I read this quote today. My first thought...how often do I beseech the throne of grace for my pastors? Do I encourage more than I critique? Are they aware of the ways they serve my soul? Let the thought sink deep into the heart of every church, that their minister will be such a minister … Continue reading How Often Do You Pray…
In seventy years we can develop a host of ideas about how indifferent God appears to be about suffering. But is it reasonable to judge God and his plan for the universe by the swatch of time we spend on earth? Have we missed the perspective of the timelessness of the universe? Who would complain … Continue reading Timeless Perspective of the Universe
Here's a couple of good quotes I came across today... "No one can keep close to Jesus--who does not daily, seriously, and prayerfully read His Word." -J. Smith Any teaching that in any way detracts from Christ's exclusive role is by definition both wrong and ineffective. – Douglas Moo In him, and in him alone, … Continue reading Quotes To Ponder
To adhere to legalism is to believe that the Cross was either unnecessary or insufficient (Gal 2:21, 5:2). That is an accurate interpretation of your motive and actions, even if you still ascribe mentally to the necessity of Christ’s sacrifice. In our legitimate pursuit of obedience and maturity legalism slowly and subtly overtakes us, and … Continue reading Have You Abandoned Grace?
What think you of Christ? is the test To try both your state and your scheme; You cannot be right in the rest, Unless you think rightly of him. As Jesus appears in your view, As he is beloved or not; So God is disposed to you, And mercy or wrath are your lot. Some … Continue reading My Portion, My LORD, and My All
Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God. The deeper his apprehension of the majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his … Continue reading Conformed To The Image Of His Savior
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). As Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, discovered in Matthew 1-2, that’s just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find out who’s really charting the course. ***** Nazareth. It felt good to Joseph to be … Continue reading Joseph: (Un)Planned Detours