Pastor, Arm Yourself with the Scriptures

Whoso is armed with the text, the same is a right pastor, and my best advice and counsel is, that we draw water out of the true Fountain; that is, diligently to read in the Bible. He is a learned divine that is well grounded in the text; for one text and sentence out of the Bible is of far more esteem and value than many writings and glosses, which neither are strong, sound, nor armor proof.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Do Not Make God into Your Own Image or Imagination!

If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature. But if God determines where He is to be found, then it will be in a place which is not immediately pleasing to my nature and which is not at all congenial to me. This place is the Cross of Christ. And whoever would find Him must go to the foot of the Cross, as the Sermon on the Mount commands. This is not according to our nature at all, it is entirely contrary to it. But this is the message of the Bible, not only in the New but also in the Old Testament.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) in Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, p. 137.