The Quotable Round-Up #86

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Howdy! It’s a great day to sit down, chill and sip your favorite drink! And while at it, add some awesomeness in your day by reading our latest collection of quotes.  This time we are featuring fresh quotes from the book “Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ” by John F. MacArthur Jr. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“The message of the gospel is the message of reconciliation. The alienated sinner can be reconciled to God. That’s what we pray for, it’s what we teach, and it’s why we live. Some even die for it. It is the unparalleled message of reconciliation with God through the work of Christ. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.”

“The only reason God has kept us in the world is for the work of evangelism. Yes, we’re saved to worship, but God tolerates our imperfect worship on this side of eternity for the sake of adding to His kingdom. We’re also saved to be sanctified, but God tolerates our inadequate, incomplete sanctification to keep us here to evangelize. He endures all our consistent errors and failures because He has work for us here that we cannot accomplish in heaven.”

“The notion that God is a loving and compassionate Savior contradicts the core doctrines of the world’s religions. If you study the history of religion, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a savior god among them. When men and demons design gods, that’s simply not how they design them. Demonic religious systems don’t concoct deities anything like the God of the Bible. Instead, they generally range from indifferent to severely hostile.”

“We need to understand that reconciliation does not start with the sinner, or some cosmic cry that God responds to. We don’t have to ask God to accept the sinner—we don’t have to coax Him into it through pressure or praise. He is not reluctant to save. Reconciliation begins with God—it’s woven into His glorious nature.”

“We don’t sit in judgment of God’s judgment. The question is not, why did God send bears out of the woods to destroy a group of boys who yelled “bald head” at a prophet (2 Kings 2:23–24)? The question is not, why did the ground open up and swallow people whole for violating Old Testament law (Num. 16)? The question is not, why did God displace and destroy the idolatrous Canaanites? The question is not, why did God destroy the globe and preserve only Noah and his family? Those questions are easy to answer: the wages of sin—no matter how great or small the sin might seem to us—is always death (Rom. 6:23).”

“True reconciliation requires God’s forgiveness. The only way reconciliation can occur is if the offended party is willing to forgive and remove the barrier sin creates. The sinner cannot reconcile himself to God. Only the Lord can effect reconciliation by choosing not to count our trespasses against us.”

“We ought to cling to the vital doctrine of God’s sovereignty. But don’t ever let your view of sovereignty overwhelm or obscure the fact that sinners have a responsibility to respond to God—and we have a responsibility to beg them to do so. God accomplishes His reconciling work through—not in spite of—the obedience of faith from those He calls to be reconciled.”

 

Book Review: Usapang God’s Peace by John MacArthur Jr.

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Last time I reviewed “Usapang God’s Will”, one of the books of John MacArthur that has been translated into Taglish. Now we move to the second book (and I’m praying this won’t be the last of it) which tackles anxiety. The book is titled “Usapang God’s Peace.”

Chapter 1 tackles the ground work of getting peace through prayer. Finishing this chapter you can say that this part is already a full course meal. I think we can already put it down and absorb the messageSo if this chapter already gets the cake, how much more are the succeeding chapters? MacArthur did an amazing job in this brief book.  Rich, deep and practical answers for an anxiety free situation.

The second chapter is a solid as the first but it comes with an intriguing inquiry. How does being humble bring about cure for anxiousness? It feels that it doesn’t connect.  Well that’s for you to read by getting this book. The book ends with key Scripture passages about anxiety.

“Usapang God’s Peace” is a must read book for who doesn’t settle for less. Well it’s a John MacArthur book so you’ll know it’s a winner.  Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up #17

A useful hack to give yourself the 20 minutes time to read (which according to studies is essential) is reading while riding a public transport. If you’re not planning to take a nap on a bus, it will be cool if you can pull out a book or Kindle. But be sure you won’t miss your destination! Lets continue our discussion next week but before we wrap up here are our weekly quotes:
“Do you know what the Spirit-filled life is? It is living every moment as though you are standing in the presence of Jesus Christ!”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“The Spirit-filled life is nothing more than living in the conscious presence of the indwelling Christ.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“You say you do not know what God’s will is,but I’ll tell you what it is.Above all it is that you know Christ and then that your neighbors hear about Christ.That is His will.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If I want the words of eternal life, there’s only one place I can go to get them to the One who gave His life, that we might live.”
— R. C. Sproul

