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Looking at contemporary culture from a Christian worldview

FAVORITE QUOTES OF THE WEEK

8.14.2017

  • My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith, but in the indestructibility of my Savior. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Ultimately it is only the man who feels quite hopeless about himself who really trusts God. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • We gather to worship not merely out of tradition or routine, but because there is power in the cross and no one in the tomb. Kevin DeYoung
  • The Spirit always communicates that He’s for you when He convicts you of your sin. C. Sproul
  • The world wants Christians to affirm every religious belief except our own. Burk Parsons
  • We’re not going to be taken out of this world into heaven but heaven is going to come down at the end of time to renew this world. Tim Keller
  • Living in the Spirit therefore means a daily commitment to please Christ and not to please self. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet. Thomas Watson

8.7.2017

  • Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you. Sinclair Ferguson
  • The gospel isn’t doing something or joining something, but receiving something. Michael Horton
  • If you want to be anxious today, pretend you’re in control. Michael Reeves
  • We need Jesus, plus what he chooses to give us… nothing more, and nothing less. Scotty Smith
  • No one was ever scolded out of their sin. William Cowper
  • The heart of the true disciple is set on the glory and purposes of God, our Father in Heaven. Eric Alexander
  • It is not enough to study or applaud the words of Jesus. We must do what he says. Otherwise we are in danger of a great crash. Dan Doriani
  • America needs its next Abraham Lincoln and the closest I’ve seen in 15 years is Ben Sasse. Os Guinness
  • If we dare to stand for something, we have to prepared that some people will tell us to sit down. Kevin DeYoung

7.31.17

  • If God is not at the center of your life, something else is. Tim Keller
  • The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight.” Sinclair Ferguson
  • Doctrine is not just meant to be put into catechism or a Sunday school class. Doctrine must be put into our prayers and praise. Michael Horton
  • Our love of neighbor is proportional to our love of God, and our love of God is proportional to how greatly we rest in his love for us. Burk Parsons
  • You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Martin Luther
  • Christ is not given to believers for righteousness without also being given to them for sanctification. John Calvin
  • You have no sin too large for God’s mercy, and no problem too little for his concern. Matt Smethurst
  • Half our fears arise from neglect of the Bible. Charles Spurgeon
  • He who prays as he ought will endeavor to live as he prays. John Owen

7.24.17

  • I have never met a person who fell in love with Jesus because a Christian scolded them about their ethics. Have you? Scott Sauls
  • Today, it’s likely we will either fix our eyes adoringly on Jesus, selfishly on ourselves, or critically on others. Scotty Smith
  • Not everyone is your brother or sister in the faith, but everyone is your neighbor. Tim Keller
  • Everything is necessary that God sends our way; nothing can be necessary that he withholds. John Newton
  • Sanctification is Jesus turning our lives into the likeness of His own beauty, that we might shine with His own glory. Sinclair Ferguson
  • What is an idol? It is anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give. Tim Keller
  • God’s love is not mild-mannered and limp; it is livid, potent, and committed. And therein lies our hope. Michael Reeves
  • There is not one piece of cosmic dust that is outside the scope of God’s sovereign providence. C. Sproul
  • We value a man who marches to his own beat. God values a man who marches to His beat. Randy Alcorn

7.17.17

  • We are eternally secure not because perseverance in obedience is optional, but because God is the one who decisively makes it happen. John Piper
  • Doctrine does matter. R.C. Sproul
  • The rich brother needs to let the gospel humble him while the poor brother needs to let the gospel affirm him. Tim Keller
  • I usually find that the greatest doubters are the people who do not read the Bible. Charles Spurgeon
  • There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ. Sinclair Ferguson
  • We discover the will of God by a sensitive application of Scripture to our own lives. Sinclair Ferguson
  • We may never know the treacherous journey people have taken to land in the pew next to us. Rosaria Butterfield
  • The most important words I’ve heard: Let us worship God. Sinclair Ferguson
  • We are to learn from leaders, yet be imitators of none. Iain H. Murray

7.10.17

  • In the cross justice and mercy meet, and in the cross God’s character is fully revealed. Kevin DeYoung
  • A Christian is one whose time is taken up with the happy task of daily applying the gospel to every realm of life. Burk Parsons
  • It is the Holy Spirit who moves us beyond mere imitation of Christ into union with Christ. Michael Horton
  • It is imperative that we understand the plight of persecuted Christians & stand with those who are suffering around the globe. Ravi Zacharias
  • The greatest joy is to know Jesus Christ. The second greatest joy is to make Him known. Steven Lawson
  • The key question in order to change you is not “What would Jesus do?” but “What has Jesus done for you?” Tim Keller
  • Divisive terror on our streets will give way one Day to God’s every-nation family gathered and united forever in the New Jerusalem. Scotty Smith
  • We must never, at any point in our lives, rest from our pursuit of righteousness. C. Sproul
  • If God is not at the center of your life, something else is. Tim Keller

7.3.17

  • A Christian is one whose time is taken up with the happy task of daily applying the gospel to every realm of life. Burk Parsons
  • Let’s not judge anyone’s story by the chapter we happen to walk into. Scotty Smith
  • We cannot be doctrinally orthodox unless we renounce doctrinal heresy. Burk Parsons
  • It must not content us to take our bodies to church if we leave our hearts at home. C. Ryle
  • Live as if Christ died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back tomorrow. Martin Luther 
  • The sin that is killing you the most right now is the one you are most defensive about or just completely unaware of. Tim Keller
  • America will truly be great again if we return our roots of calling and covenant. Os Guinness
  • The character of God encompasses three basic realities: the true, the good, and the beautiful. C. Sproul
  • What if instead of waiting for good enough things to happen to us, we could be the good thing to happen to someone else who’s waiting? Ann Voskamp

6.26.17

  • You are so bad that you can’t do anything to save yourself. But God is so good that he’ll do everything to save us. John Piper
  • Sin may be crouching at your door, but grace owns the house. Scotty Smith
  • You can’t be a racist and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Burk Parsons
  • What distinguishes Christianity from all other religions? Atonement and Resurrection! Steve Camp
  • If we do not discipline ourselves, God Himself will discipline us. One way or another, there will be discipline. Steven Lawson
  • We’re all mathematicians. Will we spend most of our time numbering other people’s sins, or numbering our days? Scotty Smith
  • The sin that is killing you the most right now is the one you are most defensive about or just completely unaware of. Tim Keller
  • Sin will not seem great or weighty to any who consider temptation a light or small thing. John Owen
  • We must be convinced that our God is good all the time. Sinclair Ferguson

6.5.17

  • Some talk of truth, it is better to walk in it. Charles Spurgeon
  • Anything you add to Jesus Christ as a requirement for being happy is an idol that will sap you. It must be removed. Tim Keller
  • God is always doing 10,000 things in your life. And you may be aware of three of them. John Piper
  • My deepest awareness is I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and have done nothing to earn or deserve it. Brennan Manning
  • [Don’t] waste time thinking how unworthy we are of [His] blessings…know that it pleased God to…give us His unspeakable gifts. Martin Luther
  • Sports have a valid place in our lives. But if we care more about the playing field than the mission field, sports are an idol. Randy Alcorn
  • Defend the Bible? Would you defend a lion? Loose him; and let him go! Charles Spurgeon
  • Be known for your love of people who disagree with you radically. Os Guinness
  • If your knowledge of doctrine doesn’t make you a great man of prayer, you’d better examine yourself. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

5.15.17

  • Antinomianism and legalism are two sides of the same coin. Both think little of their sin and little of the need for grace in all of life. Michael Horton
  • If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Augustine
  • Get alone with Jesus, and He will comfort your hearts, and restore your weary souls. Charles Spurgeon 
  • The friction God builds into the Christian life is not accidental. It is intended to produce growth in holiness. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Jesus called Judas “Friend,” promised paradise to a thief, loved the rich ruler, and restored unfaithful Peter. How could he not be for you? Scott Sauls
  • A Christian is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to all. Martin Luther
  • Sin always looks better through the windshield than the rearview mirror. Matt Smethurst
  • Do you realize that it is only in the gospel of Jesus Christ that you get the verdict before the performance? Tim Keller
  • God’s love is not mild-mannered and limp; it is livid, potent, and committed. And therein lies our hope. Michael Reeves

5.8.17

  • The highest form of selfishness is that of the man who is content to go to heaven alone. J.C. Ryle 
  • Christians need the gospel as much as non-Christians do. Tim Keller
  • You will never turn from a sin you don’t hate. Jen Wilkin
  • You can choose to look the other way but NEVER AGAIN can you say that you never knew. William Wilberforce 
  • Only the gospel brings new creation into this present age of sin and death. Michael Horton
  • New life is not something we can work up, it is something that must come down. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Christianity is Christ. It is not about a mere program or plan, but the person of Christ–knowing Him, living Him, and following Him. Steven Lawson
  • We’re most Pharisaical when we try to make our preferences, suggestions, habits, and laws around laws the obligatory standards for all. Burk Parsons
  • True repentance is firm and constant, and makes us war with the evil that is in us, not for a day or a week, but without end. John Calvin

5.1.17

  • I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. The Word did it all. Martin Luther
  • Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, you’re not too good for the gospel. Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, you’re not too bad for it. Russell Moore
  • The insistence that doctrines do not matter is really a doctrine itself. Tim Keller
  • Because Jesus faced temptation and refused it, he can forgive us when we face temptation and succumb to it. Dan Doriani
  • If you don’t have friends from different backgrounds, cultures, views and values. You aren’t growing like you could be. Lecrae
  • Everything that is not God serves a purposes higher than itself. Nothing is superfluous. Nothing is an end in itself. John Piper
  • We ought to flee from sin; and when God wakes us up to see the sin that we did not flee from, we ought to run to Christ with all our might. Kevin DeYoung
  • Prayers are always to be requests made in humility and submission to the Father’s will. C. Sproul
  • When your heart is really hurting, don’t look for someone to blame, look for Someone to trust. Scotty Smith

4.17.17

  • If you love anything in this world more than God, you will crush that object under the weight of your expectations. Tim Keller
  • When you feel exposed in prayer and it starts getting uncomfortable, don’t pull back from God. He is just starting to work. Paul Miller
  • Time misspent is not time lived but time lost. Thomas Watson
  • Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard
  • You don’t have to be awesome & do everything today. You simply have to believe that the One who is Awesome loves you through everything. Ann Voskamp
  • If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. John Owen
  • My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior. John Newton
  • They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, not as creditors. Jonathan Edwards
  • We are not reborn because we believe. We believe because we are reborn. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

4.3.17

  • Our obedience neither impresses God nor earns anything from him, but it honors him and benefits our neighbors. Scotty Smith
  • Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong. Tim Keller
  • Faith is not primarily a function of how you feel. Faith is living out, trusting, and believing what truth is despite what you feel. Tim Keller
  • When Satan tells me I am a sinner he comforts me immeasurably, since Christ died for sinners. Martin Luther
  • Loneliness is the devil’s playground. God created us for community. Burk Parsons
  • Be pro-life, from conception to resurrection. Stand up for women and children. Care for those in peril. Above all, teach and live the gospel. Russell Moore
  • Theology, which is the proper study of God, should always lead to doxology, the proper worship of God. Steven Lawson
  • My weakness is my greatest strength, for then I trust alone on Jesus, when I feel my own dependence. Charles Spurgeon
  • The Gospel is only good news when we understand the bad news. R. C. Sproul

3.27.17

  • Nothing more than the gospel, just more of it; no one else but Jesus, just him more fully; no other glory, just God’s more joyfully. Scotty Smith
  • Preaching aims: Not 20 minutes, twice that. Not immediately practical, eternally helpful. Not relaxed or relaxing, passionate and provoking. John Piper
  • Sin is not simply making bad choices or mistakes. Sin is having the desire in our hearts to do the will of the enemy of God. C. Sproul
  • It’s not our job to hold God to whatever standards our meager minds might suggest. John MacArthur
  • When we stand up for religious liberty for everyone, we do so because we believe the gospel. Russell Moore
  • Culture is never so bad that it can’t be redeemed, nor so good that it can’t be critiqued. Tim Keller
  • A minister may fill his pews & communion roll but what he is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. John Owen
  • Christ lived the purpose-driven life so we would inherit his righteousness thru faith & be promise-driven people in a purpose-driven world. Michael Horton
  • I’m optimistic about this week. Just kidding. I’m sure it will be horrible. Jim Gaffigan

2.13.17

  • We don’t get a better Christ in the Lord’s Supper, but we get Christ better. Bob Smart
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Your smart phone is the beginning of information and distraction. Kevin DeYoung
  • Cheer up! You’re a worse sinner than you ever dared imagine, and you’re more loved than you ever dared hope. Jack Miller
  • God is good—on good days, bad days and all the days in between. Don’t just say “God is good” when you feel good, say it even when you don’t. Burk Parsons
  • Grace often grows strongest where conviction of sin has pierced deepest. Sinclair Ferguson
  • A church is not a group of friends you’ve picked, it’s a group of brothers and sisters God has picked for you. Michael Horton
  • In America today, it is considered worse to judge evil than to do evil. Os Guinness
  • Abortion is not a health service it’s a death service. Albert Mohler
  • Holy Spirit, rescue us from being arm-chair cultural commentators and quarterbacks. Help us engage with hope, serve with joy and love with abandon. Scotty Smith

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1.30.17

  • King Jesus, may your mercy and might bring wisdom and peace to the immigrant/refugee crisis in the US. Scotty Smith
  • The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight. Sinclair Ferguson
  • I am convinced that abortion involves the destruction of a living human person. R.C. Sproul
  • Grace is when God looks upon us. Faith is when we look upon Him. Glory is when our eyes meet. Douglas Wilson
  • The more you rejoice in your own forgiveness, the quicker you will be to forgive others. Tim Keller
  • Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves? Martin Luther
  • We measure worship by how we feel as we worship. True worship is measured by what God thinks about our worship. Kevin DeYoung
  • We cannot expect a society that rejects anything as sacred to maintain commitment to the sanctity of life. Albert Mohler
  • What greater insult to God can a man be guilty of than to refuse to read the letter God sends him from heaven? J.C. Ryle

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1.23.17

  • One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end. John Piper
  • If we pick out which parts of the Bible we dislike, we actually have a god we’ve created. How can that god ever call you out on anything? Tim Keller
  • There is no greater state than to get up from your knees knowing that God has forgiven every sin you’ve ever committed. C. Sproul
  • People don’t have to be good to deserve our compassion; it’s our compassion that serves good to all people. Ann Voskamp
  • Beware of pride that keeps you performing, shame that keeps you hiding, and fear that keeps you from trusting. The gospel claims all three. Scotty Smith
  • Men generally don’t have the same thoughts of things when they come to die as when they were in health. Jonathan Edwards  
  • The reason God seeks our praise isn’t because he won’t be fully God until he gets it but that we won’t be happy until we give it. John Piper
  • The fact is, we sometimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say. Charles Spurgeon
  • It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather he accepts us despite the way we are. Sinclair Ferguson

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1.16.17

  • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther
  • Our life is not about us being made comfortable, but about Christ being made known. Steven Lawson
  • He who will not go to bed till he pleases everybody will have to sit up a great many nights. Charles Spurgeon
  • Just my opinion, but one problem for the church today is we’ve spent more time complaining about the culture than we have making disciples. Ron Edmondson
  • Our church is split between antinomians and legalists. Today’s closing song was “Trust or Obey.” Church Curmudgeon
  • Be killing sin or sin will be killing you. John Owen
  • People think a Christian is one who follows Christ’s teaching and example, but Jesus is not primarily a teacher. He’s a rescuer. Tim Keller
  • We have nothing to prove today except the wonders of Jesus’ love. The pressure is off; the praise is on. Scotty Smith
  • Those who experience the grace of God in justification want to experience his grace in sanctification too. Sinclair Ferguson

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12.19.16

10 Favorite Quotes of the Week from R.C. Sproul 

  • We have the responsibility to know and do what righteousness requires.
  • If ever there were a time there was nothing, there would be nothing now.
  • Why evangelize? Because it’s a command, and it’s the highest privilege that God can give to us.
  • This is the amazing part of grace; that it is given to us when we are spiritually dead.
  • No sinner has anything to say in the presence of the holy God.
  • The grounds of your justification are the perfect works of Jesus Christ. We’re saved by works, but they’re not our own.
  • If God is not sovereign, then He is not God.
  • We want the approval of God—but the applause of men can be deafening.
  • Repentance is not just a turning to something, it’s a turning from something.

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12.12.16

  • The magi were pagans who served pagans. Yet God spoke to them; that’s what he does. The faith is not for insiders, it’s for listeners. Dan Doriani
  • May our passion for Christ always be greater than our passion for a pleasant and easy life. Burk Parsons
  • The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our hearts on the black horse of affliction. Charles Spurgeon
  • We must never offer the benefits of the gospel without the Benefactor Himself. Sinclair Ferguson
  • True humility will lead us to be bashful about ourselves and boastful about Jesus. Scott Sauls
  • Formal Christianity is often the greatest enemy of the pure faith. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. Tim Keller
  • Truth cannot be sacrificed at the altar of pretended tolerance. Real tolerance is deference to all ideas, not indifference to the truth. Ravi Zacharias
  • The Day of no more cancer, abuse, human slavery, addiction, betrayal, shame, poverty, racism, hunger, evil, hatred and idolatry is coming. Scotty Smith  

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12.5.16

10 Favorite Tim Keller Quotes of the Week 

  • We never imagine that getting our heart’s deepest desires might be the worst thing that can ever happen to us. Tim Keller
  • The gospel must be used to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Tim Keller
  • Self-control is the ability to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing. Tim Keller
  • Success and suffering will either darken your heart or make you wise, but they won’t leave you where you were. Tim Keller
  • If you didn’t earn your salvation how are you going to un-earn it? Tim Keller
  • Prayer gives us relief from the melancholy burden of self-absorption. Tim Keller.
  • Your future self will always see your present self as unwise and immature. That means you are currently unwise and immature right now. Tim Keller
  • Pride is the carbon monoxide of sin. It silently and slowly kills you without you even knowing. Tim Keller
  • Through the gospel, we have come to base our identity not on what we have achieved but what has been achieved for us in Christ. Tim Keller

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11.28.16

  • We actually are saved by works, that is, by the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. Steven Lawson
  • God’s best gifts are the ones most apt to be twisted by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Kevin DeYoung
  • Judge yourself on what Christ is rather than on what you are. Charles Spurgeon
  • “Whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.“ Yes God demands perfection. Hence the need for Christ! John Piper
  • We want the approval of God—but the applause of men can be deafening. C. Sproul
  • The only election that unites enemies, destroys hostilities, & secures the perfect government is God’s electing love lavished on us in Jesus. Scotty Smith
  • Want to be like Jesus? Focus less on trying to be like Jesus and more on being with him. Scott Sauls
  • Indwelling sin always abides while we are in this world; therefore it is always to be mortified. John Owen
  • Oh, may God grant us to see sin for what it really is. Martyn Lloyd-Jonesbryan-chapell-quote-2

11.21.16

  • If you uproot an idol in your life and fail to plant the love of Christ in its place, the idol will grow back. Tim Keller
  • When we could not take care of ourselves, God took care of us. That’s the message of grace. Bryan Chapell
  • Ordinary does not mean mediocre. Michael Horton
  • Totally refuse to give into a spirit of self-pity, entitlement, victimization, self-contempt, shame, cynicism, resentment, or fear. Scotty Smith
  • The worship of a holy God is made possible by his coming down, not by our climbing up. Kevin DeYoung
  • There is only one reason to be a Christian: Because it’s true. Francis Schaeffer
  • You may not always get what you ask, but you shall always have your real needs supplied. Charles Spurgeon
  • The kindness of God leads to repentance. A Christianity that reverses the order of these statements is not Christianity. Scott Sauls
  • Contentment is deeply God-like; grumbling deeply devilish. Michael Reeves
All this technology is making us anti-social. Burk Parsons

All this technology is making us anti-social. Burk Parsons

11.14.16

  • Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment. Sinclair Ferguson
  • 4 C’s for the day Cares: what has me worried today? Carnalities: what tempts me today? Consolations: what joys find me today? Christ my hope. Zach Eswine
  • Give me a candle and a Bible and shut me up in a dark dungeon, and I will tell you everything that the whole world is doing. C. Ryle
  • You are a Christian before you are a Democrat or a Republican. Do your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and children sense this? Scott Sauls
  • Jesus didn’t come primarily to solve the economic, political, and social problems of the world. He came to forgive our sins. Tim Keller
  • Really sad/mad about the election? Seek to love those who welcome it. Really happy/stoked about the election? Seek to love those who hate it. Scotty Smith
  • If the Christian faith gets identified with a party, it reduces the Christian faith to a political position. Tim Keller
  • The things you daydream about in your spare time are ultimately the things you serve. Tim Keller
  • Until Christ is our treasure, any other motivation we have to suffer for him is a fool’s errand. Matt Chandler

