|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A treatise on Good Works by Dr. Martin Luther:
evidently was perfectly correct, when he wrote to Spalatin, long
before its completion -- as early as March 2 5. -- that he
believed it to be better than anything he had heretofore written.
The book, indeed, surpasses all his previous German writings in
volume, as well as all his Latin and German ones in clearness,
richness and the fundamental importance of its content. In
comparison with the prevalent urging of self-elected works of
monkish holiness, which had arisen from a complete
misunderstanding of the so-called evangelical counsels (comp.
esp. Matthew 19:16-22) and which were at that time accepted as
self-evident and zealously urged by the whole church, Luther's
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
insolent, and no one dare call you a thief.
The same I say also of mechanics, workmen, and day-laborers, who all
follow their wanton notions, and never know enough ways to overcharge
people, while they are lazy and unfaithful in their work. All these are
far worse than sneak-thieves, against whom we can guard with locks and
bolts, or who, if apprehended, are treated in such a manner that they
will not do the same again. But against these no one can guard, no one
dare even look awry at them or accuse them of theft, so that one would
ten times rather lose from his purse. For here are my neighbors, good
friends, my own servants, from whom I expect good [every faithful and
diligent service], who defraud me first of all.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
"I will tell you soon. But I was going to say that my
information does not end here; it has been completed in an
"Look at this neat little packet of manuscript; it is
paginated, you see, and I have indulged in the civil coquetry
of a ribbon of red tape. It has almost a legal air, hasn't it?
Run your eye over it, Austin. It is an account of the
entertainment Mrs. Beaumont provided for her choicer guests.
The man who wrote this escaped with his life, but I do not
think he will live many years. The doctors tell him he must
have sustained some severe shock to the nerves."
The Great God Pan