Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dusty Bibles...lead to...

Dusty Bibles always lead to dirty lives. In fact, you are either in the Word and the Word is conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ, or you are in the world and the world is squeezing you into its mould.

~ Howard G. Hendricks

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Opinion about the Bible

Isn't is amazing that almost everyone has an opinion to offer about the Bible, and yet so few have studied it?

~ R. C. Sproul

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

God's word is-

God's word is-

1. Supernatural in origin;
2. Eternal in duration;
3. Inexpressible in valour;
4. Infinite in scope;
5. Regenerative in power;
6. Infallible in authority;
7. Universal in application;
8. Inspired in totality.Read it through, write it down; pray it in; work it out; pass it on.The word of God changes a man until he becomes an Epistle of God.

~ Smith Wigglesworth

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Bible is one of ...

The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting!

~ Locke

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Interested in God?

"If we are not interested in the Word of God, can we really be interested in God?"

~ Robert Godfrey

Saturday, April 25, 2009

God's Word Is...

God's Word is pure and sure, in spite of the devil, in spite of your fear, in spite of everything.

~ R. A. Torrey

Friday, April 24, 2009

Agree with the Bible

Our Christian experience must agree with the Bible. We will be taught by the Bible and fed by the Bible. But we do not believe in Christ because He is in the Bible: we believe in the Bible because Christ is in us.

~ Claxton Monro

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book of God

"One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed."

~ Leonard Ravenhill

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 they deserve...

"Don't treat others as they deserve, but extend mercy as God deals mercifully with you."

~ Charles Stanley (from his book A Touch of His Joy, p. 18)

Monday, April 20, 2009

God's Hand is Present...

...we never face any assault of flesh, devil, circumstance, or personal weakness, but that God's hand is present, mighty and available to work through it all and beyond it all. This doesn't mean God has planned every bad thing that happens to people. Evil things that are initiated by hell's hatefulness or by human sin, failure, and rebellion create their own problems. But beyond them all, God's ultimate deliverance is our promised inheritance.

~ Jack Hayford (p. 61 How to Live Through a Bad Day)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

...locked in a battle...

We are locked in a battle. This is not a friendly, gentleman's discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ.

~ Francis A. Schaeffer

Saturday, April 18, 2009

...defeating God.

A blind, anemic, weak-kneed flea on crutches would have a greater chance of defeating a herd of a thousand wild stampeding elephants, than the enemy has of defeating God.

~ Ray Comfort

Friday, April 17, 2009 us to see...

Our Father in us to see that it is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.

~ Peter Marshall

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Questions of Lent and beyond...

Am I really what I ought to be? Am I what, in the bottom of my heart, I honestly wish to be? Am I living a life at all like what I myself approve? My secret nature, the true complexion of my character, is hidden from all men, and only I know it. Is it such as I should be willing to show? Is my soul at all like what my kindest and most intimate friends believe? Is my heart at all such as I should wish the Searcher of Hearts to judge me by? Is every year adding to my devotion, to my unselfishness, to my conscientiousness, to my freedom from the hypocrisy of seeming so much better than I am? When I compare myself with last year, am I more ready to surrender myself at the call of duty? am I more alive to the commands of conscience? have I shaken off my besetting sins?" These are the questions which this season of Lent ought to find us putting fairly and honestly to our hearts.

~ Frederick Temple

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Want vs. Need

The world has a history of denouncing and killing messiahs who don't deliver what it wants. Moreover, the world does not want a God who is God over against the world. Rather, the world wants a lapdog god it can domesticate and control, a sweet god who indulges and blesses the sickness, the selfishness--in other words, the sinfulness of the world. The world does not want a messiah, or for that matter, doctors or lawyers or pastors or parents who give people what they need. The world wants a messiah and doctors and lawyers and pastors and parents who give people what they want.

~ Edwin Peterman

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Silent Friend

"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."

~ Henri Nouwen (taken from Out of Solitude)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Impatient - Unloving...

If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.

~ Amy Carmichael

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He is Risen, indeed!

"The benefits [of the resurrection] are innumerable. To list a few: Our illnesses don't seem nearly so final; Our fears fade and lose their grip; Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished; Our desires to press on in spite of the obstacles is rejuvenated...Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand in the lengthening shadows of saints down through the centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal voice: 'He is risen, indeed!'"

