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I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed it – His Word. He alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures.” – R.C. Sproul

I find these words simply amazing. “He alone has the power to change lives for eternity.” Why then do we have to try to make everything so gimmicky? Why don’t we just preach the gospel. It is the gospel that brings salvation, sanctification and the hope of eternal life.

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Though it be a deep sorrow for sin that God requires as  necessary to salvation, yet the very nature of it necessarily implies delight. Repentance from sin is a sorrow arising from the sight of God’s excellency and mercy, but the apprehension of excellency or mercy must necessarily and unavoidably beget pleasure in the mind of the beholder… How much soever of a paradox it may seem, it is a true that repentance  is a sweet sorrow, so that the more of this sorrow, the more pleasure.”Jonathan Edwards

Oh that we would have this pleasant pain. The pain of sorrow woven together with the greatest joy of knowing and treasuring Jesus!

If God is to love you, what must he give you? He must give you what is best for you. The best thing in all the universe is God. If he were to give you all health, best job, best spouse, best computer, best vacations, best success in any realm, and yet withhold himself, then he would hate you. And if he gives you God and nothing besides, he loves you infinitely.”

– John Piper

piper_natcon1Jesus came… was crucified… rose from the dead with all authority and promised to be with us to the end of the age  to create a people whose sins are forgiven, and whose hearts are full of the love of God, and who are so emboldened by the triumphant Christ, that they spend their lives with risk and sacrifice and love to help others know and enjoy the greatness of Christ forever and ever.”

-John Piper

worship-matters1I thought that I’d share Bob Kauflin’s definition of a worship leader (er… uh… Music Guy).

A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory.”

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Adoration is not merely a brief preface or introduction to prayer, it is the very heart of it… When the soul is moved to adoration it is usually because the mind has been contemplating the excellence of God… However, as we contemplate and adore the riches of God, we cannot help but be aware of the stark contrast between the fullness of His excellency and the corresponding lack of it in ourselves. Such awareness leads us from adoration to confession… Adoration of God, like the Law of God, acts as a mirror to show us the blemishes of our character and drive us to the posture of contrition.”

– R. C. Sproul, The Souls Quest for God, pg 193-194

I enjoyed the sentence that stated, “Adoration of God, like the Law of God, acts as a mirror to show our blemishes…” It made me stop and think for a moment. It is the  Law of God that reveals the perfect narure of God himself. So if the law reveals our utter depravity, so too when we bow before Him in adoration, His glory reveals our sin and lackings. As we preach the truth of who God is to ourselves we will be humbled in adoration and driven to confession.

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As long as we entertain delusions of our own merit or compliment ourselves on our own contributions to salvation, we block our hearts from pure worship.”

– R. C. Sproul, The Souls Quest for God, pg. 187

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9