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the newsletter of Park Cities Presbyterian Church 1994

April 16: "There is never a day when the Lord could love His people more, or less." —John Blanchard April 23: "Joy is a quiet contentment with God, no matter where He has you at the moment." —Tim Tinsley April 30: "It is impossible to separate works from faith, quite as impossible as to separate heat and light from fire." —Martin Luther May 7: "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he can never lose." —Jim Elliot May 14: "Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there." —Old English Legend May 21: "O do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task." —Phillip Brooks May 28: Since God has a Son of his own, and such a Son, how wonderful God's love in adopting us! We needed a Father, but he did not need sons." —Thomas Watson June 11: "To see the law by Christ fulfill'd and hear His pardoning voice, changes a slave into a child, and duty into choice." —William Cowper June 25: "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." —Corrie ten Boom July 9: "Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times." —Martin Luther July 23: God's comfort is not insulation from difficulty; it is spiritual fortification sufficient to enable me to stand firm, undefeated in the fiery trials of life." —James E. Means Aug. 6: "God made you as you are to use you as He planned." —Macauley Aug. 20: "Those who enter heaven will find they are neither unknown nor unexpected." —J.C. Ryle Sept. 3: "He works where He sends us to wait." —Oswald Chambers Sept. 10: "Our hearts find no rest until they find their rest in Thee." —St. Augustine Sept. 17: "Knowledge of God is the foundation stone of all Christian life and service, and all faithful love of God." —Sinclair Ferguson Sept. 24: "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." —A.W. Tozer Oct. 1: "Man's history will demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshipper entertains high or low thoughts of God." —A.W. Tozer Oct. 8: "Sometimes providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards." —John Flavel Oct. 15: "All that I was, my sin, my guilt, my death, was all my own; all that I am I owe to Thee, my gracious God, alone." — Horatius Bonar Oct. 22: "The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love." —Henry Scougal Oct. 29: "He who is a winner of souls is a weeper for souls." —Charles H. Spurgeon Nov. 5: "The presence of a living God and His unconditional love...set the stage for my athletic success, because I then knew I could risk failure. My identity would not be based on whether I won or lost." —Kyle Rote Nov. 12: "The problem today with the body of Christ is not lack of knowledge but, rather, lack of understanding." —Howard Hendricks Nov. 19: "God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on." —C.S. Lewis Nov. 26: "The church that ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical." —Alexander Duff Dec. 3: "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "Thy will be done." —C.S. Lewis Dec. 10: "I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand; and what is more, I believe that unless I do believe I shall not understand.—Anselm Dec. 17: "The Son of God became the Son of Man in order that the sons of men might become the sons of God." —John Blanchard Quotes from THIS WEEK

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1995

Jan. 7: "The early Christians did not say in dismay, ‘Look what the world has come to,’ but in delight, ‘Look what has come to the world!’ —Carl F.H. Henry Jan. 14: "It is not lawful for you to make a compromise with God: to try to fulfill part of your duties, and to omit others at your own pleasure." —John Calvin Jan. 21: "God who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them." —C.S. Lewis Jan. 28: "God has given me a platform, and if I don't use it, I commit sin. Therefore, I choose to obey my Lord, and I enjoy it." —Reggie White Feb. 4: "To wait on God is to live a life of desire toward Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness to Him." —Matthew Henry Feb. 11: "Love is our only bus'ness here, Love, simple, constant, and sincere; O blessed days, thy servants see, spent O Lord! in pleasing Thee." —William Cowper Feb. 18: "Love is never having to say your sorry—NOT!" —Bill Lamberth Feb. 25: "The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies, probably because they are generally the same people." —G.K. Chesterton Mar. 4: "The devil would have us constantly crossing streams that are not there." —Anonymous Mar. 11: "God is; if He were not, nothing could be." —Richard Sibbes Mar. 25: "Hope is the only tie that keeps the heart from breaking." —Thomas Fuller Apr. 1: "Thankless men are like swine feeding on acorns, which, thought they fall upon their head, never make them look up to the tree from which they come." —Jean Daille Apr. 8: "We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world." —Barbara Johnson Apr. 15: " If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the Cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love." —Amy Carmichael Apr. 22: "Never doth a soul know what solid joy and substantial pleasure is, till once, being weary of itself, it renounce all propriety, give itself up unto the Author of its being." —Henry Scougal Apr. 29: "Must Christ pass through seas of His own blood to win the crown, and are we to walk to heaven dry- shod in silver slippers?" —Charles H. Spurgeon May 7: "He loves each of us as if there were only one of us." —St. Augustine May 14: "The tiniest post office can bear a letter that may wreck or bless a nation. And the simplest life can relay blessings that may rock a continent toward God." —Vance Havner May 20: "The measure of our love for others can largely be determined by the frequency and earnestness of our prayers for them." —A.W. Pink May 27: "The Christian's midnight is brighter than the sinner's noon." —John Blanchard June 10: "Jesus did not die just to give us peace and a purpose in life; He died to save us from the wrath of God." —Jerry Bridges June 24: "Christian, seek not yet repose; Cast thy dreams of ease away; Thou art in the midst of foes: Watch and pray." —Charlotte Elliott July 8: "Hope is faith in the future tense." —Peter Anderson July 22: "Jesus is God spelling Himself out in a language that man can understand." —S.D. Gordon Aug. 5: "The nearer to heaven in hopes, the farther from earth in desires." —William Gurnall Aug. 19: "The flesh loves excitement...It hurries into action. The Holy Spirit does not. Satan rushes men. God leads them." —F.B. Meyer Sept. 2: "Anxiety is a word of unbelief for unreasoning dread. We have no right to allow it. Full faith in God puts it to rest." —Horace Bushnell Sept. 9: "Suffering is everywhere. God says, 'I am in the suffering. I am up to something in the suffering, and I am up to something good in the suffering.'" —Edward Welch Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Sept. 16: "The way of the Cross presents us with the greatest and most delicious paradox of all time: to be really free you must submit to God's authority." —Bob Buford Sept. 23: "This life, therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise..." —Martin Luther Sept. 30: "Giving should be an act of love; it should be an act of worship. If one does not give, his love is empty and his worship hypocrisy." —Paul Settle Oct. 7: "When God has spoken, apathy is evidence of practical atheism." —Joyce Baldwin Oct. 14: "Nothing else under the sun can be as dry, flat, tedious and exhausting as religious work without the wonder." —Vance Havner Oct. 21: "Every moment is our opportunity to model ourselves on Jesus Christ—to allow the power of the Gospel to transform our personal lives and our service to others, according to the spirit of the Beatitudes.." —Pope John Paul II Oct. 28: "Always afraid of falling, finally I fell into the arms of an everlasting God." —Martin Luther Nov. 4: "God not only orders our steps; He orders our stops." —George Mueller Nov. 11: "We must rejoice in God, but still with a holy trembling." —Matthew Henry Nov. 18: "The Scriptures are in print, what Christ is in person. The inspired Word is like a faithful portrait of Christ." —A.W. Tozer Nov. 25: "Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life's song, 'He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.'" —Charles H. Spurgeon Dec. 2: "The tree will not only lie as it falls, but it will fall as it leans. What is the inclination of my soul?" —J.J. Gurney Dec. 9: "Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go." —Billy Graham Dec. 16: "Religion is for people who are trying to stay out of hell. Christianity is for people who have been there." —Steve Brown Dec. 23: "Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and the Second Advent splendor." —Charles H. Spurgeon

1996

Jan 13: "We are to enter into the difficulties and pressures of life with enthusiasm, for far from being barriers to progress, they are God's appointed way ahead." —Alec Motyer Jan. 20: "We live off of the Scripture. It is our life. The Word of God contains the spiritual vitamins and minerals that we need to 'fight the good fight.'" —Steve Farrar Jan. 27: "Our Lord doeth work like a printer, who setteth the letters backwards; we see and feel well His setting, but we shall see the print yonder—in the life to come." —Martin Luther Feb. 10: "Healing is not the best thing God can give us. Heaven is." —Skip Ryan Feb. 17: "If a Christian has to change his plans, it is always because God has something better in store." —Phil Webb Feb. 24: "Thankfulness is a flower which will never bloom excepting upon a root of humility." —J.C. Ryle Mar. 2: "Circumstances never create character; they merely reveal it." —John Blanchard Mar. 9: "The fruit of the Spirit is not excitement or orthodoxy; it is character." —G.B. Duncan Mar. 23: "Nearly all the wisdom that we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves." —John Calvin Mar. 30: "Sin can never quite bereave a saint of his jewel, his grace; but it may steal away the key of the cabinet, his assurance." —William Jenkins

