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Five quotes from around the blogs

A round-up of five quotes from the blogosphere and beyond....

"Gradually over time, and from a deep sense of need, I came to realize that the gospel is for believers, too. When I finally realized this, every morning I would pray over a Scripture such as Isaiah 53:6," All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all," and then say, "Lord, I have gone astray. I have turned to my own way, but you have laid all my sin on Christ and because of that I approach you and feel accepted by you.""
-- Gospel-Driven Sanctification, by Jerry Bridges

"How should we react to this definition of God's grace? We should respond, first of all, with a deep sense of humility"
-- What is grace? by Jerry Bridges

"God AIMS to fill the universe with the glory of his Son, Jesus, by making the church the showcase of his perfections. Or, to put it another way, and include the idea of body: God means to fill the universe with the glory of his Son by putting the church on display as the embodiment of his Son."
-- John Piper, on Ephesians 1:15-23 (HT: Justin Taylor)

"we/they have whoring hearts. We prefer anything to the Living God of glory -- the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will bend our ear to a word from a walking stick or a piece of wood -- rather than to God. When pieces of wood speak they do not blaze with holiness or call for repentance."
-- Mark Lauterbach on Hosea 4:12-13

"It is mysterious to me that the centrality of the church is so little preached today. What explains its absence from the vast majority of sermons, Bible studies, and Sunday school classes? How did it just vanish from the thinking of Christians? It’s a detective mystery worthy of Encyclopedia Brown. And it's a problem that we must fix if we are to ever see our people desire life with all God's people above their own self-interests and affinity groups."
-- Thabiti Anyawile continue to talk about preventing church splits

"Yes, we should be allowed to declare our faith publicly—especially if the way in which we do so is low-key. But, no, I do not think that any Christian—regardless of their Christian culture or background—should be concerned that by not wearing a cross around their neck, they are “denying Jesus” ...I take it that Muslims and Sikhs wear those items because they believe they are essential to their being right with, or at one with, their god. This cannot be true for a Christian: nothing we do is essential for our salvation; it’s only what Jesus has done."
-- Couldn't Help Noticing on The Non-Essential Cross


  1. There are some really great thoughts here. Thankyou for mining them out for us.

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


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