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The Quotable Round-Up # 41

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage” which is part of the series titled “The Gospel for Life”. If you enjoy this quotes, please feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!
“Marriage is based in the complementarity of the sexes, and the very real possibility that marriage relationships produce children. Same-sex couples cannot, by definition, produce what society needs: children. This isn’t to be harsh or critical of same-sex attracted persons in general. It is to communicate, however, that the nature of same-sex relationships are never marital, and thus not biblical in any imaginable scenario.”– Russel Moore and Andrew Walker, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“Marriage is created and defined by God in the Scriptures as the sexual and covenantal union of a man and a woman in lifelong allegiance to each other alone, as husband and wife, with a view to displaying Christ’s covenant relationship to his blood-bought church.”– Russel Moore and Andrew Walker, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“Those who believe that God has spoken to us truthfully in the Bible should not concede that the committed, lifelong partnership and sexual relations of two men or two women is marriage. It isn’t. God has created and defined marriage. And what He has joined together in that creation and that definition cannot be separated and still called marriage in God’s eyes.”– John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The husband displays the sacrificial love of Christ’s headship, and the wife displays the submissive role of Christ’s body. The mystery of marriage is that God had this double (of wife and husband) display in mind when He created man as male and female. Therefore, the profoundest reality in the universe underlies marriage as a covenantal union between a man and a woman.”– John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The good news of Jesus is that God saves heterosexual sinners and homosexual sinners who trust Jesus, by counting them righteous because of Christ, and by helping them through His Spirit to live lives pleasing to Him in their disordered brokenness.”– John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The heart of Christianity is that God saves sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The best news in all the world is that Jesus Christ died and rose again so that the most bizarre sexual predator—homosexual or heterosexual—can be rescued from his path of destruction, washed, justified, sanctified, and given a place in God’s all-satisfying presence by faith in Jesus Christ. This is the heart of our message.”- John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The recognition of so-called same-sex marriage would be a clear social statement that motherhood or fatherhood or both are negligible in the public good of raising children. Two men adopting children cannot provide motherhood. And two women adopting children cannot provide fatherhood. But God ordained from the beginning that children grow up with a mother and a father, and said, “Honor your father and your mother” (Exod. 20:12). Tragedies in life often make that impossible. But taking actions to make that tragedy normal may be worth prohibiting by law. That’s a factor to consider.”- John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage

The Quotable Round-Up #31

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Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“Here is the great starting point for all of us  when we are dealing with the living God—a reverential, humble,  glad recognition that we are dependent, God is independent; we  are contingent, God is absolute; we are defined, God is the definer;  we are held in being by his will, he is absolute being.” — John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Jesus sealed the new  covenant by his blood. The day of failure will soon be over. Till  then, we are sealed by the Spirit and are fighting sin by his power.” –John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“God does not exist for the sake of our enjoying biblical stories; biblical stories exist for the sake of our enjoying God.”- John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Unfortunately, many of us are barely literate when it comes to  the flow of redemptive history. We go to our Bibles for something  to help us deal with our circumstances rather than to see how  God is dealing with the world. But the Bible is not about us; it’s  about God and his plan to redeem his fallen, miserable world, and  restore it to the glory he first sang into being at creation.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Our prayer life  should be shaped and grounded in Scripture as often as possible,  as we respond to scriptural promises and statements about God.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Immersion in God’s Word teaches us to pray the same way  immersion in language teaches a baby how to speak the language  of her parents.”- Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“God’s people do not need to be powerful culturally or in power  politically to be obedient to him and accomplish his purposes in  the world. All they need to do to glorify him and join the great  sweep of redemptive history is to be faithful to the One who has  called them by his own name.”–Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“When you become a Christian, your conviction of sin and your  experience of grace go all the way to the bottom—all the way  to that uttermost foundation. Christ goes there, and no matter  what happens, that foundation doesn’t change.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

Book Review: God’s Word, Our Story: Learning from the Book of Nehemiah by D. A. Carson and Kathleen B. Nelson (Editors)

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I’ve just finished reading the Book of Nehemiah as a part of my devotional when I got this book. I have gone through it multiple times for weeks that I’m beginning to jump to Esther.  I told myself “This will extend my knowledge on that book.” Little did I know that “God’s Word, Our Story” will give me a fresh, bold and exciting spiritual insight to Nehemiah. Aside from a leadership principles go-to book and all the skipping chapters because of the list of names, “God’s Word, Our Story” will inspire you to seek and worship God.

