All The Way

On the cross, we see what God did to satisfy his yearning for us.  He went that far.  He went all the way.

– Dane Ortlund in Gentle and Lowly

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Abundantly

This is profound consolation for us as we find ourselves time and again wandering away from the Father, looking for soul calm anywhere but in his embrace and instruction. Returning to God in fresh contrition, however ashamed and disgusted with ourselves, he will not tepidly pardon. He will abundantly pardon. He does not merely accept us. He sweeps us up in his arms again.

– Dane Ortlund in Gentle and Lowly

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Infinite

Christianity is not about coming to God so that he can direct us to something or someone better than himself, some other thing that will make us ultimately happy. No, God himself is the one in whom all our joy, pleasure, and happiness are found. If we are made for infinite happiness – and that is what every person in the world is groping after – then the only place one will find it is in the one, and only one, who is infinite.

– Matthew Barrett in None Greater

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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

Burn Long Not Just Hot – Erik Raymond (TGC)
…passion for Christ is not exclusively burning hot; it’s also burning long.

Self-Talk and Sanctification – Chris McGarvey (FTC)
Having believed Jesus’s gracious words for your justification, are you now seeking to be sanctified by bullying yourself into submission? Does your inner voice sound more like “the accuser of the brothers” (Rev. 12:10) or the gentle and lowly Lover of our souls (Matt. 11:28-30)?

News as Spiritual Deformation – D. J. Marotta (TGC)
News only gives the illusion of engagement and thus inoculates you against actual engagement with real people.

The Surprising Ministry of Encouragement – Ray Ortlund (DG)
The pressures of our post-everything world are bearing down on us. But let’s not freak out. We have a more powerful way to face life today until the end comes: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24–25).

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day encouraging and being encouraged!

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To The Uttermost

Our sinning goes to the uttermost. But his saving grace goes to the uttermost. And his saving always outpaces and overwhelms our sinning, because he always lives to intercede for us.

– Dane Ortlund in Gentle and Lowly

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Current

Here are some helpful articles on some important current issues:

The FAQs: What You Should Know About the Pro-LGBTQ Equality Act – Joe Carter (TGC)

Inside Planned Parenthood’s Gender Factory – Abigail Shrier

Why Are Young Adults Increasingly Identifying as Bisexual? – Joe Carter (TGC)

A New Pastoral Problem – Carl Trueman

The Book Amazon Does Not Want You to Read – Justin Taylor

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Startle the World

“Only as we drink down the kindness of the heart of Christ will we leave in our wake, everywhere we go, the aroma of heaven, and die one day having startled the world with glimpses of a divine kindness too great to be boxed by what we deserve.”

– Dane Ortlund in Gentle and Lowly

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Grasping For God

…no one can know or see the very essence of God.  He is so glorious, and his glory so infinite, that we would be consumed.

– Matthew Barrett in None Greater

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God Loves You

God loves you.  He proved it by coming to earth as a baby for you.  He proved it by dying on a cross for you. He proved it by forgiving your sin, and giving you a new life with Him now and forevermore.

God loves you – that might be most important you hear today.

God loves you.  But maybe you doubt it because of some sin in your life, and you wonder how he could love someone like you.  But he came and died to pay for that sin, to wash away all the shame and guilt of that sin. That sin is gone.  And he did it, because he loves you.

God loves you.  But maybe you doubt it because of some suffering in your life.  If God loved me, why am I going through this?

But his love is not found in keeping us from suffering.  We live in a fallen world, and because of that, there is sickness and death and tragedy and terrible actions by others.  We will suffer.

Jesus suffered, and we will suffer too.

But his love is not found in keeping us from suffering.  Rather, his love is found in being there to help us in our suffering.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He is with you always to end of age. 

And at end the end of the age, He will come again and bring all of our suffering to an end.

He came for you.  He died for you.  He washed away all your sins.  He purchased a new life for you.  He is with you in your trials.  And he is coming again for you.  All because he loves you.

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Grasping for God

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

– A.W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy

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