Quote of the day – William Bradford, pilgrim


2 Corinthians 12:9,10

NKJV

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


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“The Pilgrims’ longtime governor would not have made a popular Thanksgiving Day speaker.  Unlike the succession of statesmen who flattered their audiences with purple prose, lauding their adopted ancestors for their unsurpassed wisdom and nobility, Bradford chose instead to underline their shortcomings.  The first colonists had survived and flourished, Bradford insisted in his history Of Plymouth Plantation, not because of their many strengths and virtues, but in spite of ‘all their weaknesses and infirmities.’  In emphasizing that truth, he gave greater glory to God and offered greater hope to us.”

Robert Tracy McKenzie, professor and chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College

LEARNING FROM THE PILGRIMS’ STORY: DIVINE STRENGTH, HUMAN WEAKNESS


 

Quote of the day – SLIMJIM


This quote comes from one of three posts in a series called On Pharisees: Collection of Short Posts on Pharisees beyond the Cliche. I really enjoyed thinking about this issue, especially as I was criticized recently for being legalistic. Maybe all Christians experience this criticism at some time. May the Lord help our critics to be wrong! 


 

“The Pharisees are known for not having grace.  The Sadducees are known for not embracing truth. But in actually the Pharisees and Sadducees are bickering cousins, for they are two different forms of unbelief.  Turn to Jesus as revealed in the Bible for the truth and for grace.”

In opposing Pharisees, do not become a Sadducee

Pastor Jim


 

Quote of the day – Dr. D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

 


Galatians 3

24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.


“Evangelism must start with the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the demands of the law, and the eternal consequences of evil.”

Studies In The Sermon On The Mount, p. 235

SOURCE

The History and Theology of Calvinism


 

Quote of the day – Irenaeus, truly edifying, both the quote and where it was found


Ephesians 4:1-6

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I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


“If, therefore, even with respect to creation, there are some things only God knows, while others come within the range of our knowledge, why should we complain if, in regard to those things which we investigate in the Scriptures (which are thoroughly spiritual), we are able by the grace of God to explain only some of them, while we must leave the rest in the hands of God— and that not only in the present world but also in that which is to come— so that God will forever teach and human beings will forever learn the things God teaches? . . . If, then, . . . we leave some questions in the hands of God, we will keep our faith from injury and will continue without danger. Moreover, we will find all Scripture, which has been given to us by God, to be entirely consistent. Then the parables will harmonize with the passages which are perfectly plain, and the statements which are clear in meaning will help explain the parables, and in all the various utterances of Scripture we will hear one harmonious melody, praising in hymns the God who created all things. So, for instance, if anyone asks, “What was God doing before He made the world?” we reply that the answer to such a question lies hidden with God Himself. (2: 28,3) If anyone asks, “How was the Son produced by the Father?” we reply that no one understands that production, or generation, or calling, or revelation, or whatever term may be used to describe His generation: it is utterly indescribable. (2: 28,6) We have learned from the Scriptures that God holds the supremacy over all things. But Scripture has not revealed to us the way He produced it. . . . In the same way, we must leave unanswered the question why, since all things were made by God, some of His creatures sinned and revolted from a state of submission to God. . . . Since we know only in part [1 Cor 13: 12], we must leave all sorts of questions in the hands of Him who gives us grace by measure. (2: 28,7) God alone, who is Lord of all, is without beginning and without end, being truly and forever the same, and always remaining the same unchangeable being. But all things that proceed from Him, everything that has been made and is made, has its own beginning. Consequently, they are inferior to Him who formed them, since they are not unbegotten. (2: 34,2) Life does not arise from us, or from our own nature; it is granted by the grace of God. Therefore the one who takes care of the life received and gives thanks to Him who imparted it will also receive everlasting life. But the one who rejects it and shows himself ungrateful toward his maker, since he has been created and has not recognized Him who bestowed life, deprives himself of ongoing existence. (2: 34,3)”

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France)

Cited by Phil Brown, The Lutheran Baptist blog, September 18, 2017 post

The Sin of Division and How it Has Affected Us


 

Quote of the day – Martin, after 500 years


Portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach, via Wikimedia Commons

“I did nothing: the Word did everything.”

– Martin Luther

The Legacy of Luther, Edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols, Reformation Trust Publishing, 2016.


Isaiah 55

NKJV

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.