08 November 2017

Quotables - Francis Schaeffer

"The young man Joshua was learning a lesson that anybody who is ever going to be worth anything in leadership must learn. None of us learns it completely, of course, and yet we must master it if we are going to be of any use in the Church of God. A leader must never confuse himself with God. When a person begins to exercise certain gifts and God brings him to a place of leadership in the Church of Christ, how easy it is to do this. Yet this is the destruction of all true spiritual leadership."

- Francis Schaeffer from Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History, page 159

28 October 2017

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

If you have to give a carnival to get people to come to church, then you will have to keep giving carnivals to keep them coming back.

- Charles Spurgeon

How Depression Feels

"What does mental illness actually look like and feel like? How is depression different from just feeling sad or discouraged or blue? I'm not the only one, certainly, to try to describe it. In his award-winning book Darkness Visible, William Styron writes:

'The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come - not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only temporary; more pain will follow. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. So the decision making of daily life involves not, as in normal affairs, shifting from one annoying situation to another less annoying - or from discomfort to relative comfort, or from boredom to activity - but moving from pain to pain. One does not abandon, even briefly, one's bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes.' "

Darkness Is My Only Companion - Kathryn Greene-McCreight, pg 39

"Depression meant that every breath, every thought, every moment of consciousness ached, throbbed, stung."

Darkness Is My Only Companion - Kathryn Greene-McCreight, pg 55

20 October 2017

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.

- Charles Spurgeon

07 July 2017

Mark on a Zip Line

Mark in the Hamster Ball

Quotables - Jonathan Edwards

Men that have their spirits heated and enraged and rising in bitter resentment when they are injured act as if they thought some strange thing had happened to them. Whereas they are very foolish in so thinking for it is no strange thing at all but only what was to be expected in a world like this. They therefore do not act wisely that allow their spirits to be ruffled by the injuries they suffer.

As love to God prevails, it tends to set persons above human injuries, in this sense, that the more they love God the more they will place all their happiness in him. They will look to God as their all and seek their happiness in portion in his favor, and thus not in the allotments of his providence alone. The more they love God, the less they set their hearts on their worldly interests, which are all that their enemies can touch.

21 April 2017

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

"Wherever Jesus may lead us, He goes before us. If we don't know where we are going, we know with whom we go."

- Charles Spurgeon

20 April 2017

Quotables - Ray Bradbury

"He was moving from an unreality that was frightening into a reality that was unreal because it was new."

- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

"The law is for the self-righteous, to humble their pride. The gospel is for the lost, to remove their despair."

- Charles Spurgeon

Quotables - Martin Luther

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.”

- Martin Luther

19 April 2017

Quotables - John Piper

"Life is a constant battle not to believe the devil’s portrait of this world as preferable to the preciousness of God."

- John Piper

Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

Some trumpets are so stuffed with self that God cannot blow through them. -  Spurgeon

13 April 2017

Grandparent's Day











Quotables - Charles Spurgeon

"Our trials are often the shadows of coming mercies. When He's shown us our entire dependence upon Himself, He'll work deliverance."
 
—Charles Spurgeon