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The Quotable Round-Up #47

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “Awe” by Paul David Tripp and “God’s Promise of Happiness” by Randy Alcorn  . If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.  Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

 

“Creation is awesome. God designed it to be awesome. And God designed you to take in creation’s awesome display. You are meant to be inspired and to celebrate the awesome things that come from the Creator’s hand.”

“The gospel offers an exchange of misery-generating sin for happiness-giving righteousness provided by Jesus. That’s an incredible bargain—and startlingly good news!”

“When we lose ourselves in God’s purposes, Jesus says we’ll find ourselves—and also happiness.”

“Countless people in worse situations are happier than those in better situations. This demonstrates that happiness is dependent not on circumstances but on perspective, which is determined by our focus.”

“Christians see the world seeking happiness instead of holiness, so we assume we should not seek happiness at all. But this false contrast between holiness and happiness is both unbiblical and impractical. The devil’s lie is that embracing holiness brings unhappiness. But God says duty and delight are connected.”

“The happiest people in the world are those who have a deep, gratitude-drenched relationship with Christ.”

“Happiness is impossible without repentance, forgiveness, and a right relationship with Christ.”

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 3)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

Let’s check the last reason why we Christians praise God together.

Why Praise Together?

Because of the nature of Joy

  • Joy like any other emotions is expressive through physical or verbal visible manifestation. It would be weird to be happy if there is no appropriate or corresponding gesture for it. We can laugh, smile, cry and jump because of what joy brings to us. People can see, relate easily and join us as we express joy.

 

  • Joy is not joy if we don’t share or let others experience it. True joy is something sharable. It encourages others to celebrate with them something we possess. We possess Christ as our true joy; will we not share it to others?

(to be continued next week…)

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 2)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

Before we list out the 3 things we should consider in having a contagious praising, we must first detour and remind ourselves of why we want others to come and praise God. In this way we can fully understand why praising is contagious.

Of course we can praise God individually. We can actually have a personal dealing with God that will overflow with joy that is acceptable with God. However, we shouldn’t limit it as a personal experience only. We are lead to come and praise together.

Why Praise Together?

  • Because Christianity is an accountability religion.

We are accountable to lead people to salvation. We are accountable to lead people to sanctification. If we consider that Jesus Christ is the ultimate joy and we express our joy to Him by praising Him, the logic will flow that we are accountable in leading people to praising Him.  Salvation and sanctification are the gates to see Christ as joyous and praiseworthy.

(to be continued next week…)

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 1)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

We all know that the Psalms is overflowing with spectacular verses and chapters on praising God.  Reading through it will give you every variety of praising and thanksgiving whether it victory, fear or doubt, the Psalmist has words that is meant for you to focus on the Lord. As we come to this lesson we shall see praising as an invitation of a praiseful individual to look at God’s goodness.

Psalms 34 has plenty of goodness God bestows to those who calls upon Him. Checking out verses 4 and 6 to see God extending His help in a personal level:

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

“This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.”

Also this psalm points out confidently that God will answer anyone:

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” v.5

“Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!” v. 9

“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” v. 15

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” v. 19

“The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” v. 22

If we can experience goodness in our personal lives and others can also claim that blessedness, therefore we as Christians has a duty to express that joyful truth.

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” v. 1

My soul makes its boast in the LORD…” v. 2

That duty should lead us to encourage people to experience God.

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” v. 8

By praising Him continuously and inviting others to do it too.

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” v. 1

“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” v.3

 

(to be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round-Up #46

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “Awe” by Paul David Tripp. If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.  Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

 

“Awe of God means that God has a plan far bigger and better than any plans I have for myself.

 

“When awe of self replaces awe of God, praise will be rare and grumbling plentiful.”

 

“If human beings were created to live in heart-gripping, life-shaping awe of God—and they were—then replacing awe of God with awe of something else will never go anywhere good.”

 

“So many of our prayers are self-centered grocery lists of personal cravings that have no bigger agenda than to make our lives a little more comfortable. They tend to treat God more as our personal shopper than a holy and wise Father-King. Such prayers forget God’s glory and long for a greater experience of the glories of the created world.”

“Here’s the danger: it is always easier for bad agendas to slither their way into our hearts and into our ministries when we are unclear about the big, grand agenda that we are serving.”

“The war that rages in all our hearts is a war between the awe of God and the awe of self.”

“Horizontal awe is meant to do one thing: stimulate vertical awe.”

 

The Quotable Round-Up #45

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Happy New Year guys! Here are some of the quotes from the book “Awe” by Paul David Tripp. If you enjoy these quotes, please feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“It’s wrong not to be in awe of what God created, but it’s even more deeply wrong when you can look at created glory without remembering God.”

“It is hard to accept that God knows better than we do.”

“Once awe of God is lost, the loss of a heart to obey isn’t far off.”

“Your admission of awe amnesia is a confession of your continuing need of your loving Redeemer.”

“Here’s the reality: most people who are angry with God are angry with him for being God.”

“If you’re not living in awe of God, you are left with no higher agenda than to live for yourself.”

“Awe of self, worship of self, underlies every form of self-destructive living.”

Book Review: “Aspire: Transformed by the Gospel Part 1” by Matt Rogers

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     This book is such a surprise because I would expect it’s just the usual book format that we all know. But as I open it from the postal package, it was this big journal size book. And as I thumb a few pages, the fonts are big and lots of lines which is where you’ll jot your answer. So this is not a usual book. And so is the content.

Matt Rogers “Aspire” is geared for one on one discipleship by tackling first the very foundation of the Christian faith which is the gospel. This book unravels the basic topics pertaining to the gospel in a 15 week study. The weekly studies discuss the gospel incorporated in some Christian doctrines. The starting point is creation where sin enters and how sin where our worship changes its focus from God to Satan. As the book progresses we see how this gracious and merciful God redeems these fallen worshipers. Of course when discussing doctrine, theological words are needed to be defined. “Aspire” covers that by highlighting these important words and defining it. The book’s later parts prepares the reader to be mission minded and to disciple too.

Now comes the sweaty part: the questions. You need to answers these to get most of the book. The questions on each part of the study are not just your run-of-the-mill passive questions you can get from a study guide in a usual book. Rather these questions will make you think and reflect for a moment. Also some of the questions are quite personal. And if you think this question and answer portion of “Aspire” left all the figuring out to the readers, think again. Chunks of biblical content are explained enough for you to chew and be satisfied on. “Aspire” will aid anyone to a healthy spiritual growth fit to be a disciple of Christ.
“Aspire” is well written, theological rich and personal workbook that will ground you in solid foundation. If you don’t know where to start with your discipleship, this book will definitely get you a jump start. If this book is so good how much more would be the sequel? For a pastor this will be a go to book for a deep one on one discipleship. For the individual Christian, prepare for a book that will pull you into a deep understanding of the redemptive story of God. Highly recommended.
My verdict: 5 out of 5 stars
(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review)