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Apr. 6: "His oath, His covenant, His blood, Support me in the raging flood; When every earthly prop gives way, This still is all my strength and stay." —Charles H. Spurgeon Apr. 20: "In the counsel of God the Church existed even before the creation of man." —R.B. Kuiper Apr. 27: "Satan loves to send us out on Christian service provided it does no good." —Alec Motyer May 4: "Love is the very essence and life of the Christian religion." —Matthew Henry May 11: "Men do not reject the Bible because they find faults in it, but because it finds faults in them." —John Blanchard May 18: "There are five stones which will bring down any giant. They are: God is, God has, God can, God will, God does." —Charles Fox May 29: "The nearer to heaven in hopes, the farther from earth in desires." —William Gurnall June 8: "The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks at our widosm, but he trembles when we pray." —Samuel Chadwick June 22: "Coming to Christ not only involves the abandoning of every false object of confidence, it also includes and entails the forsaking of all other competitors for my heart." —A.W. Pink July 6: "No tyrant has ever effectually conquered and subjugated a people whose liberties and public virtue were founded upon the Word of God." —Gardiner Spring July 20: "As someone has said, a Christian should be like a good watch: all gold, open-faced, well- regulated, dependable, and filled with good works." —J. Vernon McGee Aug. 3: "The real problem of Christianity is not atheism or skepticism, but the non-witnessing Christian trying to smuggle his soul into heaven." —James S. Stewart Aug 17: "The magnitude of the sacrifice which our sins called forth manifests the supreme folly of looking else where for their forgiveness." —Geoffrey B. Wilson Aug. 31: "Do we honestly feel we can exile God from our society, ignore His rule in history, reject His Word and His law, build a godless system and expect to prosper indefinitely?" —Richard C. Halverson Sept. 1: "The Christian message is for those who have done their best and failed!" —Anonymous Sept. 8: "A dark hour makes Jesus bright." —Robert Murray M'Cheyne Sept. 15: "Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat." —William A. Ward Sept. 22: "You might as well talk about a heavenly devil as talk about a worldly Christian." —Bill Sunday Sept. 29: "Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God." — Anonymous Oct. 5: "Set a strong guard about thy outward senses. These are Satan's landing place, especially the eye and ear." —William Gurnall Oct. 12: "The best exercise for strengthening the heart is reaching down and lifting people up." —Ernest Blevins Oct. 19: "Faith is the soul riding at anchor." —F.W. Shaw Oct. 26: "It is later than it has ever been before, and the smartest thing any man can do is to set his watch by God's clock." — Vance Havner Nov. 2: "The Christian is like ripening corn; the riper he grows, the more lowly bends his head." —Thomas Guthrie Nov. 9: "Prayer does not fit us for greater work. Prayer is the greater work." —Oswald Chambers Nov. 16: "Faith is bringing all you know about God to bear on your situation." —Tim Tinsley Nov. 23: "Christian doctrine is grace, Christian conduct is gratitude." —J.I. Packer Dec. 7: "God loves to show mercy... His anger must be released by a stiff safety lock, but His mercy has a hair trigger." —John Piper Dec. 14: "I think the devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds... Satan is quite aware of the power of silence." —Jim Elliot Dec. 21: "The incarnation means God became 'breakable' so that we could become whole." —Skip Ryan Quotes from THIS WEEK

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1997

Jan. 11: "Piety has given birth to prosperity, and the daughter has devoured the mother." —Cotton Mather Jan. 18: "O do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task." —Phillip Brooks Jan. 25: "Dear Father: Help me to bridle my tongue so that on Judgment Day I will not be found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon." —Barbara Johnson Feb. 1: "God sometimes brings His people into a wilderness that there He might speak comfortably to them." ­ —Matthew Henry Feb. 8: "Work for the Lord. The pay isn't much, but the retirement benefit is out of this world." —Anonymous Feb. 15: "Make this simple rule the guide of your life: to have no will but God's." —Francois Fenelon Feb. 22: Those blessings are the sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks." —Thomas Goodwin Mar. 1: "We do not suddenly become holy in one moment by making Christ Lord; we are to be holy moment by moment because He is Lord." —John Blanchard Mar. 8: "True prayers are like those carrier pigeons which find their way so well; they cannot fail to go to heaven, for it is from heaven that they came; they are only going home." —Charles H. Spurgeon Mar. 22: "In these days of guilt complexes, perhaps the most glorious work in the English language is 'forgiveness'." —Billy Graham Mar. 29: "The Church is taken out of dying Jesus' side, as Eve out of sleeping Adam's." —William Gurnall Apr. 12: "The question, 'What is truth?' will always be decided at the foot of the cross." —Susan Cyre Apr. 19: "Take notice not only of the mercies of God, but of God in the mercies." —Ralph Venning Apr. 26: "Understanding salvation as union with Christ is not attractive to half-hearted professors of faith. It is too overwhelming, too intimate, too demanding. It leaves us no privacy, no room to keep Jesus safely at arm's length." —Ken Myers May 3: "Nothing is more destined to create deep-seated anxieties in people than the false assumption that life should be free of anxieties." —Fulton J. Sheen May 10: "Joy ceases to be joy when it ceases to be 'in the Lord'." —Alec Motyer May 17: "The essence of revival is spiritual warfare, taking ground away from the world, the flesh, and the devil." — Richard Lovelace May 24: "We must suffer patiently, because impatience is rebellion against the justice of God." —John Calvin May 31: "Nothing good comes except from God, and nothing except good comes from God." —John Blanchard June 7: "God's love for sinners is very wonderful, but God's patience with ill-natured saints is a deeper mystery." —Henry Drummond June 21: "Money is not able to buy one single necessity for the soul." —Henry David Thoreau July 5: "Joy is the flag that is flown from the citadel of the heart when the King is in residence." —Anonymous July 19: "Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks." —Phillips Brooks Aug. 2: "No man has any right to pick and choose among revealed truths." —A.W. Tozer Aug. 16: "We are as near to heaven as we are far from self, and far from the love of a sinful world." —Samuel Rutherford Aug. 30: "A dungeon with Christ is a throne, and a throne without Christ is hell." —Martin Luther Sept. 6: "The grace of God exempts no one from trouble." —J.C. Ryle Sept. 13: "There is no place like the feet of Jesus for resolving the problems that perplex our hearts." —G.B. Duncan Sept. 20: "Make money your god, it will plague you like the devil." — Henry Fielding Sept. 27: "Heaven is not a conditional reward, but a consummated relationship." —John Blanchard Oct. 4: "Prayer is the slender sinew that moves the muscle of omnipotence." —J.Edwin Hartill Oct. 11: "It doesn't take a great mind to be a Christian, but it takes all the mind a person has."—Richard C. Raines Oct. 18: "Satan, like a fisher, baits his hooks according to the appetite of the fish." —Thomas Adams Oct. 25: "There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still." —Corrie Ten Boom Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Nov. 1: "Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger." —Anonymous Nov. 8: "God is not in need of anything, but all things are in need of God." —Marcianus Aristides Nov. 15: "The Christian is more formed from his trials than from his enjoyments." —William Jay Nov. 22: "If you would realize nearness to Jesus, union with Jesus, love to His people and strength from Jesus, 'come and dine' with Him by faith." —Charles H. Spurgeon              Dec. 6: "An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly." — A.W. Tozer Dec. 13: "Repentance means the whole of life returning to the purposes of God." —Sinclair Ferguson Dec. 20: "The afflictions of this life wean us away from the affections of this life." —Brister Ware

1998

Jan. 10: "God never saves a spectator." —Robert Brown Jan. 17: "Americans don't bow down and worship little statues, for the most part. We're more sophisticated; we bow instead before the pale green glow of our TV sets." —Stephen J. Cole Jan. 24: "No man can believe he has such a glorious destiny when he will be changed into the perfect likeness of Christ, without living a life that is already changed by that prospect." —Sinclair Ferguson Jan. 31: "True faith takes its character and quality from its object and not from itself...Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!" —Sinclair Ferguson Feb. 7: "Our rule is not to go a step out of the way of duty, either to meet or cross or to miss one." —Matthew Henry Feb. 14: "Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God." —Anonymous Feb. 21: "There is no authentic Christian service that does not have suffering written into it." —Donald English Feb. 28: "Christ did not die to purchase this world for us." —Thomas Adams Mar. 7: "We're not Christians because it works; we're Christians because it's true." —Paige Benton Mar. 21: "The death of Christ not only demonstrates something, it demand everything." —John Blanchard Mar. 28: "I believe in Christianity as I believe in the sun—not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." —C.S. Lewis April 4: "Christ is not sweet till sin be made bitter to us." —John Flavel April 11: "The Lord Jesus loves you so much He would rather die than live without you." —Paige Benton April 25: "When something comes to us by the grace of God, it comes to the totally undeserving only by the goodness of God." —Morton H. Smith May 2: "The heart is a triangle which only the Trinity can fill." —Thomas Watson May 9: "Without our God we should fear to move; but when He bids us to, it would be dangerous to tarry." —Charles H. Spurgeon May 16: "The greater our progress in theology, the simpler and more childlike will be our faith." —J. Gresham Machen May 23: "They lose nothing who gain Christ." —J.C. Ryle May 30: "The turning point in our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is." —Patrick Morley June 13: "God has made the spread of his fame hang on the preaching of His Word; and He has made the preaching of His Word hang on the prayers of the saints." —John Piper June 27: "Probably the hardest thought of all for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help." —A.W. Tozer July 11: "Our message is Jesus Christ; we dare not give less, and we cannot give more." —William Temple July 25: "Heaven will be all praise. If you cannot praise God, you never will be there." —Robert Murray M'Cheyne Aug. 8: "A seed is made for the soil and soil for seed, so the heart is made for God's truth and God's truth for the heart." —Richard Glover Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Aug. 22: "Envy is a denial of providence." —Stephen Charnock Sept. 5: "Wherever souls are being tried and ripened in whatever commonplace and home way there God is hewing out the pillars of his temple." —Phillips Brooks Sept. 12: "If God was to Jesus, 'He who sent me,' then Jesus must be to us, 'He who sent us." The church is the community of Jesus who have first been chosen out of the world and then sent back into the world." —John Stott Sept. 19: "For all of us who've heard His voice and claim His name, Jesus' conquest of a runaway planet should be our main business." —David Swartz Sept. 26: "Live for Christ in common things, and all your work will become priestly work." —John Caird Oct. 3: "When we cannot trace God's hand we can trust God's heart." —Charles H. Spurgeon Oct. 10: "The Word of God is not just for domestic consumption; it is also for export." —William Freel Oct. 17: "God is in the business of doing things men can't do." —Paul Kooistra Oct. 2: "God knows what He is doing and He is not under any obligation to make us any explanation." —Elizabeth Eliot Oct. 31: "Whatever point of compass the wind is in, it is fulfilling God's Word, and turns about by His counsel." —Matthew Henry Nov. 7: "Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God." —Anonymous Nov. 14: "Praise is a soul in flower." —Thomas Watson Nov. 21: “All the compassions of all the tender fathers in the world compared with the tender mercies of our God would be but as a candle to the sun or a drop to the Ocean.” —Matthew Henry Dec. 12: "I would give nothing for a man's religion whose very dog and cat are not the better for it." —Rowland Hill

