpose cannot be insisted upon too greatly. The plan which has gradually been unfolded is one that is worthy of the God who originated it and Who has, in Christ, carried it through so far. For every reader of ... the great question to be faced is, what is the effect of the knowledge of this plan, which originated in the mind of God, upon him? It should be a call to holiness and to service, a service which, commencing now, will find its perfect expression when "this mortal shall have put on immortality" having been made a partaker of the Divine nature."
An Epitome of the First Principles of the Oracles of God
Posted 14 February 2010 - 11:17 AM
"We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us,
but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter."
- Denis Diderot
"A man who flatters his neighbour is spreading a net for his feet."
"A lover of discipline is a lover of knowledge,
but a hater of reproof is unreasoning."
Posted 15 February 2010 - 09:27 AM
"Let Them Praise the Name of the Lord" Psalm 148:13
"'Tis God that makes the mountains in their splendour,
'Tis He who makes the stately cedar tree.
'Tis God that makes the primrose, sweet and slender,
And He it is that made and fashioned me.
The mountains show their Maker's mighty power -
The majesty of Him who reigns above.
The tender grace and beauty of the flower
Reveal the grace of Him whose name is love.
And as Creation speaks Creator's praises,
In mountain, flower, starry sky and tree -
So grant, O God, the beauty of Thy graces
May be shown forth in daily life by me."
Posted 16 February 2010 - 12:23 PM
"Put off for one day, and ten days will pass."
- Korean Proverb
"When you make a vow to God,
do not delay in fulfilling it."
Posted 17 February 2010 - 08:34 AM
"Yesterday is not ours to recover,
but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
so that through endurance and the encouragement
of the Scriptures we might have hope."
Posted 18 February 2010 - 09:54 AM
"Once you get people laughing, they're listening
and you can tell them almost anything."
- Herbert Gardner
"A gentle answer turns away wrath.
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise makes
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
The eyes off the LORD are in every place,
Watching the evil and and the good.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit."
Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:44 AM
"The apostle Paul wrote, "Knowledge puffeth up". He was not condemning knowledge, but simply stating a truth. Knowledge of the right kind is excellent, but even that may tend to inflate the individual who possesses it. Men may be puffed up even by their knowledge of the Scriptures, especially if their reading has been ill-balanced. Much charity is needed to guard against this evil and to make knowledge lead to edification.
There are people who will say that it is only the dangerous "little knowledge" that puffs men up, while those who have studied deeply are truly humble and never boast. This thought has been stated often, but it is not true. Indeed it would be difficult to define the words of such a saying. All the knowledge of mankind is only little. The most ignorant and the most cultured are only separated by a few degrees. It is quite true that intelligent people perceive the ugliness and folly of blatant boasting and so if they boast they do it more skillfully. Or it is possible for a man to feel himself so superior to the common run of humanity that he finds no pleasure in the admiration of the multitude. His detachment is a form of pride, and he may fall into the worst of errors by being puffed up against God."
Principles and Proverbs
Posted 20 February 2010 - 11:24 AM
"It is sometimes a valuable exercise to turn away from the troubles and perplexities of the moment and look at general principles. Cease for a time from strife regarding the matters which may have been agitating us most and examine the fundamentals of truth regarding which all should be able to agree. It is of course hardly possible at any time either to write or read with entire impartiality. Only a few men have a passionate desire to be on the side of truth, although all men want truth to be on their side. In discussion, arguments are selected according to the purpose they will serve, and very few disputants of this world would be honest enough to make candid confession if they chanced to think of a point materially weakening their position. So in dealing with principles the inevitable tendency is to think of those first which supply a foundation for one's own position, while in reading there is the equally strong temptation to accept or reject according to the probable bearing of the principle advanced on the particular prejudices uppermost for the moment in the mind of the reader.
Let us frankly admit this weakness of our common nature and then try to be as honest and fair as we can. Let us admit at least the abstract possibility that we might be wrong, and that the close examination of principles is necessary to correct us. If you think that the greatest fault is that we have forgotten the foundation lesson of all and are woefully lacking in love and mercy, do not on that account refuse to consider the sterner principles that may be urged. Recognize the abstract possibility that a man might be so anxious to show his love for mankind as to forget his duty to God. If, on the other hand, your favourite passage of scripture has been, "First pure, then peaceable", do not get angry at the repeated exhortation, "Love one another" for love is always the greatest thing in the world, while anger is not always even pure. With an effort we may be able to examine principles with a minimum of prejudice and with human feeling so well in hand that real benefit may be gained."
Guidance in Life
Principles and Proverbs
Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:21 AM
"It takes a real storm in the average person's life
to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls."
"Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet."
Posted 22 February 2010 - 08:09 AM
"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can;
and mean to keep doing so until the end.
If the end brings me out all right,
what is said against me won't amount to anything."
- Abraham Lincoln
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:21 AM
"Life is a mixture of successes and failures.
May you be encouraged by your successes and
strengthened by your failures.
As long as you never lose faith in God,
you will be victorious over any situation you face."
- Peace Pilgrim
"For nothing will be impossible with God."
Posted 24 February 2010 - 10:55 AM
"We cannot guarantee the salvation of our children by our own godly advice,
but we can ensure that our responsibilities of parenthood are fully discharged.
With the greater integration of family life which has come through the Christian
development of marriage into one man and one wife, there are ample opportunities,
especially where both partners are in the one faith, of obeying the ancient and
still valid command of Moses:
"These words which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest
by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up" (Deut. 6:7)."
The Man David
Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:47 AM
"Is your life a witness, with testimony true?
Could the world be won to Christ by what others see in you?"
- Paul L Powers
"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."
The Apostle Paul
1 Corinthians 11:1
Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:11 PM
"Patience is a bitter plant that
produces sweet fruit."
- Charles Swindoll
"My brethren, take the prophets,
who spoke in the name of the Lord,
as an example of suffering and patience.
Indeed we count them blessed who endure."
Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:58 PM
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities
brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
- Charles Swindoll
"Jesus said, 'With people it is impossible, but not with God;
for all things are possible with God.'"
Posted 28 February 2010 - 10:01 AM
"Our faith and our friendships are not shattered by one big act,
but by many small neglects."
- J. Gustav White
"And this commandment we have from Him,
that the one who loves God should love his brother also."
1 John 4:21
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