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THOUGHTS, QUOTES & REFLECTIONS

Month: July 2019

Summer Quotes to Note – Part 2

Paul Madson

“Lord Jesus, if you were prejudiced, you not only would not have died for people from every tongue, tribe, and nation, but you wouldn’t have come to human beings at all! When I am tempted to look down at ‘that type,’ help me to remember your unprejudiced, free grace for me. Amen.” (Timothy Keller)

“The difference between responding and reacting is a choice. When you react, they’re in control. When you respond, you are.” (Henry Cloud)

“Jesus’ kingship is not like human kingships, for it wins influence through suffering service, not coercive power.” (Timothy Keller)

“Legalism A: I earn a relationship with God by my works and holiness.
Legalism B: I keep a relationship with God by my works and holiness.
The Gospel: I trust in Jesus’ life of perfect obedience and his death on the cross to put and keep me in relationship with God. He is my holiness.” (Scotty Smith)

“We have no idea how busy God’s hands are even when His mouth seems closed. Where God is concerned, silence never equals slumber.” (Beth Moore)

“Nothing you did today made God delight in you more. Nothing you did diminished his love for you. This doesn’t mean God is indifferent. Rather, he is tenaciously consistent, steadfast in his love, and abounding in grace, He made Jesus your righteousness, not your second chance.” (Scotty Smith)

“You do what is good in God’s eyes because he loves you, not with the hope that if you do good, he will love you.” (Paul Tripp)

“Christ’s love towards us, and not our love towards Christ, is the true ground of expectation, and true foundation of hope … To look inward to our love towards Christ is painfully unsatisfying: to look outward to Christ’s love towards us is peace.” (J.C. Ryle – 1816-1900)

Summer Quotes to Note – Part 1

“God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — ‘severe mercies’ — at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our heart’s desire except to give us something better.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

“Painfully, suffering is almost a prerequisite if we are going to be of much use to other people. It makes us far more compassionate.” (Tim Keller)

“We trust (our eternal Father) so much that we do not doubt he will provide whatever we need for body and soul, and he will turn to our good whatever adversity he sends us in this sad world. He is able to do this because he is Almighty God; he desires to do this because he is a faithful father. Nothing can separate us from his love.” (Heidelberg Catechism)

“The Lord calls us to love all people, including those who are enemies of the gospel and those who blaspheme. This may not be comfortable, and it may not be easy, but this is the gospel of Christ, for He loved His enemies so much that He died to save us.” (Francis A. Schaeffer)

“We will love our neighbors well (and our enemies) to the degree we believe the gospel is true, the throne of heaven is occupied, and Jesus will return to finish making all things new.” (Scotty Smith)

“I’m learning that my job is to simply give what little I have to God –  my not nearly enough – and let Him do ‘the impossible thing’.” (Sally Lloyd-Jones)

“Anxiety is our agitated soul fighting for control.” (Beth Moore)

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld. One or the other will become a way of life.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

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