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Jan 18, 2018

TAKE THE CHALLENGE:

"Try to make an effort to see whether you could accomplish in one whole day an elimination of thinking of yourself at all. Take it as a challenge, as a work of art, as a project, as a complete production--accomplishing in one whole day the work of concentrating on someone else..."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Jan 17, 2018

YOU LIVE THERE!:

"Man lives in his head; this... is the uniqueness of man."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 16, 2018

FULFILLMENT AHEAD::

"Our today has a reality of meaning beyond our present. The refining and the preparation have a day of fulfillment ahead." ~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Jan 15, 2018

REBUILDING:

"We who believe that truth exist, that there is stability, solidity, an unchanging standard, a steadfast pattern for life, a comforting continuity of morals, need to dust off the stones and start rebuilding. I find that Nehemiah's rebuilding of the walls is a pattern meant for today."

~ Edith Schaeffer, from a lecture on Common Sense Christian Living, Sensible Balance in Building and Battle (A lesson from Nehemiah)


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Jan 14, 2018

DON'T WASTE HIS MOMENTS:

"Don't let's miss the moments; don't let's waste the brief time when the Master Silversmith bends over us to skim something off that is hindering us."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Jan 13, 2018

THERE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE:

"Man is trying to be the center of the universe and refuses to be the creature he is."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 12, 2018

ON ACCOMODATION AND COMPROMISE:

"...there must be balance and holiness standing together with love. But that does not mean constant and growing accommodation and compromise--moving along step by step, fitting into the world's position in our day."

~ Dr.Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 11, 2018

ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE - 2018 FOR GLORY AND FOR BEAUTY - CREATIVITY AND THE CHRISTIAN :

February 9th and 10th, Visit the registration page for the Rochester Conference information and download the conference brochure.

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Jan 10, 2018

PSYCHOLOGY 101:

"The basic psychological problem is trying to be what we are not, and trying to carry what we cannot carry. Most of all the basic problem is not being willing to be the creatures we are before the Creator."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 09, 2018

THE FATHER OF COMPASSION :

Comments on 2 Cor. 1:2-7): "God has infinitely more compassion that any of us and that He is called, among other names, that describe Him to us, 'The Father of Compassion'"

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Jan 08, 2018

MACHINE-LIKE WAYS:

"Every time we act in a machine-like way toward another man we deny the central teaching of the Word of God-that there is a personal God who has created man in His own image."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 07, 2018

A TOTALLY HUMANISTIC CULTURE:

"...we are indeed very, very far down the road toward a totally humanistic culture. At this moment we are in a humanistic culture, but we are happily not in a totally humanistic culture. But what we must realize is that the drift has been all in this direction."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 06, 2018

THE LIST OF PATIENCE:

"The list which you discover what patience and endurance are [will differ]. Every list differs from person to person and from day to day, but endurance and patience accompanied by love and kindness, are only learned in some such catalogue of happenings."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Jan 05, 2018

LEGAL TO ETHICAL:

"Before the Supreme Court (pro-abortion) ruling, there was no dirtier word you could say to a doctor than 'abortion,'... after the ruling, abortion not only became legal, it became [viewed as] ethical."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, quote from Francis Schaeffer: The Man Behind the Manifesto, by McCandlish Phillips, Christianity Today, Jan. 1982, Moody Monthly


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Jan 04, 2018

MAN'S STANDARDS:

"... beginning with himself he [man] cannot bring forth absolute standards and cannot even keep the poor relative ones he has set up."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 03, 2018

MAN DENYING HIMSELF:

"...you can only hold the uniformity of natural causes in the closed system, which is the almost monolithic consensus today, by denying what man knows about man."

