Were ever the being of God, his glorious attributes and perfections, his unsearchable wisdom, his irresistible power, his inconceivable glory, his inflexible justice, and his incontestable sovereignty, discoursed of with more clearness, fulness, reverence, and divine eloquence, than in this book?
The creation of the world, and the government of it, are here admirably described, not as matters of nice speculation, but as laying most powerful obligations upon us to fear and serve, to submit to and trust in, our Creator, owner, Lord, and ruler. Bible commentator Matthew Henry on the book of Job
Jesus' reason for dropping only dark hints about (for instance) His messianic role, atonement, resurrection, and forthcoming reign, was twofold: first, only events could make these things clear in any case; and second, Jesus' concern was to call people into discipleship through His personal impact on them, and then teach them about Himself within that relationship, rather than to offer detailed theological instruction to the uncommitted. J.I. Packer
The old cliche is too negative...too defeatest. Let's renew our minds when it comes to planning for the adversities we will surely face in life. Instead of "having something to fall back on," let's think in terms of having something with which to keep forging ahead, undaunted and without fear.
Moreover, have a worthy goal! That of the apostle Paul is most worthy: "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus...looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 3:13,14; Titus 2:13)
Heaven is at hand, and abundant life is available in every moment. The now is pregnant with possibility, and so I think my greatest fear would be to go through day after day, year after year, decade after decade, and to not be present in the present and rather than embracing the beauty of the moment, to simply exist. I think that that would be a waste of the life that I've got, the blood in my veins, the breathe in my lungs crying out for beauty and truth and the One who made me. The counter to that fear would be love, and perfect love casts out all fear. That would be my goal, to embrace the love of my Maker in the moment. Jon Foreman, lead singer of the band Switchfoot
What a joyful spectacle is this to Satan and his faction, to see those that are separated from the world fall in pieces among themselves! Our discord is our enemy's melody. Richard Sibbes
...Jesus lost a voice vote to a guy named Barabbas, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was put to death, Abraham Lincoln lost more races than he won. How you conduct yourself matters. South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, responding to journalist Martha MacCallum when she asked him about his personal heroes
Students need the opposite of protection from diverse arguments and points of view. They need exposure to them. This exposure will teach them how to think. As John Stuart Mill said, "He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that." Amy L. Wax, professor at U. Penn law school
The accurate exposition of different passages will yield different sermons. But whenever the Word of God is rightly divided, Jesus Whose testimony is the spirit of prophecy will be preached to those who have ears to hear. Every sound message is rooted in the sure promises of the covenant and is permeated with the fragrance of the incarnation. Every faithful pulpit utterance invites the needy to the sacrificial feast and sounds forth that blessed hope...the coming great day of Christ the exalted first fruits of the resurrection.
"It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it." Latin Proverb
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