Monday, September 15, 2014

  “He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the simple impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many founder in their passage while they lie waiting for the gale.” Johnson.  

As Christians, we believe Christ will act if we believe; but to move mountains we must oar to the prayer closet; to heal the sick and ease the poor we must oar to their destination.  
  I was listening to some old Janis Joplin on YouTube and read this comment on how she affected him. I love his review and can relate to every letter; it reminds me of the kind of preaching I heard 45 years ago as a new Christian.

"I have to say this performance showcases stunning emotional dynamics -roaring, gut wrenching power followed by sections so quietly 'tense' you instinctively quiet your own breathing so as not to miss anything. Any rock or blues band can get loud however very few can take an audience on such a emotional roller coaster."

                I hear few sermons where I quiet my breathing so as not to miss a word.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

  Elias Hicks was one of the early Quaker abolitionists. Everywhere in public and private he lifted up his voice against the sin of slavery. He would eat no sugar that was made by slaves, and wear no garment which he supposed to have been produced by unpaid labor. In a remarkable manner he showed the “ruling passion strong in death.”
A few hours before he departed from this world his friends, seeing him shiver, placed a comforter over him. He felt of it with his feeble hands, and made a strong effort to push it away. When they again drew it up over his shoulders he manifested the same symptoms of abhorrence. One of them, who began to conjecture the cause inquired, “Dost thou dislike it because it is cotton?” He was too far gone to speak, but he moved his head in token of assent. When they removed the article of slave produce, and substituted a woolen blanket, he remained quiet and passed away in peace. Life of Isaac  T. Hopper.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

  We preach at the correction center each Monday night and there are about 45 men and women in attendance each week. 80 percent of the inmates have drug or alcohol addictions and so we preach with earnestness and with urgency, seek Christ and His power to deliver. I attached this prayer request because this is what we are there for and it motivates me to pray, to study and continue the work.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

“And hence in art, every space or touch in which we can see everything, or in which we can see nothing, is false. Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents, and every space is false which represents nothing.”
In this art instruction given by John Ruskin, I couldn't help but draw the comparison with people; in every person in which we can see nothing or think we can see everything, it is false. In every person there is more than represented by casual acquaintance.
Painting by Daniel Gerhartz.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer.” ― Kripalvanandji

Monday, August 04, 2014

  "Have you grown weary of looking for any signs of promise in this dull mass of fellow-men and withdrawn yourself into some luxury of self-culture, feeling as if what you had and were was too good to be wasted upon such creatures as these sick and poor and ignorant? You must be rescued from this proud conceit, not simply by counting yourself lower, but by valuing more highly the spiritual natures of these fellow-men. You must value them as He valued them, who gave his life for them, before you can be as humble in their presence as He was; and that can come only by making yourself their servant. Only he who puts on the garment of humility finds how worthily it clothes his life. Only he who dedicates himself to the spiritual service of his brethren, simply because his Master tells him that they are worth it, comes to know how rich those natures of his brethren are, how richly they are worth the total giving of himself to them."  Phillips Brooks, photo from the Internet. 

And know that pride
Howe’er disguised in its own majesty,
Is littleness; that he who feels contempt for any thing,
Hath faculties which he never used; that thought with in him
Is in its infancy.
The man whose eye
Is ever on himself doth look on one,
The least of Nature’s works, one who might move the wise man to scorn
Which wisdom holds unlawful, ever.
Oh, be wiser, thou! Instructed that true knowledge leads to love.