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11.7.16

  • Congratulations Cubs fans. When Chicago last won the World Series Edward VII was King of England and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was located in downtown Louisville. Albert Mohler
  • All is well, all is very well. God is on his throne, Jesus is coming back, and the Cubs won the World Series. Scotty Smith
  • My boys want to stay up and watch the Cubs. What am I supposed to say, “Nah, you can watch them in 2124”? Kevin DeYoung
  • One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end. John Piper
  • If Jesus is not first place in our lives, then everything else is out of place. Steven Lawson
  • After you tried the higher life, deeper life, and your best life now, go to the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives abundant, eternal life. Burk Parsons
  • The real Jesus requires more than you ever thought, but offers more than you ever imagined. Tim Keller  
  • God helps those who cannot help themselves. Charles Spurgeon
  • Until we are reconciled to God by the blood of Jesus everything to which we look for satisfaction will fully disappoint us. John Newton

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10.31.16

  • There’s a name for those pastors who never speak of sin, repentance, or hell—they’re called false teachers. Burk Parsons
  • God made us to sleep so that every day he can remind us that he manages things just fine without us. Kevin DeYoung
  • Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ashes. Elisabeth Elliot
  • We are saved by works. They’re just not our works, they’re Christ’s. Stephen Nichols
  • We don’t hold our convictions. They hold us. Albert Mohler
  • Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Theological corruption is always prior to and explains moral corruption. Albert Mohler
  • There is great darkness in our land today, but God has not forgotten His promises. Derek Thomas
  • Nothing could be more irrational than the idea that something comes from nothing. R. C. Sproul

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10.24.16

  • Self-control is not a matter of the will but of the heart. It’s setting the heart on the higher thing. Tim Keller
  • The closer we are to God, the more the slightest sin will cause us deep sorrow. C. Sproul
  • We have a God who condescends in coming near to us, but we must never be casual in coming near to him. Kevin DeYoung
  • We’ll either cast our cares on Him, or be crushed under the weight of them. Scotty Smith
  • Either we live for Christ or we do not live at all, but merely exist. Steven Lawson
  • A pastor needs two voices, one for gathering the sheep and the other for driving away wolves and thieves. John Calvin
  • I’m grateful not only for the good things in life but the hard things knowing all things in God’s sovereignty work together for my good. Burk Parsons
  • Hope has two beautiful daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are and Courage to see they don’t remain as they are. Augustine
  • We don’t establish the Bible as the Word of God. God establishes the Bible as the Word of God. Robert Godfrey

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10.17.16

  • Of course, Trump should step down as Olasky and Grudem say. So should Hillary. That is what “unqualified” means. It’s never been a question. John Piper
  • Someone should introduce legislation mandating that every Presidential ballot henceforth shall include an option marked “Do over.” Kevin DeYoung
  • When I think of anyone (POTUS, etc.) or anything (the White House, SCOTUS, etc.) as more sovereign than God himself, I’m committing idolatry. Scotty Smith
  • The gospel is meant to control and govern everything in our lives. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Death is an enemy. It’s the last enemy to be destroyed, but it will be destroyed! Michael Horton
  • If you could lose your salvation, you would. John MacArthur
  • Idolatry is looking for God’s image where it doesn’t belong and ignoring God’s image where it exists. Kevin DeYoung
  • Revival occurs when those who think they already know the gospel discover they do not really or fully know it. Tim Keller
  • The fear of the Lord tends to take away all other fears. Sinclair Ferguson

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10.10.16

  • I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
  • Culture is never so bad that it can’t be redeemed, nor so good that it can’t be critiqued. Tim Keller
  • The grace that saves the sinner is the power that must supply the sinner. Jerry Bridges
  • Suffering will come whether we allow it to make us more like Christ or not, but if we don’t, we waste that suffering. Randy Alcorn
  • One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end. John Piper
  • The gospel doesn’t add to who we are; it transforms who we are. The gospel isn’t about addition; it’s about exchange. Rosaria Butterfield
  • Your prayer life reveals how much you really want communion with God and how much you really depend on him. Michael Reeves
  • I have held many things in my hands and have lost them all, but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. Martin Luther

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10.3.16

  • Thank God that He doesn’t wait until we take an interest in Him before He takes a profound interest in us by His grace. Eric Alexander
  • The best way to starve the idols of our hearts is to feast on the gospel of God’s grace. Scotty Smith
  • Anxiety is a daily statement to God saying, “I don’t think you have my best interest in mind. Tim Keller
  • We jump from optimism to darkness so quickly when we aren’t grounded in a deep faith that God is in the matter, no matter what the matter is. Paul Miller
  • Protect your character – even more than you try to protect your reputation. Do this and you’ll gain the other. Ron Edmondson
  • A right heart leans on Christ, hangs on Christ, builds on Christ & cleaves to Christ. C. Ryle
  • Humility isn’t about pretending to be lower than we are. It’s about realizing we are not as mighty as we think. Kevin DeYoung
  • You are worse than you think you are, but also far more loved than you feel you are. Tim Keller
  • We are meant to glorify God in this life and share in his glory in the next. And nothing else matters, really. Kathy Keller

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9.12.16

  • Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. Tim Keller
  • We can serve Satan and the interests of the world, or we can serve the living God and be servants of Christ. C. Sproul
  • What a great day for resting in Jesus’ love, not trying to impress anybody, overlooking as much as possible, repenting quickly and rejoicing. Scotty Smith
  • Our security doesn’t depend on our ability to stay saved, but on God’s ability to keep His promise. John MacArthur
  • Everything I do is either going to bring reward or regret. Francis Chan
  • The gospel is not one of many ways to God, but the only way to Him. Every other path leads further, yet further away from God. Steven Lawson
  • God calls us out of darkness and into his marvelous light and then calls us to go back into the darkness and shine. Burk Parsons
  • To be caught in secret sin is a horrible thing. Only one thing worse. Not to be caught. John Piper
  • My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith but in the indestructibility of my Savior. Sinclair Ferguson

wainright-quote

8.28.16

  • Hell will be filled with people who were avidly committed to Christian values. Albert Mohler
  • Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong. Tim Keller
  • A god who is all love, all grace, all mercy, no sovereignty, no justice, no holiness, and no wrath is an idol. R.C. Sproul
  • The gospel doesn’t create a spirit of triumphalism, but a spirit of humility. Jesus has conquered us by grace and made us his loving servants. Scotty Smith
  • At the very heart of the Christian life is union with Christ. Sinclair Ferguson
  • One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end. John Piper
  • For every one look at your sins, take five looks at your Savior. Tim Keller
  • Our prayers reveal a lot about us. Our requests show us what we treasure. Francis Chan
  • For all who reject Christ, it will be death and condemnation. So this is the hour of salvation. Michael Horton

Trip Lee Quote

8.1.16

  • The gospel calls us to “man down” more so than to “man up.” There is no masculinity without a core of humility. Scotty Smith
  • Fill your life with things that stir your affections for Jesus and cut out what robs you of those affections. Matt Chandler
  • We must follow God for who He is and what He intends, not for what we want and what we prefer. Ravi Zacharias
  • If there are real moral absolutes and we don’t care to discover them, it would be like closing our eyes while driving. Tim Keller
  • People who win with money understand and practice Outrageous Generosity. Dave Ramsey
  • The Bible is not primarily concerned with a quest for personal meaning & fulfillment. It’s a story about God, who is so good he cares for us. Michael Horton
  • Freedom is not doing whatever you want, whenever, and with whomever, it is knowing what you ought to do and having the freedom to do it. Burk Parsons
  • There is nothing in your life that hasn’t first passed through the palm of a nail-scarred hand. Steve Brown
  • Ask not what your moral relativism can do for your country, ask what it is doing to you. Russell Moore  

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7.17.16

  • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther
  • Mission isn’t about travel, it’s not about going somewhere. It’s about following someone. Tim Keesee
  • I can’t believe Trump picked Hunter Pence to be his VP. The signs are going to be crazy. Kevin DeYoung
  • Tim Keller didn’t plant Redeemer until he was nearly 40. Most had no idea who he was until he’s 50. Stop trying to be an under 50 celebrity. Anthony Bradley
  • Legalistic remorse says, “I broke God’s rules,” while real repentance says, “I broke God’s heart.” Tim Keller
  • Your best shot at having a beautiful marriage is if both of you make it your goal to become more like Jesus. Francis Chan
  • Jesus Christ gives what the world cannot: contentment. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Our churches are to be in perpetual renewal by the gospel, not perpetual retreat from the culture. Scotty Smith
  • Orthodoxy, without compassion, stinks to God. Francis Schaeffer

Michael Horton Quote

7.10.16

  • A man who imagines to arrive at grace by doing all that he is able to do, adds sin to sin, and is doubly guilty. Martin Luther
  • To live no longer for ourselves but for Him is the essence of discipleship. Jerry Bridges
  • The triune One is greater in glory, deeper in mystery, more beautiful in harmony than all other realities in creation. Sinclair Ferguson
  • You cannot save your life, you can only spend it. The question is how. Tim Keesee
  • There’s a big difference between being careful not to offend anyone unnecessarily and being afraid to offend anyone anytime. Scotty Smith
  • Whenever I feel depression or a bit of melancholy coming on, I find that serving others keeps me from sinking down further. Jack Miller
  • If you look for truth you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either. Ravi Zacharias
  • If our heart is not conscious of the hell-deservingness of sin, we cannot expect to find forgiveness. Charles Spurgeon
  • The opposite of joy is not sadness. It’s hopelessness. Tim Keller

Ian Hamilton Quote

6.26.16

  • It’s precisely because of the extraordinary hope we have of heaven that we can embrace the ordinary lives God gives us here now. Michael Horton
  • Satan loves to try to pamper us with temporal comforts. God loves to strip them away so we’ll find ultimate comfort in him alone. Burk Parsons
  • The Christian’s life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world. Francis Schaeffer
  • Sin has caused our affections to stray, propelling us to worship relationships, achievement, and work – everything but God. Tim Keller
  • True faith inevitably and necessarily bears fruit. C. Sproul  
  • The reality of eternity comes to all people. It will be either in glory with the Lord Jesus or in suffering in hell. Are you ready? (John 10). Steve Camp
  • Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Semitic and unborn lives all matter. Charlie Daniels
  • Growth should be rapid where Jesus is the gardener and the Holy Spirit the dew from heaven. Charles Spurgeon
  • If you try to seize the day, the day will eventually break you. Seize the corner of his garment and don’t let go…He will reshape the day. Paul Miller

R.C. Quote (3)

6.12.16

  • The gospel is not one of many ways to God, but the only way to Him. Every other path leads further, yet further away from God. Steven Lawson
  • Look at your daydreams. They tell you what you are living for, who you really are. Tim Keller
  • Prosperity and poverty are not signs of God’s favor or disfavor; God’s promised mercy in the gospel is the only anchor in the storm. Michael Horton
  • A cross without offense to the world is a cross without power in the world. Steven Lawson
  • You can often determine the depth of a church’s spiritual maturity by the doctrinal depth or by the shallowness of the songs they sing. Burk Parsons
  • I sin like a man, but He forgives like a God. Charles Spurgeon
  • Contentment is deeply God-like; grumbling deeply devilish. Michael Reeves
  • We are to exhibit a form of behavior and attitude toward other people that will mirror for them the compassion of Jesus. C. Sproul
  • Always be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen  

Piper Quote2

5.22.16

  • Our immoral culture today would make Sodom and Gomorrah blush. Steven Lawson
  • The things you daydream about in your spare time are ultimately the things you serve. Tim Keller
  • Everyone has a relationship with God. He is either your final judge or your faithful savior. Michael Horton
  • There is nothing you can do to get God to love you more than he already does & nothing you can do to get God to love you less. Steve Brown
  • The smallest good deed is better than the best intention. John Wooden
  • By definition, the big difference between mercy and justice is that mercy is never ever obligatory. R.C. Sproul
  • The gospel creates a reverse tug of war in marriage. It’s not about winning, but serving; not being the first to judge, but first to bless.  Scotty Smith
  • Self-control is the ability to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing. Tim Keller
  • It may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love does not change. Charles Spurgeon

Crowder Quote

5.15.16

  • Contentment is deeply God-like; grumbling deeply devilish. Michael Reeves
  • Fill your life with things that stir your affections for Jesus and cut out what robs you of those affections. Matt Chandler
  • If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity. S. Lewis
  • Our prayers reveal a lot about us. Our requests show us what we treasure. Francis Chan
  • Jesus was not a teacher come from God, He was God come to teach. Steven Lawson
  • Your next step is often found, not by restlessly recounting all the things you don’t know, but by paying quiet attention to what you do know. Zack Eswine
  • Because of the gospel, we can neither increase nor decrease God’s delight in us. This empties our obedience & service of all self-interest. Scotty Smith
  • A believer’s last day is his best day; his dying-day is better than his birthday. Thomas Brooks
  • Now it is my unceasing joy to know that my sins are no longer imputed to me but are laid on Him. Charles Spurgeon

Francis Shaeffer Quote

5.1.16

  • Enjoyment of Jesus is not like icing on the cake; it’s like powder in the shell. John Piper
  • To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints. I. Packer
  • To follow Jesus is to pay the cost of discipleship, and then to die to ourselves, to our own interests, our own agendas and reputations. Os Guinness
  • I am 81 years old. By now, I know better than to make plans. Like the foxhounds and other true Christians, I’ll follow my nose. Wendell Berry
  • Fill your life with things that stir your affections for Jesus and cut out what robs you of those affections. Matt Chandler
  • Jesus did not come just to give us our best life now. He came to give us eternal life. Michael Horton
  • All roads do indeed lead to God, the only question is, what will God say to you when you get there? Burk Parsons
  • It is not the pain but the purpose that makes a martyr. Augustine
  • Jesus never asks us to prove our love by being tolerant of sin. Kevin DeYoung

Michael Reeves Quote

4.24.16

  • The people you are texting and tweeting are going to spend the next quadrillion years either in heaven or hell. David Platt
  • Many younger adults have largely given up on marriage, not because they don’t believe in it, but because they haven’t seen it work. Darrin Patrick
  • I dare not call that true prayer in which thankfulness has no part. C. Ryle
  • When you look at the cross, what do you see? You see God’s awesome faithfulness. Sinclair Ferguson
  • For Christ’s sake we Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering. John Piper
  • Does your religion cover your politics, or do your politics devour your religion? Charles Spurgeon
  • Nothing can weaken you so much, nothing can make you so unhappy and fearful, as distrusting God. Michael Reeves
  • The judgment of God did not pass over Christ, so that it might pass over us. Kevin DeYoung
  • That first step of quickening from the dead, from flesh unto spirit, is accomplished by God, not by man. R.C. Sproul

Sinclair Ferguson Quote

4.17.16

◦For every look at self, take ten looks at Christ. Robert Murray M’Cheyne
◦At some point, we all face the valley of the shadow of death. We either give up and distance ourselves or learn to walk w/ the Shepherd. Paul Miller
◦Jesus remembers us without our sin, so we can remember Him when we sin. Ron Edmonson
◦God does not love you to the degree that you are like Jesus, but to the degree that you are in Jesus, which is totally. Scotty Smith
◦Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. Charles Spurgeon
◦When God writes our names in the “Lamb’s Book of Life,” He doesn’t do it with an eraser handy. He does it for eternity. R. C. Sproul
◦Be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen
◦Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Martin Luther
◦Who you say Jesus is will determine everything about how you follow Him. David Platt

Alistair Quote2

4.10.16

  • The Bible is one book, by one author, with one subject-the Lord Jesus Christ. Alistair Begg
  • Do you believe it honors Jesus more to trust him to forgive the sin you are about to commit, than to trust him for the power not to do it? John Piper
  • We find no rest for our weary bones unless we cling to the word of grace. Martin Luther
  • If we’re more obsessed with the insanity of this election year than preoccupied with the occupied throne of heaven, let’s get that fixed. Scotty Smith
  • The Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible. L. Moody
  • If you belong to Jesus, you will keep company with those who wear the uniform of the cross. Charles Spurgeon
  • Religion says, ‘I obey; therefore I am accepted.’ Christianity says, ‘I’m accepted, therefore I obey.’ Tim Keller
  • Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God. William Carey
  • We actually are saved by works, but not by our works, rather by the finished work of Jesus Christ. Steven Lawson

Jerry Bridges Quote

3.27.16

  • It’s possible to love a theology of grace and hate legalists more than we love Jesus and hate sin. Father, show us the difference. Scotty Smith
  • It’s impossible to have met the real Jesus and be indifferent. You either bow down in wonder OR go away offended. Tim Keller
  • Abortion is for those inconvenienced by their children. Burk Parsons
  • Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation, loving confrontation nevertheless. Francis Schaeffer
  • The Gospel is not good instructions, not a good idea and not good advice. The Gospel is an announcement of what God has done for us in Jesus. Michael Horton
  • The victory we are often granted is not the shortening of the trial but the lengthening of our faith. (see Luke 22:32). Mark Dever
  • Godly grief will eventually turn our sinful secrets into testimonies of grace. Zack Eswine
  • God holds every human being personally accountable to Him. R.C. Sproul
  • Popularity and applause cannot but be exceedingly dangerous, even to a rightly informed mind. George Whitefield

Tim Keller Quote (2)

3.20.16

  • The Lord Jesus Christ did not come into this world to tell us what we have to do; He came Himself to do something for us we could never do for ourselves. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Father, during this upcoming Holy Week, supersize our boasting in Jesus’ cross and our trusting in Jesus’ crown. Scotty Smith
  • In heaven, there are no caucuses, no primaries, no brokered conventions, only the sovereign will of God. Steven Lawson
  • Our prayers do not change God’s decree, but are included in God’s decree as the means through which he brings things about. Michael Horton
  • There are many paths to hell, but only one way to heaven. Steven Lawson
  • If you see yourself as a little sinner you will inevitably see Jesus as a little savior. Martin Luther
  • If you want to be disappointed in life, place your expectations in people rather than in God. Burk Parsons
  • Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it. Martin Luther
  • The irony of the gospel is that the only way to be worthy of it is to admit you’re completely unworthy of it. Tim Keller

Lecrae Quote

3.6.16

  • Missions exists because worship doesn’t. John Piper
  • There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’ Abraham Kuyper
  • Everything and everyone is being put to work for the glory of God. Whether you know it or not. Kevin DeYoung
  • The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. Matt Chandler
  • Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
  • Nature abhors a vacuum. If you evict truth, you will bring in one lie after another. Ravi Zacharias
  • Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Corrie ten Boom
  • The first step in dealing with any sin is to acknowledge it and repent in one’s attitude toward it. Jerry Bridges
  • If you seek righteousness first, you get happiness. If you seek happiness first, you get neither. Tim Keller

Scotty Quote

2.29.16

  • He who prays as he ought will endeavor to live as he prays. John Owen
  • Knowing theology without knowing the Bible is a path to false self-confidence. Dan Doriani
  • If you can explain what is happening in a church, apart from the sovereign act of God, it is not revival. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • We should not ask, ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ Rather we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’ John Stott
  • It is possible to know Bible stories, yet miss the Bible story Edmund Clowney
  • The moral confusion of our day represents a real opportunity for courageous Christian witness. Albert Mohler
  • Jesus, may our ever-growing theology about you become heart-liberating doxology in us. Grant us informed minds and enflamed hearts. Scotty Smith
  • Pleasure is God’s to give not ours to take. Mark Dever

Life is ironic

2.22.16

  • You are required to believe, to preach, and to teach what the Bible says is true, not what you want the Bible to say is true. R.C. Sproul
  • The first object of the Christian is to glorify God, and the next object is to make other people happy. Charles Spurgeon
  • The purpose of prayer is not to get God aligned with us but to get us aligned with God. Scott Sauls
  • Always be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen
  • Let the Lord Jesus but enter your souls, and you shall find peace which the world can neither give nor take away. George Whitefield
  • God is Father to the Christian. He is not Father to anybody else. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Genuine and earnest prayer proceeds first from a sense of our need, and next, from faith in the promises of God. John Calvin
  • Sin is not just doing bad things. It is taking good things and making them ultimate in your life. Tim Keller
  • The gospel never was, isn’t, and never will be about the “victorious Christian life.” It’s about the victorious Christ. Scotty Smith

Sinclair Quote 3

2.15.16

  • Life is to be lived Coram Deo, before the face of God, under the authority of God, and unto the glory of God alone. R.C. Sproul
  • Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. Phillips Brooks
  • When a man goes up into the pulpit, it is in order that God may speak to us through the mouth of a human being. John Calvin
  • I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess. Martin Luther
  • Don’t waste your disgust. Anybody can be cynical and withdrawn. Try redemptive anger and working for justice instead. Scotty Smith
  • The blood of the Lamb silences the Accuser. D.A. Carson  
  • The shortest route is not always the best route, because it can bypass some of the greatest lessons in life. Ravi Zacharias
  • Dads, our kids don’t belong to us, they belong to God. We are just their stewards for a short time to point them to their ultimate father. Burk Parsons
  • My life has been a series of wonders, mercies, supports, and deliverances. John Newton   

Sinclair Ferguson Quote 2

2.8.16

  • God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are. Tim Keller
  • I am praying and hoping for a President of the United States who has demonstrated a long and consistent commitment to the sanctity of life. Albert Mohler
  • May the gospel be the only offensive thing about you. Jack Miller
  • Grace must be preached in a way that is centered and focused on Jesus Christ Himself. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Believer, no matter how many ways you “blew it” today, you’re no less beloved. This doesn’t minimize our sin; it exalts God’s grace. Scotty Smith
  • Real life parenting: Alternating between crying because the years are going by so quickly and crying because they’re going by so slowly. Joshua Harris
  • It is in style now to debunk the transcendent. We have lost the sense of the eternal, yet we are always on the edge of it. Ravi Zacharias
  • God ordains people to salvation but He also ordains the means they come to salvation. He uses our words. Alistair Begg
  • Money and Wealth are not evil. They are a magnifier, they make you more of what you are. Dave Ramsey

