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February 15, 2013

Freedom is being so in love with Christ that you can do whatever it is you want to do and it goes right along with his will.

For you to be emotionally affected by whether or not a 20 something year old catches a ball or not makes you not only inmature, but in the eternal realm, a fool. It’s a weird thing that we have men of God that don’t get torn up about the things of God but they do about their basketball team. -Matt Chandler

Child of God, “All your losses are but as the loss of a farthing to a prince.” John Flavel

“When I tell my daughter ‘Rach, go clean your room’ she doesn’t come back two hours later and say ‘Dad, I memorized what you said: Rach , go clean your room. I even know it in Greek!’ ….so why do we think we can go before the Judge one day and quote everything He said [yet have never lived it out]?” -Francis Chan

“Our cup is small, and we blame the fountain.”#spurgeon

“God told me,” “God showed me,” and “God led me” are commonly used expressions of evangelical piety. Well, God does show, God does tell, and God does lead–by His revealed Word. Forms of disguised idolatry come among us when without any revealed, canonical, Scriptural word, we speak as if God has spoken to us and has given us a new revelation. ~Mohler, p.70

I have a book in my office on Charles Spurgeon. It is basically different quotes and things from newspaper clippings and a very rare book. And if you look there you see that Spurgeon was constantly attacked in his culture for the openness of his faith and the openness of his preaching. If you go back to the time of Whitefield and just look at the political cartoons written against Whitefield, I mean, he was considered an absolute fanatic, a crazy man. Why? Because he preached in the open air. John and Charles Wesley in England, Hal Harris and Daniel Rowland. It has never been with the culture to do open air evangelism.

I am not saying that the guys who are talking today are wrong when they say, “Man, it is against culture to be doing this stuff.” What I would tell them is it has been against culture since the moment the apostle Paul stood up in that great coliseum and spoke the Word of God. It has always been against culture. And that is what you have got understand about Christianity. Christianity makes a warfare on culture. It doesn’t seek a truce with culture and then in that truce pass over to the other side. It doesn’t do that. It says, “No, this is who I am and all of you adjust to me.”~Paul Washer

If someone bothers you today, ask yourself: Am I amazed at how well God has treated me when I’ve bothered him? – piper

Brothers, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be – Charles Spurgeon

The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him,and yet He condescends to find a house within our hearts! # spurgeon

There is a new nature, light in the mind, order in the affections, a pliable will, and tenderness in the conscience. If there is no change of heart there is no sign of grace. God’s children desire God, like the beating of the pulse indicates life…Hypocrites may desire him for his jewels, but not for his beauty. A believer cannot be satisfied without God; let the world heap her honours and riches, it will not satisfy…Heaven itself would not satisfy without Christ.
-Thomas Watson

Nowhere does the Bible say, “Because you are white hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” – Piper

Jesus isn’t red or blue. He’s purple. But not because He blends the two. Because He reigns. – RC Sproul Jr

Imagine if the Obama government with no justification killed a couple dozen people. Of course a lot of people, especially all the guns rights people, would be up in arms. How would you react? Jesus was confronted with such a circumstance, when some Romans soldiers killed some of his countrymen. He responds by saying, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” In the Gospels and through out the New Testament social injustice is confronted and Jesus and John the Baptist did have harsh judgments towards the Roman government and Jewish leaders. However, Jesus’ preaching emphasized that the real injustice was mans disregarding of God, the real problem wasn’t Rome but Hell, and real battle to be waged is against sin, and are weapons were peace, love, and suffering. So my Christians friends who are engaged in the political battle on one side or the other, this world, this country isn’t the real one. The real kingdom, the real world, your real life, our real country is to come, so fight for it.

