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October 29, 2011

If i ever did a Biblical character study, then produced a result of “I should be like him!” – I did it wrong!! – Dr. Sproul

“I want to call you to abandon your plans and your dreams, your ideas, your possessions, all of your hopes of living out a nice, comfortable, middle class American Christianity — I want to call you to abandon it all to make the glory of Christ known among every nation in the world,” –David Platt

Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter – Tim Kizziar (by Francis Chan in Crazy Love)

The human heart is a factory of idols. – Calvin

“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” — David Platt (Radical)

“It is atheism to pray and not to wait in hope” (Richard Sibbes)

Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked…It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic.

G.K. Chesterton

We don’t have enough self esteem? On the contrary, the greatest problem is that we esteem self too highly and not God.

Nothing shows the irrational, almost infinite power of money like the selling of the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver.

“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, “I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.” Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.”

- John Stott

“Only those who are aware of God’s wrath are amazed at God’s grace.” C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing

“What people learn from me is what I emphasize again and again. That had better be the gospel.” DA Carson

Prayer isn’t where we change God, but He changes us. Instead of praying for OUR desires, lets pray He burden us with HIS.

“Be the kind of man that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, ‘Oh crap, he’s up!’” – James MacDonald

“Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once, and He volunteered.” -Sproul

Two indications of a person’s character are what makes him laugh and what makes him weep.

“If I have a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the explanation is – I was made for another world”

- C.S. Lewis

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness. -Martin Luther

If you have a moderate response to Jesus Christ, you are not being intellectually honest.
-Timothy Keller

“Men are not chosen because they believe, but they believe because they are chosen”

Belief in God’s will being bound by man’s freedom is atheism.

Entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.

At conversion, Christ becomes the center of our universe, the source, the purpose, the goal, and the motivation of all that we are and do. – Paul Washer

“Calling believers to holy obedience isn’t legalism, it’s Christ-united and spirit-empowered fruit-bearing faith in Christ.” – Burk Parsons

It is astonishing how many people deal with their sin casually.
-John Piper

“The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves that he has no brains of his own. Friends, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers and expositions of the Bible.” Charles Spurgeon [1834-1892]

“I find it telling that you can find plenty of young Christians today who are really excited about justice… serving in their communities…evangelism… precise theology… But where are the Christians known for their zeal for holiness? We need more Christian leaders who will say with Paul, ‘Look carefully then how you walk’ (Eph. 5:15).” — Kevin DeYoung

“If you want the church to be something other than a peculiar people, then you want something that God does not want.”

“Let this be to you the mark of true gospel preaching – where Christ is everything, and the creature is nothing; where it is salvation all of grace, through the work of the Holy Spirit applying to the soul the precious blood of Jesus” -Spurgeon

If you are beginning to think the Gospel is too good to be true, then you are just starting to get it.

“Backsliding generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.” J. C. Ryle

If you don’t believe in heaven, it makes sense that retirement should be as heaven-like as possible.

Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of; in nothing on which you might not pray for the blessing of God; in nothing which you could not review with a quiet conscience on your dying bed; in nothing which you might not safely and properly be found doing if death should surprise you in the act. – Richard Baxter

Our Lord has many weak children in his family, many dull pupils in his school, many raw soldiers in his army, many lame sheep in his flock. Yet he bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren. – J.C. Ryle

“A Christian who does not pray is like prince in beggars clothes who stands but a few inches from His father’s throne and yet does not ask.”

-Paul Washer

“Behold the infinite love of God to mankind and the love of Jesus Christ, that rather than see the children of men to perish eternally, He would send His Son to take our nature upon Him, and thus suffer such dreadful things. Oh, what a powerful, mighty, drawing, efficacious meditation this should be unto us!” Jeremiah Burroughs [1600-1646] Gospel Worship