A Christian’s freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care.
Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, ‘I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross.
We have the means of evangelizing our country, but they are slumbering in the pews of our churches.
Probably the greatest tragedy of the church throughout its long and checkered history has been its constant tendency to conform to the prevailing culture instead of developing a Christian counter-culture .
Do not be content with a static Christian life. Determine rather to grow in faith and love, in knowledge and holiness.
Although we have responsibilities to others, we are primarily accountable to God. It is before him that we stand, and to him that one day we must give an account. We should not therefore rate human opinion too highly.
The command to judge not is not a requirement to be blind, but rather a plea to be generous. Jesus does not tell us to cease to be men… but to renounce the presumptuous ambition to be God.
All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousn ess, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.
Envy is the reverse side of a coin called vanity – Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself.
I believe that to preach or to expound the scripture is to open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God’s voice is heard and His people obey Him
The question is not so much what the hand is doing (passing over some cash or a check) but what the heart is thinking while the hand is doing it.
If God speaks to us about himself and his own glorious greatness, we respond by humbling ourselves before him in worship… If He speaks to us about His commandments, we determine to obey them.