Sunday, February 20, 2011

"To live missionally means to live each waking moment in light of the gospel so that it increasingly affects every part of our lives for the glory of God's grace in our fallen world."

--Dan Cruver, Reclaiming Adoption.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Go to bed seasonably, and rise early. Redeem your precious time: pick up the fragments of it, that not one moment of it may be lost. Be much in secret prayer. Converse less with man, and more with God."

--George Whitefield

Friday, February 18, 2011

"The death of Christ is the wisdom of God by which the love of God saves sinners from the wrath of God, all the while upholding and demonstrating the righteousness of God in Christ."

--John Piper, Desiring God.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"If we would be sanctified, our course is clear and plain--we must begin with Christ.  We must go to Him as sinners, with no plea but that of utter need, and cast our souls on Him by faith. . . . If we would grow in holiness and become more sanctified, we must continually go on as we began, and be ever making fresh applications to Christ."

--J. C. Ryle

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Make God the peculiar object of your praises. The doctrine of electing grace shows what great reason you have to do so.  If God so values you, set so much by you, has bestowed greater mercies upon you than on all the ungodly in the world, is it too little a requital for you to make God the peculiar object of your praise and thankfulness?  If God so distinguishes you with his mercies, you ought to distinguish yourself in his praises.  You should make it your great care and study how to glorify that God who has been so peculiarly merciful to you.

And this, rather, because there was nothing peculiar in you differing you from any other person that moved God to deal thus peculiarly by you: you were as unworthy to be set by as thousands of others that are not regarded of God, and are cast away by him forever as worthless and filthy."

--Jonathan Edwards

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then."

--Lewis Carroll

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"'For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, nor my covenant of peace be removed from you,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you."

--Isaiah 54:10

Friday, February 11, 2011

"You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other.  Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives.  All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other.  We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves.  When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a swamp that nothing in another can equal it.  That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others.  Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace.  Keep silent, refrain from judgement.  This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil."

--St Seraphim of Sarov

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Because of the bodily ascension of Jesus Christ, the dust of earth now sits on the throne of heaven."

--Philip Graham Ryken, Luke (Vol 2), (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2009), pg. 693.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on the trees and flowers and clouds and stars."

-- Martin Luther

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning."

--Psalm 30:5

Monday, February 7, 2011

"'Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have labored to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder."


Sunday, February 6, 2011

"To dream, and want and pray, almost savagely; then to commit and wait and see Him quietly pile all dreams aside and replace them with what we could not dream, the realized Will."

--Jim Elliot

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Only he who loses his life will save it. We are baptized into the death of Christ, and it is the remedy for the Fall. Death is, in fact, what some modern people call 'ambivalent.'  It is Satan’s great weapon and also God’s great weapon: it is holy and unholy; our supreme disgrace and our only hope; the thing Christ came to conquer and the means by which He conquered."

--C. S. Lewis, Miracles (New York, NY; Macmillan, 1960).

Friday, February 4, 2011

"You are complete in Him.  What words are these, from the same man who says, 'In me dwells no good thing?'  May we learn to rejoice in Christ Jesus, while we learn, also, to have no confidence in the flesh.

It was so with the apostle.  He felt that anything was too hard, the simplest thing too difficult, without Christ; the work before him only became possible--easy--when the promise was fulfilled--'My grace is sufficient for you; and my strength is made perfect in weakness.'  Then he could confidently say, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'

Yes, Christian, although in your daily course you seem to struggle in your duty, and though nothing seems to go on satisfactorily, be assured of this, so long as you are really looking to Christ and relying upon Him--so long is He working in you by His Spirit--however difficult may be your tasks, you will make progress.  You perhaps may never perceive it--you may not appear to make a step in advance--but, be not discouraged.  Remember, 'All the promises of God in Christ are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God;' and these promises are yours."

--John MacDuff, The Throne of Grace

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"In self-giving, if anywhere, we touch a rhythm not only of all creation but of all being. For the Eternal Word also gives himself in sacrifice. When he was crucified he 'did that in the wild weather of his outlying provinces which He had done at home in glory and gladness' from before the foundation of the world. . . ."
--C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Our sin must be extremely horrible. Nothing reveals the gravity of sin like the cross. . . . It is impossible for us to face Christ’s cross with integrity and not to feel ashamed of ourselves. . . . For if there was no way by which the righteous God could righteously forgive our unrighteousness, except that he should bear it himself in Christ, it must be serious indeed."

--John Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove, Ill.; InterVarsity Press, 1986), 83.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God's beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as thought I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!

I cling to Christ and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own:
My praise--my all--shall be for Christ alone.

--Chris Anderson