Former Quotes of the Month

9/2017: “The fundamental basis of all Christian missionary enterprise is the universal authority of Jesus Christ, ‘in heaven and on earth.’ If the authority of Jesus were circumscribed on earth, if He were but one of many religious teachers, one of many Jewish prophets, one of many divine incarnations, we would have no mandate to present Him to the nations as the Lord and Savior of the world.” John Stott

8/2017: “Blessings at times come to us through our labors and at times without our labors, but never because of our labors, for God always gives them because of His undeserved mercy.” Martin Luther

7/2017: “Christ’s soldier marches on through good report and evil report, the one on the right hand and the other on the left. No praise elates him, no reproaches crush him. He is not puffed up by riches nor depressed by poverty. Joy and sorrow he alike despises. The sun will not burn him by day or the moon by night.” St. Jerome, Letter 52

6/2017: “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.” Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer

5/2017: “People love truth when it shines on them and hat e it when it rebukes them. For, because they are not willing to be deceived but definitely want to practice the art of deception, they love truth when it reveals itself and hate it when it reveals them.” Augustine, Confessions 10.23.34

4/2017: “Jesus Christ is indeed the Way and the Truth—all that we mean by ‘orthodoxy.’ Orthodoxy is a way of life grounded in truth, and a truth that expresses itself in all of life. To be orthodox is to know the truths that set one free (the classic doctrines of the Christian faith) and to live out that freedom in daily life by the virtues that have stood the test of time.” Mark Galli

3/2017: “The invitation to church is the invitation to answer for yourself to God Almighty. It is an invitation to the opposite of the work week: busy, stressful, noisy, and greedy. It is an invitation to calm, rest, quiet,and generosity. God has always placed Sabbath rest–holiness, reflection, and worship–together as a package.” Read Mercer Schuchardt

2/2017: “What are we doing when we worship other gods instead of the true God? We have ‘prostituted’ ourselves…God sees all sin–all idolatry–as ‘adultery.’ He does not merely want us to know and obey him as a citizen obeys a king, or merely to follow him as a sheep follows a shepherd. He wants us to know him and love him as a wife loves a husband.” Tim Keller, Judges For You, p. 35

1/2017: “Time lost can never be retrieved. Time cannot be hoarded, only spent well.” Oswald Sanders

12/2016: “All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is… He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this, and infinitely more, alive in an impoverished baby in a barn. That is what Christmas means – to find in a place where you would least expect to find anything you want, everything you could ever want.” Michael Card

11/2016: “Hypocrisy is not about failing to live up to your standards. Hypocrisy is about teaching something you don’t actually believe.” Collin Hansen

10/2016: “The great principle of ‘incarnational mission’ (teaches us that)…the ministry of Jesus was one of involvement, not detachment; and therefore we must face the fact that we cannot minister to a lost world if we are not in it.” Alistair Begg

9/2016: “If you are Christians, be consistent. Be Christians out and out; Christians every hour, in every part. Beware of halfhearted discipleship, of compromise with evil, of conformity to the world, of trying to serve two masters – to walk in two ways, the narrow and the broad, at once. It will not do. Half-hearted Christianity will only dishonor God, while it makes you miserable.” Horatius Bonar

8/2016: “Sickness, when sanctified, teaches us four things: The vanity of the world, the vileness of sin, the helplessness of man and the preciousness of Christ.” Anonymous (Quoted by Curtis C. Thomas), Practical Wisdom for Pastors, 102

7/2016: “I would sooner be holy than happy if the two things could be divorced. Were it possible for a man always to sorrow and yet to be pure, I would choose the sorrow if I might win the purity, for to be free from the power of sin, to be made to love holiness, is true happiness.” Charles Spurgeon

6/2016: “For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.” John Stott, The Cross of Christ, 160

5/2016: “Traditionally, to be tolerant meant putting up with what we find disagreeable or false…These days, though, tolerance means that you accept the other person’s views as being true or legitimate. If you claim that someone is wrong, you can get accused of being intolerant–even though, ironically, the person making the charge of intolerance isn’t being accepting of your beliefs.” Lee Strobel (quoting Paul Copan), The Case for the Real Jesus, 247

4/2016: “The happiest, most blessed, people in the world are those who not only know they need to be deeply forgiven but also have experienced it.” Tim & Kathy Keller, The Songs of Jesus, 59.

3/2016: “When you become so blind that the maker of galaxies and ruler of nations and knower of all mysteries and lover of our souls becomes boring, then only one thing is left — the love of the world. For the heart is always restless. It must have its treasure: if not in heaven, then on the earth.” John Piper

2/2016: “It would be a good contest among Christians, one to labor to give no offense, and the other to labor to take none.” Richard Sibbes

1/2016: “We become defensive when we don’t think we have anything to learn.” Mark Futato

12/2015: “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. ‘” Corrie Ten Boom

11/2015: “People tell me ‘Judge not lest ye be judged.’ I always tell them, ‘Twist not scripture lest ye be like Satan.’” Paul Washer

9/2015: “You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.” The Didache

8/2015: “While our heart for social justice grows out from the gospel, social justice by itself will not communicate the gospel. We need gospel proclamation, for as much as people may see our good deeds, they cannot hear the good news unless we tell them. Social justice, though valuable as an expression of Christian love, should, especially as a churchwide endeavor, serve the goal of gospel proclamation.” Darrin Patrick

7/2015: “Love and truth must be maintained in perfect balance. Truth is never to be abandoned in the name of love. But love is not to be deposed in the name of truth… Truth without love has no decency; it’s just brutality. On the other hand, love without truth has no character; it’s just hypocrisy.” John MacArthur

6/2015: “Our suffering is often the deep soul groaning for the purposes of God in and through us. Mission cannot be fulfilled without love, and we cannot love without groaning and suffering over the brokenness in others’ lives. As a result, we cannot accomplish our mission without suffering.” G.K. Beale & Mitchell Kim

5/2015: “We can never look down on anyone as unworthy of our love, honor, and respect or we would be disqualifying ourselves. Whoever they are, whatever they have done, we are one with them in human dignity, and we are one with them in human shame. God’s response to our sin is grace, the grace of Jesus Christ. Our response to the sin of others is to be the grace that has been extended to us.” Jerram Barrs, The Heart of Evangelism, p. 194.

4/2015: “Confession of sins is not meritorious: to confess sins as a way of placing God in your debt is not dealing with sin; it is committing another sin. The context of all confession must be the free grace of justification.” ~ Douglas Wilson, “Running From Honest Confession

3/2015: “Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. It should ease our consciences and lighten our cares. But some Christians do not understand how it works. They feel so guilty that they confess the same sins over and over; then they wonder if they might have forgotten something. Other Christians believe that God forgives them when they confess, but if they died with unconfessed sins, they would be forever lost. These Christians do not understand that God wants to forgive sins…Our relationship with Christ is secure. Instead, we should confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with him.” Life Application Study Bible, sn. 1 Jn 1:9

2/2015: “There are many ways to cover up our sin. We may justify or minimize it by blaming circumstances and others people. However, real repentance first admits sin as sin and takes full responsibility. True confession and repentance begins when blame shifting ends…Just as real repentance begins only where blame shifting ends, so it also begins where self-pity ends, and we start to turn from our sin out of love for God rather than mere self-interest.” Timothy Keller, Prayer, p. 214

1/2015: “God, you know, does not wish Christians to be concerned only for themselves but also to edify others, not simply through their teaching but also through their behavior and the way they live. After all, nothing is such an attraction to the way of truth as an upright life—in other words, people pay less attention to what we say than to what we do.” Chrysostom, Homilies on Genesis 8:4-5

