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“[The church’s] holiness has very little to do with asceticism, otherworldliness, or superhuman perfection. Rather, holiness refers to the persistent discomfort of the church with the unchallenged existence of oppression and exploitation in the world. Holiness also points to the commitment of the church to resist the defilement that toleration and complicity in human oppression bring.”
— James Evans, *We Have Been Believers*, p. 136

“To know the mechanics does not mean that we are practicing the Disciplines. The Spiritual Disciplines are an inward and spiritual reality, and the inner attitude of the heart is far more crucial than the mechanics for coming into the reality of the spiritual life.”
——- Richard Foster, *Celebration Of Discipline* 2nd ed. (Harper, 1988), p.3

“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline : the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
——- Abraham J. Heschel

“Resolved : that all men should live for the glory of God.
Resolved second : that whether others do or not, I will.”
——- Jonathan Edwards

“The detachment from the confusion all around us is in order to have a richer attachment to God. Christian meditation leads us to the inner wholeness necessary to give ourselves to God freely.”
——- Richard Foster, *Celebration Of Discipline* 2nd ed. (Harper, 1988), p.21

“Meditation has no point and no reality unless it is firmly rooted in life .”
——- Thomas Merton, *Contemplative Prayer* (Doubleday, 1969), p.39

“By means of the imagination, we confine our mind within the mystery on which we meditate, that it may not ramble to and fro…”
——- Francis deSales, *Introduction To the Devout Life*

“If you get the idea to do something good, just do it. It might be the Holy Spirit.”
——- Mary Stearns Sgarioto, in *Lutheran Woman Today*, May 1995.

“First, let [fasting] be done unto the Lord with our eye singly fixed on Him. Let our intention herein be this, and this alone, to glorify our Father which is in heaven.”
——- John Wesley, as found in the collection *Sermons On Several Occasions* (Epworth, 1971), p.301

“We do not need to wait for the Holy Spirit to come: he came on the day of Pentecost. He has never left the church.”
—— John Stott, “Setting the Spirit Free” (*Christianity Today*, 12 Jun 1981, p.21)

“In Luke … receiving the Holy Spirit is the way that those who already believe in Christ are empowered to serve Him. …. It’s more important to focus on how one lives the Spirit-filled life than on a rigid formula for receiving it…. Receiving the Spirit in the Lucan sense is not a one-time event, but an ongoing way of life.”
—— Larry Christenson (attrib.)

“the Spirit has his own existence and personal function in the inner life of God and the economy of salvation: his task is to bring about the unity of the human race in the Body of Christ, but he also imparts to this unity a personal, and hence diversified, character.”
—— John Meyendorff, *The Orthodox Church*, p.197

“The work of the Spirit is the bringing to be of the vision of God….the capacitating of persons to ‘see visions’ and ‘dream dreams’. …. The birth of the Church is the beginning of the End. ….. The Kingdom of God as the miracle of ocular newness when ‘the blind see’ makes its impact on history in the creation of a visionary community . [[The tongues were]] the language of the world to come… Therefore in this birth of the Church, the risen and ascended Lord takes to himself a Body on earth with eyes opened by the Spirit to see the future.
—— Gabriel Fackre, *A Christian Story*, p.157-8, The Descended Spirit
Why should the children of a king
Go mourning all their days?
Great Comforter, descend and bring
Some tokens of your grace.
Do you not dwell in all your saints,
And seal the heirs of heaven?
When will you banish my complaints,
And show my sins forgiven?
Assure my conscience of her part
In the Redeemer’s blood;
And bear your witness with my heart,
That I am born of God.
You are the earnest of his love,
The pledge of joys to come;
And your soft wings, celestial Dove,
Will safe convey me home.
–Isaac Watts

“Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy. He is not the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of cold weather. Actually, the Holy Spirit is not the personification of anything…… He has individuality. He is one being and not another. He has will and intelligence. He has hearing. He has knowledge and sympathy and ability to love and see and think. He can hear, speak, desire, grieve and rejoice. He is a Person.”
—— A. W. Tozer, *The Counselor*

“The Holy Spirit, object of faith, is also an object of prayer : we must not only pray that we receive the Holy Spirit. We must pray to him.”
—— Karl Barth, *The Faith Of the Church*

Every time we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.
—— J. B. Phillips, *Plain Christianity*
Thy Holy Spirit, Lord,
can bring the gifts we seek in prayer;
His voice can words of comfort speak
and still each wave of care.
*Thy Holy Spirit, Lord, Alone*, v. 3, by Henrietta Blair

