Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday.

December 8 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him reconcile to himself all things…By making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1: 19-23

  “Even Christians can miss the point of the Christmas story if they are not careful.  Halfred E. Luccock warned of the danger when he wrote: ” We can become so charmed with the story of the baby that we grow sentimental about it.  It does not ask that we do anything about it; it does not demand any vital change in our way of thinking and living.” The great question for us is this: Is our Christmas still only a story about a baby, or is it more, a story about a Person into whom the baby grew, who can redeem the world from its sins and who calls us into partnership with his great and mighty purposes?” 
With your eyes wide open this Christmas, thank God for the gift of his Son. Let’s honour the baby who grew up and died for all our sins.  Christ the Saviour is born!
David Mccasland

December 1 When God stepped out: “The Son is the image of the invisible god, the firstborn over all creation” ~Colossians 1-15 “This is the good news of Christmas- that God has shown us what he is like in the person of his son.  All the strength, character and power of the infinite God were found in the baby that Mary cradled in a Bethlehem manager. As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, remember who He is.  In Him we see the holiness, the grace and the love of the eternal God.  At Christmas , God did step out of heaven” ~Paul Van Gorder.

November 25 “The more you know about a persons story, the less possible it is to see the person as your enemy.” ~ Parker J Palmer

November 17 “The task of religion is not to turn us into proper believers; it is to deepen the personal within us, to embrace the power of life, to expand our 
consciousness, in order that we might see things that eyes do not normally see.” ~ John Shelby Sprong, Eternal Life: A New Vision

November 10 “A keeper of monkeys told the monkeys they could have three chestnuts each morning and four each night. They complained angrily that three in the morning was not enough. The keeper then said they could have four in the morning and three at night. At this they were pleased. The number of chestnuts was the same but their wishes had been taken into consideration.”  ~ from China Chuang Tze – c. 400 B.C

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