Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Magic 8-Ball God

"The conventional approach to the will of God - where God's will is like a corn maze with only one way out and lots of dead ends, or like a bull's-eye with the center of God's will in the middle and second best everywhere else, or like a Magic 8-Ball that we are supposed to shake around until some generic answer floats to the top - is not helpful.  It is not good for our decision making.  It is not good for our sanctification.  And sometimes it is frankly dishonoring to Christ."  ~ Kevin DeYoung, "Just Do Something"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Think About This . . .

In his book, "Just Do Something", Kevin DeYoung makes the simple statement that, "The church needs lifers and those who can be counted on for the long haul."  What do you think about that?  Have you considered how deep and certain your commitment is to your local church?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Want To Know Christ

"Are you satisfied being 'godly enough' to get yourself to heaven, or to look good in comparison to others? Or can you say with Paul that you 'want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death' (Phil. 3:10)?" ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Don't Make It A Chore

"When I look at my relationship with God as a chores, a sacrifice, then I am getting the glory - not God.  I keep saying, 'Look what I have sacrificed for God..." or "Listen to what I do for God.  It's hard, exhausting really..."  ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

He Said, "Make Disciples"

Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples.  i wonder, then, whey the last thing Jesus told us was to go in tot world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded?  You'll notice that He didn't add, 'But hey, if that's too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians - you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.'"  ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

All or Nothing

"Jesus' call to commitment is clear:  He wants all or nothing.  The thought of a person calling himself a 'Christian' without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd."  - Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Think Higher Thoughts

"Why should the Trinity be a problem to us?  'We think more loftily of God,' says Michael de Molinos, 'by knowing that He is incomprehensible, and above our understanding, than by conceiving Him under any image, and and creature beauty, according to our rude understanding.'" ~ A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy