i like ornamentation
not on thoughts.
"A TEXT WITHOUT A CONTEXT IS A PRETEXT"
Quotes you can use as a pretext
for thinking what you already think
OR as a precursor to reading the text in its full context
I strongly feel that one of the great curses of much of evangelical Christianity is people feeling they have the right to tell other people what the will of the Lord is for them....
If standards are raised which are not really Scriptural, and especially if these are put forth as the spiritual standard for which we should strive, it can only lead to sorrow. if we try to have a spirituality higher than the Bible sets forth, it will always turn out to be lower.Francis Shaeffer. Letters of Francis A. Shaeffer.
Your wishes are bad, when you desire that one whom you hate or fear should be in such a condition that you can conquer him.St. Augustine. City of God. Book 4. Chapter 15.—Whether It is Suitable for Good Men to Wish to Rule More Widely
They have a zeal for religion; but it is accompanied with want of forebearance and universal righteousness. They deny prodigality, but with worldliness; they separate from the world but live wholly to themselves, taking no care to exercise loving-kindness in the earth; or they talk spiritually and life vainly; mention communion with God and are every way conformed to the world; boasting of forgiveness of sin, and never forgiving others.
Christmas marks the birthday of Love … sacrificial, extravagant, redemptive, sweeping, healing, breathtaking love. The story goes that love was about to be born, but no one had room to welcome it. Everywhere was full, booked, closed, busy. But love found room, as it always does, in the most humble, surprising places...
I wish you Love – human, divine, inexplicable, magical, hopeful, joyful and complete.Kristen Armstrong. Making Room.
Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea,
Past the houses—past the headlands—
Into deep Eternity—
Bred as we, among the mountains,
Can the sailor understand
The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?