Thursday, December 26, 2013

God Shapes His Ministers (Charles Spurgeon)

“God fits the man for the place, and the place for the man; there is an hour for the voice, and a voice for the hour.” 
C. H. Spurgeon

Friday, July 26, 2013

Speaking the Truth in Love to Homosexuals

"We must learn to address the issue of homosexuality and other difficult sexual issues with candor, directness, and unembarrassed honesty. This is not an hour for prudish denial. To fail at the task of speaking clearly and directly to this issue is to fail to speak where God has spoken ...

To the homosexual, as to all others, we must speak in love, never in hatred. But the first task of love is to tell the truth, and the sign of true hatred is the telling of a lie. Those who genuinely love homosexuals are not those who would revolutionize morality to meet their wishes, but those who will tell them the truth and point them to the One who is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14:6)."


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Where God's Strength is Perfected

"God's strength is perfected not in His delivering His Messiah from crucifixion, nor in delivering His apostle from physical suffering, but is seen in the crucifixion itself, and in the apostle's weaknesses."

~The Disease of the Health and Wealth Gospels

Thursday, July 11, 2013

All the Good Things (by Jill Phillips)

Forgive me for my shortsighted look at this world
Where you keep proving that you know what you’re doing

If I could see like you do with your perspective view
The fires I’m walking through would look much different
I’d see those difficult days for who they made me become
And I would count them among
All the good things You’ve done for me.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Our Idolatrous Tendencies

"There are very few people in Christian churches who have ever danced in worship around a cow statue. But the Scripture warns us that our forefathers weren't especially aberrant. There remains before all of us, everywhere, a pull toward a golden calf spirituality."
 ~ You Cannot Serve Both God and Mummy (SBJT, Fall 2008)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Born Weak? Grow Strong

"The recovery of a disposition to love God supremely is the richest blessing which the gospel brings. This is the purpose of redemption. By regeneration. love is implanted again in the human soul, which has a natural capacity for this affection; so that when implanted, it takes deep root. But, in the beginning, this affection is commonly feeble in all; it is imperfect. The spiritual birth is analogous to the natural. All who are born again partake of life, but not all in an equal degree. Some are strong and lively from the moment of their conversion, while others are weak and sickly. At first they give such uncertain signs of life that, for some time, it may remain doubtful whether they are dead or alive. But these feeble babes may, by means of the sincere milk of the Word, come nearer to the stature of a perfect man in Christ Jesus than those who commenced their spiritual existence under more favorable circumstances."

~ Practical Sermons

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kissing the Rod

In 1758, when Sarah Edwards heard the news that her husband Jonathan had died, she picked up her pen and wrote these words to her daughter Esther:

"What shall I say! A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands upon our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore his goodness, that we had [your father] so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. O what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left us! We are all given to God; and there I am, and love to be."
Marriage to a Difficult Man (by Elizabeth Dodds)