“As it was with Edwards, sometimes the things of God should appear so beautiful to our minds that we can’t help but study and meditate on them and so ravish our hearts that we want to weep or sing. What in all the world should delight our minds and ignite our hearts more than the things of God?”—A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (via akosipax)
“And what manner of men will they be? Men mighty in the Scriptures, their lives dominated by a sense of the greatness, the majesty and holiness of God, and their minds and hearts aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace. They will be men who have learned what it is to die to self, to human aims and personal ambitions; men who are willing to be ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, who will bear reproach and falsehood, who will labour and suffer, and whose supreme desire will be, not to gain earth’s accolades, but to win the Master’s approbation when they appear before His awesome judgment seat. They will be men who will preach with broken hearts and tear-filled eyes, and upon whose ministries God will grant an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and who will witness ‘signs and wonders following’ in the transformation of multitudes of human lives.”—
Arnold Dallimore in his two-volume biography of George Whitefield, the great evangelist of the 18th century revival.
“People don’t fall in love with God because you’re “awesome.” Are you with me? People don’t go “I want to love Jesus more because bill is awesome.” Thats not how it works. Its ” I AM IN NEED! And Christ is sufficient for whatever need that is.” That is what draws people to the heart of God.”—Matt Chandler, Colossians Pt. 20 (via ryancollman)
“The essence of holiness is not new behavior, activity, or disciplines. Holiness is new affections, new desires, and new motives that then lead to new behavior.”—Tim Chester, You Can Change (via ryancollman)
“We must not become, as John Stott puts it, “a rabbit hole Christian,” the kind who pops his head out of a hole, leaves his Christian roommate in the morning and scurries to class, only to frantically search for a Christian to sit by [an odd way to approach a mission field]. Thus he proceeds from class to class. When dinner comes, he sits with the Christians in his dorm at one huge table and thinks, “What a witness!” From there he goes to his all-Christian Bible study, and he might even catch a prayer meeting where the Christians pray for non-believers on his floor. [By what luck that he was able to live on the only floor with seventeen Christians!] Then at night he scurries back to his Christian roommate. Safe! He made it through the day and his only contacts with the world were those mad, brave dashes to and from Christian activities.”—
“God intends us to penetrate the world. Christian salt has no business to remain snugly in elegant little ecclesiastical salt cellars; our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: Where is the salt?”—
Here’s the challenge John Piper issues as he closes his chapter on prayer (chapter 6) in Desiring God:
[O]ne of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant life of prayer is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to. If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, “Hey, let’s go today!” You won’t have anything ready. You won’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned.
But that is how many of us treat prayer. We get up day after day and realize that significant times of prayer should be a part of our life, but nothing’s ever ready. We don’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned. No time. No place. No procedure. And we all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer. The opposite of planning is the rut. If you don’t plan a vacation, you will probably stay home and watch TV. The natural, unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb of vitality. There is a race to be run and a fight to be fought. If you want renewal in your life of prayer, you must plan to see it.
Therefore, my simple exhortation is this: Let us take time this very day to rethink our priorities and how prayer fits in. Make some new resolve. Try some new venture with God. Set a time. Set a place. Choose a portion of Scripture to guide you. Don’t be tyrannized by the press of busy days. We all need midcourse corrections. Make this a day of turning to prayer—for the glory of God and for the fullness of your joy. (Desiring God, 2003 edition, pages 182–183)
I need to take this to heart and be more organized in my prayer life!
“I’ve come to see that you can limit God in different ways. You can limit Him by thinking He can never work in spectacular ways. But you can also limit Him by thinking that only the spectacular is meaningful.
