John Owen Quotes
We expect to report an operating margin between 2 percent and 4 percent, and that should bring us to a net loss for the full year. And for full-year, we are using an assumed fuel price of 1.92 (for a gallon of jet fuel). So, basically, 1.92 in the first quarter and an average of about 2 for each of the remaining three quarters.
It is not the distance of the earth from the sun, nor the sun's withdrawing itself, that makes a dark and gloomy day but the interposition of clouds and vaporous exhalations. Neither is thy soul beyond the reach of the promise, nor does God withdraw Himself but the vapours of thy carnal, unbelieving heart do cloud thee.
Some relate ... that the eagle tries the eyes of her young by turning them to the sun which if they cannot look steadily on, she rejects them as spurious. We may truly try our faith by immediate intuitions of the Sun of Righteousness. Direct faith to act itself, immediately and directly on the incarnation of Christ and His mediation and if it be not the right kind and race, it will turn its eyes aside to anything else.
God hath work to do in this world and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God hath a work to do and not to help Him is to oppose Him.
Faith is the leading grace in all our spiritual warfare and conflict but all along, while we live, it hath faithful company that adheres to it and helps it. Love works, and hope works, and all other graces self-denial, readiness to the cross they all work and help faith. Yet when we come to die, faith is left alone. Now, try what faith will do. Not to be surprised with any thing is the substance of human wisdom not to be surprised with death is a great part of the substance of our spiritual wisdom.
I do not know a warning that I judge more necessary to be given to those who are called this day, than to charge them not to trade too much with their natural gifts, and abilities, and learning. These are talents in their kind but it is the Spirit that must manage all that learning they have, or it will prejudice them, and you also. I have known some good men who have been so addicted to their study, that they have thought the last day of the week sufficient to prepare for their ministry, though they employ all the rest of the week in other studies. But your business is to trade with your spiritual abilities.... A man may preach a very good sermon, who is otherwise himself but he will never make a good minister of Jesus Christ, whose mind and heart are not always in the work. Spiritual gifts will require continual ruminating on the things of the Gospel in our minds.