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True Peace

To the ecumenical gathering at Fano in 1934:

There is no way to peace along the way to safety.  For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe.  Peace is the opposite of security.  To demand guarantees is to want to protect oneself.  Peace means giving oneself completely to God’s commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes.  Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God.  They are won when the way leads to the cross. (page 241)

*** It is worth reading the letter Helmut Rossler wrote, as it seems a reasoned defence of a compromised position, and the kind of thing that we state often *** (page 256-257)

Things do exist that are worth standing up for without compromise.  To me it seems that peace and social justice are such things, as is Christ himself. (page 260)

 

On a terrifying meeting

Page 211 tells the story of the meeting that Martin Niemoller had with Hitler to talk about the Riechsbishop Muller, a thug who was doing great damage in the German Church.

There are a few interesting things about this for me. The first is that Niemoller is a very brave man, and yet even he was terrified in this meeting.  The second is that he had done nothing wrong, and yet Hitler made this about his failings, all on one thing that he had done wrong.  He claimed that this unprecedented, and deliberately exaggerated the wrong on Niemoller’s behalf.  The third is that the most important thing was not the initial outcome of the meeting, even though that was the big focus at the start. Also Niemoller was the compromise figure, but it was him that got the worst of it, especially when he tried to appeal to Hitler’s better nature, Bonhoeffer was far less easily intimidated because his mind was already made up on the matter.

Finally, there is Hitler’s demand for a compartamentalised clergy, which sticks to its sermons and leaves the important business of running the state to him.

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The Power of Myth

The story of the Spanish Armada was the story of a bloody failure, almost for all sides, it was the story of British ships being absolutely battered by disease and failure to catch their prey.  The sailors afterwards, many of them died from starvation and disease, and my of the Spanish galleons were wrecked on the cliffs of the Celtic isles.

But it fostered two stories.  The first was the myth of the English Navy, that this was a nation which could defend itself through the sea, and out of this myth grew a love for the service.

The second was the story that Philip II of Spain had to come to terms with, that perhaps God was not with him in his quest to build empire, and what then of his God, his faith, and Philip as his divinely appointed ruler?

C.T.Studd – The Biography – Part 2

Spiritual Champagne

  Key Words Prayer Quiet Time Devotion
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 59
  Quote The Lord is so good and always gives me a large dose of Spiritual Champagne every morning which braces one up for the day and the night.

Of late I have had such glorious times. I generally wake about 3.30am and fell quite wide awak, so have a good read, etc. and then have an hour’s sleep or so before finally getting up. I find what I read then is stamped indelibly on my mind all through the day: and it is the very quietest of times, not a foot astir, nor a sound to be heard, saving that of God.

If I miss this time I fell like Samson shorn of his hair, and so of all his strength. I see more and more how much I have to learn of the Lord. I want to be a workman approved, not just with a “pass” degree as it were. Oh! How I wish I had devoted my early life, my whole life to God and His Word. How much have I lost by these years of self pleasing and running after the world’s honours and pleasures.

     
  References Praying always (Ephesians 6)

Break on the judgment day

  Key Words Money Treasure Sacrifice
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 67
  Quote Studd and his wife wrote a letter to General Booth of the salvation army, transferring over the last of their money:

You see we are rather afraid – notwithstanding the great early safety of Messrs Coutts and Co. and the Bank of England – we are, I say, rather afraid that they may both break on the Judgement Day. And this step has been taken not without most definite reference to God’s word and the command of the Lord Jesus who said “Sell that ye have and give alms. Make for yourselves purses that wax not old.” He also said “If you love me, keep my commandments” And again “He that saith I know him and keepeth not his commandments is a liar.”

     
  References Treasure in heaven (Matthew 6)
Sharing possesions (Acts 2:42-46)
Sharing possessions (Acts 4:32-37)
Sell what you have (Matthew 19:21)
Sell what you have (Mark 10:21)
Sell what you have (Luke 18:22)
Sell your possessions (Luke 12:3