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



The Quotable Round-Up # 51

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

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 #11

Last September 19, me and my girlfriend enjoyed the annual Manila International Book Fair 2015 held at MOA SMX. Of course we came home with lots of books to read and share with others. Have you been there too? Can you share you experience here on my blog? I hope and pray that you have been part of this event and got your favorite book. Now on with our weekly quotes:
“A Christian who is full of joy, who is peaceful about his circumstances, is the Christian who has hope. He has the God of hope front and center in his heart.”
–Joni Eareckson Tada

“So my friend, no matter if your emotions are up or down, follow the Lord’s lead today. May the mind of Christ your Savior live in you from day to day, and ask God to simply put a song in your heart as you pick up your cross daily and follow Him.”
–Joni Eareckson Tada

“Believers have been purchased, and the price was the blood of Christ, the life of Christ, for in Jewish categories the life was in the blood. In the Old Testament, it was not enough to scratch an animal to get blood for a sacrifice. The animal had to shed its blood in death, and so did Christ to pay for sins.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Give thanks that He is sovereign. Give thanks that He is in control. Give thanks that He’s planning it all for your good—for your family’s good—which ultimately will be all to His glory.”
–Joni Eareckson Tada

“God won’t always change our circumstances, but if we ask Him, He will often step in to change our perspective!”
–Joni Eareckson Tada

“A day of ministry in Christ’s kingdom is far better than a thousand days lived in pursuit of self-destructive pleasures.”
–Joni Eareckson Tada

“We can’t afford to be complacent about God’s glory. The fact is that putting your Christian life on autopilot is the same thing as “walking in the flesh.”
–Joni Eareckson Tada

The Sovereignty of God in our Asking Part 1

So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. (1 Samuel 1:9-11 KJV)

Prayer is a moment that a Christian handles to God his petitions. It could be a financial need, healing, and guidance to be lin line with His will. Whatever it maybe we come to God to ask that if its favorable in His eyes, we maybe granted with what we are seeking. In this lesson we will look at Hannah as she plead to God to give her a son. In view of this let me point our certain truths that Hannah or any Christian might be aware or not aware of. These two truths are:

a.) The ends of every petition of a believer is not getting it in itself, but giving it back to God and Him getting the glory.

b.) God is in control in whatever we ask to Him.

With that thought in mind, we go now to Hannah’s prayer to God. So now, how did Hannah magnify God’s sovereignty to her prayer? In her sea of desperation, how can we draw the pearl of God’s providential hands to it? And since we want those two truths be an ingredient to our prayer life, what can we do to fulfill that aim? What will be the acceptable and magnifying at the same time to God in prayer?

(To be continued next week…)

John Piper on God’s Honeymoon

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.)

Meeting William Girao

“Late”. That’s the word that keeps running in my mind. It seems that I won’t get a glimpse of Carmen Vargas at the Christ Strengthening Ministry (CSM )booth (the loudest booth at the fair).

It’s Saturday September 15, 2012. That’s the date that we will visit the “33rd Manila International Book Fair” at SMX Mall of Asia. I’ve been anticipating it for months now and finally its here. We will check the Christian booths over that event, buy some books, do camera frolic and rub elbows with authors. But time became the enemy. Also the bad weather threatens us.  But I won’t go home defeated. I will be the victor ha! 🙂

We came almost 3PM at MOA and got lost first before we found SMX Convention Center. We paid 20 pesos for the entrance fee. As we enter we can see swarms of book enthusiast and lots of booths making some part of the book fair crowded and as I have experienced it was hard to check the books you want to buy. Despite the dilemma, we still enjoy the booths of different local and international publishers. Discounted books over here and there, we are tempted to open our wallets and give in to buy books. We have to pinch ourselves not to because we are here to buy Christian books (goodbye Ambeth Ocampo).

We stop over to the foremost leader in Christian publishing here in the Philippines, OMF Lit. As expected it was a blockbuster. Jam-pack is the right word from the people checking the display rack to the cashier lane we can see that people still patronize Christian books especially from OMF.  We had a hard time to move around and checking books that we want to take home. Still it was fun. We get to buy discounted books like the newly revised book of R.C. Sproul “Knowing Scripture”, the new book from William Girao “Giving Up is Not An Option” (which will soon be reviewed here in this blog) and a devotional book for my friend I tag along. Speaking of William Girao, let’s jump to that story, because this whole post is all about that encounter.

I’m not expecting to see this prolific Christian author in the fair. I was expecting Carmen Vargas of DZAS at the CSM booth (well it’s too late and I’m not interested to see Pilar Pilapil’s appearance there). As I was browsing some books someone announced that Pastor Girao will be there at the OMF booth and will be signing his books. So I grab his latest book and my diglot Bible for a chance to get it signed. I saw him and he is what you may call a typical pastor. At first glance you won’t he is a widely read author. But the built, the clothes and the looks. Mukhang isa sa mga senior pastor sa iglesia ninyo. He resembles one of our pastors here in Batangas City. He welcomed me with a warm smile, a hand shake and start signing the book and my Bible. I’m star stuck at that moment, so I reinforce myself and courageously try to start a conversation. I open the topic of Calvinism. I told him I thought he is a Calvinist and it is one hot topic back at home. He looked at me and we launched into a 3 minute or so conversation about his stand on Calvinism. He said Calvinism is an open-end debate. There are questions that will be left unanswered. He could say that he is a “limited Calvinist” (or I think he’s standing on the moderate Calvinism approach). If we see Bible verses pertaining to election we should preach it and if we verse that points man’s part in salvation we should also preach it. ‘It’s in the Bible isn’t it?” he said” So there is no conflict in that.” I think our chat is getting too long but as I check at my back I’m the only one in the line (thank goodness). It was a great and memorable talk. I’m honor to meet this Bible expositor and learn spiritual lessons from his books. I hope in the coming year OMF Lit will do this again. Thank you OMF!

As for me because of the book fair experience, it added my appreciation to books and its impact to our lives a Christians. Next year I will be planning for this event with more friends to tag along and a bigger budget. And I hope next year I will see you there. Till next year, keep reading books guys!