“The only kind of faith that counts for justification is the kind that produces love, that bears the fruit of love. The faith that alone justifies is never alone, but always yielding transforming fruit. So, when James says these controversial words, “A person is justified by works and not by faith alone (James 2:24), I take him to mean not by faith which is alone, but which shows itself by works.” —John Piper
“A troubling reality in much of evangelical life is that convincing someone they are saved seems to take precedence over making sure someone actually is saved. This must change. Somehow questioning another person’s salvation became taboo in evangelical culture, when it could possibly be one of the most loving things you can do for another; it could mean the difference between seeds that sprout and bloom and seeds that are snatched away.” —Dean Inserra
"The perseverance of the saints means that all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again." — Wayne Grudem
"God has set forth Christ to be the propitiation through faith in his blood, and we ought to accept Christ as being an all-sufficient propitiation.... Whether my sin be little or be great, whether it be fresh or old, it is the same sin, and blessed be God has all been atoned for through Christ the propitiation. We ought to take Christ as being the death of every sin and of all sin, as having expunged and wiped out the great debt as well as the little; the ten thousand talents as well as the one hundred pence."
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Make my life an alleluia, a song of praise to You each day.
To proclaim Your grace and glory, fill my heart with Your praise, I pray.
When I stand at the mountaintop, or in the valley of despair,
This will be my cry, my song, my prayer: Lord, make my life an alleluia."
—Ruth Elaine Schram
“God’s Word has always been His chosen instrument to create, convict, convert, and conform His people. From the very first announcement of the Gospel in Genesis 3:15, to the initial word of promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, to His regulation of that promise by His Word in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), God gives life and health and holiness to His people through the agency of His Word. From the reforms under Josiah in 2 Kings 22-23, to the revival of God’s work under Nehemiah and Ezra in Nehemiah 8-9, to the great vision of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14, where God breathes the life of His Spirit into His dead people through the preaching of His Word, God always sends His Word when He wants to renew life in His people and assemble them for His glory.” —Mark Dever
"These conversations went on and on with person after person. I stood literally amazed by the grace of God, not just upon one Christian passionate about sharing the gospel, but upon an entire community passionate about sharing the gospel. As I looked around, I observed a contagious culture of evangelism across the church. It is a culture of evangelism that is not ultimately dependent on events, projects, programs, and ministry professionals. Instead, it is a culture of evangelism that is built on people filled with the power of God’s Spirit proclaiming the gospel of God’s grace in the context of their everyday lives and relationships." - J. Mack Stiles
"The emphasis [of Eph 4:11] is definitely on the ministry of gifted individuals who lead the church into unity. Christ not only gives gifts to the church; He gives people to the church for its edification and growth." —Timothy Berrey
"Worship must be vital and real in the heart, and worship must rest on a true perception of God. There must be spirit and there must be truth. . . . Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers . . . . On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship."
"Repentance isn't ultimately about us at all. It's about God. It's becoming so aware of God, his character, and what he has done that we actively seek to turn from sin and pursue righteousness." —Dave Harvey
"We are called from various walks of life (tax collectors, fishermen, Pharisees, zealots, priests)—various life situations (single, married, slave, free), called at different times of life, called from all different racial backgrounds (Jew, Gentile), and called from different levels of spiritual darkness (the Apostle Paul v. the Thessalonians). Despite our diversity, we are called to the same hope of eternal life and glory. Unity of the body is not only true on earth but even in heaven." — Tim Berrey
"One reason skeptics have questioned the historicity of the book [of Jonah] is the remarkable response of the Ninevites to the preaching of Jonah (3:5); we respond that this was a greater miracle than what the fish did. Jonah himself must have anticipated that God would do His work in their hearts to bring about repentance (as He did for the Gentiles in Acts 11:18)." —Robert D. Bell
"Ezekiel’s sight of Messiah was an appropriate conclusion to a vision designed to encourage him and prepare him for his ministry. Similarly, as Christians behold the sovereign glory of Christ in the pages of Scripture and become overwhelmed with Him by faith, they can face whatever challenge or circumstance is before them." —Michael P. V. Barrett
“Worshiping in spirit is the opposite of worshiping in merely external ways. It is the opposite of empty formalism and traditionalism. Worshiping in truth is the opposite of worship based on an inadequate view of God. Worship must have heart and head. Worship must engage emotions and thoughts. Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards for a living). On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship." — John Piper
“Our fundamental responsibility to God is grounded in the fact that He made us and He made us in Himself. The essence of our rebellion is to deny that He made us that we have any responsibility to Him. The doctrine of Creation grounds all human responsibility before Him.” –DA Carson
I commit my soul to my gracious God and Savior, who mercifully spared and preserved me, when I was an apostate, a blasphemer, and an infidel, and delivered me from the state of misery on the coast of Africa into which my obstinate wickedness had plunged me; and who has been pleased to admit me (though most unworthy) to preach his glorious gospel. —John Newton
"To endeavor to give to every portion of the Word of God its full and proper force, without considering what scheme it favors or what system it is likely to advance... never to speak more or less than I believe to be the mind of the Spirit in the passage I am expounding." —Charles Simeon
If your face is now covered with sorrow, the time will come when you will bless God for that sorrow. The day will come when you will see great gain from your losses, your crosses, your troubles and your affliction. From your affliction this glory shall spring, and the deeper your sorrow the louder you’ll sing. —Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"It is the property of true charity to cover a multitude of sins. It inclines people to forgive and forget offenses against themselves, to cover and conceal the sins of others, rather than aggravate them and spread them abroad. It teaches us to love those who are but weak, and who have been guilty of many evil things before their conversion; and it prepares for mercy at the hand of God, who hath promised to forgive those that forgive others. —Matthew Henry
My Lord Jesus Christ, for my sake, did wear a crown of thorns; why should not I then, for His sake, again wear this light crown, be it ever so ignominious? Truly I will do it, and that willingly.
Sustained by joy in trial and pain, I trust Your wisdom and mercy.
Through suffering that Your love ordains, more like Your Son You will make me.
For Christ embraced the cross of shame, beholding glorious joys to come.
O give me faith like His to see that suffering lifts me to glory.
Let death and hell against me rise, through death I’ll gain eternal joys.
All pow’rs of Hell will bend the knee before my great King of glory!
—Paul Keew & Brian Pinner
"[John Bunyan] appeared in countenance to be of stern and rough temper, but in his conversation mild and affable; not given to loquacity or much discourse in company, unless some urgent occasion required it; observing never to boast of himself or his parts, but rather seem low in his own eyes, and submit himself to the judgment of others; abhorring lying and swearing, being just in all that lay in his power to his word, not seeming to revenge injuries, loving to reconcile differences and make friendship with all; he had a sharp quick eye, accomplished with an excellent discerning of persons, being of good judgment and quick wit.” —Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
“Relationships will push you beyond the limits of your ability to love, serve, and forgive. They will push you beyond you. At times they will beat at the borders of your faith. At times they will exhaust you. In certain situations, your relationships will leave you disappointed and discouraged. They will require what you do not seem to have, but that is exactly as God intended it. That is precisely why he placed these demanding relationships in the middle of the process of sanctification, where God progressively molds us into the likeness of Jesus.” —Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp
“Marriage is patterned after Christ’s covenant relationship to his redeemed people, the church. And therefore, the highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display. That is why marriage exists. If you are married, that is why you are married. If you hope to be, that should be your dream.” —John Piper
“Our jobs are one of the primary ways God intends to make us more like Jesus. He uses our work to sanctify us, develop our Christian character, and teach us to love him more and serve him better until we join him on the last day in resting from our labors.”
—Sebastian Traeger & Greg Gilbert
"Fight fire with fire. Attack the promises of sin with the promises of Christ. The Bible calls lust "deceitful desires" (Ephesians 4:22). They lie. They promise more than they can deliver. The Bible calls them "passions of your former ignorance" (1 Peter 1:14). Only fools yield. "All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter" (Proverbs 7:22). Deceit is defeated by truth. Ignorance is defeated by knowledge. It must be glorious truth and beautiful knowledge... We must stock our minds with the superior promises and pleasures of Jesus. Then we must turn to them immediately after saying, "NO!" - John Piper
"When a person becomes a Christian, he doesn't just join a local church because it's a good habit for growing in spiritual maturity. He joins a lcoal church because it's the expression of what Christ has made him--a member of the body of Christ."
- Mark Dever
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
“If your face is now covered with sorrow, the time will come when you will bless God for that sorrow. The day will come when you will see great gain from your losses, your crosses, your troubles and your affliction. From your affliction this glory shall spring, and the deeper your sorrow the louder you’ll sing.”
"Chosen by the Father's mercy,
Set apart to serve his Son,
Sanctified by his own Spirit,
Praise the holy Three-in-one!
Saved by resurrection power,
Shielded in his faithful love,
Now no enemy can tarnish
My inheritance above."
“If chance exists, God cannot exist. If one molecule flies wild by chance, then God is not sovereign. If God is not sovereign, then God is not God. God and chance simply cannot coexist.” --R. C. Sproul
“While You wait in gracious wisdom and my doubts begin to rise,
I recall Your lovingkindness and lift my hopeful eyes.
While Your hand withholds the answer, I will not withhold my heart.
I will love You in Your silence, I will trust You in the dark."
“My sweet husband, I will continue to go on loving you and caring for you—not because you know me or remember our life, but because I remember you. I will remember the man who proposed to me and told me he loved me, the look on his face when his children were born, the kind of father he was, the way he loved our extended family. I’ll recall his love for riding, hiking, and reading; his tears at sentimental movies; and how he held my hand while he prayed. I cherish the pleasure, obligation, commitment, and opportunity to care for you because I remember you.”
--Becky Zerbe to her husband with Alzheimer's