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

Monday, February 23, 2015

On Fighting Sin

"I have friends who think that talking about sin and giving attention to the details of fighting sin is defeatist.  I know it's possible to be morbidly introspective about sin.  And that's not what I'm ad-advocating.  I think we should all be more aware of Jesus's saving work than we are of our shortcomings.  Robert Murray McCheyne's advice is worth repeating: 'For every one look at your sins, take ten looks at Christ.'" ~ Josh Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, February 16, 2015

Truth That Changes

"God's saving work through Jesus's life, death, and resurrection has practical, real-world implications for our lives.  It is truth that can't be kept on a page or in a house of worship.  It follows us home. To our shcool. To our work. To our bedrooms.  It grabs hold of every detail of our lives.  Our thoughts.  Our sexuality. Our money. Our leisure. Our relationships. Our desires. Our dreams."  ~ Josh Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, February 9, 2015

What Is A Christian

J. I. Packer posed the question, "What is a Christian?"  His answer: "The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father."

Monday, February 2, 2015

Emotions In Worship

"[E]motion built on emotion is empty. True emotion - emotion that is reliable and doesn't lead us astray - is always a response to reality, to truth.  It's only as we study and consider the truth about Jesus with our minds that our hearts will be moved by the depth of his greatness and love of us.  When we engage our minds with the doctrine of his person and his work, our emotions are given something to stand on, a reason to worship and revel in the very appropriate feelings of awe and gratefulness and adoration."  ~ Josh Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Moving of the Holy Spirit

Joshua Harris, in his book Dug Down Deep, has this to say about the Holy Spirit:
"I basically confined him to a certain emotional experience in church meetings.  In my view the Holy Spirit was moving when I felt a surge of emotion while we sang or when I had a dramatic experience during times of prayer.  While I believe the Spirit can move in those ways, confining his work to those moments is sort of like thinking that fork can be used only to eat peas.  It's not that my knowledge about eh Holy Spirit was false; it was just woefully incomplete."