January 18, 2022

Bill Murray quote

 "It's hard to win an argument with a smart person,
but it's near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person."

January 17, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Christmas Sermon on Peace"

Now, let me suggest first that, if we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. . . . We must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. . . .
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. 

Eric Metaxas, "Luther" on prayer

"It is sufficient for your grace earnestly to pray once or twice for her. For God has promised that whatever you ask for, believe that you will receive it and you will certainly have it (Luke 11:9-10).  In contrast, when we pray over and over again for the same thing, it is a sign that we do not believe God and with our faithless prayer only make him angrier.  True, we should regularly pray, but always in faith and certain that we are being heard. Otherwise, the prayer is in vain."   

January 16, 2022

From Church of Christ at the Colonies, Amarillo Texas

 Good Morning.
This is God.
I will be handling your
problems today.
I will not need your help.
So have a good day.

January 15, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

"In the end, we will remember 
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends."

January 14, 2022

Proverb of the Year (20:22)

Do not say,

"I will repay evil";

wait for the Lord,

and he will help you.

Proverbs 20:22


January 13, 2022

Nelson Mandela quote

May your choices reflect
your hopes, not your fears.

January 12, 2022

Richard Rohr quote

God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes and nothing remains the same. The only thing that doesn't change is change itself. It's a hard lesson to learn. It helps us appreciate that everything is a gift. We didn't create it. We don't deserve it. It will not last, but while we breathe it in, we can enjoy it, and know it is another moment of God, another moment of life. People who take this moment seriously take every moment seriously, and those are the people who are ready for heaven.

January 11, 2022

Brian D. McLaren, "We Make the Road by Walking," pp. 256-257

There's a beautiful visionary scene at the end of the Book of Revelation that is as relevant today as it was in the first century. It doesn't picture us being evacuated from Earth to heaven as many assume. It pictures a New Jerusalem descending from heaven to Earth. This new city doesn't need a temple because God's presence is felt everywhere. It doesn't need sun or moon because the light of Christ illuminates it from within. Its gates are never shut, and it welcomes people from around the world to receive the treasures it offers and bring the treasures they can offer. From the center of the city, from God's own throne, a river flows - a river of life or aliveness. Along its banks grows the Tree of Life. All of this, of course, evokes the original creation story and echoes God's own words in Revelation: "Behold! I am making all things new!"
... Revelation ends with the sound of a single word echoing through the universe. ... It is a word of invitation, welcome, reception, hospitality, and possibility. It is a word not of ending, but of new beginning. That one word is Come! The Spirit says it to us. We echo it back. Together with the Spirit, we say it to everyone who is willing.  Come!

January 10, 2022

Eric Metaxas, "Luther" on creating a new denomination

... the last thing Luther had ever expected to do was be saddled with the unfathomable challenge of creating what amounted to a new church - or at least a new denomination. But the events of the past years had brought him to this curious historical pass, and now he faced the task of figuring out what things should be, not only for his own congregation in Wittenberg, but for all those others in surrounding towns - and some very far away too, who looked to him for leadership. He would have to puzzle out exactly what a worship service would be like, and in the course of doing this, would find himself writing music and hymns, for one of his signal achievements in history would be bringing congregational singing into the church.

January 9, 2022

Henri Nouwen quote

 "To pray ...
To listen to the Voice of the One
who calls us the "Beloved",
is to learn that 
That Voice excludes No One."

January 8, 2022

John Lewis quote

Democracy is not a state. It is an act,
and each generation must do its part.