Art and the Beauty of Creation
Genesis 1:1; 4:17–22
If God is and remains Sovereign, then art can work no enchantment except in keeping with the ordinances which God ordained for the beautiful, when He, as the Supreme Artist, called this world into existence. And further, if God is and remains Sovereign, then he also imparts these artistic gifts to whom He will, first even to Cain’s, and not to Abel’s posterity; not as if art were of Cain, but in order that he who has sinned away the highest gifts should at least, as Calvin so beautifully says, in the lesser gifts of art have some testimony of the divine bounty.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Hard Work and Love
1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 5:10; Revelation 2:19
Hard work and love make you carry out a task; concern and alertness make you well-advised. Through hard work you keep matters going; through love you bring them to perfection. Through concern you look ahead; through alertness you pay close attention.
HUGH OF ST. VICTOR
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.