~ Dr Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent


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Jan 02, 2018

ONE BASIC PROBLEM:

"...modern problems in many fields are really not many, but one basic problem with a number of results in what at first may seem to be unrelated fields or disciplines. Thus, the modern cultural problem, the sociological problem, the problem of governing our countries today, the problems of ecology and epistemology are all related, for the basic problem of modern man gives the specific form in which each of these confronts us. And if our comprehension of this relatedness is not clear at its base, we cannot give basic solutions to effect a cure."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Preface to The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century


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Jan 01, 2018

LOVE IN THE AGE OF CONTENDING:

"There is a danger of losing the love God means for us to have for one another. Christ has commanded us to love one another. . . There is a danger of demonstrating, in an age of necessary contending, a will to win, rather than a will to be right . . . Our daily prayer should be that our loving Lord will keep His arms so about us that we will neither waver in the fight nor allow the Devil to destroy us from within."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, writing in 1950 quoted in University Church News 'n' Views, Nov. 1982, p. 8. (Provided by: Wayne Sparkman, PCA Historical Center)


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Dec 31, 2017

YEARS PASS:

"[Scripture] teach[es] us an important lesson. 'Years pass,' God seems to say, 'but throughout history there is a continuity in My dealings with My people. This continuity is rooted in Myself--My character, My promises, My covenant.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History


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Dec 30, 2017

MY VALIDITY:

"My validity and my status are found in being before the God who is there. My basic validity and my basic status do not depend upon what men think of me."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Dec 29, 2017

THERE WILL BE JOY:

"The Creator, as Abba, Father, will even now dry my tears and there will be joy. This is the meaning of true spirituality in my relationship with myself."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Dec 28, 2017

WHAT DIFFERENCE HAS LOOKING MADE?:

"What difference has looking made? I think we can approach the answer by thinking about the shepherds and looking through the book of Luke. Having had this overwhelming experience in the midst of their normal environment and having believed in the Savior, can we imagine one of the shepherds remarking, “It's very nice that I've seen an angel, and it is nice I have seen the Christ, the Messiah the Jews have been waiting for for so long. It's nice that I've believed in Him (unlike some of the other people in Bethlehem) and that I’m going to be in Heaven. But really, in practice, it’s not going to make any difference at all in my life.” This is inconceivable."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 27, 2017

A CHRISTMAS QUESTION:

"As we ourselves have run down the hill with the shepherds, looked at the baby, and heard the shepherds’ testimony, have we believed? If we have, that is a happy thing indeed, for it means we are now Christians. That is fine, but then we must ask ourselves: what difference has this looking made in our present lives?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 26, 2017

WITHOUT EXAMINATION, CHRISTMAS IS BARREN:

"At Christmastime, we set up our Christmas trees and toy trains. We may even walk along singing carols or we may preach a sermon, but these bits and pieces are barren if we are thinking only of them or even thinking only of being in Heaven, and are not stopping to ask ourselves, 'What difference does it make in my life now?'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 25, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS! :

We at francisschaefferstudies.org would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! In a world of suffering and often tremendous difficulties, we can be comforted by the humility of Christ who was born to bare our grief and carry our sorrows. His plight would truly bring Joy to the World! May your holiday be filled with celebration and thanksgiving.

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Dec 24, 2017

FOR MAN'S ULTIMATE DILEMMA:

"He has come not just to eliminate the peripheral results of man's fall (though these will be totally removed at His second coming); He is here to cut the nerve of man's real dilemma, to solve the problem from which all other problems flow. The 'condition of man' is not what modern man thinks it is. Man is a sinner who needs an overwhelming love. Jesus has come to save His people from their sins. This is not to say that He has no interest in these other things now, but we must not get the matters reversed—the central thing is central." ~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little Poeple (What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 23, 2017

CHRISTMAS PROCLAMATION!:

"Just as the shepherds' proclamation was spontaneous, carrying out Jesus' final instructions should be natural to us. If we really believe the truth of the gospel, we should voluntarily declare it. The spontaneity of telling is part of the Christmas story."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 22, 2017

GRANDEUR IN A MANGER:

"When we perceive the simplicity and yet the grandeur of what is involved, we are overwhelmed. The second person of the Trinity lies in the manger for a reason. Because He loves the world"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 21, 2017

THE NATIVITY REALITY, BEYOND THE SYMBOLIC:

"An artist such as Rembrandt can paint Him with light emanating from His body and if we understand the light as symbolic, it is safe enough. But if we think of it as more than that, it is harmful."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 20, 2017

A TRUE BABY, NO MERE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE:

"Let us imagine that we are with the shepherds on those hills in Palestine. We have seen and heard the angels, and we have begun to run to Bethlehem. We come bursting into the presence of Mary, Joseph and the baby, and immediately we wonder: what are we looking at? First of all, we are looking at a true baby. He is not an idea or a religious experience."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, What Difference Has Looking Made? (A Christmas Study)


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Dec 19, 2017

THE ADVENT OF THE ANSWER:

"The nativity is the necessary thing to open the way for the answer, but the answer itself is the death of the Lord Jesus Christ."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Dec 18, 2017

GOD THE ARTIST:

"The only artist who is perfect in all forms of creativity--in technique, in originality, in knowledge of the past and future, in versatility, in having perfect content to express as well as perfect expression of content, in having perfect truth to express as well as perfect expression of truth, in communicating perfectly the wonders of all that exist as well as something about Himself, is of course God--the God who is Personal. God the Artist!

