Day by day, O Lord, let us ardently seek your presence, lovingly walk with you and willingly spend ourselves in your service. At the day’s end let us not be found hiding our talents nor at the end of our life be unready to rise up and meet you in the feast of your kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

“Christians should take this attitude to heart, that we have a mission to accomplish, serving God and bring others to Christ, and we should be [willing] to do whatever it takes to accomplish that mission. Nothing should stand in our way because nothing is as important as helping people get to heaven.” via Accomplishing the Mission | MTN Ministry.

Amen to that, and amen.

Where did our people learn to talk like this? Not from the Bible …

“… We assume that we will have a fairly large market among members of churches of Christ, but we hope that both Christians of other fellowships as well as non-Christians will benefit from the program,” Young says. via Broadcasting Christ: Church starts airing service on local TV station | The Daily News Journal |

Emphasis in the quote is mine.

So we’re back to hyphenated Christians.

People who talk like this don’t share the same faith as we do.

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.

via How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Presence Over Productivity | Brain Pickings.

Suffering, the OT teaches, is a direct or indirect result of sin. Either one makes the wrong choices that bring suffering as punishment or one is affected unjustly by the wrong choices of others. Jesus’ suffering, of course, falls in this latter category. He died, “the righteous one for [hyper, on account of] the unrighteous ones” (1Pe 3:18). The sins for which Jesus was punished were not his own. In the immediate context of history, it was the sins of Jesus’ enemies that led to his suffering. In the grand context of eternity, it was your sins and mine that led him to Calvary. —Lawrence O. Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, 475

I’m not a Henry Kissinger fan, but this is a great statement:

Henry Kissinger once said that the essence of statecraft is to extract from the compulsion of circumstances an element of choice. via Bold Visions and Historical Choice – By Mario Loyola – The Corner – National Review Online.

In spiritual terms, it is God who creates from the compulsion of circumstances a choice for good.