Quick Takes – 1/10/2009

Ray Pritchard asks what will you leave behind in 2009? “George MacDonald … said, ‘The first thing in all progress is to leave something behind.’ … What are you going to leave behind in order to make progress this year? Remember that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Mary at Wide Margins shares her Big Picture/Little Picture Bible reading plan. “I’m looking for two things. The first thing I pay attention to in my daily Bible reading is God. What does the passage reveal about God’s character? What does He care about? Then I note what God might be showing me for my life. What can I learn from the passage? Big picture first; little picture second.”

Senator Ted Kennedy advocating his then pro-life position in a 1971 letter: “When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception.” (In case you haven’t been keeping up, Senator Kennedy has long since changed his position on abortion.)

Justin Childers quotes Richard Baxter on anger management. “”When anger rises, confess your sin without delay to those around. Take the shame to yourself. Shame the sin and honour God …” [Baxter goes on to suggest saying to those around you], “I feel a sinful anger rising in my heart and am tempted to forget God’s presence and act in a way that is not proper for his glory and speak provoking words that I know would be displeasing to him.”

Peter Mead quotes Richard Baxter concerning the effect of the preacher’s thought life on the congregation. “When your mind is enjoying heavenly things, others will enjoy them, too. Then your prayers, praises, and doctrines will be heavenly and sweet to your people. They will feel when you have been much with God. Conversely, when I am depressed in soul, my flock will sense my cold preaching. When I am confused, my preaching is, too. Then, the prayers of others will reflect my own state of preaching. If we, therefore, feed on unwholesome food, either of errors or of fruitless controversies, then our hearers will likely fare the worse for it, whereas if we abound in faith, love, and zeal, how it will overflow to the refreshing of our congregations and to the increases in the same graces in others.”


  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for including me in your quick takes!

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Mary – You’re welcome!

    Other readers, I encourage you to check out Mary’s fine blog: Wide Margins: Leave room to breathe, grow, enjoy, and create.

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