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1999

"That Christ and a forgiven sinner should be made one and share heaven between them is the wonder of salvation; what more could love do?" —Samuel Rutherford "Be not afraid in saying too much in praises to God; all the danger is in saying too little." —Matthew Henry "Faith alone justifies, through Christ alone. Assurance is the enjoyment of that justification." —Sinclair Ferguson "Mercy swims to us through Christ's blood." —Thomas Watson "Temptations are everywhere, and so is the grace of God." —Anonymous "Quite often when a man thinks his mind is getting broader, it is only his conscience stretching." —Anonymous "Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries." —Anonymous "What is impossible to God? Not that which is difficult to His power, but that which is contrary to His nature." —Ambrose "It is our bounden duty to live in obedience, but it would prove our utter ruin to live on obedience." —William Secker "God can secure us from fear, either by removing the thing feared, or by subduing the fear of the thing." —William Beveridge "There is not a word in the Bible which can be understood without reference to the cross." —Martin Luther "It pleases the Father that all fullness should be in Christ; therefore, there is nothing but emptiness anywhere else." —W. Gadsby "Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a saving of time." —C.S. Spurgeon "The devil has no difficulty making sin look innocent." —John Blanchard "The great work of Satan is to get saints to see God in the worst possible light." —Sinclair Ferguson

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May 15: May 22:

"Oh God, renew us in Thy love today,. For our tomorrow we have not a care, Who blessed our yesterday will meet us there. —Amy Carmichael "God's government will never fail in any part of the world, in any event of life, or in any tumult of the nations." —William S. Plumer May 29: "The daily circumstances of life will afford us opportunities enough of glorifying God in trust, without our waiting for any extraordinary calls upon our faith." —Philip Bennett Power June 12: "The point of the gospel is that He came to look like us that we might look like Him." —Paige Benton June 26 : "The steady will of Christ constitutes the law of the universe and makes it a cosmos instead of a chaos, just as His will brought it into being in the beginning." —A.H. Strong July 10: "It is possible to be so active in the service of Christ as to forget to love Him." —P.T. Forsyth July 24: "Holiness is not the way to Christ. Christ is the way to holiness." —Adrian Rogers Aug. 7: "We can be sure that the development of a beautiful Christ-like character will not occur in our lives without adversity." —Jerry Bridges Aug. 21: "He that hath slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God." —John Owen Sept. 4: "The confidence that a sovereign God governs for your good all the pain and all the pleasure that you will ever experience is an incomparable refuge and security and hope and power in your life." —John Piper Sept. 11: "You will not grow in Him until you bask in the love of Christ Jesus." —Paige Benton Sept. 18: "There is nothing destroyed by sanctification but that which would destroy us." —William Jenkyn Sept. 25: "What health is to the heart, that holines is to the soul."—John Flavel Oct. 2: "In all our wanderings the watchful glance of the Eternal Watcher is evermore fixed upon us—we never roam beyond the Shepherd's eye." —Charles H. Spurgeon Oct. 9: "From the very beginning of the Bible to its conclusion, the key that unlocks the mysteries of it all is being prepared to acknowledge the fact of sin." ­—Alistair Begg Oct. 16: "Let our trust be reared in the humble nursery of our own daily experience, with its ever recurring little wants, and trials, and sorrows; and then, when need be, it will come forth, to do such great things as are required of it." —Phillip Bennett Power Oct. 23: "When God's people really live by the future grace of Romans 8:28—from measles to the mortuary, they are the freest and strongest and most generous people in the world." —John Piper Oct. 30: "Our prayerlessness is an indicator of our suspicions of God and His goodness." —Paige Benton Nov. 7: "Prosperity leads to the fear of loss, and fear of loss leads to the loss of faith." —Ron Blue Nov. 14: "Nothing is recorded in the Scriptures which is not to our advantage to know." —John Calvin Nov. 21: "Remembrance and forgetfulness are the measuring rods of faithfulness throughout the canon of Scripture."—George Grant Dec. 4: "Man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God's face, and then descends from contemplating Him to scrutinize himself." —John Calvin Dec. 11: "Christian salvation and Christian living are but two aspects of one divine reality: the life bestowed in Jesus Christ. Such life is received by faith." —Harold L. Senkbeil Dec. 18: "Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King." —Isaac Watts

2000

Jan. 9: "He wills that I should holy be, What can withstand His will? The counsel of His grace in me He surely shall fulfill." —Charles Wesley Jan. 15: "God's rod is a pencil to draw Christ's image more lively upon us." —Thomas Watson

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Jan. 22: "There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are humble, and those who will be humbled." —Chan Gailey Jan. 29: "We should never forget that the purpose of theology is doxology; we study in order to praise." ­—J.I. Packer Feb. 5: "The Scriptures are authoritative on everything of which they speak, and they speak of everything." ­—Thomas Chalmers Feb. 12: "It is the person who most knows himself liable to fall that will be most ready to overlook the offences from his fellow men." —Alexander Auld Feb. 19: "Holiness is not an option; it is a requirement. But this in not a threat; it's a promise." —Michael Horton Feb. 26: "Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries." —Anonymous Mar. 2: "Alas! Our heart is our greatest enemy." —Charles H. Spurgeon Mar. 9: "People are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are." —Anonymous Mar. 25: “No man can make a survey of himself without immediately turning to the contemplation of God in whom he lives and moves. —C.Gregg Singer Apr. 1: "Consecration isn’t our giving anything to God. It is our talking our hands off what already belongs to God. —Walter B. Kiing Apr. 8: "If we bless God in our afflictions, our afflictions will be a blessing to us." — ­ Paul Settle Apr. 15: "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." —Corrie ten Boom Apr. 22: "The Cross is a pulpit, and the lesson Christ preached on it is love." ­—St. Augustine May 6: "God did not choose us because we were worthy, but by choosing us He makes us worthy." —Thomas Watson May 20: "As John upon his dear Lord's breast, So would I lean, so would I rest; As empty shell in depths of sea, So would I sink, be filled with Thee." —Amy Carmichael May 27: "As water-lily in her pool Through long, hot hours is still and cool, A though of peace, so I would be Thy water-flower, Lord, close by Thee." —Amy Carmichael June 3: "As singing bird in high, blue air, So would I soar, and sing Thee there; Nor rain, nor stormy wind can be When all the air is full of Thee." —Amy Carmichael June 17: "I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans." —George Macdonald July 1: "We need not despair of any man, so long as he lives. For God deemed it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit evil at all." —St. Augustine July 15: "Scripture is like a river, broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim." —Gregory the Great July 29: "When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die." —Jim Eliot Aug. 12: "To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men." —A. W. Tozer Aug. 26: "Jesus is honey in the mouth, music in the ear, a song of gladness in the heart." —Bernard of Clairvaux Sept. 2: "By afflictions, God is spoiling us [i.e., taking away from us] of what otherwise might have spoiled us. When he makes the world too hot for us to hold, we let it go." — John Powell