~ Edith Schaeffer, Hidden Art


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Dec 17, 2017

UNTO THE ONE WHO IS THERE:

"We call upon the One who really is there now, and who has been and will be for eternity."

~ Edith Schaeffer, The Life of Prayer


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Dec 16, 2017

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION:

"Not everyone is aware how even today Schaeffer's ministry echos in much of our work and that it was significantly formative in Dr. Sproul's original vision for Ligonier."

~ Burk Parsons - Editor's Note: As we remember Dr. Sproul and the outstanding work of Ligonier, we can be thankful for this significant branch of Dr. Schaeffer's legacy that continues into the future for the cause and Kingdom of Christ.

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Dec 15, 2017

SPIRITUAL PATRONIZING:

"...they were told to believe, but were not given any intellectual answers to the questions they were asking. Their parents and pastors patted the youngsters on the head and said, 'Don’t ask questions, dear, just believe.' It was more spiritual to believe without asking questions than it was to ask questions."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The New Super-Spirituality


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Dec 14, 2017

THE CHURCH HISTORY CYCLE:

"In church history a cycle seems to recur: living orthodoxy moves to dead orthodoxy and then to heterodoxy."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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Dec 13, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON HIS WORKS:

"Nothing would trouble me more than my work's being presented as an intellectual abstraction. None of this is theoretical to me. I've been working out across the world of lost people."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, quote from Francis Schaeffer: The Man Behind the Manifesto, by McCandlish Phillips, Christianity Today, Jan. 1982, Moody Monthly


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Dec 12, 2017

COUNTDOWN TO TOTALITARIANISM?:

"It is interesting to note that there was a span of approximately eighty years from the time when the higher critical methods originated and became widely accepted in Germany to the disintegration of German culture and the rise of totalitarianism under Hitler."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster. Editor's Note: Should we do the math in the US from the Fundamental / Modernist Controversies? (2017-1929=80) - Let's be clear, no one is making any predictions. However the level of right and left wing authoritarianism should give us all cause for reflection and perhaps alarm.


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Dec 11, 2017

NO ACCIDENTAL ART:

"Yes, in the beginning this God who created man in His image. Personality already existing. A personal universe created by a Person. A "people-oriented universe" created by a Person. A universe with fulfillment in it for the aspirations of artist, poets, musicians, landscape gardeners, because it has been created by an Artist, Poet, Musician, Landscape Gardner. Man made in the image of One who is a Creator--so that man is made to be creative. Bach, Beethoven, Tolstoy, Leonardo d Vinci--not accidental arrangements of molecules by chance creating, but men made in the image of God who are amazing..."

~ Edith Schaeffer, The Art of Life


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Dec 10, 2017

MAKING THE CHURCH COME ALIVE:

"What specific things can we do to make the church come alive for today - and tomorrow? First of all, don't start a big program... Start personally in your own homes. I dare you. I dare you in the name of Jesus Christ. Begin by opening your home for community."

~ Eternity magazine article "Christian Compassion: Have We Lost Our Touch" by Francis A. Schaeffer


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Dec 09, 2017

HANS ROOKMAAKER ON ART COMMERCIALISM:

THE CONFLICTING DEMANDS OF ART IN OUR TIME: "We want artists to be serious and create deep things that have almost an eternal value, things that people of culture can talk about centuries later. But if they want to be successful, artists have to bow down to present tastes, be commercial and play the clown rather than the sage. So artists are in the midst of conflicting demands."

~ Hans Rookmaaker, Art Needs No Justification, Editor's Note: Hans Rookmaaker (1922-1977) was a dear friend of the Schaeffers and an important part of the early stages of L'Abri.


