Saturday, May 30, 2009

That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended--civilizations are built up--excellent institutions are devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and run a few yards, and then it breaks down. They are trying to run it on the wrong juice.
If you want to remain a full-orbed grape, you must keep out of God's hands for he will crush you. Wine cannot be had in any other way.

Our Lord's conception of discipleship is not that we work for God, but that God works through us; he uses us as he likes; he allots our work where he chooses.
Oswald Chambers.
What thrilling stories there must be hidden ... many places which will one day be told in Heaven, where I am sure there will be endless time to trace the threads of His weaving!
Edith Schaeffer. L'ABRI.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Educator John Westerhoff of Duke Divinity School predicted that if Christian educators replaced a year's worth of Sunday School programs with two meaningful church retreats, their congregations would experience a superior Christian education.
quoted by Ron Habermas. "Three Distinctives of Adolescent Learning." YouthWorker Journal. Summer 1990.