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Sept. 9: "If ever I reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third—the greatest wonder of all—to find myself there." —John Newton Sept. 16: "Nothing shall be lost that is done for God or in obedience to Him." —John Owen Sept. 23: "No man can disregard a religion and a faith and a power which is able to make bad men good." —William Barclay Sept. 30: "Will-power does not change men. Time does not change men. Christ does." —Henry Drummond Oct. 7: "One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving". —Amy Carmichael Oct. 14: "The great sin of the world is not that the human race has failed to work for God so as to increase His glory, but that we have failed to delight in God so as to reflect His glory." —John Piper Oct. 21: "A heart for the glory of God and a heart of mercy for the nations make a Christ-like missionary." —John Piper Oct. 28: "The unbelieving mind would not be convinced by any proof, and the worshiping heart needs none." —A. W. Tozer Nov. 4: "Only when we are yielded to the Cross do we really become free.” —Samuel Rutherford Nov. 11: "God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us." —St. Augustine Nov. 18: "Wisdom opens the eyes both to the glories of heaven and to the hollowness of earth." —J. Alec Motyer Nov. 25: "God's giving deserves our thanksgiving." —Anonymous Dec. 9: "God is the country of the soul." —St. Augustine Dec. 16: "A test of Christian devotion is the extent to which, in happiness as well as in sorrow, we think of Jesus." —Frank Gabelein Dec. 23: "Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see, Hail th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with men to appear, Jesus, our Immanuel here!" —Charles Wesley

2001

Jan. 13: "The very existence of all human relationships has its meaning in the relationship of the Father and the Son and the Spirit." —Skip Ryan Jan. 20: "The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man’s reason." —Martin Luther Jan. 27: "The fundamental deception of Satan is the lie that obedience can never bring happiness." —R. C. Sproul Feb. 3: "Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before." —John Owen Feb. 10 : "As the way to Canaan lay through a howling wilderness and desert, so the path to heaven lies through much affliction." —Thomas Manton Feb 17: "There is no place for faith if we expect God to fulfill immediately what He promises." —John Calvin Feb. 24: "If you don’t want the devil to tempt you with forbidden fruit, you had better keep out of his orchard." —Doug Barnett Mar. 3: "No church exists in this Disneyland of America for its own sake, but to be a blessing to all the nations." —John Piper Mar. 10: "No man has a velvet cross." —John Flavel Mar. 17: "It is your duty and glory to do that every day that you would willingly do on a dying day." —Thomas Brooks Apr. 7: "The principle of sacrifice is that we choose to do or to suffer what apart from our love we should not choose to do or to suffer." —William Temple

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Apr. 14: "I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood, I see the mighty sacrifice, And I have peace with God." —Horatius Bonar Apr. 28: "If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million of enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference; He is praying for me!" —Robert Murray M’Cheyne May 5: "They have no grace that can be content with a little grace." —Thomas Manton May 12: "God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called." —Anonymous May 19: "Love is that liquor sweet and most divine "Which my God feels as blood; but I, as wine." —George Herbert May 26: "Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely way, there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple." —Phillips Brooks June 9: "Prayer is not wrestling with God’s reluctance to bless us; it is laying hold on His willingness to do so." — John Blanchard June 23: "Theirs is an endless road, a hopeless maze, who seek for goods before they seek for God." —St. Bernard of Clairvaux July 7: "The truth makes us free from our spiritual enemies, free in the service of God, free to the privileges of sons." —Matthew Henry July 21: "The school of trial best discloses the hidden vileness of the heart and the vast riches of a Saviour’s grace." —Henry Law Aug. 4: "To trust in [God] when no need is pressing, when things seem going right of themselves, may be harder than when things seem going wrong." —George Macdonald Aug. 18: "The reason that the Ten Commandments are short and clear is that they were handed down direct, and not through several committees." —Dan Bennett Sept. 1: "Man’s way leads to a hopeless end...God’s way leads to an endless hope." —Anonymous Sept. 8: "Faith is the soul riding at anchor." — H. W. Shaw Sept. 15: "Grace tried is better than grace, and it is more than grace, it is glory in its infancy." —Samuel Rutherford Sept. 22: "Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely." —Phillips Brooks Sept. 29: "It is when God appears to have abandoned us that we must abandon ourselves most wholly to God. — Francois Fenelon Oct. 6: "How can I look to be at home in the enemy’s country, joyful while in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness? This is not my rest. This is the place of the furnace and the forge and the hammer." —Charles H. Spurgeon Oct. 13: "Commit thou all thy griefs And ways into His hands, To His sure truth and tender care, Who heaven and earth commands." —Paul Gerhardt Oct. 20: "I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess." —Martin Luther Oct. 27: "The fundamental distinction between godly and ungodly men consists in the object to which their affections are directed." —Anonymous Nov. 3: "If your problem is bigger than your God, then you are serving the wrong god." —P.L. Williams Nov. 10: "The Holy Scripture...is of much greater use and benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe in, or the light of the sun." —Matthew Henry Nov. 17: "No man ever errs on the side of giving too much honour to God the Son." —J. C. Ryle

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Nov. 24: "O render thanks to God above, The fountain of eternal love, Whose mercy firm through ages past Hath stood, and shall forever last." —Nahum Tate Dec. 8: "The seeming peace a sinner has is not from the knowledge of his happiness but the ignorance of his danger." —Thomas Watson Dec. 15: "The resurrection of Christ is the Amen of all His promises." —John Boys Dec. 22: "Welcome! all Wonders in one sight! Eternity shut in a span. Summer in winter, day in night, Heaven in earth, and God in man. Great little one! whose all-embracing birth Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heav’n to earth!" —Richard Crashaw

2002

Jan. 12: "There are no crown wearers in heaven who were not cross bearers here below." —Charles H. Spurgeon Jan. 19: "Faith is the acknowledgment of the entire absence of all goodness in us, and the recognition of the cross as the substitute for all the want on our part. The whole work is His, not ours, from first to last." —Horatius Bonar Jan. 26: "You will never attain true gentleness except by one path: a heart imbued with lowliness and with reverence for others." —John Calvin Feb. 2: "A man may find out many ways to hide his sin, but he will never find out any way to subdue his sin, but by the exercise of grace." —Thomas Brooks Feb. 9: " Never undertake anything for which you wouldn’t have the courage to ask the blessing of heaven." —G. C. Lichtenberg Feb. 16: "The Christian must be consumed with the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin." —Thomas Carlyle Feb. 23: "When we seek honors we depart from Jesus." —Hugh of St. Victor Mar. 2: "It is a steep ascent to eternal glory: many are lying dead by the way, slain with security." —Samuel Rutherford Mar. 9: "The key to the history of the world is the kingdom of God." —D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Mar. 23: "Come all crosses, welcome, welcome! so I may get my heart full of my Lord Jesus." —Samuel Rutherford Mar 30: "Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance. —Alfred North Whitehead Apr. 13: "Holiness is not the way to Christ; Christ is the way to holiness." —Adrian Rogers Apr. 20: "Faith says not, 'I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it,' but, 'God sent it, and so it must be good for me.'” —Phillips Brooks Apr.27: "The Christian who has the smile of God needs no status symbols." —Leonard Ravenhill May 1: "To live is nothing, unless to live be to know Him by whom we live." —John Ruskin May 8: "Oh my debt of praise, how weighty is it, and how far run up! Oh that others would lend me to pay, and teach me to praise!" —Samuel Rutherford May 15: "Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change; and when we are right, make us easy to live with." —Peter Marshall May 22: "What are our lame praises in comparison with His love? Nothing, and less than nothing; but love will stammer rather than be dumb." —Robert Leighton May 29: "Those are the best prepared for the greatest mercies that see themselves unworthy of the least." —Thomas Watson Quotes from THIS WEEK

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June 8: "He who hath heard the Word of God can bear His silences." —St. Ignatius of Loyola June 22: "Searching for true happiness in the context of a godless life is like looking for a needle in a haystack that doesn’t have any." —W. T. Purkiser July 6: "True freedom is only to be found when one escapes from oneself and enters into the liberty of the children of God." —Francois Fenelon July 20: "What, then, is the nature of true liberty? Not being free to do anything you want to do, but in coming to the place where you delight in the performance of what you ought to do." —Al Martin Aug. 3: "God does not need your talents, wisdom, holiness and strength. But rather you, in weakness, desperately need the power of His Spirit in your labors." —Walter Chantry Aug. 17: "In the resurrection morning...we shall thank God for every storm." —J. C. Ryle Aug. 31: "How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven." —George Macdonald Sept. 7: "The highest proof of Scripture is uniformly taken from the character of Him whose word it is." —John Calvin Sept. 14: "Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life." —Jonathan Edwards Sept. 21: "Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise physician prescribes, because we need them; and He proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires." —John Newton Sept. 28: "Our whole life....should be so angled towards God that whatever strikes upon us, whether sorrow or joy, should be deflected upwards at once into His presence." —J. Alec Motyer Oct. 5 "Many a man has thought himself broken up, when he has merely been made ready for the sowing." —Hugh Redwood Oct. 12: "Cheerful patience is a holy art and skill, which a man learns from God." —Thomas Manton Oct. 19: "Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully." —Phillips Brooks Oct. 26: "Peace if possible, but truth at any rate." —Martin Luther Nov. 2: "Morally, a Christian is called to holiness; dynamically, he is called to service." —John Blanchard Nov. 9: "No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness." —George Macdonald Nov. 16: "In Christ Jesus heaven meets earth and earth ascends to heaven." —Henry Law Nov. 23: "The present moment always reveals the presence and the power of God." —Jean Pierre de Caussade Nov. 30: "When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines." —Samuel Rutherford Dec. 14: " Invisible in His own nature [God] became visible in ours. Beyond our grasp, He chose to come within our grasp. —Leo the Great Dec. 20 "Babe of Bethlehem, to Thee, Infant of eternity, Everlasting glory be!" —Horatius Bonar

