Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Starting afresh

From Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer:

We can all start afresh! However far we have ascended, there is something higher; and however far we have fallen, it is always possible to make a fresh start. We need to take our place in the School of Christ and be taught by Him (Eph. 4:20-21). If the Holy Spirit be ungrieved, He will witness to our sonship. He will enthrone Christ as King of our life; He will keep the self-life in the place of death; He will give us a hunger for the things of God; He will give power in witness-bearing. In order to have a strong and blessed Christian experience, the one thing is to see that we do not grieve the Spirit. I do not think that we can grieve Him away, but we may greatly limit and restrain His gracious work by insincerity of speech, the nursing of an unforgiving spirit, any kind of over-reaching or fraudulent dealing, impurity of speech, or failure in love. We may be bound, so as not to move our arms, by a number of cotton threads, quite as tightly as by a strong rope…Let us take care not to grieve Him by such inconsistencies.

Monday, December 29, 2008

George Hodges on the New Year

The year begins; and all its pages are as blank… Let us begin it with high resolution; then let us take all its limitations, all its hindrances, its disappointments, its narrow and common-place conditions, and meet them as the Master did in Nazareth, with patience, with obedience, putting ourselves in cheerful subjection, serving our apprenticeship. Who knows what opportunity may come to us this year? Let us live in a great spirit, then we shall be ready for a great occasion.

— George Hodges

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Facing the New Year

Face the New Year with the Old Book.
Face the new needs with the old promises.
Face the new problems with the old Gospel.

–Author Unknown

Monday, December 22, 2008

Easier to keep holidays

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! `tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.

—Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Lord's objective in coming to Earth

Our Lord had in His coming but one supreme, stupendous and all-encompassing objective: “Thou shat call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.’ ~ William E. Biederwolf

Monday, December 15, 2008

Follow to Christ

When therefore the first spark of a desire after God arises in thy soul, cherish it with all thy care, give all thy heart into it; it is nothing less than a touch of the divine loadstone, that is to draw thee out of the vanity of time, into the riches of eternity. Get up therefore, and follow it as gladly as the wise men of the east followed the star from heaven that appeared to them. It will do for thee as the star did for them, it will lead thee to the birth of Jesus, not in a stable at Bethlehem in Judea, but to the birth of Jesus in the dark centre of thine own soul.
—William Law

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The hinge of history

The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable. —Ralph W. Sockman

Observing Christmas

The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected. ~Samuel Johnson


Welcome to Words Fitly Spoken! The title of this blog comes from Proverbs 25:11; "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." I have a collection of quotes and poems, wise words and humorous ones, that I thought I'd share.