— Max Lucado (via soniajlee)
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."
— Tim Keller
'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."
— Tim Keller
— The Medicine of Hope (via thisfragilerose)
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— Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest (via pepper-ish)
— Paul Washer (via littlethingsaboutgod)
— J.P. Moreland
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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