- "Jesus Christ did not say: You will understand why the war has come - but: Do not be scared, do not be put in a panic."
- "There is one thing worse than war, and that is sin. We get tremendously scared when our social order is broken up, and well we may. We get terrorized by hundreds of men being killed, but we forget there is something worse - sinful dastardly lives being lived day by day, year in and year out in our villages and towns... these are the things that produce pain in the heart of God, not the wars and the devestation that so upset us."
- What we are is of much more use to God and our fellows than what we do.
- "We are not called to be successful in accordance wtih ordinary standards, but in accordance with a corn of wheat falling into the ground and dying, becoming in that way what it never could be if it were to abide alone."
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
- [Speaking to a class at the Bible Training College] "All of you have intelligence," he told each class at the first meeting. "You have a marvellous, God-given capacity to reason and think... and you must use it for God."
- "The reason why the average Christian worker is only the average Christian worker is that he or she will remain grossly ignorant about what he does not see any need for. The majority of us have been brought up on 'spooned meat.'" He continued, "We will only take the truths we see immediate practical use for, consequently the average Christian worker knows nothing about Bible Theology or Bible Psychology, and cannot therefore push the battle for God on any of those domains." Chambers stressed that an active mind was essential to a vital spiritual experience.
- [Class tought by Chambers] Biblical Psychology: The Bible description and explanation of ourselves, as we are, and as we ought to be, and can be. (I am reading this book now in the Complete Works of Oswald Chambers. I love psychology anyway, so it's very interesting and insightful to me).
- "The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted upon, but no private life with God."
- "It is not its practical activities that are the strength of this Bible Training College, its whole strength lies in the fact that here you are put into soak before God. You have no idea of where God is going to engineer your circumstances, no knowledge of what strain is going to be put on you either at home or abroad, and if you waste your time in overactive energies instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental truths of God's Redemption, you will snap on the great fundamental truths of God's Redemption, you will snap when the strain comes; but if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in God on the unpractical line, you will remain true to Him whatever happens."
That last one is excellent. One of my favorite excerpts from the entire book. I hate to have to return this book but am glad to have these excerpts to keep with me.
Monday, May 16, 2011
- There seems to me a strange lack of understanding of the supreme nobility of man viz. that of a character produced by realizing one's responsibility to God. Self-realization or self-annihilation seems the utmost reach of these great novelist. The Bible not of the realization of another self in life, that other self being God, is completely undetected.
- "Let a teacher once get the set of the people off our Lord Jesus Christ to any sign or manifestations or power and he is deserving in this day of as severe and drastic rebuke as Peter gave Simon Magus (Acts 8:23). Character, not anything less, is the result and immediate stamp of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and Fire."
- God is not a fact of common sense but of revelation. God lives - evidenced to your heart when you abandoned your right to yourself and let Him take the rule.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- With all his emphasis on truth, Oswald was never content to affect the mind alone. His goal was to stir the will to act on sound principles of Scripture, so that people might demonstrate the love of Christ.
- [In a letter written to a friend] 'Go with Him all the way." The end and aim and meaning of all sanctification is personal, passionate devotion to Jesus Christ. Keep bold and clear and out in the bracing facts of his revelation world, the Bible. Never compromise with those who water down the word of God to human experience, instead of allowing God to life up our experience to His Word.
- One of the blessed things about this life is that a man carries his kingdom on the inside, and that makes the outside lovely.
This one I'll keep short and sweet because the next page that I had earmarked in the book to save can take up an entire post in itself. Very interesting.
It's funny because a woman from work loaned me this book after she saw that I had a quote by Oswald Chambers on my business instant messenger. It was a really good book to read. Some parts of the book my mind sort of glossed over but I try to just let it go when that happens. I believe the Lord will allow me to grasp what I'm supposed to grasp. The same when I read my Bible. It's good to read many times because each time reading produces a new thought or understanding.
Anyhow, after I finished the biography on Chambers, I told her how much I enjoyed reading it. To which she revealed to me that she had a book that contained the entire works of Oswald Chambers! She warned me ahead of time that it probably weighs 65 pounds! And she wasn't kidding. It's not something you would want to drop on your pinkie toe.
