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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Honesty

 Recently I began reading a book on humility. It has been a startling reminder to me of how often we as human beings try to make ourselves out to be better than we really are, of how we try to cover up our shortcomings and refuse to readily acknowledge our failures. Our lack of humility makes us dishonest with ourselves, with others, and most importantly, with God. I have been guilty of this more than once and believe the words of John Calvin to be true when he said, "It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself." People cannot behold themselves, and live a truly honest and transparent life, if they do not possess the humility to embrace their own failures. 
 Not that long ago, a friend of mine was really struggling and seemed to think that no one else shared his past. I felt led to respond to his searchings and wrote him a letter. In that letter, I detailed some things about my past that he was surprised to learn and, later, I realized that it is possible for many people to think that I live a super spiritual life and that I have it all together. Its easy for them to read my posts and get the impression that I have a perfect relationship with God and that I never struggle the way they do. Well, I want to address that and emphasize my ever-present need for the Savior I know and love.
 As most of us do, I have had a shadow side - that part of my story that I am not proud of and still find it hard to talk about. I've endured some painful bullying at the hands of a couple of girls I grew up with; I've sat in hospital rooms for weeks, wondering if my father would live and our lives would get back to normal again; I've cried tears of grief as I read the headline in the newspaper, announcing that a friend of mine had been killed in Iraq while serving with the Marines; I've suffered the harsh loss of letting go of my grandmother as cancer took her life; most recently, I watched my friend Katie bravely battle cancer and ultimately slip into the arms of her Lord at the tender age of 18. I've had my share of dark days. I remember well the feeling of desperation and the constant shadows of carrying around a sense of inner darkness and depression. I have tasted adversity, and I know it well. 
 But I also have come to know another side - a light side. In this, I have discovered the meaning of hope and purpose, of placing faith in the hands of the Savior and allowing Him to rebuild my broken life. In my light side, I have come to know the grace and love of God as I have watched Him bring redemption and resurrection to what once was dead within. My shadow side allowed me to experience and appreciate the Light - that part of me that can notice and be grateful for every blessing, every breath, every gift from above.
 Through this blog, I talk about both sides because I know that I'm not the only one who has journeyed this path. Others walk this way as well. Some of them are still dealing with the darkness and they are in need of hope. They seek the Light that so graciously appeared to me. The reason I write isn't to put myself on a pedestal and show others how wonderfully spiritual I am. The reason I write is because I need the Light too! I need a Savior to rescue, guide, care for, redeem, and restore me. What I say here is as much aimed at my own need and for my own benefit as it is, hopefully, for others'. Even though I have long since stepped from a life of constant darkness into a life lived in the Light, I still struggle with my "golden girl" side: that part of me that wants to be somebody, that wants to take credit for her own achievements in life, that desires others' validation and acceptance when the only acceptance that really matters is God's. My "prodigal side" is the person I know I truly am: the one that has been chosen and redeemed by Christ and is continuing to be transformed into the individual I was created to be. The one that is fully aware of her weaknesses and yet believes in God's ability to perfect them. The one that knows she is not who she wants to be and yet is thankful she is better than she used to be, thanks to the grace of the One who loves her. 
 I know that I will never be entirely free from my shadow side until I arrive in Heaven someday and my light side is all that there is. But I am grateful that they both remind me to keep myself grounded in who I really am and to appreciate who God has changed me into becoming, an ordinary person who has been mercifully loved by an extraordinary God. And that, my friends, makes all the difference. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Quote of the Day


"We are broken people living in a broken world
with other broken people. We all need grace."
- Tullian Tchivijian

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quote of the Day

"In prosperity grace many times lies dead in the soul, which affliction awakens and draws forth into exercise; the winter of our outward comforts proves not seldom the spring of our graces; frost and snow starve the weed, but nourish the good corn." 
                          - Thomas Case in A Treatise On Afflictions

Monday, April 27, 2015

Quote of the Day

"They are the purest acts of faith which the soul puts forth in the dark; faith never believes more than when it cannot see, because then the soul hath nothing more to stay itself upon but God. Sense, while it seems to help, renders the work of faith more difficult by doubling it; a man must first believe the insufficiency of what he sees before he can believe the all-sufficiency of him that is invisible…"
                         - Thomas Case in A Treatise On Afflictions

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Being Alive

 We've all had those days…those times when we weren't happy to be alive. Perhaps those moments when all we wished for was that we were dead. Maybe we doubted that this world really needed us, that life could go on without our presence. The pain we carried convinced us that the darkness was too much for any light to overcome. Oh the hopelessness we felt in that moment. 
 And yet, into such feelings steps One who tells us that He loves us fiercely. He speaks to our sick souls and whispers peace where there is none. He tells us that we matter to Him…that broken people are who He chooses to make as His friends. He assures us that He will give meaning to our otherwise meaning-less lives. 
 In those times when I have doubted my place and my purpose, He has reminded me that this life really is worth living, that my blessings far outweigh my burdens, and that no night is so long, so season so dark, that renewal and redemption will not spring up from it in due time. Each person is placed on this earth for a reason. And each of us fulfills his or her true destiny when we live that gift in response to the One who granted it to us in the first place. Every breath that we take, every moment that we have, is from God. Today…and everyday, why don't we make a decision that we will not waste that one life but that we will, instead, live it well. In so doing, we will bring joy to the heart of the Creator who placed us here and who loves us more than we will ever imagine. Because of that fact, we can then say, "it's good to be alive." 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Quote of the Day

"My thoughts were dark and doleful, and full of despair, and not a few of them; multitudes broke in upon me, and even swallowed me up; but Thy comforts were light and life, and delight to my soul, my thoughts did not sink me so deep, but Thy comforts raised me up as high; my thoughts were a hell, but Thy comforts were a heaven within me." 
                          - Thomas Case in A Treatise On Afflictions

Friday, April 24, 2015

Quote of the Day

" If I am grateful for anything…it's for the way God has wrecked my idealism about myself and the world and replaced it with a realism about the extent of His grace and love, which is much bigger than I had ever imagined. Indeed, the smaller you get - the smaller life makes you - the easier it is to see the grandeur of God and His Gospel, the more grateful you become. While I am far more incapable than I may have initially thought, God is infinitely more capable than I ever hoped. 
 In other words, the older I get, the more smitten I become by the fact that God's love for me, His approval and commitment by me, does not ride on my transformation but on Jesus's substitution. Jesus is infallibly devoted to us in spite of our inconsistent devotion to him. The Gospel is not a command to hold on to Jesus. It's a promise that no matter how weak your faith and how unsuccessful your efforts may be, God is always holding on to you. In this light, life is simply the chronicle of God's successes perfectly meeting our failures." 
                       - Tullian Tchividjian in One Way Love

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Made New

 When the Lord of the Universe promises that He is "making all things new," (Rev. 21:5) that promise includes me. God is engaged in the resurrecting business, of taking the old, the shameful, the dark, the painful and turning it into a glorious masterpiece of beauty and hope. Such transformations do not occur of the human will. One cannot change themselves and suddenly desert their desperate past for a life of joy and fulfillment. Only God can do such a thing. As He so mercifully has said He will, He continues to say to anyone who will believe and come to Him, "I will give [you] and undivided heart and put a new spirit within [you]; I will remove from [you] [your] heart of stone and give [you] a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 11:19). None of us can deny that God has the right to say the worst about us…and He does know the worst about us! He sees every ill thought or act we've ever done and knew we'd commit it since before the dawning of time! And yet, in spite of that fact, He mercifully offers us the promise of redemption. Because of Him, we can be made new. 
 How often I must be reminded of the simple fact that He has, and still is, carrying on this transformative work within me…that I am not who I once was and that He doesn't see me the way I sometimes want to see myself. I have been given a new identity that isn't defined by my mistakes but by His perfection. God's grace has met my failures, and it is a glorious doing! 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

"To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means…My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ, and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it…Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is an illusion."
                                      - Brennan Manning in Ragamuffin Gospel
                                           and Abba's Child

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

"…As long as we're living in this world, we will be tempted to locate our identity in something or someone smaller than Jesus. Not just tempted, we will locate our identity in all sorts of things that will disappoint us. That is what it means to be addicted to control, after all. We will listen to the words we read on billboards and hear on TV, the voices inside our own heads that tell us we are not enough, that we have to go out and 'get it,' that it is up to us to secure our significance, legacy, and impact…Fortunately, the gift of identity we have been given in Christ is not contingent upon our grasping it tightly enough, either spiritually or intellectually. If it were, it wouldn't be much of a gift! It is only contingent on Christ's dying and rising again. It persists even when we resist. 
 The Gospel, in other words, liberates us to be okay with not being okay. We can stop pretending that we are anyone but who we actually are. Which means we can admit our weaknesses to ourselves without feeling as if the flesh is being ripped off our bones. We can take off our masks and explore our self-justifying compulsions from a safe distance. When you understand that our significance, security, and identity are all locked in Christ, you don't have to win - you're free to lose. And nothing in this broken world can beat a person who isn't afraid to lose! You may even find you're free enough to say crazy, risky, counterintuitive stuff like, 'To live is Christ and to die is gain'!" 
- Tullian Tchividjian in One Way Love

Monday, April 20, 2015

Replaced Identity

"…God has taken my old name and replaced it with His." So says William Reynolds in the movie, Beyond The Mask. As he tells his young love, Charlotte, of his recent conversion, he assures her that the mask has been removed. He will now live a life worthy of the new identity God has given him. He does not belong any more to himself. He belongs wholly to God alone. 
 This is the state of every person who has ever come to know God. When he or she comes to a point of acknowledging their own folly and their own inability to live the perfect, sinless life they perhaps aspire to, God, in his mercy, points them to the cross and says, "I will take your old name - that you who lives in constant fear, that you who doubts, that you who cannot forgive, that you who cannot trust, that you who cannot properly love, that you who feels shamed and haunted by your past, that you who thinks there is no hope, that you who wants to give up and die - I will remove that 'name' and replace it with My own. Because I chose to go to the cross for that old you, you will now have the opportunity to live the life you never could by the redemptive work I will do inside of your heart and soul. No longer do you have to hide the old you; no longer does the mask need to be your friend. That false identity has been removed for a heavenly one that restores you to your intended purpose: to glorify Me and enjoy Me forever!" 
 Even though this miraculous transformation has occurred in my life, I still forget sometimes that I belong to God and not to myself. My old 'name' tries to call me back into a dark past, to tell me that it was better when life was under my own rule and direction. And yet, louder than that voice calls One whom I have come to know and love even more: "You belong to Me! I have loved you with an everlasting love! You are mine!" In that instant, I realize that the present and the future are better, because of my Redeemer, than any false hope my previous identity tried to offer me. And so, at times, when my sight grows dim and the doubts arise, I pray, 
"When I lose my way, and I forget my name,
Remind me who I am."


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quote of the Day


"I'm way worse than I ever thought I was. God is 
way more gracious than I ever imagined."
- Tullian Tchivijian

Friday, April 17, 2015

Quote of the Day



"If self could help, then would we all have been fixed
a long time ago."
- Kyle Idleman

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inner Honesty

 Even the most "spiritual" among us can be found wearing a mask. No human being is immune to such self-protective measures…even in church. It's a funny thing - church should be a place where we feel the most safe, the most secure, and the least condemned. But often, this isn't the case as we look around and think, "Everybody else has it all together, and I'm the only messed up person here." What we don't seem to realize is that others are probably thinking the same thing too, but everyone is so afraid that they'll be judged that they cover up their pain and pretend like everything's okay. 
 But what might happen if we all took the risk of letting down our guard and showing who we really are? Would it perhaps be the thing that sets us free?




"Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts:
and in the hidden part you shall make me 
to know wisdom."
- Psalm 51:6

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Beyond the Mask

 Last night, I went to see the newly-released movie, "Beyond The Mask." It is the story of  William Reynolds, an employee of the East India Company in 1776 who has a bloody past to hide. Lured by the love of a young woman, he begins to mask his true self for a different one in hopes of gaining her acceptance. But, instead, Miss Charlotte Holloway's sincerity towards God and mask-free living launch him on a journey to discovering who he really is and who God intends for him to become. It is a tale of tragedy and redemption that drives home the message that one cannot gain true love or acceptance by their own effort. That one can never hope to live a transparent and truthful life until they have taken off their mask. 



 Masks. I know them well…because I used to call them my friends. My masks hid the broken heart of a girl who was afraid to let others see who she really was - an insecure young lady who was angry at God, disillusioned with the faith, and alone. There was much she felt she had to hide. Darkness drove deep into her soul. Every day, she would don the mask and head out into the big, wide world, feeling as though she had to portray a certain image so that others would accept her. Like William Reynolds. But every night, when she crawled into bed for the night, the mask came off…and the real Katherine came out. Long nights of staring at the bedroom ceiling, asking questions she felt she could voice to no one except herself. Tears soaked into the sheets as she reflected on the pain she was feeling. So many people didn't know. But I did…and, in time, I came to realize that God did, too.
 In the Fall of 2011, the mask finally came off for good. God showed me my true self and allowed me the courage and grace to face the darkness in my soul, to accept my past for what it was. And, as the Light began to shine, the false identity was replaced by one that was given to me from the heart of God Himself. I no longer felt the need to live two lives - to portray something to others that was different from the truth. Because now, the inward and the outward were in tune with one another. Love flowed both ways. Life became an endless journey of hope and a discovery of the limitless grace of God. I had nothing to hide anymore. Good or bad, I was at peace with who I was and whichever side others saw, I had nothing to be ashamed of…only to rely on God in greater ways and to attempt to live as transparent a life as possible. 
 In the making of "Beyond The Mask," the producers of the movie sought to communicate this essential truth to their viewers: everyone has the potential of wearing a mask, of hiding behind something that isn't our true self so that others will think more of us. Of trying to make ourselves out to be better than what we really are. But, as they will explain in the following video, nobody is "good enough" to earn the acceptance with God and others that they seek. Nobody can re-create their identity to match the standard of perfection that they so desire. Only when we have come to a place of realizing our own brokenness and inability to be who we are created to be apart from God will we begin to experience true life-transformation and mask-free living.



