The last two morning devotions have left me with
a lot to chew on. Just in case you are needing
a cud or two I offer the following...
From Christianity & Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen:
(Machen is speaking of the plethora of dieties that
were being honored in the Hellenistic society that
Paul was confronting)
"Without its exclusiveness, the Christian message
would have seemed perfectly inoffensive to the
men of that day. So modern liberalism, placing
Jesus alongside other benefactors of mankind, is
perfectly inoffensive in the modern world. All
men speak well of it. It is entirely inoffensive.
But it is also entirely futile. The offense of
the cross is done away, but so is the glory
and the power."
From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan
Prayers & Devotions...
"Grant that I may be salted with suffering,
with every exactment tempered to my soul,
every rod excellently fitted to my back,
to chastise, humble, break me."
And finally from Proverbs chapter 11, various verses...
"A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter...
A gracious woman retains honor,...
As a ring of gold in a swine's snout,
So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion."