“Strength and comfort, and power and peace, in our walking with God, are the things of our desires. Were any of us asked seriously, what it is that troubles us, we must refer it to one of these heads:—either we want strength or power, vigour and life, in our obedience, in our walking with God; or we want peace, comfort, and consolation therein. Whatever it is that may befall a believer that doth not belong to one of these two heads, doth not deserve to be mentioned in the days of our complaints.”
John Owen, vol. 6, The Works of John Owen., ed. William H. Goold (Edinburg: T&T Clark), 21.
Ten Questions to Ask Each Chapter:
“What is the leading subject?
What is the leading lesson?
What is the best verse?
Who is the principal person?
What does it teach of Christ?
Does it show an example to follow?
Is there any error to avoid?
Is there a duty to perform?
Does it give a promise to claim?
Is there a prayer to echo?”
Quoted in R. Laird Harris, Exploring the Basics of the Bible (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2002), 99.
I know very little of who Grace Saxe was, but the above quote is rather well-known, and her name is associated with Billy Sunday. She seems to have lived in Illinois and Indian, and was in active ministry around the turn of the century.
While some think this is “prophetic,” and speaks to our generation in particular, the fact that it was also true in 1965 tells us that Graham had a great insight into church history. This is true of almost every era of the church.
“Multitudes of Christians within the church are moving toward the point where they may reject the institution that we call the church. They are beginning to turn to more simplified forms of worship. They are hungry for a personal and vital experience with Jesus Christ. They want a heartwarming personal faith. Unless the church quickly recovers its authoritative Biblical message, we may witness the spectacle of millions of Christians going outside the institutional church to find spiritual food.”
Billy Graham, 1965