 As Psalm 90:8 says, "You have put our evil doings before you, our secret sins in the light of your face." God can see through our mask better than any human being on earth. He is the only One who truly knows us, even if we do not as yet know Him. He has planned our existence since the dawning of time and has known all about us before we even took our first breath. No mask is so deceptive that He cannot read our mind and heart anyway…and no life is too hidden in the depths of darkness and despair that He cannot rescue it and remove the mask. 
 My mask has been gone for sometime now. But stories like "Beyond The Mask" remind me of what life used to be like when it was my companion…and the indescribable joy I feel today as I live my life in the "light of [His] face." 


*The main showing of this film will take place in theaters across the nation on June 5, 2015. For more information, visit: www.beyondthemaskmovie.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quote of the Day


" Even our most cataclysmic failures won't tempt God 
to 'leave us or forsake us.'"
- Tullian Tchivijian

Monday, April 13, 2015

Full of Joy


" Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, 
Flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou are giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine."
- Henry van Dyke



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Renewing Hope




"How fresh, O Lord, how sweet and clean
Are thy returns! ev'n as the flowers in spring;
To which, besides their own demean,
The late-past frosts tributes of pleasure bring.
Grief melts away
Like snow in May,
As if there were no such thing.
Who would have thought my shrivel'd heart
Could have recover'd greenness?"
- George Herbert

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Always Singing

Recently, I was introduced to this beautiful hymn. I'd never heard it before, but the words resounded in my heart with a special depth and meaning. The printed words are the original, and the video clip is a slightly different version of it. Still, as a follow-up to yesterday's "Quote of the Day," I thought it was rather fitting. I want to share with you this lovely song…and I hope that you keep on singing this day!


How Can I Keep From Singing

"My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul -
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav'n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I life mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His -
How can I keep from singing?
- Robert Lowry


 

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Joyful Reminder

"The time of the singing of the birds is come, and from early morning until the sun sets, their sweet notes are a constant reminder of the duty and delight of thanksgiving. Out of the joy of their hearts they trill forth their gladness for the sunshine and the opening flowers and the unfolding leaves, and I have heard the same tender song when the rain has fallen and cold winds have blown and dark clouds have swept across the sky. Many a time have the birds in the garden sung a lesson in my listening ears and rebuked my dullness or my unbelief by their gleeful carolings."
                                                - Susannah Spurgeon in Seasons of the Heart 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quote of the Day



"You will never be amazed by grace until
you're stunned by your own sinfulness."
- Kyle Idleman


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quote of the Day


" Grace runs best through people who know they're broken."
- Tullian Tchivijian

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One Life

"At death, I can tell you that it will bring unspeakable comfort to look back on a well-spent life…O, time well-spent is a precious cordial to a soul that is making up its last accounts. How precious is time to a dying man! O what would an ungodly, unprepared sinner give for some of the time he wasted before as nothing! O how they wish they had made much of every minute! What is undone at death must be undone forever."
                                      - Richard Baxter in Voices From the Past




