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The Quotable Round-Up # 52

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHere are some of the quotes from the book “This is Our Time” by Trevin Wax. 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!

“Unless we are overcome by the love of God, we will be overcome by the fear of man.”

“Some Christians fear that to disagree with their political party or their country’s policies is to be disloyal. Not so. Sometimes dissent is the greatest form of patriotism. William Wilberforce loved his country enough to expose the evils of the slave trade. Because he loved England, he wanted his country to live up to its virtues and values. Dietrich Bonhoeffer did not betray his German heritage when he opposed the rise of Nazism. He died a truer German than Hitler could ever have hoped to be.”

“The fundamental story that defines our life is not growth in wealth but growth in Christlikeness.”

“It’s the Kingdom Dream of Jesus that should define our lives, not the American Dream of the twenty-first century.”

 

“True authenticity is not accepting my own self-expression but accepting the self-expression of God through Jesus Christ.”

“All of our exploring is intended to lead us to the heart of God, in fullest display in a Man gasping for breath upon a cross, just days before rising to walk out of His tomb.”

“When believers tell me they have no problem with explicit content because they have a high tolerance for viewing violence or nudity, I tell them that’s like bragging about having deadened senses. Desensitization is not a sign of spiritual progress but of sensual dullness.”

 

The Quotable Round-Up # 51

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHere are some of the quotes from the book “None Other” by John MacArthur. 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!

“If you put your hope in your ability to live up to the perfection God’s law demands, you are inviting God’s wrath and your own damnation.”

“On our own, we would never choose to believe in Christ. But in God’s sovereignty, those He draws will, without fail, believe.”

“The fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan in the death of Christ in no way mitigates the guilt of His murderers. While the Lord ordained and orchestrated every event to bring about His desired ends, the wicked human hands that accomplished the work are no less guilty for the sinful role they played.”

“On the cross, Jesus wasn’t a sinner, but God treated Him as if He was. And although you’re not righteous, He treats you as if you are— because on the cross, God treated Jesus as if He had lived your life, so that He could treat you as if you had lived His.”

“The truth of God’s sovereign election is high doctrine—far beyond our ability to comprehend completely. It is, after all, dealing with intra-Trinitarian expressions of love that are ultimately unfathomable. And yet, it is a glorious and uplifting, soul-satisfying truth, if we faithfully embrace what Scripture reveals about it.”

“All whom the Father gives are drawn; all who are drawn come; all who come will be received; and He will never cast any of them out. Why would the Son reject a love gift from the Father? Our salvation in Christ is secure not because believers are so inherently desirable—we’re not. We’re secure because we are a gift from the Father to the Son, and because of the love of the Son for the Father. Christ responds to the Father’s expression of love in perfect gratitude, opening His arms to embrace the gift. The same infinite, inscrutable love that set us aside as a gift in eternity past now holds us secure in loving gratitude forever.”

“The Creator owes nothing to the creature, not even that which He is graciously pleased to give. So God does exactly what God chooses to do. Nothing can thwart His will or overpower Him. That’s actually the very essence of what we are confessing when we acknowledge Him as Almighty God.”

The Quotable Round-Up #50

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHere are some of the quotes from the book “None Other” by John MacArthur. 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!

“God’s compassionate love is motivated not by the present value of someone but by their lost value that has been forfeited to sin.”

“The magnanimity of the love of God to the Son is that all the Father’s knowledge, all the Father’s power, all the Father’s secrets, all the Father’s privileges, and all the Father’s honor is given to the Son. The Father holds nothing back. And the Son, in perfect reciprocal love, says that all He has is only what the Father has given Him. Thus, He celebrates the expression of perfect love in consummate generosity that holds nothing back.”

“Before there was any creature to love, God was still the perfect embodiment of love, and divine love was perfectly expressed within the Trinity.”

“Some people question if Christians can affirm the love of God and still believe in hell. On the surface, the idea that God is love is the most tolerable and universally affirmed truth about Him. Almost everyone is happy that God is love as long as the definition of love is broad and simplistic. But that’s because the modern concept of love is so off base, so self-involved and self-indulgent, and so bound up in fleeting emotions and feelings.”

“The murder of Christ is unquestionably the greatest evil ever committed. But under the preordained plan of God, that act of supreme wickedness was also a supreme display of His grace, mercy, wrath, justice, righteousness, and countless other attributes.”

“The presence of evil provided the perfect opportunity for God to display His wrath and justice along with His redeeming grace and infinite mercy, as He loved sinners enough to send His Son to die in their place.”

“If you want to understand the marvelous work of salvation, you have to account for all three principles: divine sovereignty, human responsibility, and gospel duty.”

The Quotable Round-Up #49

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHere are some of the quotes from the book “A Little Book for New Philosophers” by Paul Copan. 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!

 

“We are more than our fluctuating inner states. We possess a will that can resolutely trust in the character and promises of a faithful God—a will that also perseveres and endures when we feel like giving up. We have an intellect to grasp the rational and practical coherence of the Christian faith.”

“Feeling that we’re not good enough (and we aren’t!) can incline us toward vainly striving to be accepted before God. Instead we should remind ourselves of the truth that acceptance before God has actually been accomplished by Christ on our behalf (Rom 15:7). In response, we should make it our ambition to be pleasing to God (2 Cor 5:9). This presupposes that God has already received us as his children. The Christian faith is a religion of gratitude. We can take further comfort from the fact that, the longer we walk with Christ, the more we realize how shot through with sin we are.”

