If we haven't learned to be worshipers it doesn't really matter how well we do anything else. Worship changes us or it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience.— Erwin W. Lutzer
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There is more grace in God's heart than there is sin in your past.
When the mask of self-righteousness has been torn from us and we stand stripped of all our accustomed defenses, we are candidates for God's generous grace.
Someone has said that the marks of a strong church are wet eyes, bent knees, and a broken heart. We'll never be powerful until we let God be God and jealously guard His honor.
Within evangelicalism is a distressing drift toward accepting a Christianity that does not demand a life-changing walk with God. Many evangelicals (today) do not realize that the church has always been an island of righteousness in a sea of paganism, but as a result they turned the world upside-down.
Don't ever think that there are many ways to the Divine.
Jesus is the one qualified mediator, the only qualified sacrifice, and the only qualified savior.
Often the doorway to success is entered through the hallway of failure.
God has a program of character development for each of us.
He wants others to look at our lives and say, He walks with God, for he lives like Christ.
No matter how many pleasures Satan offers you, his ultimate intention is to ruin you. Your destruction is his highest priority.
Those who have failed miserably are often the first to see God's formula for success.
Those who give much without sacrifice are reckoned as having given little.
Worship is not an external activity precipitated by the right environment.
To worship in spirit is to draw near to God with an undivided heart. We must come in full agreement without hiding anything or disregarding His will.
Temptation is God's magnifying glass; it shows us how much work he has left to do in our lives.
Prayer, desperate prayer, seems so simple, but it’s a step rarely taken by those in family conflict.
Spiritual maturity is marked by being comfortable with the unpredictability of God.
Men look for better methods, but God looks for better men.
Mass communication can aid in personal evangelism and the development of Christians, but it cannot be a substitute for the world seeing the truth lived through us.
Thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness in our pain is the indisputable proof that we believe God is a part of our pain.
Worship is not just an emotional exercise but a response of the heart built on truth about God.
Only those who see themselves as utterly destitute can fully appreciate the grace of God.
If there is one single reason why good people turn evil, it is because they fail to recognize God’s ownership over their kingdom, their vocation, their resources, their abilities, and above all their lives.
Thank God for the way He made you. You are special, distinct, and unique. You were not made from a common mold. Thank Him that you are special.
To make sure our convictions, views, and assumptions about our Creator stay based on biblical truth and not on popular consensus, we must continually check what we believe against the Scriptures.
At death we cross from one territory to another, but we'll have no trouble with visas. Our representative is already there, preparing for our arrival. As citizens of heaven, our entrance is incontestable.
Our response to temptation is an accurate barometer of our love for God.
If Melanchthon were alive today, he might not weep because of controversies that surround the Lord's Supper, but he might well sorrow because of our indifference to its meaning and importance.
Forgiveness is always free. But that doesn't mean that confession is always easy. Sometimes it is hard. Incredibly hard. It is painful to admit our sins and entrust ourselves to God's care.
To those who say that they are Christian and gay, what we must keep in mind is that absent in that kind of lifestyle is a call to holiness, a call to celibacy and integrity. Obviously, it is a capitulation toward one's desires and the sexual sins that the Bible so strongly condemns.
God does not make our choices easier because temptation is his character development curriculum.
Paul taught that religions evolved because man did not honor the true God.
Because of rebellion, they "exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of the corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures." One characteristic of idolatry is that it always confuses the creature with the creator.
The man who commits immorality does so because he thinks it will maximize pleasure if he can minimize the pain by keeping it secret.
There are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity. It takes time to be holy.
Satan exploits pain by making it the central focus of the man’s (or woman’s) thoughts and attitudes.
Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.
Winning the world to Christ means winning individuals.
Keep in mind that when sin is viewed superficially, it is dealt with superficially.
Temptation is not a sin; it is a call to battle.
Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and bea hero;
better to be content with poverty than to die a slave towealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to havedone nothing and succeeded at it.
The most important part of us is the part that no one ever sees.
How do you know you have a servant's heart? Look at your reaction when you are treated like one.
It is not enough to do God's work; it must be done in His way and for His credit.
Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero.
In salvation, God both declares us guilty and pays our debt.
Only he can satisfy his own requirements. A savior less than God would be disqualified; God must do it himself.
Are we as willing to go into debt for the work of God as we are for a vacation to Hawaii?
Our brothers and sisters in Muslim countries can't celebrate Christmas-or any aspect of their faith-openly for fear of persecution and death. And yet we, with all our freedoms, often choose to make Christmas a celebration of commercialism!
Everything that God brings into our life is directed to one purpose: that we might be conformed to the image of Christ.
Christianity spread rapidly during the first century because all Christians saw themselves as responsible for disseminating the gospel.
We need a broad-based coalition that is way beyond the bounds of Christianity to be able to help people to understand that there is a groundswell of support for the marriage amendment and for opposition to same-sex marriages.
Faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed.
We must distinguish between genes that cause physical characteristics, like the color of your eyes or hair, over which you have no control, and what we could call 'behavioral dispositions'. We are responsible for our behavior, no matter what those dispositions are.