Eric Metaxas Quote

2.1.16

  • We are free to choose, but we are always a slave to our greatest desire. Jonathan Edwards
  • The poison of self-righteousness = the main thing keeping you from God isn’t so much your sins but your damnable good works. John Gerstner
  • If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last. Charles Spurgeon
  • If your name is in the Book of Life, your calling is not to stay alive but to stay in love with Christ. John Piper
  • “If I have THAT, my life will have meaning. I’ll have value and feel significant and secure.” THAT—is the object of your worship. Tim Keller
  • We are great sinners but Jesus is a greater Savior! John Newton
  • In the Lord Christ alone; in him only is God an all-sufficient God to any, and an exceeding great reward. John Owen
  • Read two old books for every new one. J.I. Packer
  • Compassion gives people space to be themselves. It doesn’t decide what people need. It doesn’t treat others like machines needing to be fixed. Paul Miller

R.C. Quote

1/24/16

      • Jesus, as our King, you rule over presidential races and weather fronts. As our Savior, your name is Redeemer and your grace is enough. Scotty Smith
      • There is nothing more important in the Christian life than to realize that our union with Christ is a vital one. It is a living thing. It is not something mechanical or conceptual; it is not a thought or an idea; it is really a vital, spiritual union. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • The most dangerous place in the United States for a human being is inside the womb of a woman. R.C. Sproul
      • Longing indeed for that day when all are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Albert Mohler
      • What makes sin sin, what makes it so vile, what gives it its horrific transcendental vileness, is that it’s sin against God. D.A. Carson
      • Character is manifest in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. Darrin Patrick
      • God relentlessly offers his grace to people who do not deserve it, seek it, or appreciate it after they have been saved by it. Tim Keller
      • Real contentment, as the Apostle Paul discovered, isn’t contingent on finances, status, or possessions. Francis Chan
      • The gospel does not exhort us to do certain things, but announces what God has done in his Son. Michael Horton
      • All who go to hell, go because of their own free will. All who go to heaven, go because of God’s sovereign will. Steven Lawson
      • Kids who grow up with legalistic pharisaism and then rebel aren’t rebelling against Christianity but against a false religion. Burk Parsons
      • If you could lose your salvation, you would. John MacArthur
      • Tolerance helps us agree to disagree but it doesn’t require us to love. Jesus commands what tolerance doesn’t, provides what tolerance can’t. Zack Eswine
      • If any man is not sure that he is in Christ, he ought not to be easy one moment until he is sure. Charles Spurgeon

1/17/16

      • The greatest works of God often happen when God’s people meet with Him in the wilderness. Bob Smart
      • It is possible to make an idol out of anything, including your perceived knowledge of doctrine. Derek Thomas
      • The gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended, it simply needs to be let out of its cage. Charles Spurgeon
      • J. I. Packer’s Knowing God changed my worldview as a college student. We are made to know God, not just to know about him. Albert Mohler
      • The Spirit never brings attention to Himself, but always drives attention to Christ and to His accomplishment. R.C. Sproul
      • We will all drink from the cup of the Lord. Some to destruction, others to delight. Kevin DeYoung
      • Holy Spirit, grant us freedom today to be quick repenters, deep forgivers, and faithful encouragers. Scotty Smith
      • Reader, beware of evening temptations. The sun is down, but sin is up. Charles Spurgeon
      • Everyone says they want community and friendship. But mention accountability or commitment to people, and they run the other way. Tim Keller

Calvin Quote 2

1/10/16
From the Movie "Bridge of Spies"

       From the Movie “Bridge of Spies”

      • Ultimately it’s only the man who feels quite hopeless about himself who really trusts God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • The opposite of joy is not sadness. It’s hopelessness. Tim Keller
      • It’s one thing to weep over consequences, it’s another thing to weep before Christ. Kevin DeYoung
      • We have a generation of people who think they can stand before the judgment seat of God despite their sins. R.C. Sproul
      • I’m looking forward to the Day I’ll never think an unkind thought, speak a hurtful word, or make a selfish choice. Scotty Smith
      • Nothing gives the believer so much joy as fellowship with Christ. Charles Spurgeon
      • When God forgives, He forgives completely. Not in shades or degrees of forgiveness, but absolutely and fully. Alistair Begg
      • We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness. Francis Chan
      • Keep your happiness where it can’t be hurt: in Christ. Michael Reeves

1/3/16

      • Maggie Smith QuoteDoes it ever get cold on the moral high ground? Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith’s character in Downton Abbey)
      • Praying that 2016 will be a year of great blessings from God, and that believers will show the glory of God in unprecedented ways. Albert Mohler
      • Only warranted trust glorifies the one trusted. A leap in the dark honors no one. Enter 2016 seeing the glory of God in his word. John Piper
      • I’m gonna trust more in Jesus’ resolve to save me completely than in my resolve to do better in 2016. Scotty Smith
      • Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus. Charles Spurgeon
      • Here’s two tips: 1. Open the Bible and begin reading. 2. Do it again every day. Happy New Year! Steve Camp
      • If Jesus is who He says He is- everything in your life will and should change. Tim Keller
      • Is our religion a better advertisement for God’s rightness, or our own? Mark Dever
      • God knows you’re exhausted. But a feast awaits when you allow him to be part of your life. Paul Miller
      • Oh, may God grant us to see sin for what it really is. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

      Favorite Quotes of the Week 12/27/15R.C. Quote

      • If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. Bob Smart
      • There is nothing in the law of God that will rob you of happiness; it only denies you that which would cost you sorrow. Charles Spurgeon
      • We don’t see the end from the beginning. But we can trust the One who does. Kevin DeYoung
      • No matter how big our hurt, how raw our grief, how deep our pain, or how many our disappointments, God promises grace for all of it. Scotty Smith
      • The Holy Spirit is a missionary Spirit. So the Spirit-filled church is a missionary church. John Stott
      • To be a Christian is not a religious experience…it is being radically transformed by God. Alistair Begg
      • We never move on from the Gospel to something more. We never can and we never need to. Tim Keller
      • My caution to you is this: Do not assume you are good soil. Francis Chan
      • Jesus does not call for a mere makeover of our lives, but a takeover. Steven Lawson
      • Pride is self contending with God for supremacy. William Gurnall

12/13/15

      • Anxiety is a daily fax to God saying, ‘I don’t think you have my best interests in mind. Tim Keller
      • When truth gets into a hymnbook, it becomes the confident possession of the whole church. Sinclair Ferguson
      • The gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended, it simply needs to be let out of its cage. Charles Spurgeon
      • A man who is little in his own eyes will account every affliction as little, and every mercy as great. Jeremiah Burroughs
      • When affection turns to annoyance, delight to drudgery, grace to a grudge, rest to restlessness, we have forgotten about Jesus and grace. Scott Sauls
      • We belittle God when we go through the outward motions of worship and take no pleasure in his person. John Piper
      • Wilt thou leave thy sins and go to heaven, or have thy sins and go to hell? John Bunyan
      • As Christians we never really need to fear that we will be ultimately forsaken because of the work that Jesus has done. Robert Godfrey
      • Buying things to find contentment is like drinking water to satisfy hunger; it stops the ache briefly, but can’t solve the problem. Dan Doriani

Alistair Begg Quote

12/6/15

      • When God promises us that He will forgive us, we insult His integrity when we refuse to accept it. R.C. Sproul
      • You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary. Jonathan Edwards
      • I’m throwing all my good works overboard and lashing myself to the plank of free grace; for I hope to swim to glory on it. Charles Spurgeon
      • Our lack of intimacy is due to our refusal to unplug and shut off communication from all others so we can be alone with Him. Francis Chan
      • Racism is nothing more than collective narcissism: I love my group above all others because I love myself. Michael Horton
      • Every area of Christian living––our worldview, worship, walk, work, and witness––is dependent upon the right knowledge of God. Steven Lawson
      • What does your life say to others about what you believe? Tim Kelle
      • Biblically speaking, man is free, but his freedom can never violate or overrule God’s sovereignty. R.C. Sproul
      • We should never sacrifice our values for the sake of political correctness. Ben Carson
      • God made the world out of nothing, and as long as we remain nothing, God can make something out if us. Martin Luther
      • He who begins by seeking God within himself may end by confusing himself with God. B.B. Warfield
      • The Christian life is a long obedience in the same direction. Eugene Peterson
      • The devil visits idle men with his temptations. God visits industrious men with his favors. Matthew Henry
      • If your spouse acts worthily, your love is the easier. If your spouse acts unworthily, your love is the more glorious. John Piper
      • Perhaps the most common reason people don’t believe in God is simply this: They don’t want anyone telling them what to do. Kevin DeYoung
      • There are only two ways of dying. We can die in faith or we can die in our sins. R.C. Sproul
      • Stir us up, O Lord, that we may lay hold upon the life that is really life in the Lord Jesus Christ. Alistair Begg
      • The principle of sola fide is not rightly understood till it is seen as anchored in the broader principle of sola gratia. J.I. Packer
      • Jesus isn’t interested in mowing over the weeds in our lives. He wants to uproot them. Matt Chandler

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11/29/15
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      • Only God can make the depraved heart desire God. John Piper
      • If Jesus didn’t think he could handle life without knowing the Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can? Tim Keller
      • God so changes empires and times and seasons that we should learn to look up to him. John Calvin
      • Theology is not simply the pursuit of knowledge about God, it’s the pursuit of God himself. Burk Parsons
      • When you think of what you are, and despair; think also of what he is, and take heart. Charles Spurgeon
      • Upon the cross, the worst about us (our sins) was laid upon Christ and the best about Him (His righteousness) was laid upon us. Steven Lawson
      • Christianity is not useful if it isn’t true. Francis Schaeffer
      • Prosperity and poverty are not signs of God’s favor or disfavor; God’s promised mercy in the gospel is the only anchor in the storm. Michael Horton
      • Salvation is all about the grace of God. There is absolutely nothing that you can do to save yourself or earn God’s favor. Francis Chan
      • Control is an illusion. It becomes the check engine light that reveals where you’ve placed your ultimate hope. Matt Chandler
      • The gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended, it simply needs to be let out of its cage. Charles Spurgeon
      • Whatever God makes, He owns. R.C. Sproul
      • It is important for our children, and for us, to guard what we watch on television, what we read, and what we listen to. Andy Andrews
      • God is so committed to your ultimate joy that he was willing to plunge into the greatest depths of suffering himself for you. Tim Keller
      • There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. John Calvin
      • God made us for a glorious purpose, but every day we violate that purpose. That is why we need a Savior who can heal and forgive. Ravi Zacharias
      • When the grace of Jesus sinks in, we will be the least offended and most loving people in the world. Scott Sauls
      • Repentance requires greater intimacy with God than with our sin. Rosaria Butterfield
      • Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology. J.I. Packer
      • When you realize that the antidote to being bad is not just being good, you are on the brink of understanding the Gospel. Tim Keller
      • An invitation to ISIS and Israel. “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15. John Piper
      • This time of year always leads me to ask one of life’s most baffling questions: Can there be that many people giving a Lexus for Christmas? Kevin DeYoung
      • God doesn’t want us to just feel gratitude, but for us to show it by giving thanks to God with our lives. R.C. Sproul
      • The secret of how to be really boring: be self-absorbed. Michael Reeves
      • Of course we feel out-of-control, vulnerable, broken, insufficient, guilty, fearful, and ashamed. That’s why Jesus is a Savior, not a coach. Scotty Smith
      • Condemning others while also excusing ourselves is what allows us to hang onto both our self-righteousness AND our sin. Tim Keller
      • Religions usually talk about what a person has to do, but Jesus talks about what we can’t do. Paul Miller
      • Some people will only learn to love Jesus as they witness His followers loving like Jesus. Ron Edmondson
      • God wants us to study our disappointments because if we look at our disappointments we will see what it is we love. Ligon Duncan

11.15.2015

      • What an individual is in secret, on his knees before God, that he is and no more. Sinclair Ferguson
      •  Where faith begins, anxiety ends; where anxiety begins, faith ends. George Müller
      • Remember that when you are at your worst and lowest, even then underneath you are the everlasting arms. Charles Spurgeon
      • Imagine a self-help book titled, “7 Steps to Losing Your Life for Another Person.” That’s the essence of HESED. You’re trapped by your love. Paul Miller
      • You can contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary. Jonathan Edwards
      • Everybody out there, despite their claims to the contrary, knows perfectly well that God exists. R.C. Sproul
      • If you’ve experienced God’s forgiveness, others will experience your forgiveness. Burk Parsons
      • He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day. John Bunyan
      • Being in Christ, and united to Him, is the fundamental constitution of a Christian. Thomas Goodwin
      • The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. C.S. Lewis
      • Our present is bearable because Christ’s future glory is guaranteed. Bryan Chapell
      • What makes worship amazing is the object of our worship. Francis Chan
      • Jesus didn’t come primarily to solve the economic, political, and social problems of the world. He came to forgive our sins. Tim Keller
      • Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. Elisabeth Elliot
      • One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving. Amy Carmichael
      • Prosperity and poverty are not signs of God’s favor or disfavor; God’s promised mercy in the gospel is the only anchor in the storm. Michael Horton
      • Christianity is not useful if it isn’t true. Francis Schaeffe
      • The greatest dangers to the church will always come from within the church. Kevin DeYoung
      • The resurrection tells us the worst thing is never the last thing. Frederick Buechner
      • To give your life so others can be free sounds like a very Christ-like thing to me. Thank you veterans. Michael Card
      • If God only exercised justice to a fallen race everyone would perish. But God chooses to grant mercy to some. R.C. Sproul
      • No biblical writer has a view of eternal security that makes it superfluous to warn professing Christians they can make shipwreck of faith. John Piper
      • The only reason we have peace with God is because God made peace with us through Jesus. Scotty Smith
      • If you try to seize the day, the day will eventually break you. Seize the corner of his garment and don’t let go. He will reshape the day. Paul Miller
      • Pride is the commencement of all sin. Augustine
      • “How long have I been doing this? I don’t want to overdo it.” – First thoughts I have when I begin working out. Jim Gaffigan

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11.1.2015

      • The rich brother needs to let the gospel humble him while the poor brother needs to let the gospel affirm him. Tim Keller
      • The world says you are loved because of what you do. Jesus says you can now do all things because you are loved. Tim Keller
      • What the heart most wants, the mind finds reasonable, the will finds doable, and the emotions find desirable. Tim Keller
      • If Christianity is really true it will be offending and correcting you somewhere. Tim Keller
      • The law says, “Do this,” and it is never done. Grace says, “Believe in this,” and everything is done already. Martin Luther
      • When our Lord said “Repent,” he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance. Martin Luther
      • I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. The Word did it all. Martin Luther
      • I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? I know One who made satisfaction in my behalf. Where he is, there I shall be. Martin Luther
      • Always and everywhere the servants of Christ are under orders to evangelize. J.I. Packer
      • God is good to all in some ways and to some in all ways. J.I. Packer
      • By trusting Christ’s redemptive work for us, we can enter into what we long for: the happiness found only in God. Randy Alcorn
      • Teach your children gratefulness. Do all you can to deliver them from our culture’s poisonous entitlement mentality. Randy Alcorn
      • Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously doing God’s will. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
      • God has been pursuing you with love and mercy every day of your life. Zack Eswine
      • If you don’t know why it matters where a candidate stands on abortion and gay marriage, don’t lecture those who do. Denny Burk
      • Jesus, may we find greater joy this week in loving people well than getting things done. Scotty Smith
      • If you doubt your sins have been forgiven, that in itself is sin. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • Some churches would rather die than to get out of the comfort of the past. Thom Rainer
      • God tends to do his best work when the odds appear stacked against him. Kevin DeYoung
      • Doctrine divides!” No, friend. Doctrine defines. Matt Smethurst
      • Keep your happiness where it can’t be hurt: in Christ. Michael Reeves

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10.25.2015

FROM DEAD GUYS:

      • Faith is believing that Christ is what he is said to be, and that he will do what he has promised to do, and then to expect this of him. Charles Spurgeon
      • The one condition for spiritual progress is that we remain sincere and humble. John Calvin
      • The essence of God’s action in wrath is to give people what they choose, in all its implications. J.I. Packer
      • Confession of sin shuts the mouth of hell and opens the gates of paradise. Thomas Watson

STILL ALIVE AND KICKIN’:

Tim Keller:

      • Unless you point to the good news of God’s grace people will not be able to bear the bad news of God’s judgement.
      • Jesus asks for far more than you ever thought, but offers more than you ever dreamed.
      • If Christianity is actually true it will be offending and correcting you and your society somewhere. It has throughout time.

John Piper:

      • The God of perfect patience is continually ready to start fresh with you. Totally fresh. Christ died for this.
      • God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.

R.C. Sproul:

      • Every Christian is a theologian. The issue for Christians is not whether we are going to be theologians, but whether we are going to be good theologians or bad theologians.
      • The holiness of God is traumatic to unholy people.
      • Even the slightest sin is an act of cosmic treason.
      • We do not determine right or wrong based on what everybody else is doing.
      • The only reason why I’m a Christian is because I’m a gift of the Father to the Son, not because of anything I’ve ever done.
      • The only cure for anxiety is to get down on our knees.

Others:

      • The real test that I believe that God is love is that tragedies don’t separate me from the conviction that God is love. Sinclair Ferguson
      • If you want to be anxious today, pretend you’re in control. Michael Reeves
      • Whenever you try to break God’s moral law, you end up breaking yourself and hurting others — all while proving His law in the process. Ravi Zacharias
      • God is not counting our sins against us because He is counting our sins against Christ. Alistair Begg
      • Only the Holy Spirit can give you the power to not think about yourself, to set you free from yourself. Francis Chan
      • Preaching and sacraments do not save, but God saves through preaching and sacraments. Michael Horton
      • When you feel exposed in prayer & it starts getting uncomfortable, don’t pull back from God. He is just starting to work. Paul Miller
      • If you are only born once, you will die twice. But if you are born twice, you will only die once. Steven Lawson
      • If we always want grace for ourselves and judgment for others, we barely understand grace. Burk Parsons
      • There is more grace in Christ than sin in you. Burk Parsons
      • Spiritual maturity is marked by being comfortable with the unpredictability of God. Erwin Lutzer
      • The more we get to know God, the more we want to know him better. D.A. Carson

10.18.2015

      • Christ has taken our nature into heaven to represent us, and has left us on earth with his nature to represent him. John Newton
      • “He who departs from evil makes himself a prey.” (Isaiah 59:15) Bakers. Photographers. County clerks. You? John Piper
      • Joy comes not only from resting in God’s love for us, but also in showing love to others. Paul Miller
      • A marriage would weaken if you only talked to your spouse while in the car (or in texts). It will do the same to your relationship w/ God. Paul Miller
      • It is in getting to know my Bible that I get to know Jesus. Alistair Begg
      • God does not exist to make sure that we are happy and fulfilled. Rather, we exist to glorify and to enjoy Him forever. Michael Horton
      • The root cause of anxiety is a failure to trust all that God has promised to be for us in Jesus. John Piper
      • To be known by God is the highest goal of human existence. R.C. Sproul
      • Don’t be surprised at having to re-forgive. Healing relational pain is more a process than a one-time event. Scotty Smith
      • In the end, the church will either declare the truth of God’s Word, or it will find a way to run away from it. Albert Mohler
      • Jesus cannot be just liked. His claims make us either kill him or crown him. Tim Keller
      • The fear of the Lord tends to take away all other fears. Sinclair Ferguson
      • The conviction that Christian doctrine matters is one of the most important growth points of the Christian life. Sinclair Ferguson
      • The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace. Sinclair Ferguson
      • “Safe? … Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” C.S. Lewis
      • We should let Scripture interpret us more than we interpret Scripture. Tim Keller
      • The Imperfect Pastor by Zack Eswine might be the most helpful and profound book I’ve read in years. If you’re in pastoral ministry grab a copy. Matt Chandler
      • There are heroes who never receive the limelight of their generation. More times than not, a hero is revealed, not by applause, but by God. Zack Eswine
      • You don’t want to leave a legacy of: “He played it safe, he survived, he made it through.” Francis Chan
      • God will honor the preaching that honors Christ, but abandon the pulpit that abandons Him. Steven Lawson
      • I’m grateful not only for the good things in life but the hard things knowing all things in God’s sovereignty work together for my good. Burk Parsons
      • If your heart doesn’t ache for people who don’t know Christ, you may not know Christ yourself. Burk Parsons
      • When Satan tells me I am a sinner he comforts me immeasurably, since Christ died for sinners. Martin Luther
      • If you can explain what is happening in a church, apart from the sovereign act of God, it is not revival. Martyn Lloyd-Jones  
      • Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world. Francis Schaeffer
      • There’s a throne in each life big enough for only one. Christ may be on that throne, or money may be. But both cannot occupy it. Randy Alcorn
      • Jesus has thrilled and satisfied the heart and mind of the Father for eternity. He must be all-sufficient for you. Michael Reeves

