Monday, December 09, 2019

Studdert Kennedy: comfort

Monday, December 9, 2019
    [Paul and Barnabas] preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
    —Acts 14:21-22 (NIV)
    We have taught our people to use prayer too much as a means of comfort. Not in the original and heroic sense of uplifting, inspiring, strengthening, but in the more modern and baser sense of soothing sorrow, dulling pain, and drying tears. The comfort of the cushion, not the comfort of the Cross.
    ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Hardest Part, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919, p. 111 (see the book)
    See also Acts 14:21-23; Eze. 14:22-23; Ps. 71:21; John 14:1,18,27
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have called me to action.
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