Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sin Scorches

"Someone has said that our sin scorches us most after we have received forgiveness, and not before. Once you realize how much you've been forgiven, you see how great that forgiveness really is."
- Ravi Zacharias

Source: Zacharias, Ravi, and Scott Sawyer. Walking from East to West. Zondervan Publishing Company, 2006. Print. p184

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reason for our Existence

"Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever."
- Westminster Catechism

The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms
. Lawrenceville: Christian Education and Publications, 2005. 355. Print.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Liking and Licking the Bible

"We should all have the passion for reading God's Word of the man in this story. Evangelist Robert L. Sumner, in his book The Wonder of the Word of God, tells of a man in Kansas City who was severely injured in an explosion. His face was badly disfigured, and he lost his eyesight as well as both hands. He had just become a Christian when the accident happened, and one of his greatest disappointments was that he could no longer read the Bible. Then he heard about a lady in England who read braille with her lips. Hoping to do the same, he sent for some books of the Bible in braille. But he discovered that the nerve endings in his lips had been too badly damaged to distinguish the characters. One day, as he brought one of the braille pages to his lips, his tongue happened to touch a few of the raised characters and he could feel them. Like a flash he thought, 'I can read the Bible using my tongue.' At the time Robert Sumner wrote his book, the man had read through the entire Bible four times. If he can do that, can you discipline yourself to read the Bible?"
- Donald S. Whitney

Source: Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991. 35.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jesus Is Truth

"In John 17:17 our Lord does not say, 'Thy word is truth', He remarks rather, 'Thy word is truth'. Earlier in the Gospel of John He had indeed identified Himself as the truth [14:6] 'I am...the truth', were His words. In the present passage, however, when He is not speaking of Himself, but the Word of God, He characterizes that Word as true. Christ is Himself the Truth, and when He speaks of Himself, there is need for Him to employ the definite article. In the prayer, however, He merely intends to characterize the Word of God as truth. 'The Word of God', we may paraphrase, is true; it speaks the truth; the message which it offers is a true message. It is dependable; it is truth. The Word of which He speaks is the message of God; it is information which God has communicated to the world; it is that which God has spoken. The word of God, which Jesus Christ Himself has spoken, is truth."
- E.J. Young

Source: Young, E.J. Thy Word Is Truth - Some Thoughts on the Biblical Doctrine of Inspiration. reprinted 2008. Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth, 1957. p. 262.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Creeping Christians

"We are and remain such creeping Christians, because we look at ourselves and not at Christ; because we gaze at the marks of our own soiled feet, and the trail of our own defiled garments....Each, putting his foot in the footprint of the Master, and so defacing it, turns to examine how far his neighbor's footprint corresponds with that which he still calls the Master's, although it is but his own."
- George MacDonald

Source: Lewis, C.S. George MacDonald: An Anthology. Harper Collins, 1946. Pg 19.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Believing and Thinking

"You can be a thinker without being a believer. You can be a believer without being a thinker. There is a third possibility as well. You can be a believer without being a believer."
- Gregory E. Ganssle

Source: Ganssle, Gregory. Thinking about God. Intervarsity Pr, 2004. p28. Print.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Be Exposed to Christ

"The more we expose our lives to the white-hot sun of His righteous life (for, say, five, ten, fifteen, thirty minutes, or an hour a day), the more His image will be burned into our character— His love, His compassion, His truth, His integrity, His humility."
- R. Kent Hughes

Source: Hughes, R. Kent. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2001. 84.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Daily Application of Grace

"Your worst days are never so bad that you're beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you're beyond the need of God's grace."
- Jerry Bridges

Source: Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformation Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey. Jerry. Colorado Springs: Navepress, 2008. p.19

Friday, February 5, 2010

Defend the Truth

"A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent."
- John Calvin

Source: A New Reformation, pamphlet, pg. 9

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

One With The Vine

"Keep me, Lord, with thee. I call from out the dark—Hear in thy light, of which I am a spark. I know not what is mine and what is thine—Of branch and stem I miss the differing mark—But if a mere hair's-breadth me separateth, that hair's breadth is eternal, infinite death. For sap thy dead branch calls, O living Vine!"
- George MacDonald

Source: MacDonald, George. Diary of an Old Soul. Augsburg Publishing House, 1975. p. 81.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Polycarp the Martyr

"After his sentence was given, the governor said to him, "Reproach Christ and I will release you."

Polycarp answered, "Eighty-six years I have served him, and he never once wronged me. How then shall I blaspheme my King who has saved me?""
- Polycarp

Source: Foxe, John. Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Gainsville, FL: Bridge-Logos, 2001. p16. Print.