Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Need for Godly Parenting

"Though parents may feel inadequate to teach and train, they can take great comfort in knowing that an authentic witness, coupled by sound instruction, has great power.  The lives of countless believers raised by godly parents testify to this reality.  Though they may buttress our parenting, we do not need flashy children's programs or charismatic youth speakers.  We need to be godly parents whose lives back up our faith."  ~ Owen Strachan & Doug Sweeney

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Can You Be Right and Still Act Like Jesus?

"Paul says that the Lord's servant must not correct others with an attitude that is ready to pick a fight or with a desire to rub another's nose in it.  In other words, being right does not justify arrogance, intimidation, rudeness, or harshness.  Holding the right position in the argument never justifies betraying the character of Jesus in our manner." ~ Zack Eswine

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Why Do You Read the Bible?

"To read the Scriptures in a manner that leads us to something other than a greater enjoyment of God and embodied love in Jesus is to know without knowledge, to shine without illumination, and to stand at the door with no key." ~ Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Normal Existence

"When we follow Jesus as the apostles did, we have no idea how he will use us.  He may maximize his glory through us by a faithful but nonetheless 'normal' existence.  Or he may have a more unusual route of glorification."  ~ Owen Strachan, Risky Gospel

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Gospel Driven Discipline

"That's what gospel-driven discipline is:  a response.  It's hearing from your heavenly Father how incredibly much you're loved, and then plunging into everyday life from that joyful perspective." ~ Owen Strachan, Risky Gospel

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Joy Full

"If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full." ~ John Piper

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Changed and Changing

"I'm a sinner.  I don't do everything I should.  But I can look back at my life - even as a young man - and see that God has done good work in me.  He has upgraded my faith over the years.  He's enabled me to kill sin and to build habits of godliness such that I'm not having to start from square one every day.  This is what God wants to do with us:  to train us in holiness, build us up, and leave us changed and changing."  ~ Owen Strachan, Risky Gospel