Paul Madson


Month: March 2013

Thoughts and Quotes on the Cross of Christ

“…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
(1 Peter 2:24 NASB)

“Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book.”  (J.C. Ryle)

“A cheap Christianity, without a cross, will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown.” (J.C. Ryle)

“I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please. Not too much – just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture. I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation. I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races – especially if they smell. I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged. I would like about three dollars worth of the gospel, please.”  (taken from D. A. CarsonBasics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians, pp. 12-13, Baker, 1996) 

“You have made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”  (Augustine, from Confessions

“And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debtconsisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14 NASB)

“The best of men are only men at their very best. Patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, church fathers, reformers, puritans – all are sinners who need a Savior.” (J.C. Ryle)

“Every time we look at the cross, Christ seems to say to us, ‘I am here because of you.  It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’  Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross.  All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary.  It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.”  (John R. W. Stott, The Message of GalatiansLondon, 1968, page 179.)

“Jesus gave his life for me, to take my life from me, to live his life through me.” (Alistair Begg)

“Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.” (John Piper, from The Pleasures of God)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to liveself-controlledupright and godly lives in this present age.” (Titus 2:11-12)

“Calvary shows how far men will go in sin, and how far God will go for man’s salvation.” (H.C. Trumball)

“When Satan tells me I am a sinner he comforts me immeasurably, since Christ died for sinners.” (Martin Luther)

“The strength of all sin, whether simple or scandalous, is the lie that God can’t do what it [sin] can.” (Sam Storms)

“It is easier to cry against one-thousand sins of others than to kill one of your own.” (John Flavel)

“But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14 NASB)


Church Arise!

Global Training Network – “Church Arise” from Paul Madson on Vimeo.

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’.” (Matthew 9:37-38 ESV)

God continues to open many new doors for ministry around the world. Our 70+ staff are now involved in 50+ countries bringing quality biblical and theological training to indigenous pastors and leaders throughout the Majority World.

Above is our latest video that provides a brief overview of the ministry of Global Training Network. The song in the background is “While We Sing” by the Christian band Leeland (used with permission). The lyrics are…

I’ve sat by far too long 
And I’ve watched the hurting suffer on their own 
I have chances everyday 
To live like You, die to myself 
Give Your love away 
And I wonder why I feel so empty inside
While I sing la la la la la la la la la 
As the hungry roam the streets 
La la la la la la la la la 
As the broken are on their knees 
La la la la la la la la la 
I keep singing
We are frozen, we are still 
But we’re called to be a city on a hill 
And as our melodies resound 
We cannot hear the silent cry 
This world is screaming out 
And we wonder why we feel so empty inside
Remember salvation’s day 
When Jesus washed our sins away 
The lost are crying out to be saved
But just a song won’t heal 
The bleeding wound 
Church wake up 
We’re sleeping in an empty tomb
Church arise, arise and shine 
Shake yourself from the dust 
God is calling us to go.
Would you consider taking a few moments to watch the new video and then share it with a friend?

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