We are always entertaining the delusion that we will go on forever in this world. The result is that the very things which ought to be of assistance to us in our pilgrimage through life, become chains which bind us.
— Sinclair Ferguson, “The Christian Life”
Sooner or later God meets every trusting child who is following Him up the mountain and says, ‘Now prove that you believe this that you have told Me you believe, and that you have taught others to believe.’
— Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”
This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE
“1 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.” Colossians 2:1-5
Our Triune God,
Thank you for the example of the Apostle Paul where he opens his heart to us and shows us through his life what you want us to be to each other in our church family. Enable us towards a deeper knowledge in You; where we find true understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Help us as Paul did with the early churches, to beware of anything that might diminish or de-prioritise Christ in our lives; to heed this by keeping our focus on Christ. Cause us to aspire towards the firmness of faith in Christ. Please shape us by this passion.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
The only way to get our service of Jesus right is to remember daily that fundamentally, we don’t serve Him – He serves us (Mk 10:45).
— John Hindley, “Serving without Sinking”
At stake is our eternal future. Yet, in an act of staggering negligence, most people put it out of their minds.
— Tim Chester, “Galatians: Rediscovering Joy”
We won’t rearrange our priorities unless we really believe that sitting at the feet of Jesus is the best one.
— Kevin DeYoung, “Crazy Busy”
This post by Alex Drew was originally published at Seventy Two
1 Peter 1:3-12
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
This post by Steve and Ruth Lancaster was originally published at Life in the Lancs Lane
We are sharing this message from AIM with you all:
Growing in faith and love for Christ, revealed as He is in Scripture, will be the greatest of all preservatives against being led astray. The person who is saturated in the teaching and spirit of the Gospels will have his or her senses “trained … to distinguish good from evil” (Heb. 5:14, NIV) and to know what is truly Christ-like and Christ-honouring.
— Sinclair Ferguson, “In Christ Alone”
We walk on rock, not quicksand, when we obey.
— Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”