Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Living By Grace

"As Christians . . . in our everyday relationship with God, most of us are no different in our thinking than the unbelievers who think they will go to heaven because they've been good enough.  To live by grace, we must rid ourselves of such thinking."  ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Refined & Respectable Sins

"One of our problems with these so-called refined sins is that we have become too comfortable with the whole concept of sin.  Because we do sin so frequently we learn to coexist with it as long as it doesn't get too out of control or scandalous.  We forget, or perhaps have never learned, how seriously God regards all sin."  ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Life Is A Gift

"Life is gift, not gain.  Give up your pursuit of profit from your toil and instead seek to enjoy the hings that God has given you for what they are, and as you do that, you will know some reward." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Give

"Here is wisdom you will not hear anywhere else: take the best of what you have and the best of what you are and give them away.  Hold them out in open hands to God and to others."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Eating and Drinking

"The Bible is clear that at the end the heavenly city comes down to earth, and in that new earth, God lives with us forever . . . Those without Christ often abandon themselves to eating and drinking because sometimes it looks as if that's all there is to do before we die.  But those who love Christ cherish eating and drinking because it looks a little like what we will do after we die."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nostalgia

"When you experience nostalgia, your heart is longing for a more beautiful person than you have ever met or a more beautiful place than you have ever known. You think you're longing for the past, but the past was never as good as your mind is telling you it was.  What is in fact pulling on your heartstrings is the future:  it's heaven; it's your sense of home and belonging that has just cracked the surface of your life, for just a moment, and then is gone."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Surviving Loss

"People who survive catastrophic loss often say that they survived by coming to see, in time, that they somehow had to take the loss into themselves and allow it to enlarge their heart . . . It is as if God somehow stretches a person to the breaking point, and then she discovers that because she has been stretched, there is now room in her heart and mind for God and for life and for others that was not there before."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson