The Quotable Round-Up #74

tpn6bjcHowdy to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring quotes from the book “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” by J. Gresham Machen. And as always if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Just because we do not know what the reason is for God’s choice of some and his passing by of others, that does not mean that there is no reason. As a matter of fact, there is without doubt an altogether good and sufficient reason. We can be perfectly sure of that. God never acts in arbitrary fashion; he acts always in accordance with infinite wisdom; all his acts are directed to infinitely high and worthy ends. We must just trust him for that. We do not know why God has acted thus and not otherwise, but we know the One who knows and we rest in his infinite justice and goodness and wisdom.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Salvation, therefore, does not depend ultimately upon any act of the human will, even the act of faith in Jesus Christ. Faith itself is induced, in those who are saved in accordance with the eternal purpose of God. They are not predestinated to salvation because they believe, but they are enabled to believe because they are predestinated.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Little hope have we, my friends, if our salvation depends upon ourselves; but the salvation of which the Bible speaks is rooted in the eternal counsel of God. There is no break and no possibility of break in the mighty working out of God’s eternal plan.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“All men deserving of God’s wrath and curse, some men, and these not more deserving of God’s favor than others, saved by his mysterious grace—these things are indeed at the heart of the Bible. Obscure them in the interests of human merit or human pride and you have substituted man’s wisdom for the Word of God.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“What a comfort it is to know that salvation depends solely upon God’s mysterious grace! We all deserved to perish in our sins, and so did all those to whom we preach. But God’s grace is wonderful. He has in his eternal plan a people chosen for his name. Happy are we if we are God’s instruments in gathering into his kingdom any of those who from all eternity belong to him.”
— J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Did he create and order the universe because of some purpose found in the universe itself? Surely not. That would make the world an end in itself; it would elevate it to a position that belongs only to God. No, the creation of the world must have had as its purpose something that existed before the world was. But God himself is all that existed before the world was. Therefore, the purpose of the world must be found in God.”– J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“I do not mean that when God wills to do something we can always see what the end is. On the contrary, in countless cases, we can only see that it is his will, and that should be enough for us. We are sure that whatever he does is done with a holy purpose. The purpose is often hidden in the mystery of the divine wisdom. For us to refuse to bow to God’s will just because we do not know what his purpose is—that is the very height of irreligion. It is the sin of all sins; it is to pit our ignorance against his infinite wisdom and knowledge; it is rebellion and pride and madness. May God save us all from such a sin as that.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

 

 

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The Quotable Round-Up #73

tpn6bjcHowdy day to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring a mix bag of quotes from John Crotts upcoming book “Graciousness” and “Love Your God With All Your Mind” by J. P. Moreland. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“When two people disagree about the Scriptures, one of them, whether right or wrong about the interpretation of a Bible passage, can still “win” by intimidation. The Lord Jesus does not smile at His children who sin to win.”
— John Crotts

“As Christians go about their daily work in the world, they are to walk wisely. Their heads are to be up; their eyes are to be open. Because the time of every life is limited, Christians need to take advantage of opportunities to prepare other people for the life to come. Seeking these opportunities in the world takes both wisdom and grace. As believers interact with outsiders to the faith, they are called to relate to them graciously as God has related graciously to them.”
— John Crotts

“The Bible’s standard for speech is incredibly high. Every word that comes across a Christian’s lips must be infused with grace in order to build up the people who hear. There are no vacations or even coffee breaks permitted in order to unleash harsh, critical, unkind, or harmful speech—a believer’s mouth must always be on duty, speaking good words in good ways at the right time”
— John Crotts

“The faithful Christian life cannot be lived merely with zeal for truth but must also cultivate corresponding graciousness.”
— John Crotts

“God cares about more than just the words you say. He also cares about how you say those words. It is not enough always to say the truth; you must also say the truth in love. The Lord Jesus Christ provides the greatest model of a person with zeal both to know and to apply the truth of God.”
— John Crotts

“We need to remember the consequences of abandoning a fundamental commitment to truth and reason. A people that does not care about these will be easily led to behave in certain ways by rhetoric, image, narcissistic self-infatuation, and so on. This is extremely dangerous. Further, if our allegiance to Christianity is not based on the conviction that it is true and reasonable, then we are treating the faith as a mere means to some self-serving pragmatic end, and that demeans the faith.”
— J. P. Moreland

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know something or that you’re currently inadequately equipped to think a topic through. What is unacceptable, however, is running from this fact and thereby giving up on intellectual and spiritual growth in the interest of avoiding embarrassment or possible rejection. We all need help in this area, and we should care enough about truth and reason to give that help. Even if we agree with one another’s conclusions, we need to dedicate ourselves for Christ’s sake to refusing to allow each other to reach those conclusions with poor argumentation and sloppy treatment of data.”
— J. P. Moreland

The Digital Round-Up # 10

zkorsnzHappy New Year to all! May 2018 bring you a more abundant grace from God. Lets focus on Christ as He leads us to this promising year. Here’s a collection of stuff that’s specially curated just for you. And Oh please come back often.

Free Be Distinct by Warren W. Weirsbe –  Part of his “Be” series get this awesome ebook now or it will be gone soon.

