Quotes You Can Use (February 3, 2012)

“Real love is neither weak nor blind”–John Olen Strange.

“Guard your heart so you will be protected from those who don’t”–Martha Bailey.

Genuine revival/awakening “changes the moral climate of the community”–Leonard Ravenhill.

“Atheism is the most daring of all dogmas, for it is the assertion of a universal negative”–G.K. Chesterton.

“Jesus is the enemy of dead religion”–Eric Metaxas, Author of biographies of William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

“Why haven’t I heard this before?”–Eric Metaxas on his salvation experience.

“If we solve our problems it will be in the name of Jesus, not in the name of politics”–Senator Jim Dement.

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  1. Ed
    Feb 03, 2012

    …”is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

    Without our first duty to God…”our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages.”

    Without His Guidance what is worse? : “mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.” Or “Don’t forget who has provided the chute, the packer, the air and the L Z.”

    Something I have referenced frequently in my argument for Public Prayer, especially in Politics is found in the following:

    1787 Constitutional Convention is where Prayer was formalized into USA Government
    Madison’s Journal originally contained a summary of Franklin’s words. However, in a later revision, he inserted the speech as written in Franklin’s own handwriting. It is the authoritative source concerning the Convention.
    Mr. President
    The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks attendance & continual reasonings with each other—our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes and ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, some we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
    In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.—Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
    I therefore beg leave to move—that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service—
    Mr. Sherman (from Connecticut) seconded the motion.

  2. Ed
    Feb 03, 2012

    If your heart is not guarded by those who love you, you are not Loved.

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For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, — Colossians 1:9 (NIV)