CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS GUIDES

INSPIRATIONAL READINGS FOR THE CHRISTIAN TRAVELER

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Charity makes us support one another in bearing our burdens. When the deer have to cross a river, each one of them carries on its back the head of the one following while it rests its head on the back of the preceding one. In that way, supporting and helping each other, they are able to cross safely wide rivers ...

St. Augustine, Eighty-three Questions

And thus the Christian Church has held her own from the beginning until now among innumerable false spirits which have been from the beginning and may still come. And yet she goes on stading firmly by her Baptism, Lord's Supper, Gospel, Christ, the Ten Commandmentsm and true and pure prayer.

Martin Luther, Commentary on John XV

But Thou, Lord, art Thyself always The Same, and endurest for ever; always Good, just and Holy; doing all things well, justly, and holily, and ordering them in wisdom.

Thomas á Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

We live in days when a lingering, Lot-like religion abounds. The stream of profession is far broader than it once was, but far less deep in many places ...

J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion, on Happiness

Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth--men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance ...

2 Timothy 2.23-3.10

Day: 10 - 11 -12

These readings are based on a) John E. Rotelle O.S.A's., excellent Augustine Day by Day, (New York, Catholic Book Publishing, 1986). Permission to use these passages has been sought, although I believe what I have used falls within a "fair use" policy; b) Various works of Martin Luther (1483-1546); c) Thomas á Kempis (1380-1471); d) Anglican Bishop J. C. Ryle's (1816-1900) Holiness (18??) or Practical Religion (1900); e) Zondervan's New International Version of the Bible.

Copyright Irving Hexham 2001