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10.11.2015

      • Self-realization, self-fulfillment, and self-help are all contemporary twists on an old heresy, which Paul identified as works-righteousness. Michael Horton
      • God Himself supplies the necessary condition to come to Jesus, that’s why it is ‘sola gratia,’ by grace alone, that we are saved. R.C. Sproul
      • Heaven is a place where God will personally wipe away our tears. R.C. Sproul
      • We live in a culture where the truth claims of Christianity are not only rejected, they are ridiculed. R.C. Sproul
      • All Christians have opportunities to serve those who might never come to church or listen to a sermon. Tim Keller
      • If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning of life, and identity then it is an idol. Tim Keller
      • Trust is accepting what God sends into your life whether you understand it or not. Tim Keller
      • God’s timing is rarely our timing. Kevin DeYoung
      • Inerrancy means the word of God always stands over us and we never stand over the word of God. Kevin DeYoung
      • If you may have everything by asking in His Name, & nothing without asking, I beg you to see how vital prayer is. Charles Spurgeon
      • You and your sins must separate, or you and your God cannot come together. Charles Spurgeon
      • We will never know how great God’s love is until we first see how great our sin is. Steven Lawson
      • I think all I really fear is to not know Jesus’ love and/or fail to trust in it. Scott Roley
      • Followers of Jesus who count the cost and are willing to take up their crosses after him must have broad shoulders. Os Guinness
      • There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one. Sinclair Ferguson
      • Holy Spirit, fill our hearts so full of the beauty of Jesus there won’t be space left for cataloging the failures of others. Scotty Smith
      • In many churches today, it is considered worse to judge evil than to do evil. Burk Parsons

10.4.2015

      • Before my secret meeting with the Pope I asked him to come wearing white if deep down he agreed with the Reformation. Pretty crazy. Kevin DeYoung
      • You’ll never be a mature Christian until you understand that God remembers his promises and forgets your sins. Kevin DeYoung
      • Careful. Our desires are like fireworks. They can light the night sky with beauty and wonder. But misused they can burn down a neighborhood. Zack Eswine
      • You want to do large things famous & fast. But most things that truly matter need small acts of overlooked love over a long period of time. Zack Eswine
      • When the gospel is at stake, everything is at stake. R.C. Sproul
      • To call a Christian a theist is roughly equivalent to calling the space shuttle Atlantis a glider. R.C. Sproul
      • Today, the chief ministry of the Holy Spirit is to take the work of the Son and bring it to fruition in us. R.C. Sproul
      • When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head. Charles Spurgeon
      • Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy down here today. Charles Spurgeon
      • As long as we think we are not that bad, the idea of grace will never change us. Tim Keller
      • Power, approval, comfort, and control are meta-idols that hold sway over our daily lives. Tim Keller
      • Jesus smashed two of the rich young ruler’s assumptions: Christianity is something you can ADD and something you can DO. Tim Keller
      • When we watch Jesus, we are watching God respond to human suffering. Paul Miller
      • He was prepared to be humbled…is there any room for pride in our own lives? Mark Jones
      • If you are in Christ, you are fully and completely forgiven for all your sin—past, present and future. Matt Chandler
      • The rule of the gospel is, that when we see our brother under any difficulty, we should be ready to bear the burden with him. Jonathan Edwards
      • Obedience and faithfulness is what God is calling us to. Bob Smart
      • Can you have any greater assurance that you are praying the will of God than when you are praying the Word of God? Don Whitney
      • The stress that some of us feel – it’s a lack of faith, it really is. Francis Chan
      • For Christians especially, identity is determined far more by the Gospel than it is by our sexual feelings. Michael Horton
      • There are many roads that lead to hell, but only one way to go to heaven. Steven Lawson
      • In Christ, God’s face shines out, full of grace and gentleness to us poor, unworthy sinners. John Calvin
      • There is no higher human state than to hunger and thirst for righteousness, and for that desire to be satisfied. Robert Yarbrough

9.27.2015

Favorite QuotesEvery hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake His mercy waits upon us. Charles Spurgeon

One of these days you may be unable to get rid of those habits which you are now forming. Charles Spurgeon

When God has given you your heart’s desire, what have you done with your heart’s desire? Jeremiah Burroughs

God answers the prayer we ought to have made rather than the prayer we did make. J.I. Packer

9.20.2015

      • Holding a grudge against someone means you think you know what they deserve and you take it upon yourself to give it to them. Tim Keller
      • You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need. Tim Keller
      • Jesus didn’t come to tell us the answers to the questions of life, he came to be the answer. Tim Keller
      • God has chosen us. Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of His love. Sinclair Ferguson
      • Seeking happiness apart from a right relationship God is like trying to turn on a light that’s unplugged. Randy Alcorn
      • You will fear something or someone. The Bible says the wisest way to go about your life is to fear God. Kevin DeYoung
      • Our God is righteous enough to judge and kind enough to forgive. Kevin DeYoung
      • The difference between “freedom of worship” and “freedom of religion” is the difference between faith that’s hidden and faith that’s lived. Matt Smethurst
      • Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. William Cowper
      • The heart of the gospel is that God took the initiative in Christ to satisfy his holy anger, and make himself our Treasure not our Terror. John Piper
      • Satan could make an “A” in my Systematic Theology course. He knows the information and knows that the information is true. R.C. Sproul
      • The gospel isn’t about our resolve, but Christ’s righteousness; not our promise to do better, but his provision of having done perfectly. Scotty Smith
      • The church is not built on the rock foundation of geniuses and influencers but of apostles and prophets. Russell Moore
      • I am a free man, the slave of Christ. John MacArthur
      • The rule of the gospel is, that when we see our brother under any difficulty, we should be ready to bear the burden with him. Jonathan Edwards
      • Wilberforce and the band of abolitionists knew that a private faith that did not act in the face of oppression was no faith at all. Chuck Colson
      • Living at peace with everyone…is not an option, it’s an obligation. Alistair Begg
      • If we could understand how impossible our situation is, we would grow in reverence for the kingship of Christ. Matt Chandler
      • If God cared only about religious activities, then the Pharisees would have been heroes of the faith. Francis Chan
      • Only the radical news of Jesus Christ can distract us from trivial pursuits and transform us from the inside out. Michael Horton
      • Humility begins with seeing who God is, seeing yourself compared to God, and then seeing yourself as God sees you. Steven Lawson
      • Many are looking for a special word from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust. Burk Parsons
      • We are allergic to the lower place. But acts of love require a humble posture. Taking the low place means waiting for God to fill that void. Paul Miller
      • No one leads a holy life, except he is united to God.   John Calvin

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9.13.2015

      • Conversion is a great and glorious work of God’s power, at once changing the heart, and infusing life into the dead soul. Jonathan Edwards
      • You are worse than you think you are, but also far more loved than you feel you are. Tim Keller
      • When you say, “Come in Jesus as my caregiver, stay out as my Lord,” he can’t. He’s both. Tim Keller
      • If you come from insignificance and when you die you return to insignificance, then nothing is significant now. Tim Keller
      • Church hoppers are like wandering dogs. If they are not regularly patted on the head, they will go elsewhere until they are. Steven Lawson
      • If you miss Christ you miss everything, and if you have Christ you have everything. Steven Lawson
      • Perhaps God brought you into this mess so that he can bring you out of it for his glory. Kevin DeYoung
      • You will fear something or someone. The Bible says the wisest way to go about your life is to fear God. Kevin DeYoung
      • The human dilemma is this: God is holy, and we are not. God is righteous, and we are not. R.C. Sproul
      • We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us. R.C. Sproul
      • Faith never requires us to crucify our minds or deny our senses. R.C. Sproul
      • If you’re not content, start naming everything you don’t deserve. Burk Parsons
      • Who’s sins do you hate the most, others’ sins or your own? Burk Parsons
      • The glory of the salvation of souls belongs to God, and to Him alone. Charles Spurgeon
      • If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how vital prayer is. Charles Spurgeon
      • Hell will be filled with people who were avidly committed to Christian values. Albert Mohler
      • If words like “obedience”, “transformation,” “change,” make you think about legalism, not God’s grace, that needs fixin’. Scotty Smith
      • Calvinism is the consistent endeavor to acknowledge the Creator as the Lord, working all things after the counsel of His will. J.I. Packer
      • Following Jesus is not about conjuring up the moral fortitude to lead good lives. It’s about loving God and enjoying Him. Francis Chan
      • The heart of the gospel is that God took the initiative in Christ to satisfy his holy anger, and make himself our Treasure not our Terror. John Piper
      • Though you have sinned much, that is no reason why you should despair, but only why you should love much, having so much forgiven. George Whitefield
      • If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. John Wooden
      • Thanks to the Eagles and Coach Kelly for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love! Romans 8:28 Tim Tebow
      • Why is hesed love so important? Because life is moody. Hesed is a stake in the heart of the changing seasons of life. Paul Miller
      • Millions of homeless, vulnerable refugees and all the attention goes to Kim Davis. Lord have mercy. Scott Sauls
      • We should never intentionally offend, but if you follow Jesus, you will offend religious people. Darrin Patrick
      • God made the world out of nothing, and as long as we remain nothing God can make something out of us. Martin Luther

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9.6.2015

GOOD NEWS!

      • Brethren, who are we that God should have been so good to us? Charles Spurgeon
      • The Gospel is that Jesus Christ came to earth, lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died. Tim Keller
      • Ordinary, daily faithfulness is equally as extraordinary as a spectacular conversion experience. Scott Sauls
      • People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don’t be surprised by messiness. Tim Keller
      • Where Jesus is our portion and desire, we lack no true treasure. Zack Eswine

CHRISTIAN LIVING:

      • We’re to love our children for who they are, not for what we want them to become. Alistair Begg
      • There is no higher human state than to hunger and thirst for righteousness, and for that desire to be satisfied. Dr. Robert Yarbrough
      • The more we grow in Christ, the more our excitement for Friday turns into a greater eagerness for the arrival of Sunday. Burk Parsons
      • Conviction is not repentance; conviction leads to repentance. But you can be convicted without repentance. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • Today, we often use the same vocabulary, but a different dictionary. Rosaria Butterfield
      • If in a Christian pulpit you have no business saying, “I suggest to you” No! “These things I declare to you.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last. Charles Spurgeon
      • How can you admit that your only hope is divine grace and then throw condemnation at another sinner when you see them struggle? Paul David Tripp
      • Life is not an experiment. God gave you a life, and God gave you a Book. John Piper

8.23.2015

      • One answer to the Planned Parenthood counter sign (“Don’t take away our care”): “We only want to take away your killing not your care.” John Piper
      • Sin is a sovereign till sovereign grace dethrones it. Charles Spurgeon
      • The ultimate test of any civilization is how we treat the most vulnerable… what we do to our children. Our world has lost its direction. Ravi Zacharias
      • An unkind heart is the worst. It is a plague to its possessor, and a torment to those around him. Charles Spurgeon
      • The gospel frees us from the relentless pressure of having to prove ourselves and secure our identity through work. Tim Keller
      • The key question in order to change you is not ‘What would Jesus do?’ but “What has Jesus done for you?” Tim Keller
      • The Gospel is not good instructions, not a good idea, and not good advice. The Gospel is an announcement of what God has done for us in Jesus. Michael Horton
      • I was not born to be free. I was born to adore and to obey. C.S. Lewis
      • The unfolding shame of the Ashley Madison hack is an opportunity for repentance, grace, and the gospel. Hope pastors and churches are ready. Andy Crouch
      • Compare these statements: (1) “Life is short. Have an affair.” (Ashley Madison ad) & (2) “Know this, your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23. Albert Mohler
      • We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us. R.C. Sproul
      • Because of the gospel, God doesn’t remember our sins against us. Because of the gospel, let’s practice that a lot more with each other too. Scotty Smith
      • Preach the gospel at all times; use words, which are necessary. Justin Taylor
      • I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him. Charles Spurgeon
      • If Christians win a battle by using worldly means, they have really lost. Francis Schaeffer
      • How have we come to a place in society where millions of babies can be slaughtered and disposed of in the name of progress? Shocking but real. Ravi Zacharias
      • Freedom is not doing whatever you want whenever and with whomever, it is knowing what you ought to do and having the freedom to do it. Burk Parsons
      • Even the most casual events are connected to God’s purpose for His people from all eternity. Alistair Begg
      • Most people want Jesus as a consultant rather than a king. Tim Keller
      • Life is about Jesus. We are not here to tell our story, but His. Francis Chan
      • We may not have “that peaceful, easy feeling” the Eagles sang about, but the gospel announces “having been justified we have peace with God” Michael Horton
      • No one goes to heaven by parroting a prayer, being baptized, or joining a church, but by believing in Jesus Christ with humble submission. Steven Lawson
      • Being nice while wearing a gold cross around your neck isn’t a form of evangelism. Telling others all about that cross is. Burk Parsons
      • Sin rarely seems sin at first beginnings. J.C. Ryle
      • Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment. Sinclair Ferguson
      • What is the chief end of preaching? To give men and women a sense of God and His presence. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

8.16.2015

      • I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. Martin Luther
      • The only thing of my very own which I contribute to my redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed. Sinclair Ferguson
      • God is good—on good days, bad days and all the days in between. Don’t just say “God is good” when you feel good, say it even when you don’t. Burk Parsons
      • Men will trust in God no further than they know him. Jonathan Edwards
      • People will not receive the balm of the gospel unless they know something of the wounds that sin has made. Charles Spurgeon
      • It is better to preach five words of God’s Word than five million words of man’s wisdom. Charles Spurgeon
      • I get irritated when I hear preachers say, “Come to Jesus and all your problems will be over.” That’s just simply a lie. R.C. Sproul
      •  By definition, the big difference between mercy and justice is that mercy is never ever obligatory. R.C. Sproul
      • The word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart, but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind. R.C. Sproul
      • If truth were told, most of us spend longer each day on personal cleanliness than on practical godliness. Alistair Begg
      • Fear, logic, and tradition are not going to make you live a good life when no one is looking. Tim Keller
      • Any person that says, “Of course I wouldn’t do ______” doesn’t know their own heart. Darrin Patrick
      • We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness. Francis Chan
      • Jesus, the one who rose from the dead, demonstrates his right to tell us who he is, who we are, what he came to do and what our future holds. Michael Horton
      • It will cost you to follow Christ, but it costs even more not to follow Him. Steven Lawson
      • We do live best in this world when we keep the next in mind. Mark Dever
      • There is no biblical Christianity without the cross at its center. John Stott
      • Where God’s Spirit does not reign, there is no humility, and men ever swell with inward pride. John Calvin
      • Deliver me, oh Lord, from that evil man, myself. Augustine
      • At our church, we refer to the Lord’s Supper as the dysfunctional family meal. We are all incomplete works in process. Hence…grace. Scott Sauls
      • Indwelling sin always abides while we are in this world; therefore it is always to be mortified. John Owen
      • The devil doesn’t fill us with hatred for God, but with forgetfulness of God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

8.9.2015

ABOUT GOD AND HIS GREAT LOVE:

      • What makes worship amazing is the object of our worship. Francis Chan
      • If grace is obligated it is no longer grace. The very essence of grace is that it is undeserved. R.C. Sproul
      • In His tender mercies, God has an incredible capacity to love the unlovely. R.C. Sproul
      • To be convinced in our hearts that we have forgiveness of sins and peace with God by grace alone is the hardest thing. Martin Luther
      • Religion: ‘My identity is built on being a good person.’ Gospel: ‘My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on Christ’s.’ Tim Keller
      • The sinner can no more raise himself from the deadness of sin than Lazarus, who had been dead four days, until Jesus came. George Whitefield
      • Hell is full of people who think they deserve heaven. Heaven is full of people who know they deserve hell. Trevin Wax
      • Faith and hope…are the wings by which our souls, rising above the world, are lifted up to God. John Calvin

CHRISTIAN LIVING ~ SANCTIFICATION:

      • Our only hope of progress in gradual sanctification is that we already have a right standing with God by faith alone. John Piper
      • Hang on to this with your life: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Albert Mohler
      • Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing. Francis Chan
      • The more seriously we understand the radical nature of sin, the more it exercises a restraint upon us. R.C. Sproul
      • Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • Christianity is not a “to-do” list, but a “‘tis done!” list. Michael Horton
      • Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you. Sinclair Ferguson
      • A sign of spiritual maturity: You’ve become more flexible, not less, on matters of taste, opinion, style, and preference. Scott Sauls
      • Love is not just a sentiment. Love is a great controlling passion and it always expresses itself in terms of obedience. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • It is one thing for sin to live in us; it is another for us to live in sin. John Murray
      • Our bad things turn out for good. Our good things can never be lost. And the best things are yet to come. Jonathan Edwards
      • The judgment of God against this nation will not be turned by a more conservative President, but by the repentance of its people. Paul Washer
      • My grand point in preaching is to break the hard heart, and to heal the broken one. John Newton

JUST FOR FUN:

      • Deep frying a Twinkie makes it healthy, right? Jim Gaffigan
      • Just finished biking to Toby Mac’s new CD! Tis Gospelicious Jesus-Freak-ish Funk-a-delic Thump-a-sonic Heart-a-donic. SO good! Scotty Smith

8.2.2015

      • The ungodly are not half so restrained in their blasphemy as we are in our praise. Charles Spurgeon
      • We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand. Charles Spurgeon
      • There is nothing that will keep a person from Christ like a good opinion of himself. Charles Spurgeon
      • Great grace and small gifts are better than great gifts and no grace. John Bunyan
      • When God says something, the argument is over. R.C. Sproul
      • Of course God will give us more than we can handle. That’s what drives us to Jesus, which is the best thing that can happen to any of us. Scotty Smith
      • You can’t confuse childlike faith with childish thinking. John MacArthur
      • Settle this in your heart. Life is a gift from God. He owes it to none. He may take it at any age, any time, and do no wrong. John Piper
      • Flattery is saying something nice in order to help yourself. Encouragement is saying something true in order help someone else. Kevin DeYoung
      •  The less time you spend with truth the easier it is to believe lies. Lecrae
      • Prayer is the means that God has ordained for the supply of grace that is necessary to be joyful in hope. Alistair Begg
      • Christians don’t believe that goodness gets you to heaven. Christians believe it’s exhausting to rely on your own goodness to please God. Tim Keller
      • Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong. Tim Keller
      • Everyone says they want community and deep friendship. However, because it takes accountability and commitment we run the other way. Tim Keller
      • Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. Francis Chan
      • It wasn’t Luther or Calvin that reformed the church. It was the Word of God that reformed the church. Robert Godfrey
      • In the race of faith, stay focused upon Christ, not the other runners, nor the spectators. Steven Lawson
      • We discover the will of God by a sensitive application of Scripture to our own lives. Sinclair Ferguson
      • The truest spirituality comes thru ordinary means. Scripture, prayer, worship, sacraments, community. Leave it to Jesus to be spectacular. Scott Sauls

Just for Fun

      • August 1? Hey Summer where you running off to? Dave Ramsey
      • Who was the first person to walk into a harbor and say, “Whatever that horrible smell is I want to eat it.” Jim Gaffigan

7.19.2015

God and Theology:

      • If I know anything about the character of God after fifty years of ministry, I know that God hates abortion. R.C. Sproul
      • Every day we need our gaze redirected from ourselves to God. Sinclair Ferguson
      • The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace. Sinclair Ferguson
      • Be assured, there is nothing new in theology except that which is false. Charles Spurgeon
      • There is an inherent blasphemy in seeking to add to what Christ Jesus in His dying moments declared to be finished. Charles Spurgeon
      • The devil is so subtle that he dominates man and persuades him at the same time that he is not being dominated. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before. John Owen

The Christian Journey:

      • No man can come to God but by an extraordinary revelation of the Spirit. John Calvin
      • I cannot have God in my heart if he is not in my head. Before I can believe in, I must believe that. R.C. Sproul
      • There will be no doubt about His having chosen you when you have chosen Him. Charles Spurgeon
      • You are either a Christian or you are not a Christian; you cannot be partly a Christian. You are either “dead” or “alive”; you are either “born” or “not born”. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • The ultimate test of our spirituality is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God. Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
      •  God’s love for you musn’t be measured by your present circumstances but by his eternal Christ. The sane choose grace over ease, every time. Scotty Smith
      • Worldliness is departing from God. Iain H. Murray
      • Look at your Facebook posts. Do they display fear, love or self-control? Pastor Duane Otto
      • What is right has to win the day over what we may see as rights. Ravi Zacharias
      • It is impossible to forgive someone if you feel superior to him or her. Tim Keller
      • You find that the things you let go of while following Jesus were the things that were going to destroy you in the end. Francis Chan
      • Our examples of enduring hardship are often more powerful than our stories of success and triumph. Mark Dever
      • All roads do indeed lead to God, the only question is, what will God say to you when you get there? Burk Parsons

Prayer:

      • Prayer should be done regularly, persistently, resolutely, and tenaciously at least daily, whether we feel like it or not. Tim Keller
      • Prayer is not optional for the Christian; it is required. R.C. Sproul

Favorite Quotes

Favorite Quotes of the Week 7.12.15

Present Theologians:
•Foot washing is far more appropriate for followers of Jesus than attempts at life fixing. We serve them, only Jesus changes people. Scotty Smit
•Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs, but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable. Tim Keller
•Everyone says they want community and deep friendship. However, because it takes accountability and commitment we run the other way. Tim Keller
•To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything. Tim Keller
•The Arminian view makes the final decision of our salvation rest upon a human choice, not upon a divine action. R. C. Sproul
•For the Arminian, salvation is possible for all but certain for none. In the Calvinist position, salvation is sure for God’s elect. R.C. Sproul
•It is not the perfection of one’s life but the direction of a life that provides evidence of regeneration. John MacArthur
•What God requires and what he has done to save us in Christ is evident from Genesis to Revelation. Michael Horton
•Truth without grace isn’t really true. Grace without truth isn’t really gracious. Scott Sauls
•Repentance: conviction of our sin, contrition over our sin, confession of our sin, consecration to turn from our sin. Repeat daily. Burk Parsons
•When your sin is exposed, you will run toward confession and forgiveness or self-righteousness and self-justification. Paul David Tripp
•If your friends never make you uncomfortable. You don’t have friends. You have fans. Darrin Patrick
•Churches should evaluate everything they do to determine how it can be done better. Thom Rainer
•The repentant man rightfully loses trust in himself. He recognizes his self-dependence as the source of his problems, not the solution. Randy Alcorn
•Only the Gospel goes deep enough to effect real hard change. Everything else is just behavior modification. Jared Wilson
•There are no freelance Christians; there is no solo-flying to heaven. Alistair Begg
•Calvin, outside of God’s Word, has been the greatest influence in my life. Ian Hamilton
•God has chosen us. Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of His love. Sinclair Ferguson
•What matters most isn’t what others think of us, or even what we think about ourselves, but what God has declared to be true of us in Christ. Scotty Smith
•You cannot talk about evil without assuming a moral framework. Ravi Zacharias
•Refusing to teach a passage of Scripture is just as wrong as abusing it. Francis Chan.

