Daily message – 28 Oct 2020

The New Testament is full of commands to do this or that for “one another.” Love one another, pray for one another, encourage one another, etc. It’s impossible to “one another” yourself. It’s impossible to follow Jesus alone. We can’t claim to follow Jesus if we neglect the church He created, the church He died for, the church He entrusted His mission to.

— Francis Chan, “Multiply”

Daily message – 26 Oct 2020

One of the marks of our times is that we redefine evil things as good. We change the labels, as if that could change the realities. We tell ourselves we’re better than we really are. This too is “loving the darkness rather than the light.

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

Daily message – 24 Oct 2020

(quoting Bernard): We are under a yoke of voluntary bondage. As regards bondage, we are miserable, and as regards will, inexcusable, because the will, when it was free, made itself the slave of sin.

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”

Daily message – 23 Oct 2020

While every individual needs to obey Jesus’s call to follow, we cannot follow Jesus as individuals. The proper context for every disciple maker is the church. It is impossible to make disciples aside from the church of Jesus Christ.

— Francis Chan, “Multiply”

Daily message – 22 Oct 2020

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The source of my doubts about its (prayer’s) potency … was certainly not the Holy Spirit. It was the unholy spirit, the Destroyer himself, urging me to quit using the weapon he fears so intensely.

— Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep A Quiet Heart”

Daily message – 21 Oct 2020

Truth without grace is harsh and ugly. Grace without truth is sentimental and cowardly. The living Christ is full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14).

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

Daily message – 19 Oct 2020

The most important part of integrity is lacking when there is no zeal for God’s glory, and there is no such zeal in those who are not born again of the Spirit.

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”