When God wants to speak and deal with us, he does not avail himself of an angel but of parents, or the pastor, or of our neighbor.
In a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure.
For God does not want to save us by our own but by an extraneous righteousness, one that does not originate in ourselves but comes to us from beyond ourselves, which does not arise on earth but comes from heaven.
Whatever you love most, that is your god.
What are the things we should pray for? First, our personal troubles...The greatest trouble we can ever know is thinking that we have no trouble for we can become hard-hearted and insensible to what is inside of us.
To pray well is the better half of study.
Pray like it all depends on God, then when you are done, go work like it all depends on you.
Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?
It is false that the will, left to itself, can do good as well as evil, for it is not free, but in bondage...On the side of man there is nothing that goes before grace, unless it be impotency and even rebellion.
Music must be supported by the king and the princes, for the maintenance of the arts is their duty no less than the maintenance of the laws.
The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right. Next to faith this is the highest art - to be content with the calling in which God has placed you.
But what will happen even if we do burn down the Jews synagogues and forbid them publicly to praise God, to pray, to teach, to utter God's name? They will still keep doing it in secret. If we know that they are doing this in secret, it is the same as if they were doing it publicly. for our knowledge
We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs 'down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.'
Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things that we do not see.
Music is a fair and glorious gift of God. I am strongly persuaded that after theology, there is no art which can be placed on the level with music.
The highest and most precious treasure we receive of God is, that we can speak, hear, see, etc.; but how few acknowledge these as God's special gifts, much less give God thanks for them.
People give ear to an upstart astrologer [Copernicus]...this fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy
Our office...subjects us to great burdens and labors, dangers and temptations, with little reward or gratitude from the world. But Christ himself will be our reward if we labor faithfully.
The whole Turkish empire is nothing else but a crust cast by Heaven's great Housekeeper to His dogs.
The conscience is eternal and never dies. Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.
Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not natural, but Devil's spells.
An angel is a spiritual being, created by god without a body, for the service of Christendom.
If God is to create or to preserve a creature, God must be present and must make and preserve God's creation both in its innermost and outermost aspects.
what is sought by means of free choice is to make room for merits.
I have before me God's Word which cannot fail, nor can the gates of hell prevail against it; thereby will I remain, though the whole world be against me.
First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.
The Devil, it is true, is not exactly a doctor who has taken degrees, but he is very learned, very expert for all that. He has not been carrying on his business during thousands of years for nothing...
Take away the Mass, destroy the Church.
I compare it with a lie, which like to a snowball, the longer it is rolled the greater it becomes.
As long as a man is persuaded that he can make even the smallest contribution to his salvation, he remains self-confident and does not utterly despair of himself, and so is not humbled before God. Such a man plans out for himself a position, an occasion, a work, which shall bring him final salvation