Category Archives: Quotes

The Christian Gospel

// spied at Theology for Women:

“The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”

Tim Keller, The Reason for God

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Killing Pride

From “A Gospel Primer” by M. Vincent:

Nothing suffocates my pride more than daily reminders regarding the glory of my God, the gravity of my sins, and the crucifixion of God’s own Son in my place. Also, the gracious love of God, lavished on me because of Christ’s death, is always humbling to remember, especially when viewed against the backdrop of the Hell I deserve.

Sin Added to Sin…

Think of the weight of sin added to sin added to sin added to sin. How long do we have to say that to begin even to approach the burden that Jesus bore?
– W. Robert Godfrey (Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God)

Active Partakers, We

Sin is complicated. We are never a passive observer, dispensing wisdom and justice. We are part of the mess. … That’s why we can’t afford to do anything on our own.

– Paul E. Miller, “A Praying Life”

Are you?

One in seven of us is a certifiable coulrophobe.
– Edward T. Welch, “Running Scared”

Note: A coulrophobe is one who has a fear of clowns.

Prayer’s Importance

If we think we can do life on our own, we will not take prayer seriously. Our failure to pray will always feel like something else — a lack of discipline or too many obligations. But when something is important to us, we make room for it. Prayer is simply not important to many Christians because Jesus is already an add-on. That is why… suffering is so important to the process of learning how to pray. It is God’s gift to us to show us what life is really like.

– “A Praying Life”, Paul E. Miller

Lord, Help Me To Glorify You

I am ‘borrowing’ this from the blog of A Reforming Mom:

Click here for her blog entry.

Lord, help me to glorify you;
I am poor, help me to glorify you by contentment;
I am sick, help me to give you honor by patience;
I have talents, help me to extol you by spending them for you;
I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve you;

I have a heart to feel, Lord,
let that heart feel no love but yours,
and glow with no flame but affection for you;

I have a head to think,
Lord, help me to think of you and for you;

You have put me in this world for something, Lord,
show me what that is,
and help me to work out my life-purpose:

I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites,
which were all her living,
so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into your treasury;

I am all yours;
take me, and enable me to glorify you now,
in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.

-Charles Haddon Spurgeon

How long wilt Thou conceal Thy face?

Hymn by Isaac Watts

How long wilt Thou conceal Thy face?
My God, how long delay?
When shall I feel those heav’nly rays
That chase my fears away?

How long shall my poor laboring soul
Wrestle and toil in vain?
Thy word can all my foes control
And ease my raging pain.

See how the prince of darkness tries
All his malicious arts;
He spreads a mist around my eyes,
And throws his fiery darts.

Be Thou my sun, and Thou my shield,
My soul in safety keep;
Make haste, before mine eyes are sealed
In death’s eternal sleep.

How would the tempter boast aloud
If I become his prey!
Behold, the sons of hell grow proud
At Thy so long delay.

But they shall fly at Thy rebuke,
And Satan hide his head;
He knows the terrors of Thy look,
And hears Thy voice with dread.

Thou wilt display Thy sovereign grace,
Where all my hopes have hung,
I shall employ my lips in praise
And victory shall be sung.

I Was Saved & Am Being Saved – Present Tense

Christians experience salvation in this life in both a past and present sense, and we anticipate salvation in a future sense. Christians have been saved from the penalty of our sins; we are currently being saved from the power of sin; and one day, when God’s plan of salvation is completed and we are with Christ, we shall be like Him, and we shall be saved even from the very presence of sin.

– “God’s Plan of Salvation” (ESV Study Bible), Crossway

I was saved and am being saved – present tense / and will be saved from the deadly pestilence.

– “My Portion” (Shai Linne)

Hallelujah and amen.

Would You Be Happy…?

The critical question for our generation – and for every generation – is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?

– John Piper, “God is the Gospel”