Thursday, March 4, 2010

"He who steals my purse steals money; he who steals my time steals my life."

"While engaged in his study and writing, he was reluctant to be disturbed by casual visitors. When such appeared, [Andrew] Fuller would block the door with his massive frame, deal with them as quickly as possible, sometimes by pointing to a plaque on the wall reading: 'He who steals my purse steals money; he who steals my time steals my life.'"

[Quote about Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) from H. Leon McBeth, The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1987), 182.]

The Prayer Life of Jesus

"Since Christ was God, why must He pray?
By Him all things were known and made,
Omniscient and omnipotent,
Why need He ever ask for aid?
Ah! but He put His glory by,
Forgot a while His power great,
Humbled Himself, took human form
And stripped Himself of royal state.

For Christ was also Man; to feel
Man's strongest tempting, and to know
His utmost weakness, He became
Like other men and suffered so.
And touched with our infirmities,
For those few years like us to be,
He still remembers we are dust,
Since He was tempted like as we.

But well He knew the source of help,
Whence comes all power, strength and peace,
In blest communion with His God,
Care and perplexity would cease.
When all earth's sorrow and its sin
Too heavy on His spirit weighed,
Quiet and solitude He sought
And to His Father prayed."

--Annie Johnson Flint

I Know No Other Jesus

"I know no other Jesus
Than He who died for me;
The Saviour of lost sinners,
The Christ of Calvary.

I know no "ideal" Jesus
That human minds invent;
The only Jesus Christ I know
Is whom the Father sent.

That human Christs could save me
Is inadmissible;
My Jesus is the image
Of God invisible.

My Christ is God incarnate
And of the Virgin born;
He left a crown of glory
To wear the plaited thorn.

The Infant of the manger,
The village Carpenter,
The Teacher sent from heaven
To men to minister;

The true historic Jesus,
Who died and rose again,
He is the only Jesus,
That I proclaim to men."

--James M. Gray