April 23, 2014
"If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew that the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? Christ did."

— Max Lucado (via soniajlee)

April 22, 2014
"Forgive us when our worship shapes You into what we want instead of shaping us into what You want."

— Sojourn

April 21, 2014
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When I was performing up to my standards - in academic work, professional achievement, or relationships - I felt confident but not humble… When I was not living up to standards, I felt humble but not confident… I discovered, however, that the gospel contained the resources to build a unique identity…

The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time… I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.

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— Tim Keller

April 20, 2014
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'he knew that the best way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin.'

If you are avoiding sin and living morally so that God will have to bless you and save you, then ironically, you may be looking to Jesus as a teacher, model and helper but you are avoiding him as Savior… You are trying to save yourself by following Jesus. That, ironically, is a rejection of the gospel of Jesus.

Self-salvation through good works may produce a great deal of moral behavior in your life, but inside you are filled with self righteousness, cruelty, bigotry, and you are miserable. You are always comparing yourself to other people, and you are never sure you are being good enough. You cannot, therefore, deal with your hideousness and self-absorption through the moral law, by trying to be a good person through an act of the will. You need a complete transformation of the very motives of your heart.

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— Tim Keller

April 15, 2014
"Call a boy a gentleman and watch his shoulders straighten. Call a girl a lady and watch her spirit turn graceful. Humanity was brought into existence by God speaking words into the void of the universe. We tend to become what we are called."

The Medicine of Hope (via thisfragilerose)

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April 15, 2014
"Love like there’s no tomorrow. And if tomorrow comes, love again."

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April 14, 2014
"To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “… but perfect love casts out fear …” once we are surrendered to God (1 John 4:18). We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time."

— Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest (via pepper-ish)

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April 11, 2014
"I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them has been strong enough to change Him."

— Paul Washer  (via littlethingsaboutgod)

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April 11, 2014
"But how do we gain the motivation, the insights, the perspective necessary to change? Anyone who has struggled with bad habits knows that you don’t become transformed just by willing the old habits to go away. This is why preaching that centers too much on exhortation without instruction is ineffective. According to Paul, the key to change is the formation of a new perspective, the development of fresh insights about our lives and the world around us, the gather of the knowledge and the skill required to know what to do and how to do it. And this is where the mind comes in. Truth, knowledge, and study are powerful factors in the transformation of the self and the control of the body and its habits for a healthy life in the kingdom of God."

— J.P. Moreland

April 11, 2014
The Gospels Are a Reliable Account

If we can trust the historicity of the gospel, we can trust the picture of Jesus in the gospel and know what Jesus actually looks like. From there we can begin to trust in him and if this is true, then you need to adopt his whole view of the scriptures. Regardless of whatever controversial reservations you have with the Bible, if Jesus Christ in the gospels is accurate and that Jesus really rose from the dead, it doesn’t matter what moral, ethical problems you have about the Bible. If Jesus is God, you have to deal with EVERYTHING in the Bible, no matter how you “feel” about it.

"You may appeal, ‘But I can’t accept the Bible if what it says about gender is outmoded.’ I would respond to that with this question — are you saying that because you don’t like what the Bible says about sex that Jesus couldn’t have been raised from the dead? …If Jesus is the Son of God, then we have to take his teaching seriously, including his confidence in the authority of the whole Bible. If he is not who he says he is, why should we care what the Bible says about anything else?" - Tim Keller

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