From Here and There - Part 1
Quotations from Everywhere
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. --- Pastor Ron Thomas.
Jeremy Taylor On Infant Baptism
"From the action of Christ’s blessing infants, to infer that they were baptized, proves nothing so much as that there is want of better argument; for the conclusion would with more probability be derived thus: Christ blessed children and so dismissed them, but baptized them not, therefore infants are not to be baptized." --- Extract from Jeremy Taylor
The End of War
John Adams -U. S. Constitution Made For Moral People
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ---- John Adams, October 11, 1798, Address to the military
PATRIOTIC QUOTE - HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence."-- C. A. Beard
AMUSING QUOTE FROM SPURGEON'S BIBLE COLLEGE
In C. H. SPURGEON's lifetime, while operating his "Pastor's College" it was the practice on Friday afternoon to call upon various ones of the students to exhibit their own ability as preachers (and that without prior knowledge of the subject matter).
On one occasion Spurgeon called upon a student to give a message on "Zaccheus."
The student arose and said: "Zaccheus was little of stature, so am I. Zaccheus was up a tree, so am I. Zaccheus came down, so will I."
Both the students and Mr. Spurgeon applauded the "ingenious" performance.
--Extract from Spurgeon's "Lectures to My Students"
CHARLES SPURGEON ON PREACHER'S VOICE
"Our first rule with regard to the voice would be -- do not think too much about it, for recollect the sweetest voice is nothing without something to say, and however well it may be managed, it will be like a well-driven cart with nothing in it, unless you convey by it important and seasonable truths to your people.
"Demosthenes was doubtless right, in giving a first, second, and third place to a good delivery; but of what value will that be if a man has nothing to deliver? Such a man may shine in the choir, but he is useless in the pulpit.
"A trumpet need not be made of silver, a ram's-horn will suffice; but it must be able to endure rough usage, for trumpets are for war's conflicts, not for the drawing-rooms of fashion."
--Extract from Spurgeon's lecture
"On The Voice"
CREATION IS JUST A STAGE FOR GOD TO ACT UPON
"I see creation as a stage which God has temporarily set up to act out His divine purpose for man." ---Pastor Ron Thomas, Rodgers Baptist Church
Life Like Manufacturing Business
We are all manufacturers -- Some make good, others make trouble, and still others make excuses.--Anonymous
ON LEARNING HOW TO LIVE
"About the time a man learns how to live, it's time to die." -- from Long Time Baptist Pastor, Don Kitch
FROM DABNEY ON THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES
About God's Knowledge he wrote: "We must also believe that God knows all things intuitively and not deductively. A deduction is a discovery. To discover something implies previous imperfection of knowledge. God's knowledge, moreover, is not successive as ours is, but simultaneous. Inference implies succession; for conclusion comes after premise." ---R. L. Dabney, Great Southern Theologian and Religious Philosopher
ADVERSITY BETTERETH THE GODLY, BUT MAKETH THE WICKED WORSE
"Even as full wheat in the ear falleth out with the least motion of the sheaf, but that which is somewhat shrunk more hardly leaveth the husk, while that which is altogether shrunk will rather go to the chaff than go out of the ear; so, a sincere-hearted Christian, with the least affliction, leaveth his sin, and flieth to God. The weaker Christian more hardly doeth the same; but the apostate will rather burn with unquenchable fire than forsake his beloved sin, that so he may turn to God." ---From Robert Cawdray's "A Treasury; or, Storehouse of Similes . . etc."
PREACHER SPEAKS ABOUT THE BIBLE
"The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars."--Henry Ward Beecher
AMERICA STILL THE GREATEST, DESPITE PROBLEMS
"Double --- no triple --- our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth . . . . . . It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause." --From a statement by President Ronald Reagan
CAWDRAY ON "AFFLICTION"
"As a piece of brass, being stricken with a hammer upon the anvil or stithy, breaketh, and withal maketh a sharp and irksome noise; so, when a hypocrite cometh betwixt the anvil and the hammer of troubles and affliction, he breaketh with impatience, he murmureth, crieth out, and lamenteth in blasphemies against God." ---From Robert Cawdray's "A Treasury; or, Storehouse of Similes . . etc."