Archive for October, 2013

What do you fear?

“You need shelter for many reasons.  Here’s just one: without Christ, you are all you have.  One unbeliever puts it bluntly: ‘It looks as if we are all we have.  Given what we know about ourselves, and each other, this is an extraordinarily unappetizing prospect; looking around the world, it appears that, if all men are brothers, the ruling model is Cain and Abel.  Neither reason, nor love, nor even terror seems to have worked to make us ‘good,’ and worse than that, there is no reason why anything should.’  If you are not in Christ, you are all you have.  That is something to fear.  But Christ is a shelter for people who are in deeper trouble than they even know.  Turn to Christ in faith.”

-Ray Ortlund, The Fear of the Lord, Tabletalk October 2013.

Sanctification is about…

“John Newton shows us from Scripture that true sanctification is all about growing in humility, dependence and gratitude.  Joy blossoms in our hearts not as we try harder and harder to grow, but as we see more clearly the depths of our own sin and understand more fully our utter helplessness.  Only then will we take our eyes off ourselves and look to Christ for all that we need in life and in death.  Only then will we truly cherish our Savior and believe that we need him every minute of every day, and that without him we can do nothing (John 15:5).”

-Barbara Duguid, Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness.

Are you disappointed by love?

“The only love that won’t disappoint you is one that can’t change, that can’t be lost, that is not based on the ups and downs of life or of how well you live. It is something that not even death can take away from you. God’s love in Christ is the only thing like that.”

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

-Tim Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

“He that has slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God.” (John Owen)