Law vs. Grace

January 25, 2017

Law says, “Do, and thou shalt live.” Grace says, “Live, and thou shalt do.” Law condemns the best man; grace saves the worst man.
— Vernon McGee

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Dying

January 24, 2017

“Bearing fruit requires death. Jesus said we must die in order that we might live. Daily Christian living, in other words, is daily Christian dying: dying to our trivial comforts, soul-shrinking conveniences, arrogant preferences, and self-centered entitlements, and living for something much larger than what makes us comfortable and safe.  God does everything through people who understand they’re nothing. And God does nothing through those who think they’re everything.”

John Wood

Missions

January 19, 2017

1. Set an infinite value on immortal souls.
2. Gain all the information you can about “the snares and delusions in which these heathens are held.”
3. Abstain from all English manners which might increase prejudice against the gospel.
4. Watch for all opportunities for doing good, even when you are tired and hot.
5. Make Christ crucified the great subject of your preaching.
6. Earn the people’s confidence by your friendship.
7. Build up the souls that are gathered.
8. Turn the work over to “the native brethren” as soon as possible.
9. Work with all your might to translate the Bible into their languages. Build schools to this end.
10. Stay alert in prayer, wrestling with God until he “famish these idols and cause the heathen to experience the blessedness that is in Christ.”
11. Give yourself totally to this glorious cause. Surrender your time, gifts, strength, families, the very clothes you wear.
Listed in Christian History, Issue 36, page 34.
-William Carey

Growth

January 17, 2017

Sin grows when we think we deserve something from God. Godliness grows when we remember we are debtors to God.
— Timothy Keller

Worthy

January 17, 2017

‘O God, make me worthy of this calling, that the name of Jesus may be glorified in me and I in him.’
— The Valley of Vision

Finished

January 8, 2017

Religion says, “Finish the work.” The gospel says, “Receive the finished work.” … Tim Keller

Neglect

January 6, 2017

3 Ways To Neglect the Power of the Bible:1) Don’t read it.

2) Don’t pray about it before you read it.

3) Just read it and don’t apply it with faith and obedience.
-Gary Schaeffer Doulos Study Program 11/13/81

Pray for Your Wife

January 3, 2017

Our hunger for God will not be confined to our closets. As we know him and delight in all that he is for us in Jesus, our joy in him reaches beyond personal experience on a quest to be reproduced in others. One of the simplest ways we realize this is by taking serious how we pray — by wanting and asking for others the same things we want and ask for ourselves.
It is a beautiful thing — a miracle — when we become as invested in the sanctification of others as we are in our own. And, of course, the best place to start is with our spouses.
So men, here are ten things to want from God (and ask from him) for your wife:
1. God, be her God — her all-satisfying treasure and all. Make her jealous for your exclusive supremacy over all her affections (Psalm 73:24–25).
2. Increase her faith — give her a rock-solid confidence that your incomparable power is only always wielded for her absolute good in Christ (Romans 8:28–30).
3. Intensify her joy — a joy in you that abandons all to the riches of your grace in Jesus and that says firmly, clearly, gladly: “I’ll go anywhere and do anything if you are there” (Exodus 33:14–15).
4. Soften her heart — rescue her from cynicism and make her tender to your presence in the most complicated details of dirty diapers and a multitude of other needs you’ve called her to meet (Hebrews 1:3).
5. Make her cherish your church — build relationships into her life that challenge and encourage her to walk in step with the truth of the gospel, and cause her to love corporate gatherings, the Lord’s Table, and the everyday life of the body (Mark 3:35).
6. Give her wisdom — make her see dimensions of reality that I would overlook and accompany her vision with a gentle, quiet spirit that feels safe and celebrated (1 Peter 3:4).
7. Sustain her health — continue to speak your gift of health and keep us from presumption; it is by blood-bought grace (Psalm 139:14).
8. Multiply her influence — encourage and deepen the impact she has on our children. Give her sweet glimpses of it. Pour her out in love for our neighbors and spark creative ways to engage them for Jesus’s sake (John 12:24).
9. Make her hear your voice — to read the Bible and accept it as it really is, your word — your very word to her where she lives, full of grace and power and everything she needs pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
10. Overcome her with Jesus — that she is united to him, that she is a new creature in him, that she is your daughter in him — no longer in Adam and dead in sin; now in Christ and alive to you, forever (Romans 6:11).
And then a thousand other things. Amen.
[Download a print-version (PDF) of “10 Things to Pray for Your Wife.”

Quote 

January 1, 2017

“We must remember that it is not our hold on Christ that saves us–it is Christ; it is not our joy in Christ that saves us–it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument–it is Christ; therefore, look not so much to your hand which you are grasping Christ, but rather look to Christ; look not to your hope–but rather to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”–Charles Spurgeon