“It is at the Word of God that you and I are rescued from spiritual nothingness and made alive to the things of God.”
— R. C. Sproul

“What many people call “psychological problems” are simple issues of idolatry. Perfectionism, workaholism, chronic indecisiveness, the need to control the lives of others—all of these stem from making good things into idols that then drive us into the ground as we try to appease them. Idols dominate our lives.”
— Timothy Keller

“Changing the world can be a way of actually avoiding the opportunities we have every day, right where God has placed us, to glorify and enjoy him and to enrich the lives of others.”
— Michael Horton, Ordinary

The Quotable Round Up #10

Do you have a personal Bible study? Aside from the Bible, what tools do you use to further benefit in studying God’s Word? If you ask me I have a commentary of a specific book of the Bible and a devotional book. For me it has proven to give me a deeper understanding of the Bible and it strengthen my life as a Christian. I hope you’ll consider that too. Anyways, enjoy this week’s quote:
“We cannot think as the world thinks, act as the world acts, talk as the world talks, or set goals the world sets; we must be distinct. The ultimate hope of humanity is that in seeing that distinction, lost people will be drawn to Jesus Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Connecting prayer and Bible reading allows you to build momentum in your spiritual disciplines and ensure that you are consistently engaging in these vital practices the Lord has given us to conform us to his image.”
— Matt Rogers
“Preach to yourself the immeasurable, matchless bounty of God’s love for you.”
— J. A. Medders
“The Bible declares the word of the King of the universe, God himself, to you and me. This message is far from trite. His word is living and active, speaking to us in a personal way. What a glorious privilege to consider that God would humble himself by speaking in words that people like us can understand.”
–Matt Rogers
“To convince a man that God can save, I need to show him a man He saved. To convince a man that God can give hope, I need to show him a man with hope. To convince a man that God can give peace, joy, and love, I need to show him a man with peace, joy, and love. To convince a man that God can give complete, total, and utter satisfaction, I need to show him a satisfied man. When the world sees people who are holy, righteous, peaceful, joyful, and fulfilled, they see the evidence of God’s transforming power.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“God has given His truth to us as a sacred treasure for His own glory and the good of men, and we must guard it as our most precious possession. Churches that abandon the truth destroy their only reason for existing and give unbelievers cause to blaspheme God. That’s ultimately what is at stake in the way we live.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“The credibility of the Christian gospel is inseparably linked to the integrity of the lives of those who proclaim it.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up # 9

I’m checking some sermons from preachers that will greatly benefit me spiritually. As I download their sermons in MP3 format, I’ve noticed that they made an effort to have a transcript of it. It will be beneficial to read and listen to it. If God willing, I’ll give my young people some assignment to listen and read these sermons. Another thing is, it those transcripts will provide me materials to get quotes to be posted on different social media accounts I have most importantly for “The Quotable Round Up”. Let’s pray for it and here’s our weekly serving of quotes:
“True fellowship with God will involve true community with God’s people, a fellowship of light in the gospel.”
–J. A. Medders
“The gospel frees you from living for the approval of others, because you’ve been fully approved by God in Christ.”
–J. A. Medders
“Whenever God is blessing a ministry, you can expect increased opposition as well as increased opportunities.”
— Warren W. Weirsbe
“The doctrine of assurance is not an excuse for sin; it is an encouragement not to sin. The fact that I know I am married and have documents to prove it does not in the least tempt me to investigate other relationships. My wife and I are secure in our love for each other. When I realize the expensive grace that God has poured out on me, I want to draw closer to him and share his love even more.”
— Warren W. Weirsbe
“Every truth from the gospel is like a bunker-busting missile. It crashes through the hard outer shells of discouraged, floundering, and wandering hearts and releases the explosive joy of Christ inside them.”
–J. A. Medders
“Divine love is an act of selfless sacrifice. When you love in that way, you’ll do what is needed without counting the cost or analyzing the need’s merit. And your love will continue to meet the need no matter if it is received or rejected, appreciated or resented.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Loving as Christ loves does not depend on what others are in themselves but entirely on what they are in Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up #3

It’s another Tuesday and time for The Quotable Round Up. We serve the best and awesome quotes from your favorite authors. This week lets have some from John MacArthur and J. A. Medders. If in anyway this post encourage you, feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or on any social media accounts. That way Delighting Grace will be encourage too and post more of these quotes.

