"I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels."
"God does not bestow the Spirit on his people in order to set aside the use of his Word, but rather to render it fruitful."
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth attacked and yet would remain silent.
“There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence”
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
Man is never sufficiently touched & affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself w/ God's majesty.
"I offer my heart to you, Lord, promptly and sincerely."
"Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols."
"…believers stand unconquered through the strength of their king, and his spiritual riches abound in them." Institutes 2.15.5
“Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a day; set him on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.”
"Ignorance of Providence is the greatest of all miseries, and the knowledge of it the highest happiness."
We must make the invisible kingdom visible in our midst.
I call 'piety' that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces.
Let us so adhere to the Word of God that no novelty may captivate us and lead us astray.
- John Calvin
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I take the last quote as not only a reference to novelty by wrong teaching, but also novelty by earthly-sight mindedness i.e sports, movies, vacations, suppers, gizmos.