"Ah! if we did but love Christ better, my brothers and sisters, if we lived nearer to the cross, if we knew more of the value of his blood, if we wept like him over Jerusalem, if we felt more what it was for souls to perish, and what it was for men to be saved, if we did but rejoice with Christ in the prospect of his seeing the travail of his soul, and being abundantly satisfied, if we did but delight more in the divine decree, that the kingdoms of this world shall be given to Christ, I am sure we should all of us find more ways and more means for the sending forth of the gospel of Christ."Spurgeon (via stayonthenarrowpath)
"If you can’t see the sun you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures."John Piper (via iscl)
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."C.S. Lewis (via astratos)
He had to be God. Why did He have to be God? If He’s not God, He’s not Savior, and if He is a Savior He must be God, because as Jonah says, ‘Salvation belongs to the Lord.’ It comes from the Lord and no one else.
Why did He have to be God? Who but God can withstand the wrath of God and rise again?
Why did He have to be God? He had to give His life away.
I hear all these people saying, ‘Well, God couldn’t find a perfect angel. God couldn’t find a perfect man.’ It wouldn’t have mattered if He’d have found a perfect angel or a perfect man, it still wouldn’t have worked! God came down. God became a man. God. For you. And gave His life away.
Let me ask you a small question. The life that you have: Can you give it away? It’s not even yours to start off with, it’s not inherent in you. It’s something derived. Your life comes from God. Me giving my life away is like me giving your car away. It’s not mine to start off with.
But Christ said, ‘I have authority to lay down my life and I have authority to take it back up again.’ It’s His own.
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"So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction in my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God. Where He is, there I shall be also.’"Martin Luther (via erosion-of-beauty)
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"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’"Lewis Carroll (via floriental)
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"We can begin each day with the deeply encouraging realization, I’m accepted by God, not on the basis of my personal performance, but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ."John Owen (via samji)
At first sight, joy seems to be connected with being different. When you receive a compliment or win an award, you experience the joy of not being the same as others. You are faster, smarter, more beautiful, and it is that difference that brings you joy. But such joy is very temporary. True joy is hidden where we are the same as other people: fragile and mortal. It is the joy of belonging to the human race. It is the joy of being with others as a friend, a companion, a fellow traveler.
This is the joy of Jesus, who is Emmanuel: God-with-us.
"The Henri Nouwen Society (via junelily)
"And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long."Sylvia Plath (via creatingaquietmind)
"Frodo undertook his quest out of love – to save the world he knew from disaster at his own expense, if he could; and also in complete humility, acknowledging that he was wholly inadequate to the task. His real contract was only to do what he could, to try to find a way, and to go as far on the road as his strength of mind and body allowed. He did that. I do not myself see that the breaking of his mind and will under demonic pressure after torment was any more a moral failure than the breaking of his body would have been – say, by being strangled by Gollum, or crushed by a falling rock."J. R. R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (via ringbearerfrodo)
"If you can’t see the sun, you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning, you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God, you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures."John Piper (via erosion-of-beauty)
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"A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love."Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (via alightforrevelation)
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"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth."Pablo Picasso (via larmoyante)
"There was a star riding through clouds one night, and I said to the star, ‘Consume me.’"Virginia Woolf, The Waves (via larmoyante)