HACM Weekly Roundup [11/22/13]

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Quotes

  • “The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not moments of self-satisfaction but self-forgetfulness.” —John Piper
  • “The call to follow Jesus is not simply an invitation to pray a prayer; it’s a summons to lose our lives.” -David Platt
  • “Trying to figure out God is like trying to catch a fish in the Pacific Ocean with an inch of dental floss.” —Matt Chandler

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HACM Weekly Roundup [11/15/13]

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  • God Desires You Far More Than You Desire Him:Christianity is not so much about you desiring God as it is about God desiring you. I wonder if you believe that. The truth is that we will not desire God if we don’t believe that really God desires us. If God is a powerful person who in reality cares little or nothing about us, we may have a fear-based respect for him, but we will not love him. We will certainly not be satisfied in him. We will keep our distance from him and find our true satisfaction elsewhere.”
  • Only God Can Judge Me?: “In Matthew 7 Jesus says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Even those of us who’ve never read the Bible can quote this part of his sermon word for word. This may be the most well known Bible verse in our day. And it may also be the most misunderstood. Misunderstanding this verse means we misunderstand how we’re supposed to love one another. So it’s important that we ask the question: What does Jesus mean when he tells us not to judge?”
  • 9 Myths of Discipleship: “We’re called to be disciples and make disciples, but this call often feels overwhelming. However, discipleship doesn’t have to feel this way. Our tendency is to overcomplicate it and think of it as something it’s not.”

Quotes

  • “Those sins that seem most sweet in life will prove most bitter in death.” —Thomas Brooks
  • “The servants of the Lord are to sing his praises in this life to the world’s end; and in the next life world without end.” —John Boys
  • “Child of God, you cost Christ too much for him to forget you.” —C.H. Spurgeon

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HACM Weekly Roundup [10/18/13]

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  • The Beauty of a “Boring” Testimony– “Every Christian has a redemption story. Whether you are saved from cocaine addiction or a prideful heart, from deep in a prison cell or the comfort of your suburban home, your story is filled with grace. If we can’t see the beauty of a redemption story, the problem isn’t with the story: the problem is with us. After all, every story of redemption is one so powerful that Christ died to fulfill it.”
  • The Loving Intolerance of God– “Loving people well doesn’t mean we must embrace the choices they make. It means we openly welcome and embrace all who come into our lives with a heart of understanding and the message and hope of the gospel. We love people well when we call them out of sin into relationship with King Jesus. It may not be the world’s definition of tolerance, but it’s the truest way to love.”
  • A Reason to Be Really Offended– “In communicating the gospel, one of the essential things we must at least imply, if not make explicit, is the most offensive truth possible: you are powerless precisely where it matters most. You are dead to what truly is life.”

Quotes

  • “There can be no peace between you and Christ while there is peace between you and sin.” —C.H. Spurgeon
  • “Don’t believe everything you think. You cannot be trusted to tell yourself the truth. Stay in The Word.” —Jerry Bridges
  • “Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers!” —William Culbertson

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HACM Weekly Roundup [10/4/13]

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  • Persevere in Prayer– “Prayer is and always will be a constant battle. Do not give up!”
  • The Blood That Satisfies– “The redeemed do not receive a blood transfusion from God. We receive a life transfusion—His death for our death, His life for our life. It all is according to His precious blood, which satisfies God’s righteous requirements for life and justice.”
  • Does God (Really) Desire All to Be Saved?

Quotes

  • “Words are cheap. It is by costly, self-denying Christian practice that we show the reality of our faith.” —Jonathan Edwards
  • “In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?” —John Stott
  • “We rob the gospel of its power if we leave out its threatenings of punishment.” —C.H. Spurgeon

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HACM Weekly Roundup [9/27/13]

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  • Jesus Is Not Your Sin-Manager– “Grace never softens our thirst for obedience. It actually inspires us to go on the warpath against our unholiness. We look to the cross as believers, and we see there lavish forgiveness, but also our fundamental approach to sin. In the power of the cross, we are to kill sin. We are to realize that it is a deadly serious matter. Jesus did not die to manage our sin. He died to kill it.”
  • Movement Requires Action– “The Great Commission Movement requires us to be disciplined disciples. Notice that Jesus removes the heavy burden of self-righteousness and replaces it with his own light burden. He replaces our burden of sin with a burden for sinners. When Jesus gives us his yoke, he comes alongside us to war against our sin and accomplish the disciple-making mission. He wants us to be a part of redeeming the fallen world. He wants us to be a part of His movement!”
  • Six Benefits of Ordinary Devotions– “Brick upon brick a building is built. Lesson upon lesson a degree is earned. Stroke upon stroke a painting is created. Your devotions may have seemed ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it. Press on. Don’t short-change the process.”

Quotes:

  • “Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” —John Stott
  • “Upon the two hinges of faith and repentance do all the promises of the Bible stand.” —George Swinnock
  • “The Son of God came to seek us where we are in order that he might bring us to be with him where he is.” —J.I. Packer

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HACM Weekly Roundup [9/20/13]

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  • The Dangerous Pit of Uniqueness: “It’s good for a person to know that God has knitted them together in their mother’s womb and that He has done so with precision and intention. That’s a good thing. But when this good thing is hi-jacked by our self-worshiping hearts our uniqueness becomes a great tool for our destruction.”
  • 4 Ways to Tell if You’re Asking “Good” Spiritual Questions: “Questioning well is an art that takes practice. And as my friend Alan underscored for me, there is no end to the need for improvement. But so we should expect.  For the glorious message of the Gospel is that we are freed to question badly, but are sanctified to question well.”
  • 10 Questions for Better Bible Study 

Quotes:

  • “Man is eager for vengeance and God is eager for forgiveness.” – John MacArthur
  • “Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.” —J.I. Packer
  • “As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.” —R.C. Sproul

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HACM Weekly Roundup [9/13/13]

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  • It’s Not You, It’s God: Nine Lessons for Breakups: “It might be one of the most popular Christian break-up lines, ‘Look, it’s not you, It’s God.’ God very well may lead you to a breakup, but don’t use him as a scapegoat. Own your own sin and ask for forgiveness where it is needed. Then be honest about how you came to this decision, how he made this direction clear to you.” 
  • Four Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty: “True Christian liberty, unlike the various ‘freedom’ or ‘liberation’ movements of the secular world, is not a matter of demanding the ‘rights’ we have….Only when we recognize that we do not deserve our “rights” can we properly exercise them as privileges.” 
  • Five Fundamental Questions Conservative Evangelicals Must Address: “The challenge before us is not that people will disagree with Christianity; it’s that they won’t understand it at all.  Which is why conservative Christian concerns right now about being marginalized on account of our moral teachings are totally misplaced.  As long as we are being actively marginalized, we are still being taken seriously.  It’s indifference from a surrounding culture that ought to concern Christians.”

Quotes:

  • “God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom to do as they please but freedom to do as He pleases.” —John MacArthur
  • “It was God’s word that made us; is it any wonder that his word should sustain us?” —C.H. Spurgeon
  • “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the First.” —Oswald Smith

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