Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Television or Reading?

"Television and reading both put us in someone's company, and remove us from someones else's company.  You decide:  will you be different because you put yourself in the company of Spurgeon rather than Seinfeld?  Over the long haul, will you grow closer to God and your family and your neighbor by watching television, or by turning it off and doing something that matters, something that's an investment in eternity?"

Randy Alcorn, Stand - A Call for the Endurance of the Saints

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Peace of Justification

"The peace of justification is not only external.  The deepest longing for inward peace are also met in Christ.  It was St. Augustine who once prayed, 'Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it finds its rest in Thee.' . . . Once our peace is established, that awful emptiness is filled, and our hearts may be still."

~ R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

To Please Him

"Even when discouragements come or a feeling of weariness or of growing older, keep going!  Don't give up.  We have to continue steadfast daily with To please him as our motto.  Pleasing him in everything - in every choice that has to be made: the petty little choices, as well as every great, large choice.  It doesn't matter what the choices ; let our motto be:  In everything to please him.  This should be our commitment for life."

~ Helen Roseveare, Stand - A Call for the Endurance of the Saints

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Offer Your Body to the Holy Spirit

"It's not just that we should renew our minds and expect that our bodies will follow.  Rather, we offer our bodies to place ourselves where our minds can be renewed.  Bodily actions open a Bible and turn off a television.  To read a book or listen to God we have to make a concerted effort to turn our ears and eyes away from this loud, invasive world."

~ Randy Alcorn, Stand - A Call for the Endurance of the Saints

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Valley of Vision - Resurrection

Adorable Redeemer, thou who was lifted up upon a cross, art ascended to highest heaven.
Thou, who as man of sorrows wast crowned with thorns, art now as Lord of life wreathed with glory.
Once, no shame more deep than thine, no agony more bitter, no death more cruel.
Now, no exaltation more high, no life more glorious, no advocate more effective.
Thou are in the triumph car leading captive thine enemies behind thee.  
What more could be done than thou hast done! They death is my life, thy resurrection my peace, they ascension my hope, they prayers my comfort.

~ Excerpt from The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Promises that Sin Makes

"[F]leshly lusts seduce me by attaching themselves to this basic desire.  They exploit the empty spaces in me, and they promise that fullness will be mine if I give in to their demands.  When my soul sits empty and is aching for something to fill it, such deceptive promises are extremely difficult to resist." 
 ~ Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer