Monday, July 20, 2015

Brooks: furnish one life

Monday, July 20, 2015
    Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566
    Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
    —Acts 15:32 (NIV)
    It is for us, in whom the Christian Church is at this moment partially embodied, to declare that Christianity, that the Christian faith, the Christian manhood, can do that for the world which the world needs. You say, “What can I do?” You can furnish one Christian life. You can furnish a life so faithful to every duty, so ready for every service, so determined not to commit every sin, that the great Christian Church shall be the stronger for your living in it, and the problem of the world be answered, and a certain great peace come into this poor, perplexed phase of our humanity as it sees that new revelation of what Christianity is.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Addresses, Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1895, p. 22 (see the book)
    See also Acts 15:32; Luke 22:32; John 14:21; Acts 15:32; 1 Thess. 3:2-3; Heb. 12:11-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the strength to be faithful.
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