Notable and Quotable

Words of spiritual wisdom from those who have found the secret.

“A Christian philosophy, as suggested, must accommodate the heart of what it is to be Christian, namely Gethsemane union with God in Christ as Lord. Otherwise, the philosophy does not merit the title ‘Christian.’ The union in question is no mere correct belief that something about Christ is true. Instead, it calls for volitional cooperation and companionship with Christ, who empowers and guides how we think, not just what we think…We face a serious problem: the frequent divorce of Christian belief and philosophy from the Christian foundation of the inward Christ and Gethsemane union with God in Christ. The result is correct intellectual belief without the needed divine power, guidance, and companionship from the inward Christ.”  – Paul K. Moser, The Severity of God: Religion and Philosophy Reconceived 

“Lord, let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for thee or thine,
But quiet homes of prayer and praise, where thou mayest find fit company,
Where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away,
And wide, sweet spaces kept for thee; where holy thoughts pass up and down
And fervent longings watch and wait thy coming.” – Julian of Norwich

“When the bonds which knit society to God are relaxed, selfishness soon becomes furious, and forcibly seizes what it lusts after, regardless of others’ rights. Sin saps the very foundations of social life, and makes men into tigers, more destructive to each other than wild beasts. All our grand modern schemes for the reformation of society will fail unless they begin with the reformation of the individual. To walk with God is the true way to make men gentle and pitying.”
– Alexander MacLaren

Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you. – Corrie ten Boom

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