February 2012

Helpful Quotes About Prayer

These quotes come from "The Hidden Life of Prayer" by David M'Intyre. Let them be an encouragement to you to learn to "pray without ceasing". (With thanks to Malorie.)

"The Lord filled me with desire, and made me feel that I must be as much with him alone as with souls in public."

"I should count the days, not by what I have of new instances of usefulness, but by the times I have been enabled to pray in faith, and to take hold upon God."

Marriage Is Greater Than Love

"‎Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Education That "Makes a Difference"

When we see people harming themselves, we normally split into two groups. Some of us think they must be dumb. The rest of us think they simply haven't been educated enough. Whichever camp you fall into, you tend to think the same way about all self-destructive behavior. Quick, what does a drug addict need? What does a man need who has a miserable home-life because he works too much? What does the man who can't hold a job down because he's always drunk need? What do Africans who are sleeping around and getting AIDS need?

Muslims Persecuting Christians

Here is an excellent article outlining the mounting danger of being a Christian in any Muslim country. Some people are shocked that this "religion of peace" would ever lead people to perform such violent acts of intolerance. Others point out that similar things have been done by those who claim to be Christians in the past. But rarely do you see a news article simply outlining the facts as they currently stand, country to country.