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Arguments for the existence of God are very restricted; some of them are more restricted and limited than others. They do not prove beyond all question the existence of the God of the Bible. Furthermore, it must be remembered that man’s mind, his thinking process, has been affected by his fall into sin.

This means that there are definite limitations to God’s revelation in nature. The problem is not in the revelation but in the receiver of the revelation.

… Robert P. Lightner (b.1931), The God of the Bible [1998]


on Matt Stone’s blog:

You can’t make a difference

to the world

If you’re no different

from the world.


“I exhort you, press on in your course, and exhort all men that they may be saved.”

— Polycarp

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 “If the truth of being justified by Christ alone (not by our works) is lost, then all Christian truths are lost. For there is no middle ground between Christian righteousness and works-righteousness. There is no alternative to Christian righteousness but works-righteousness; if you do not build your confidence on the work of Christ, you must build your confidence on your own work. On this truth and only on this truth the church is built and has its being.”

– Timothy Keller, Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: Living in Line with the Truth of the Gospel (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2003), 16.


“While the Church is scattered throughout all the world, and the pillar and ground of the Church is the Gospel and the spirit of life” — Ireneaus of Lyons – Against Heresies 3.11.8 (c. 180 AD)

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This quote from Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) is taken from The Loveliness of Christ:


“There is as much in our Lord’s pantry as will satisfy all his [children], and as much wine in his cellar as will quench all their thirst. Hunger on; for there is meat in hunger for Christ: go never from him, but [trouble] him (who yet is pleased with the importunity of hungry souls) with a dishful of hungry desires, till he fill you; and if he delay yet come not you away, albeit you should fall a-swoon at his feet” (p.4)


“Everyday we may see some new thing in Christ. His love hath neither brim nor bottom.” (p.viii)

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[T]he Sermon on the Mount is a description of character and not a code of ethics or of morals. It is not to be regarded as a law- a kind of new ‘Ten Commandments’ or set of rules and regulations which are to be carried out by us-but rather as a description of what we Christians are meant to be”

D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Vol.1, [IVP, 1966], 23.

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In Scripture there is no such thing as an adopted child.  Adopted is a past tense verb, it is not an adjective.  Those who have been brought into the household and family of God are really and truly part of the household of God sharing with their brothers and sisters everything that it means to be in Christ. — Russ Moore

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 The Mad World

The world is absurd. Ugly absurd.

To repair ugly absurdity, you can’t just be normal. You need an alternative absurdity. A beautiful absurdity.

We call it, “holy madness”. — Tzvi Freeman



If… you are ever tempted to think that we modern Western Europeans cannot really be so very bad because we are, comparatively speaking, humane–if, in other words, you think God might be content with us on that ground–ask yourself whether you think God ought to have been content with the cruelty of past ages because they excelled in courage or chastity. You will see at once that this is an impossibility.


From considering how the cruelty of our ancestors looks to us, you may get some inkling of how our softness, worldliness, and timidity would have looked to them, and hence how both must look to God.

… C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Problem of Pain, Macmillan company, 1944, p.52

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He that hath seen Christ has seen the Father, and Christ not only died, but conquered death and rose again. God the Father is suffering, striving, crucified, but unconquerable.


We see His triumph now in Nature’s glory, and we hear Him calling to us to join Him in the task of conquering the evils which arise from the necessities of creation. He calls us to combat floods and famine and pestilence and disease. He hates them, and wills with us to overcome them, and they shall be overcome. The Doctor, the Pioneer, the Scientist, are workers with God like the Priest. All good work is God’s work, and all good workers do God’s will. They are laboring to make a world.

… G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Hardest Part, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919, pp. 28-29.

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The apostles of Satan are not saloon-keepers and white-slave traffickers, but are for the most part ordained ministers. Thousands of those who occupy our modern pulpits are no longer engaged in presenting the fundamentals of the Christian Faith, but have turned aside from the Truth and have given heed unto fables. Instead of magnifying the enormity of sin and setting forth its eternal consequences, they minimize it by declaring that sin is merely ignorance or the absence of good. Instead of warning their hearers to “flee from the wrath to come” they make God a liar by declaring that He is too loving and merciful to send any of His own creatures to eternal torment. Instead of declaring that “without shedding of blood is no remission,” they merely hold up Christ as the great Exemplar and exhort their hearers to “follow in His steps.” Of them it must be said, “For they being ignorant of Gods righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:3). Their message may sound very plausible and their aim appear very praiseworthy, yet we read of them—”for such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves (imitating) into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing [not to be wondered at] if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor. 11:13-15). -A.W. Pink


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“God is always like Himself.”
– John Calvin

“It is impossible to reason someone out of something that he did not reason himself into in the first place.”
– Jonathan Swift

“God never gives us discernment in order that we may be critical, but that we may intercede.”
– Oswald Chambers

“Remove natural man from his rituals and he must begin to think in the realm of impossibilities.”
– Pastor William Downing
“Contentment is spiritual equilibrium – in both favorable and adverse circumstances.”
– Anonymous

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Quotes of Saint Patrick

“What is more, let anyone laugh and taunt if he so wishes. I am not keeping silent, nor am I hiding the signs and wonders that were shown to me by the Lord many years before they happened, [he] who knew everything, even before the beginning of time.”

Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”

“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.”

“I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul’s desire.”

As I read through these quotes, I am struck by two things: 1) his humility, not many of us would use the image of a stone in mud or openly confess their imperfections and 2) his confidence – laugh at me if you want, taunt me if I want … since I can’t be perfect, make the people around me at least know that is my soul’s desire.

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, let us for at least one day try to embrace these two ideals: humility and confidence.

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