Monthly Archives: October 2015

Invest in “Investment” Reading

“We read to know that human beings are hopelessly predictable, to know that we’re not alone, and to realize that the best and worst of times don’t last. Reading is essential to an understanding that investing will never be reduced to mathematical models, that it is and forever will be a social science. Most important, it should help you steer clear of trouble” (Jason DeSena Trennert, My Side of the Street, 189).


The Potential of Marriage

“I dream of a day when the potential of the married couples in this country can be unleashed for the good of humankind, when husbands and wives can live life with full emotional love tanks and reach out to accomplish their potential as individuals and as couples. I dream of a day when children can grow up in homes filled with love and security, where children’s developing energies can be channeled to learning and serving rather than seeking the love they did not receive at home. It is my desire that this brief volume will kindle the flame of love in your marriage and in the marriages of thousands of other couples like you” (Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages, 169).


Confessions: Book I.6.

“For you are infinite and never change. In you ‘today’ never comes to an end: and yet our ‘today’ does come to an end in you, because time, as well as everything else, exits in you. If it did not, it would have no means of passing. And since your years never come to an end, for you they are simply ‘today’. The countless days of our lives and our forefathers’ lives have passed by within your ‘today’. From it they have received their due measure of duration and their very existence. And so it will be with all the other days which are still to come. But you yourself are eternally the same. In your ‘today’ you will make all that is to exist tomorrow and thereafter, and in your ‘today’ you have made all that existed yesterday and for ever before.

“Need it concern me if some people cannot understand this? Let them ask what it means, and be glad to ask: but they may content themselves with the questions alone. For it is better for them to find you and leave the questions unanswered than to find the answer without finding you.”

Confessions: Book I, 1.

“Man is one of your creatures, Lord, and his instinct is to praise you. . . . The thought of you stirs him so deeply that he cannot be content unless he praises you, because you made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.”


Prayer and Obedience

“Prayer takes every part of our being to perform. Mind, will, spirit, and body posture all turn to God in a real and intimate way. Thoughtful prayer seeks to improve its understanding in sanctification, “being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10). Prayer turns the knowledge of God into action through obedience to God” (James W. Beeke & Joel R. Beeke, Developing A Healthy Prayer Life, 90).