2003

(THIS WEEK became biweekly) Jan. 11: "Ask the Lord to make your life a glory to Him, a menace to the devil, a strength to your church and a witness to the world." —Frederick P. Wood Jan. 18: "Jesus Christ is end of all, and the centre to which all tends. Whoever knows Him knows the reason of everything." —Blaise Pascal Feb. 8: "If wrong our hearts, our heads are right in vain." —Edward Young Feb. 22: "Grace is a ring of gold, and Christ is the sparkling diamond in that ring." —Thomas Brookes Mar. 8: "Jesus is not a substitute for the symptoms, he is the cure for the cause." —John Blanchard Mar. 22: "The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction." —Charles H. Spurgeon Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Apr. 5: "God not only does His people good, He is His people's good." —Jonathan Edwards Apr. 19: "He who was the Son by nature willingly took the form of a servant so that we who were by nature the servants of sin might become sons by the adoption of grace!" —Geoffrey B. Wilson May 3: "There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’ —Abraham Kuyper May 17: "God does not expect us to submit our faith to Him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity." —St. Augustine May 31: " If God should have no more mercy on us than we have charity one to another, what would become of us?" —Thomas Fuller June 14: "There are only two kinds of men: the righteous, who believe themselves sinners; the rest, sinners who believe themselves righteous." —Blaise Pascal June 28: "Can we gain anything by fearing and fuming? Do we not unfit ourselves for action, and unhinge our minds for wise decision? We are sinking by our troubles when we might float by faith." —Charles H. Spurgeon July 12: "Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity." —Edwin Hubbel Chapin July 26: "When Christ reveals Himself there is satisfaction in the slenderest portion, and without Christ there is emptiness in the greatest fulness". —Alexander Grosse Aug. 9: "God wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything." —A. W. Tozer Aug. 23: "A witness in a court of law has to give evidence; a Christian witness has to be evidence. It is the difference between law and grace!" —Geoffrey R. King Sept. 6: "There are some of your graces which would never be discovered if it were not for your trials." —Charles H. Spurgeon Sept.20: "Many persons who appear to repent are like sailors who who throw their goods overboard in a storm, and wish for them again in a calm." —Anonymous Oct. 4: "It is nice to know your gifts; it is life and death to know your weaknesses." —Paige Benton Oct. 18: "After Calvary, God has the right to be trusted; to be believed that He means what He says; and that His love is dependable.” —A. J. Gossip Nov. 1: "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" —Corrie ten Boom Nov. 15: "Nobody seriously believes the universe was made by God without being persuaded that He takes care of His works." —John Calvin Nov. 29: "Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts." —St. John Chrysostom Dec. 13: "Though Christ a thousand times "The cross on Golgotha In Bethlehem be born, Will never save thy soul; If he’s not born in thee The cross in thy own heart Thy soul is still forlorn. Alone can make thee whole." —Anonymous, 3rd century

2004

Jan. 10: "He who was the Son by nature willingly took the form of a servant so that we who were by nature the servants of sin might become sons by the adoption of grace!" —Geoffrey B. Wilson Jan. 24: "Without the miracles, you would have in Jesus a teacher and an example; but with the miracles you have a Saviour from your sins." —J. Gresham Machen Feb. 7: "Prayer as it comes from the saint is weak and languid; but when the arrow of a saint’s prayer is put into the bow of Christ’s intercession it pierces the throne of grace." —Thomas Watson Feb. 21: "Joy is not gush: joy is not jolliness. Joy is simply perfect acquiescence in God’s will, because the soul delights itself in God Himself." —Amy Carmichael Mar. 6: "There will be no broken shells on the beaches of heaven." —Georgia B. Settle

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Mar. 20: "Faith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body...How a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension." —J. C. Ryle Apr. 3: "Was it for crimes that I had done, He groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree." —Isaac Watts Apr. 17: "If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” —Charles H. Spurgeon May 1: "Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; We do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ." —Blaise Pascal May 15: "The higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in his own esteem." —Charles H. Spurgeon May 29: "No man ever said, at the end of his days, ‘I have read my Bible too much, I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful with my soul.'" —J. C. Ryle June 12: "God will either give you what you ask, or something far better." —Robert Murray M’Cheyne June 26: "Some form of suffering is virtually indispensable to holiness." —John R. W. Stott July 10: "If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself." —St. Augustine July 24: "Joy is the natural outcome of the Christian’s obedience to the revealed will of God." —John Blanchard Aug. 7: "There is a burden of care in getting riches, fear in keeping them, temptation in using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them, and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them." —Matthew Henry Aug. 21: "Satan rocks the cradle when we sleep at our devotions. " —Joseph Hall Sept. 4: "Still as of old Men by themselves are priced— For thirty pieces Judas sold Himself, not Christ." —Hester H. Cholmondeley Sept. 18: "If we really know Christ as our Saviour our hearts are broken and cannot be hard, and we cannot refuse forgiveness." —D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Oct. 2: "There is never an act of resignation to the will of God under the cross, nor an act of trust in Him for His help, but they will be recorded in heaven's register as good works." —Thomas Boston Oct. 16: "Man is never so fully and so truly personal as when he is living in complete dependence upon God. This is how personality comes into its own." —Donald F. Baillie Oct. 30: "Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell." —C. T. Studd Nov. 13: "The very proof that God loves you is that He does not spare you, but lays upon you the cross of Jesus Christ." —Francois Fenelon Nov. 27: "The Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot." —St. Augustine Dec. 11: "Come and worship at His feet; Yield to Him the homage meet; From the manger to the throne, Homage due to God alone. " —James Montgomery Boise

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"It’s a good thing God chose me before I was born, because he surely would not have afterwards." —Charles H. Spurgeon Jan. 22: "The vessels of mercy are first seasoned with affliction and then the wine of glory is poured in." —Thomas Watson Feb. 5: "Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do." —Andrew Murray Feb. 19: "It is to no purpose to boast of Christ, if we have not an evidence of His graces in our hearts and lives. But unto whom He is the hope of future glory, unto them He is the life of present grace." —John Owen Mar. 5: "Twas an unhappy Division that has been made between Faith and Works; though in my Intellect I may divide them, just as in the Candle I know there is both Light and Heat. But yet, put out the Candle, and they are both gone." —John Selden Mar. 19: "Leave Him [God] out of our explanations, and the life of thought is decapitated... Without God, everything dries up." —Martin C. D’Arcy Apr. 2: "In all the sins of men, God principally regards the principle — that is, the heart " —John Owen Apr. 16: "God grades on the cross, not the curve." —Anonymous Apr. 30: "The tools the great Architect intends to use much are often kept long in the fire to temper them and fit them for the work." —J.C. Ryle May 14: "Be persuaded, timid soul, that He has loved you too much to cease loving you." —François Fénelon May 28: "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." —C. S. Lewis June 11: "It is generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful of what they owe God for any blessing is that they should receive that blessing often and regularly." —Richard Whately June 25: "The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home." —St. Augustine July 9: " We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that we have none of our own." —John Owen July 23: "Seek Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in." —C. S. Lewis Aug. 6: "God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with." —Luis Palau Aug. 20: "In Scripture, every little daisy is a meadow. " —Martin Luther Sept. 3: "Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him... Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape." —Martin Luther Sept. 17: "All love in general hath an assimilating efficacy; it casts the mind into the mould of the thing beloved... Every approach unto God by ardent love and delight is transfiguring." —John Owen Oct. 1: "Do little things as though they were great, because of the majesty of Jesus Christ who does them in us, and who lives our life: and do the greatest things as though they were little and easy, because of His omnipotence." —Blaise Pascal Oct. 15: "If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing: it is an infinitely foolish thing." —Phillips Brooks Oct. 29: "All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors." —John Calvin Nov. 12: "We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." —A. W. Tozer And now when the spring and my heart are asunder, Nov. 26: "Lord, I am glad for the great gift of living, Lord, I give thanks for the dark autumn ways. Glad for Thy days of sun and of rain; Sun, bloom, and blossom, O Lord, I remember, Grateful for joy, with an endless thanksgiving, The dream of the spring and its joy I recall; Grateful for laughter­— and grateful for pain. But now in the silence and pain of November, Lord, I am glad for the young April’s wonder, Glad for the fullness of long summer days; Lord, I give thanks to Thee, Giver of all!” —Charles Hanson Towne Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Dec. 10: "Jesus came!—and came for me. Simple words! and yet expressing Depths of holy mystery, Depths of wondrous love and blessing. Holy Spirit, make me see All His coming means for me; Take the things of Christ, I pray, Show them to my heart today." —Frances Ridley Havergal

