“Woke minds require sober thinking, and sober thinking leads us to lament sin’s devastation. The concept of lament is not popular. We’re not comfortable with it. We like to rush quickly to our praises and hallelujahs. But God’s Word encourages and allows us to take time to grieve.”~ Eric Mason
That question has haunted me all week...
“One of the gifts God has given us through social media is to rob us of the assumption that the human race is on the best trajectory possible.”~ Mike Erre
“The exclusive claim of the gospel - that Jesus is the only way - is often misconstrued.It’s mistakenly viewed as God favoring the Christian club over all the other religious clubs.But God does not look down at the world and see religious clubs that He likes or dislikes.Instead, He sees a sea of humanity that was created to be in loving friendship with Him, but
“In the entire universe, only two of God’s creations fail to bring glory to him: fallen angels (demons) and us (people).All sin, at its root, is failing to give God glory.It is loving anything else more than God. Refusing to bring glory to God is prideful rebellion, and it is the sin that caused Satan’s fall — and ours, too.In different ways, we have all
"The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by some present-day evangelists.They announce a Saviour from hell rather than a Saviour from sin.And that is why so many are fatally deceived...for there are multitudes who wish to escape the lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness."~ A.W. Pink
“Jesus is our great example of servanthood. But He did not come to Earth, live, and die just to make us more servant-hearted...for we needed much more than that. Because of our sin, we needed to be reconciled to God, and no one makes himself or herself acceptable to God by trying to emulate Jesus’ example of service. No one can serve so much or
“Anyone who might feel reluctant to surrender his will to the will of another should remember Jesus’ words, ‘Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.’ We must of necessity be servant to someone...either to God or to sin. The sinner prides himself on his independence, completely overlooking the fact that he is the weak slave of the sins that rule his members. The man
Christians who fail tend to avoid other Christians...especially when they are feeling bad and guilty in the midst of their failure. It's sad to see this dynamic of the law happen in the church and then see the opposite happen in Twelve Step groups. In these recovery groups, people are taught that the very first thing to do when you fail is to call someone
"Let us be today’s Christians. Let us not take fright at the boldness of today’s church. With Christ’s light, let us illuminate even the most hideous caverns of the human person: torture, jail, plunder, want, chronic illness. The oppressed must be saved, not with a revolutionary salvation, in mere human fashion, but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man, who dies on the
“When we struggle for human rights, for freedom, for dignity, when we feel that it is a ministry of the church to concern itself for those who are hungry, for those who have no schools, for those who are deprived, we are not departing from God’s promise. He comes to free us from sin, and the church knows that sin’s consequences are all such injustices
It's amazing what a kitchen sink can teach you about the love of Jesus.
"People love to sing the hymn 'Amazing Grace'. But you can't really sing 'Amazing Grace' unless you consider your amazing mess. We can't talk about how great His love is until we talk how horrible our sins are. We can't just absentmindedly praise Him for His love and His grace without realizing what His grace is covering." ~ Tye Tribbett
This could just be me...but it seems like there are large chunks of Jesus' character and personality that don't get a lot of press nowadays. You know what I mean? It's as if both secular society, and unfortunately much of the church, is on some kind of desperate PR campaign aimed at making Jesus as politically correct and agreeable to everyone as possible. The “Jesus” being