Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936


[The Christian] refuses to give his heart to, or be taken in by, the values and pleasures off this passing world. He does not hesitate to use all that is good and beautiful and true, partly because he knows that his God gives him richly all things to enjoy, and partly because he knows that in all life's impermanent beauties and pleasures, there is the promise of the real and permanent which he is thoroughly convinced will exceed his wildest expectations. (Continued tomorrow).
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Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597

Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373


If we would indeed know God in growing intimacy, we must go this way of renunciation. And if we are set upon the pursuit of God, He will sooner or later bring us to this test. Abraham's testing was, at the time, not known to him as such, yet if he had taken some course other than the one he did, the whole history off the Old Testament would have been different. God would have found His man, no doubt, but the loss to Abraham would have been tragic beyond the telling. So we will be brought one by one to the testing place, and we may never know when we are there. At that testing place there will be no dozen possible choices for us; just one and an alternative, but our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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With what presumption have we dared to voice

Thank You for home (although we hold the deed),

Our acre, trees, and flowers (ours by choice),

Our faithful dog and cat (though it's agreed

No one can own the latter), each good book

(A gift, or purchased), all else we foresaw

That we should cherish, and have made to look

Ours by possession (nine points of the law).

With what presumption have we called them ours,

And even felt unselfish when we shared them--

When, if the truth be known, they have been Yours

From the beginning, Lord! You have prepared them

For us to borrow, using as our own:

So thank You, Father, for this generous loan.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735

Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709


When we inculcate that faith ought to be certain and secure, we conceive not of a certainty attended with no doubt, or of a security interrupted by no anxiety; but we rather affirm, that believers have a perpetual conflict with their own diffidence, and are far from placing their consciences in a placid calm never disturbed by any storms. Yet, on the other hand, we deny, however they may be afflicted, that they ever fall and depart from that certain confidence which they have conceived in the divine mercy.
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Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788


The cause of their decline was not, as has been supposed, because there is no more need for [the charismatic gifts], because all the world had become Christian. ... The real cause was: the love of many, of almost all Christians so called, was waxed cold; ... The real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit were no longer to be found in the Christian Church [was that] the Christians were turned heathen again, and had only a dead form left.
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If New Testament Christianity is to reappear today with its power and joy and courage, men must recapture the basic conviction that this is a Visited planet. It is not enough to express formal belief in the Incarnation or in the Divinity of. Christ; the staggering truth must be accepted afresh -- that in this vast, mysterious universe, of which we are an almost infinitesimal part, the great Mystery, Whom we call God, has visited our planet in Person. It is from this conviction that there springs unconquerable certainty and unquenchable faith and hope. It is not enough to believe theoretically that Jesus was both God and Man; not enough to admire, respect, and even worship Him; it is not even enough to try to follow Him. The reason for the insufficiency of these things is that the modern intelligent mind, which has had its horizons widened in dozens of different ways, has got to be shocked afresh by the audacious central Fact -- that, as a sober matter of history, God became one of us.
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Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877


If our hopes, whatever we protest, really lie in this world instead of in the eternal order, we shall find it difficult to accept the New Testament teaching of the Second Coming. In our eyes, the job is not yet done; and such an action would be, though we would not put it so, an interference. But suppose our hope rests in the purpose of God: then we safely leave the timing of the earthly experiment to Him. Meanwhile, we do what we were told to do -- to be alert and to work and pray for the spread of His Kingdom.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872


We do not cease to be children because we are disobedient children.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687


The humblest and the most unseen activity in the world can be the true worship of God. Work and worship literally become one. Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever; and man carries out that function when he does what God sent him into the world to do. Work well done rises like a hymn of praise to God. This means that the doctor on his rounds, the scientist in his laboratory, the teacher in his classroom, the musician at his music, the artist at his canvas, the shop assistant at his counter, the typist at her typewriter, the housewife in her kitchen -- all who are doing the work of the world as it should be done are joining in a great act of worship.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Feast of Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865


