"Voices From The Past" by Richard Rushing


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Title: Voices From The Past 
Author: Various
Editor: Richard Rushing
Start Date: 1/1/17
End Date: 12/31/17
# of Pages: 428
Edition: Banner of Truth reprint hardcover (2009)
ISBN: 9781848710481
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: reassuring

Source: Rosaria Butterfield

Why I Chose It: I think there is a balance when thinking about tradition, or listening to "voices from the past". While "we've always done it this way" is not self-evident justification, I do think wisdom has a timeless stickiness to it. The application here: I want to try and listen to a diversity of voices to hear how elements of my daily experience differ or hold true to those of people (especially Christians) from years past. I'll let G.K. Chesterton speak for me: "Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead...it refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.”

Quotes: (1) "We are not only to do God's will, but to also seek to do it with the proper motive. The manner in which we serve God should be considered more than the work itself...This is the great thing that is put in the balance when God comes to weigh the actions of men; he weighs the heart." (2) "Use God's attributes to strengthen faith. I am sinful, but God is merciful. I am unworthy, but he is gracious. I abused patience, but he is love. I am unfaithful, but he is faithful. Fix on the attributes of God that most suits your condition. In him, there is more than we need, more than we desire, more than we can imagine, infinitely more!" (3) "Our mercies do not flow from God all at once, but some today, and others tomorrow. Altogether they are too heavy for us to wield and manage." (4) "It is peculiar to Christians to give thanks in adversity. To praise God for blessings, others can do, but to give thanks in danger is the highest pitch of virtue: 'I do not see why I should suffer less; these things are very little compared to my sin. I deserve much more at the Lords hands!' A Christian has taken up his cross. Afflictions are for our good. They conform us to the Lord, our chief good...Wax unheated will not receive the impression of the seal." (5) "These saints did not make a habit of sin. They fell once or twice, and rose by repentance, that they might keep closer to Christ forever. They sinned accidentally, occasionally, and with much reluctance...If one tasted poison once, and yet narrowly escaped, is it sounds reason to assume that if I drink poison every day I shall escape?" (6) "God is a satisfying portion. This world may fill a man, but can never satisfy him. Most have to much, but no one has enough. They are like ships that carry a burden heavy enough to sink it, but with room to hold more. The world cannot satisfy the senses, much less the soul." (7) "God has called you to Christ's side, and if the wind is now in his face, you cannot expect to rest on the sheltered side of the hill...The greatest temptation out of hell is to live without trials. A pool of standing water will turn stagnate...You can't sneak quietly into heaven without a cross." (8) "Do not seek to mix heaven and earth as your happiness, dreaming that when the world has been loved the most, you may keep heaven as a reserve at last." (9) "Always be aware that you are under God's government, and his law extends to your thoughts!"

Other Notes: As I alluded to in "why I chose it", I found great benefit in "listening" to old voices every morning, who are not influenced by the Twitter-sphere or news cycle, and have been resonating with other believers for a long time. Don't only listen to the Puritans from hundreds of years ago, but consider adding them to your diet of advice and wisdom.

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