Kathy Keller opens the book with what should every Christian (and what Nehemiah did) should understand the Word of God and base his action plan to what has been reveled in the Bible.

In the next chapter, Tim Keller explains the need to understand the big picture that Nehemiah is projecting. For him it is shallow to look at God’s Word like reading stories and finding the moral lesson it brings. He points out that the ultimate story behind Nehemiah and basically every book in the Bible is the redemptive plan of God. Keller drew also from this book of the Bible on how God’s people should harness unity and to work for God who is the main goal of this building of the wall.

Paige Brown’s contribution to this book dwells on the premises of the fear of God. Using part of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” she discuss the fear of God and how it gives us confidence in facing today’s challenges.

Nancy Guthrie examines the Nehemiah chapters 7 and 8 and shows how this gathering of the Jews represents a future event that will take place in the new heaven and new earth. She further discusses the joy of the people coming to God and God’s joy of having His chosen people come to Him.

Nehemiah 11-12 was discussed by Carrie Sadom, Jenny Salt and Kathleen Nelson. This 3 part talk was centered in different God centered joy.

Lastly, D. A. Carson contributes a rather dark ending to the conference or a book as he points out the failure of the reformed which Nehemiah had undertaken. We can see not only does it affects the people but to Nehemiah himself.

The most prolific writer among all the contributors, John Piper delivers that ultimate story of the Bible is that God make a name for Himself through the gospel and His mercy to His chosen.

 

From all of the contributors in this book, Tim Keller gets away with the cake. Although Piper, D. A. Carson and Nancy Guthrie gave awesome insights, for me Keller is the best.

Though all of the messages collected here the contributor’s points out 1.) Nehemiah is not just a leadership book and 2.) Nehemiah is part of the ultimate story in the Bible, that is God’s redemptive plan for mankind.

Aside from the usual reflection in the end of each chapter, the readers are taught think as an expositor as further explain in the “Introduction” which is a great help for us who wants a deeper understanding of the books of the Bible. And you may or may not know these a collection of talks in a women’s conference (turned into a book) which you might find odd considering the topic of each chapters are not just geared not just for women. I’m not here to stereotype what’s for men or women but knowing this is what TGC brings out; people attending the conferences will really get saturated with the Word of God.

“God’s Word, Our Story” is a highly recommended book for those who want to get more of Nehemiah. This book is also a call for Christians to be expositors. As Kathy Keller and D. A. Carson uses the movie to further illustrate some points in the book, “God’s Word, Our Story”  is best describe as a blockbuster movie.

My verdict 5 out of 5.

Crossway has provided a complimentary copy of this book through the Blog Review Program.

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Book Review: Not By Sight by Jon Bloom

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I have been following the Desiring God blog for years now and all I can say that this is one amazing blog. You can read astounding articles in a regular basis which is truly great. Their blogging team is superb. But as you can see, many of us doesnt seem to look forward to articles on Desiring God not written by John Piper. Well I enjoy Tony Reinke’s article however John Piper is always a must read. But that changed when I checked Jon Bloom’s book “Not by Sight”. It was published by OMFLIt here in the Philippines and was launch last September at the Manila International Book Fair however I wasnt interested on the book. Yet recently, I gave ‘Not by Sight” a try and I wasnt disappointed with it.
Every chapter (or devotional entry if you want call it that way) of “Not By Sight” contains a biographic sketch and the biblical lesson. The bio sketch are bite size historical fiction that unveals the essential background of every character. The lesson are brief yet powerful to focus you to the all sufficient God. The bio sketch and the lesson are like two diamonds that are glittering in this book. Both can stand alone but the chapter shines brightest because of these well written parts. This proves that you dont need alot of words to have a spiritual banquet. You can feast on the goodness of God in every short chapter of Jon Bloom’s book.