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Dec 08, 2017

THE BRIDE IN LOVE:

" Our call is first to be the bride [of Christ] faithful, but that is not the total call. The call is not only to be the bride faithful, but to be the bride in love."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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Dec 07, 2017

ART INFLUENCED WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING:

"The tragedy is not only that these talented men [Artist: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Picasso, & Mondrian] have reached the point of despair, but that so many who look on and admire do not understand. They are influenced by the concepts, and yet they never analyzed what it all means."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Dec 06, 2017

BAD MEDICINE:

"Humanism, with it's lack of any final base for values or law, always leads to chaos. It then naturally leads to some form of authoritarianism to control the chaos. Having produced the sickness, humanism gives more of the same kind of medicine for a cure."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, quote from Francis Schaeffer: The Man Behind the Manifesto, by McCandlish Phillips, Jan. 1982, Moody Monthly


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Dec 05, 2017

I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY:

Dr. Schaeffer mentions the work of John Cage in several of his works, highlighting that Cage's approach to "modern" musical composition represents a lapse in music toward nihilism and non-reason. Cage attempts to communicate the fragmentation in human communication through disorder, yet all the while using the order of timekeeping. Thus he contradicts himself in that he tries to use order to say there is no order. "I have nothing to say, and I am saying it" ~ John Cage

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Dec 04, 2017

ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE - 2018 FOR GLORY AND FOR BEAUTY - CREATIVITY AND THE CHRISTIAN:

February 9th and 10th, Visit the registration page for the Rochester Conference information and download the conference brochure.

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Dec 03, 2017

THE DIALECTICAL MILLSTREAM:

"To fail to exhibit that we take truth seriously at those points where there is a cost in doing so, is to push the next generation into the relative, dialectical millstream that surrounds us."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Dec 02, 2017

THE CHANCE PARADE:

"[Man,] In his own naturalistic theories, with the uniformity of cause and effect in a closed system, with an evolutionary concept of a mechanical, chance parade from the atom to man, man has lost his unique identity. As he looks out upon the world, as he faces the machine, he cannot tell himself from what he faces. He cannot distinguish himself from other things."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Dec 01, 2017

WHO AM I?:

"For twentieth-century man this phrase, the image of God, is as important as anything in Scripture, because men today can no longer answer that crucial question, 'Who am I?'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 30, 2017

DENYING WHAT WE BELIEVE:

"When we say we live in a personal universe and God the Father is our Father, to the extent that we have less than a trusting attitude toward Him we are denying what we say we believe."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 29, 2017

ALIVE TO HIM:

"It is not just that we are dead to certain things, but we are to love God, we are to be alive to Him, we are to be in communion with Him, in this present moment of history."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 28, 2017

FIGHTING THE ABNORMAL:

"...when abnormality breaks over me, I can fight what is wrong, yet still not revolt against God. Thus I can have a thankful heart, though living consciously in the Bible's outlook concerning the present world as abnormal. In this setting, the importance of saying, 'thank you' in the worst aspects of the battle becomes clear."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Editor's note: Dr. Schaeffer regularly used the term 'abnormal' to describe the implications of the fall of man in Genesis.


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Nov 27, 2017

WHEN THANKS IS GONE:

"If the contentment goes and the giving of thanks goes, we are not loving God as we should, and proper desire has become coveting against God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 26, 2017

REMOVING THE PLASTIC SMILE:

"It is not that Christians are to 'give thanks' with a plastic smile, saying things are wonderful when they are hard. It is knowing that the hard things are really hard things, a result of the abnormality since the Fall, yet not revolting against God when the hard things come. It is in this sense we are to say, 'thank you.' I know that even out of this part of the battle and tears, my Heavenly Father will bring good--even though I may not know how all the pieces fit together."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 25, 2017

UNTHANKFUL HEARTS:

"...the beginning of man's rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 24, 2017

THE FRAMEWORK FOR THANKFULNESS:

"...I and all Christians know truly, even though not exhaustively, why something is there, why the world has form and men have 'mannishness,' I can meet... a modern man in despair and we can talk. There is a discussible answer as to why things are the way they are, and this is the framework for my thankfulness, as it should be for every Christian."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 23, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES:

"...a quiet disposition and a thankful heart at any given moment is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Nov 22, 2017

