Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Sometimes God's will is so plain we miss it looking for something we think is greater.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 ESV
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Religion is all about what we do for God. Christianity is all about what God has done for us. #OneWayLove— Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) August 16, 2013
When you see how amazing & scandalous the Cross is you don’t want to sin anymore! You want to cling to the Cross. http://t.co/rwhhOq2WnN— Verge Network (@VergeNetwork) August 16, 2013
Sad commentary on many Christian's thinking. "If Johnny Mac is wrong then I don't want to be right." What happened to Sola Scriptura?— Joel Taylor (@JoelTaylor_) August 16, 2013
There is a direct relationship between a person’s grasp and experience of God’s grace, and his or her heart for justice and the poor.— Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) August 16, 2013
PREACHING POINT OF THE WEEK: Drs. Gibson and Kim - Encourage Your Listeners to be Like the Bereans - https://t.co/KFkUqZh4OH— Center For Preaching (@PulpitTalk) August 16, 2013
If the sin of the OT was rejecting God, NT rejecting Jesus, then the sin of our times is the rejection of the Holy Spirit- Stephen Olford— Bryan Loritts (@bcloritts) August 16, 2013
Wonder what it says about Christianity in America when our most beloved and recognized face is that of Duck Dynasty?— Karen Zacharias (@karenzach) August 16, 2013
One thing the Bible is not is utopist about life in this world... http://t.co/mXuhxtNIvQ— Desiring God (@desiringgod) August 16, 2013
You were not accepted because what you did was good, but your acceptance has now called and empowered you to do what is good.— Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp) August 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
My Highlights from Chapter 1 of "Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards"
God, as Edwards never tires of telling his readers, is a fountain of love. The eternal and infinite love of God quenches the thirst of all who draw near. In drinking deeply from this fountain, love of God and neighbor finally reign perfectly (p. 20).
The present realities of love and hate are proof that heaven and hell are real—so real, in fact, that their ways of life bleed into ours (p. 21).
God is the only source of the heavenly life, and therefore to grasp the nature of the Christian life we must grasp what it means to know God (p. 21).
Heaven is a journey with God where we grow in love and knowledge of him for eternity; where our own love abounds to others in a society of love (p. 22).
The “tip of happiness,” or, we might say, the goal of humanity, is to see God face to face and be embraced as his own (p. 23).
Meditating on the reality of heaven and hell helps us understand our calling in this life (p. 24).
Grasping the destination set before us helps us to understand the kind of journey we are on (p. 24).
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn 3:2). In a real sense, to see God is to become like God. This biblical point will prove incredibly important for Edwards’s understanding of the Christian life. Truly seeing God is grasping him as the highest good, truth and beauty (p. 25).
The difference between faith and sight is that now, on our pilgrim journey, we see in a mirror dimly, but in glory, we will come face to face with God himself (p. 25).
Knowledge of God is not knowledge of an object, but is a personal knowledge, knowledge only available in a relationship of love (p. 26).
You may know things about someone but still not know them in any meaningful sense. Something similar is true with knowing God. Knowing God necessitates God revealing himself to us, just as others have to reveal themselves. We come to know others through what they say and what they do. Likewise, we come to know God in Christ, his image, and in his work of redemption. Both of these are revealed to us in Scripture. This knowledge, of course, is not attained through sheer force, memorizing every aspect of the biblical text in an attempt to know God through one’s own effort. Rather, the Spirit of God illumines believers such that Christ himself, and likewise the Father, are known through the biblical text (1 Cor 2:9-16) (pp. 27-28).
When God gives his Spirit to his people he does not merely offer forgiveness, but his own self (p. 32).
see. It is not the physical beauty of Christ that melts hearts, but the revelation of God’s love for his people through Christ (p. 33).
In 1 John 3:2 we are told that when Christ appears we will be like him, because we will see him as he is. One day we will see clearly. The hindrance of our fleshliness will be removed and we will be clothed anew. Until then, we see through a glass darkly. Now, our loves are varied, often grasping for temporal things and confusing them for what is eternal. (p. 34).
My Highlights from the Introduction of "Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards"
Our world is dripping with God’s presence and calling us to worship him alone (Ps 97:4-6). But our eyes are dim and our understanding is darkened. Eternity is lost in the immediacy of our world (p. 11).
Ultimately, the reason this is the road less traveled is that spiritual formation is not simply doing spiritual disciplines. Spiritual formation is about a life oriented to God in Christ by the Spirit. Since spiritual formation is not, ultimately, about us at all, but about God, we must set our minds and hearts on him rather than our problems, our shortcomings or our desire to change. Those who lose their lives for my sake will find them (Mt 16:25), Jesus tells us (p. 13).
Spiritual formation is the Spirit’s work of transforming us into the image of Christ (p. 13).
Christian spirituality is ultimately about the work of the Spirit to bind us to the Son in love (p. 13).
Spirituality is about the very thing we need and do not have—God’s own Spirit. Christian spirituality is a partaking in God’s work to redeem, reconcile and glorify believers. Rather than being grounded in human potential, Christian spirituality begins with complete dependence, utter neediness and alien righteousness (p. 14).
Christ formed in us entails the transformation of our whole lives; it means that we take on the contours of God’s life revealed in Christ. If the heart is changed, then a changed life will flow out of the heart (p. 14).
In Edwards, we find a vision of the Christian life that is deeply spiritual, beautiful and humanizing. It is a vision of losing one’s life to find it in Christ. It is a vision of the human heart captivated by God (p. 16).