Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Quotable quotes: 2 Reader'Digest (1984)

Quotable quotes: 2 Reader'Digest (1984)

21. Great geniuses never make half-mistakes; They have the privilege of immensity in every sense of the word.
22. The wise in their attitude toward the world, has no predilections or prejudices.
 It is on the side that is right.
23. Words can be beautiful. Also the children, also the hopes.
24. For my father, manual labor was not only good and dignifying, he also used to say that it gave clarity to his thoughts.
25. When I run away, the more I start to stumble.
26. Humility is the etiquette demanded by the ceremonial for the audiences with God.
27. Some believe that discipline is a thankless task. For me it is a kind of order that gives freedom to fly.
28. Success has no secrets. Do you know any successful man who has not counted as a triumph?
29. What is memory? It is not a warehouse nor a trunk that keeps in the attic, but an instrument that constantly eliminates the past, turning it into an accessible and acceptable story for each one.
30. Lacking something that makes you feel important, is almost the greatest tragedy that can happen to the human being.
31. Those who think they do not have time to prejudice will sooner or later find time to hope.
32. The inhabitants of a planet without flowers would pass it without life; while we are always crazy to be happy to have so many things around us.
33. Always count failures bores to the one who counts them as the one who hears them.
34. Enthusiasts, for those who are not, always constitute a kind of mortification.
35. As long as the war is considered perverse, it will always have a certain fascination.
When it is considered vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
36. Someday you will verify, if what makes you an exceptional being, if at all you are; it is also inevitable that that will make you a lonely being
37. Every night I give my worries to God. After all, he always reproaches.
38. Many men are praised for their modesty and for their supposed shyness. When in fact, they are too proud to risk making a fool of themselves.
39. After 30 years the body has a will of its own.
40. Although it is very good to leave our traces in the sands of time, we must take care that they point towards the recommended direction.

With affection,

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Quotable quotes: 1 Reader'Digest (1984)

Quotable quotes: 1 Reader'Digest (1984)
1. Most of us would like to return to the simple life, if the path was not so complicated.
2. If two individuals always agree on everything, you can be sure that one of them thinks for both.
3. Humanity can be divided among a multitude that detests that they make it wait, because this bores it; and a few happy beings who like it, because it gives them the time to think.
4. Recognize yourself is not only the most difficult, but also the most annoying.
5. The nations must at least find a way to impose the discipline that is required in elementary school or kindergarten: not to hit , not to  take and share toys; and punish the first one who speaks.
6. Sometimes we say that we are free, because we did not press so hard.
7.The most suitable man for political positions, is the one that meets the qualities of the milkman's horse; It does not pose major problems and knows where to go.
8. The error of youth is to believe that intelligence supplies experience; and the error of mature age is to think that experience replaces intelligence.
9. Men usually ask God in their prayers that two and two be four.
10. Education is a toolbox.
11. A child is an island of curiosity surrounded by question marks.
12. Comedy has to look like the truth. The truth is taken and a curl is added.
13. Memory has the gift of the resurrection.
14. The more I want to do something, the less I consider it work.
15. Very often it is more necessary to change the way of being than to change the scenario.
16. The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge
17. Sometimes the child in one behaves in such a way that the rest of the personality goes behind him slowly shaking his head.
18. Love of nature is a permanent form of love for life.
19. The most pleasant and useful people are those who leave some problems of the universe, so that God cares for them.
20. Moderation is a virtue in those who have no alternative.

With affection,

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Brief Charles Spurgeon Biography

