Thursday, April 9, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!
Q. What does the resurrection of Christ profit us?
A. First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of the righteousness which He has obtained for us by His death; second, we also are raised up by His power to a new life; and, third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
-- The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day Seventeen, 1563
Sunday, March 29, 2015
At this time of year many people consider the question "Who is Jesus Christ?" Many reply: "He is a good teacher, but I cannot accept his claim to be God!" C. S. Lewis replies to that statement this way: "That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the things Jesus said would not be a good moral teacher. He would be a lunatic -- on the level of a man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." ~ Mere Christianity, p. 41
Sunday, March 8, 2015
“… man is alienated from God by sin and God is alienated from man by wrath. It is in the substitutionary death of Christ that sin is overcome and wrath averted, so that God can look on man without displeasure and man can look on God without fear. Sin is expiated and God is propitiated.” ~ David Wells, The Search for Salvation
Sunday, March 1, 2015
How to avoid a wasted life: “God created me – and you – to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion – namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. If we try to display the excellence of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy and create scorn or legalism. But if we claim to enjoy his excellence and do not display it for others to see and admire, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of God-enthralled joy is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.” -- Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
Sunday, February 22, 2015
“Love without righteousness is immorality, though today in some religious circles is it called the “new morality.” Righteousness without doctrine is legalism. This is the kind of religion that existed in Christ’s day in Judaism and against which he was so outspoken. Doctrine without love is a bitter orthodoxy. It is the kind of truth that is rigorously perfect, in a sense, but which does not win anyone. All three of these elements [Love, Righteousness, and Doctrine] must be present in the life of any true and growing Christian.”– James Montgomery Boice, in the Preface to The Epistles of John