Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

God's Vision for Man

When the New Testament speaks about evangelism or missions it isn’t a new idea and it’s not separate from God’s plan for us in Genesis 1. God’s vision is the fulfillment of his commission in Genesis 1—that man would fill the earth with his glory. This is the eschatological hope of the prophets and is stated beautifully in Habakkuk 2:14: For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” -- Dustin Crowe

Friday, February 20, 2015

Not Our Cosmic Butler

“Probably the most important thing to understand about evil and suffering is that God is not our cosmic butler. It’s not his job to provide happiness for his human pets. You would never get the idea from the Bible that God is interested in making people feel happy, especially if they ignore him and his moral laws. Everything God does with people is meant to make them know him better and serve him better, and many things that happen to us that don’t make us happy, but they do give us the opportunity to either grow towards God or away from him.”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Focus on What Jesus has Done

“When you sin it’s perfectly natural to feel bad and it takes no faith to reach for the fig leaves of dead religion. But if your sorrow is to be godly sorrow, then your focus must be on what Christ has done and not what you have done. As Andrew Wommack says: ‘If you feel like you’re so sorry, then praise him for the fact that he loves such a sorry person as you! Instead of focusing on your unworthiness, thank him for his goodness.’” -- Paul Ellis

Photo by Racineur

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Becoming Like Jesus

“We need to spend less time forming Jesus into an appealing hero of our own design, and more time being transformed by Jesus into a holy people. The more we paint a true picture of Jesus, the more like that Jesus we will become, and the less of a disconnect between the Jesus we say we follow and what they see in our lives.” -- Ed Stetzer

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Where Happiness Comes From

“The happiness the Bible advocates isn’t dependent your circumstances. It comes from living in relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” -- Hugh Whelchel

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Why Do You Want Forgiveness?

“Test your heart. Why do you want forgiveness? Why do you want to be justified? Why do you want eternal life? Is the decisive answer: ‘because I want to enjoy God?’” -- John Piper