~ Charles Swindoll

Victory of the Resurrection

Without the victory of the resurrection, the death of Jesus would have been in vain. For death by itself is no victory, no matter how well-meaning the sacrificial lamb, no matter how noble the cause. Through His resurrection, Christ broke the power of death once and for all time. Salvation was not completed only because of the cross. It was completed by the victory of the empty tomb. "... Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Cor 15:54b-57 NIV

~ Katherine Walden

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Does God really love us?

Does God really love us? I say look to the crucified Jesus. Look to the old rugged cross. By every thorn that punctured His brow. By every mark of the back lacerating scourge. By every hair of his beard plucked from his cheeks by cruel fingers. By every bruise which heavy fists made upon His head. God said, "I love you!" By all the spit that landed on his face. By every drop of sinless blood that fell to the ground. By every breath of pain which Jesus drew upon the cross. By every beat of His loving heart. God said, I love you.

~ Billy Lobbs

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus so that we can see ourselves in all our stark reality, and then it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." That's us! And so we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. We see in that cross a love so amazing so divine that it loves us even when we turn away from it, or spurn it, or crucify it. There is no faith in Jesus without understanding that on the cross we see into the heart of God and find it filled with mercy for the sinner whoever he or she may be.

~ Robert G. Trache

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Way to be Delivered from Sin

The only way you can be delivered from that sin is to have your false expectations destroyed, once and for all. And that is precisely what happened between Palm Sunday and Good Friday . Jesus drew the false, sinful expectations of the world unto himself, absorbed them, and bore them on the cross. His death was the death of all of our false expectations, and therefore his death was the death of sin itself. The false piety of Palm Sunday is crucified on Good Friday and buried that night, in order that true faith in God might be created on Easter through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

~ Edwin Peterman

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Waving Palms

But everyone who lined the streets had a different reason for waving those palms. Some were political activists; they'd heard Jesus had supernatural power, and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule. Others had loved ones who were sick or dying. They waved branches, hoping for physical healing. Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do, while others were genuine followers who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king. Jesus was the only one in the parade who knew why he was going to Jerusalem - to die. He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.

~ Bill Hybels

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Life-Saving Answers

We wave palms because we have long awaited God's deliverance and now we're within 7 days of it. We wave palms because Jesus shows us life-saving answers when we feel crushed by problems threatening to overcome us. We wave palms because Jesus has set us free from the destructive longings of our fallen nature. We wave palms because, like the pilgrims who came to Jerusalem and gave thanks for their healing by Jesus, we too can really be healed in body, mind, and spirit.

~ Kevin Gray

Monday, April 6, 2009

Taste of Palm Sunday

Practically everyone has known the taste of Palm Sunday, the sweetness of success and popularity, and nearly all of us have tasted the bitterness of Good Friday, of failure and rejection. What saves us from an endless round of ups and downs, what frees us from the tyranny of events over which we have no control is our commitment to press forward in obedience to God - it is trust in God's love to bring about Easter morning, - knowing that the meaning of life is to be found in the knowledge and love of God,- and in sharing that knowledge and love with those who accompany us on the way.

~ Rev. Richard J. Fairchild

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Humbly on a Donkey HE Went

I worship you Lord! You did not enter your holy city Jerusalem on the back of a war horse, but humbly and on a donkey. You knew that you were surrounded by murderers, yet you came in peace, and by your sacrifice you would utterly conquer death before the week had passed. You, oh Lord, are blessed and worthy of my praise. You have saved your people. I say, "You are my king!"... I long to live in the city where you sit on the throne! Establish your Kingdom, so that your people can live in peace. Jesus, I bow before you, and I will sing your praises until your Kingdom comes and is established, and forever after.

~ David Maddalena

Saturday, April 4, 2009

...heaven is interested...

"All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning."

~ Oswald Chambers

Friday, April 3, 2009

The resurrection gives...

"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances."

~ Robert Flatt

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter Says...

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there."

~ Clarence W. Hall

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

...a place in heaven

"Jesus took my place on the cross to give me a place in heaven."

~ Unknown