2006

Jan. 7: "Give me a stout heart to bear my own burdens. Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others. Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon Thee, O Lord." —John Baillie Jan. 21: "Every man is a missionary, now and forever, for good or for evil, whether he intends or designs it or not... There are no moral blanks; there are no neutral characters." —Thomas Chalmers Feb. 4: "I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that he is indeed our Master." —John Newton Feb. 18: "Affliction is the Christian's theologian...I never knew the meaning of God's Word until I came into affliction." —Martin Luther Mar. 4: "Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime. —Martin Luther Mar. 18: "God did his most deadly work to destroy hopelessness and futility and provincial cowardice. He gave up His Son to torture and death. A perfect life, a perfect death, and the decisive work was done." —John Piper Apr. 1: "At the cross God wrapped His heart in flesh and blood and let it be nailed to the cross for our redemption." —E. Stanley Jones Apr. 15: "Because upon the first glad Easter day The stone that sealed His tomb was rolled away, So, through the deepening shadows of death’s night, Men see an open door ... beyond it, light." —Ida Norton Munson Apr. 29: "God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us—as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray." —John Calvin May 13: "He was the Word that spake it; He took the bread and brake it; And what that Word did make it I do believe, and take it." —John Donne May 27: "The kingdom of heaven is not come even when God’s will is our law; it is fully come when God’s will is our will." —George MacDonald June 10: "The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down." —George Whitefield June 24: "To take up the cross of Christ is no great action done once for all; it consists in the continual practice of small duties which are distasteful to us." —John Henry Newman July 8: "He is my Altar, I His holy place; I’m His by purchase, He is mine by blood; I am His guest, and He my living food; He’s my supporting elm, and I His vine: I’m His by penitence, He is mine by grace; Thus I my Best-beloved’s am; thus He is mine.” —Francis Quarles

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July 22: "He who seeks the Father more than anything He can give is likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss." —George MacDonald Aug. 5: "The Lord can clear the darkest skies Can give us day for night. Make drops of sacred sorrow rise To rivers of delight." —Isaac Watts Aug. 19: "Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and He proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust His skill and thank Him for His prescription." —Isaac Newton Sept. 2: "That faith alone will never forsake Christ which springs out of or is built upon a conviction of the need for Him." —John Owen Sept. 16: "Man was made to lean on the Creator; but if not on Him, then he leans on the creature in one shape or another. The ivy cannot grow alone: it must twine round some support or other." ­­­ —Richard Chevenix Trench Sept. 30: "Gratitude is the conduit to make what is real in heaven real on earth." —Ben Albritton Oct. 14: "If every call to Christ and His righteousness is a call to suffering, the converse is equally—every call to suffering is a call to Christ, a promotion, an invitation to come up higher." —Charles Brent Oct. 28: "Every time the words “contrition” or “humility” drop from the lips of a prophet or psalmist, Christianity appears." —Matthew Arnold Nov. 11: "On the one hand, in matters of the spirit, nothing fails like success. On the other hand, in matters of the spirit, nothing succeeds like failure." —Os Guinness Nov. 25: "Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there." —A. J. Gossip Dec. 9: O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray; Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. —Phillip Brooks

2007

Jan. 6: "There is never any peace for those who resist God." —Francois Fenelon Jan. 20: "We read tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit when five minutes of drastic obedience would make things clear as a sunbeam. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and... the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away." —Oswald Chambers Feb. 3: "God does not lead His children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. But He leads! And amidst the hardship, He is nearer to them than ever before." —Otto Dibelius Feb. 17: "We are never nearer Christ than when we find ourselves lost in a holy amazement at His unspeakable love." —John Owen Mar. 3: "We need not despair of any man, so long as he lives. For God deemed it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit evil at all." —St. Augustine (354-430) Mar. 17: “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” —John Calvin Mar. 31: "From subtle love of softening things, From easy choices, weakenings, (Not thus are spirits fortified; Not this way went the Crucified;) From all that dims Thy Calvary, O Lamb of God, deliver me." —Amy Carmichael Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Apr. 14: "Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds, to destroy them." —St. Augustine Apr. 28: "As we get older faith looks a lot like courage." —Tim Tinsley May12: "Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours." —C. S. Lewis May 26: "No man can be without his god. If he have not the true God to bless and sustain him, he will have some false god to delude and to betray him." —Richard Chevenix Trench June 9: "The great unity which true science seeks is found only by beginning with our knowledge of God, and coming down from Him along the stream of causation to every fact and event that affects us." —Howard Crosby June 23: "A Christian man is most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone." —Martin Luther July 7: "No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness." —George MacDonald July 21: "A comprehended god is no god." —St. John Chrysostom Aug. 4: "Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions." —Matthew Henry Aug. 18: "God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination." —St. Augustine Sept. 1: "You don't know God's love until you know you don't deserve it." —Steve Brown Sept. 15: "It is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked: on the contrary, we are less so. We see by a brighter light. And let us remember...that we never perceive our sins till He begins to cure them." —Francois Fenelon Sept. 29: "Steadfastness in believing doth not exclude all temptations from without. When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it." —John Owen Oct. 13: "The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him." —Blaise Pascal Oct. 27: "You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then He is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm." —Robert Murray M'Cheyne Nov. 4: "The only unanswerable argument for Christianity is a Christian life. No man can disregard a religion and a faith and a power which is able to make bad men good." —William Barclay Nov. 18: "It is not for nothing that the central rite of Christ’s religion is not a fast but a feast, as if to say that the one indispensable requirement for obtaining a portion in Him is an appetite, some hunger—is to be without what we must have and He can give." —A. J. Gossip Dec. 2: "Let every creature rise and bring Honors peculiar to our King; Angels descend with songs again, And earth repeat the loud amen." —Isaac Watts

2008

Jan. 5: "One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving." —Amy Carmichael Jan. 19: "If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be better than they are in the world: at least, we should be better enabled to bear them." —John Owen Feb. 2: "The law is for the self-righteous, to humble their pride: the gospel is for the lost, to remove their despair." —Charles H. Spurgeon Feb. 16: "I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am." —John Newton Mar. 1: "The unbelieving mind would not be convinced by any proof, and the worshiping heart needs none." —A. W. Tozer Quotes from THIS WEEK

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Mar. 15: Am I a stone, and not a sheep, That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood's slow loss, And yet not weep?

Not so the Sun and Moon Which hid their faces in a starless sky: A horror of great darkness at broad noon I only I.

Yet give not o’er But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock; Greater than Moses, turn and look once more And smite a rock. —Christina Rossetti Mar. 29: "The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection--the Resurrection explains the Gospels." —John S. Whale Apr. 12: "A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell." —C.S. Lewis Apr. 26: "The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man." —G.K. Chesterton May 10: "The strongest inducement for a Christian to obey the divine law is the fact that he has been graciously pardoned for having broken it." —Ernest F. Kevan May 24: "Sin looks like freedom (Jeremiah 2:31) till you find yourself its slave (John 8:34)." —Andrée Seu June 7: “I would take the events of my life as good and perfect gifts from you; I would receive even the sorrows of life as disguised gifts from you." —George Matheson June 21: "Whether you come to me in sunshine or in rain, I would take You into my heart joyfully. You are Yourself more than the sunshine; You are Yourself compensation for the rain. It is You and not Your gifts I crave." —George Matheson July 5: " No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness." —George MacDonald July 19: "Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal." —C.S. Lewis Aug. 2: "To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." —C. S. Lewis Aug. 16: "It is an abuse to confess any kind of sin...without a will to be delivered from it, since confession was instituted for no other end." —Francois de Sales Aug. 30: "The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the well-meaning: it is for the desperate." —James Denney Sept. 13: "Since God offers to manage our affairs for us, let us once and for all hand them over to His infinite wisdom, in order to occupy ourselves only with Himself and what belongs to Him." —J. P. de Caussade Sept. 27: "I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans." —George MacDonald Oct. 11: "Most of us know not how much glory may be in present grace, nor how much of heaven may be obtained in holiness on the earth. —John Owen Oct. 25: "One with God is a majority." —Billy Graham Nov. 8: " Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust, not in the living God but in dying men. The unbeliever denies the self-sufficiency of God and usurps attributes that are not his. This dual sin dishonors God and ultimately destroys the soul of man." —A.W. Tozer Nov. 22: "Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of You. O, Father, give to your child what he himself knows not how to ask. Teach me to pray. Pray Yourself in me." —Francois Fenelon

Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee; Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly; Not so the thief was moved;

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Dec. 6: Why do you give the baby gold? The guiding star foretold a king. A little child shall lead you, bring No metal rich or cold. Who brings my boy this frankincense? The star foretold a priestly role. A little child shall save your soul, Not gifts of great expense.

