Thursday, May 14, 2009

Owen: alms

May 14, 2009
    Feast of Matthias the Apostle

    Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
    -- James 2:15,16 (NIV)

    I shall not value his prayers at all, be he never so earnest and frequent in them, who gives not alms according to his ability.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded, Glasgow: Collins, 1826, p. 76 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, set Your fire within my heart.

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