Monday, January 27, 2014

Adopted, Loved, and Cared For

Have you considered lately what it means to be an adopted child of the Heavenly Father? 
The logic is irrefutable.  The argument should be conclusive:  he is my Father; I am his child.  I (who am sinful) care for my own children, and long for their blessing.  How much more, then, will my (perfect) heavenly Father care for me! ~ Sinclair Ferguson, Children Of The Living God

Monday, January 20, 2014

Grace and restoration revealed by the father of the prodigal: 
"Every command is a meaningful expression of love to his son.  The best robe would be the father's own, and that would signify the son's complete restoration to the family.  The ring was a symbol of business, used to imprint wax and seal a deal.  The ring said, 'You are part of our daily operations.  You may transact business on our behalf.' The shoes squelched any possibility of the son returning as a servant.  Only the family wore shoes.  The fatted calf was simply an expression of deep joy - the best course for the happiest event." ~ David Jeremiah, Captured By Grace

Monday, January 13, 2014

God's Pardon

"Only God knows how to pardon.  Our clumsy human attempts at forgiveness often create more problems than they solve.  IN condescending fashion we crush and humiliate the sinner with our unbearable largesse.  He may feel forgiven but utterly bereft of reassurance, consolation, and encouragement.  Only God knows how to pardon and put all four together.  The prodigal's father said in effect:  'Hush, child.  I don't need to know where you've been or what you've been up to.'" ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Love Of God In The New Year

"As Christians, we ought to see that everything we enjoy in life - from our tiniest pleasures to the eternal redemption we have found in Christ - is an expression of the great love wherewith God loved us (Eph. 2:4).  The blessing of His love comes to us not because we deserve it, but simply and only because of His sovereign grace.  For certainly we do not deserve HIs blessing, but the very opposite.  yet He pours out His love without measure, and we are invited to partake of its benefits freely." ~ John MacArthur, The Love of God