The Quotable Round-Up #100

og0ooopWow! It’s our 100th Qoutable Round-Up! What’s special about this post is that today is the  501 st year of the Reformation. Yay! Another is the book we are quoting is from Tim Keller’s new book The Prodigal Prophet. Very controversial author and book, but its a pretty good read. So here’s seven of them and next time I’ll post another batch:

“Because of his self-substitution, we can have life. To the degree you grasp what Jesus did for you, and rest in the salvation he bought for you, to that degree this pattern of substitutionary sacrifice and love will be reproduced in your relationships. And you will become the kind of person the world desperately need.”

“Many today reject the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. They believe it depicts a loving Jesus who extracts forgiveness from a wrathful, reluctant God. Some have called this “divine child abuse.” But that insults Jesus. It demotes him into some kind of lesser being, and it is a denial of one of the cardinal doctrines of the Bible and Christianity, namely that there is only one God who exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three persons are not three Gods, but one. So the name “Jesus” means “God saves,” and his name “Immanuel” (Matthew 1:21–23) means “God with us.” Paul says “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).”

“There’s love at the heart of our storms. If you turn to God through faith in Christ, he won’t let you sink. Why not? Because the only storm that can really destroy—the storm of divine justice and judgment on sin and evil—will never come upon you.”

“If you want to understand your own behavior, you must understand that all sin against God is grounded in a refusal to believe that God is more dedicated to our good, and more aware of what that is, than we are. We distrust God because we assume he is not truly for us, that if we give him complete control, we will be miserable.”

“We were made in “the image of God” (Genesis 1:26–27). There can be no image without an original of which the image is a reflection. “To be in the image” means that human beings were not created to stand alone. We must get our significance and security from something of ultimate value outside us. To be created in God’s image means we must live for the true God or we will have to make something else God and orbit our lives around that.”

“We think that if we are religiously observant, virtuous, and good, then we’ve paid our dues, as it were. Now God can’t just ask anything of us—he owes us. He is obligated to answer our prayers and bless us. This is not moving toward him in grateful joy, glad surrender, and love, but is instead a way of controlling God and, as a result, keeping him at arm’s length.”

“Someone might object that the world has no right to rebuke the church, but there is biblical warrant for doing exactly that. In Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount he said that the world would see the good deeds of believers and glorify God (Matthew 5:16). The world will not see who our Lord is if we do not live as we ought. In the words of one book we are “The Church Before the Watching World.” We deserve the critique of the world if the church does not exhibit visible love in practical deeds.”

Book Review: Running on Empty by Jill Briscoe

A book that lets you go dive in to the lives of Biblical personalities and how God dealed with them in their predicaments. You might find the usual characters like Elijah, David, Moses and Jonah but added some interesting figures like Leah, Naomi and Habakkuk. “Running on Empty” tackles aspects of the Christian life were we think we feel we are giving up. Have you been rejected, burned out, busy, or suffering? This book shows how God lovingly touches us in situations that we cant seem to get up. Jill Briscoe did a lot of justice on bring these character to light for Christians to see themselves to them. Added to the already great book are lovely poems by Jill Briscoe that are in line with the theme. The poems are like foam on your coffee which make its special.

As I thumb through the pages, the book and the theme reminds me of Chuck Swindoll’s study guides or Woodrow Kroll’s messages. Well the Briscoes do have this similarities to Swindoll or Kroll their writing ministry which equates an easy to understand and practical book. So expect that this book will be like that.

So guys if you’re running out of gas, heres a book that will fuel you up with God’s important lessons to go on. Running on Empty provides that extra mile for people who are at the end of their ropes. A recommended read for those who are willing to lets go of their strength and let God in the driver seat. Get this book at the nearest CLC Bookshop, PCBS or National Bookstore. You can buy in online at http://www.clcphilippines.com. Happy reading guys!

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 34 years old introvert who’s passion is to proclaim the bad news about God. He’s a goverment employee but his church and digital life is more colorful because of Christ. You can reach him at his Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.