Archive for November, 2012

Lord I Lift Your Name on High

Posted: November 30, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

 “I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified unless we preach what is nowadays called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the Gospel and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the Gospel… unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah. Nor do I think we can preach the Gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of his elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend the Gospel which allows saints to fall away after they are called.”

C. H. Spurgeon:(Sermon, “Christ Crucified“)

Draw on God’s Grace Through Prayer

Posted: November 29, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Sanctification

“Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God.  Don’t say, “I will endure this until I can get away and pray.”  Pray now – draw on the grace of God in your moment of need.  Prayer is the most normal and useful thing;  it is not simply a reflex action of your devotion to God.  We are very slow to learn to draw on God’s grace through prayer.”

Oswald Chambers:(My Utmost for His Highest)

Glory in the Cross

Posted: November 28, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Uncategorized

“The cross is never old. The wood, and nails, and inscription have indeed perished long ago; but the cross in which Paul gloried stands for ever.

That cross is the axle of the universe, and cannot snap asunder. That cross is the foundation on which the universe rests, and cannot give way. The cross of Golgotha is, in this sense, everlasting; and each one who glories in it becomes partaker of its immortality.

In itself blood is the symbol of death; in connection with the cross of Christ, it is the emblem and the pledge of life.

It is by blood that all that is feeble, and corruptible, and unclean is purged out of creature hood. It is by blood that this race of ours is preserved against the possibility of a second fall, and this earth against the contingency of a second curse. Take away that blood, and the security of the universe is gone.

— Horatius Bonar

Worship Abides Forever

Posted: November 28, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Sanctification

 “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”

John Piper:(Let the Nations Be Glad!)

 

Shout, “Grace, Grace!”

Posted: November 27, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

It was come to this: either we must die eternally, or the Son of God must spill his blood; either we, or God’s own Son must suffer God’s wrath, one of the two; either miserable worms of the dust that had deserved it, or the glorious, amiable, beautiful, and innocent Son of God.

The fall of man brought it to this; it must be determined one way or t’other and it was determined, by the strangely free and boundless grace of God, that this his own Son should die that the offending worms might be freed, and set at liberty from their punishment, and that justice might make them happy. Here is grace indeed; well may we shout, “Grace, grace!” at this.

And beside, God did not do this for friends, but for enemies and haters of him. He did not do it for loyal subjects, but for rebels; he did not do it for those that were his children, but for the children of the devil; he did not do it for those that were excellent, but for those that were more hateful than toads or vipers; he did not do it for those that could be any way profitable or advantageous to him, but for those that were so weak, that instead of profiting God, they were not able in the least to help themselves.

God has given even fallen man such a gift, that He has left nothing for man to do that he may be happy, but only to receive what is given him. Though he has sinned, yet God requires no amends to be made by him; He requires of him no restoration; if they will receive His Son of Him, He requires neither money nor price; he is to do no penance in order to be forgiven. God offers to save him for nothing, only if he will receive salvation as it is offered; that is, freely through Christ, by faith in Him.

— Jonathan Edwards
“Glorious Grace”

HT:OFI

Don’t Court Disaster in Your Pursuit of Holiness

Posted: November 27, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Sanctification

 “…God has made provision for our holiness. Through Christ He has delivered us from sin’s reign so that we now can resist sin. But the responsibility for resisting is ours. God does not do that for us. To confuse the potential for resisting (which God provided) with the responsibility for resisting (which is ours) is to court disaster in our pursuit of holiness.”

Jerry Bridges:(The Pursuit of Holiness, 57)

The Other World

Posted: November 26, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

“If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.  The apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire; the great men who built up the Middle Ages; the English evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with heaven.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

C. S. Lewis: (Mere Christianity)

Cheap Grace

Posted: November 26, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Sanctification

 “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: (The Cost of Discipleship, 44-45)

Orthodoxy with Compassion for the Lost

Posted: November 26, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christian Theology, Christianity, Discipleship

“If we are Christians and do not have upon us the calling to respond to the lostness of the lost and a compassion for those of our kind, our orthodoxy is ugly and it stinks. And it not only stinks in the presence of the hippie, it stinks in the presence of anybody who’s an honest man. And more than that, I’ll tell you something else, orthodoxy without compassion stinks with God.”

– Francis A. Schaeffer, Death in the City (Chicago, 1969), page 123.

“O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”

Posted: November 23, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in The Christian Life

Psalm 107

Posted: November 22, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in The Christian Life

Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless

HE is my righteousness

Posted: November 21, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Sanctification, Spurgeon

 “My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, HE is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah!”

Charles Spurgeon:(Morning and Evening)

John Owen Quote

Posted: November 21, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Puritan Faith, Reformation Theology

“God imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent the pains of hell for, either: All the sins of all men. All the sins of some men, or Some sins of all men. In which case it may be said: If the last, some sins of all men, then have all men some sins to answer for, and so shall no man be saved. If the second, that is it which we affirm, that Christ in their stead and room suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the world. But if the first be true, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins? You answer, “Because of their unbelief.” I ask, “Is this unbelief a sin, or is it not? If it is, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it, or He did not. If He did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their sins!”

– John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, Banner, Carlisle, 1959, p. 173-4

Look All the Time at Jesus

Posted: November 20, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Sanctification

“You have a traitor there, Aslan,” said the Witch. Everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had gotten past thinking about himself after all he’d been through and after the talk he’d had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn’t seem to matter what the Witch said. “Well,” said Aslan, “his offense was not against you.”…Edmund was on the other side of Aslan, looking all the time at Aslan’s face. He felt a choking feeling and wondered if he ought to say something; but a moment later he felt that he was not expected to do anything except to wait, and to do what he was told.”

C. S. Lewis:(The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, 141-143)