“Do you have a hunger for God? If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”—John Piper (via yhwhlives)
“The law moreover affords a man no actual help. All it does is to say, “Thou shalt” and “Thou shalt not”; it can do no more: but grace gives us what the law requires of us. The law says, “make you a new heart”: grace replies, “A new heart also will I give you, and a right spirit will I put within you.” The law says, “Keep my commandments”; and grace answers, “Thou shalt keep my commandments and do them.” Grace brings the Holy Spirit into the soul to work in us holy affections and a hatred of sin, and hence what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, grace accomplishes for us by its own almighty power.”—Charles Spurgeon (via lifeinitsmeshes)
Some men seem to devote most of their energies to the task of seeing just how little of Christian truth they can get along with. We, however, regard it as a perilous business; we prefer, instead of seeing how little of Christian truth we can get along with, to see just how much of Christian truth we can obtain.
We ought to search the Scriptures reverently and thoughtfully and pray God that He may lead us into an ever fuller understanding of the truth that can make us wise unto salvation.
We deserved eternal death; we deserved exclusion from the household of God; but the Lord Jesus took upon himself all the guilt of our sins and died instead of us on the cross.
Henceforth the law’s demands have been satisfied for us by Christ, its terror for us is gone, and clothed no longer in our righteousness but in the righteousness of Christ we stand without fear, as Christ would stand without fear, before the judgment seat of God
“The supremacy of God in all things is the great reward we long for in fasting. His supremacy in our own affections and in all our life-choices. His supremacy in the purity of the church. His supremacy in the salvation of the lost. His supremacy in the establishing of righteousness and justice. And his supremacy for the joy of all peoples in the evangelization of the world.”
“Some complain of their sad spiritual state. Some make great self-efforts to revive their souls, such as imposing on themselves many religious duties. But if they would only behold the glory of Christ by faith as he is revealed to us in the Scriptures they would soon be healed. If only they would abide in Christ, then they would be fruitful. (John 15:4-5)”—John Owen, The Glory of Christ (via michaelspotts)
There are two ideas on how men can worship the Lord.
The Regulative Principle which basically says that nothing is allowed that is not commanded in scripture.
The Normative Principle that basically says that anything is allowed that is not forbidden by scripture.
In my opinion, the Regulative Principle can be too strict and relies far too much on OT laws, while NT worship is far less regulated. Also people that espouse this view usually exhibit very little tolerance with the opposing view.
On the other hand, people that follow the Normative Principle can tend to get a little overboard and not be as discerning as they should about what they allow in worship.
I admit towards leaning towards the Normative Principle far more.
That being said, I think there is a deeper question here that both sides forget.
“Our worlds are filled with the noise of endless music, chatter, and busy schedules. In most homes there is a stereo in almost every room, in every car, in each office, in the elevator. When I dial a friend at his office I am offered music over the phone until he comes to answer my call. There are cell phones with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony theme for a ring, Walkmans with mega-bass, and MP3s, all invading the mind with noise. Pretty noise, most of the time. But nevertheless noise. With the intrusion of so much noise, when can we withdraw and monitor the still, small voice of God? We are so accustomed to noise that we grow restless without it. Worshipers in a congregation find it difficult to sit in quietness for more than a minute or two; we assume that something has gone wrong and someone has forgotten his assignment. Most of us would find it difficult to go even an hour without saying anything or hearing a word from someone.”—Gordon MacDonald. Ordering Your Private World (Kindle Locations 1454-1459). Kindle Edition. (via thecommoncup)
“Are not we all prone to be a little cocky and think we can handle things just fine? But let some trouble come, and how quickly we sense our inadequacy. Trouble is one of God’s great servants because it reminds us how much we continually need the Lord.”—Jim Cymbala
I just wanted to say I really appreciate your article man. It hit me hard. I’ll even be honest and say I agree 100%. God has been working with me in the last 6 months on loving Jesus AND loving his church. For the first few years of walking with Jesus (started in ’08) I…
“God is not aloof. He is not disconnected. He says continually through the centuries, I’ll help you, I really will. When you don’t know where to turn, then turn to me. When you’re ready to throw up your hands - throw them up to me. Put your voice behind them too, and I’ll come and help you.”—Jim Cymbala
“A true and faithful Christian does not make holy living an accidental thing. It is his great concern. As the business of the soldier is to fight, so the business of the Christian is to be like Christ.”—Jonathan Edwards (via rastamarie)
Jesus was a good Jew. He attended synagogue faithfully, observed the feasts and festivals and religious holidays, kept the Law (better than anybody), and made it his mission to obey God perfectly. You better hope Jesus was super-religious, in fact, because it’s his perfect religion we rely on for our righteousness.