|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Smalcald Articles by Dr. Martin Luther:
righteous and holy from pure grace and mercy, shed upon us
[unfolded] and spread over us in Christ. Therefore we cannot
boast of many merits and works, if they are viewed apart from
grace and mercy, but as it is written, 1 Cor. 1, 31: He that
glorieth, let him glory in the Lord, namely, that he has a
gracious God. For thus all is well. We say, besides, that if
good works do not follow, faith is false and not true.
XIV. Of Monastic Vows.
As monastic vows directly conflict with the first chief
article, they must be absolutely abolished. For it is of them
that Christ says, Matt. 24, 5. 23 ff.: I am Christ, etc. For
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Christ in Flanders by Honore de Balzac:
entreating absolution of the Bishop, who did not heed her. In the
beautiful eyes the knight read a vague feeling of filial piety, and
spoke in a smothered voice.
"Submit yourself to the will of God. If it is His pleasure to take
your mother to Himself, it will doubtless be for her happiness--in
another world," he added, and his voice dropped still lower. "And for
ours in this," he thought within himself.
The Dame of Rupelmonde was lady of seven fiefs beside the barony of
The girl felt the longing for life in her heart, and for love that
spoke through the handsome adventurer, a young miscreant who haunted
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from King James Bible:
LUK 1:61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is
called by this name.
LUK 1:62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him
LUK 1:63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name
is John. And they marvelled all.
LUK 1:64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed,
and he spake, and praised God.
LUK 1:65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all
these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of
King James Bible