March 6, 2014
"The goal is not moral conformity. The goal is a knowledge of Jesus and a relationship with Jesus that transforms us from the inside out."

— Matt Chandler

February 27, 2014
"Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."

— 1 Peter 1:13b (NIV)

February 21, 2014
Walk by the Spirit

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6 NIV)

February 21, 2014
"Great sin draws out great grace. There is mercy for me, for where guilt is most terrible, there Thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep."

— Puritan Prayer

February 13, 2014
3:3

Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. (1 Kings 3:3 NIV)

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. (Psalm 3:3 NIV)

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3 NIV)

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” (Zechariah 3:3, 4 NIV)

This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ” (Matthew 3:3 NIV)

He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 3:3 NIV)

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ” (John 3:3 NIV)

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3 NIV)

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (Galatians 3:3 NIV)

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— (Philippians 3:3 NIV)

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 NIV)

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV)

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7 NIV)

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3 NIV)

Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. (Revelation 3:3 NIV)

November 21, 2013
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November 21

THE OUTWARD, UPWARD LOOK

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else” Isaiah 45:22

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This is a promise of promises. It lies at the foundation of our spiritual life. Salvation comes through a look at Him who is “a just God and a Saviour.” How simple is the direction! “Look unto me. How reasonable is the requirement! Surely the creature should look to the Creator. We have looked elsewhere long enough, it is time that we look alone to Him who invites our expectation, and promises to give us His salvation.

Only a look! Will we not look at once? We are to bring nothing in ourselves, but to look outward and upward to our Lord on His throne, whither He has gone up from the cross. A look requires no preparation, no violent effort: it needs neither wit nor wisdom, wealth nor strength. All that we need is in the Lord our God, and if we look to Him for everything, that everything shall be ours, and we shall be saved.

Come, far-off ones, look hither! Ye ends of the earth, turn your eyes this way! As from the furthest regions men may see the sun and enjoy his light, so you who lie in death’s borders at the very gates of hell may by a look receive the light of God, the life of Heaven, the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, and therefore able to save.

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— Charles Spurgeon from Faith’s Checkbook

November 21, 2012
"Translation of the cliché’ “Walk”: When a Christian talks about their walk, they are talking about how their relationship to Christ feels. It is a touchy-feely gauge, with no bearing in reality, as all of God’s children are in fact loved by their creator and held in His hands regardless of how they may be feeling at the moment."

— Brandon Zieske

September 30, 2012
Complete in Christ

Scripture presents two aspects of being complete before God:

First, we are instantly made complete in Christ in our legal position (justification).

Second, we progressively become  “complete in obedience” in our living condition before God (sanctification).

You are complete in Him (Col. 2:10)!

August 10, 2012
"I do not always have the answers which help me make sense of things, because God’s purposes are often accomplished through the very opposite of what I would deem necessary, or desirable. For example, my dad commits suicide and God uses the action which Luther the Reformer would call “alien” to His nature to result in action that “belongs” to His nature: namely, my family’s deepening dependance upon Jesus to be our treasure and unshakable foundation. We are given “the privilege to suffer for [Christ]” (Phil 1:29). This seemingly backwards “foolishness” is first and foremost seen at the cross, where God the Father wills the suffering of God the Son, for his ultimate glorification and our redemption."

— Levi Macallister

August 3, 2012
"When you love people more than you love your own rights and opinions about people, you will see Love Himself do the impossible."

— Tony Seigh