The risk of loving truth above community: we may kill each other. The risk of loving community above truth: we may kill God. – Piper

To speak of God “allowing” anything is to suggest that God is not the author of history, but its censor. – RC Jr

He spared not Himself, and we are always sparing ourselves. – Spurgeon

September 1, 2012

“If these were silent the stones would cry out.” Lk.19:40 Christ is more committed to being praised than keeping rocks rocks. – Piper

National and global authority are not the same as national and global influence. Surely the most influential people are moms. – Piper

If we would venture more upon the naked promise of God, we should enter a world of wonders to which as yet we are strangers. – Spurgeon

The greatest danger of television and movies: helping grow accustomed to the enjoyment of the absence of God. – Piper

We are in a danger zone if we are no longer a mystery to our unsaved friends. Steve Lawson

Christianity, if false, is of no importance & if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. -CSLewis

“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” -C.S. Lewis

Jesus did not say to the devil, “Let me tell you about my experience.” He announced, “It is written.” – Kevin DeYoung

I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages. – Spurgeon

If we bring God down to our level and raise ourselves to his, then of course we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone for a radical atonement to secure it.
-John Stott

“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.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“There are 2 great marks of the Christian life–inner peace and inner warfare.” from J. C. Ryle’s Holiness

When great professors backslide in public, and the church is surprised and shocked, the truth is that they had long ago backslidden on their knees. They had neglected the throne of grace. – J.C. Ryle

“I’m not surprised by bitter, socially uncomfortable pastors with messy or dysfunctional relationships at home, tense relationships with staff members and lay leaders, and secret, unconfessed sin. We have become comfortable with defining ourselves in a less than biblical way. We approach God as less than needy, so we’re less open to the ministry of others and to the conviction of the Spirit. This sucks the life out of the devotional aspect of our walk with God. Tender, heartfelt worship is hard for a person who thinks of himself as having arrived. No one celebrates the presence and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ more than the person who has embraced his desperate and daily need of it.” Paul Tripp, “Your Ministry Is Not Your Identity”

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”- C.S. Lewis

Mission without suffering is Christianity without a cross. – Platt

“There is a huge difference between mission and passion. Mission is required; passion is acquired. Mission is duty; passion is delight. Mission says, ‘I have to witness’; passion says, ‘I get to witness!” If all you have is mission, that’s okay–It’s not hypocrisy to obey orders despite a deficiency of passion. But the more you ‘mish,’ the more you will acquire the inner fire that Paul showed in Athens [Acts 17:6].” David Hosaflook [missionary to Albania], Gospel Meditations for Missions [2011]

As Abraham Kuyper said, “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare,’That is mine!’” C.J. Mahaney, in applying Kuyper’s claim, says, “there is “not a square inch” of our lives—including our closets—with which God is not concerned.” But as Mahaney adds, “Even more, he cares about the heart behind what you wear, about whether your wardrobe reveals the presence of worldliness or godliness.”

Truth seldom goes without a scratched face, for men love her not. – Spurgeon

God did not ordain the cross of Christ and the lake of fire to communicate the insignificance of belittling his glory. -Piper

God planned the worst death for his Son and the worst future for his rivals so we would know what’s at stake in preaching. -Piper

Christ did not die so that we may live. Christ died so that we may die, and lives so that we may live.

The “book of nature” must always be read in light of God’s special revelation, the Bible. – Abraham Kuyper

“He restrained his anger and did not stir up all his wrath.” Ps 78:38 You’ve never seen God as angry as he has a right to be.

The church is impotent against the gay agenda because she has been shacking up with the world for decades. ~ R.c. Sproul Jr.

“To declare that the Creator’s original plan has been frustrated by sin, is to dethrone God.” – A.W. Pink

“People ask me, ‘Why pray if God is sovereign?’ I respond, ‘Why pray if He isn’t?’” – Michael Horton

Criticism is the cost of influence. (Warren)

Our only hope is in Christ. When we get this right, we start offending and attracting all the right people.
-Mark Dever

Jesus doesn’t forbid you from pursuing greatness. However, Jesus gets to define greatness. (Mark 10)

We are free to embrace suffering once we realize that death is reward. – Platt

Christians are the ones who have stood against the prophets of Baal and the empire of Rome and every other satanic system to say that a person’s worth doesn’t consist in his usefulness. Christians are the ones who picked up abandoned babies, who wiped drool from the dying elderly, who joyfully received developmentally disabled children, and who recognized that our own sin has made us nothing noble or powerful. We’re all just dead and damaged and, well, “weird.” But Jesus loved us anyway. – Russel Moore

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