Out of His Side

According to commentator Matthew Henry, Eve was made by God “not out of [Adam’s] head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”

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The Emperor’s Decree

“Now, the chief Emperor (Christ), has issued a decree, which decree he has sealed with his blood, and in this decree it reads, that we must be born again, repent, deny ourselves, take upon ourselves the cross, believe on Jesus Christ, and on our faith be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and to obey his commandments.”
(Menno Simons)

The Lamp of the Word

“Almighty God, eternal and compassionate, whose word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, open and enlighten our hearts, that we may understand purely and clearly thy words: may they transform us according to this exact understanding, that we may never be displeasing to thy divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
(Ulrich Zwingli)  

What is Hope?

Question: What is Hope?

Answer: Hope is a true Confidence in God,
bestowed on the Heart of Man by the divine Enlightening and Inspiration,
that he might never despair of God’s Grace and Favour in granting his Petitions,
whether they be for Pardon of his Sins, or for any other spiritual or temporal Good.

(From The Orthodox Confession of the Catholic and Apostolic Eastern Church)

An Attitude of Expectancy

Charles Haddon Spurgeon used these words to encourage people to be prepared for the return of Christ, which could occur at any time:

Oh, Beloved, let us try every morning, to get up as if that were the morning in which Christ would come! And when we go to bed at night, may we lie down with this thought, “Perhaps I shall be awakened by the ringing out of the silver trumpets heralding His Coming. Before the sun arises, I may be startled from my dreams by the greatest of all cries, ‘The Lord is come! The Lord is come!’ ” What a check, what an incentive, what a bridle, what a spur such thoughts as these would be to us! Take this for the guide of your whole life—act as if Jesus would come in the act in which you are engaged—and if you would not wish to be caught in that act by the Coming of the Lord, let it not be your act.

Life-Change

“The returning sinner is not saved by some judicial transaction apart from a corresponding moral change. Salvation must include a judicial change of status, but what is overlooked by most teachers is that it also includes an actual change in the life of the individual. And by this we mean more than a surface change, we mean a transformation as deep as the roots of his human life.”
(A.W. Tozer)