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

There is enough sin in my best prayer to send the whole world to hell. – John Bunyan

Because Christ prayed for those who were crucifying Him, I will pray for those who crucify Him today afresh in their unbelief. – Piper

Chris Rosebrough: “Preaching morality without the gospel is like Pharaoh demanding bricks without supplying straw.”

“Compare yourself only with Jesus.” – AW Tozer

“Your real life IS your spiritual life. And both will be awful until you realize that they aren’t separate things”

When the angel of God shows up and is asked, Whose side are you on? “I didn’t come to take sides. I came to take over. -Voddie B

When William Carey volunteered to be a missionary, he implored those who sent him, “Remember that you must hold the rope.”

The greatest news in all the world is that the slaughtered Lamb of God reigns as the sovereign Lord of all. – Platt

“We little know what we owe to our Saviour’s prayers.” – C.H. Spurgeon