Theologians from the Past:
•Right is right though all condemn, and wrong is wrong though all approve. Charles Spurgeon
•If he be lost, damnation is all of man; but, if he be saved, still salvation is all of God. Charles Spurgeon
•Man was made in the image of God, and nothing will satisfy man but God, in whose image he was made. Charles Spurgeon
•Praying without fervency is like hunting with a dead dog. Charles Spurgeon
•The nearer a man gets to God, the greater he sees his sin. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
•If you look at your past and are depressed it means that you are listening to the devil. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
•I’ve held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all but whatever I’ve placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. Martin Luther
•I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word, till soul and body sever. For though all things pass away, His Word shall stand forever. Martin Luther
•God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance … as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray. John Calvin
•The greatest test of a man’s character is his tongue. Oswald Chambers

Favorite Quotes of the Week 7.5.15

CURRENT THEOLOGIANS:

Pray this for our President. “When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes.” 2 Kings 22:11. John Piper

We talk so much about rights, but we talk so little about what is actually right. Ravi Zacharias

      • Public faith means going public with what’s in your heart, with humility and respect for others, as we speak of the truth of the gospel. Tim Keller
      • Jesus says, “I want you to follow me so fully, so intensely, so enduringly that all other attachments in your life look weak by comparison.” Tim Keller
      • Everyone says they want community and deep friendship. However, because it takes accountability and commitment we run the other way. Tim Keller
      • Confession should be a daily activity for the Christian, whose entire pilgrimage is characterized by the spirit of repentance. R.C. Sproul
      • The one place where the Christian can be naked without fear is in the presence of Christ. R.C. Sproul
      • God’s grace is so powerful that it has the capacity to overcome our natural resistance to it. R.C. Sproul
      • Regeneration is the cause of faith, not faith the cause of regeneration. R.C. Sproul Jr.
      • Remember, when you’re sinned against its tempting to respond sinfully. Don’t give in, talk to your heart and seek the grace of Jesus. Paul David Tripp
      • Pressure’s off. You are not called to be awesome. Only humble and faithful. Scott Sauls
      • Jesus, forgive us for valuing our freedoms and comforts more than we value your presence and promises. Scott Sauls
      • As Christians living in changing times, we must keep three things open: our heads, our hearts, and our Bibles. Kevin DeYoung
      • We preach the gospel to others not knowing if they’re the elect bride of Christ but knowing they’re all sinners in need of Christ. Burk Parsons
      • If you can trust God to save you for eternity, you can trust him to lead you for a lifetime. David Platt
      • Why is it that we believe God’s promises of blessing but not his promises of punishment? Francis Chan
      • There will be people who will teach for the sake of greed or for the sake of ego. So watch their lives. Do they look and act like Jesus? Francis Chan
      • Until we acknowledge our sin and guilt, we will never come to discover that it can be forgiven. Sinclair Ferguson
      • People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought – which they seldom use. Dan Doriani
      • Mark it down—your progress in holiness will never exceed your relationship with the holy Word of God. Nancy Leigh DeMoss

THEOLOGIANS FROM THE PAST:

      • Only what God has commanded in his word should be regarded as binding; in all else there may be liberty of actions. John Owen
      • There are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. Hudson Taylor
      • Let us…once and forever put an end to that lie which says that Calvinism and an interest in evangelism are not comparable. George Whitefield
      • To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Jonathan Edwards
      • The gospel is not something partial or piecemeal: it takes in the whole life, the whole of history, the whole world. It tells us about creation and the final judgment and everything in between. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • People are often unhappy in the Christian life because they have thought of Christianity, and the whole message of the gospel, in inadequate terms. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • The gospel is meant to control and govern everything in our lives. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • Don’t let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after Him. He will never fail you. Charles Spurgeon
      • To receive the Word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into your very soul is quite another. Charles Spurgeon
      • If you don’t listen to theology, that won’t mean you have no ideas about God, it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones. CS Lewis
      • Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it. Martin Luther
      • If you see yourself as a “little sinner” you will inevitably see Jesus as a “little savior”. Martin Luther

Prayer

6.21.2015Favorite Quotes

CURRENT THEOLOGIANS:

      • Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here. Tullian Tchividjian (after he admitted to committing adultery and resigned as lead pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church).
      • There is a danger that grace can become a topic we discuss rather than a power we experience. Heath Lambert
      • I find that if I pray for the people I’m most angry with, my anger turns into something more redemptive. Jack Miller
      • If God is not at the center of your life, something else is. Tim Keller
      • Faith is not primarily a function of how you feel. Faith is living out, trusting, and believing what truth is despite what you feel. Tim Keller
      • We’ve replaced the proclamation of Christ with an easy-listening legalism of do more and try harder. R. C. Sproul
      • The God of popular religion is not holy. R.C. Sproul
      • Jesus, many of us know what holiness is not; but we need you to show us what holiness IS. Help us to discover the beauty of gospel-holiness. Scotty Smith
      • The Father did not require the death of Christ to persuade Him to love us. Christ died because the Father loves us. Sinclair Ferguson
      • A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace. Elisabeth Elliot
      • The greatest work God ever performs was not the creation of the universe out of nothing, but is the new creation of saints out of sinners. Steven Lawson
      • The Bible knows nothing of a healthy Christian who does not or will not pray. Tim Challies
      • Every time you get on your knees and pray to God, ‘Holy’ keeps the respect and reverence while ‘Father’ brings Him close & intimate. Ravi Zacharias
      • We should be so joyful from God’s grace that others would respond by saying, ‘I wish I had your God. Francis Chan
      • We want awesomeness more than we want faithfulness. Michael Horton
      • Grace has uprooted us from a barren wilderness of sin and transplanted us by streams of living water. Steven Lawson
      • Charleston was where America split apart in 1861. Maybe it’s where America comes together in 2015. Russell Moore
      • Sin claims to free but in fact it kills. Mark Dever
      • Correct division should be preferred over corrupt unity. Mark Dever
      • Prayer is the burden of revival; repentance is the breakthrough of revival; evangelism is the blessing of revival; holiness is the bounty of revival. Steve Camp
      • God’s will is what we would choose if we knew what God knows. Nancy Leigh DeMoss
      • God is not embarrassed by his wrath or ashamed of his judgment, so we shouldn’t be either. Thabiti Anyabwile
      • True maturity does not mean repenting less. It means repenting more, and repenting more quickly. Scott Sauls

THEOLOGIANS FROM THE PAST:

      • The eternal everlasting God has become our Father and the moment we realize that, it transforms everything. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • Spiritual depression or unhappiness in the Christian life is very often due to our failure to realize the greatness of the gospel. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
      • The whole man is involved, the mind, the heart and the will, and a common cause of spiritual depression is the failure to realize that the Christian life is a whole life, a balanced life. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • The Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ efficaciously unites us to himself. John Calvin
      • Unless men establish their complete happiness in God, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him. John Calvin
      • He makes those just who are unjust, forgives those who deserve to be punished, and favors those who deserve no favor. Charles Spurgeon
      • However little we may be, if we are the Lord’s, we may rejoice that we are preserved in Christ Jesus. Charles Spurgeon
      • The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end. Charles Spurgeon
      • To me, Calvinism means the placing of the eternal God at the head of all things. Charles Spurgeon
      • Sin is not so sweet in the committing as it is heavy and bitter in the reckoning. Richard Sibbes
      • We should take our discouragements as means of grace. Andrew Bonar There are many persons that seem to be converted, that are not so really. Don’t rest in any appearance of grace. Jonathan Edwards
      • Free will without God’s grace is not free at all, but is the permanent bondservant of evil, since it cannot turn itself to good. Martin Luther

Favorite Quotes6.21.2015

THE BIBLE:
•Defend the Bible? I’d sooner defend a lion. You don’t defend the Bible; you open its cage and let it roar. Charles Spurgeon
•Nowhere in the Bible is God described as looking for “great worship”; but he is seeking true worshippers… a people, not a show (John 4). Scotty Smith
•We don’t go to Scripture for permission to do what we think is best, but for direction to do what He says is best. David Platt
•Whatever you read, read the Bible first. Beware of bad books: there are plenty in this day. Take heed what you read. J.C. Ryle
•God does not bestow the Spirit on his people, in order to set aside the use of his word, but rather to render it fruitful. John Calvin

SIN:
•You must be made miserable before you can know true Christian joy. Indeed the real trouble with the miserable Christian is that he has never been truly made miserable because of conviction of sin. He has by-passed the essential preliminary to joy, he has been assuming something that he has no right to assume. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
•It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin. Ravi Zacharias
•The sinner’s problem with hell is not the absence of God, but the presence of God. R.C. Sproul
•For unbelievers, at the final judgment, there will not be one drop of mercy, only perfect justice–so much sin, so much wrath. Steven Lawson
•To expose our minds constantly to ungodly thinking is a great danger. Alistair Begg

TO SPUR YOU ON TO LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS:
•We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed. Charles Spurgeon
•When George Müller turned 70, he fulfilled his dream of missionary work for 17 years until he was 87. Got that, boomers? John Piper
•In preaching, the ultimate crime is to propound falsehood; the penultimate crime is to let the faith seem boring or irrelevant. Dan Doriani
•Gospel progress happens not when we have pity on the weak but solidarity with the weak. Scott Sauls
•God is absolutely sovereign, but his sovereignty never mitigates human responsibility. D. A. Carson
•Everything is necessary that God sends our way; nothing can be necessary that he withholds. John Newton
•We need to be more concerned about who we are before God than our reputation before people. Francis Chan
•We run the race not by looking aside, comparing ourselves with other Christians, but by keeping our eyes fixed on Christ at the finish line. Burk Parsons
•The best way to leave a legacy is to believe, teach, defend, and promote what is true. Kevin DeYoung
•There is no happiness finally, there is no peace, there is no joy except we be right with God. The miserable Christian is wrong in his ideas as to how this rightness with God is to be obtained. Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones

TO COMFORT YOU:
•He makes those just who are unjust, forgives those who deserve to be punished, and favors those who deserve no favor. Charles Spurgeon
•Jesus, sparrows are fed and fields are clothed, storms are stilled and days are numbered by you. Forgive me for living otherwise. Scotty Smith
• The richest treasure God has for you are the people in your life. Give thanks and don’t take them for granted. Kevin DeYoung
•God enabled me to speak with the demonstration of the Spirit, and with power. George Whitefield
•Every blessing we receive from God comes through our union with Christ. Union with Christ is greater than everything. Father, thanks for hiding us in Christ. Scotty Smith

 6.14.2015

DEAD GUYS:

It is a good thing God chose me before I was born, because he surely would not have afterwards. Charles Spurgeon

      • Let us not sigh, but sing. All is well, however hard the wind blows. Charles Spurgeon
      • Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has. Charles Spurgeon
      • We know of no cure for the love of evil in a Christian like daily communion with the Lord Jesus. Charles Spurgeon
      • Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan. John Bunyan 
      • Sin is bad in the eye, worse in the tongue, worse still in the heart, but worst of all in the life. Thomas Brooks
      • The ultimate cause of spiritual depression is unbelief. For if it were not for unbelief, even the devil could do nothing. It is because we listen to the devil instead of listening to God that we go down before him and fall before his attacks. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      •  You must go on to remind yourself of God – who God is, and what God is, and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

STILL ALIVE AND KICKIN’:

      • To allow God to be God we must follow Him for who He is and what He intends, and not for what we want or what we prefer. Ravi Zacharias
      • The whole concept of providence is that God knows everything about what we do. R.C. Sproul
      • Our greatest hope isn’t having it all together. Our greatest hope is Jesus whether we have it all together or not. Zack Eswine
      • When we are slow to tend that which is most central to our calling, and speedy to tend that which is not, our busyness is actually laziness. Zack Eswin
      • The day you stop learning is the day you stop living. Steven Lawson
      • Prayer does not change the will of God to fit my will, but changes my will to His will. Steven Lawso
      • Holy Spirit, give us power today for boasting in our weakness, boasting in Jesus, and boasting about other’s successes. Scotty Smith
      • Human beings don’t just learn things from stories. We learn things by being in the midst of a story. Of The Story. Matt Perman
      • God loves and defends those with the least economic and social power, and so should we. Tim Keller
      • Salvation is all about the grace of God. There is absolutely nothing that you can do to save yourself or earn God’s favor. Francis Chan
      • Too many men want to change the world but aren’t willing to change diapers, but that’s precisely where changing the world begins, at home. Burk Parsons
      • John Flavel’s final words were, ‘I know that it will be well with me.’ Mark Dever
      • We don’t go to Scripture for permission to do what we think is best, but for direction to do what He says is best. David Platt

6.7.2015

FROM GUYS THAT HAVE GONE TO GLORY:

      • Let us fall before the majesty of our great God, acknowledging our faults, and praying that he will make us ever more conscious of them. John Calvin
      • Christian, remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity. Charles Spurgeon
      • Live as if Christ died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back tomorrow. Martin Luther
      • To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Jonathan Edwards
      • Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless. Francis Schaeffer
      • The best of men are only men at their very best. Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, – martyrs, fathers, reformers, puritans, – all are sinners, who need a Savior: holy, useful, honorable in their place – but sinners after all. J.C. Ryle

STILL ALIVE & KICKIN’:

      • Jesus, grant your calming presence to our friends who struggle with anxiety disorders and paralyzing fears. It’s always harder at night. Scotty Smith
      • Holy Spirit, help me to be 10 times more intrigued with people today than irritated by them. I wanna be less childish and more childlike. Scotty Smith
      • The ultimate cause of all spiritual depression is unbelief. For if it were not for unbelief even the devil could do nothing. It is because we listen to the devil instead of listening to God that we go down before him and fall before his attacks. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      • You are either a Christian or you are not a Christian; you cannot be partly a Christian. You are either “dead” or “alive”; you are either “born” or “not born”. Dr. Martyn-Lloyd Jones
      • The cure for a cranky soul begins by repenting, by realizing that my moodiness is a demand that my life have a certain shape. Paul Miller
      • Prayer is not a discipline, though it has discipline aspects to it. Prayer is getting to know God. Paul Miller
      • The Jenner story is a tragedy. The culture is doing its best to fall into line. The church must lean into the gospel. Albert Mohler
      • The Christian’s comfort: I am not my own. I do not make my own rules or create my own identity. There is one who made me and can save me. Kevin DeYoung
      • The Sovereign Lord has spared you ten thousand more losses than he has sent you. Let every moment be a thousand thanks. John Piper
      • God doesn’t want your crises-mode promises. Darrin Patrick
      • There is no better news than that the God who makes the demand for perfection also meets the demand for perfection on our behalf. Tullian Tchividjian
      • Grace flows most refreshingly through the faucet of brokenness. Tullian Tchividjian
      • What you applaud you encourage, but beware what you celebrate. Ravi Zacharias
      • With the doctrine of the Trinity it becomes most evident that we do not all worship the same God. Michael Horton
      • The more we grow to know God, the more we realize how little we know of Him. Steven Lawson
      • Something I always keep in mind: Just because I disagree with someone doesn’t mean he or she is wrong. Burk Parsons
      • Christianity is not a religion of moralism, it is a gospel religion of grace. Burk Parsons
      • Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He is the Seeker; we are the ones who are running. R. C. Sproul
      • Once we are reconciled to God, the estrangement and hostility is over. The peace is sealed for eternity. R. C. Sproul
      • You can’t keep up with the Joneses when you’re committed to radical generosity, and I think that’s exactly how God intends it. Tim Challies
      • There is a direct relationship between a person’s grasp and experience of God’s grace, and his or her heart for justice and the poor. Tim Keller
      • Grace is humbling and restorative. It pulls you down because Christ had to die for you, but also lifts you up because he wanted to die for you. Tim Keller
      • Ministry to the poor is a crucial sign that we believe the gospel. Tim Keller

6.1.2015

It is God alone who can subdue and govern the unruly wills of sinful men. George Whitefield
There is no true praying in the name of Christ without repentance of sin, for Christ is the savior of sinners. Jonathan Edwards

      • Faith is more than getting a theological quiz right. Faith is to know, to assent, to put your trust in, and to cherish what is true. Kevin DeYoung
      • The promises of God for tomorrow are the anchor for believers today. R.C. Sproul
      • Father, when it comes to the sins of others, grant us memory deficiency; but when it comes to the gospel, grant us total recall. Scotty Smith
      • When your life is changed by Jesus, you are a new creature. God not only changes what you do, He also changes what you want to do. Ravi Zacharias
      • It is a great joy to believe that Jesus has been tempted in all points just as we are. Charles Spurgeon
      • Our gracious God, we need the ministry of the Spirit of God within our lives so that Your Word may take root within us. Alistair Begg
      • Your feelings come from where you find your hope. Where is your happiness and your significance? Tim Keller
      • Union with Christ means communion with his body. There is no Christianity that is free of the visible, living, local church in a known area. Michael Horton
      • If there is no fruit in sanctification, there is no root in regeneration. Steven Lawson
      • Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing. Francis Chan
      • There are ministers who never speak of repentance or self-denial. Naturally they are popular, but they are false prophets. J.I. Packer
      • Inerrancy matters because it honors the Spirit, who wants to honor the Son, who wants to honor the Father. Sinclair Ferguson.
      • Sometimes sadness is sanity. Tears are the reasonable response. Quickness to shush, shame or fix them, can reveal a resistance to wisdom. Zack Eswine
      • The Bible in the memory is better than the Bible in the book case. Charles Spurgeon

5.24.2015 

If you need something in addition to God to make you happy, that is your true King. Tim Keller

God is pleased to use ordinary people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. Ed Welch

      • The whole basis for our relationship with God is rooted and grounded in grace, in that which is not earned. R.C. Sproul
      • Don’t tell me that you have a Reformed Church in the tradition of Calvin until you have the preaching of the Word every day of the week, devote Wednesday’s to prayer and have the church gather together for prayer.  Sinclair Ferguson
      • There is nothing more foreign, more alien, to our nature than holiness. R.C. Sproul
      • When the voice of Christ speaks through the Word, then you will arise, and leave all, and follow Him. Robert Murray McCheyne
      • God did not send a concept, an idea, or a virtue. He sent his Son. Follow the God of love, not love as your god. Kevin DeYoung
      • When I forget the gospel I become dependent on the smiles and evaluation of others. Tim Keller
      • The Christian life is to live all of your life in the presence of God. R.C. Sproul
      • God doesn’t love us because we’re good; God loves us because He’s good. Tullian Tchividjian
      • In Christ, we are already more beautiful than broken, free than captive, grace-full than sinful, new than old, and whole than wounded. Scotty Smith
      • Depend on it, my hearer, you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as God. —C.H. Spurgeon
      • There is nothing more foolish or self-defeating than for a Christian to say that he is not interested in doctrines. Martyn Lloyd Jones
      • Things are not as they should be. Because He’s not finished yet. They will be. Rest assured. R.C. Sproul Jr.
      • We must be global Christians, with a global mission, because our God is a global God. John Stott
      • Your duty is to believe and to preach what the Bible says, not what you want it to say. R.C. Sproul
      • We can change because an infinite God is personally involved in the details of our lives. Paul Miller
      • God does everything for His glory, not because He is an egomaniac but because He’s doing it for our joy. John Piper
      • One of the signs that you are walking in the light is that you are honest about having walked in the darkness. Kevin DeYoung
      • Ministry to the poor is a crucial sign that we believe the gospel. Tim Keller
      • Suffering reveals to us the two things that ultimately matter: that we are weak but He is strong. Tullian Tchividjian
      • The pathway to lasting honor is to honor Christ. Alistair Begg
      • Do not rest, believer, until you have full assurance of your interest in Jesus. Charles Spurgeon
      • “Being a good steward” and “placing your hope in” is not the same thing. Matt Chandler
      • I don’t have to worry about meeting His expectations. God will ensure my success in accordance with His plan, not mine. Francis Chan
      • To make the story first about us or about me and my salvation is to reduce the story. It robs Jesus of the glory of being the central actor. Michael Horton
      • A cross without offense to the world is a cross without power in the world. Steven Lawson
      • The gospel frees us to follow our Lord willingly out of love rather than reluctantly out of fear. John MacArthur
      • We can accomplish more in one month of dependence on the Spirit than we can in 100 years of dependence on ourselves. David Platt
      • Just so we’re clear the words “free will” are not actually in the Bible. Predestination, on the other hand… R.C. Sproul Jr.
      • You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.  Martin Luther

