Bought by the Blood

March 3, 2010

Love fueled by God’s love is in exhaustible

Jesus has some extraordinarily peculiar sheep: some that are unkempt and dirty, some that are awkward or pushy, and some that have gone astray! But it is impossible to exhaust God’s love, and it is impossible to exhaust my love if it flows from the Spirit of God within me. The love of God pays no attention to my prejudices caused by my natural individuality. If I love my Lord, I have no business being guided by natural emotions— I have to feed His sheep. We will not be delivered or released from His commission to us. Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by following your own natural human emotions, sympathies, or understandings. That will only serve to revile and abuse the true love of God. – Oswald Chambers

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December 31, 2009

How To Advance God’s Kingdom

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The world’s idea of greatness is to rule but Christian greatness consists in serving.  The world’s ambition is to receive honor and attention, but the desire of the Christian should be to give rather than receive, and to attend on others rather than be attended on himself.  In short, the man who lays himself out most to serve his fellow men, and to be useful in his day and generation, is the greatest man in the eyes of Christ…The men who are willing to be last of all, and servants of all, for Christ’s sake, are always few.  Yet these are the men who do good, break down prejudices, convince infidels that Christianity is a reality and shake the world.

-J.C. Ryle

November 25, 2009

John Stott On Leadership And The Home

Here are a couple of quotes from “The Cross of Christ” that should be the anthem of every Christian husband.

“The symbol of an authentically Christian leadership is not the purple robe of an emperor, but the coarse apron of a slave; not a throne of ivory and gold, but a basin of water for the washing of feet.”

“Christian homes in general, and Christian marriages in particular, would be more stable and more satisfying if they were marked by the cross.”

June 2, 2009

Pleasure

Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 2:11

If I had all the pleasures that this world could offer, none of it would fulfill me.  In Ecclesiastes two, Solomon had everything that a man could ever hope for and he knew it was all pointless.  Solomon was the richest man ever and had mansions beyond belief, the choicest food and wine, many wives for his sexual fulfillment and anything else that we our hearts could ran after to find satisfaction.  None of this filled Solomon.  It all left him yearning for something more.  We are all made for a relationship with God and our lives will be lacking until we find fullness of joy in His presence.

If my life is about gaining stuff then I miss my God’s intention for me.  His  purpose in my life is to make me holy and set apart from this world.  If my hope is for a great life now, then my desires are too weak.  Instead I set my gaze for Christ return, when His kingdom comes and I am able to see Him face to face.  God does not want me to get comfortable in this world because it is not my home.  I am a sojourner in this world and I do not seek an earthly treasure, but an inheritance awaits in my Lord and Savior.

In this life I find myself through dieing, by losing my life I gain it.  The greatest gain is found in sacrifice for the Gospel and denying the pleasures of this world.  Jesus gave His life for me, so that I may live, in Him I am made complete.  He became a servant for my sake, so I become a servant so others may know Him.  For Jesus, joy was not found in the exaltation of this word, but at the cross where shame and wrath met so that the Father could exalt Him.

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