Honestly, some of my favorite parts of the messages in the weekend services are the things that other people say. I love sharing great gems from great writers or average people who happen to say stunning things.

Here’s a quote that didn’t make it in due to time contrainst this weekend from George MacDonald (great old writer that really influenced C.S. Lewis). It came from April King, who is part of our progamming team. She & her hubby Greg are big G.McD fans:

George says, “Those who rest in such a faith would feel even more comfortable if they had God’s bond instead of His Word, which they regard not as the outcome of His character but as a pledge of His honor. They try to believe in the truth of His Word, but don’t understand the truth of His being. Brother, sister, if such is your faith, you must not stop there. Come out of this bondage of the law to which you give the name of grace, for there is little that is gracious in it. You will yet know the dignity of your high calling and the love of God that passes knowledge. He is not afraid of your presumptuous approach to Him. It is you who are afraid to come near Him. He is not watching over His dignity. It is you who fear to be sent away as the disciples would have sent away the little children. Our God, we will trust you. Will we not find you equal to our faith? One day, we will laugh ourselves to scorn that we looked for so little from you because your giving will not be limited by our hoping.”

Here’s a couple from the vision message:

Love anything, & you heart will certainly be wrung & possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your hearts to no one, not eve to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies & little luxuries, avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark motionless, airless – it will change. I t will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at lest to tiers of tragedy, is damnation. C.S. Lewis The 4 Loves.

These 2 make me feel like an intellectual pygmy.

This one is a little bit of a cheat in that it’s from a movie & who knows if the historical figure ever actually said it, but if he didn’t, well he should have:

William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!
[Scottish army cheers]
William Wallace: Alba gu bra!
[“Scotland forever!”]

Soak in these thoughts! Enjoy!