“While many assume that all doubting is intellectual, very often it is not. When it is intellectual, the doubter should explore rational or evidential reasons for that doubt—as well as how the Christian faith addresses the deepest longings of our hearts. Many believers will experience times of doubt, but it is during the times of stability that we should explore the solid supports of our faith.”

Consider the problem of evil. Skeptics may support their negative stance toward God by pointing to many baffling evils that appear pointless. So, they infer, God couldn’t have a reason for them. But is this charge a fair one? Actually, no. For one thing, the skeptics aren’t applying their skepticism symmetrically. Their standards for theism are likely much more stringent than their standards for theological unbelief or disbelief.”

“Christian leaders and parents should give the young people entrusted to them ample room to doubt and ask honest questions in open forums and conversations around the supper table. The next generation should receive help in constructively and honestly working through these questions to strengthen their faith so they can embrace it as their own. Great harm comes when we keep our young people in a bubble in an effort to shield them from hard questions, or when we dismiss their struggles and exhort them to “pray harder,” “read the Bible” or “just believe.”

“God doesn’t rebuke saints for honest inner struggles, questions and emotions. And even amid their doubt and darkness, they may show forth God’s presence through living faithful lives. When we experience such struggles, we are in holy company.”

“In our philosophizing, we must have the courage to do at least two things: to resist false ideas in our pursuit of knowledge and to pursue philosophy in a distinctively Christian manner.”

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 5)

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

How to Contagiously Praise God?

3.) Boast in God only.

In our last point we shall see how boasting in God sustains our praising continuously.

“My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.” Psalms 34: 2

As we carry our flowers of praise, let us lay in on the feet of our God and no one else. This is also the exhortation of Psalms 44: 8:

“ In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah”

So the question is: why boast in God alone? Here are the answers:

  • Because human boasting is unacceptable to God. God abhors any form of human exaltation that dethrones God as the ultimate Sustainer of all. It’s the ugliest picture man can bring out.

“For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.” Psalms 10:3

  • Because human boasting requires us to keep up on what we are boasting. Another ugly portrait that man can bring out is that we are our own sustainer of our boasting. We might feel that we are on top of the world and we want to keep it that way. We feel untouchable and the need for a God is unnecessary. The problem with that is that we are finite beings unable to go on forever. Our riches, fame and honor which we boast will soon fade away. This creates a vicious cycle to hold on top on what we boast. However if we look onto God and exalt Him, we are clinging to something that is eternal and in due time will recognize us as we boast on God.

“so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

 “ Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”—Jeremiah 9: 22

As we conclude this lesson, let us meditate on the passages that will extol God and lead others to praise Him too:

“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13: 15

“Rooted and based together in him, strong in the faith which the teaching gave you, giving praise to God at all times.”—Colossians 2:7  (Bible in Basic English)

The Quotable Round-Up #48

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “God’s Promise of Happiness” by Randy Alcorn  . 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!

“Sin is the biggest enemy of happiness because it results in a broken relationship with God.”

 

“As fallen, rebellious creatures, while we still want happiness, we don’t even want to want God. In spiritual darkness, we attribute our happiness to everything but God. But when we know Christ, we can cultivate our awareness of God as the Source of all happiness. Every flower, cup of coffee, meal, and song can stir within us gratitude and happiness.”

 

“Seeking happiness without God is like seeking water without wetness or sun without light.”

 

“God’s gift of happiness for believers is more than simply recognizing that happiness comes from knowing, loving, and serving God. We must do something: open God’s Word; go to a Bible study; join a church; volunteer at a homeless shelter; write a check to support missions.”

“God makes it clear that seeking happiness through sin is wrong and fruitless. But seeking happiness in him is good and right.”

“It’s not just okay to be happy; it’s right to be happy. The Bible clearly tells God’s children to be happy. Jesus commanded his disciples to be happy, and for a compelling reason: “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). If we’re not experiencing happiness in God, then we’re disobeying and missing the abundant life Jesus came to give (see John 10:10).”

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 4)

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

Now let’s see the 3 ways to have a contagious praising.

How to Contagiously Praise God?

1.) It should start with me.

saying,”I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” Hebrews 2: 12

If you noticed chapter 34 opens with the undertaking to bless the Lord.

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

There is an initiative of the Christian individual to bless God. It is a spontaneous praising for God because He dealt with the Christian personally. Check verse 4 and 5:

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

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

That Christian is confident that God will deal with the others as God had dealt with him. It’s our duty is not just to point others to the things God will do but to bless God and praise Him at all times. Of course as we exhort to bless and praise God, a visual display of that emotion can be seen as the evidence of the goodness of God. It encourages people to come and join us to praise God. Therefore, praising should start with that individual.

2.) Praising Him should be continuous.

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

Before we discuss the second point, let’s go to Acts 2: 46-47 and see the secret formula of the early church success:

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

This is one God given formula the Jerusalem church did that God moved people to be saved. It’s their continuous fellowship as a church. Turn your Bibles to this familiar verse in 1 Thessalonians 2:45:

“ pray without ceasing,”

The secret formula is not just doing God’s will but to do it continuously. The intention of this is not a sort of ritualistic repetition to be accepted by God but an evidence of an overflowing praiseful heart. A brimful of praising is the key for successful spiritual growth and maturity. Abundant praising invites others to experience what God had set to a Christian’s heart.

(to be concluded next week…)