Free The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf – just by participating to this no so brief survey, you’ll get this free ebook in different format from Crossway.

25 Pesos John Stott audiobook – Get his classic book “Basic Christianity” for a very low low price of 25 pesos. Part of Church Strengthening Ministry’s “January Deals” it ends till January 31. Click the link for more details.

Reformation Bible College FB Live – There was some FB Live videos by Reformation Bible College. Dr. Stephen NicholsDr. John TweeddaleDr. Albert Mohler and others were featured speakers. Check the RBC FB page to watch all the videos.

Why People Get More Stupid in a Crowd – The dangers of bandwagon thinking.

Superhero Carbon Footprint –  Not a fan of this climate change thing (because the Bible already tells us to be stewards of this planet), this article poses the question: Is my favorite superhero, Batman environmentally friendly?

How To Teach Kids Spot Fake News

 

 

The Digital Round-Up #5

aslvob2Hello there! I hope you’re enjoying my new and improved “The Digital Round-Up. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I want just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

Free “Reflections on a Journey” download – Greg Howlett offers a full download of his albums containing renditions of hymns in piano free till December 31, 2017. You can also listen to his works at Spotify.

An Animated Hit No Network Wanted – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 90’s X-Men animated series. In the Philippines this cartoon made X-Men a household name. This article presents the history of the best portrayal on screen of the popular mutant team.

How to Finish – Incidental Comic produce this strip for a book by Jon Acuff. The comic presents ways to finish creative and life goals.

Throwback post: Book Review: Preaching With Passion by Alex Montoya

Since I have mentioned X-Men, I’ll leave you with this deleted scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past (which for me is one of the best X-Men movie).

The Quotable Round-Up # 61

paper_zpshrjhwlqwHey people its a new again and heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book”Preaching Killer Sermons” by Lane Sebring. If you enjoyed 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!

“Your listeners are desperate to be inspired. They need you to show them that it is possible, it matters, and if they take Jesus at his word and do what he says, it will make a difference because it is simply and absolutely the best way to live.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“If we can learn anything from companies such as Google, it is that simplicity rules the day. A wordy, crowded, alliterated outline makes it difficult to navigate what is most important for your listeners to remember.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Alliteration is not technically the problem. Overuse of alliteration and forced alliteration are the problems. Sometimes it can be very helpful. Other times it is a huge distraction. In my view, what makes the difference is whether memorizing it will help your audience when they walk away. If memorizing the outline is not something that would help them, then there is no need to alliterate.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“An effective illustration is the secret sauce that makes your listeners grab onto your ideas on an emotional level. A good illustration will reach out and grab your listeners and pull them into your content. It will help you establish an emotional connection and make them care.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Just say it. Just tell the story. Just give the example. Just give the illustration. There is no need to introduce it. Your listeners’ brains are working much faster than your mouth is moving. They will connect the dots if the illustration is effective and makes sense. It is much more interesting to move right into a story, example, metaphor, or analogy than to spend precious time setting it up.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“If you have to force-fit an illustration to get it to connect to your point, don’t use it. It’s like telling a joke and then having to explain the punchline. The joke is no longer funny. It never was. If you have to map out how the illustration connects at every level, it has already lost its potency. The illustration is supposed to give your ideas clarity, so if instead it confuses and leaves your listeners scratching their heads trying to connect the dots, the illustration has defeated its purpose.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Information without application is education. If your goal is simply to educate or inform your audience so they are more knowledgeable about the Bible, then stop preaching.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

 

The Quotable Round-Up # 60

paper_zpshrjhwlqwHey people its a new again and heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book”Preaching Killer Sermons” by Lane Sebring. If you enjoyed 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!

“When you do not adequately prepare your sermons, you ensure you will deliver an aimless sermon. Lack of preparation leads most preachers to ramble, to preach longer than they should, and to struggle to define and clearly communicate the point of the sermon.” — Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“The people who fill your church every week are desperate—in some cases even dying—to be inspired. They are eager to be given a sense of hope and reassurance that life can be lived better. When you lack passion you reinforce the feeling some of your people have: “There is nothing in this for me.” — Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Nothing will hinder our ability to improve as a preacher more than thinking we have nothing more to learn.” — Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Every sermon needs a purposeful objective. If you have not clearly defined the objective for your sermon, you will not know whether you have hit it. The objective is not the same as a main point. Your point(s) should correspond to your objective, but your objective rises above your point to another level. The objective is what your sermon does, while your point is what your sermon teaches.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Sermons must have all three of these elements to be effective. Information without inspiration is boring. Inspiration without application is useless. Here is a simple equation to make sense of it all: Information + Inspiration + Application = Killer Sermon.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Consider the people you are speaking to and factor in their specific life-stages, needs, educational levels, backgrounds, and preferences. Communication is about the listener, so you should avoid having a one-size-fits-all approach to sermon structure.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Begin your sermon by presenting a problem and helping everyone see they have a stake in it. You want to make every listener know that your sermon is going to be helpful and add value to his or her life. Perhaps they should be interested regardless, but this is not usually the case.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 2)

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…)