A child shall lead you from tonight. The angel heralded his birth. Our Saviour born to save the earth, Our Way, our Truth, our Light. Three gifts that far outweigh all gold And gifts like frankincense and myrrh. Sleep, child, my little comforter, That no star has foretold. —Peter Dale

What is this myrrh? What do you see? The star foretold a bitter cup. ‘And I if I be lifted up Shall draw all men to me.’

2009

Jan. 10: Receive every day as a resurrection from death ...meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God's goodness ...let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a Creator." —William Law Jan. 24: " As sure as ever God puts His children in the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them." —C. H. Spurgeon Feb 7: "Your heart is not the compass that God steers by." —Samuel Rutherford Feb 21: "The love I bear Christ is but a faint and feeble spark, but it is an emanation from himself: He kindled it and he keeps it alive; and because it is his work, I trust many waters shall not quench it." — John Newton Mar. 7: " If the mercy of God is so great that He can instruct us, to our salvation, even when He hides Himself, what a brilliance of light we must expect when He reveals Himself" —Blaise Pascal Mar. 21: “When the hand of faith opens to lay hold of Christ, it drops the sin it had grasped before. You must part with your sin—or Christ.” —J. A. James Apr. 4: "When Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross, it was not the blood of a martyr; or the blood of one man for another; it was the life of God poured out to redeem the world." —Oswald Chambers Apr. 18: "Faith is the acknowledgment of the entire absence of all goodness in us, and the recognition of the cross as the substitute for all the want on our part. The whole work is His, not ours, from first to last." —Horatius Bonar May 2: "Where would you be if God took away all your Christian work? Too often it is our Christian work that is worshiped and not God." —Oswald Chambers May 16: "The whole being of any Christian is faith and love—Faith brings the man to God, love brings Him to men." ­­—Martin Luther May 30: "The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way." —William Barclay June 13: "The reason that the Ten Commandments are short and clear is that they were handed down direct, and not through several committees." —Dan Bennett June 27: "The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the well-meaning: it is for the desperate." —James Denney July 11: "Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do." —Andrew Murray July 25: "What do I need today? Strength? Peace? Patience? Heavenly joy? Industry? Good temper? Power to help others? Inward contentment? Courage? Whatever it be, my God will lavish it upon me. —Amy Carmichael Aug. 8: "The dilemma for man is not who he is but what he has done. His predicament is not that he is small, but that he is sinful." —Os Guinness

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Aug. 22: “I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?” —John Stott Sept. 5: "The world dwarfs us all, and God dwarfs the world." —J.I. Packer Sept. 19: "The fixed point of the universe is the throne of God." —G. Campbell Morgan Oct. 3: "Your heart is so awful it will never not need Jesus. Your heart is so loved it will always have Jesus." — Paige Benton Brown Oct. 17: "There are... few stronger indications of ignorance of the power and evil of sin than the confident assertion of our ability to resist and subdue it." —Charles Hedge Oct. 31: "I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I have ever met." —Dwight L. Moody Nov. 14: My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who bore my pain; Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace And gave me life again; Who crushed my curse of sinfulness And clothed me in His light And wrote His law of righteousness With pow’r upon my heart. —Keith Getty & Stuart Townend (from “My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness”) My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who reigns above, Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, Whose ev’ry thought is love. For ev’ry day I have on earth Is given by the King; So I will give my life, my all, To love and follow him. —Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Nov. 28: My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who walks beside; Who floods my weaknesses with strength And causes fears to fly; Whose ev’ry promise is enough For ev’ry step I take, Sustaining me with arms of love And crowning me with grace.

Dec. 12: Holy Child who chose the hearts of men To be His favoured home Leaving heaven's gates for Bethlehem God came to call His own Now to us the highest King is born Behold the Royal Son Glory kneels to mend all that is torn The promised Child has come —Keith and Kristyn Getty

2010

Jan. 9: “The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God Himself.” —A. W. Tozer Jan. 23: "Happily for us, the fundamental Christian message concerns not what we ought to do, but what God has done and what God is willing to do." —Hugh Martin Feb. 6: "There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot from that situation create something that is surpassingly good. He did it at the creation. He did it at the cross. He is doing it today." —Handley Moule Feb. 20: “God has created an entire cosmos to display His redeeming love for His people.” —Kay Gabrysch Mar 6: “The body is our house of clay...we are tenants at Another’s will. However, the soul is our own everlasting possession.” —George Swinnock

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Mar 20: “Who can be astonished at anything, when he has once been astonished at the manger and the cross? What is there wonderful left after one has seen the Savior?” —Charles H. Spurgeon April 3: “Herein is wonder of wonders: He came below to raise me above, was born like me that I might be like Him.” —Valley of Vision April 17: “Herein is love; when I cannot rise to him He draws near on wings of grace, to raise me to Himself.” — Valley of Vision May 1: “Herein is power; when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart He united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and created.” —Valley of Vision May 15: “Herein is wisdom; when I was undone, with no will to return to Him, and no intellect to devise recovery, He came.” —Valley of Vision May 29: “There is an aroma about God that can’t be concealed. It’s the aroma of love. When He comes into your life, the aroma comes into your life. The aroma is the sign of God’s saving presence, and if you smell it, you know He is there.” —John Piper June 12: “The same God who directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the sun, and trims the lamps of heaven has promised to supply thee with daily strength.” —Charles H. Spurgeon June 26: “When we have a praying life, we become aware of and enter into the story God is weaving in our lives... We are actors in His drama, listening for our lines, quieting our hearts so we can hear the voice of the Playwright.” —Paul Miller July 10: “On the cross God looked at Christ and saw you; now He looks at you and sees Christ.” —John MacArthur July 24: “Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. Just as a mother understands the first lispings of her infant, so does the blessed Saviour understand sinners. He can read a sigh, and see a meaning in a groan.” —J. C. Ryle Aug. 7: “Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar? “ —Amy Carmichael Aug. 21: “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” —William Cowper Sept. 4: “Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.” —Jonathan Edwards Sept. 18: “What can separate my soul from the God who made me whole, wrote my name on heaven’s scroll? Nothing. Hallelujah!” —James Montgomery Boice Oct. 2: “Victors we’re ordained to be By the God who set us free. What can therefore conquer me? Nothing. Hallelujah!” —James Montgomery Boice Oct. 16: “We face death for God each day. What can pluck us from His way? Let God’s people ever say, Nothing. Hallelujah!” —James Montgomery Boice Oct. 30: “The Bible’s commands are not glum duties but surprising doorways into intimacy with God.” —Andrée Seu Nov. 13: “If God hid His face from Jesus [at the cross], He does not have to hide His face from me. That is the good news. Only in Christ can I be known and loved.” —Paige Benton Brown Nov. 27: “Growth in true holiness is always growth together; it takes place through the nurture, the work and the worship of the church.” —Edmund P. Clowney

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Shepherds bow before the Lamb, Gazing at the glory; Gifts of men from distant lands Prophesy the story. Gold—a King is born today, Incense—God is with us, Myrrh—His death will make a way, And by His blood He’ll win us.

Dec. 11: Joy has dawned upon the world, Promised from creation— God’s salvation now unfurled, Hope for ev’ry nation. Not with fanfares from above, Not with scenes of glory, But a humble gift of love— Jesus born of Mary.

Son of Adam, Son of Heaven, Given as a ransom; Reconciling God and man, Christ, our mighty champion! What a Savior! What a Friend! What a glorious myst’ry! Once a babe in Bethlehem, Now the Lord of hist’ry. —Keith and Kristyn Getty

Sounds of wonder fill the sky With the songs of angels As the mighty Prince of Life Shelters in a stable. Hands that set each star in place, Shaped the earth in darkness, Cling now to a mother’s breast, Vuln’rable and helpless.

