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Sep 29, 2018

GREATER THAN ANIMAL/MACHINES:

"To the extent that we live thus [as animals or machines], we are less than man was meant to be. If we as Christians live with this separation, we are saying that the twentieth-century man is right when he says, 'We are only animals or machines.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Sep 11, 2018

PLASTIC SPIRITUALITY:

"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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Sep 07, 2018

LOVE ENOUGH NOT TO COVET:

"We must see that to love God with all the heart, mind, and soul is not to covet against God; and to love man, to love our neighbor as ourselves, is not to covet against man. When I covet God’s prerogatives for myself, or covet another person’s things for myself, I am not loving God or the person as I should."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jul 27, 2018

TRUTH IN PRACTICE:

"When I accepted Christ as Savior, when God as judge declared me justified, these things became legally true. My call in the Christian life is to see them become true in my life in practice."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jul 25, 2018

THE INWARD 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 A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jul 23, 2018

WHEN 'THANK YOU' HAS MEANING:

"We have said that we are to love God enough to say, 'Thank You' even for the difficult things [in previous chapters of True Spirituality]. We must immediately understand, as we say this, that this has no meaning whatsoever unless we live in a personal universe in which there is a personal God who objectively exists."

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Jun 18, 2018

BELIEVE EVERY MOMENT:

"To believe Him not just when I accept Christ as savior, but every moment, one moment at a time: this is the Christian life, and this is True Spirituality"

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May 29, 2018

WE DO NOT NEED A DRUG:

"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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May 24, 2018

PROPER CONTENTMENT:

"When I lack proper contentment, I have forgotten that God is God. We are now speaking about a practical test to judge if we are coveting against God. A quiet disposition and a heart giving thanks is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God at that moment."

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Apr 28, 2018

UNIFIED REVELATION:

"'General revelation' and 'special revelation' are theological terms which deserve some analysis. The Bible is the special revelation. We need the Bible for the message of salvation, and for the knowledge it gives which is the key to general revelation. But the general revelation--that which God has made and which we are and that which surrounds us--shows forth the existence of God and gives a true revelation of Him. General revelation and special revelation constitute a unified revelation."

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Apr 08, 2018

OUTSIDE THE COCOON OF MYSELF:

"... when as a Christian I bow before this God who is there, then I can move out of the only logical position which the non-Christian can hold, and that is he must dwell consciously but silently in the cocoon of his being, without knowing anything outside of himself."

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Feb 11, 2018

NOT STAYING IN THE CIRCLE:

"Thus, in rebellion, not staying within the circle of what man is but trying to move into the circle of existence of God, man falls crushed within himself at every turn. At that point he has two possibilities, and just two, if he is going to stay in the circle of rationality. He can return to his place before the personal Creator, a personal creature before a personal Creator. Or else he can go lower than his place."

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Jan 29, 2018

DEGRADING YOUR EXISTENCE:

"So sinful man takes his place among the lower circles of existence; he moves down from being man into the lower existence of the animals and machines. Man is thus divided against and from himself in every part of his nature."

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Jan 28, 2018

THE UNITY THAT IS MAN:

"We miss the biblical concept if we miss its emphasis that man is not just the parts; he is a unit... Anything that hurts that unity is destructive of the very basic thing that man is and what man needs to be."

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Jan 24, 2018

CREATOR-CREATED UNITY:

"God has spoken, and what he so teaches is a unity with what He has made."

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Jan 23, 2018

CREATING AFTER OUR CREATOR:

“God's creation and mine differ, of course. God can create out of nothing, by fiat. I cannot, because only He is infinite. In creation He is limited only by his own character. I am limited not only by my character, but by my finiteness. While I create, I bring forth in the external universe that he created."

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Jan 22, 2018

YOU CAN'T STOP CREATING!:

"It can be said that it is impossible for men not to create things constantly and truly. Even if I wished to stop I could not. It is impossible not to be creating things truly and constantly out of my thought-world into the external world and giving them permanent expression."

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Jan 20, 2018

NO TRULY HEALTHY:

"Since the fall there is no truly healthy person in his body, and there is no completely balanced person psychologically. The result of the fall spoils us as a unit and in all of our parts."

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Jan 19, 2018

TRUTH AND REASON:

"Truth is content, truth has something to do with reason. Truth has something to do with the rational creature that God has made us. The dilemma here in the internal world is not just some sort of gray fog, it is in relationship to content."

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Jan 17, 2018

YOU LIVE THERE!:

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

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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..."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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Sep 25, 2017

SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEXT:

"We have said that we are to love God enough to say, 'Thank You' even for the difficult things [in previous chapters of True Spirituality]. We must immediately understand, as we say this, that this has no meaning whatsoever unless we live in a personal universe in which there is a personal God who objectively exists."

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