POSITIVE ANSWERS RESOLVING AFFLICTION OR SUFFICIENT GRACE AND STRENGTH THROUGH AFFLICTION?::

"It is wrong to shrug off the possibility that specific and positive answers to prayer are an expected part of the Christian's life, just as it is wrong to dismiss the reality that God's Grace and strength are able to be given with adequate 'sufficiency' to really make it possible to go on despite affliction."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Nov 21, 2017

THE ULTIMATE PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT:

"The ultimate reality of what has always been, was always personal. The ultimate personal environment is that God is there."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Practical Christian Living, The Dr Schaeffer Collection, The L'Abri Ideas Library (labri-ideas-library.org)


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Nov 20, 2017

AVOIDING THE CLIFF:

"...in our generation the whole direction is toward being unwilling to say that any system is right or wrong...But we must affirm the possibility of right and wrong with regard to systems and categories. We fall off the cliff...if we do not do so."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Some Absolute Limits, Appendix A to The Church Before the Watching world


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Nov 19, 2017

THE APEX:

"...the Christian system has a unique beauty and perfection because everything is under the apex of the system. Everything begins with the kind of God who is 'there.' This is the beginning and apex of the whole, and everything flows from this in a noncontradictory way."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Nov 18, 2017

FAILING THE TEST:

"If...the Christian community does not take a prolonged and vocal stand for the dignity of the individual and each person's right to life--for the right of each individual to be treated as created in the image of God, rather than as a collection of molecules with no unique value--we feel that as Christians we have failed the greatest moral test to be put before us in this century."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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Nov 17, 2017

GOD'S REALITY TAUGHT ARISTOTLE:

"Rational thought as antithesis is not rooted in Aristotle, it is rooted in reality"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Question of Apologetics, Appendix A to The God Who is There


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Nov 16, 2017

UNSTRUCTURED DEMOCRACY:

"In a fallen world, unstructured democracy is not possible."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 15, 2017

THOSE LEAVING TRUTH BEHIND:

"Evangelical Christians should be better scholars than non-Christians because they know that there is truth in contrast to the [teachings of] relativism and narrow reductionism of every discipline. But too often Christians have naively entered the academic world with a glassy-eyed fascination and left their critical judgment and Christian truth behind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Nov 14, 2017

FORSAKEN DUTY:

"Most fundamentally, our culture, society, government, and law are in the condition they are in, not because of a conspiracy, but because the church has forsaken its duty to be the salt of the culture."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Nov 13, 2017

ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE - 2018 FOR GLORY AND FOR BEAUTY - CREATIVITY AND THE CHRISTIAN :

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Nov 12, 2017

THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY:

"The church is confronted with people who really believe that democracy is dead, who really believe that such an age is gone. I agree, unless we can return to a Reformation base with real reformation and real revival. These are the things the evangelical church should be getting prepared for."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Nov 11, 2017

WITHOUT THE REFORMATION:

"Countries that have never had a Christian Reformation base will be the first to bow to authoritarianism."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 10, 2017

A REFORMATION WITH ANSWERS:

"And they [the Reformers,] took seriously that man needs the answers given by God in the Bible to have adequate answers not only for how to be in an open relationship with God, but also for how to know the present meaning of life and how to have final answers in distinguishing between right and wrong. That is, man needs not only a God who exists, but a God who has spoken in a way that can be understood."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 09, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON SOLA SCRIPTURA:

"The Reformers accepted the Bible as the Word of God in all that it teaches. Luther translated the Bible into German, and translations of the Bible began to be available for the people in the languages they could understand. To the Reformation thinkers, authority was not divided between the Bible and the church. The church was under the teaching of the Bible--not above it and not equal to it. It was sola scriptura, the Scriptures only. This stood in contrast to the humanism that had infiltrated the church after the first centuries of Christianity. At its core, therefore, the Reformation was the removing of the humanistic distortions which had entered the church."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 08, 2017

THE REFORMATION IN CONTEXT:

"...in the south, much of the High Renaissance was based on a humanistic ideal of man's being the center of all things, of man's being autonomous; ...in the north of Europe, the Reformation was giving an opposite answer. In other words, the Reformation was exploding with Luther just as the High Renaissance was coming to its close."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 07, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON JOHN KNOX:

