Monday, July 28, 2014

God of Wrath?

"Some people are repulsed by the idea of God being a God of wrath.  But if you think about it, a God who doesn't hate evil is terrifying.  True goodness hates evil.  True righteousness and justice must stand in opposition to injustice and unrighteousness. God's wrath, writes John Stott, 'is in fact his holy reaction to evil.'" ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let Your Emotions Be Informed by Knowledge

"If you want to feel deeply, you have to think deeply....but emotion 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 truth about Jesus with our minds that our hearts will be moved by the depth of his greatness and love for 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."  ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Authority of God's Word

 God's Word should be our standard.  Our feelings can change with the wind, and though prophetic words can be encouraging and useful, even Scripture teaches us to test them by Scripture itself.
"The doctrine of Scripture teaches us about the authority of God's Word.  Scripture must be the final rule of faith and practice for our lives.  Not our feelings or emotions.  Not signs or prophetic words or hunches." ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 7, 2014

How God Makes It All Fit Together

There's not one bit of Scripture that is less important than another, all parts are intended, necessary, and integral to the whole story of God's rescue of us.
"There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story.  The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.  And at the center of the Story, there is a baby.  Every Story in the Bible whispers his name.  He is like the missing piece in a puzzle - the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture."  ~ Sally Lloyd-Jones