"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)
"Love like there’s no tomorrow. And if tomorrow comes, love again."
"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)
"I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them has been strong enough to change Him."
Paul Washer (via littlethingsaboutgod)
"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."
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
"I hope you have the courage to pursue someone who is worth pursuing, and not someone who is convenient. Convenience is impatience disguised as your desires… don’t settle for what is easy, settle for what is good."
T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via kvtes)
"You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it… Give up yourself, and you will find your real self."
"And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought."
Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (via quotes-shape-us)
"But the problem with a living sacrifice, is that it tends to crawl of the altar."
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