4.26.2015

On our Culture and World…

If we are not deliberately thinking about our culture and our context, we will be conformed to it without ever knowing. Tim Keller

      • We are redefining terms and rewriting laws and removing fences everywhere you turn, and we seem to think we can do that with impunity. Ravi Zacharias
      • Worldliness is that system of values, in any given age, which has at its center our fallen human perspective, which displaces God and his truth from the world, and which makes sin look normal and righteousness seem strange. It thus gives great plausibility to what is morally wrong and, for that reason, makes what is wrong seem normal. David Wells
      • As the culture war rages on, Lord give us wisdom to see the difference between defending our rights and protesting our slights. Kevin DeYoung
      • We have to be careful not to elevate our preferences to moral standards and judge others by them. We only do so to feel superior. Tim Keller
      • The drug of choice in the modern age is levity. We want everything to be light and bubbly. We just want to feel good. Matt Chandler
      • In America today, it is considered worse to judge evil than to do evil. Os Guinness
      • Faith only glances at problems, but gazes upon Jesus. Steven Lawson

Our Sin and Our Gracious God and Savior…

      • We have a generation of people who think they can stand before the judgment seat of God despite their sins. R.C. Sproul
      • I rest solely in His righteousness and in His atonement because I know there is nothing I can do to make up for my own iniquity. R.C. Sproul
      • The gospel is not for you who can save yourselves, but for those who are lost. Charles Spurgeon
      • God’s grace meets us in messy places because messy places are all that there are. Tullian Tchividjian
      • Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He is the Seeker; we are the ones who are running. R.C. Sproul
      • You are more sinful than you could ever dare imagine and you are more loved and accepted than you could ever dare hope-at the same time. Tim Keller
      • What does it mean to be human? It means we are created in the image of God for the glorious reality of being in permanent fellowship with Him. Ravi Zacharias
      • True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. Jerry Bridges
      • A holy God is both just and merciful. He is never unjust. R.C. Sproul
      • The only thing that righteousness and sin have in common is that they were both imputed to the undeserving at the cross. Burk Parsons
      • We have no right to come before God at all, apart from the finished work of Christ. R.C. Sproul
      • Christ did not die for any upon condition, if they do believe; but He died for all God’s elect, that they should believe. John Owen
      • “Yes but-ing” the sufficiency of God’s grace for salvation is like “Yes but-ing” the sufficiency of water for wetness. Scotty Smith
      • There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Abraham Kuyper
      • God knows everything. So why not run to him and tell him all the things that he already knows? Kevin DeYoung
      • If prayer actually changed God’s mind, I would stop praying. Burk Parsons
      • We are all servants. The only question is whom we will serve. R.C. Sproul
      • If we love God’s fame and are committed to magnifying His name above all things, we cannot be indifferent to world missions. John Piper
      • We’re not called to perfection but to faithfulness. Sinlessness in this life isn’t possible, but obedience unto godliness is. Sanctification. Steve Camp

 4.19.2015

      • He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him. Charles Spurgeon
      • It is not your hold of Christ that saves you, it is Christ’s hold of you. Charles Spurgeon
      • The worst sort of clever men are those who know better than the Bible. Charles Spurgeon
      • All that God had to do to harden Pharaoh’s heart, or to harden your heart, is to withhold His own grace. R.C. Sproul
      • The more sanctified a person is the more heavily weighted his prayer time is in adoration. R.C. Sproul
      • Joining a church should be more like getting married for life and less like getting a new car every few years. Burk Parsons
      • Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. Tim Keller
      • We are regularly in danger of having too light a view of our sin and also too light a grasp of what Jesus has done to free us from our sin. Tim Keller
      • All our words ought to be filled with true sweetness and grace; and this will be so if we mingle the useful with the sweet. John Calvin
      • You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Martin Luther
      • Nothing sets a person so much out of the devils reach as humility. Jonathan Edwards
      • Our bad things will turn out for good. Our good things can never really be lost. And the best things are yet to come. Jonathan Edwards
      • As the culture war rages on, Lord give us wisdom to see the difference between defending our rights and protesting our slights. Kevin DeYoung
      • Christ will be known in the culture when we treat people better than they deserve, not as they deserve. John Piper
      • I wish I could say I do everything for God’s glory. I can’t. What I can say is that Jesus’ blood covers all my efforts to glorify myself. Tullian Tchividjian
      • One of the greatest failures of our generation is not living out the biblical precepts which we so clearly articulate. Ravi Zacharias
      • It’s all about God. May He forgive us for every time we start to think it’s actually all about us. Alistair Begg
      • We should be so joyful from God’s grace that others would respond by saying, “I wish I had your God.” Francis Chan
      • God is both our greatest problem and solution. His presence is the worst or best news, the most fearful threat or the most cheerful comfort. Michael Horton
      • Until we have the right knowledge of God, the knowledge of self and our need for grace remains distorted. Steven Lawson
      • We’re not called to perfection but to faithfulness. Sinlessness in this life isn’t possible, but obedience unto godliness is. Sanctification. Steve Camp

Favorite QuotesFavorite Quotes of the Week ~ 4.12.2015

R.C. Sproul and R.C. Sproul, Jr.:

Now that Hillary Clinton is officially running for President I am officially not going to vote for her. It’s official. R.C. Sproul Jr.

No matter what obeisance the state may demand, we who serve the King are free indeed. R.C. Sproul Jr.

          • If you don’t know you’re in a state of grace, then you’re vulnerable to the paralysis of the accusations of the enemy. R.C. Sproul
          • Why do those who keep insisting Jesus hung out with sinners also keep insisting there’s no such thing as sin? R.C. Sproul
          • The resurrection was God the Father’s way of authenticating all of the truths that were declared by Jesus. R.C. Sproul
          • We have to find in Christ, not a mask that conceals our face, but an entire wardrobe of clothing, which is His righteousness. R.C. Sproul

Kevin DeYoung:

          • Blue Devils may have won today. Devil gonna lose tomorrow. Kevin DeYoung (after Duke won on the night before Easter)
          • We do not truly know what love is unless we know Christ. Kevin DeYoung
          • When “everything is awesome” we may miss what (and Who) is truly deserving of awe. Kevin DeYoung
          • God is still here, God is still real, and God has not gone anywhere, even if you have. Kevin DeYoung
          • Sanctification will be drudgery unless we believe that holiness is possible and that it is pleasing to God. Kevin DeYoung

Tim Keller:

          • Do you realize that it is only in the gospel of Jesus Christ that you get the verdict before the performance? Tim Keller
          • Jesus as only an example will crush you; you will never be able to live up to it. But Jesus as the Lamb will save you. Tim Keller
          • The gospel frees us from the relentless pressure of having to prove ourselves and secure our identity through work. Tim Keller

Tullian Tchividjian:

          • When Martin Luther was asked what we contribute to our salvation, he said, “Sin and resistance.” Tullian Tchividjian
          • What kind of person should you be to someone who has fallen? The kind of person you will run to when you fall. Tullian Tchividjian

Scotty Smith:

          • If we do nothing “more,” with the rest of our lives, than love Jesus and point people to him, it will have been a life well lived. Scotty Smith
          • Listen a little deeper and linger a little longer. Overlook as much as possible and encourage as often as you can. Scotty Smith

Spurgy:

          • Let gratitude be awakened; let humility be deepened; let love be quickened. Charles Spurgeon
          • I am certain that the safest way to defend your character is never to say a word about it. Charles Spurgeon

Others:

          • When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it go to your heart. C.J. Rhodes
          • We can tell if we’re growing in theology if we’re growing more childlike in our faith, not more arrogant and self-righteous. Burk Parsons
          • There is a vast difference between merely knowing about Christ and actually knowing Him–the difference between heaven and hell. Steven Lawson
          • Faith is a refusal to panic, come what may. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
          • That sorrow for sin that keeps the soul from looking towards the mercy seat is a sinful sorrow. Thomas Brooks
          • To know the will of God we need an open Bible and an open map. William Carey
          • The reason the universe is vastly disproportionate to man’s size is that it is telling the glory of God, not the glory of man. John Piper
          • We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. C.S. Lewis
          • Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
          • The Bible comes both to warn and to encourage and always to turn us again to the Lord Jesus Christ. Alistair Begg
          • Only what God has commanded in his word should be regarded as binding; in all else there may be liberty of actions. John Owen
          • Life is about Jesus. We are not here to tell our story, but His. We are here to live His story, not ours. Francis Chan
          • The gospel tells a story about a good God who created and rules over all, bringing salvation out of the misery we have brought on ourselves. Michael Horton
          • The hardest part of the day is all the stuff after I open my eyes in the morning. Jim Gaffigan

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 4.5.2015

Charles Spurgeon:

Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell. Charles Spurgeon

Look to the cross, and hate your sin, for sin nailed your Well Beloved to the tree. Charles Spurgeon

To become a man was something, but to become a man of sorrows was far more; to bleed, and die, and suffer. Charles Spurgeon

Beloved, can you feel assured that He carried your sin? Charles Spurgeon

Scotty Smith:

          • We cannot overestimate our need for Jesus or overvalue his love for us. Scotty Smith
          • “As I have loved you”… we’ll never exhaust the wonder of those 5 words. Scotty Smith
          • You’ll never regret listening a little deeper, forbearing a little longer, and forgiving a little more. Scotty Smith

R.C. Sproul and R.C. Sproul, Jr:

          • God did not die. The God who took on Himself a human nature died in His humanity, but the deity did not perish on the cross. R.C. Sproul
          • If you take away the cross as an atoning act, you take away Christianity. R.C. Sproul
          • We cannot change God. God is unchangeable. If changes are to be made, they must be made in us. R.C. Sproul
          • Doctrine does matter. R.C. Sproul
          • The presumptuous sin of Uzzah was that He assumed his hands were less polluted than the dirt. R.C. Sproul
          • The higher purpose of the cross was that the Father would be glorified by the satisfaction of His justice. R.C. Sproul
          • Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once and He volunteered for it. R. C. Sproul Jr.
          • As Christians continue to be vilified let us continue to rejoice and be exceedingly glad. It means we are salt, light and with Him. R.C. Sproul Jr.

Tim Keller:

          • The common moral framework: Do anything as long as it does no harm to others. Problem: Whose definition of harm? Tim Keller
          • Holiness gives us new desires and brings old desires into line with one another. Tim Keller
          • If God exists then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling can matter forever. Tim Keller
          • A life of gratitude to God for being saved is far more pleasing than a life based on self-righteousness over being good. Tim Keller
          • A life of gratitude to God for being saved is far more pleasing than a life based on self-righteousness over being good. Tim Keller

Martin Luther:

          • We need to hear the Gospel every day, because we forget it every day. Martin Luther
          • Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Martin Luther

Kevin DeYoung:

          • There is no sin so prevalent, so insidious, and so deep as the sin of fearing people more than we fear God. Kevin DeYoung
          • Those trapped in sin will not normally thank you for pointing out the darkness in their lives. Kevin DeYoung
          • If you find yourself mistreated, misunderstood, and mocked as a Christian, take heart, for so they did to the Christ. Kevin DeYoung
          • Your love should be so far reaching, earnest, biblical, Christ-centered, pure, and self-sacrificing that the world may hate you for it. Kevin DeYoung

Jim Gaffigan:

          • Don’t you think it’s strange how many referees work at Footlocker? Jim Gaffigan
          • When are bald spots going to come back in style? Jim Gaffigan

Others:

          • The mercy of God is an all-embracing mercy and it breaks down the barriers that man erects. Alistair Begg
          • Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. C.S. Lewis
          • If you are weak enough to confess your sins, God is strong enough to save you from them. Thabiti Anyabwile
          • “Shut up, you’re a bigot if you disagree with me” is not an argument. It just shows fear of having a conversation on an important subject. Eric Metaxas
          • The true test of our worldview is what we find entertaining. Albert Mohler
          • A Christian is something before he does anything; and we have to be Christian before we can act as Christians. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
          • Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
          • We are great sinners; Jesus is a greater Savior! Steve Camp
          • The focus of the Christian faith is not our morality; it is Jesus, who died for our immorality. Tullian Tchividjian
          • The Cross of Christ is the crux of history. Without the Cross, history cannot be defined or corrected. Ravi Zacharias
          • We need to be more concerned about who we are before God than our reputation before people. Francis Chan
          • God has triumphed over the serpent, sin, death, evil, and tragedy. “It is finished!” Jesus cried. Our victory is assured. Michael Horton
          • At the cross, the worst about us–our sins–was laid upon Christ, and the best about Him–His righteousness–was laid upon us. Steven Lawson
          • At the cross, Jesus took the world’s instrument of death and made it God’s symbol of life. Burk Parsons
          • I just don’t think it honors God to create mediocre art. Trip Lee
          • Our fears lie to us about how important they are. Mark Dever
          • Jesus was treated on the cross as if He lived our life, so by grace we could be treated as if we lived His life. Hallelujah what a Savior! Steve Camp
          • The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord. George Müller

 Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 3.29.2015

          • Paul reminds us that in the Gospel we are both brought lower and raised higher than we can imagine. Tim Keller
          • You cannot be in Christ and be indifferent to the sin in your life. Kevin DeYoung
          • I believe that the time to start thinking about your legacy is not at the end but at the beginning, because as I said, that’s when you’re able to do something about it. Mike Matheny
          • Christian, beware of thinking lightly of sin. Take heed in case you fall little by little. Charles Spurgeon
          • The more you believe in others, the more they’ll do to prove you right. Dr. Alan Zimmerman
          • As our covenantal head, Christ fulfilled all righteousness in our place and bore God’s wrath in our place on the cross. Michael Horton
          • Jesus warns people far more often about greed than about sex, yet almost no one thinks they are guilty of it. Tim Keller
          • Character is forged not on the mountaintop but in the valley. Mike Matheny
          • The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. Martyn Lloyd Jones
          • When Scripture speaks for itself, it claims to be no less than God’s own word, and the claim is pervasive and unavoidable. John Frame
          • Good leaders are willing to change their mind when proven wrong. Todd Henry
          • If God does not have our highest allegiance, we will use prayer to try to get things that have that designation. Tim Keller
          • Unreached peoples are unreached for a reason. They’re hard, difficult, and dangerous to reach. All the easy ones are taken. David Platt
          • You can pay people to perform. You can’t pay them to excel. Dr. Alan Zimmerman
          • The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life isn’t to make you number one in the world’s eyes but to make Him number one in your life. Ravi Zacharias
          • It is superstitious to equate our feelings and inclinations with the leading of the Holy Spirit. R.C. Sproul
          • Grace is free, but it’s not cheap. Kevin DeYoung
          • I sometimes think that the very essence of the whole Christian position and the secret of a successful spiritual life is just to realize two things… I must have complete, absolute confidence in God and no confidence in myself.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones
          • No condemnation for our sin, no separation from God’s love, no end to Christ’s grace… Father, thank you for so great a salvation. Scotty Smith
          • We don’t believe in the power of prayer, we believe in the power of God, which is precisely why we pray. Burk Parsons
          • The bad news that we are all guilty is met with the best news that God loves and forgives guilty people. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Setting your heart on anything above Christ turns it into dung–whether sex, job, wife, child, or church. (Philippians 3:8). John Piper
          • You must either give up your sins or give up all hope of heaven. Charles Spurgeon
          • Grace is God’s refusal to allow us to define ourselves or to have the last word. God gets the last word, and he shows mercy. Michael Horton
          • There’s one reason why you should walk away from whatever temptation you’re facing right now: God is better. Francis Chan
          • Nothing worth doing right is easy.  Mike Matheny
          • The true test of our worldview is what we find entertaining. Albert Mohler
          • Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. John Wooden
          • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. Yogi Berra
          • Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree. Abraham Lincoln
          • Judas’ blindness was not because he was a helpless pawn in the hands of Satan, but that he joined Satan in hating the light. John Piper
          • Here’s good news: God is even more committed to your change, your growth, and your transformation than you are. Kevin DeYoung
          • A proud person is so busy looking down on others they cannot humble themselves to look up at God. Lecrae
          •  Faith is the means by which the righteousness of Christ is given to us. R.C. Sproul
          • Racial reconciliation must begin with us seeing each other made in the image of GodThabiti Anyabwile
          • You will trust God to the degree you know you are loved by Him. Brennan Manning
          • The highest form of Christian leadership occurs when you come to understand that it’s not all about you, but about the people you lead and the Lord who leads you! Dave Kraft
          • The Bible says that our real problem is that every one of us is building our identity on something besides Jesus. Tim Keller
          • Nothing makes me want to obey more than knowing that God unconditionally loves me and forgives me even when I disobey. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Time isn’t just a fleeting thing. It never moves forward without engraving its mark upon the heart. Ravi Zacharias
          • You can’t preach the gospel without words. That’s a lie. Preach the gospel and always use words. John MacArthur
          • If we would know whether our faith is genuine, we do well to ask ourselves how we are living. J.C. Ryle
          • How do I know that I am in Christ? Because of my trusting, costly obedience to the Word. Alistair Begg
          • Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin. Tim Keller
          • We need to be more concerned about who we are before God than our reputation before people. Francis Chan
          • We live not toward victory, but from the victory that Christ has already accomplished for us. Sin cannot reign over us because Christ is King! Michael Horton
          • If your repentance has not changed your life, you need to repent of your repentance. Steven Lawson
          • Dear doubting believer: Believe God loves you more than you believe your emotions. Your proof is Christ lifted up not yourself feeling down. Burk Parsons
          • Life is special when you reach out beyond yourself to be a true servant leader for others. Ken Blanchard
          • Leadership DON’T: expecting something different from your team vs what’s expected of you. Different standards for the team creates us vs me. Brad Lomenick
          • To acknowledge that I am yet a sinner is not to deny that I am a saint but to acknowledge how I became one, by grace. R.C. Sproul Jr.
          • When men talk of a little hell it’s because they think they have only a little sin and believe in a little Savior. Charles Spurgeon
          • Gay marriage within mainline denominations is gaining traction. Skewed pastors and even the government can’t trump the Bible on this issue. Pastors: stand! Steve Camp
          • The highest form of leadership is one in which a leader raises up other leaders – not as an accident, but as a result of conscious effort. Mark Miller

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 3.22.2015

          • You beat suffering by Who you trust in your suffering. Tim Trouten
          • Why should we think that we wouldn’t have a cross to carry? Are we somehow more deserving than our Lord? Kevin DeYoung
          • If Christ could make a complaint, it would be, “My bride never talks to me. R.C. Sproul
          • Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it. John Maxwell
          • When we try and use fear or pride to stop from sinning, we are forgetting that we sin because of either fear or pride. Tim Keller
          • The only thing that we have earned at the hands of perfect justice is perfect punishment. R.C. Sproul
          • No one can hate you in this life more than Jesus was hated. Kevin DeYoung
          • If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. Charles Spurgeon
          • Jesus, help want to forgive the people who may never acknowledge they have harmed us. Scotty Smith
          • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John Maxwell
          • The leader who takes absolute credit for success will not successfully lead a team for long. Eric Geiger
          • It’s easy to be an educated fool. R.C. Sproul
          • An argument may remove doubt, but only the Holy Spirit can convict of truth. Ravi Zacharias
          • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
          • The fear of conflict is almost always a sign of problems. Patrick Lencioni
          • Nowhere in Scripture do we find doctrine studied for its own sake or in isolation from life. Wayne Grudem
          • There are some needs only you can see, some hands only you can hold and some people only you can reach. Tim Keller
          • The hub of Christianity is not “do something for Jesus.” The hub of Christianity is “Jesus has done everything for you. Tullian Tchividjian
          • It’s not convincing to say you are a child of God if you have none of the characteristics of your Father. Kevin DeYoung
          • In heaven we shall see that we had not one trial too many. Charles Spurgeon
          • People don’t want to commit until they have clarity, but clarity comes with movement. Michael Hyatt
          • People drift from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes thinkable as the years move on. Francis Schaeffer
          • You don’t walk out of the concentration camp of sin. You kill the guards, and cut the wire, and run till you’re out of range. John Piper
          • Deceit is the foundation of sin. Jonathan Edwards
          • Being a child of God means confidence, but it never means complacency. Kevin DeYoung
          • Evil may mar the divine image and cloud its brilliance, but it cannot destroy it. R.C. Sproul
          • The greater the preoccupation with the beauty of Jesus, the more clearly we will know how to deal with our brokenness. Scotty Smith
          • Denying self isn’t a one-time thing, but a daily task. Trip Lee
          • Wise leaders get uneasy when a church begins to feel too comfortable. Eric Geiger
          • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity & importance & should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King Jr.
          • Grace runs best through people who know they’re broken. Tullian Tchividjian
          • It is right to enjoy your work. “The Christian honors God when, like God himself, he takes pleasure in what he does. Paul Helm
          • The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life isn’t to make you number one in the world’s eyes but to make Him number one in your life. Ravi Zacharias
          • God’s concern is for His name, His glory, His people, His unfolding eternal purpose and for His Kingdom. Alistair Begg
          • Marriage does not so much bring you into confrontation with your spouse as confront you with yourself. Tim Keller
          • Where your delight is, the rest of your world is going to follow. Matt Chandler
          • There’s one reason why you should walk away from whatever temptation you’re facing right now: God is better. Francis Chan
          • We live not toward victory, but from the victory that Christ has already accomplished for us. Sin cannot reign over us because Christ is King! Michael Horton
          • We become like what we focus upon. Fix your eyes upon Christ and be conformed into His image. Steven Lawson
          • If your reformed theology enables you to rationalize your apathy towards prayer, evangelism, and mercy ministry, it’s not reformed theology. Burk Parsons
          • Great leaders inspire, they don’t manipulate. Andy Mineo
          • To be great at whatever it is that you do, it’s going to take some discipline to separate yourself from the average. Andy Andrews
          • It’s really hard to be a servant leader because we come into this world as a baby in a self-survival mode. Life is a journey toward service. Ken Blanchard
          • Who God is and what Christ did have huge implications for who we are personally and what we desire sexually. David Platt
          • Every threatening of God, as well as every promise shall be fulfilled. Charles Spurgeon
          • We are saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone! And since there is no room for human merit there can be no grounds for human boasting! Steve Camp
          • Leaders don’t ever “arrive.” If we ever think we’re done, we are done! Mark Miller
          • Because He freely owned my guilt I may freely own my sin. Guilty as charged, and yet, not guilty at all.   R.C. Sproul Jr.