“The central function of the church on earth is to reach the lost.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“Prayer focuses on God as the One who supplies. It acknowledges that He is the source of all our physical needs, and it teaches us to live one day at a time in the confidence that He will meet those needs.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If you want to have that passion in your prayers, you need to realize that the real benefit of prayer is not the changes God may make in your circumstances but the changes He will make in you and in your perception of them.”
–John MacArthur, Jr.

“The cross is the pulpit sermon of God’s matchless love for you.”
–J. A. Medders

“The gospel stands as God’s bouquet of love for you.”
J.A. Medders

“As the blood of Jesus flowed down the cross, it washed away all of our sin stains. Now we are new people in Jesus.”
–J. A. Medders

“To be devoted to prayer is to earnestly, courageously, and persistently bring everything, especially the needs of others, before God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up #1

Welcome to Delighting Grace new feature called “The Quotable Round Up”. In this feature, we will collect awesome quotes from Christian leaders, authors, preachers, theologians and philosophers that you will love. This will be on a weekly basis and you’ll get the fresh quotes every Tuesday. I hope and pray that you’ll like this feature, share it and come back every week. Pray that I can post more of this.

 

“The Spirit of God indwells the believer and enlightens his or her understanding of what the Word teaches.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“Saving faith doesn’t come from hearing just any part of the Word. Faith comes by hearing specific truths about Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. It comes by hearing specific challenges that convict us of our own sin and need.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“God doesn’t want us to swerve away from the hope of the gospel. Churches, ministries, seminaries, parachurch organizations, Sunday school classes, and committed churchgoers can all shift from the center: the hope of the gospel. With all of your might, vigor, resolve, and strength—remain firm in the gospel. Don’t shift.”
–J. A. Medders

“Don’t start thinking that your good works are adding anything to the work of Christ. Don’t start believing that somehow God is going to love you more because of what you are doing or not doing. Cement the truth in your heart that you are fully forgiven for all of your crimes against God because of Jesus. Don’t forget that you are divorced from sin’s power because you are married to Christ.”
–J. A. Medders

“When you shift from the gospel there are four places you can drift into: license, legalism, lukewarmness, or leaving the faith altogether. You may not have a life of rampant sin, but you may have an area of license that is just as sinister. Legalism will take you into self-righteousness and works-based approval. You’ll start to gauge your joy on yourself and not on Christ, and you’ll begin to hope in the branch rather than the Vine.”
— J. A. Medders

“God’s arms are open. He is the prodigal’s father, yours and mine.”
–J. A. Medders

“Remember that Christ alone, and none of your works, makes you righteous before God.”
–J. A. Medders

Book Review: Daily Grace for Teachers

If someone asked you who is the most influential person in the planet some might say it is the teachers. Not just in the secular place but those humble Sunday School teachers. Their influence to shape you to who you are today is indispensable. The way you will view the world is gradually created by teachers who imparts wisdom and knowledge you need to know. And hey who won’t forget your terror teacher who pushes you to be the best.

Daily Grace for Teacher is fitting devotional to teachers to reflect and ponder God provision to them on the daily basis. When I open this book, the format and how it looks remind me of the Early Light Devotional that comes from In Touch Magazine by Charles Stanley. Filled with encouraging stories related to teaching, this devotional knows what a busy and a tired teacher needs. Something to teach the heart and soul of the teacher who seeks spiritual food.

Spiritual insights from Christians giants from yesteryears (Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, John Bunyan) and contemporary ones (John Maxwell, John MacArthur, Warren Wiersbe, Charles Stanley) graces the Week Ending section. Truly this is a special section you will always look forward in the weekend. Not only that but the quotes section on most of its daily offerings is striking to the heart. Grace For Today gives quotable that will surely cheer you up and make you think.

Daily Grace for Teachers is the perfect devotional for teachers who need spiritual and biblical strength. As our Sunday school teacher commend on this it really helps her especially when she is teaching the children. A devotion that is not trying to jump in the devotional bandwagon but true to its commitment to nurture the needs of one of the most influential profession on earth.