"Knox is rightly thought of as a radical reformer. There is, however, an important distinction to keep in mind concerning him. Throughout his ministry, Knox appealed for moderation and compromise whenever truly fundamental issues were not at stake."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Nov 06, 2017

SONGS OF REFORMATION:

"Wycliffe's and Huss's views were the basic views of the Reformation which came later, and these views continued to exist in parts of the north of Europe even while the Renaissance was giving its humanist answers in the south. The Bohemian Brethren, the antecedents of the Moravian Church, were founded in 1457 by Huss's followers, and, like Luther's doctrines later, their ideas were spread not only by their teaching but by their emphasis on music and use of hymns. Huss himself wrote hymns which are still sung today."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 05, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON HUSS:

"John Huss of Bohemia (the heartland of modern Czechoslovakia) was a professor of the University of Prague (the Charles University). He lived between about 1369 and 1415. Thus his life overlapped Brunelleschi's, Masaccio's and van Eyck's. In contrast to the humanistic elements which had come into the church--and which led to the authority of the church being accepted as equal to, or greater than, the authority of the Bible and which emphasized human work as a basis for meriting the merit of Christ--Huss returned to the teachings of the Bible and of the early church and stressed that the Bible is the only source of final authority and that salvation comes only through Christ and His work. He further developed Wycliffe's views on the priesthood of all believers. Promised safe conduct to speak at the Council of Constance, he was betrayed and burned at the stake there on July 6, 1415."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 04, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON WYCLIFFE:

"...there had been forerunners of the Reformation. John Wycliffe (c. 1320-1384), whose life overlapped Giotto's, Dante's, Petrarch's and Boccaccio's, emphasized the Bible as the supreme authority, and he and his followers produced an English translation which had wide importance throughout Europe. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 03, 2017

REFORMATION OR RENAISSANCE?:

"The High Renaissance in the south and the Reformation in the north must always be considered side by side. They dealt with the same basic problems, but they gave completely opposite answers and brought forth completely opposite results."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Nov 02, 2017

DR. SCHAEFFER'S FAVORITE LUTHER QUOTE:

"Martin Luther said, 'If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Nov 01, 2017

REFORMATION RESULTS:

"In our own country we have enjoyed enormous human freedom. But at the same time this freedom has been founded upon forms of government, law, culture, and social morality which have given stability to individual and social life, and have kept our freedoms from leading to chaos. There is a balance here between form and freedom which we have come to take as natural in the world. But it is not natural. And we are utterly foolish if we do not recognize that this unique balance which we have inherited from the Reformation thought-forms is not automatic in a fallen world. This is clear when we look at the long span of history. But it is equally clear when we read the daily newspaper and see half the world locked in totalitarian oppression."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Oct 31, 2017

HAPPY REFORMATION DAY!:

"Let us emphasize again that the Reformation was no golden age; and our eyes should not turn back to it as if it were to be our perfect model. People have never carried out the biblical teaching perfectly. Nonetheless, wherever the biblical teaching has gone, even though it has always been marred by men, it not only has told of an open approach to God through the work of Christ, but also has brought peripheral results in society, including political institutions."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Oct 30, 2017

ALL IS RELATIVISED:

"[In modern thinking,] all possible positions are relativized, and leads to the concept that truth is to be sought in synthesis rather than antithesis."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Oct 29, 2017

SPIRITUAL POWER:

"as Christians, we too must comprehend something of our need for spiritual power. If we think we can operate on our own, if we do not comprehend the need for a power beyond our own, we will never get started. If we think the power of our own cleverness is enough, we will be at a standstill."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ch. 4. The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way, No Little People


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Oct 28, 2017

THE FORCE OF THE SEEN:

"You feel you know everything because you have actually seen the picture with your own eyes, but in every situation you have been given an edited version... When what is shown on television is carefully edited, this force of the seen is then an absolute form of manipulation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Oct 27, 2017

WE ARE AS WE THINK:

"I believe people are as they think. The choices we make in the next decade will mold irrevocably the direction of our culture... and the lives of our children!"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Promo material for "How Should We Then Live"


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Oct 26, 2017

MODERN-MODERN SCIENCE:

"...the view of the older science (a science whose concept of the uniformity of natural causes in an open system was completely consistent with biblical thought) was being replaced by what I call modern, modern science (a concept which, by the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system, eventually leaves no room for God or a significant man)."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before The Watching World


