February 5, 2013 Luke 10 John 9-10 By Nancy Baird

Audio February 5 2013 Lesson 82

Luke 10
John 9-10


“Some vainly imagine that…gifts and blessing were obtained not by external observances, or external works, but merely through faith and repentance, through mental operations independent of physical. External works, or outward ordinances…[are] inseparably connected with inward works, with faith and repentance.  “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5).””
Lorenzo Snow, Teachings of Presidents of the Church, 49.

“The most striking conclusion to be drawn from the state of Germany today, from the stories of the refugees from behind the Iron Curtain, even from the present behavior of former concentration camp inmates, is precisely how hard it is permanently to destroy most people psychologically.” 
David Reisman, in 1954, quoted in The New Yorker, 2012.

“It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
Attitcus Finch, to his children, Jem and Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird.

“It is easy, in the world, to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”  from Emerson’s essay on “Self-Reliance”

“She dressed each morning with care for the act of poetry.”
Michael Longley, about Emily Dickinson

“To understand the imagery, it must be remembered that Eastern folds are large open enclosures into which several flocks are driven at the approach of night.  There is only one door, which a single shepherd guards, while the others go home to rest.  In the morning the shepherds return, are recognized by the doorkeeper, call their flocks round them and lead them forth to pasture.”   Dummelow, Commentary, 1908, 791.  

[When sorrow comes to us] “in any case we shall have to bear the pain…”  [But can we see that possibility]  “which it puts within our reach!  In us too, through our loss, our pain, our sorrow, our particular disability, whatever it may be, the works of God might be made manifest.”   Arthur John Gossip, Interpreter’s Bible, 8, 612.

December 4, 2012 Matthew 13,18 Mark 4 Luke 10 – by Nancy Baird

Audio December 4, 2012

Matthew 13
Matthew 18
Mark 4
Luke 10


What if Earth
Be but the shadow of Heav’n, and things therein
Each to other like, more than on earth is thought?
John Milton, Paradise Lost, Bk V, I. 574

The Rabbis said:  “We are not to contrive the death of the Gentiles, but if they are in any danger of death we are not bound to deliver them, e.g. if any of them fall into the sea you need not take him out, for such a one is not thy neighbor.”
J. R. Dummelow, A Commentary, 751.

“Ever keep in exercise…mercy…Forgive…even our enemy before he repent or ask forgiveness…the Father will then be equally merciful to us.”
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 3, 383.

“We are sailing in this life as through a sea, and the wind rises…[but] Jesus is sleeping in thee…thy faith in Jesus is slumbering in thy heart…Rouse Him and say Master, we perish.  He will awaken, that is, thy faith will return to thee…”
St. Augustine

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats