Classic & Contemporary Excerpts from August 10, 1998

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Human "Rights"
Once and for all, we must put out of our minds that the purpose of life here is to enjoy ourselves to have a good time to be happy to make money and to live in ease and comfort.

That is not what life is all about.

You were put here for a purpose, and that purpose is not related to superficial pleasures.

No one owes you a living—not your parents, not your government, not life itself.

You do not have a right to happiness.

You have a right to nothing.

I believe that God wants us to be happy—but it is not a matter of our right, but of His love and mercy.

—Peter Marshall in
John Doe, Disciple

Living Faith
It is your living faith in the adequacy of the One who is in you, which releases His divine action through you.

—W. Ian Thomas in
The Saving Life of Christ

Too Much of a Good Thing
Vanity is a subtle temptation to all of us. At first we may be ever so humble and unobtrusive, but success and substance can replace lowliness of heart with a lofty lordliness; when life becomes sweet with some honey of honor or harvest we are to take heed lest we take too much for ourselves.

—V. Raymond Edman in Sweeter Than Honey

Worse Than Ignorance
[T]hough one may be a competent art critic without ever having handled a brush or a chisel, and may legitimately pass judgment upon a book which one could not have written oneself, in the life of the soul there are no such privileges: there is no knowledge at all unless it is also and equally action, and if it is not that, then it is worse than ignorance.

—John Baillis in
A Diary of Ressling

Opposing Agendas Our agenda is to fix the world until it can properly take care of us. God's agenda is to bring all things together in Christ until every knee bows ...

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