Monday Note Quotes

Monday notesThroughout this semester (and previous ones while he served as rector) Prof.Ronald Cammenga at the PRC Seminary has written and sent (via email) to faculty, students, and staff a Monday note each week, summarizing the week’s activities, highlighting birthdays and anniversaries, etc. And for our edification and encouragement he concludes each one with a good quote.

For one of my posts today I put together a string of these quotes – for your benefit as well. We always appreciate these, and I trust you will too.

In his treatment of prayer as “the chief exercise of faith,” John Calvin has this to say: “[T]o know God as the Master and Bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of him, and still not to go to him and not ask of him—this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him.”  “Accordingly,” Calvin goes on to say, “…true faith cannot be indifferent about calling upon God.”  (Institutes 3.20.1; 2:850, the very first page of the second volume of the McNeill/Battles edition.)

“To gather with God’s people in united adoration of God the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.”  Martin Luther.

Describing his exegetical method, Martin Luther once said: “First, I shake the whole (fruit) tree.  Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch, and then each twig.  And, finally, I look under each leaf.”

“Whomever the Lord as adopted and deemed worthy of his fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.  It is the Heavenly Father’s will thus to exercise them so as to put his own children to a definite test.  Beginning with Christ, his first-born, he follows this plan with all his children.”  (John Calvin, Institutes.)

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”  Martin Luther.

“Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection.”  John Calvin.

“For neither the light and heat of the sun, nor food and drink, are so necessary to nourish and sustain the present life as the pastoral office is necessary to preserve the church on earth.”  (John Calvin, Institutes, 4.3.2.)

“The strongest inducement to a Christian life comes from our redemption in Christ.”  John Calvin.

“Man with all his shrewdness is as stupid about understanding by himself the mysteries of God, as an ass is incapable of understanding musical harmony.”  John Calvin.

“I have written nothing out of hatred to any one; but I have always faithfully propounded what I esteemed to be for the glory of God.”  John Calvin (towards the end of his life).

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