[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-05-25 - Some Quotes: 1

I read a lot, one of the advantages of my job is that I can read, and I do. I read about 50-100 pages a day, and I mark the books I read. Here are some of the better quotes I have gathered recently, some will hit you, others...well, they will not.

On Christian literature: "What we will have become in ten years' time will depend upon the closeness of our walk with God, the preaching we hear every Sunday, the company we keep, and the books that we read. And maybe the priorities are that very order. So when one thinks about the importance of Christian books one is not ignoring those other crucial influences which shape men and women of God. Some of the most godly people have been illiterate." Geoffery Thomas

"The things you read will fashion you by slowly conditioning your mind.." A. W. Tozer

"Everything in this modern world is somehow inexplicably geared to inducing sleep in our souls ... This is one reason why the modern Christian must keep up his spiritual and theological reading. We need to read for dear life." Maurice Roberts

A letter to a newly-wed daughter: This is written by Oliver Cromwell. I must say it is the most wonderful letter, Father to Daughter, I have yet to see.

"My DEAR DAUGHTER,

"Your letter was very welcome to me. I like to see anything from your hand. Because indeed I stick not to say, I do entirely love you. And therefore I hope a word of advice will not be unwelcome nor unacceptable to thee.

"I desire you both to make it above all things your business to seek the Lord: to be frequently calling upon Him, that He would manifest Himself to you in His Son; and be listening what return He makes for you, for He will be speaking in your ear and in your heart, if you attend thereunto...I have much satisfaction in hope your spirit is this way set; and I desire you may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and that I may hear thereof. The Lord is very near: which we see by his wonderful works: and therefore He looks that we of this generation draw near to Him...We should be much stirred up in our spirits to thankfulness. We much need the spirit of Christ to enable us to praise God for so admirable a mercy."

"The Lord bless thee, my dear Daughter, I rest,

thy loving Father,
Oliver Cromwell."

If you ever get such a loving letter, or send one, know that such are rare!

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim