From the Word
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:8-14)
“I cannot find the bottom of God’s grace.” (Jared C. Wilson)
“The supply of God’s grace is greater than the depth of the sin that causes you to so desperately need it.” (Paul David Tripp)
“If God said he forgives us but we doubt his forgiveness then we’re acting as if we’re greater than God.” (Burk Parsons)
“If a dying Savior could bring us to God’s grace, surely a living Savior can keep us in his grace.” (John MacArthur)
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“We treat shame like a spiritual weapon we can use to bludgeon people back to Jesus. But it doesn’t work. It never works. Why? Because we can’t shame people to repentance or godliness. We think we can because in the moment, shaming makes us feel powerful. Strong. In control. When we shame someone, we feel like we’re putting them in their place. . . . When we shame those in the church, we feel like we’re keeping moral boundaries in place.”
No one ever admits to being a legalist because legalism and Christianity are like oil and water—they don’t mix. We know we can’t earn or keep our relationship with God through our own works. Moreover, legalism is a joyless, worship-killing, bad theology we should avoid at all costs. So, what do those who practice legalism fail to recognize? Lewis points us to 1 Timothy 4:4-5.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness? These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. But as you scale to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, you are unlikely to field such hackneyed queries. Jason Karaian spoke with ten CEOs and other senior executives about their interview techniques, and the one killer question they like to ask job candidates.
What’s it like to be a gender minority who’s also a conservative Christian with traditional views on sex and marriage? “Christians who aren’t straight but who also observe a traditional sexual ethic are some of the least acknowledged and understood people today. They don’t fit into the mainstream gay culture, but neither do they feel entirely at home in your typical evangelical church.” (Offered as a perspective, not an endorsement of all content.)
Something to Ponder
“These words are addressed to those of God’s children who have been pierced with the arrow of infinite desire, who yearn for God with a yearning that has overcome them, who long with a longing that has become pain: ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’ (Matthew 5:6).
“Hunger is a pain. It is God’s merciful provision, a divinely sent stimulus to propel us in the direction of food. If food-hunger is a pain, thirst, which is water-hunger, is a hundredfold worse, and the more critical the need becomes within the living organism the more acute the pain. It is nature’s last drastic effort to rouse the imperiled life to seek to renew itself. A dead body feels no hunger and the dead soul knows not the pangs of holy desire. ‘If you want God,’ said the old saint, ‘you have already found Him.’
“Our desire for fuller life is proof that some life must be there already. Our very dissatisfactions should encourage us; our yet unfulfilled aspirations should give us hope. ‘What I aspired to be, and was not, comforts me,’ wrote Browning with true spiritual insight. The dead heart cannot aspire.”
– A. W. Tozer
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“Be contented, therefore, and of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you. Depend boldly upon this.” (Martin Luther)