Archive for September, 2009

Sneak Peak at Keller’s New Book

Posted: September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

Click here to check out the  Introduction to Timothy Keller’s new book that will be released in October, 2009.

Counterfeit Gods - Timothy Keller

“If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning in life, and identity, then it is an idol.”

“The way forward, out of despair, is to discern the idols of our hearts and our culture. But that will not be enough. The only way to free ourselves from the destructive influence of counterfeit gods is to turn back to the true one. The living God, who revealed himself both at Mount Sinai and on the Cross, is the only Lord who, if you find him, can truly fulfill you, and, if you fail him, can truly forgive you.”

The Secret of Spiritual Prosperity

Posted: September 30, 2009 in Quotes

“To live on Christ, to draw all from Christ, to do all in the strength of Christ, to be ever looking to Christ; this is the true secret of spiritual prosperity”.

-J.C. Ryle, Thoughts For Young Men

“To say in compliment, “I am a sinner,” is easy; but to pray with the publican indeed, “Lord, be merciful to me the sinner,” is the hardest prayer in the world. It is easy to say, “I believe in Christ”; but to see Christ full of grace and truth, of whose fullness you may receive grace for grace; that is faith indeed. It is easy to profess Christ with the mouth; but to confess Him with the heart, as Peter, to be the Christ, the Son of the living God, the alone Mediator, that is above flesh and blood. Many call Christ, Savior; a few know Him so. To see grace and salvation in Christ, is the greatest sight in the world! None can do that, but at the same time they shall see that glory and salvation to be theirs. Sights will cause applications. I may be ashamed to think in the midst of so much profession, that I have known so little of the blood of Christ, which is the main thing of the gospel. A Christless, formal religion, will be the blackest sight next to hell that can be. You may have many good things, and yet one thing may be lacking, that may make you go away sorrowful from Christ. You have never sold all; you have never parted with all your own righteousness, and so on. You may be high in duty and yet a perfect enemy and adversary to Christ, in every prayer, in every ordinance. Labor after sanctification to your utmost; but make not a Christ of it to save yourself; if so, it must come down one way or other. Christ’s infinite satisfaction, not your sanctification, must be your justification before God. When the Lord shall appear terrible from out of His holy place, fire shall consume that as hay and stubble.”

-Thomas Wilcox, Honey Out of the Rock.

*I would strongly encourage everyone to read this article by Thomas Wilcox. It is very challenging, insightful, and Christ-centered.

Da T.R.U.T.H. – Pain

Posted: September 24, 2009 in Sanctification

Da T.R.U.T.H. has a really good song about how God uses pain in Christians lives to refine them. I hope you enjoy the song and video!

The Loving Discipline of God

Posted: September 23, 2009 in Sanctification

Hebrews 12:10b-11 “…But He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Pain and affliction in the life of a Christian is necessary and is a good thing. It is so easy to get complacent and comfortable in our present circumstance, and yes, we can even get comfortable with the indwelling sin in our lives. God is a loving Father who is more committed to our good than we could ever be. So God, in His sovereignty, will use (and cause) many painful circumstances in our lives to progressively purge us of our idolatry. God is more concerned about our conformity to the image of Christ than our comfort or prosperity. Actually, if you are not under God’s loving discipline than be afraid, you may be illegitimate and not a child of God at all (Heb 12:8). If you truly are a child of God, he will break you and crush you if he must for the betterment of your soul. We must not view God’s discipline as hatred or condemnation, for Hebrews 12:6 is clear, “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” The loving discipline of God is an act of grace in the Christians life because it cleanses us of our filth, and causes us to hope in the only One that will satisfy.

Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

Posted: September 21, 2009 in Quotes

“A word of advice to my own heart and yours. You are a religious person and partake of all the ordinances. You do well: they are glorious privileges: but if you have not the blood of Christ at the root of your religion, it will wither, and prove but painted pageantry to go to hell in.

If you retain guilt and self-righteousness under it, those vipers will eat out all the vitals of it at length. Try and examine with greatest strictness every day, what ground your religion and hope of glory is built upon, whether it was laid by the hand of Christ. If not, it will never be able to endure the storm that must come against it; Satan will throw it all down, and great will be the fall thereof (Matt 7:27).”

-Thomas Wilcox, Honey Out of the Rock.

Gospel Provides Freedom to Confess Sin

Posted: September 18, 2009 in Gospel

It’s a hard thing for me to admit when I’m wrong, or have sinned. I have a propensity to blame other people or circumstances for my personal sin. The truth is, although other people are sinful and the world is marred by evil, my greatest enemy and problem is the sin that is living in me. When I get angry, impatience, greedy, self-absorbed, anxious, and unloving I have no problem coming up with a multitude of excuses for why I acted sinfully. This will only create pride and self-exultation rather than the cleansing power of God’s forgiveness. The Bible says if I confess, admit, and own-up to my sin, God is faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me from my iniquity (1 Jn. 1:9). It’s just plain self-righteous and stupid to try to justify myself before God by blaming others for my sin.

The Gospel creates incredible freedom to admit sin and failure because of Christ perfect substitution on my behalf. You simply have nowhere to go than Christ finished work when you truly take fault for your sin rather than blaming someone or something else. When you say, “I’ve failed, I can’t do this, I’ve sinned,” and take a hold of Christ by faith, God graciously and tenderly cleanses you of your filth.