Overcoming the world

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The best way to overcome the world
is not with morality or self-discipline.
Christians overcome the world
by seeing the beauty
and excellence of Christ.
They overcome the world
by seeing something more attractive
than the world: Christ.

–Thomas Chalmers
(1780–1847)

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Against the wind

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You find out
the strength
of a wind by trying
to walk against it,
not by lying down.

–C. S. Lewis

The “folly” of following Jesus

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If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully — the life you save may be your own — and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.

—Frederick Buechner
Listening to Your Life

Dangerously different

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The truth is that the greatest enemy of the Western church is not the state or any ideology such as atheism, but the world and the spirit of the age.

Anything less than a full-blooded
expression of the Christian faith
has no chance of standing firm
against the assaults and seductions
of the advanced modern world.

So when the church becomes worldly, she betrays her Lord, and she also fails to live up to her calling to be dangerously different and thus to provide deliverance from the world by a power that is not of the world.

–Os Guinness
(emphasis added)

Made for enjoyment

I sometimes think that God will ask us,
‘That wonderful world of mine,
why didn’t you enjoy it more?”

–Ronald Blythe

His love in our hearts

We know of no other way
by which to keep
the love of the world
out of our heart
than to keep in our hearts
the love of God…

–Thomas Chalmers
(1780–1847)

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