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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Quotes 26 May 17

Ignorance of providence is the ultimate of all miseries; the highest blessedness lies in the knowledge of it.The highest form of blessedness comes from a certain sort of knowledge — namely, the knowledge of God’s providence.If this is true, why wouldn’t we seek to understand it more? Calvin

“In times of adversity, believers comfort themselves with the solace that they suffer nothing except by God’s ordinance and command, for they are under his hand.” Calvin
Adversity is something all Christians will face. And it’s something that Calvin knew well.

"People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I've learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one's reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one's master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person's view requires to be faked. And if one gains the immediate purpose of the lie - the price one pays is the destruction of what the gain was intended to serve. The man who lies to the world is the world's slave from then on." - Hank Rearden, character in Ayn Rand, _Atlas Shrugged_, Part 3, chapter 3: Anti-greed

"The people who give me the impression of being most miserable in their spiritual life are those who are always thinking of themselves and their blessings, their moods and states and conditions. The way to be blessed is to look to God." -- David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, GOD'S ETERNAL PURPOSE

The Lord blesses us more by punishing us, than he would have done by sparing us. — John Calvin

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Quotes 25 May 17

The devil visits idle men with his temptations. God visits industrious men with His favors.~Matthew Henry

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and  disappointment. -Jim Rohn (1930-2009, entrepreneur, author, and speaker)

 “He sustains, nourishes, and cares for everything he has made, even to the least sparrow.”Jesus says that a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Father’s permission (Matthew 10:29).If God takes care of seemingly insignificant creatures, won’t he also take care of you?Maybe you’re anxious about money or grades. Or maybe it’s your kids or issues in your church. Whatever it is — you can trust God to sustain, nourish, and care for you during this time.- Anon

“God’s providence, as it is taught in Scripture, is opposed to fortune and fortuitous happenings.There is no such thing as fortune or chance. . . ’fortune’ and ‘chance’ are pagan terms, with whose significance the minds of the godly ought not to be occupied.All events are governed by God’s secret plan. Not one drop of rain falls without God’s sure command.He so regulates all things that nothing takes place without his deliberation.God is not the author of evil, but he does govern all things that come to pass— including hardships and suffering. But he is not just sovereign; he is also good. And because God is both sovereign and good, you can trust his wise disposition to your current circumstances, even if you don’t like them. Each year, month, and day is governed by a new, a special, providence of God.” - Calvin

“No creature has a force more wondrous or glorious than that of the sun . . . the sun does not daily rise and set by blind instinct of nature but that he himself, to renew our remembrance of his fatherly favors toward us, governs its course,Everyday when the sun rises you know that trouble awaits you (Matthew 6:34). But you also know that his new mercies will sustain you (Lamentations 3:23). Providence tells you that you can be at peace because the one who has the power to control the sun also has the power to govern your life.- Calvin

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Quotes 24 May 17

“If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.”Tim Keller Wisdom‏ @DailyKeller

People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don't be surprised by messiness.Tim Keller Wisdom‏ @DailyKeller

"When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags." - dialog from Bojack Horseman

Everything is necessary that God sends our way; nothing can be necessary that he withholds.-John Newton‏ @john__newton  4h4 hours ago

"It is the duty of the theologian to subordinate his theories to the Bible, and teach not what seems to be true or reasonable, but simply what the Bible teaches." ~ Charles Hodge

Monday, 22 May 2017

Quotes 23 May 17

"The life of the whole body is in the head, and therefore when the head rose, the body rose." —Charles Hodge #OldPrinceton

We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, and raise it up when it is overthrown ~ Calvin

The whole world is not a theatre large enough to display the glory of Christ upon: or unfold the one half of the unsearchable riches that lie hidden in him. - John Flavel

"No sceptics work sceptically; no fatalists work fatalistically; all without exception work on the principle that it is possible to assume what it is not possible to believe. No materialist who thinks his mind is made up for him by mud and blood and heredity, has any hesitation in making up his mind. No sceptic who believes that truth is subjective has any hesitation about treating it as objective”- G.K. Chesterton:

"All things would instantly come to nothing, were they not sustained by God's power." (John Calvin)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Quotes 22 May 17

Faith takes God's promise to itself and so finds relief.— John Owen

“The gospel destroys fearfulness because it tells us that nothing we can do will exhaust his love for us.” - Tim Keller Wisdom‏ @DailyKeller

The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money. — Johnny Carson

"Herein is the goodness, power, and providence of God wondrously displayed. At one time he raises up manifest avengers from among his own servants, and gives them his command to punish accursed tyranny, and deliver his people from calamity when they are unjustly oppressed; at another time he employs, for this purpose, the fury of men who have other thoughts and other aims."-John Calvin(Institutes of the Christian Religion)

He who has God as his portion is destitute of nothing which is requisite to constitute a happy life.- John Calvin‏ @JohnCalvinDaily

Friday, 19 May 2017

20 May 17

The blood of Christ washes and reconciles to God, not the righteous and those who are fulfilling the law, but sinners and the transgressors of the law.-John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)

Such is the efficacy of the promises of the Gospel, that, as soon as anyone receives them by a living faith, and applies them to himself, he straightway derives from thence firm and solid consolation. But how can the promise of the forgiveness of sins yield to the believer solid comfort, while he remains uncertain whether he has faith or not? . . . Faith wrought by the Spirit apprehends the forgiveness of sins, and the paternal love of God towards us. This faith, in laying hold of the free love of God towards us, does not make men reckless and easy; but the want of this assurance is the cause why men wallow in earthly lusts. ‘Men do not’ (says Bernard) ‘repay the love of God with a return of love, unless as the Spirit reveals to them, through faith, the eternal purpose of God respecting their future salvation.’-John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)

"That students should flock for instruction to a place so devoid of human attractions is indicative of the terrible earnestness which then existed in the hearts of many for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom. Conscious of the deadly struggle which was being fought out with error all over Europe, young men considered no hardship too great provided they might be instructed in the oracles of God and trained to carry the word of reconciliation to dying men. Geneva thus became the great missionary centre of the 16th century."
Hugh Y. Reyburn, John Calvin, His Life, Letters, and Work. p. 284. Quoted by Iain Murray, Ministerial Training: Sketch of Theological Education n the 16th and 17th centuries, 1959.

If you have no wish to bring others to heaven, you are not going there yourself. -C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_, Volume 35 [1889]

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Quotes 19 May 17

The perfect obedience of Christ, the Mediator, is the formal cause of our justification.- John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)

The justification of believers does not rest on this, that they have in themselves a quality of new righteousness, which they would venture to subject to a legal examination of the strict judgment of God; but that, by and through the merits of the Redeemer, in whom they believe, they are not to undergo such judgments, but are dealt with as if they had in themselves exact legal righteousness.-John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)

The obedience of Christ, whereby He fulfilled the law, is so imputed to His mystical members, that, in consideration of it, they stand guiltless before God, justified and accepted to everlasting life- John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)

God, by His decree, transferred the fulfilling of the law to Christ, the God-man, and willed that that obedience and righteousness which Christ performed, in our flesh, should become ours by imputation. The Apostle most clearly teaches that Christ was made subject to the law, not for Himself, but for us; whence it will follow, that the fruit of His obedience redounds to us; which is the same as that the righteousness of Christ, or His perfect fulfilling of the law, is imputed to us.- John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)

Christ not only made satisfaction for us by undergoing the penalty of the cross, but also by taking upon Himself the burden of the law.- John Davenant (1576 – 1641),Words Old and New: Gems from the Christian Authorship of all Ages (pp. 137-139)