Brief Charles Spurgeon Biography
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Victorian England's best-known Baptist minister, was born on June 19, 1834 in Kelvedon, Essex and spent his childhood and early teenage years in Stambourne, Colchester, and Newmarket. In 1856 he married Susannah Thompson; their only children, twin sons Thomas and Charles, were born on September 20, 1857.
Spurgeon had no formal education beyond Newmarket Academy, which he attended from August 1849 to June 1850, but he was very well-read in Puritan theology, natural history, and Latin and Victorian literature. His lack of a college degree was no hindrance to his remarkable preaching career, which began in 1850, when he was only fifteen years old. A few months after his conversion to Christianity, he began preaching at Teversham. The next year, he accepted his first pastorate, at the Baptist Chapel in Waterbeach. The church quickly grew from fewer than a dozen congregants to more than four hundred, and Spurgeon's reputation as a preacher caught the attention of New Park Street, London's largest Baptist church. He was invited to preach there in December 1853 and, following a brief probationary period, he agreed to move to London and become the church's new pastor.
Spurgeon's New Park Street congregation grew rapidly as well, soon becoming too large for the 1200-seat auditorium. On August 30, 1854, the membership agreed to enlarge the chapel; during the remodeling, services were held at the 5,000-seat Exeter Hall, a public auditorium in Strand Street. The renovations to New Park Street were complete in May 1855, but the chapel was still too small, and in June a committee was formed to oversee the construction of the church's new home, the 5,000-seat Metropolitan Tabernacle. The congregation moved once again, meeting in Exeter Hall and the 8,000-seat Surrey Gardens Music Hall until the Tabernacle was dedicated on March 18, 1861.
Spurgeon began publishing shortly after he started preaching. In January 1855, Passmore and Alabaster inaugurated the "Penny Pulpit," publishing one sermon every week; the series continued until 1917, a quarter-century after Spurgeon's death. Every year these sermons were reissued in book form, first as The New Park Street Pulpit (6 volumes, 1855-1860) and later as The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (57 volumes, 1861-1917). Spurgeon published scores of religious books in addition to his sermons; the most significant works include Lectures to My Students (1890), a collection of talks delivered to the students of his Pastors' College, and the 7-volume Treasury of David (c. 1869), a best-selling devotional commentary on the Psalms.
Spurgeon's work in London was not limited to preaching and sermon-publishing. He also served as president of the Pastors' College, which he founded in 1857; established the Stockwell Orphanage, which opened for boys in 1867 and girls in 1879; and oversaw evangelistic and charitable enterprises such as almshouses, organizations for distributing food and clothing to the poor, and a book fund for needy ministers.
Spurgeon's preaching was both enormously popular and highly controversial. Some regarded him as the greatest orator since Whitefield; others criticized him as theatrical, awkward, and even sacrilegious. Two of his most controversial works were his "Baptismal Regeneration" sermon and his "Down Grade" articles. On June 5, 1864, he preached a sermon entitled "Baptismal Regeneration," objecting to Anglican teachings on the sacramental power of infant baptism. Over 350,000 copies were sold, and the furor it provoked led to Spurgeon's withdrawal from the Evangelical Alliance, an ecumenical association of Dissenters and Evangelical Anglicans.
The "Down Grade" controversy began in 1887, when Spurgeon published a series of articles declaring that evolutionary thinking and liberal theology threatened to "Down Grade" the church. In this case, he was concerned not with Anglican teaching, but with what he believed to be doctrinal error, particularly Unitarian ideas, within the Baptist Union. He discussed his concerns in private letters to ministers such as Samuel Booth and Joseph Parker and in several articles published in The Sword and the Trowel, the Metropolitan Tabernacle's monthly periodical. When these articles did not receive the response Spurgeon wanted--the matter was not discussed at the Union's 1887 meeting in Sheffield and some members of his own congregation dismissed or made light of it--he concluded that he had no choice but to resign from the Union, which he did on October 28.
Illness forced Spurgeon to keep a low profile during the last few years of his life. He preached his final sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on June 7, 1891. He died in France on January 31, 1892; on February 9, over 60,000 people filed past his casket in the Tabernacle. He was buried at Norwood Cemetery on February 11.

With affection,

Charles Haddon Spurgeon Quotes

Charles Haddon Spurgeon Quotes
There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God's Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”

 “Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. ”

 “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”

 “When your will is God's will, you will have your will.”

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.”

 “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.”

 “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

 “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

“You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”

“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.

We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, “Bring the books” — join in the cry.”

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!”

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”

“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”

“If you can't see His way past the tears, trust His heart.”

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

“If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Saviour of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness”
“You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.”

“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”

“Have your heart right with Christ, and he will visit you often, and so turn weekdays into Sundays, meals into sacraments, homes into temples, and earth into heaven.”

“Men will allow God to be everywhere but on his throne. They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow his bounties. they will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends Hes throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth. And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.”

“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”

 “That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors.”

 “A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”

“Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.”

“Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.”

“Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.”

With affection,