Monday, February 28, 2011

Commitment & Continence

"God created human beings in his image - "male and female he created them" (Gen 1:27) - with capacities for intense sexual pleasure and with a calling to commitment in marriage and continence in singleness."
- John Piper

Source: Piper, John, and Justin Taylor. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005. 26. Print.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Testimony of Judas

"We may depend upon it that if Judas had ever seen, in public or in private, anything in the character of Jesus inconsistent with His claims, he would, if only to mitigate the poignancy of his remorse, have dragged it into the light of day. But conscience compelled him to testify that He whom he betrayed was innocent."
- Joseph W. Kemp

Source: Sanders, J. Oswald. The Incomparable Christ. Moody Publishers, 2009: p. 139-149.

Celebrating Heaven

"You'll have to wait until you get to Heaven to have a struggle-free life. But you don't have to wait to start celebrating."
- Alan D. Wright

Source: Wright, Alan D. A Childlike Heart. Multnomah Publishers, 1997: p. 173.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Lord's Prayer

"And as to the Lord’s prayer, although it be an easy thing to say, Our Father, etc., with the mouth; yet there is very few that can, in the Spirit, say the two first words in that prayer; that is, that can call God their Father, as knowing what it is to be born again, and as having experience, that they are begotten of the Spirit of God: which if they do not, all is but babbling, etc."
- John Bunyan

Source: Bunyan, John. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Public Domain Books, 1996. Digital.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Christians Who Do Not Believe The Bible

"[U]ntil recent times, 1) belief in the inerrancy of Scripture (even when it was not practiced fully) and 2) claiming to be a Christian were seen as two things which necessarily went together. . . . [N]o one, until the past two hundred years or so, tried to say, 'I am a Christian, but at the same time I believe the Bible to be full of errors.' "
- Francis A. Schaeffer

Source: Schaeffer, Francis A. The Great Evangelical Disaster. Crossway Books, 1995: p. 45.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


"**We have defined holiness through what we separate ourselves from rather than what we give ourselves to. I am convinced that the great tragedy is not the sins that we commit, but the life we fail to live.**."
- **Erwin McManus**

Source: **McManus, Erwin. Chasing Daylight. Nelson Books. 2002. Pg. 36**

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Purpose of Life

"The purpose of our lives transcends the country and culture in which we live. Meaning is found in community, not individualism; joy is found in generosity, not materialism; and truth is found in Christ, not universalism."
- David Platt

Source: Platt, David. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2010. Pg. 184.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Preaching What People Understand

"Ministers generally avoid preaching what the people before them will understand. . . . They studiously avoid being personal, in the sense of making anyone present feel he is the man. I have always pursued a different course. I have often said, 'Do not think I am talking about anybody else; for I mean you, you and you.' "
- Charles Finney

Source: Finney, Charles. Holy Spirit Revivals. Whitaker House, 1999: p. 68.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

God on High

"God, let thy mighty heart beat into mine, And let mine answer as a pulse to thine. See, I am low; yea, very low; but thou Art high, and thou canst lift me up to thee. I am a child, a fool before thee, God; But thou hast made my weakness as my strength. I am an emptiness for thee to fill; My soul, a cavern for thy sea. I lie Diffused, abandoning myself to thee.... --I will look up, if life should fail in looking."
- George MacDonald

Source: MacDonald, George. The Poetical Works of George MacDonald in Two Volumes. Volume 1.  General Books LLC, 2010.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Real Confession

"Real confession means to say the same thing about sin that God says. Real confession involves humbling ourselves and agreeing with him about the very nature of our sinfulness."
- Jim Cymbala

Source: Cymbala, Jim. The Church God Blesses. Zondervan, 2002: p. 94.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Joy and Fear

"The joy of the Lord grows primarily out of our relationship with Him, while the fear of the Lord grows out of our responsibility to Him. Joy and fear are neither enemies nor competitors; they're friends and allies."
- Warren Wiersbe

Wiersbe, Warren W. On Being A Servant of God. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1993. Pg. 125.