A Sense of Proportion

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If a man had only one prayer to pray he might well ask to be given a sense of proportion. The things which disturb the peace of congregations are often trifles. The things which divide men from men and which destroy friendships are often little things to which no sensible man, in his saner moments, would allow any importance. The little things can bulk so large that they can fill the whole horizon. Only if we put first things first will all things take their proper place—and love comes first.

–William Barclay

Delightful and Disturbing

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The gospel is delightful and disturbing, simple and profound, free and costly, affirming and unsettling, tender and tough, beautiful and offensive, winsome and shocking, comforting and frightening, liberating and binding, wonderful and dangerous, marvelous and mysterious. Leonard Sweet put it well: “Truth is not found in the mediocrity of the middle but in the paradoxical harmony of a double-edged sword.”

–Jurgen O. Schulz

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