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November 30, 2010

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor” – C.H. Spurgeon

Grace does not choose a man and leave him as he is. -Spurgeon

The cross was a glorious outworking of the grace of God, by which the Father commissioned the Son to make full satisfaction so that sinners might be saved with no sacrifice of God’s justice.
– R. C. Sproul

“Foolish talking and kidding, and joking, and excessive amusement, are only too common. I don’t argue the fact that there is a time for all things; but to be always flippant and joking is anything but wise.”
-J.C. Ryle

“Our word dynamite is etymologically derived from the Greek word dunamis (dynamis, power, or even miracle.) I do not know how many times I have heard preachers offer some such rendering of Romans 1:16 as this:
‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the dynamite of God unto salvation for everyone who believes’–often with a knowing tilt of the head, as if something profound or even esoteric has been uttered. This is not just the old root fallacy revisited. It is worse: it is an appeal to a kind of reverse etymology, the root fallacy compounded by anachronism. Did Paul think of dynamite when he penned this word? And in any case, even to mention dynamite as a kind of analogy is singularly inappropriate. Dynamite blows things up, tears things down, rips out rock, gouges holes, destroys things. The power of God concerning which Paul speaks he often identifies with the power that raised Jesus from the dead (e.g. , Eph. 1:18-20); and as it operates in us, its goal is (eis soterian, “unto salvation,” Rom. 1:16 KJV), aiming for the wholeness and perfection implicit in the consummation of our salvation. Quite apart from the semantic anachronism, therefore dynamite appears inadequate as a means of raising Jesus from the dead or as a means of conforming us to the likeness of Christ. Of course, what preachers are trying to do when they talk about dynamite is give some indication of the greatness of the power involved. Even so, Paul’s measure is not dynamite, but the empty tomb.”

-D. A. Carson, “Exegetical Fallacies”

November 7, 2010

Persecution in India: Francis’ Response from Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

Praise should be proportionate to it’s object.

I don’t know of any man in history that was a partial slave.

“When I think of beauty, I think of Jesus. We have been programmed so, that we think we see beauty without
Christ. We can’t, and we don’t.” –Ned Bere

“Nothing but the death of Christ for us will be the death of sin in us.” – John Owen

The thread of which the unconverted hang over hell does not break because of their weight but because God snaps it.

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and Christian people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

Don’t you realize that you cannot make your own heart beat? …It is the mercy of God that sustains you, even when you hate Him.” – Gianna Jessen

“Sin must be called by its name.” –Richard Wurmbrand

“If you want to find out how much someone loves you, find out how much they pray for you.” -J.C. Ryle

Divine silence does not mean Divine absence.

This past week, 50,000 people died of AIDS in India. Another 100,000 died of hunger related diseases. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands that were trafficked around the world for sexual exploitation. Plus the near 2 BILLION that have ZERO chance of ever hearing the Gospel. And the greatest concern we had this past week was how our sports team did.