If you’ve ever struggled with the question “I’m saved, but now what?”, check out Free to Live: The Utter Relief of Holiness, by John Eldredge. (It’s available in an audio overview as well as a full-length book.) As Mr. Eldredge puts it, “Holiness is the healing of our humanity.”
Best argument against dating an unbeliever we’ve ever heard…
“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”Paul, 2 Corinthians 6:2
“[T]herein we find, neglected by us, the simplest, the most accessible key to our liberation: a personal nonparticipation in lies! Even if all is covered by lies, even if all is under their rule, let us resist in the smallest way: Let their rule hold not through me!
“And this is the way to break out of the imaginary encirclement of our inertness, the easiest way for us and the most devastating for the lies. For when people renounce lies, lies simply cease to exist. Like parasites, they can only survive when attached to a person.”Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, “Live Not by Lies“
“One word of truth outweighs the whole world.”Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“But just take the jurists’ side for a moment: why, in fact, should a trial be supposed to have two possible outcomes when our general elections are conducted on the basis of one candidate? An acquittal is, in fact, unthinkable from the economic point of view! It would mean that the informers, the Security officers, the Interrogators, the prosecutor’s staff, the internal guard in the prison, and the convoy had all worked to no purpose.”Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II
“I am who I am…”God, Exodus 3:14
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
“If abortion, infanticide, violence in our streets, election-rigging, and the evils of Marxism aren’t enough to rouse some churches, for what purpose do they exist?“Larry Alex Taunton
It’s reminiscent of what the prophet Isaiah wrote:
10“Israel’s watchmen are blind,Isaiah 56:10–11, NIV 1984
they all lack knowledge;
they are all mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they lie around and dream,
they love to sleep.
11They are dogs with mighty appetites;
they never have enough.
They are shepherds who lack understanding;
they all turn to their own way
each seeks his own gain.”
At some point it’s less about your target’s despicability and more about your own vindictiveness.
“John Wycliffe died of his stroke on the last day of the year. The religious authorities had never excommunicated him because they feared public opinion–the people loved John and his fame was international. So he was buried in consecrated soil. But about thirty years later, the Council of Constance revenged itself on his criticism by condemning his teachings and ordering his bones to be dug up and burned.
“But the burning of such a man’s bones could not end his influence. As John Foxe said in his book of martyrs, ‘though they dug up his body, burnt his bones, and drowned his ashes, yet the Word of God and the truth of his doctrine, with the fruit and success thereof, they could not burn; which yet to this day…doth remain.'”Christianity.com, “John Wycliffe on His Death Bed”