See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Refocusing for Lent.



Only God does not deceive - He can neither deceive nor be deceived.
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"That our sanctification did not depend upon changing our works, but in doing that for GOD's sake, which we commonly do for our own.
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That it was lamentable to see how many people mistook the means for the end, addicting themselves to certain works, which they performed very imperfectly, by reason of their human or selfish regards.
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That the most excellent method he had found of going to GOD, was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men, [Gal. i. 10; Eph. vi. 5, 6.] and (as far as we are capable) purely for the love of GOD. 
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That it was a great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other times.
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That we are as strictly obliged to adhere to GOD by action in the time of action, as by prayer in its season. 
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That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the presence of GOD, his soul being at that time insensible to everything but Divine love: and that when the appointed times of prayer were past, he found no difference, because he still continued with GOD, praising and blessing Him with all his might, so that he passed his life in continual joy; yet hoped that GOD would give him somewhat to suffer, when he should grow stronger. 
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That we ought, once for all, heartily to put our whole trust in GOD, and make a total surrender of ourselves to Him, secure that He would not deceive us. - Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Practice of the Presence of God
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Put not your trust in princes,
in man, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 146

3 comments:

  1. Terry:

    Watching you work through something is beautiful. I must believe that you are honest with your posts, and it allows me to work through my own things.

    Faith is hard, good thing we have God.

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  2. Thanks Joe - I'm glad you see that 'I'm working through' things here - I think that defines the blog. God bless you.

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  3. Terry - is that a picture from Boston? It looks familiar. When we visited Boston this past summer I believe we visited a Franciscan shrine with a similar entrance.

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