“Belonging to God’s family is not simply a matter of birth or ancestry as many Jews at the time believed. They claimed the name of God for themselves but often failed to display his character. […]
“God seems to take pleasure in subverting the hierarchies of the world.
In God’s economy, servants are the leaders, the meek inherit the earth, the poor are blessed, enemies are loved, the humble are exalted, the foolish things shame the wise, those who seek their lives lose them, and those who finish last hoist the first place trophy.
You get the picture.”~ Drew Dyck
“Woke minds require sober thinking, and sober thinking leads us to lament sin’s devastation.
The concept of lament is not popular. We’re not comfortable with it. We like to rush quickly to our praises and hallelujahs.
But God’s Word encourages and allows us to take time to grieve.”~ Eric Mason
“Today ‘sin’ is a playful word, associated with decadent desserts and lingerie ads. We see the word ‘sin’ and imagine someone sampling a menu of forbidden delights.
Don’t be thrown by that connotation.
Instead, think of being pistol-whipped by increasingly destructive patterns of behavior, ones that ultimately lead to your demise.
That’s what the Bible means by ‘sin’: enslavement.”~ Drew Dyck
“What matters most to God is not which sins we’ve committed or not committed, or how we stack up in comparison with other sinners. What matters most to God is whether we’ve bonded by faith […]
“Real holiness is not dull, drab, boring, or negative.
Those are marks of man-made religiosity. The real holiness Christ creates is beautiful.
And the holiness He gives will redeem every dirty thing we have ever done to ourselves or suffered from others.”~ Ray Ortlund
When men look for a bride, they often look for a beauty queen. But Christ chose the dirty one who needed His cleansing.
The Son Of God crossed the tracks to the wrong side of town, where we all live, to find His bride. We brought into the relationship our messy backgrounds, our ongoing problems, and our shame.
But we can face all of that now because of what He brought into the relationship: cleansing enough for all our dirty guilt.~ Ray Ortlund
“Loving others doesn’t come naturally for us.
We’re selfish creatures; we tend to put our needs and interests first. The needs of others? We’ll get to them…if there’s enough time.
It takes discipline to resist this selfish impulse and serve others. It’s hardly a natural thing to do.”~ Drew Dyck
“Over time, our status—in our churches and in our heads—can grow to an unhealthy level.
It may also cause us to believe the key to successful ministry is always having the right answers and advancing our knowledge and skills so that everyone who seeks our help can receive it.
This need to maintain our position as the expert can, ironically, prevent us from acquiring the quality that the very best Christian leaders possess—empathy.
We are happy to play the role of savior, but we don’t want to be identified as sinners.”~ Skye Jethani
“Let’s not automatically assume that our churches are faithful to the gospel.
Let’s examine whether they really are. After all, ‘Every institution tends to produce its opposite.’
A church with the truth of the gospel in its theology can produce the opposite of the gospel in its practice.”~ Ray Ortlund
“Social scientists define self-control as the ability to resist negative impulses. But when the Bible mentions self-control, it usually has something bigger in mind.
Yes, it involves the ability to resist doing something you shouldn’t. But it also has a proactive element.
It refers to the ability to do something you should.”~ Drew Dyck
“Self-control isn’t just one good character trait, a nice addition to the pantheon of virtues.
It’s foundational. Not because it’s more important than other virtues, but because the others rely upon it.
Think about it.
Can you be faithful to your spouse without self-control? Can you be generous without self-control? Peaceable? Selfless? Honest? Kind? No, even the most basic altruism requires suspending your own interests to think of others.
And that can’t happen without self-control.”~ Drew Dyck
“There’s a cruel irony that comes into play whenever we value something above God.
If we prioritize happiness above all else, we will never find happiness. If we grant marriage or family or work the highest place in our hearts, we will end up hurting those too.
These are all good things, but they were never meant to bear the full weight of our ultimate allegiance.”~ Drew Dyck
“I know that Christianity isn’t a success course. It’s not a self-improvement program.
In fact, it’s not really about me. Not primarily anyway.
The end goal for a Christian isn’t to become such an impressive, successful person that you can stand atop a mountain of accomplishments and declare, ‘Look at me’ !”~ Drew Dyck