The Spirit’s power and work are much broader, much more multifaceted than we often think. And it’s all meaningful.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
“When people ask me how to discover their spiritual gifts, I say, “Just serve.” Don’t overspiritualize spiritual gifts. There’s a good chance the gifts God has given you to serve the church are the same ones you use in your daily work. Don’t worry about whether or not you have a gift that appears in one of the lists of spiritual gifts in the Bible. (See Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, 28; Ephesians 4:11.) Those lists aren’t exhaustive. Instead just look around you for needs, and then try to meet them. If what you do is helpful and other people are encouraged by your service, maybe you have a gift. But you don’t need a badge to be useful. Just serve. It’s not about you and your gift; it’s about serving the needs of others and glorifying Jesus through your life.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
But meanwhile, I’ve got another great giveaway for you. This week’s sponsor is CBD Reformed, a company you know well by now. They are offering 5 prizes, each of which will consist of the following 3 books:
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So I was on Facebook and I get updates from Britt Merrick, when I saw this post.
Wow. This is awesome! Some Christians are gonna burn my book! Along with others’ like John Piper and Billy Graham.http://ow.ly/2IYIM So cool!
So obviously this church has decided that any version but the King James Version is evil. So they are going to burn these along with many books by christian authors. While there are some authors on the list that I don’t care for, Benny Hinn for example, who would ever have a book burning of their books!
I grew up with the KJV and I must say that I still love the language used and the sheer poetry of it. I mean does Psalms 23 sound right in any other translation! That being said, the KJV was, translated from the greek by fallible men just like all of us and like any translation will have some flaws. The KJV is not the scripture in the original language it was written in, that would be koinonia greek. So should we all learn greek? Of course not. Now there are some translations of the bible I don’t care for personally, but I would never want to burn them.
This is all so silly! They even list the Reina-Valera 1960, a spanish translation. I guess even all good spanish christians need to adhere to the KJV.
“He who lives without prayer, he who lives with little prayer, he who seldom reads the Word, and he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high - he will be the man whose heart will become dry and barren.”—Charles Spurgeon (via chaispice)
“Righteousness in relationship is what pleases my Father. I’m not trying to live up to some church standard or self-imposed standard. I want to grow in honoring and knowing and blessing the heart of my Father.
The truth of God’s adopting love for me means I’m not obeying to get into His family or even to stay in the club. I obey because I’m already in. Because of Jesus, I’m family. There’s incredible safety in that.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
“If anything has turned the world off to Christianity, it’s self-righteousness and arrogance that pretend religious observance makes us better than other people. But a biblically informed view of indwelling sin and sanctification sweeps away self righteousness. Christians who are being sanctified don’t have time to be sanctimonious. They’re aware of how far they have to go. They’re aware of their weakness and God’s ongoing grace toward them. This is what enables them to be gracious toward others.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
“When you glimpse the big-picture perspective of who Jesus is and what He has come to do, it takes your breath away. His person and work are unlike any other. Abraham was simply a servant of God. Moses was only a prophet for God. Muhammed was just a man. Buddha was just a teacher. Confucius, more a social philosopher. Joseph Smith, who founded Mormonism, and Charles Taze Russell, who founded Jehovah’s Witnesses, and L. Ron Hubbard, who founded Scientology, are flawed sinners like you and me. None of these people and none of their philosophies and ideas can save us. Just like us they’re guilty before a holy God.
Only Jesus can rescue. Only Jesus offers the world outside help. And that’s what our world needs. We need God to come down to earth to save us. Only Jesus claims this for himself. Only Jesus died and rose again. And only Jesus can and will unite all things in Himself.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
“This is the work that Jesus came to do. And it’s only when we realize how big, how massive, the mission of Jesus truly is that we begin to understand how unique He is. The work He came to accomplish is nothing less than the setting right of all that is wrong-in our relationship with God, in our hearts, in creation, in the whole universe.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
“To know and relate to God as we should, we must remember that God is both transcendent and immanent. God is so far above us in power and glory. But not far-off, disinterested, or disengaged. He is, as the psalmist says, at our right hand, upholding those who trust in Him (Psalm 16:8).”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep
“The love of God is wonderful news only when we understand his transcendence-when we tremble at his holiness, when we’re awed by his perfection and power. God’s love is perceived as amazing only when we realize that the one thing we truly deserve from him is righteous wrath and eternal punishment for our disobedience and disloyalty.”—Joshua Harris- Dug Down Deep