"Ultimately, all of this is glorifying to God. He has sent His Son to die for sinners, and he has set up marriage to reflect that reality. When we understand this, we realize that marriage exists even more for God than it does for us. God has ultimately designed marriage not to satisfy our needs but to display his glory in the gospel. When we realize this, we recognize that if we want to declare the gospel, we must defend marriage."
- David Platt
“Remember your Savior—His grief and His pain,
The lonely affliction, unmerited shame.
Though you had betrayed Him, He died in your place;
The joy set before Him He offers by grace.
Remember your Father—His promise, His love:
I’ll never forsake you, this pain will not break you,
For I will remake you for unending joy;
My promise is faithful though now it is painful;
No power can trample my covenant love.”
- David Ward
"An act of resistance or disobedience to the government authority is really an act of disobedience against God. Whether we realize it or not, all the separate authorities in our lives have been placed there by God: 'there is no power but of God.' It can be applied in every area where the Lord has placed a constituted authority, be it in government, the home, the office, or the church."
- Dennis Potts
"Standing before the cross we see simultaneously our worth and unworthiness, since we perceive both the greatness of his love in dying, and the greatness of our sin in causing him to die."
- John Stott
"When our fellowship is not simply a network of loose Christian relationships, but anchored in a particular 'covenant community' as committed members together in a local outpost of Christ's kingdom, we come closest to experiencing what those first Christians did, when people didn't just drift in and out of the community, but were either in or out--and those who were in were pledged to be the church for each other through thick and thin. Covenant community is like Christian marriage in that it is within the framework of stated commitments and promised allegiances that life in relationship is guarded, nourished, and encouraged most to thrive."
- David Mathis
"A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
- John 13:34-35
"Only in the light of God's holiness and majesty do I truly understand how puny, how vicious, and how pathetic I naturally am. In other words, I do not have a true knowledge of myself if I do not fear God."
- Michael Reeves
“To be a saint means to be separated. But it means more than that. The saint also is to be involved in a vital process of sanctification. We are to be purified daily in the growing pursuit of holiness. If we are justified, we must also be sanctified.”
― R. C. Sproul
“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
"Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen harmless worlds at once — art, music, social science, games, motoring, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the good hiding the best. It is easy to find out whether our lives are focused, and if so, where the focus lies. Where do our thoughts settle when consciousness comes back in the morning? Where do they swing back when the pressure is off during the day? Dare to have it out with God, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focused on Christ and His Glory. Turn your soul's vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him."
— Lilias Trotter
"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!"
— Paul Keew
"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 coexists."
- 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."
- Eileen Berry