So until tomorrow...
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
If Oswald hoped that by relinquishing his fondest loves only his love for Christ would remain, he was deeply disappointed. He had won a costly victory, but the war was not over. He longed for peace in his soul, but found only turmoil inside and out. God's gifts of keen intellect and handsome appearance seemed to work against him. When a young woman in a local church accused Chambers of misconduct with her, it seemed to be more than he could bear. There was no truth to her story and an investigation vindicated Oswald, but the damage had been done. Slander and all kinds followed the episode. He was misunderstood, shunned, avoided, and became the object of whispers throughout Dunoon.More than causing damage to Oswald's reputation, the charge had heightened his own awareness of what lay within him."What any human being has done," he had heard a preacher say, "any other human being is capable of." [italics mine]. He had not sinned sexually with the girl, but he know he could have. The disturbing realization of what he was capable of thinking and doing began to oppress Oswald's mind.He became aware of an abhorrent dualism in his personality. The sham and hypocrisy he detested in others had a foothold in his own heart. He could proclaim that God must be given glory for all his good works, but he enjoyed the praise of men. While many people in Dunoon thought he was a near-perfect saint, he knew the truth about himself. Within him lurked a frightening pride that was beyond his power to conquer.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
by Carrie Underwood
A little too used to bein' alone
Another new mom and dad. Another new school,
Another house that'll never be home.
When people ask him how he likes this place...
He looks up and says, with a smile upon his face,
It's not where I belong.
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through.
This is just a stop on the way to where I'm goin'
I'm not afraid because I know
This is my temporary home."
She needs a little help, got nowhere to go.
She's lookin' for a job, lookin' for a way out,
Because a half-way house will never be a home.
At night she whispers to her baby girl,
"Someday we'll find our place here in this world."
It's not where we belong.
Windows and rooms that we're passin' through.
This was just a stop on the way to where we're goin'.
I'm not afraid because I know
This is our temporary home."
The room is filled with people he loves.
And he whispers don't cry for me,
I'll see you all someday.
He looks up and says, "I can see God's face."
It's not where I belong.
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through.
This was just a stop on the way to where I'm going.
I'm not afraid because I know... this was
My Temporary Home.
Monday, May 2, 2011
"As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10
I heard on the radio this morning that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. My first thought was that I didn't know if I believed it was true. And then I got to work and saw the news broadcasts all day long since we have TVs around the office. As I saw people cheering and celebrating, it just really made me sad. I think our troops deserve honor for fulfilling their call of duty. I believe that an evil person got what he deserved as justice was served. I believe that I deserve the same justice as he received and am eternally thankful that I serve a God who sent His Son to die in my place so that I don't have to receive what I deserve. Because of that, I will rejoice in my salvation but not in another's eternal separation from God.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
- [Chambers thought his ministry was to be through art, however the doors seemed to be closing...] The tug-of-war in Oswald's heart intensified as the days grew shorter and the leaves of autumn released their grip on the branches to which they had held so tightly. Was that what Oswald needed to do? Was he holding on to a vision that he must now release? ... Chambers prayed aloud, alternately thanking God and pleading with Him to make His way plain. He wanted to serve Him in art, to go where others could not or would not take the gospel of Jesus Christ. But the way seemed blocked and now, perhaps forbidden. "Oh God," he pleaded, "make Thy way plain to me."
- A November gathering of the Christian Union brought Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, to the University of Edinburgh. After attending the meeting Chambers wrote: "Hudson Taylor said last night that Our Lord's words 'Have faith in God' really mean 'Have faith in the faithfulness of God,' not in your own faithfulness." Letting go was an expression of trust, but not the end of the struggle...
- A few days later, Cameron [an old friend] took Chambers aside and said, "If you get permission to speak to my ploughman about his soul, do so." Oswald expressed surprise that Cameron had not spoken to the man himself, because he had watched the old farmer speak about Jesus to all sorts of people. "My laddie," Cameron replied, "if you don't know what the permission of the Holy Ghost is in talking to a soul about salvation, you know nothing about the Holy Ghost."