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Time for a Great C.S. Lewis Quote: The Perfect Man!

“We have seen only one [perfect] man. And he was not at all like the screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-6-44-47-ampsychologist’s picture of the integrated, balanced, adjusted, happily married, employed popular citizen. You can’t really be very well ‘adjusted’ to your world if it says you have a devil and ends by nailing you up naked to a stake of wood.”  C.S. Lewis – The Four Loves

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in the perfect man

 

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Time for a Great Quote: C.S. Lewis on Man’s Rebellion

“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5-09-35-amimprovement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track, and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor—that is the only way out of a hole. This process of surrender, this movement full astern, is what Christians call repentance.”

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in rebellion

 

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Time for a Great Quote: C.S. Lewis on Choices!

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Would you not agree with Lewis on this point of choices? You and I face hundreds of choices every day. Here’s my prayer:
“Lord, please guide me in making good and godly choices today — choices that reflect Your grace and advance my process in becoming more like Your Son. Keep me from blaming circumstances or other people for my poor decisions. I want You to be glorified in my life today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in choices

 

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Time for a Great Quote: C.S. Lewis on Happiness

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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in happiness

 

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Time for a Great Quote: C.S. Lewis on Sin and Time

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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in sin and time

 

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Time for a Great Quote (C.S. Lewis on the power to translate)

C.S. Lewis wrote:
“In both [England and America] an essential part of the ordination exam ought to be a passage from some recognized theological work set for translation into vulgar English—just like doing Latin prose. Failure on this exam should mean failure on the whole exam. It is absolutely disgraceful that we expect missionaries to the Bantus to learn Bantu but never ask whether our missionaries to the Americans or English can speak American or English. Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real test. If you can’t turn your faith into it, then either you don’t understand it or you don’t believe it.”  (Published in The Christian Century, 31 December 1958, pp. 1006-1007.)

 “To conclude — you must translate Screenshot 2016-01-09 06.42.33every bit of your Theology into the vernacular. This is very troublesome and it means you can say very little in half an hour, but it is essential. It is also of the greatest service to your own thought. I have come to the conviction that if you cannot translate your thoughts into uneducated language, then your thoughts were confused. Power to translate is the test of having really understood one’s own meaning.” (C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock)

 

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in theology

 

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Time for a Great Commercial! (The Logic of Our Choices!)

What a great commercial!  Our choices have consequences, don’t they?  I’m reminded of the much more serious quote from C.S. Lewis:

“[E]very time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 8.59.06 AMthe part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.”

1. Can you think of one choice you’ve made recently that had far-reaching consequences than you thought it would?
2. What biblical text would you share with a new believer about the importance of our choices?

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in choices

 

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What Kind of Creature Are You Becoming (Time for a Great Quote)?

“[E]very time you make a choice you are turning Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 9.56.24 AMthe central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.” (C.S. Lewis)

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in choices

 

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Time for a great quote (C.S. Lewis on Jesus)

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing tScreen Shot 2014-11-05 at 5.00.48 AMhat people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who is merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”  (Mere Christianity, 52-53)

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Jesus Christ

 

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Time for a Great Quote (C.S. Lewis)

“If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean that Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 3.40.23 PMyou have no ideas about God.  It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ideas that are bad, muddled, out-of-date ideas.” (C.S. Lewis)

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in C.S. Lewis

 

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