What a shout shall that be when humankind and angels shall unite to cry "Hallelujah, hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!" What satisfaction there will be in that day to have had a share in the fight, to have helped to break the arrows of the bow, and to have aided in winning the victory for our Lord! Happy are they who trust themselves with this conquering Lord, and who fight side by side with Him, doing their little in His name and by His strength! ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Monday, December 2, 2013
Just as sure as the advent of the Son of God on planet earth, so also can we be certain of His return! Let us not grow weary in doing good.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Now matter how busy or bustling a congregation might seem, the heart of the matter is individual growth in Christ. It is the priority.
Whatever other signs of life and growth we might look for in our congregations - involvement, activities, newcomers, finances, number of staff, buildings, and so on - the only growth that has any significance in God's plans is the growth of believers. Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine
Monday, November 18, 2013
God is everywhere, at all times. If we as believers could begin to truly grasp this truth, then our faith would rise and no circumstance would seem insurmountable, impenetrable or impossible. A.W. Tozer offers this prayer in his classic work The Knowledge of the Holy:
Our Father, we know that Thou art present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words "In thy presence is fulness of joy." Amen.
Monday, November 11, 2013
We should serve one another. We might have strong feelings for our loved ones that cause us to declare that we would die for them, but that might be the easy way out. More difficult is keeping the commitment to live for them day after day.
It's a lovely thing to redeem those you love by dying for them. But maybe living for them until we die is dying for them too. There is more than one way to die for people. James McGuiggan, Jesus Hero of Thy Soul
Monday, November 4, 2013
If God is ever to count us righteous, he will have to do it on the basis of something other than our own sinful record. He'll have to do it on the basis of someone else's record, someone who is standing as a substitute for us. Greg Gilbert, What Is The Gospel?
Thanks be to God, Jesus Christ was our substitute! Salvation is not earned, nor can it ever be. It is by faith alone in the work of Christ.
Monday, October 28, 2013
As a Christian, part of your firm and certain hope in the future resurrection is that it would be just as impossible for you not to be raised from the dead as it was for Jesus not to be raised from the dead, because He died in your stead. These truths about the resurrection are very comforting to us as believers. ~ Ligon Duncan, Fear Not: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective
Monday, October 21, 2013
A longer quote from Mark Dever about the responsibility of church members to live for Christ at all times:
A married man goes to work as a married man and goes to the store as a married man, and the fact that he's married affects how he interacts with others at work and the store, but neither his work nor shopping are an intrinsic part of being married. In the same way, a member of a church follows Christ in all sorts of ways that are not tied to the work that God entrusts to the local church in any institutional fashion. But the individual's membership should affect how he does everything outside the gathered church. ~ The Church: The Gospel Made Visible