Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Walking In the Light

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

". . . John is at pains to say that 'walking in the light' does not mean walking flawlessly.  It means that, when you stumble, the light of Christ causes you to see your stumbling as sin and hate it and confess it and receive forgiveness and move forward with Christ."  ~ John Piper, Finally Alive

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

No Other Gospel

"You were born again through the living and abiding word of God.  This word is the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and risen.  Don't fall prey to another gospel.  There is no other gospel, and there is no other path to God . . . than hearing, understanding, and believing the scandalous news of Jesus Christ in the gospel." ~ John Piper, Finally Alive

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Birth and a New World

"So when you think of your new birth, think of it as the first installment of what is coming.  Your body and the whole world will one day take part in this regeneration.  God's final purpose is not spiritually renewed souls inhabiting decrepit bodies in a disease- and disaster-ravaged world.  His purpose is a renewed world with renewed bodies and renewed souls that take all our renewed senses and make them a means of enjoying and praising God."  ~ John Piper, Finally Alive

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

God Revealed In Nature

The greatness of God's majesty and the nature of His character are revealed to all mankind in creation.  It is a constant witness of His existence.  Despite what you might be led to believe, many scientists - astronomers and microbiologists - have been moved by their observations to believe in a transcendent God. 

"Look at the world through either a microscope or a telescope and you will be dwarfed into terror by the infinitely minute or the infinitely great; both are appalling." ~ Baffled to Fight Better, Oswald Chambers

Monday, March 30, 2015

Growing In Knowledge

Yet as we grow in our knowledge of Him, we gain a deeper love for His purity and sense a deeper dependence on His grace.  We learn that He is altogether worthy of our adoration.  The fruit of our growing love for Him is the increase of reverence for His name.  We love Him now because we see His loveliness.  We adore Him now because we see His majesty.  We obey Him now because His Holy Spirit dwells within us. ~ R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God

Monday, March 23, 2015

Grace and Justice

We often blame God for the injustices done to us and harbor in our souls the bitter feeling that God has not been fair toward us.  Even if we recognize that He is gracious, we think that He has not been gracious enough.  We think we deserve more grace. . . What is wrong with that sentence? . . . It is impossible for anyone, anywhere, anytime to deserve grace.  Grace by definition is undeserved. Only justice can be deserved.  ~ R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God

Monday, March 16, 2015

Peace With God

Our peace with God is not fragile; it is stable.  When we sin, God is displeased, and He will move to correct us and convict us of our sin.  But He does not go to war against us.  His bow is no longer bent, and the arrows of His wrath are no longer aimed at our hearts.  He does not rattle His sword every time we break the treaty.  ~ R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God