Archive for October, 2015


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How do you respond when the doctor says: you have cancer.

Here is a very moving section from Ed Welch’s newest book:
“I have bad news. The lesion is cancerous…. Life expectancy is usually between nine and twelve months.”
He thanked the physician for being helpful, clear, and forthright. They arranged a follow-up appointment to talk about experimental treatments. He and his wife left the office and cried together.
His first words were, “Nothing has changed.”
In the face of the worst possible circumstance for both himself and his family, he said, “Nothing has changed.” His heart and its clear-eyed knowledge of Jesus hijacked the internal conversation and essentially said this: “If you think that news of my death will change my confidence in God’s love toward me, it won’t. His Son gave his life for me. Why would I think he would love me less now? He loved me yesterday when everything seemed to be going well. Nothing has changed – he loves me today too.”
That was the final word. There was so much to do, and many tears would follow. Indeed, he asked for prayer from family and friends – for faith, for hope, for love – but he never revised that initial conversation, even though he died, surrounded by his family, a year later.”
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
-Edward Welch, Side by Side: Walking With Others in Wisdom and Love (Crossway, 2015), pg. 36 as posted originally by Andrew Compton on The Reformed Reader.

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Loved by God

“It is impossible for any man to love God, till by faith he know himself beloved of God.”

-Edward Fisher, The Marrow of Modern Divinity


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Humble, sacrificial giving

“Fannie Mulder was called to Glory on October 20, 1987. In a letter from her attorney we learned that she had only the following personal property in her possession when she died, having been on title 19 for the last few years. Then the notice listed the contents of Mulder’s apartment. She had some
clothes: six robes, two sweaters, thirteen adult diapers, nineteen hospital gowns, one pair of slippers, and five pairs of socks (plus two singles). She also had some personal items: a purse, a mirror, an old thimble, a toothbrush, a comb, some soap, some powder bottles, and a pair of reading glasses. She needed the glasses so she could read her two copies of the Bible, and her Psalter for singing.
In addition to a broken radio, the only other thing Fannie Mulder had in her possession was some money. Do you know how much she had? Not much: only twelve cents – a dime and two pennies. But the lawyer explained that the old woman had drawn up a will because she felt strongly that she should invest whatever she had in the work of the kingdom of God. After the will went through probate, Westminster Seminary was the beneficiary of the dime and the two pennies, now gratefully displayed on campus as the lasting testimony of a woman who gave Jesus everything she had (Luke 21:1-4).”
-Phil Ryken

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The Sovereignty of God

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry ‘mine’!”

-Abraham Kuyper


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Sin

“The seeds of all sins are in my heart, and perhaps all the more dangerously that I do not see them.”

-Robert Murray M’Cheyne