Favorite Quotes of the Week 3.15.2015

          • There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’ Abraham Kuyper
          • It is better to go bruised to heaven than sound to hell. Richard Sibbes
          • Whatever you base your life on–you have to live up to that. Jesus is the one Lord you can live for who already died for you. Tim Keller
          • We want to assure you…that if you seek Him you will find Him. Jesus casts out none who come unto Him. Charles Spurgeon
          • We must not be concerned only with that which troubles us, but with all that troubles God. John Owen
          • We do not fear the loss of God’s favor, for either we have it not. We cannot lose it. What we fear is the loss of our idols. R.C. Sproul Jr.
          • Spiritual knowledge is increased only by the practice of virtue and holiness. Jonathan Edwards
          • The irony of New Testament lordship is that only in slavery to Christ can a man discover authentic freedom. R.C. Sproul
          • No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C.S. Lewis
          • Sanctification is the process in which we become more aware of how sinful we are. R.C. Sproul Jr.
          • If the depths of everyone’s sin was made public, we would all be much more gracious to each other. Tullian Tchividjian
          • No man preaches that sermon so well to others who does not preach it first to his own heart. John Owen
          • When all your favorite preachers are gone, and all their books forgotten, you will have your Bible. Master it. John Piper
          • If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well. Martin Luther King, Jr.
          • A message of grace will attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. Jared Wilson
          • A biblical standard of sexuality is not merely a test of evangelical consistency. It is a test of evangelical authenticity and integrity. Albert Mohler
          • There is greater healing for the soul in beholding great splendor than there is in beholding a great self. John Piper
          • The One who knows the fullness of my sin loves me as my Father right now. R.C. Sproul Jr.
          • The more you rejoice in your own forgiveness, the quicker you will be to forgive others. Tim Keller
          • The highest form of selfishness is that of the man who is content to go to heaven alone. J. C. Ryle
          • Don’t come to church for an emotional experience. Come to church for the truth. Robert Godfrey
          • New truth is old heresy. Steven Lawson
          • All men were created to busy themselves with labor for the common good. John Calvin
          • God’s love in John 3:16 is not amazing because the world is so big, but because the world is so bad. D.A. Carson
          • Faith is not primarily a function of how you feel. Faith is living out, trusting, and believing what truth is despite what you feel. Tim Keller
          • Maintaining biblical fidelity and convictions, while loving and respecting those who take offense at the same, is rare and beautiful. Scotty Smith
          • Justification cannot be 99.99% grace and 0.01% good deeds, because we cannot do even one deed worthy of God. John Piper
          • I wish I could say I’ve kept all my promises to God. I can’t. Neither can you. What I can say is that God has kept all his promises to me. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Live in such a way that men may recognize that you have been with Jesus and have learned of Him. Charles Spurgeon
          • A god of less wrath than the God of the Bible is necessarily a god of less love. His anger is a product of his love. Tim Keller
          • Only when we actually encounter God as he truly is do we finally know ourselves as we truly are-and only then can grace be truly grace. Michael Horton
          • If the Bible is what it claims to be, how can we allow it to remain on a bookshelf? Steven Lawson
          • A crowd of people in a building isn’t necessarily a community. Real community exists where masks aren’t needed and friends bear our burdens. Burk Parsons
          • Knowledge is one thing. We’re awash in knowledge. Wisdom is rare. There’s a big difference. Andy Andrews
          • Unreached peoples are unreached for a reason. They’re hard, difficult, and dangerous to reach. All the easy ones are taken. David Platt
          • Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase. Proverbs 13:11. Dave Ramsey
          • Asking for other’s guidance helps you see what you may not be able to see. It’s always important to check your ego and ask for help. Ken Blanchard
          • God has loved us in spite of us. Steven Lawson.

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 3.8.2015

          • We must show sympathy with sinners, but not with their sins. Charles Spurgeon
          • Worldliness is what makes sin look normal in any age and righteousness seem odd. David Wells
          • God’s graciousness is not totally removed from any individual during this lifetime. In hell, it is. R.C. Sproul
          • Character isn’t who you are when life goes your way. Character is who you really are when the bottom falls out. Lecrae
          • Doctrine causes joy, which in turn is the fuel for good works. Matt Perman
          • The Gospel is good news not good advice. Advice=what we should do. News=report of what was done for us. Tim Keller
          • Don’t work for recognition but do work that is worthy of recognition. Ken Blanchard
          • If there is a God, you owe him far more than a morally decent life. Tim Keller
          • Everything before Jesus is preface. Everything after Jesus is appendix. Jesus is the story. Kevin DeYoung
          • The saved man is not a perfect man, but his heart’s desire is to become perfect. Charles Spurgeon
          • The gospel is good news to those who know they don’t measure up. It’s offensive to those who think they do. Tullian Tchividjian
          • There are no ‘little sins’, because there is no little God to sin against. John Blanchard
          • Let us always be more bothered by our sin than our suffering. Burk Parsons
          • A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone. R.C. Sproul
          • If your theological convictions are not producing a deeper love for others, then it’s time to rethink some stuff. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Anyone claiming all religions are the same betrays not only ignorance of all religions but also a caricatured view of even best-known ones. Ravi Zacharias
          • If you love anything in this world more than God, you will crush that object under the weight of your expectations. Tim Keller
          • Ambitions for self may be quite modest. . . . Ambitions for God, however, if they are to be worthy, can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambitions for God. How can we ever be content that he should acquire just a little more honour in the world? No. Once we are clear that God is King, then we long to see him crowned with glory and honour, and accorded his true place, which is the supreme place. We become ambitious for the spread of his kingdom and righteousness everywhere. John Stott
          • Man was never meant to be a god, but he is forever trying to deify himself. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
          • As a strategy for missions, Ready, Fire, Aim, is a better strategy than Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim. John Piper
          • Because of Jesus the sin we cannot forget God does not remember. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Christianity is so much more than getting your doctrine right, but it is not less. Kevin DeYoung
          • The supreme form of cursedness is for the Lord to turn His back on you and bring judgment on you. R.C. Sproul
          • Today, let’s love to the glory of God, laugh with the merriment of God, weep with the tears of God, and encourage with the grace of God. Scotty Smith
          • The first service that one owes to others consists in listening to them. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
          • God’s willingness to clean things up is infinitely greater than our capacity to mess things up. Tullian Tchividjian
          • God put enough into the world to make faith in Him a reasonable thing. But He left enough out to make it impossible to live by reason alone. Ravi Zacharias
          • How do you change your behavior? Change what you worship. Tim Keller
          • I’ll tell you what’s more important than all the commentaries in your library: prayer. Mark Dever
          • Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. Corrie ten Boom
          • Scripture doesn’t need to be denied for apostasy to begin: all that is needed is that Scripture takes second place. Iain Murray
          • It is not our believing of the Gospel that makes it true. It exists as independent, true Truth. Alistair Begg
          • A little flattery makes people feel good about themselves. When you notice someone looking great, give them a compliment. Ken Blanchard
          • The simple fact is that only if I love Jesus more than my wife will I be able to serve her needs ahead of my own. Tim Keller
          • Do you understand that it’s impossible to please God in any way other than wholehearted surrender? Francis Chan
          • The gospel is not only about what God has accomplished for us in the past, but what he promises still in the future. Michael Horton
          • It would be easier to grow oak trees by planting marbles than for someone to be saved without the seed of the word. Steven Lawson
          • You can’t be in love with the world, impressed by the world, and hate worldliness at the same time. Burk Parsons
          • Are you smiling when you talk? Try it today, and I guarantee you will notice a difference in your life. Andy Andrews
          • Bosses push, Leaders pull. Real leadership is servant leadership. Dave Ramsey

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 3.1.2015

          • Am I desiring and seeking the temporal and eternal good of my neighbor with the same zeal, ingenuity and perseverance that I seek my own? John Piper
          • Worship is not simply a feeling that is experienced; it must also involve understanding and the mind. R.C. Sproul
          • The Bible is shallow enough for a new believer to wade in, but deep enough for a theologian to drown in. Steven Lawson
          • Some Christians live in such fear, they act as if they believe in the sovereignty of Satan rather than the sovereignty of God. Steven Lawson
          • The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. Tim Keller
          • The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God himself. R.C. Sproul
          • Tolerance is a relatively weak virtue; we’re called to so much more than that in the body of Christ. Kevin DeYoung .
          • Loving as Jesus loves us is the best thing to do with the rest of our lives. Scotty Smith
          • He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot
          • Because He’s the living God, He can hear. Because He’s a loving God, He will hear. Charles Spurgeon
          • The poor are not a problem to be solved but a people to join. Eugene Peterson
          • We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream. Tim Keller
          • A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone. R.C. Sproul
          • A high view of God leads to high worship and holy living, but a low of God leads to trivial worship and low living. Steven Lawson
          • Here is a vocation that will bring you more satisfaction than if you became a millionaire ten times over: Develop the extraordinary skill for detecting the burdens of others and devote yourself daily to making them lighter. John Piper
          • At the final judgment, everyone will stand before God alone. R.C. Sproul
          • God doesn’t merely invite people to worship him, he commands it. Burk Parsons
          • The way of God’s grace becomes indispensable when we realize that the way of God’s law is inflexible. Tullian Tchividjian
          • The more I learn about God, the more aware I become of what I don’t know about him. R.C. Sproul
          • The irreligious don’t repent at all and the religious only repent of sins. But Christians repent of their wrongfully placed righteousness. Tim Keller
          • Christian discipleship recognizes life as a gift, not a given. We don’t make ourselves. We are made. Michael Horton
          • We do not sit in authority over the Scripture, the Scripture sits in authority over us. Steven Lawson
          • Dear single, widowed, abandoned, divorced, heartbroken, or happily married woman, may your first and ultimate love be Christ. Burk Parsons
          • The church is not a museum for pristine saints, but a hospital ward for broken sinners. Tim Keller
          • The situations that have been the biggest wins for me have been because I was forced to think differently. Andy Andrews
          • For the Christian, every tragedy is ultimately a blessing, or God is a liar. R.C. Sproul.
          • We are likely to deny Christ when the cost of identifying with Him is great. Bob Smart
          • Jesus Christ is able to set us free because He has dealt with the sin that enslaves us. Sinclair Ferguson
          • No one can go back and make a new start. But everyone can start now and make a new ending. Lecrae
          • The law demands that we do it all; the gospel declares that Jesus paid it all. Tullian Tchividjian
          • 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 Spurgeon
          • Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong. Tim Keller
          • Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel. Sinclair Ferguson
          • Hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds. Thomas Brooks

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 2.16.2015

          • Christians who see 50 Shades of Grey should be ashamed of themselves. Hard words, but that’s the point of Ephesians 5:3-12. Kevin DeYoung
          • It takes both spouses to say, “My self-centeredness is the main problem in my marriage” to have a great marriage. Tim Keller
          • If you will live like no one else, later you can live and give like no one else. Dave Ramsey
          • I don’t exist to build a genre. I exist to build the Kingdom. Lecrae
          • Prayer is never just an emergency flare or desperate anxious gamble. God’s attention is not based on our performance but parental love. Tim Keller
          • Lone believer in your family? “My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” Psalm 27:10 John Piper
          • A converted man will not wish to go to heaven alone, J. C. Ryle
          • Contentment may be the most powerful Financial Principle. You can give more, avoid debt, and live better. Dave Ramsey
          • Be Godlike then; and in all ways and by all means so live that all may say of you, ‘He has been with Jesus’. Charles Spurgeon
          • It’s not the elements of our worship that are awesome. It’s the object of our worship Who is awesome. Louie Giglio
          • The law of God cannot be fulfilled by external obedience. Martin Luther
          • In the school of discipleship, suffering for Christ is never an elective course, but a required core class. Steven Lawson
          • The gospel has supernatural versatility to address the particular hopes, fears, and idols of every culture and every person. Tim Keller
          • The church is the only organization in the world where you have to admit you’re a wretched sinner to become a member. Burk Parsons
          • In those moments when I’m obsessively counting my sins against me, it is good news to remember that God has counted my sins against Christ. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Jesus wept, but He never complained. Charles Spurgeon
          • The more I expose myself to the Word of God, the greater my faith will be. R.C. Sproul
          • Adults devise a plan and follow it. Children do what feels good. Maturity is the ability to delay pleasure. Dave Ramsey
          • Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
          • If we’re going to get what Jesus has for us in life, we need to master these two words, yes and no. Dave Kraft
          • Thinking about terrorism this morning and read Psalm 10. Wow. Michael Card
          • God’s Word, when rightly expounded, is medicinal for a whole host of spiritual diseases. Joel Beeke
          • Don’t follow those who can talk a big game about their amazing faith in Christ. Follow people who are actually following Christ. Kevin DeYoung
          • People who know they are not good make the best messengers of grace because they are desperately aware of their own need for it. Tullian Tchividjian
          • The commands of God are given, not to rob me of joy, but lead me into the fullness of joy. Matt Chandler
          • The great need is for us to be taught theologically, not just stirred emotionally. Alistair Begg
          • Paul sees all kinds of sins in himself and all kinds of accomplishments too, but he refuses to connect them with his identity. Tim Keller
          • The Spirit who clothed Christ in our flesh and in consummated glory now clothes us with Christ! Michael Horton
          • If you want to be relevant in any country or culture, preach the gospel. Burk Parsons
          • It is not your hold of Christ that saves you, it is Christ’s hold of you. Charles Spurgeon
          • There are ministers who never speak of repentance or self-denial. Naturally they are popular, but they are false prophets. J. I. Packer
          • Surely the greatest social injustice is that 2 billion people haven’t heard of God’s love in Christ. David Platt
          • When I do something stupid with money and lose it….I call that Stupid Tax. I have paid so much Stupid Tax that I am expert. Dave Ramsey
          • The more you listen, the smarter you are. Great questions are actually great answers. Brad Lomenick
          • Some of us are memory haunted. Horror left its stain. Broken brained we need mercy not scolding, a grace that won’t quit. Zack Eswine

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 2.9.2015

          • There is no halfway or lackadaisical way to fight lust. If you’re not fighting your sin, you’re befriending your sin. Trip Lee
          • Grace is only exciting to those who know they’re wretched sinners. Burk Parsons
          • God’s wrath was not just withdrawn. It was spent. Full atonement can it be? Hallelujah, what a Savior! Kevin DeYoung
          •  The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God. J.I. Packer
          • The question is not whether or not you will face trials. The question is, how will you respond when you do? Trip Lee
          • Important reminder: It’s not fair of you to demand more proof of Christians for their beliefs than you demand for your own. Tim Keller
          • We do not believe in order to be regenerated; we must be regenerated in order that we might believe. Keith Mathison
          • What we do with our lives every day, whether at school, a desk job, or keeping the home in order, is our most basic opportunity to glorify God. That’s what your role in His story looks like day in and day out. Instead of waiting to be offered a new role, play the current one well. Trip Lee
          • The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the gospel. Charles Spurgeon
          • Here’s the grey rule: embrace things that lead you closer to Jesus, and reject things that lead you away from Jesus.  Trip Lee
          • Sometimes God has to remind you that you’re weak so that you can be set free from your “self-sufficiency.” Tullian Tchividjian
          • If you have to run away from something that used to be an idol, you’re actually still enslaved by it. It’s still controlling you. Tim Keller
          • There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God. D.L. Moody
          • There is no life so deeply and tragically sinful that it’s beyond the reach of God’s amazing rescuing grace. Paul Tripp
          • If ever there were a time there was nothing, there would be nothing now. R.C. Sproul
          • At the root of our porn problem is discontentment with God’s plan for our sexuality. Trip Lee
          • Father, may our repentances be far more notorious today than our gripes and criticisms. Fill us with your grace and kindness. Scotty Smith
          • Only true remorse and “Will you forgive me?” can press the reset button. Andy Andrews
          • God doesn’t slack his promises because of our sins or hasten them because of our righteousness. He pays no attention to either. Martin Luther
          • Self-righteousness is the fruit of a low view of God’s law and a lite view of your own sin. Tullian Tchividjian
          • God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
          • God’s promises are not fortune cookies. We do not use them in order to get a spiritual “fix” for the day. Sinclair Ferguson
          • Beware of putting all your focus into results. While results are important, your people should be your number one area of focus. Ken Blanchard

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 2.2.2015

          • 10 of Winston Churchill’s Best Quotes. The fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death was last week.
          • Some of us are memory haunted. Horror left its stain. Broken brained we need mercy not scolding, a grace that won’t quit. Zack Eswine
          • Being productive is not just about getting things done. It’s about being a useful person, making a contribution, and leaving things better than you found them.   Matt Perman
          • You will never see the preciousness of a Savior, if you do not see the reality of your sin. Kevin DeYoung
          • Here’s one way I can know that I’ve forgotten the gospel of grace: when your sin bothers me more than my sin. Tullian Tchividjian
          • To honor God as God, we must worship Him as He and He alone decrees.  R.C. Sproul
          • If you don’t feel like praying, pray to God to give you the desire. Tim Keller
          • God calls you to the kind of work that you need most to do, and that the world most needs to have done . . . the place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner
          • Our aim is to joyfully magnify Christ—to make him look great by all we do. Boasting only in the cross, our aim is to enjoy making much of him by the way we work. John Piper
          • When it is the Lord’s work in which we rejoice, we need not be afraid of being too glad. Charles Spurgeon
          • We are so quick to tweet, Facebook, and Instagram but we treat prayer with a sense of delay? Tim Keller
          • When we turn a godly passion for excellence into an idol of our own self-justification, we miss the truly radical thing God is doing. Michael Horton
          • As we’ve been forgiven, accepted, and loved in Christ, so let us do so to others. That’s the surest sign we “get” the gospel. Scotty Smith
          • God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does. Martin Luther
          • The only Christian work is good work well done. Dorothy Sayers
          • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Samuel Johnson
          • If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.” Martin Luther King Jr.
          • Sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses that can be upon our souls. Thomas Brooks 
          • Instead of starting with our plans and dreams, we need to begin with God, who freely created, sustains, and directs history to his ends. Michael Horton
          • Unchecked, the new tolerance will sooner or later put many people in chains.” D.A. Carson
          • Talk is cheap. When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done. Dave Kraft
          • I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace. Billy Graham
          • Christians necessarily believe we depend on God for everything—a prayerless Christian, then, is a contradiction in terms. Tim Keller
          • There is no way to work your way to God. There is no way to climb up to heaven. There is only one way, and that is through Christ. Kevin DeYoung
          • When we behold the face of God, all memories of pain and suffering will vanish. Our souls shall be totally healed. R.C. Sproul
          • You are not what you have. You are not what you do. You are not what other people say about you. You are the Beloved! Henri Nouwen
          • Father, free us from under-believing the gospel and over-believing our worries. Scotty Smith
          • If you feel compelled to respond every time you’re criticized it reveals just how much you’ve built your identity on being right. Tullian Tchividjian
          • The hand of the wicked can’t stir one moment before God allows them to begin, and…one moment after God commands them to stop. J.C. Ryle
          • The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth.” Charles Spurgeon
          • The more we see our own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears. Tim Keller
          • Some of you are sitting at home saying, ‘I don’t need a church to love God,’ and I am here telling you that you are so wrong. Francis Chan
          • So here’s some relief to perfectionists out there: Give up! Stop climbing and fall into God’s gracious arms. Michael Horton
          • Walking in the light means we pursue obedience and are honest about our remaining darkness. Kevin DeYoung
          • Christians are defined not by our heritage, but by our mission; not by our blood, but by His. Mark Dever.
          • The church is not full of hypocrites. It’s full of repentant sinners. Huge difference. Burk Parsons.
          • Do your best to succeed and push the limits without violating them. Ken Blanchard
          • We will either deal with our “stuff” or our “stuff” will continue to deal with us. Scotty Smith
          • Suffering can serve us. Suffering tests our trust in God’s promises. And we have a great interest in knowing the truth about our trust in Him. Mark Dever
          • That fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than that fact that I will die. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
          • Sometimes God has to remind you that you’re a sinner so that you can be set free from your self-righteousness. Tullian Tchividjian

