Thinking

 

"Sin aims always at the utmost; every time it rises up to tempt or entice, if it has its own way it will go out to the utmost sin in that kind. Every unclean thought or glance would be adultery if it could, every thought of unbelief would be atheism if allowed to develop. Every rise of lust, if it has its way reaches the height of villainy; it is like the grave that is never satisfied. The deceitfulness of sin is seen in that it is modest in its first proposals but when it prevails it hardens mens' hearts, and brings them to ruin."                - John Owen

 

 "Great thinkers have repeatedly warned over the centuries that a departure from God denudes humans and results in the death of meaning.  The denial of God and the death of meaning cannot be severed from each other . . . "    - Ravi Zacharias

 

 "The providence of God is like Hebrew words - it can be read only backwards."   -  John Flavel

 

"In the great day, when the muster-roll shall be read, of all those who are converted through fine music, and church decoration, and religious exhibitions and entertainments, they will amount to  the tenth part of nothing; but it will always please God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."  - Charles H. Spurgeon

 

"God tests his soldiers in the unconscious moment.  Our reaction when we are under no outward restraint is the final test of character."    -  L.E. Maxwell,  Born Crucified

 

"C.H. Spurgeon was converted at the age of 16 and began preaching in London at the age of 19.  When he was 27, they built him a tabernacle seating 6,000 which he packed twice on Sundays - that's 12,000 - and once on Thursday nights.  How?  He waited on God.  He got alone with God.  He studied . . . and he prayed."  - Leonard Ravenhill

 

 

Can God really do anything?

The answer is no.  There are things God cannot do.  In fact, there are lots of things God cannot do.  He cannot quit being God.  He has to be who he is.  He cannot create another God more powerful than himself.  He can't create knowledge he knows nothing about.  Sometimes, when people come across the statement by Jesus where he said:  " . . . for with God, all things are possible" (Mark 19:27), they come up with questions like:  "Can God make a rock so big that he cannot pick it up?  Can God create an irresistible force and cause it to meet an immovable rock?"  Questions like there are supposed to put Jesus' words in doubt, as though he made an incorrect statement - that what he said was false.  In reality, the problem is not the statement, but the question.  We have all been taught that there are no stupid questions.  But sometimes, if the right person is asking the question, it's a stupid question.  The question:  "Can you have a two-dimensional triangle with four sides?" is a valid question - if you don't know what a triangle is.  But to know what a triangle is, is to rule out the question because the question itself is nonsense.  You can't have a two-dimensional triangle with four sides any more than you can have a square circle.  Questions like:  "Can God make a rock so big that he cannot pick it up?" is nonsense.  You can't have what you can't have.  Invoking God into nonsense questions does not turn nonsense into sense.  It's still nonsense.  Nothing is established about God's ability or inability.

God can do what people can't.  That is the issue.  God can do what neither you nor anyone else can do.  But he can't engage in nonsense.  He leaves that and the making of rocks so big that he can't pick them up to fools.

 

Tomorrow is Christmas.  The Christmas story began long ago in the Garden of Eden.  Without the knowledge of what happened in Eden, the Son of God leaving his home in glory and becoming a man makes no sense.  Our sins began in Eden.  Jesus came to die for  our sins.  He came to make atonement for the crimes we have committed.  He came to be my saviour, to die for my sins, to take me to heaven.  Christmas is all about sin.  It was sin that brought Jesus into the world - love might have been the motivating factor, but it was sin, your sin and my sin that caused the incarnation.  If there were no sin there would be no Christmas.  Jesus died for the sins of people.  That calls for a celebration such as the world has never seen.  If all the Christmases throughout history were rolled into one, the festiveness would not be a spark to what is called for.  Men do not have it in themeselves to celebrate to the high degree what the incarnation demands.  We will go on with our puny tokens of gladness, that's all we can do.  But some day we will be delivered from our chains and then we will celebrate Christmas.   That will be the celebration of all celebrations.  A party like the world has never seen. -  12 24, 2008

 

"The work of God's people is to pray, but under normal conditions we are reluctant to take time out of the stream of "religious" activity that rushes us along imprisoned between its banks."       -  Arthur Mathews, Born for Battle

 

"I trust him.  Let him give me or withhold from me what he chooses." - Elisabeth Elliot

 

"Men will not be won to the truth by scolding." - Vincent

 

Charles Spurgeon:  "If by excessive labor, we die before the average age of man, worn out in the Master's service, then glory be to God, we shall have so much less of earth and so much more of Heaven . . . .It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus.  We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed."

 

On the eve of Thanksgiving 2008 amid a world that swirling in turmoil, one of the greatest blessing we have is the knowledge that God remains God.  That means He hasn't turned control of the world over to men or devils.  No acts of terrorism will catch Him off guard.  No world ruler will dent His plans.  He remains steady, stable, confident, and in control - directing all things after the counsel of His own good will.  That's good news!

 

Unless a person is engauged in diciplined diligent Bible study, he has no right to believe he can think correctly about anything of lasting importance.

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