Category Archives: Faith

The Worth & Excellency of a Soul

“The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.”

~ Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man (Harrisburg, Va.: Sprinkle Publications, 1986), 62.

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On the Fear of the Lord

“Fear of the Lord means that I carry around with me such a deep awareness, awe, and reverence for the power, holiness, wisdom, and grace of God that I would not think of doing anything other than living for his glory. Fearing the Lord means that this worshipful awe is the single and unchallenged motivator of everything I think, desire, say, and do.”

~ Paul David Tripp, A Quest for More (Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2007), 126.

Beholding & Becoming

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

For God who said , ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

No One Says it Like John Piper

“Disinterested benevolence toward God is blasphemy. If you come to God dutifully offering him the reward of your fellowship instead of thirsting after the reward of his fellowship, then you exalt yourself above God as benefactor and belittle him as the needy beneficiary—and that is blasphemy. The only way to honor and glorify the all-sufficiency of God is to come to him for the pleasure of knowing and being loved by him.”

~ John Piper, “Love: The Labor of Christian Hedonism

Martin Luther on Contending for the Truth

Telling the truth only when it is safe or convenient is cowardice. Contending for the faith where the truth is being opposed proves our loyalty to and love for the truth. Consider these words from Martin Luther:

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

~ Quoted in Parker T. Williamson, Standing Firm: Reclaiming Christian Faith in Times of Controversy  (Springfield, Pa.: PLC Publications, 1996), 5.

A Reasoning Trust

A brilliant definition of faith from John Stott:

Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.

~ Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life (London, England: InterVarsity Press, 1972), 30.

Seeing Everything by the Light of the Gospel

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C. S. Lewis, “Is Theology Poetry” in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (New York, NY.: Collier Books, 1980), 92.