09 February 2018

Quotables - Jeremiah Burroughs

"The contentment of a man or woman who is rightly content does not come so much from outward arguments or from any outward help, as from the disposition of their own hearts. The disposition of their own hearts causes and brings forth this gracious contentment rather than any external thing.

Let me explain myself. Someone is disturbed... If you come and bring some great thing to please them, perhaps it will quiet them and they will be contented. It is the thing you bring that quiets them, not the disposition of their own spirits, not any good temper in their own hearts, but the external thing you bring them. But when a Christian is content in the right way, the quiet comes more from the temper and disposition of his own heart than from any external argument or from the possession of anything in the world.

I would unfold this further to you with this simile: to be content as a result of some external thing is like warming a man's clothes by the fire. But to be content through an inward disposition of the soul is like the warmth that a man's clothes have from the natural heat of the body. A man who is healthy in body puts on his clothes, and perhaps at first on a cold morning they feel cold. But after he has had them on a little while they are warm. Now, how did they get warm? They were not near the fire? No, this came from the natural heat of his body. Now when a sickly man, the natural heat of whose body has deteriorated, puts on his clothes, they do not get hot after a long time. He must warm them by the fire, and even then they will soon be cold again.

This will illustrate the different contentment of men. Some are very gracious, and when an affliction comes on them, though at first it seems a little cold, after they have borne it a while, the very temper of their hearts makes their afflictions easy. They are quiet under it and do not complain of any discontent. But now there are others that have an affliction upon them and have not this good temper in their hearts. Their afflictions are very cold and troublesome to them. Maybe, if you bring some external arguments to bear upon them like the fire that warms the clothes, they will be quiet for a while. But alas, if they lack a gracious disposition in their own hearts, that warmth will not last long.  The warmth of the fire, that is, a contentment that results merely from external arguments, will not last long but that which comes from the gracious temper of one's spirit will last. When it comes from the spirit of a man or woman - that is true contentment."

- Jeremiah Burroughs
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

27 November 2017

Ben Affleck talks about Batman

"Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?”

Ben, I'd like to tell you about Jesus.

08 November 2017

Quotables - Francis Schaeffer

"The young man Joshua was learning a lesson that anybody who is ever going to be worth anything in leadership must learn. None of us learns it completely, of course, and yet we must master it if we are going to be of any use in the Church of God. A leader must never confuse himself with God. When a person begins to exercise certain gifts and God brings him to a place of leadership in the Church of Christ, how easy it is to do this. Yet this is the destruction of all true spiritual leadership."

- Francis Schaeffer from Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History, page 159

28 October 2017

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

If you have to give a carnival to get people to come to church, then you will have to keep giving carnivals to keep them coming back.

- Charles Spurgeon

How Depression Feels

"What does mental illness actually look like and feel like? How is depression different from just feeling sad or discouraged or blue? I'm not the only one, certainly, to try to describe it. In his award-winning book Darkness Visible, William Styron writes:

'The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come - not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only temporary; more pain will follow. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. So the decision making of daily life involves not, as in normal affairs, shifting from one annoying situation to another less annoying - or from discomfort to relative comfort, or from boredom to activity - but moving from pain to pain. One does not abandon, even briefly, one's bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes.' "

Darkness Is My Only Companion - Kathryn Greene-McCreight, pg 39

"Depression meant that every breath, every thought, every moment of consciousness ached, throbbed, stung."

Darkness Is My Only Companion - Kathryn Greene-McCreight, pg 55

20 October 2017

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.

- Charles Spurgeon

07 July 2017

Mark on a Zip Line

Mark in the Hamster Ball

Quotables - Jonathan Edwards

Men that have their spirits heated and enraged and rising in bitter resentment when they are injured act as if they thought some strange thing had happened to them. Whereas they are very foolish in so thinking for it is no strange thing at all but only what was to be expected in a world like this. They therefore do not act wisely that allow their spirits to be ruffled by the injuries they suffer.

As love to God prevails, it tends to set persons above human injuries, in this sense, that the more they love God the more they will place all their happiness in him. They will look to God as their all and seek their happiness in portion in his favor, and thus not in the allotments of his providence alone. The more they love God, the less they set their hearts on their worldly interests, which are all that their enemies can touch.