Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Hromadka: Christian civilization?

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
Meditation:
    [Paul:] “In the past, [God] let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
    —Acts 14:16-17 (NIV)
Quotation:
    We cannot pass our responsibility on to politicians, diplomats, economists, technicians, scientists, and secular ideologists. We ourselves are obliged to think about the problems of the form of responsible society and of our own contribution to its creation. Let us avoid the impression that this responsible society will be identical with Christian society. There has been, is, and will be no Christian society, just as there is no Christian state, Christian economy, or Christian civilization. The new earth and the new heaven which we expect in faith will not be the work of human hands, but a creation of God’s mercy and justice. And these are essentially eschatological concepts. Christian civilization is an illusion, and every attempt to fight in its name against so-called un-Christian efforts—social and political ideas—is a self-deception and a grave danger to the church itself.
    ... J. L. Hromadka (1889-1969), The Church and Theology in Today’s Troubled Times, Prague: Ecumenical Council of Churches in Czechoslovakia, 1956, p. 80-81 (see the book)
    See also Acts 14:16-17; Jer. 50:6-7; Dan. 7:13-14; Hos. 4:17-18; Matt. 15:12-14; John 18:36; Eph. 4:17-19; 2 Thess. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 3:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead Your church to speak truth to society.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hare: the light of Christ

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    Feast of Andrew the Apostle
Meditation:
    Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
    —Luke 2:29-32 (KJV)
Quotation:
    In darkness there is no choice. It is light that enables us to see the differences between things; and it is Christ who gives us light.
    ... Augustus William Hare (1792-1834) & Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855), Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, second series, London: Taylor and Walton, 1848, p. 209 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:29-32; Mal. 4:2; John 1:4-9; Eph. 5:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the light.
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Monday, November 29, 2021

Tozer: unsaintly saints

Monday, November 29, 2021
Meditation:
    Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
    —Mark 10:42-44 (NIV)
Quotation:
    Unsaintly saints are the tragedy of Christianity. People of the world usually pass through the circle of disciples to reach Christ, and if they find those disciples severe and sharp-tongued they can hardly be blamed if they sigh and turn away from Him... The low state of religion in our day is largely due to the lack of public confidence in religious people.
    ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Of God and Men, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1960, p. 85 (see the book)
    See also Mark 10:42-44; Matt. 23:2-4; Luke 18:10-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, soften our hearts towards Your people.
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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Adams: Advent letter

Sunday, November 28, 2021
    Advent I
Meditation:
    “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
    —Daniel 7:13-14 (NIV)
Quotation:
    Well, here it is Advent, and the Christmas season will soon be upon us. When He came the first time, it was as a Baby—showing us an aspect of His nature very suited to our understanding. Now that we are grown (even if not very mature), we look forward to the return of that same Jesus who went away for a while: Man when He left, Man still, Man when He shall come back. May we all see Him as He is, now and forever.
    ... Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985), from a letter, 1975
    See also Dan. 7:13-14; Mark 13:26; 14:61-62; John 14:18; 1 John 1:1-3; 3:2; Rev. 1:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have made Yourself known to us as a Man.
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Moody: driven by love

Saturday, November 27, 2021
Meditation:
    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
    —1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)
Quotation:
    Do not think you can do any work for Christ and hope to succeed if you are not impelled by love.
    ... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899), “To the work! To the work!”: Exhortations to Christians, Chicago: F. H. Revell, 1884, p. 31 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 4:7-8; John 13:34-35; 1 Cor. 13:1-8; 14:1; 16:14; Col. 2:2-3; Tit. 2:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:17; 2 John 1:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, fill my heart with mercy.
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Friday, November 26, 2021

Watts: the divine perfections

Friday, November 26, 2021
    Commemoration of Isaac Watts, Hymnwriter, 1748
Meditation:
Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious!
    —Psalm 66:2 (NIV)
Quotation:
The Divine Perfections.

How shall I praise th’ eternal God,
    That Infinite Unknown?
Who can ascend his high abode,
    Or venture near his throne?

The great invisible! He dwells
    Conceal’d in dazzling light:
But his all-searching eye reveals
    The secrets of the night.

Those watchful eyes that never sleep,
    Survey the world around;
His wisdom is the boundless deep,
    Where all our thoughts are drown’d.

He knows no shadow of a change,
    Nor alters his decrees;
Firm as a rock his truth remains,
    To guard his promises.

Justice, upon a dreadful throne,
    Maintains the rights of God;
While mercy sends her pardons down,
    Bought with a Saviour’s blood.

Now to my soul immort al King,
    Speak some forgiving word;
Then ’twill be double joy to sing
    The glories of my Lord.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book II, hymn 166, p. 470 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 66:2; 1 Sam. 15:29; Ps. 1:6; 121:1-4; Rom. 11:33; Jas. 2:12-13; 1 John 1:5
Quiet time reflection:
    With the congregation, Lord, I say Amen!

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