Quote of Note #51: Anxieties and Guilt

"Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith.  I don't agree at all.  They are afflictions, not sins.  Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ.  For the beginning of the Passion -- the first move, so to … Continue reading Quote of Note #51: Anxieties and Guilt

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Quote of Note #50: Graciousness to Others Because of God’s Graciousness to Me

"As you contemplate the cross of Christ, you should be overwhelmed with the oceans of grace you have received from the Lord.  Even when others commit pools or even lakes full of sin against you, you should be gracious to them because of those oceans of grace you have received.  'Be kind to them,' Jesus … Continue reading Quote of Note #50: Graciousness to Others Because of God’s Graciousness to Me

Quote of Note #49: A Contrast Community

"There is nothing, surely, which exhorts us more than the Sermon on the Mount to be what we are meant to be and to live as we are meant to live; to be like Christ by being a complete contrast to everyone who does not belong to Christ." Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on … Continue reading Quote of Note #49: A Contrast Community

Quote of Note #48: Finding Happiness

"Happiness is the great question confronting mankind.  The whole world is longing for happiness and it is tragic to observe the ways in which people are seeking it.  The vast majority, alas, are doing so in a way that is bound to produce misery.  Anything which, by evading the difficulties, merely makes people happy for … Continue reading Quote of Note #48: Finding Happiness

Quote of Note #47: Being Part of What God Is Doing

"'The first thing to do in responding to God's presence and Word,' [Basil Pennington] repeatedly told me, 'is to notice what God is doing and to keep out of God's way.  The second is to align ourselves with and participate in God's transformational actions in the world.'  God is active and present in the world.  … Continue reading Quote of Note #47: Being Part of What God Is Doing

Quote of Note #46: Christ is Lord, Not Party or Nation

"The question to ask about such things -- the identification of the Bible with England in the nineteenth century or American foreign policy in the twenty-first -- is 'What does this do to the reach of the gospel and the church?'  The answer is simple:  It creates a dividing line in the church, which is … Continue reading Quote of Note #46: Christ is Lord, Not Party or Nation

Quote of Note #45: Humility and Personal Peace

"The strength of humility is that it builds a spiritual defense around your soul, prohibiting strife, competition, and many of life's irritations from stealing your peace." Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlegrounds: An In-depth View of the Three Arenas of Spiritual Warfare: the Mind, the Church, and the Heavenly Places.  Cedar Rapids, IA: Arrow Publications, 2006, … Continue reading Quote of Note #45: Humility and Personal Peace

Quote of Note #44: Instruments of Grace to Others

"Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice [Ephesians 4:30-32] are characteristic of words that qualify as ungracious speech.  These are forbidden vices that grieve the Holy Spirit.  God has a personal concern that His children use their speech in kind and merciful ways and not at all in ways that are harmful: 'But love … Continue reading Quote of Note #44: Instruments of Grace to Others

Quote of Note #43: Being Re-Made by the Spirit of God

"The Spirit which Jesus promised would lead his followers 'into all truth' is very actively at work wherever he is allowed.  Some of his work is painful in the extreme.  There has often to be the breaking-up of old ways of thinking, the expansion of responsibility, and the checking of priorities.  Anyone who opens his … Continue reading Quote of Note #43: Being Re-Made by the Spirit of God

Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity

"Scripture urges and warns us that whatever favors we may have received from the Lord, we have received them as a trust on condition that they should be applied to the common benefit of the church.  The legitimate use of the Lord's favors is liberally and kindly to share them with others.  You cannot imagine … Continue reading Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity