Saturday, September 25, 2010

"How dare you approach the mercy-seat of God on the basis of what kind of day you had, as if that were the basis for our entrance into the presence of the sovereign and holy God? No wonder we cannot beat the Devil. This is works theology. It has nothing to do with grace and the exclusive sufficiency of Christ. Nothing.

Do you not understand that we overcome the accuser on the ground of the blood of Christ? Nothing more, nothing less. That is how we win. It is the only way we win. This is the only ground of our acceptance before God. If you drift far from the cross, you are done. You are defeated.

We overcome the accuser of our brothers and sisters, we overcome our consciences, we overcome our bad tempers, we overcome our defeats, we overcome our lusts, we overcome our fears, we overcome our pettiness on the basis of the blood of the Lamb."

--D.A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Man is not converted because he wills to be, but he wills to be because he is ordained to election."

--Augustine of Hippo

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"My Dearest Lord, be Thou a bright flame before me, be Thou a guiding star above me, be Thou a smooth path behind me, be Thou a kindly shepherd before me, today and evermore."

--St. Columba

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master."

--John Newton

Monday, September 20, 2010

"This is a wise, sane Christian faith; that a man commit himself, his life, and his hopes to God; that God undertakes the special protection of that man; that therefore that man ought not to be afraid of anything."

--George MacDonald

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"God is the great reality. His resources are available and endless. His promises are real and glorious, beyond our wildest dreams."

--John Bertram Phillips

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"There is nothing that can take place towards a child of God but what our heavenly Father designs, in infinite love, for our spiritual advancement, and His own glory. We are to submit to His holy will, and believe that there is a 'needs be' for it.

The Lord loves His children too well to lay upon them the weight of a feather, without an absolute necessity, and without some wise and loving purpose. God deals wisely and graciously with us in all His varying dispensations.

If tears could be shed in heaven, we would weep that we ever mistrusted His goodness in His dealings towards us."

--Mary Winslow

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Jesus does not say, 'Come to me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose minds no longer wander, and I will give you rest.' No, Jesus opens his arms to his needy children and says, 'Come to me, all who are weary and heaven-laden, and I will give you rest.' . . . The criteria for coming to Jesus is messiness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy."

--Paul Miller

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"The marvel of marvels is not that God, in His infinite love, has not elected all of this guilty race to be saved, but that He has elected any."

--Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You."

--Jeremiah 32:17

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"A seed is useless until it is cast into the soil where it will die in order to become something greater-a plant, a flower, a tree. In the same way, my dedication to life at home as a mother is a seed of sacrifice. I give up my own desires and sacrifice my gifts and talents so that new life may come from me. I am buried in the rich soil of housework, homeschooling, character training, disciplining, and the myriad responsibilities of make a home. To many in my generation, my decision to stay at home is a fruitless sacrifice, a waste of feminine intelligence and abilities. To me, though, it is a small sacrifice if by it I may send my children into the next generation bursting with spiritual life, ready to change the world for Christ."

"If I want to be set apart for God's purposes, then I need to have an intimate knowledge of the God whose purposes I want to serve. The more I fellowship with him through prayer and reading his Word, the more clearly I will begin to know and recognize his will for my life. While other trusted believers may provide some needed wisdom or perspective, God's will is primarily a personal matter discovered through prayer, reflection on his Word, and daily obedience. God's will is not something hidden that needs to be found but, rather, something that needs to be done."

-Sally Clarkson, Seasons of a Mother’s Heart

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition."

--Jeremiah Burroughs

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved."

--Psalm 62:1–2

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction."

--Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Friday, September 10, 2010

"A Substitute has appeared in space and time, appointed by God Himself, to bear the weight and burden of our transgressions, to make expiation for our guilt, and to propitiate the wrath of God on our behalf. This is the gospel."

--R.C. Sproul, The Truth of the Cross.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"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

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Thou art the Lord who slept upon the pillow,
Thou art the Lord who soothed the furious sea.
What matter beating wind and tossing billow
If only we are in the boat with Thee?

Hold us in quiet through the age-long minute
While Thou art silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while Thou, dear Lord, art in it?
Can the heart faint that waiteth on Thy will?"

--Amy Carmichael

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God; we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God and sleep to God and work to God and talk to God, do all to His glory and praise."

--Richard Sibbes

Monday, September 6, 2010

"If you want God’s grace, all you need is need, all you need is nothing. But that kind of spiritual humility is hard to muster."

--Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His promises."

--Thomas Watson

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I have done this!

This is my heart! I was here at Interface, in Papua New Guinea, several years ago. I know some of the people and was in many of the places shown in this video. Awesome! Go!

"My dear friend, when grief presses you to the dust, worship there."

--C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, September 3, 2010

"But the true idea of a home is that it is a place for growth. It is a place for the parents themselves to grow--to grow into beauty of character, to grow in refinement, in knowledge, in strength, in wisdom, in patience, gentleness, kindliness, and all the Christian graces and virtues. It is a place for children to grow--to grow into physical vigor and health and to be trained in all that shall make them true and noble men and women."

--J.R. Miller, The Family.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure:
Save from wrath and make me pure."

--Au­gus­tus Top­la­dy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BlondeStar commercial

"Nature was the first Scripture .... to be out in nature is to be near God."

--John O'Donohue

Spellbound by Emily Brontë

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing dear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.