“When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, it wasn’t dynamite, it was a dynamo! Dynamite makes a loud noise, kicks up a lot of dust, and it’s over. A dynamo is a continual source of power. It builds and builds and builds, and the power never stops flowing.”
–Ken Hutcherson, *The Church: What We Are Meant to Be*

“Grace is power as well as pardon.”
—– Gabriel Fackre

“Even while we wait for the full enjoyment of the good things in store for us, by the Holy Spirit we are able to rejoice through faith in the promise of the graces to come. If the promise itself is so glorious, what must its fulfillment be like?”
—– Basil, *On the Holy Spirit* (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press), p.39

“It is not the church that has a mission of salvation to fulfill in the world: it is the mission of the Son and the Spirit through the Father that includes the church.”
—– Jürgen Moltmann

“The Holy Spirit establishes the righteousness of heaven in the midst of the unrighteousness of earth, and will not stop or stay until all that is dead has been brought back to life and a new world has come into being.”
—– Karl Barth, *The Word of God and The Word of Man*, p. 50

Holy Spirit, wind and flame,
Move within my mortal frame.
Make our hearts an altar pyre;
Kindle them with your own fire.
Breathe and blow upon that blaze
till our lives, our deeds, and ways
speak that tongue which every land
by your grace shall understand.
“Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow”, v. 3, by Thomas Troeger.
O Holy Spirit, precious gift,
Thou Comforter unfailing,
Do thou our troubled souls uplift
against the foe prevailing.
Since Christ for us His blood hath shed
avert our woes and calm our dread;
Do thou in faith sustain us.
“All Glory Be To God On High” by Nicolaus Decius, 1526.
Spirit divine, attend our prayers.
And make this house thy home;
Descend with all thy gracious powers;
O come, great spirit, come!
Come as the light; to us reveal
Our emptiness and woe;
And lead us in the paths of life
Where all the righteous go.
Come as the wind: sweep clean away
What dead within us lies,
And search and freshen all our souls
With living energies.
Come as the fire: and purge our hearts
Like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole soul as offering be
To our redeemer’s name.
Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
Make a lost world thy home;
Descend with all thy gracious powers:
O come, great Spirit, come!
“Spirit Divine”, by Andrew Reed

“The Holy Spirit not only unites us, but also ensures our infinite diversity in the Church: at Pentecost the tongues of fire were ‘cloven’ or divided, descending separately upon each one of those present. The gift of the Spirit is a gift to the Church, but it is at the same time a personal gift, appropriated by each in her or his own way.”
Kallistos (Timothy) Ware, in *The Orthodox Church* (Penguin, 1993), p.242.

“We ask you, O Lord, for the gifts of your Spirit………..
Teach us to overcome divisions.
Send us your Spirit
To lead to full unity your sons and daughters
In full charity, in obedience to your will,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
——– from *Litany for Christian Unity*, Pope John Paul II. © Crossroads Publishing Co.

“I found that I believed in the action of the Holy Spirit, but in a limited sphere; in me the Spirit could not call forth from the organ all the melody he wished; some of the pipes did not function, because they had not been used.”
——— Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens, *A New Pentecost* (Crossroad/Seabury, 1975)

“The Spirit bears witness. ecstasy and enlightenment, inspiration and intuition are not necessary. Happy is the man who is worthy of these; but woe unto us if we wait for such experiences; woe unto us if we do not perceive that these things are of secondary importance.”
——— Karl Barth (attrib.)

“Man discovers his own wealth
When God comes to asks gifts of him.”
——— Rabindranath Tagore, *Fireflys* (1928)

“God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.”
——– unknown

Let thy living Spirit flow
Through thy members all below
With its warmth and power divine;
Scattered far apart they dwell
Yet in every land, full well,
Lord, thou knowest who is thine.
‘Jesus, whom thy church doth own’, by Gerhard Terstegen, transl. Catherine Winkworth.)

We misunderstand and distort reality when we take ourselves as the starting point and our present situation as the basic datum.”
— Eugene Peterson, in *Leadership Journal* magazine.

“We live in a strange society where we make documentaries of serial killers, movie idols out of organized crime members, authors out of political crooks, and role models out of criminals who beat the system…. I don’t know when crime went from being news to entertainment, but somehow it’s made the transition.”
Erma Bombeck

“My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God’s hands.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

“As long as we think we can save ourselves by our own will power, we will only make the evil in us stronger than ever.”
— Heini Arnold, *Freedom From Sinful Thoughts* (Plough, 1973), p.82

“When He wore a crown of thorns, do you wish to wear a crown of gold?”
Johann Arndt, *True Christianity*.

“Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.”
Blaise Pascal

“Frightful this is in a sense, but it is true, and every one who has merely some little knowledge of the human heart can verify it: there is nothing to which a man holds so desperately as to his sin.”
Søren Kierkegaard

“The reigning cliche of the day is that in order to love others one must first learn to love oneself. This formulation — love thyself, then thy neighbor — is a license for unremitting self-indulgence, because the quest for self-love is endless. By the time you have finally learned to love yourself, you’ll find yourself playing golf at Leisure World.”
Charles Krauthammer in *Time* magazine, 28 June 1993

“Everyone thinks of changing humanity, and no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

“Pietists believe that evangelism is the preaching of the Law, to show man what he is in himself, and of the Gospel, to show how differently God now sees him in Christ and his responsibility to live in this new light. This is the theology of Word and Sacrament — a creative ‘can do’ which replaces that ‘can’t do’ of the Law. We reject the cognitive theory of religion that says a man can learn what is right and follow it. We also reject that peculiar…. idea that says when you know the right theology you have reached the goal. We hold that a belief which does not accomplish change has not been assimilated and cannot be classified as Luther’s ‘true and living faith.'”
–Ron Zess

“I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.”
–Maya Angelou

“Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it.”
–Charles Caleb Colton

“For perfection, it is better for us to go through the crucible and conquer ourselves; to love God, it is better not to be perfect. How much better it is to be with Him than to compose one’s perfection.”
–Eugraph Kovalevsky, *A Method Of Prayer* (Praxis, 1993)

Every time we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.
–J. B. Phillips, *Plain Christianity*

Illumine our minds, our souls inspire
Vouchsafe to us love’s holy fire
Thy wondrous pow’r on us bestow,
That we in grace and strength may grow.
“Creator, Spirit, Heavenly Dove”, verse 3
(unknown 8th cent., translated by Luther into German, later translated into English)

“Glory be to ‘the Holy Ghost.’ Oh, I’m full of spirit, I am not unenlightened. I also have feeling, heart, sentiment, and imagination. But do I ever hold still in order that the wholly Other may fill me with his Spirit and give me a sense of the true priorities in life?”
–Helmut Thielicke (as published in *Leadership Journal*, Fall 95)

“Holiness is a state of soul in which all the powers of the body and mind are consciously given up to God.”
–Phoebe Palmer

“You may as well quit reading and hearing the Word of God, and give it to the devil, if you do not desire to live according to it.”
–Martin Luther

“When I go aside in order to pray, I find my heart unwilling to approach God; and when I tarry in prayer my heart is unwilling to abide in Him. Therefore I am compelled first to pray to God to move my heart into Himself, and when I am in Him, I pray that my heart remain in Him.”
–John Bunyan

“One should offer not what one has, but what one is.”
Paul Evdokimov, *The Sacrament Of Love*
Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love.
–Richard Foster

“I commend intercessory prayer, because it opens man’s soul, gives a healthy play to his sympathies, constrains him to feel that he is not everybody, and that this wide world and this great universe were not after all made that he might be its petty lord, that everything might bend to his will, and all creatures crouch at his feet.”
–Charles Spurgeon

“Therefore faith prays in such a manner that it commits everything to the gracious will of God; it lets [God] determine whether it is conducive to his honor and to our benefit.”
–Martin Luther, in a sermon on Matthew 8:1-13.

God, in giving us all free will, said to us: “Your will be done.” Some of us turn back to him and say: “My will is that your will be done.” That is obedience to the first and greatest commandment. Then, when we do that, he turns to us and says: “And now, your will be done.” And then he writes the story of our lives with the pen strokes of our own free choices.
–Peter Kreeft

“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”
— Dear Abby (Abigail vanBuren)

Seeing the person differently allows our feelings to change.”
—- Lewis Smedes

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
—- Paul Boese

“The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he ‘likes’ them : the Christian, trying to treat every one kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on — including people he could not even have imagined himself liking at the beginning. This same spiritual law works terribly in the opposite direction…… The more cruel you are, the more you will hate; and the more you hate, the more cruel you will become — and so on in a vicious circle forever.”
— C.S. Lewis, *Christian Behaviour* (Macmillan, 1943), p.52-53

“The goal of pursuit of justice must not simply be that justice happens but that reconciliation also happens.”
— Miroslav Volf, in an interview with Tracy Schier for the Lilly Endowment’s Resourcing Christianity site

“You lose a lot of time hating people.”
–Marian Anderson


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