From the Word
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:38-42)
“Forgiveness must be granted before it can be felt.” (Tim Keller)
“I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.” (Lou Holtz)
“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” (Niels Bohr)
“If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless.” (C. S. Lewis)
“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” (Anonymous)
Around the Net
“The hope this world offers is fleeting and transient, but God gives his children hope that is rooted in his unchanging character and faithfulness. Trials may batter us down like waves of the ocean but somehow we come bobbing back up, like human corks. Though at times we may be cast down and discouraged, God gives his children hope through his Word. . . . I regularly fight for hope with these verses from Lamentations.”
“God uses questions to force us to confront our own hearts. He questions us not because he needs to know and understand something about what’s going on, but because he wants us to know and understand the truth of what’s going on. Through questions, God forces us to turn our gaze on ourselves, our hearts, and our motivations. He makes us look deeply into ourselves, knowing that he already knows, and then own up to that which we have either been unable or unwilling to see previously.”
“At the heart of Sola Scriptura is the recognition that fallen humans have a problem with authority. Indeed, fallen humans are always looking to replace God’s authority with some other human/creaturely authority. . . . In the end, these three movements—traditionalism, individualism, existentialism—capture what Sola Scriptura was designed to prevent.” It’s not just Catholics who bristle at Sola Scriptura. Indeed, it seems that many Protestants need this doctrine now more than ever.
“All too often, the textbooks focus solely on the men of the Reformation—Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and others—and fail to take notice of the faithful women who served among, beside, and with the Reformers. These women were dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ, some to the point of martyrdom. Many of these women were well-educated, especially by the standard of their time. . . . Some were also authors, apologists, ex-nuns, and queens. All were faithful servants of Jesus.”
Yesterday we observed the 500th birthday of the Protestant Reformation. While historians debate whether Martin Luther really did nail his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, we have records indicating that he sent the same document to the Archbishop of Mainz on this day, effectively kicking off the Reformation. Christianity Today has been paying tribute to the anniversary with coverage all year. In case you missed any, here are their top 10 most shared articles about the Reformation from this year.
Something to Ponder
Seize Every Opportunity to Show Kindness
“The Good Samaritan opened his eyes to see the need around him. He listened to the injured man’s pain and sympathized with him. Then, we see that the Good Samaritan seized the moment: ‘Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them’ (Luke 10:34a NLT). He didn’t wait. He didn’t delay. He didn’t procrastinate. He did what he could at the very moment he saw the need. Love is something you do. Love doesn’t just say, ‘I’m sorry for this guy. Isn’t it a shame? Isn’t that too bad? Love seizes the moment.
“The Good Samaritan did several things in that moment: Some translations say the he ‘stooped down.’ In other words, he got on the man’s level. He didn’t pretend he was superior, and he didn’t talk down to him. Second, he used what he had. He dressed the man’s wounds with wine and oil. Why? That’s what he had on his donkey.
“The wine worked okay because it’s alcohol. It’s an antiseptic. The oil worked okay because it would be soothing to the man’s wounds. Then it says the Good Samaritan dressed the man with bandages. Where did he get the bandages? This guy’s not a doctor. He didn’t have a first aid kit. And the hurt man has been stripped naked, so he didn’t have any clothes. The bandages are the Samaritan’s own clothes.
“The world is full of wounded people. Do you ever wonder how many people you walk by every day who are wounded? Maybe they’re not wounded physically, but they’re wounded emotionally. They’re wounded spiritually. They’re wounded financially. And they need your love. They need your kindness.”
– Rick Warren
The Glory of Creation
A Path through Autumn
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Into All the World
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” (Roger Staubach)