Into the Looking Glass

25 04 2011

The LORD your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings   because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love.
(Zephaniah 3:17, CEV)


“This love of God to His Son must serve, o my soul, as the glass in which you are to learn how Jesus loves you. As one of His redeemed ones, you are His delight, and all His desire is to you with the longing of a love which is stronger than death and which many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love…His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love…His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you can ever know.”

–Andrew Murray, Abide in Christ

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The Kingdom Imperative

22 04 2011

“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
(2 Peter 3:17,18)

A church is truly relevant when it seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. It becomes irrelevant when the tangential worries (packaging, PR, what brand of coffee is served in the foyer, etc.) take precedence over living and preaching the biblical gospel.”

–Brett McCracken, Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide





Buy Truth and Sell It Not

21 04 2011

“But he who practices the Truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested  as having been wrought in God.”
(John 3:21)

Seek the truth
Listen to the truth
Teach the truth
Love the truth
Abide by the truth
And defend the truth
Unto death.

–John Hus





O Love Divine, How Sweet Thou Art!

18 04 2011

O love divine, how sweet thou art!

When shall I find my willing heart

All taken up by thee?

I thirst, I faint, I die to prove

The greatness of redeeming love,

The love of Christ to me.

Stronger His love than death or hell;

Its reaches are unsearchable;

The first born sons of light

Desire in vain its depths to see;

They cannot reach the mystery

The length, and breadth, and height.

God only knows the love of God;

O that it now were shed abroad

In this poor stony heart!

For love I sigh, for love I pine;

This only portion, Lord, be mine,

Be mine this better part.

O that I could forever sit

With Mary at the Master’s feet;

Be this my happy choice;

My only care, delight, and bliss,

My joy, my heaven on earth, be this

To hear the Bridegroom’s voice.

O that, with humbled Peter, I

Could weep, believe, and thrice reply,

My faithfulness to prove.

Thou know’st, (for all to Thee is known),

Thou know’st, O Lord, and Thou alone,

Thou know’st that Thee I love.

O that I could, with favored John,

Recline my weary head upon

The dear Redeemer’s breast!

From care, and sin, and sorrow free,

Give me, O Lord, to find in Thee

My everlasting rest.

Thy only love do I require,

Nothing on earth beneath desire,

Nothing in heaven above;

Let earth, and heaven, and all things go,

Give me Thy only love to know,

Give me only Thy love.

–Charles Wesley





The Deepest Thing

9 04 2011

“Love one another as I have loved you…”
Jesus, John 13:34

So self-surrender is at the very heart of God and is at the very heart of all His attitudes and actions. When He asks us to surrender ourselves He is asking us to fulfill the deepest thing in Himself and the deepest thing in us.

-E. Stanley Jones, Missionary





Study Hard. God Good.

1 11 2010

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
(Hebrews 12:11)

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
(Hebrews 5:8)

“Trials are not an elective in the Christian life, they are a required course. Patience is accepting a difficult situation without giving God a deadline.”
(C.S. Lewis)





Ravishing and Irresistible

16 10 2010

“The way of holiness is sweet and ravishingly lovely.”

–Jonanthan Edwards
18th century pastor and academic

 

“Holiness is thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.”

–John Brown
19th century Scottish theologian

 

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing…it is irresistible.”

–C.S. Lewis