Monday, January 31, 2011

"The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be.  It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it's going to be a lot better and a lot bigger."
--Elisabeth Elliot

Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Jesus, the God-Man, had infinite wealth, but if he had held on to it, we would have died in our spiritual poverty. That was the choice — if he stayed rich, we would die poor. If he died poor, we could become rich. Our sins would be forgiven, and we would be admitted into the family of God."

--Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods (New York, NY: Dutton, 2009), 67.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Regardless of how large, your vision is too small."

--Thomas Chalmers

Friday, January 28, 2011

"The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time."

--Timothy Keller, The Reason For God (New York, NY: Dutton, 2008), 181.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"We need not climb up into heaven to see whether our sins are forgiven; let us look into our hearts, and see if we can forgive others. If we can, we need not doubt but God has forgiven us."

--Thomas Watson (1620 - 1686)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"There is a certain gentleness about really great Christians. There are many ways to observe this, but perhaps one of the best is to notice the tenderness for children in the great spiritual warriors of the past."

--Francis Schaeffer (1912 – 1984)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

"If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in our circumstances."

--George Müller (1805-1898)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"We cry down the law in respect of justification, but we set it up as a rule of sanctification. The law sends us to the Gospel to be justified; and the Gospel sends us to the law again to inquire what is our duty as those who are justified."

--Samuel Bolton

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."

--CS Lewis

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Let a man have what he will, and do what he will, it signifies nothing without charity; which surely implies that charity is the great thing, and that everything which has not charity in some way contained or implied in it is nothing, and that this charity is the life and soul of all religion, without which all things . . . that wear the name of virtues are empty and vain."

--Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"In our natural life our ambitions are our own. In the Christian life we have no aim of our own, and God’s aim looks like missing the mark because we are too short-sighted to see what He is aiming at."

--Oswald Chambers (1874 – 1917)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Parents, be exemplary. Your example may do much towards the salvation of your children; your works will more work upon your children than your words; your patterns will do more than your precepts, your copies more than your counsels."

--Cotton Mather (1663 – 1728)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"We as Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today."

--A.W. Tozer

Monday, January 17, 2011

"A very obvious and tragic fact that religion can crush instead of liberate if there is no grace."

--Phillip Yancey

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus."

--Jim Elliot

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering 'no future bliss could make up for it' not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into glory."

--C. S. Lewis

A fuller enjoyment

"Notice an essential point in this principle: It is Christ who provides us with security and significance. My love for my wife does not in the slightest degree add to the reality that she is thoroughly and eternally secure in Christ’s love.... Nor does my failure to love her as I should diminish the fact of my security. But my tangible, touchable, physically present love can bring to my wife a deeper, experienced awareness of what it means to be loved. I cannot add to the fact of her security, but I can add to her feelings of security.

Similarly, my wife’s submissive respect for me does not increase my significance as a servant of Christ, but it does enrich my awareness of the adequacy that the Lord has already granted. The situation is much like a man who discovers that there is oil beneath my property. He does not make me wealthy; I was rich before he found the oil, but it is not until he makes me aware of the oil that I experience my wealth. Husbands do not make their wives secure; wives do not make their husbands significant. Only Christ can do this. And He does so the moment a person places his or her trust in Him as Savior and Lord. But husbands and wives can help convince their partners of their value and bring them to a fuller enjoyment of their riches in Christ.

--Larry Crabb

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Imagine a person who comes in here tonight and argues 'no air exists' but continues to breathe air while he argues. Now intellectually, atheists continue to breathe - they continue to use reason and draw scientific conclusions [which assumes an orderly universe], to make moral judgments [which assumes absolute values] - but the atheistic view of things would in theory make such 'breathing' impossible. They are breathing God's air all the time they are arguing against him."

--Greg Bahnsen

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in."

--George Washington Carver

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"God will never put a limit on your joy levels. It will take all of eternity to explore the depths of God's gladness."

-- John Crowder "The ecstasy of loving God"

Monday, January 10, 2011

Talking with my sister, Christy, and her kids in Italy

"In the part of my life that is already past, and in the scenes of providence that are already cleared up, I cheerfully confess, and sing, He hath done all things well. This is confirmed to me by the experience of many years; so that I may blush, when I see some of the mysteries of Providence in part unriddled, that I have had such low apprehensions of the love and goodness of God, measuring His wisdom by my shallow comprehension, His power by my cramped span, His love by my unbelief, His goodness by my evil eye, and His ways with me by my ways with Him . . ."

--James Meikle, Solitude Sweetened

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"It is the vocation of the Christian in every generation to out-think all opposition."

--Elton Trueblood

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Only when we turn away from looking at our sin to look at the face of God, to find his pardoning grace, do we begin to repent. Only by seeing that there is grace and forgiveness with him would we ever dare to repent and thus return to the fellowship and presence of the Father. . . . Only when grace appears on the horizon offering forgiveness will the sunshine of the love of God melt our hearts and draw us back to him."

--Sinclair Furguson

Friday, January 7, 2011

"Our Father will refresh us with many pleasant inns on the journey, but he would not encourage us to mistake them for home."

--C.S. Lewis

Thursday, January 6, 2011

"How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended."

--George Whitefield (1714 – 1770)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Promises, though they be for a time seemingly delayed, cannot be finally frustrated.... the heart of God is not turned though His face be hid; and prayers are not flung back, though they be not instantly answered."

--Timothy Cruso (1656 - 1697)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"The passion of Jesus Christ is the judgment of God, in which the Judge himself was the judged."

--John Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove, Ill.; InterVarsity Press, 1986), 161.

Monday, January 3, 2011

"The faithful, forming a low estimate of present good things, rest in God alone, and account nothing of more value than to know from experience that they are interested in His favour"

--John Calvin

Sunday, January 2, 2011

"The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances"

--Elizabeth Elliot

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"We who live in the quiet places have the opportunity to become more acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those who are keeping up with the crowd."

--Laura Ingalls Wilder