2011

Jan 8: “It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates.” —Amy Carmichael Jan. 20: “No heart can conceive that treasury of mercies which lies in this one privilege: in having liberty and ability to approach unto God at all times, according to His mind and will.” —John Owen Jan. 27: “We rob each other...by not risking anything all day long, so that we give no room to God for the glorious testimonies He is waiting to hand us, that we might encourage each other.” —Andrée Seu Feb. 3: “The night of affliction is as much under the arrangement and control of the Lord of Love as the bright summer days when all is bliss.” —Charles Spurgeon Feb. 10: “A true love of God must begin with a delight in His holiness.” —Jonathan Edwards Feb. 17: “Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” —John Henry Cardinal Newman Feb. 24: The only way anybody is saved is by works. But it is Christ’s good works, not ours. —R.C. Sproul Mar. 3: “It is a great gift of God that He should care for us so as to chasten us because He will not be satisfied until we come all the way back to Himself.” —Alec Motyer, Mar. 10: Justice and Judgment are thy throne Yet wondrous is thy grace; While truth and mercy joined in one, Invite us near thy face. —Isaac Watts Mar. 17: We always sin because we want what it gives us more than anything else... We are never forced by our circumstances—ever.” —Paige Benton Brown Mar. 24: “The very thing that convicts me of my sin, which is the grace of God in Christ, is the very thing that tells me how valuable I am.” —Paige Benton Brown Mar. 31: “No sin is greater than the sin of unbelief, for if union with Christ is the greatest good, unbelief is the greatest sin.” —Valley of Vision Apr. 7: “Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. “ —J. C. Ryle

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Apr. 14: “Man of Sorrows! What a name for the Son of God who came Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior! “Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood, Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah! What a Savior! “Guilty, vile, and helpless we; spotless Lamb of God was He; Full atonement! Can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!” —Philip Bliss Apr. 21: “Lifted up was He to die, ‘It is finished’ was His cry; Now in heav’n exalted high: Hallelujah! What a Savior! “When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring, Then anew this song we’ll sing: Hallelujah! What a Savior!” —Philip Bliss Apr. 28: “It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates.” —Amy Carmichael May 5: “Religion without repentance kills; religion centered on repentance makes alive. May that God never cease to be busy with us!” ­—Alec Motyer May 12: “God has in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you.” —Thomas Brooks May 19: Affliction...will always show you what you love—either the God of all comfort or the comfort that can become your god. —Joni Eareckson Tada May 26: I know that my Redeemer lives! What joy the blest assurance gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my everlasting Head! —Samuel Medley June 2: “Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.” —John Dod June 9: “When men are projecting the church’s ruin God is preparing for its salvation.” —Matthew Henry June 16: “In unimaginable circumstances, God is unimaginably present.” —Barbara Ryan June 23: “Never let understanding of the theology of the sovereignty of God stop you from begging sinners to be reconciled to God.” —John MacArthur June 30: “To be always relevant, you have to say things which are eternal.” —Simone Weil July 7: “If you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week.” —A.W. Tozer July 14: “If I say, ‘Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget,’ as though God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” —Amy Carmichael July 21: “In the Cross, God gathers up all history into a movement of time, and shows to us the meaning of it.” —G. A. Studdert Kennedy July 28: “The Battle for the Bible is always a a battle for the gospel.” —Michael Horton Aug 4: “Cast your deadly ‘doing’ down— Down at Jesus’ feet; Stand in Him, in Him alone, Gloriously complete.” —James Procter Aug 11: “The line between good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.” —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Aug. 19: “If you go to Jesus, He may ask of you far more than you originally planned to give, but He can give to you infinitely more than you dared ask or think.” —Tim Keller Aug. 26: “Repentance confesses to God, ‘God, forgive me. The allure of this temptation was more real to me than the beauties of your promises and presence.’” —Bryan Chapell

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Sept. 2: “Grace and glory differ very little; the one is the seed, the other is the flower; grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant.” —Thomas Brooks Sept. 9: On 9/11: “The rescue workers had come to a scene of ruin and entered into what they found. Day after day they worked in the place of death... Their task was backbreaking, grim, and dangerous. The work they do will mark them for the rest of their lives... There was no quick success in the ruins, no material gain, and no easy gratification. At the same time, the rescue workers would never think of making a permanent home in the ruins. The rubble is not their home, nor is this world ours. But we have been invited into the fellowship of the sufferings of Christ and called into the places of darkness and death, for that is where He went. He has called us to serve Him in the dark places of death, moving among those who are dead in their trespasses and sins, calling them to life and light.” —Diane Langberg Sept. 16: “God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. If you have never thought of Him in these terms, then you have not yet begun to think about Him in the way he wants you to.” —Sinclair Ferguson Sept. 23: “He that rides to be crowned will not think much of a rainy day.” —John Trapp Sept. 30: “An evidence that our will has been broken is that we begin to thank God for that which once seemed so bitter, knowing that His will is good and that, in His time and in His way, He is able to make the most bitter waters sweet.” —Nancy Leigh DeMoss Oct. 7: “We think of doubt and worry as ‘small’ sins. But when a Christian displays unbelief…or an inability to cope with life, he is saying to the world, ‘My God cannot be trusted,’ and that kind of disrespect makes one guilty of a fundamental error, the heinous sin of dishonoring God.” —John MacArthur Oct.14: “Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and won with thanks.” —Thomas Goodwin Oct. 21: “God’s wounds cure, sin’s kisses kill.” —William Gurnall Oct. 28: “Christ is the most cheap physician, He takes no fee. He desires us to bring nothing to Him but broken hearts; and when He has cured us He desires us to bestow nothing on Him but our love.” —Thomas Watson Nov. 4: “It is only when we want to take our lives out of the Father’s hands and have them under our own control that we find ourselves gripped with anxiety. The secret of freedom from anxiety is freedom from ourselves and abandonment of our own plans. But that spirit emerges in our lives only when our minds are filled with the knowledge that our Father can be trusted implicitly to supply everything we need.” —Sinclair Ferguson Nov. 11: “Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? It is not he who prays the most or fasts the most... but it is he who is always thankful to God, who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.” —William Law Nov. 18: “Gratitude is the return justly required from the objects of His beneficence; yet it is often withheld from our great Benefactor simply because His goodness is so constant and so abundant... It is not felt because we daily experience it. —A.W. Pink Dec. 2: “The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for His own people – that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, may we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce His return, when we shall always be with Him.” —Alan Redpath Dec. 9: Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man – His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God – when we present our bodies a living sacrifice.” —Vance Havner Dec. 16: “He was created by a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” —Augustine

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Jan. 19: “Sometimes you can do nothing but trust God with everything.” —Patrick Lafferty Jan. 26: Prayer goes to the Lord... with every need--to have it supplied; with every enemy--to have it conquered; with every corruption--to have it subdued; with every trouble--to have it sanctified, and with every promise--to have it fulfilled. —James Smith Feb. 2: All that God does for His children--is in love! All that He withholds from us--is in love! And all that He requires of us--is in love! —James Smith Feb. 9: [God’s] precepts are from love--as much as His promises! His warnings are as much from love--as His invitations! His prohibitions are as much from love--as His permissions! His love uses the rod--as well as gives the kiss! His love withholds--as well as gives! All, all, is done in love! —James Smith Feb. 16: “God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures. God loves purity so well He had rather see a hole than a spot in His child’s garments.” —William Gurnall Feb. 23: “The spiritual disciplines taught by scripture do not earn His favor—they position us to receive what His grace intends to give.” —Jim Denison Mar. 1: “A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he lives longest; therefore eternity should be his scope.” —Thomas Watson Mar: 8: “Man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” —C.S. Lewis Mar. 15: “When we bless God for mercies, we usually prolong them. When we bless God for miseries, we usually end them. Praise is the honey of life which a devout heart extracts from every bloom of providence and grace.” —C.H. Spurgeon Mar. 22: “God hath long contended with a stubborn world, and thrown down many a blessing upon them; and when all His other gifts could not prevail, He at last made a gift of Himself. —Henry Scougal Mar. 29: “Before we can pray, ‘Thy kingdom come,’ we must be willing to pray, ‘My kingdom go.’” —Alan Redpath April 5: “Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins. That was an infinite sentence, but He must have satisfied it fully, because on Easter Sunday, He walked out free. The resurrection is God’s way of stamping paid in full right across history so that nobody could miss it.”—Tim Keller April 12: “Failure to worship consigns us to a life of spasms and jerks, at the mercy of every advertisement, every seduction, every siren. Without worship we live manipulated and manipulating lives. “ —Edmund P. Clowney April 19: “We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man’s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God.” —William Gurnall April 26: “A proud faith is as much a contradiction as a humble devil.” —Stephen Charnock May 3: “Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether.” —William Secker May 10: “When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.” ­­—John Newton Quotes from THIS WEEK

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“No one uses instituted ways or forms of worship profitably, but such as find communion with God in them, or are seriously humbled because they do not.” —John Owen Oct. 11: “God made you. He knows how you operate best. And He knows what makes you happy. The happiness He gives doesn’t stop when the party’s over. It lasts because it comes from deep within.” —John MacArthur Oct. 18: “Spiritual delight in God arises chiefly from his beauty and perfection, not from the blessings He gives us.“ —Jonathan Edwards Oct. 25: “God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn... It is no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because there is no such thing.” —C.S. Lewis Nov. 1: “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” —James Madison Nov. 8: “God is so boundlessly pleased with Jesus that in Him He is altogether well pleased with us.” —Charles Spurgeon Nov. 15: “There is only one way to bring peace to the heart, joy to the mind, beauty to the life, and that is to accept and to do the will of God.” —William Barclay Nov. 22: “Preoccupied with ourselves, we have lost the grace of being thankful. It is sad to live in a world where there is no one to thank because we have ourselves become the cause and source of all good things.” —John Hannah Nov. 29: “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” —A.W. Tozer Dec. 6: “The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.” —William Barclay Dec. 13: “The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine Person. That makes all the difference in the world.” —Stuart Briscoe Dec. 20: “All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is… He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this, and infinitely more, alive in an impoverished baby in a barn. That is what Christmas means – to find in a place where you would least expect to find anything you want, everything you could ever want.” —Michael Card

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