A.J. Gossip – The Galilean Accent

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“It hurts Him that we are so fretted and over-anxious.  To Him that seems insulting to God. ‘O men’, He once sighed, taken aback by it, ‘how little you trust Him!’ And indeed we do.  To doubt the fact of God in a world so full of Him seemed to Christ a pathetic blindness; but to know of Him and yet be worried and fretted and careworn, that was real unbelief, and it struck Him with a kind of horror.  He could never grow accustomed to it.  If you really knew God, He kept saying to the uneasy, fussing people round Him, your hearts too would be filled with the healing rush of a great peace, yes, even in this hazardous world of ours so full of uncertainty and trouble; and yours would be the joy of children, who know they have a Father to take care of them, and that they do not need to bother about things, but can quite safely fill their days with care-free happiness.  That is the Galilean accent, the spirit of Christ.”
A.J. Gossip – The Galilean Accent, pg. 7, 1926

Colony House – Silhouettes

Are you half empty?
Why don’t you fill up?
There’s no sense in holding onto something broken,

Did you lose something?
Or someone you love?
You’ve still got that story tell it every morning,

Drivin’ down a road, down a road that’s rollin’
All the lovely memories you hearts been holdin’
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Drivin’ down a road, a road that’s hidden,
All your faithful memories, your faith for livin’
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
So come on!

Nothing is perfect,
For that there’s no cure,
So don’t you start to bury the good with the bad, and the ugly,

Drivin’ down a road, down a road that’s rollin’
All the lovely memories you hearts been holdin’
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Drivin’ down a road, a road that’s hidden,
All your faithful memories, your faith for livin’
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
So come on!

And I can feel your heartbeat slipping away
It’s hard to catch the light when you’re running from the day!
So wait for it! Wait for it! Wait!

Drivin’ down a road, down a road that’s rollin’
All the lovely memories you hearts been holdin’
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Drivin’ down a road, a road that’s hidden,
All your faithful memories, your faith for livin’
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
Nothing silhouettes till the lights come on,
So come on!

HTRTBFAIW – The Law

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“There is a covenant, … and God is faithful to His covenant. But the substance of that covenant is all pure mercy and grace. If men presume to claim for themselves, upon the basis of the covenant, some relationship with God other than that of the sinner needing God’s grace, the covenant has been perverted. And where that has happened, God, in the sovereign freedom of His grace, destroys these pretensions, calls “No people” to be His people, breaks off natural branches and grafts in wild slips, filling them with the life which is His own life imparted to man. There is no law in His Kingdom save the law of pure grace. That is why they come from east and west to sit down with Abraham and Isaac, while the sons of the Kingdom are cast out; for the sons of the Kingdom have no place there unless they…

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The eternal appetite of infancy

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“But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

– G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

OT Intro – The Questions of a Man in Agony

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Part One

Questions of a Man in Agony, Part 1 of 2

Part Two

Questions of a Man in Agony, Part 2 of 2

It was a wonderful dream God dreamed…

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Nicolas Poussin 1593/94 – 1665

The Healing of the Blind of Jericho

oil on canvas (119 × 176 cm) — 1650

“Who is it that has helped you most? Has it not been those who believed in you? Perhaps there may be few such left. The light of expectation may have died out of the most friendly and hopeful eyes; and you yourself may have lost heart. Ah! but there is still One whose faith in you has never wavered. And how wonderful it is that that one should be Jesus Christ!

It was a wonderful dream God dreamed, Christ says, when He created you; it was a stately being that was in His mind when you were fashioned; and I can make you all He meant that you should be.”

A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 95