Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries, will actually leave you emptier than before. And this is biblical truth, this is experiential truth. The loneliest people in the world are amongst the wealthiest and most famous who found no boundaries within which to live. That is a fact I've seen again and again. Ravi Zacharias
Some believers are much surprised when they are called to suffer. They thought they would do some great thing for God; but all that God permits them to do is to suffer. Robert Murray M'Cheyne
A prayer for Sanctity of Life Sunday. "Lord God we give thanks to You! For You formed each of us in his or her mother's womb and since our births have daily given us the breath of life. We marvel as we read in scripture that John who You appointed to be the Savior's forerunner leapt for joy in his mother Elizabeth's womb.
We whom You have made stewards of creation and especially we who You have called to be disciples of the Lord of life ask that you make us faithful and constant in seeking to safeguard the dignity of every human life whether unborn, afflicted with congenital deformity of body or mind, or debilitated by infirmity.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Whose mother brought Him to full term despite her humble circumstances and in defiance of the appearance of immorality which her miraculous virginal pregnancy presented to the world, amen."
The excellence of the Church does not consist in multitude but in purity. John Calvin
Yes, Forrest, life is like a box of chocolates! If you read the chart inside the box which describes the piece you select, you'll know what you're gonna get.
If you read God's word the holy Bible, you'll know what you're gonna get from the choices you make in life.
The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die...after Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain. Paul Miki, martyred by crucifixion in Japan, 5 February A.D. 1597
To the Unborn Child
Oh Wondrous Child!
Sleeping in your liquid sea
Sheltered from our curious eyes
You bear the image of Divinity.
Oh Beauteous Child!
Fearfully and wonderfully wrought
In the depths of the secret place
Proclaiming in your unformed substance
The mystery of Creation's grace
Maureen Sutton, Bible teacher and counsellor
Say what men will, obedience to Law is liberty; compliance with Law is harmony, not discord...Law does not interfere with true liberty, but only with that which is untrue, promoting and directing the former, discouraging only the latter. Horatius Bonar
"Though individual virtue is a fundamental goal of Christianity, our greatest strength lies in Christian union. The church provides critical support to the individual and the family in their Christian duty. The church supports the home with a regularity which the family often finds difficult in its informal, organic life. (Accordingly, the church is essentially a local institution)." Ronald Kirk
Prayer is the one great medicine with nothing but good side effects! Rev. James Sharp
This life, therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness; not health but healing; not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it; the process is not yet finished but it is going on; this is not the end but it is the road; all does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified. Martin Luther
Generational segregation in worship does more than create problems for churches. When we segregate age groups in worship, we are also disrupting the families in our churches. There are God-given responsibilities to parents for the development of their children that we undermine when we remove them from worship. Mike Harland
The devil and his works demonstrate the frequent coexistence of extreme cleverness and great wickedness in high places. It should not surprise us when very evil people who also are very subtle and crafty seek and abuse positions of leadership.
For a while, they will outsmart many and do some damage. But in their arrogance they forget the almighty and all wise One, Who will both call them to account and in His time right all wrongs. In the meantime, those who know their God and patiently wait on Him are not ignorant of the devices of the ancient serpent, the father of lies and liars.
The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes undisturbed in form and position. Josh McDowell
As satisfying as it can feel to hear that your foes are irredeemable, stupid and deviant, remember: When you find yourself hating something, someone is making money or winning elections or getting more famous and powerful. Unless a leader is actually teaching you something you didn't know or expanding your worldview and moral outlook, you are being used. Arthur C. Brooks
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining they just shine. D.L. Moody
Perception of the unfathomable distance between a person of the other gender and oneself is meant to be a school for learning the practice and joy of appreciation, openness, honor, service, and fidelity, all of which belong to the courtesy that the mysterious reality of the other gender requires.
The ideology of 'unisex,' which plays down the significance of the two genders, thus perverts God's order, while the French tag on gender distinction, 'vive la difference!' (Long live the contrast)! expresses the Biblical viewpoint. J.I. Packer
If God is self-sufficient, he alone is self-explanatory. And if he alone is self-explanatory, then he must be the final reference point in all human predication. He is then like the sun from which all lights on earth derive their power of illumination.
You do not use a candle in order to search for the sun. The idea of a candle is derived from the sun. So the very idea of any fact in the universe is that it is derivative. God has created it. It cannot have come into existence by itself, or by chance. God himself is the source of all possibility, and, therefore, of all space-time factuality. Cornelius Van Til
Both testaments have names for it that display its ethical character as rebellion against God's rule, missing the mark God set us to aim at, transgressing God's law, disobeying God's directives, offending God's purity by defiling oneself, and incurring guilt before God the judge.
This moral deformity is dynamic: sin stands revealed as an energy of irrational, negative, and rebellious reaction to God's call and command, a spirit of fighting God in order to play God. J.I. Packer
If an explosive volcanic eruption is large enough, it can cool Earth by blocking out sunlight. For example, the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia caused the 'year without summer' across Europe in 1816. Michael Oard refers to this temporary cooling of Earth as the 'anti-greenhouse' effect. Tim Clarey, Ph.D.
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. Rick Warren
A-millenialism, post-millenialism, pre-millenialism and any other doctrinal position named for the millenium of Revelation chapter 20 share a common weakness.
When it comes to hermeneutics, the Revelation of Jesus Christ (a.k.a. the Apocalypse) is probably the most difficult book of the Bible. All three of those eschatological positions derive their names from a subject found in a single brief passage of that very symbolic book and mentioned nowhere else in Scripture.
Should an entire doctrine of the eschaton...the summing of all things in Christ (Ephesians 1; 3:11) i.e. the consummate realization of God's eternal purpose, have such a fragile expositional foundation?
In the words of James the Just, "My brethren, these things ought not to be so." (James 3:10)
Whoever isolates himself from the church, i.e., from Christianity as a whole, from the history of dogma in its entirety, loses the truth of the Christian faith. That person becomes a branch that is torn from the tree and shrivels, an organ that is separated from the body and therefore doomed to die. Only within the communion of the saints can the length and the breadth, the depth and the height, of the love of Christ be comprehended. Herman Bavinck
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