Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Who killed Jesus? Who killed him? It wasn't Judas out of greed. It wasn't the Jews out of envy. It was His Father out of love. The Father killed Him. It was the Father who put Him to death.
-Octavius Winslow

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I have taken all my good deeds and all my bad deeds, and have cast them together in a heap before the Lord, and have fled from both to Jesus Christ, and in Him I have sweet peace.
-David Dickson

Thursday, October 10, 2013

God's love is not dependent on the quality of our sanctification--if that were so, He would never have sent His Son for us. He would have spared him.
-Derek Thomas

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

We say, "Where there's a will, there's a way," and when the will in question is God's, the way is certain.
-Derek Thomas

Thursday, August 22, 2013

As soon as we have gone out of Christ, we shall have nothing else than the idols which we have formed, but in Christ, there is nothing but what is divine, and what keeps us in God. John Calvin on John 14:11

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The closer we are to the King, the more likely we are to become targets of the enemy.
-Derek Thomas

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

This is our calling [as Christians]: to gaze deliberately and see things as they will be rather than as they are.
-Derek Thomas

Sunday, June 2, 2013

All too often, "legalism" is employed whenever we consider obedience inconvenient.
-Derek Thomas

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of thy sin. His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet.
-John Owen

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Everyone has a personal relationship with God. The question is whether it's good or bad.
-White Horse Inn (Horton, I think)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The earthbound, flesh-focused mind cannot please God because it is all about itself. It is self-centered. The unbelieving mind sets itself on the throne and says, "I am God." The unbelieving mind is therefore hostile to the one true God.
-Derek Thomas

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Grace must raise the temptation to think we can sin as we please; if it does not, we have not understood the true extent of grace.
-Derek Thomas

Friday, March 1, 2013

I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.

- C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Law says do this and live. But we cannot. The problem lies in us, not in the Law.
-Derek Thomas

Friday, February 1, 2013

And then one babbles — 'if only I could bear it, or the worst of it, or any of it, instead of her.' But one can't tell how serious that bid is, for nothing is staked on it. If it suddenly became a real possibility, then, for the first time, we should discover how seriously we had meant it. But is it ever allowed?

It was allowed to One, we are told, and I find I can now believe again, that He has done vicariously whatever can be done. He replies to our babble, 'you cannot and dare not. I could and dared.'

-C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Bible isn't about us (thank God!)

Do you have a favorite verse? What stands out about it to you? To ask the question a little differently, "Who is that verse about?"

Is that verse about Christ? Or is that verse about you?

When the Scriptures become about us, when we read the Bible as if it's primarily telling our story, we'll find a Gospel that is unfortunately full of us rather than full of Christ.  Searching for our soul's deepest needs, we'll instead find a mirror of our own creation.

What we need to be reminded of--what we need to be assured of--is that the Scriptures are not actually about us. As important as the Scriptures are to our daily lives, as important as the salvation they proclaim is to us, the Scriptures are not about us.  This is great news!

For example, take the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are written in the first person: "I thought this," "I did this," "My enemies," "My affliction," etc. 

When we read that, the temptation is to jump straight to our thoughts, our actions, our enemies and our afflictions. Unintentionally, we act as if our life stories are the fulfillment that the Scriptures have just been begging for thousands of years to have revealed.

We need to realize that in its immediate sense, those psalms were actually about somebody. More importantly, ultimately they were about Jesus Christ himself. When we leapfrog over these truths, we rob the Scriptures and we swap the Gospel for some kind of anecdotal feel-goodness that Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss could just as easily have provided.

The Scriptures, praise God, are not about us. The Scriptures are about Jesus Christ. About a plan that was formed in eternity and perfectly executed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And this plan is still being perfectly executed in the continuing work of the Holy Spirit.

Do you have a favorite verse? Great. But I pray that verse is not about you giving God a starring role in your life. I pray instead that you see a story so much bigger than you, a story in which the kingdom of God marches forward and you are privileged to play one small part.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The God who has been comprehended is always an idol.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.
- Laurence J. Peter