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 1.26.2015

          • The Fall means, we should expect to be regularly frustrated in our work even though we may be in exactly the right vocation. Tim Keller
          • Encouragement and hope flow through our weakness more easily than through our competency. Scotty Smith
          • Where God has put a period, the devil puts a question mark, casting doubt. Steven Lawson
          • You can’t have an informed mind without an engaged heart. Tim Keller
          • The next time someone tells you, “The Church is full of a bunch of hypocrites.” You can respond, “You don’t even know the half of it.” Kevin DeYoung
          • We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone.  Os Guinness
          • Doing your job well is an act of worship. Scotty Smith
          • When a man truly sees himself, he knows nobody can say anything about him that is too bad. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
          • I guarantee you there is someone in your life that deserves more appreciation. Who is it? Find that person and let them know! Andy Andrews
          • When you share the gospel, you’re not calling people to a better way of life, you’re proclaiming to them eternal life. Kevin DeYoung
          • Get low; grace will meet you there. Jack Miller
          • Sometimes sadness is sanity. Tears are the reasonable response. Quickness to shush, shame or fix them, can reveal a resistance to wisdom. Zack Eswine
          • Spiritual growth is marked by a growing realization of just how much grace you need. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Sometimes providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards. John Flavel
          • When your sin is deep, the suffering is strong, and your resolve is weak, remember: he gives more grace (James 4:6). Kevin DeYoung
          • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz
          • I want you to see everything you do in a new light so that you can become an agent for good, right where you are, to the glory of God. Don’t just try to get things done, seek to serve others to the glory of God in everything you do.  More than that, be proactive and enthusiastic in doing good for others.  Matt Perman
          • To remember Dr. Martin Luther King, here’s a quote I love, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Ken Blanchard
          • How Religion Works: If I obey, then God will love and accept me. The Gospel: I’m loved and accepted, therefore I wish to obey. Tim Keller
          • There’s no sense in improving your marriage until you are secure with God. Francis Chan
          • In grey areas here’s a tip: Embrace things that lead you closer to Jesus, and reject things that lead you away from Jesus. Trip Lee
          • GREAT Leaders always do what is right, instead of settling for doing what is easy. Right takes work. Brad Lomenick
          • Humility is not an ‘added extra,’ one of the lesser Christian virtues. If you don’t have humility, you may be lost. Mark Dever
          • If you are justified, you can no more be unjustified than Christ can be pulled down from heaven. Sinclair Ferguson
          • The heart of the new birth is the new birth of the heart. Steven Lawson
          • Legalism has its origin in self-worship. Tom Schreiner
          • A self-consumed desire to be famous and cool doesn’t come from a Spirit-consumed heart that desires wisdom and humility. Burk Parsons
          • Many in Jesus’ day saw him, but they didn’t have communion with him. You can have more of Christ by faith than they had by sight. Kevin DeYoung
          • The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
          • The grace of God sets us free from a life of perfection, performing, and pretending. Tullian Tchividjian
          • WHAT a person thinks is determined by HOW a person thinks. Andy Andrews
          • But regardless of our circumstances, they do not define us — not unless we give in and let them. Circumstances never determine who we are; they reveal who we are. Chuck Pagano
          • Contentment is an undervalued grace. Sinclair Ferguson
          • Moral cowardice at the expense of the vulnerable unborn is both wrong and pathetic. Russell Moore
          • God never made a promise that was too good to be true. D. L. Moody
          • By praying with friends and others, you will be able to hear and see facets of Jesus that you have not yet perceived. Tim Keller
          • I am dismayed at my capacity for self-reliance (which is to say, my capacity for prayerlessness). Tim Challies
          • Grace doesn’t lead us into destructive behavior. Sin does. And grace is the only remedy for sin. The kindness of God leads to repentance. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Do I learn through dark providences, or simply seem relieved when they are over? Sinclair Ferguson

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 1.19.2015

          • Our going to Heaven does not depend on our commitment, but on Christ’s commitment to us. Bob Smart
          • Worship is not something we “work up,” it is something that “comes down” to us, from the character of God. Sinclair Ferguson
          • The ultimate question isn’t why doesn’t God save everyone but why does God save anyone? Burk Parsons
          • Our deepest fear is judgment. Our deepest longing is love. The gospel of grace removes the one and provides the other. Tullian Tchividjian
          • Because of the Cross, God can be both just towards sin and yet mercifully justifying to sinners. Tim Keller
          • The pursuit of holiness is always on the path of obedience to the Word, never apart from it. Steven Lawson
          • The weakest faith gets the same strong Christ as does the strongest faith. Sinclair Ferguson
          • Does the sovereignty of God make you feel paralyzed in uselessness, or thrilled that you are an agent of miracles? John Piper
          • Repentance is like antiseptic. You pour antiseptic onto a wound and, at first, it stings. Then it heals. Tim Keller
          • Jesus is not a good way to heaven, nor even the best way. He is the only way to heaven. Steven Lawson
          • A materialistic world will not be won to Christ by a materialistic church. David Platt
          • If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, then growing in our knowledge of God is always practical. Kevin DeYoung
          • Love says: I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying. Matt Chandler
          • Who are we? We’re not perfect but we’re not worthless. Scripture tells us that we’re beautifully made, but broken. Trip Lee
          • Fully known, yet truly loved. Period. Tim Keller
          • Am I desiring and seeking the temporal and eternal good of my neighbor with the same zeal, ingenuity and perseverance that I seek my own? John Piper
          • It is no more narrow to claim that one religion is right than to claim that your way to think about all religions is right. Tim Keller
          • Tell me what the world is saying today, and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years. Francis Schaeffer
          • Sometimes we behave and perform with our lives, not for God, but for an audience. R.C. Sproul
          • Truth without love is self-righteous. Love without truth is overindulgent. Tim Keller
          • Grace frees you to be honest about what you’ve always known to be true about yourself: that you’re weaker and more afraid than you want to be. Tullian Tchividjian
          • The existence of hypocrites does not prove the non-existence of true believers. Charles Spurgeon
          • What does it say about us that we are rarely perplexed by the good things that come our way, only the bad? Andy Stanley
          • People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Expect messiness. Tim Keller
          • If you’re indifferent about doctrine, you’re indifferent about that which will save or damn your soul. Burk Parsons
          • Hell is a real place, more real than the city in which you live, much hotter and more populated. Steven Lawson
          • No matter how long it takes or how desperately a person battles or denies, the truth always—always—makes itself known. Andy Andrews
          • God doesn’t want us to just feel gratitude, but for us to show it by giving thanks to God with our lives. R.C. Sproul

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 1.12.2015

      • Evil aims to destroy hope. Bob Smart
      • Without immersion in God’s words, our prayers may not be merely limited and shallow but also untethered from reality. Tim Keller
      • We are broken people living in a broken world with other broken people. We all need grace. Tullian Tchividjian
      • There’s nothing that makes you more miserable, or less interesting, than self-absorption. Tim Keller
      • When you experience God it is deeply personal, but it’s not at all private. Tim Keller
      • Christianity is not about good people who want to get better. It is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. Tullian Tchividjian
      • God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. John Piper
      • You’ll always feel the need to pretend to be more holy and happy than you are when you try to get people looking at you and not at Jesus. Burk Parsons
      • The aim is never to become a master of the Word, but to be mastered by it. D. A. Carson
      • Grace does not lead us to overlook obedience. Grace compels and empowers us for obedience. Kevin DeYoung
      • Forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness. To not retaliate is to absorb the cost. Tim Keller
      • Unless you’re ready to live sinlessly, suffer miserably, and be murdered brutally, point people to Christ, not yourself. Burk Parsons
      • With arms outstretched on the cross. Jesus took holy God in one hand and sinful man with the other and brought the two together. Steven Lawson
      • Sometimes our weakness and tears encourages others more than our stories of strength and victory. Scotty Smith
      • Aimless, unproductive Christians contradict the creative, purposeful, powerful, merciful God we love. John Piper
      • Even one who has been to God a million times with the same problem need not fear exhausting the grace of God. Tullian Tchividjian
      • When we try and use fear or pride to stop from sinning, we are forgetting that we sin because of either fear or pride. Tim Keller
      • Saying you’re a new kind of Christian with a new kind of Christianity is basically saying you’re an old kind of heretic. Burk Parsons
      • Do all the good you can, try all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you ca, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can. John Wesley
      • Sin is what you do when you are not satisfied in God. John Piper
      • We are all servants. The only question is whom we will serve. R.C. Sproul
      • While our self-righteousness reaches far, God’s grace reaches farther. Tullian Tchividjian
      • The opposite of love is not anger, its indifference. Tim Keller
      • When God measures a church, He begins with its depth not its breadth, with its substance not its style. Steven Lawson
      • Annihilation is what the unrepentant want, not what they dread. It would be a reward, not a punishment. Non-consciousness knows no loss. John Piper
      • If we truly long for revival, we will rejoice even when it starts at the church down the road. Kevin DeYoung
      • TGIF – Thankful Grace Is Free! Scotty Smith
      • If you don’t need your Bible at church, then the Bible says you don’t need that church. Thabiti Anyabwile
      • When Jesus promises everlasting life, he isn’t just promising everlasting existence. He is promising eternal joy. True life. That’s amazing. Matt Perman
      • God wants every local church to be the first place people think to go when they’ve really messed up…not the last. Tullian Tchividjian
      • Ask yourself this question everyday: What is it about me that other people would change if they could? Andy Andrews
      • As I am humbled by my difficulties, so I am strengthened by God’s grace. Alistair Begg
      • Astounded again at God’s faithfulness. Another clean MRI today. Hard to believe it’s been over 5 years (since he was diagnosed with brain cancer) Matt Chandler
      • Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 1.5.2015

        • Try this New Year’s resolution: I won’t check my phone, my tablet, or my computer until I’ve first read a chapter in my Bible. Kevin DeYoung
        • Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that! Charles Spurgeon
        • The “old man” dies hard. He doesn’t die easily. And the struggle goes on throughout life. R.C. Sproul
        • Don’t panic, if you haven’t figured out 2015. Every moment is the beginning of the rest of your life. Begun is begun, no matter when. John Piper
        • To say doctrine doesn’t matter, only how you live matters, is itself a doctrine. It’s the doctrine of salvation by works. Tim Kelller
        • You cannot experience God without knowing who he is, what he has done, and who you are in relation to him. Michael Horton
        • We can only grasp the gospel’s sweetness if we first grapple with its offense- you can’t save yourself. Tim Keller
        • Make the most of your life instead of comparing it to everyone else’s. Lecrae
        • Christianity loses its scriptural fidelity and internal power when it no longer affirms both sola fide and the necessity of obedience. Kevin DeYoung
        • If Christ is not everything, He is nothing. He who has Christ has everything. Steven Lawson
        • We do not need more conferences, and celebrities. We need more churches where the Spirit is immersing sinners into Christ day by day. Michael Horton
        • Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon. John Piper
        • It’s better to feel sorry for doing something bad than to feel superior for doing something good. Tullian Tchividjian
        • We do not find success by trying to be successful or happiness by trying to be happy. Michael Horton
        • We too often complicate that which God has made simple and too often try to simplify that which God has made mysterious. Burk Parsons
        • A spiritual leader is one who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way. Steven Lawson
        • Prayer is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian. Charles Spurgeon
        • The best way to guard our hearts isn’t to seal them off from the world but fill them up with grace. Scotty Smith
        • I am throwing all my good works overboard, and lashing myself to the plank of free grace; for I hope to swim to glory on it. Charles Spurgeon
        • We often think of prayer as a means to an end. Prayer is the goal. Francis Chan
        • I fear that many don’t speak out and work against abortion because they think it’s not cool or not the “in thing” to be passionate about. Burk Parsons
        • If you do not receive Christ as the Lamb who saves and delivers, you will face Him as the Lion who stalks and devours. Steven Lawson
        • To discover the real you, look at what you spend time thinking about when no one is looking. Tim Keller
        • It’s because Jesus spoke so frequently about hell that the church should take the concept seriously. R.C. Sproul

        Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 12.29.2014

        • Religious excellence will not earn you a place at God’s table. Your own efforts will never merit you a seat of honor. Michael Horton
        • Success and suffering will either darken your heart or make you wise, but they won’t leave you where you were. Tim Keller.
        • The overwhelming emphasis of contemporary Christianity: “Just do it.” The overwhelming emphasis of Biblical Christianity: “It is finished.” Tullian Tchividjian
        • The invitation is not Christ plus anything, but Christ alone. Michael Horton
        • What are the years from 25 to 75? They are the accumulation of all the questions I wish I had known to ask my teachers. John Piper
        • To build your house on the rock is to hear what Jesus says and obey. To be foolish and build your house on the sand is to hear and ignore. Kevin DeYoung.
        • Advent = Not what’s under the tree, but Who was on it. Scotty Smith
        • The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the incarnation. J.I. Packer
        • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther
        • Jesus’ claims are particularly unnerving, because if they are true there is no alternative but to bow the knee to him. Tim Keller
        • The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God. C.S. Lewis
        • Leaders must be close enough to relate to others but far enough ahead to motivate them. John Maxwell
        • Of all the things in the world that can set the heart burning, there is nothing like the presence of Jesus! Charles Spurgeon
        • You know you’ve created god in your own image when your god loves those you love and hates those you hate. Burk Parsons
        • The quest for glory can never be satisfied, it must be extinguished. Martin Luther

        Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 12.22.2014

        • Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest. Linus
        • Your most irritated, impatient, uncaring self didn’t separate you from God’s love today; it made you a target of his love. Scotty Smith
        • Aimless, unproductive Christians contradict the creative, purposeful, powerful, merciful God we love. John Piper, (from Don’t Waste Your Life)
        •Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, but a gift for the guilty. Steven Lawson
        •If you didn’t earn your salvation how are you going to un-earn it? Tim Keller
        • Ironically, the insistence that doctrines do not matter is really a doctrine itself Tim Keller.
        • What is the deepest root of your joy? What God gives to you? Or what God is to you? John Piper
        • Sometimes we emulate the Pharisees more than we imitate Christ. RC Sproul
        • Why couldn’t North Korea have found “Left Behind” offensive? Barnabas Piper
        • We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream. Tim Keller
        • The question is not, “Why is there only one way to God?” but “Why is there even one way? R.C. Sproul
        • Lay your burdens of self-contempt, cynicism, and shame at the feet of Jesus tonight. He welcomes them, and you. Scotty Smith
        • When it comes to understanding and appreciating grace, our biggest problem is our so-called goodness…not our self-perceived badness. Tullian Tchividjian
        • You pursue excellence when you care about something other than your own excellence. Michael Horton
        • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
        • Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you. Tim Keller
        • If you want to know God as your Father, you need to know Jesus Christ as your Savior. Kevin DeYoung.
        • In heaven I’ll be shocked by those who aren’t there, those I didn’t think would be there but are. And the fact I’m there at all. Lecrae
        • We live in a culture where the truth claims of Christianity are not only rejected, they are ridiculed. R.C. Sproul
        • Faith is quenching the soul’s thirst at the fountain of God. John Piper
        • Before crawling between the sheets tonight, preach the gospel to your heart and forgive whoever you possibly can. Scotty Smith
        • Having hope is hard; harder when you get older. Wendell Berry
        • Worry is a waste of energy. It can’t change the past. It can’t control the future. It only makes today miserable. Tullian Tchividjian
        • What greater value could you possibly have than to be delighted in and sacrificed for by the Maker of the universe? Tim Keller
        • When I find my justification in Christ alone, I am free to love and serve others in ordinary and unheralded ways. Michael Horton

        Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 12.15.2014

        • By definition, the big difference between mercy and justice is that mercy is never ever obligatory. -RC Sproul
        • Good people don’t go to Heaven, forgiven people do. -Lecrae
        • Grace does not make sin safe. But grace does make sinners safe. -Matt Chandler
        • Forgetfulness of God’s grace is one of the greatest tools in the enemy’s war against our souls. -Mark Dever
        • Christianity is not “Jesus is our example.” Christianity is “Jesus is our substitute.” – Tullian Tchividjian
        • The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. -C.H. Spurgeon
        • You pursue excellence when you care about something other than your own excellence. -Michael Horton
        • Are you living to justify yourself, or are you living because you are justified? -Tim Keller
        • When you look at the Cross, what do you see? You see God’s awesome faithfulness. -Sinclair Ferguson
        • When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone. -John Owen
        • The utter destruction of our culture isn’t just around the corner. It has been here for some time. -R.C. Sproul Jr.
        • What is the deepest root of your joy? What God gives to you? Or what God is to you? -John Piper
        •  We don’t merely need the money from work to survive. We need the work itself to survive and live fully human lives more than money. -Tim Keller
        • The cross is the place where the Judge takes the Judgment.Tim Keller
        • The desperate addict is closer to the heart of grace than the devout moralist. – Tullian Tchividjian
        • Jesus may ask of you far more than you planned to give, but He can give to you infinitely more than you dared ask or think. -Tim Keller

        Favorite Quotes of the Week  ~ 12.8.2014

        • If you say: I believed in God, I trusted God, and He didn’t come through – You only trusted God to meet your agenda. -Tim Keller
        • If you have only been born once you will die twice, but if you are born twice you will only die once. -Steven Lawson
        • By God’s grace, seek to make your home the most encouraging place your family knows. -Scotty Smith
        • We fall privately before we ever fall publicly. -RC Sproul
        • The gospel is not about what we have done or are called to do, but the announcement of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ. -Michael Horton
        • Great sins draw out great grace. Where guilt is most terrible and fierce, the mercy of God appears most high and mighty. -John Bunyan
        • If you make the goal of your life just to stay alive, you’ll fail. If you make the goal of your life the kingdom, you cannot lose. -Kevin DeYoung
        • Fundamentally, Reformed theology is theology founded on and fashioned by God’s Word. For it is God’s Word that forms our theology, and it is we who are reformed by that theology as we constantly return to God’s Word every day and in every generation.Burk Parsons
        • The people who have taught me the most about grace are those who have blown it so bad that they know how much they need it. -Tullian Tchividjian
        • Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. -Charles Wesley
        • Just because we don’t see a reason why God allows evil and suffering doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Christmas is God going into the darkness for you. -Tim Keller

        Favorite Quotes of the Week  ~ 12.1.2014

        • Whether you are “radical” or “ordinary” – love Jesus, stay humble, and serve others. -Scotty Smith
        • As long as I am focusing on the faults of others, then I don’t have to face my own.Tullian Tchividjian
        • In the culture of pluralism…the only thing that cannot be tolerated is a claim to exclusivity. -R.C. Sproul
        • We never grow closer to God when we just live. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness. -Francis Chan
        • The bad news? We’re far worse than we think. The good news? He’s far more gracious than we think. -R.C. Sproul Jr.
        • Suffering is the stripping of our hope in finite things, therefore we do not put our ultimate hope in anything finite. -Tim Keller
        • I am going to judge my circumstances by Jesus’ love, not Jesus’ love by my circumstances. -Tim Keller

        Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 11.24.2014

        I love good quotes. This week we start a new feature in which I’ll list the favorite quotes that I see or hear each week.

        Painfully, suffering is almost a prerequisite if we are going to be of much use to other people. It makes us far more compassionate. -Tim Keller

        I’m guilty, filthy, and stained. But He became a curse, drank my cup and took my pain. -Lecrae

        Most of us go through life worrying people will think too little of us. Paul worried people would think too much of him. -D.A. Carson

        God invites us to come as we are, not to stay as we are. -Tim Keller

        If prayer is supplemental, then it’s obvious that it is not fundamental to you. -Bob Smart

        Patience is precisely what excellence requires. It’s difficult wherever the cult of immediate results dominates. -Michael Horton

        If we can’t “love the sinner; hate the sin” then how can we relate to ourselves? Love who we are in Christ but still hate the sin remaining. -Tim Keller

        I am going to judge my circumstances by Jesus’ love, not Jesus’ love by my circumstances. -Tim Keller

        May our Thanksgiving lists be outrageously longer than our Christmas lists. -Scotty Smith

        If we pick out which parts of the Bible we dislike, we actually have a god we’ve created. How can that god ever call you out on anything? -Tim Keller

        When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees! -Abraham Lincoln

        There is not one piece of cosmic dust that is outside the scope of God’s sovereign providence. -R.C. Sproul

        Don’t try so hard to be hip. When the Church finds out what is cool, it is not cool anymore. -Kevin DeYoung

        A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. -John Maxwell
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        The leader is there for the people, not the people for the leader – John Maxwell

        Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less – John Maxwell

        I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

        There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, `This is mine! This belongs to me!’” Abraham Kuyper

        God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him – John Piper

        The best of men are men at best – J.C. Ryle

        Hey, Jack! – Si Robertson

        Sin is cosmic treason – R.C. Sproul

        He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. – Jim Elliot

        Happy, Happy, Happy – Phil Robertson

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