Only by critical questioning can I tell whether I am reading into the text, not only my own presuppositions and questions, but also those of my own generation and even those of my own church and religious tradition. Evangelicals have been too afraid of the word criticism, when only by critical questioning can I sufficiently disengage myself from my own worldly or religious (even evangelical) tradition to ask: Is this what the Bible is really saying?
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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A conversion is incomplete if it does not leave one integrated into the Church. By this we do not mean any particular part of the Church; what we do mean is that conversion must leave one linked in loving fellowship with one's fellow believers. Conversion is not something simply between a man and Jesus Christ, with no other person involved. True, it may start in that way; but it cannot end in that way. Conversion is not individualistic. It is, in fact, just the opposite. It joins man to his fellow men, and certainly does not separate him from them. (Continued tomorrow).
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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A conversion is incomplete if it does not leave Jesus Christ in the central place in one's life. The shortest possible description of a Christian -- a description with which the New Testament would fully agree -- is that a Christian is a person who can say: For me Jesus Christ is Lord. Herbert Butterfield's words about facing the future are good: Hold to Christ, and for the rest be totally uncommitted. Any alleged conversion which does not leave one totally committed solely to Jesus Christ is incomplete and imperfect. (Continued tomorrow).
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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The pastoral charge [does not] consist merely in administering the sacraments, chanting the canonical hours, celebrating masses -- though even these are not properly done by hirelings --; it consists also in feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, covering the naked, receiving guests, visiting the sick and those in prison. By the doing of these things is the people to be instructed in the holy duties of an active life.
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Whoever preaches with love preaches sufficiently against heresy, though he may never utter a controversial word.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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If we see a speck in a brother's eye, we must first see if there is a log in our own eye; perhaps that speck in our brother's eye is only a reflection of the beam in our own.
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Feast of Andrew the Apostle


Without ordinances, men would be much more mischievous and ungovernable than dogs and cattle. And few have come to the knowledge of the truth, but what have begun with holy practices and ordinances, and exercised themselves therein so long as they knew nothing more nor better.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands.
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Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896

Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958


If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642



To have faith is to rely upon Christ, the Person, with the whole heart. It is not the understanding of the mind, not the theological opinion, not creed, not organization, not ritual. It is the koinonia of the whole personality with God and Christ, ... This experience of communion with Christ is itself the continual attitude of dependence on the Saviour which we call faith.
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Commemoration of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862

Commemoration of Bonaventure, Franciscan Friar, Bishop, Peacemaker, 1274


In addition to the general situations in which men find themselves today, there are those things in personal life which have always tested faith: the inexplicable tragedies and injustices; the suffering of innocent people, especially of children; the seeming uselessness of prayer, and so forth. It is surely life itself that makes against belief in most cases. It is the contradiction in real life between any image of God as good -- whether God is above, beneath, or within -- that makes men atheists. Yet how few books and how few sermons touch on this basic problem! Our theological libraries are crammed with books devoted to every aspect of textual and higher criticism of the Bible; but of genuine theological thinking about the things which drive religion from men's hearts, there is appallingly little to be found. The archaeology of Christian origins seem
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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Continuing a short series on education:


It is ironic that, although fundamentalists are implacably opposed to liberalism, their extreme reaction shows the same weakness. They, too, stress the leap of faith and make irrationality almost a principle, dismissing the serious questions of seeking modern men as intellectual smoke-screens or diversions to conceal deeper personal problems. All this masks a desperate intellectual insecurity, barely disguised by the surrounding hedge of taboos to preserve purity. The strident intolerance of much guilt-driven evangelism betrays the same insecurity. In these circles, much that is taught has to be unlearned in the wider school of life, and it is not surprising that universities are littered with dropouts from such groups. Their non-rational, subjective faith is cruelly punctured by varsity-level questions, and many manage to survive only by resorting to a severely schizophrenic faith which they hold to be true religiously but not intellectuall
By: Amrita Singh # 25
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