Daily message – 18 Nov 2020

We must not think that he [Christ] was overwhelmed by the curse which he endured, but rather that by enduring it, he held down, broke and finally wiped out all its power.

… Hence it is with good reason the Paul triumphantly celebrates the victory which Christ obtained upon the cross, as if the cross, that symbol of ignominy, had been transformed into a triumphal chariot!

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”

Daily message – 17 Nov 2020

As the ministry of Christ shows, to welcome requires us to embrace people as they are, whether strong or weak, educated or ignorant, right or wrong, saint or sinner.

— Gerald Sittser, “Love One Another”

Daily message – 16 Nov 2020

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What do I most unshakably believe in? God the Father Almighty. Jesus Christ His only Son. The Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, the life everlasting. Not a long list, but all we need. ‘The necessary supplies issued to us, the standard equipment of the Christian.’ We didn’t ask for any of them. (Imagine having nothing more than we’ve asked for!) They are given.

— Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep A Quiet Heart”

Daily message – 14 Nov 2020

What we call sunset the heavenly people call sunrise, and the Joy of the Lord, and the Morning of God.

— Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”

Daily message – 13 Nov 2020

If we want to get on the right track in loving, we must look first to God, not to man: that more often produces hate than love!

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”

Daily message – 12 Nov 2020

Jesus Christ loved the church into existence. His sacrificial death on the cross brought it into being, welcoming into one fold centurion, Pharisee, Samaritan and prostitute.

— Gerald Sittser, “Love One Another”

Daily message – 11 Nov 2020

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Let’s never forget that some of His greatest mercies are His refusals. He says no in order that He may, in some way we cannot imagine, say yes. All His ways with us are merciful. His meaning is always love.

— Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep A Quiet Heart”

Daily message – 10 Nov 2020

The doctrine of grace creates a culture of grace where good things happen to bad people.

— Ray Ortlund, “The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ”

Daily message – 08 Nov 2020

In summarising what constitutes true knowledge of God, we showed that we cannot form a true picture of his character without feeling awed by his majesty and compelled to serve him. As to knowledge of ourselves, we showed that it consists mainly of renouncing any idea of our own strength, and throwing away all confidence in our own righteousness. So, made fully aware of our need, we learn true humility.

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”