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Quote of the Day

The devil’s aim today is to keep one away from the Bible…Sin will keep you from this Book or this Book will keep you from sin.” – Leonard Ravenhill

Giving to People “Where they Stand”

If you’re ever looking for some good reading choices to strengthen your faith and encourage your Christian walk, picking up a good Christian biography is definitely a good bet. There are a host of good biographies out there on missionaries, preachers, Christian farmers – soldiers – and even Christian home-makers. John Piper even does a series of sermons that are Christian biographies that are absolutely amazing.

In a biography on the famous Christian writer and literary critic G.K. Chesterton, I found an awesome testimony on the kind of “givers” we should be for the Lord Jesus Christ. It ties in perfectly with the very thing our pastor is talking about this week on his blog. The author writes this about how Chesterton gives money to beggars:

“He seems so frivolous and so careless, but he gives money to beggars, not friviously or carelessly, but because he believes in giving money to beggars, and giving it to them “where they stand”. He says he knows perfectly well all the arguments against giving money to beggars. But he finds those to be precisely the arguments for giving money to them. If beggars are lazy or deceptive or wanting a drink, he knows only too well his own lack of motivation, his own dishonesty, his own thirst. He doesn’t believe in “scientific charity” because that is too easy, as easy as writing a check. He believes in “promiscuous charity” because that is really difficult. “It means the most dark and terrible of all human actions — talking to a man. In fact, I know of nothing more difficult than really talking to the poor men we meet.” He says that if we really believed in democracy, we would not be debating about what we should do with the poor; the poor would be debating about what to do with us.” – from Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, by Dale Ahlquist

Knowing God was born like this…

From John Piper at Desiring God:

In this smelly place he lay,
Smelly like the swine,
Smelly like the rotting hay,
Like your sin, and mine.
Do you see how low he lay?
Do you see how low?
There is lower yet to go.
Lower yet to go.

He is lying where they eat,
Lying where the swine—
Lying like a piece of meat
Where the hungry dine.
Do you see the flow complete
Do you see the flow?
There is greater love to show
Greater love to show.

Such a happy toddler there,
Happy like the birds,
Happy like the morning air
Filled with happy words.
Does he see or know or care?
Does he see or know:
O, how deep will be his woe
Deep will be his woe?

Knowing God was born like this
Knowing this is he,
Knowing somehow this is bliss
For the swine and me,
Is this loves full glow and kiss?
Is this love’s full glow?
There are deeper things to know,
Deeper things to know.

Mary musing every year,
Musing on her son,
Musing with a rising fear
Who will be the one:
Who will strike the blow and spear?
Who will strike the blow?
Does she know that blood must flow?
Know that blood must flow?

Jesus hanging on the tree,
Hanging like the meat,
Hanging there for swine like me,
Gives his flesh to eat.
Here is Life brought low and free.
Here is Life brought low.
O, how vast the debt I owe
Vast the debt I owe.

I hope you feel the same undeserved debt to the grace of God this year because of Christ. What an amazing Savior we have!

Quote of the Day

“To be much for God, we must be much with God…” – Leonard Ravenhill, “Why Revival Tarries”

Quote of the Day

The more we pray, the more we shall want to pray.  The more we pray, the more we can pray.  The more we pray, the more we shall pray.  He who prays little will pray less, but he who prays much will pray more.  And he who prays more, will desire to pray more abundantly.” – Charles Spurgeon

What It Means When You Don’t Pray

If you know you are needy and believe that God helps the needy, you will pray. Conversely, if we seldom pray, the problem goes much deeper than a lack of organization and follow through. The heart that never talks to God is the heart that trusts in itself and not in the power of God.  Prayerlessness is unbelief.

Prayerfulness, on the other hand, is an evidence of humility and faith, which is why God loves it when we pray.” – Kevin DeYoung, Prayerlessness is Unbelief

what God uses!

“It is not great talents God blesses as much as likeness to Christ. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”   -Charles Spurgeon

JGreene provides our quote of the day!

With Pastor Josh in India we were excited to have Josh Greene preach to the church!

until this…

“well, i guess using bob cats would be more better… -silence- sorry, i’m trying to get over the fact that i said ‘more better'”


birth of the King!

“the baby in the womb, he was the maker of the moon, he was the author of the faith, he could make the mountains move.”    -Andrew Peterson

peanut butter???

“Peanut butter is a meat! It has lots of protein.”  -LJ

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