Putting God in His Place

10 05 2011

“The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
(1 Cor 1:18)

God made us to gravitate toward Him, to acknowledge with joy and obedience that He is the center of all, that He alone is God. The heart of our wretched rebellion is that each of us wants to be number one…Our self-centeredness is deep. It is so brutally idolatrous that it tries to domesticate God Himself…We are impotent when it comes to dealing with our sin and being reconciled to God, but where we are impotent God is powerful…The Gospel is not simply good advice, nor is it good news about God’s power. The Gospel is God’s power to all who believe.

–D.A. Carson, The Cross and Christian Ministry





Adios

28 07 2009

money fadesSimply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.
(Luke 14:33, The Message)

“This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus”

— John Newton





Fool’s Gold

31 05 2007

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
(Matthew 6:21) golden-calf.jpg

The people of Israel sacrificed so that they could enjoy their golden calf. They donated their wealth and they even got up early in the morning to eat and drink and play (see Exodus 32:6). I’ve met church people who complain about missionary offerings (“Are they begging again?”) but never think twice about spending thousands of dollars to enjoy a “Christian vacation” or purchase another “adult toy.” People who would find it difficult to get up early for a prayer meeting have no problem getting up for a time of “fun.” Individuals sacrifice for the things they really love.

–Warren Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, p89





Unbreakable

26 10 2006

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
(Romans 12:10)

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from the perturbations of love is Hell.

C.S. Lewisbrokenheart.jpg