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Oct 25, 2017

PRESUPPOSITION VS THE REAL WORLD:

"The more logical a man who holds a non-Christian position is to his own presuppositions, the further he is from the real world; and the nearer he is to the real world, the more illogical he is to his presuppositions."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Oct 24, 2017

WE DO NOT NEED A DARK ROOM:

"We do not need a dark room; we do not need to be under the influence of a hallucinatory drug; we do not need to be listening to a certain kind of music; we can know the reality of the supernatural here and now. This experiential result, however, is not just an experience of "bare" supernaturalism, without content, without our being able to describe and communicate it. It is much more. It is a moment-by-moment, increasing, experiential relationship to Christ and to the whole Trinity. We are to be in a relationship with the whole Trinity. The doors are open now: the intellectual doors, and also the doors to reality."

~ Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 23, 2017

NOT SO REVOLUTIONARY:

"You cannot be a revolutionary simply by some minor thing like letting your hair grow and cultivating a beard."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church At The End of the Twentieth Century


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Oct 22, 2017

REFORMATION AND REVIVAL:

"May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world in which we live may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and a Spirit-filled life."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Oct 21, 2017

THE ART OF LIFE:

"...there is a very real sense in which the Christian life itself should be our greatest work of art. Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art And The Bible


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Oct 20, 2017

A STARTING PLACE:

"The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result. If we can only get hold of this--that the internal is the basic, the external is always merely the result--it will be a tremendous starting place."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 19, 2017

THE TRUE SOLUTION:

"...the Christian life, true spirituality, can never have a mechanical solution. The real solution is being cast up into the moment-by-moment communion, personal communion, with God Himself, and letting Christ's truth flow through me through the agency of the Holy Spirit."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 18, 2017

THE NON-MECHANICAL SOLUTION:

"It is not possible to say, pray so long every day, and you will have a certain amount of sanctification. It is not possible to add the two together and to say, you will have this big a piece of sanctification. This is a purely mechanical solution, and denies the whole Christian position."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 17, 2017

NO MECHANICAL SOLUTION:

"...it is obvious that there is no mechanical solution to true spirituality or the true Christian life. Anything that has the mark of the mechanical upon it is a mistake. It is not possible to say, read so many chapters of the Bible every day, and you will have this much sanctification."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 16, 2017

OPEN TO MANIPULATION:

"It is obvious: the future is open to manipulation. Who will do the manipulating? Will it be the new elite on the side of an establishment authoritarianism or another elite? Whoever achieves political or cultural power in the future will have at his disposal techniques of manipulation that no totalitarian ruler in the past has ever had. None of these are only future; they all exist today waiting to be used by the manipulators."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century.


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Oct 15, 2017

HABITS OF CONTROVERSY:

"Beware the habits we learn in controversy. Both must appear together: the holiness of God and the love of God simultaneously by the grace of God."

- Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before The Watching World


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Oct 14, 2017

WHEN FREEDOM DESTROYS ORDER:

"When...freedoms [afforded by Christianity] are separated from the Christian base,...they become a force of destruction leading to chaos. When this happens, as it has today, then, to quote Eric Hoffer (1902-), 'When freedom destroys order, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Oct 13, 2017

TRUTH, LOVE AND CONFRONTATION:

"...truth brings confrontation and it must be with love...the Separatist forgot the love part and it wiped us out. We've paid a price for 30 years for that. But while if you leave out the love, you lose, and you are not what you should be in the world, on the other hand if you forget that truth brings confrontation it is equally destructive."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Commonlife Magazine, 1981 ~ Interviewed by David Leigh


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Oct 12, 2017

COMMON CREATURES:

"Our attitude toward all men should be that of equality because we are common creatures."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People.


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Oct 11, 2017

GOD, GOVERNMENT, TYRANTS AND SEPARATION:

"William Penn (1644-1718) had expressed ... 'If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.' This consensus was as natural as breathing in the United States at that time. We must not forget that many of those who came to America from Europe came for religious purposes. As they arrived, most of them established their own individual civil governments based upon the Bible. It is, therefore, totally foreign to the basic nature of America at the time of the writing of the Constitution to argue a separation doctrine that implies a secular state."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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