If you’re using this as part of your morning devotional, you’ll definately look forward every morning for the entries. Wake up to meet James, Joseph, Peter, Martha and the other biblical characters as they walk in faith in different situations that you and I faces.

Notable quotes:
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“Trusting in Jesus and his word over our perceptions is difficult to learn. That’s why the Lord takes us through so many different faith-testing, faith-building experiences.And when he does, it is never for just our own benefit. He’s displaying his power so others’ faith will be strengthened too.”
“So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not planned, take heart; the Great Planner has something much better in mind for you and countless others.”
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s Word. It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive. When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the question we must ask ourselves is, where is your faith?What God wants is for you to trust what he says over what you see.”
Uplifting and encouraging, “Not By Sight” is a must read for every believer. Powerful for those who are going through rough times. Insightful for those who just need some reminder that God is there for them. Get “Not by Sight” at your nearest Christian bookstores or download the PDF format here for free: http://bit.ly/1C8olo2.

John Piper on God’s Honeymoon

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Writing on how God draws pleasure in doing well to His people, Pastor and author John Piper puts it in a great illustration:

“Sometimes we joke and we say about the marriage “the honeymoon is over.” That’s because we are finite. We can’t sustain a honeymoon level of intensity and affection. We can’t foresee the irritation that comes with long term familiarity. We can’t stay as fit and as handsome as we are then.  We can’t come up with new things to keep the relationship that fresh. But God says His joy over His people is like a bridegroom over a bride. He is talking about honeymoon intensity and honeymoon pleasures and honeymoon energy, excitement and enthusiasm and enjoyment. He is trying to get into our hearts what He means when He rejoices over us with all His heart. And add to this with God the honeymoon never ends. He is infinite in power and wisdom and creativity and love. And so He has not trouble sustaining a honeymoon level of intensity. He can foresee the future quirks of our personality and He decided to keep what is good for us and change what isn’t. He will be as handsome as He was and see to it that we get more and more beautiful forever. And He is infinitely creative to think of new things to do together, so that there will be no boredom for the next trillion ages of millenniums. “

(“The Pleasures of God” by John Piper copyright 1991, 2000 Desiring God Foundation published by Multnomah Publishers Inc.)

The Quotable John Piper

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I love John Piper and I hope you love him too. For more of him check out Desiring God.Here are some of his quotes posted at my Tumblr blog, One Battle at a Time. Enjoy!!!

“Worship is the end in itself because it is the final end for which we are created.”–John Piper

 

“Worship is feast.”–John Piper

 

“Worship is an end in itself because we glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”–John Piper

 

“Worship is authentic when affection for God arises in the heart as an end in themselves.”–John Piper

 

“Happiness in God is the end of all our seeking.”–John Piper

 

“Faith has in it element of valuing embracing, Prizing, relishing Christ.”–John Piper

 

“We ask God to do us through Christ what we can’t do for ourselves—bear fruit.” –John Piper “Desiring God”

“There is no true joy without faith.”–John Piper “Desiring God”

“The faith that starts our life in Christ and by which we go on living comes from hearing the Word of God.” –John Piper “Desiring God”

“Pursuing joy in God and praising God are not separate acts.” –John Piper “Dangerous Duty of Delight”

“The mark of love for God is willing, joyful obedience, not begrudging obedience.”—John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“When the world loses its powerful attraction because of the new birth, God and his holy will become attractive.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“Faith breaks the enslaving spell of the world’s allurement. In that way, faith leads us into obedience with  freedom and joy.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“Loving God means admiring and valuing and treasuring and desiring him with such ardency and authenticity that his will is our delight and is not burdensome.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“If you don’t love God, you can’t do anybody any ultimate good.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“The most immediate and decisive work of God in the new birth is that the new life he creates sees the superior value of Jesus over all else (2 Cor. 4:4, 6).” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“Love starts with God. And if anything we feel or do can be called love, it will be because we are connected with God by the new birth.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“God touched the blind eyes of self-love and gave her an irresistible view of his own glory in the face of Christ.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“That is, regeneration (or new birth) must precede the pursuit of happiness in God.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Therefore regeneration is the foundation of true virtue.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Our passion for God’s glory is the work of God’s Spirit granting us participation in God’s own delight in God.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