12/2014: “What do I lose when I have a praying life? Control. Independence. What do I gain? Friendship with God. A quiet heart. The living work of God in the hearts of those I love. The ability to roll back the tide of evil. Essentially, I lose my kingdom and get his. I move from being an independent player to a dependent lover. I move from being an orphan to a child of God.” Paul Miller, A Praying Life, pp. 125-126

11/2014: “Marriage, a picture of love between one man and one woman, is at the heart of the biblical story of God’s love. Therefore, marriage matters for a whole host of reasons. It matters because God created it, not society, and therefore God and God alone defines it. It matters because it’s a picture of God’s gospel love, hard-wired into creation. Change or redefine marriage, and you’ve gone a long way toward defacing and obscuring one of the most significant common-grace pointers to the love of God in Christ…The story of God’s love is a story about marriage.” Michael Lawrence, Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church, 144-145.

10/2014: “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” Blaise Pascal

9/2014: “If our hearts and minds are not properly transformed, we are like musicians playing untuned instruments, or engineers working with broken and ill-programmed computers.  The attunement of the heart is essential to the outflow of grace…We must aim at building the structures of God’s kingdom but recognized that we will only create these through the transformation of our experience.  Concentration on reformation without revival leads to skins without wine; concentration on revival without reformation soon loses the wine for want of skins.” Richard Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, 16

8/2014: “Corporate worship is designed to defeat your identity amnesia and remind you once again of the glorious truth of who you are in Christ.” Paul Tripp

7/2014: “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling “darkness” on the walls of his cell.” C.S. Lewis

6/2014: “The only way for us to make sense of life today is to appreciate where the future is going. Scripture outlines that future, not with detailed dates, but with a general outline of what is to come. That outline is designed not to have us prepare charts, but to prepare our hearts.” Darrell Bock, Luke, NIVAC, 458

5/2014: “Scripture is profitable for training in righteousness. No one succeeds at the highest level in sports without working out. No one makes it in music without lots of practice. No one excels in scholarship without years of study. And no one makes it far in the school of holiness without hours and days and years in the word. You and I simply will not mature as quickly, minister as effectively, or live as gloriously without immersing ourselves in the Scriptures. We need the Bible if we are to be competent Christians.” Kevin DeYoung, Taking God At His Word, p. 119.

4/2014: “There are actually only ever two pastoral problems you will ever encounter. The first is this: persuading those who are under the dominion of sin that they are under the dominion of sin. That’s the task of evangelism. And [second], persuading those who are no longer under the dominion of sin that they are no longer under the dominion of sin because they’re Christ’s.” Sinclair Ferguson

3/2014: “Prayer is dealing with God as if he were both willing and ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ (Eph 3:20). It is believing in the sovereignty and grace of God in action. Those who believe in the sovereignty of God should of all people pray the most.” Calvin Knox Cummings

2/2014: “The kingdom of heaven has no price tag on it: It is worth as much as you have. For Zacchaeus it was worth half of what he owned, because the other half that he had unjustly pocketed he promised to restore four-fold. For Peter and Andrew it was worth the nets and vessel they had left behind; for the widow it was worth two copper coins; for another it was worth a cup of cold water. So as we said, the kingdom of heaven is worth as much as you have.” Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies 5.2

1/2014: “Christianity can be condensed into four words: Admit, Submit, Commit and Transmit.” Samuel Wilberforce

12/2013: “Unless we believe the gospel, we will be driven in all we do–whether obeying or disobeying–by pride (‘self-love’) or fear (‘of damnation’). Apart from ‘grateful remembering’ of the gospel, all good works are done then for sinful motives. Mere moral effort may restrain the heart, but does not truly change the heart. Moral effort merely ‘jury rigs’ the evil of the heart to produce moral behavior out of self-interest. It is only a matter of time before such a thin tissue collapses.” Tim Keller

