The Analogy of Faith Better than Systems
There is the analogy of faith: it is a master key, which not only opens particular doors, but carries you through the whole house. But an attachment to a rigid system is dangerous: Luther once turned out the Epistle of St. James because it disturbed his system. I shall preach, perhaps, very usefully upon two opposite texts, while kept apart; but, if I attempt nicely to reconcile them, it is ten to one if I do not begin to bungle.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Suffering with Christ
Matthew 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27; Romans 8:17; Philippians 3:10
Christ suffered for His beloved; should we wonder then that He has left us His example, in order that we endure patiently ourselves all things for our own salvation? He is God and we are His creatures; He is the Lord and we are His servants; He is the master of the world and we are insignificant mortals; He has need of nothing, we are destitute of all; He has suffered, why should we not suffer likewise, especially when suffering is for us a purification?
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.