‘God is glorified both by being understood and by being delighted in.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“To love God passionately is to love truth passionately.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Christ and his grace win. That is very good news for those who belong to Christ.”—John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Rootless emotionalism that treats Christianity like a therapeutic option will be swept away in the last days.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Christianity begins with the conviction that God is an objective reality outside ourselves.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Remember what we have seen about God’s permission: Whatever God permits, he permits for a reason. And his reasons are always infinitely wise and purposeful.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

“The ultimate aim of the eternal plan was that praise might be as intense as possible for the glory of God’s grace. And the apex of that glory is in the death of Jesus.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Wimpy worldviews produce wimpy Christians.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Grace through the free gift of righteousness leads to the triumph of life, and all of that through Jesus Christ.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“All that came into being exists for Christ—that is, everything exists to display the greatness of Christ.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“When we renounce the designs of the devil and trust the power and wisdom and goodness of God displayed in the humble triumphs of Jesus Christ, we fulfill God’s purpose in letting Satan live a little longer. We glorify the infinitely superior worth of Jesus.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Maintaining the joy of faith in the face of horrific evil does not hap­pen by coasting. It happens by conquering.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“The infinite glory of Jesus makes him infinitely valuable and infinitely satisfying”—John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Deeper than knowing God is being known by God.”—John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“The only kind of faith that matters in the end is saving faith.”—John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Faith saves because it receives Jesus.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Loving God is most essentially treasuring God-valuing him, cherishing him, admiring him, desiring him.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“In all my rejoicing in everything, there is a central rejoicing in God.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Every joy that does not have God as its central gladness is a hollow joy and in the end will burst like a bubble.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

 

 

What’s your favorite John Piper book? Please post it on the comments.

 

Book Review: Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper

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Still in the theme of “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him” Piper with his uncanny gift of Bible expository make this book another blockbuster. You might have been anticipating that he will write a book about it thinking and how it relates to Christian Hedonism.

Loving God is the most essential in treasuring God. Piper reminds us Matthew 22; 37-39, to love God will all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. Meaning all faculties of our being should be engaged in loving Him. Since this book is about the mind, thinking of God with a deep pursuit to know God should have its depth in understanding not merely making a decision or having good thought.

Piper in the following chapters gives a one-two punch to the culture of relativism. Relativism is not a mark of being free and intelligent, but in God’s eyes it is foolishness and by pride it enslaves us. Surely this book is not only to exhort us to think but an indictment for those who think they are wise. Let’s put our thinking under the banner of humbleness and being God dependent. In the end, Piper puts, that we should make God the end of our thinking. And any out flow or fruit of this God centered thinking should benefit others. All scholarship of men, Piper writes ,must lead to the Creator of the mind.

Before he ends the book, John Piper pleas to the non-thinkers and thinkers. Wow what a great ending! Since one of his advices is to thank those thinkers that made an impact especially in the field of theology, I would like to do it here. Thank you Pastor John Piper for thinking, writing and preaching for the glory of God and inviting us to make most of God in everything we do.

Notable Quotes:

“The infinite glory of Jesus makes him infinitely valuable and infinitely satisfying”—John Piper

“Deeper than knowing God is being known by God.”—John Piper

“The only kind of faith that matters in the end is saving faith.”—John Piper

“Faith saves because it receives Jesus.” —John Piper

“Loving God is most essentially treasuring God-valuing him, cherishing him, admiring him, desiring him.” —John Piper

“In all my rejoicing in everything, there is a central rejoicing in God.” —John Piper

“Every joy that does not have God as its central gladness is a hollow joy and in the end will burst like a bubble.” —John Piper

Published by OMF Literature Inc. the book sells for P 295.00 but since I OMF is giving 20% off promo I got it for 250 pesos.