11/2013: “So if you are disrespectful toward others with your speech, don’t start by trying to listen to the person in front of you who drives you crazy. Start with meekness before God. Your problem is not poor interpersonal skills; it is arrogance before God himself.” Ed Welch, Quick to Listen

10/2013: “To enact a vision of human flourishing based on the qualities of life that Jesus modeled will invariably challenge the given structures of the social order. In this light, there is no true leadership without putting at risk one’s time, wealth, reputation, and position.” James Davison Hunter, To Change the World

9/2013: “Over the epitaph of this generation it will say ENTERTAINED TO DEATH.” Paul Washer

8/2013: “There is a great difference between realizing, ‘On that Cross He was crucified for me,’ and ‘On that Cross I am crucified with Him.’ The one aspect brings us deliverance from sin’s condemnation, the other from sin’s power.” John Gregory Mantle

7/2013: “Most middle class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship. As a result, their meanings and values are distorted. Their relationships disintegrate faster than they can keep them in repair and their lifestyles resemble a cast of characters in search of a plot.” Gordon Dahl

6/2013: “In the Word we hear God’s voice, in the sacrament we have his kiss.” Thomas Watson

5/2013: “Alas! there are thousands in the world that make a Christ of their works; and here is their undoing. They look for righteousness and acceptation more in the precept than in the promise, in the law than in the gospel, in working than in believing; and so miscarry.” Edward Fisher, The Marrow of Modern Divinity, 106.

4/2013: “Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.” Dorothy Sayers

3/3013: “We should be suspicious when God’s call conforms so neatly to our own inclinations.” Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine

2/2013: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

1/2013: “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain

12/2012: “What you do when you don’t have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it.” Rudyard Kipling

11/2012: “A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.” Martin Luther

10/2012: “If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ignorance of his danger.” Thomas Watson

9/2012: “The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.” G.K. Chesterton

8/2012: “The conscience is a valuable asset, but you can’t get to any place good from there. The conscience must give way to a new way of seeing. We call this faith, and it is different in every way. One looks inward for truth, the other looks outward. One sees judgment, the other tender mercies. One sees us naked and alone before the judge, the other sees Jesus.” Ed Welch

7/2012: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.” Mother Teresa

6/2012: “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” Victor Hugo

5/2012: “The will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot keep you.” Anonymous

4/2012: “In a world where the dead have returned to life, the word ‘trouble’ loses much of its meaning.” Dennis Hopper

3/2012: “The jewels of spiritual service are always quarried in the depths of spiritual experience. Never is this more true than in revival. Bend the church and save the people.” Sinclair Ferguson, Man Overboard!, 76

2/2012: “The greatest honor to God is to know him and become like him. Nothing is like God, but what is most pleasing to him is that we become like him as much as possible.” Sentences of Sextus, 44-45

1/2012: “The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God; it is the state of affairs in which God, instead of being against us, is for us. No account of God’s peace which does not start here can do other than mislead.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 196

12/2011: “I have believed in the Son of God…for he alone is the end of salvation, and the basis of immortal life; for he is a refuge to the tempest-tossed, a solace to the afflicted, a shelter to the despairing.” Thecla (early Christian)

11/2011: “God works powerfully, but for the most part gently and gradually.” John Newton

10/2011: “Works? Works? A man get to heaven by works? I would as soon think of climbing to the moon on a rope of sand!” George Whitefield

9/2011: “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” C.S. Lewis

8/2011: “Whatever a person may be like, we must still love them because we love God.” John Calvin

7/2011: “To be in Christ is the source of the Christian’s life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy.” Charles Hodge

6/2011: “Prayer is the breath of the new creature.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Richard Baxter

5/2011: “Relativism no longer means: your claim to truth is no more valid than mine; but now means: you may not claim to speak the truth.” John Piper

4/2011: “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”  Oswald Chambers

3/2011: “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’”  Billy Graham

2/2011: “Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.”  Francis Schaeffer

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