Monday, April 6, 2015

Life Is Shorter Than We Think

 I sat in the small church on Good Friday and listened as the pastor spoke. Outside, I could see the traffic rolling along at a crawl. Just a few hours earlier, two vehicles had crashed on the highway, leaving two people dead and another two seriously injured. The entire South-bound side was shut down completely. To add to the soberness of my thoughts, our pastor had nearly been in an accident that same day and so had another church member. As I reflected on the events I had just been told about, I couldn't get past the simple truth that none of us know our moment or means of departure from this world. Whether we acknowledge it or not, God is the only disposer of life - He has the right to give it and the right to take it away. When our time to die has come, nothing can prevent it from happening. I thought of how each of the people who died today had full intentions of living beyond this day...but they didn't. Even more perplexing is the big question of where they are now spending their eternal destiny. 
 Years ago, I penned the following quote, and I believe it now more than ever: "A life not lived for God is no life at all." There is only one way to truly depart this life in peace: knowing one has placed faith in the hands of the Savior and has lived a life that honors Him. All other means of self-fulfillment are futile and will leave one empty-handed when he or she stands before God and gives their final account. For years, the idea of death was disturbing. I wondered what it looked like to live a life to its fullest measure and to die in peace with God and mankind. Several months ago, following the death of my friend Katie from cancer, I finally witnessed what I'd always wondered about. And I began to pray: God, when my time comes, let me die gladly. Let me go in peace knowing I have done what you put me on this earth to accomplish. 
 I stepped out from the church after the service, the pastor also stood beside me. I pointed out the beautiful sunset off in the distance. I realized that, on that evening, two people did not live to see that sunset. And yet, because of the eternal hope that I know I have - that the pastor has - we could gaze at it together and know that this life isn't all there is. What happened on Easter morning has secured our final destination and assured us of the fact that death no longer has the final say for our souls. 
 Even in the sadness that surrounded Good Friday, I also felt joyful because I believe that my life is in the care of the Sovereign God and that all of my days are counted and numbered by Him. He has the right to use me as He pleases. My duty is to fulfill my work for Him well. James 4:14 tells us that life is a vapor that passes away and is gone. We are only here for a short time. Let us resolve to not waste the one life we've been given...for today might be all that we have. 



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Why Easter Is So Important To Me

 It's Easter morning. The cold of winter is beginning to fade. Signs of Spring are in the air. It is a day of resurrection, of celebrating life and hope. I feel the praise rising in my soul. I sense the thankfulness in full…because, in addition to Christmas, this day is the most important day of the year.
 Just like the changing of the seasons, mankind lay in the throes of the winter of their soul. The cold-hearted effects of sin ran deep. There was no sign of life. No reason for hope. Our choice to reject God had destined us for eternal hopelessness and destruction. We had no more options. All that was due to us was our rightful punishment. But, into this chaos of our creating, into this broken world we had undone, stepped a Savior. A Savior who thought that shameful souls were worth dying for. Who loved them enough to enter into their brokenness, into their sin, and take their impurity on Himself and accept their eternal punishment for them. Not only that, but this same Savior then pronounced them forgiven and free to live a life of purpose and hope. Incredible, is it not? Such love defies human logic and knowledge. It is radical. Hardly would a human being dare to commit such an act of selflessness, but Jesus did. The God of the Universe cared enough about you…about me…to be crucified on our behalf. But, to go a step further and to prove His triumph over death and our sin, He rose from the grave and now lives! And He is preparing a place for every single person who has believed in Him so that they might spend eternity with Him forever…no longer destined to destruction as before. This is why Easter is so important to me: my God died on my behalf, and my God lives forever! The winter of the soul has faded. The Spring has come. The resurrection has taken place. The praise continues to rise. And I thank. I sing. Because Grace has touched my soul, and now I live as He lives. It is Easter morning! He is risen! 



Saturday, April 4, 2015

Wondrous Love!

 God's love is so far beyond our human comprehension! It is truly a wonder that He would value mankind's eternal destiny enough to give His life to redeem them! He took their eternal punishment because He valued their souls. As I contemplate this remarkable act of sacrifice and mercy, all I can utter is:

"Amazing love! How can it be?
That thou, my God, should'st die for me?"
- Charles Wesley



Friday, April 3, 2015

God's Radical Choice

"The love of Christ - O boundless love! O the unsearchable riches of Christ's love! O happy souls have interest in this love, in these riches! This love made God willing to be made a curse, the Lord of life to die a base, accursed, and cruel death. Lord, there was no sorrow like your sorrow, no love like your love. Was it not enough, dearest Savior, that you condescended to pray, sigh, and weep for us, but were willing also to bleed and die for us? Was it not enough that you were hated, slandered, and blasphemed, but also scourged, nailed, wounded, and crucified? Was it not enough that you felt the cruelty of man, but also underwent the wrath of God? Was it not enough that you died not only once, but actually twice in soul and body enduring the second death? O the transcendent love of Christ! Heaven and earth are astonished by it. What tongue can express it? What heart can conceive it? The tongues, the thoughts of men and angels are far below it. O the height, depth, breadth, and length of the love of Christ! The love of Christ is free, unchangeable, and incomprehensible. He loved us when we had no beauty to attract his affections. We lay trodden under foot and polluted in our blood. There is nothing lovely in man. Christ knew all this clearly. In eternity past, Christ saw all our faults, and not one after another, but all together. This adds great wonder to the love of Christ. He saw every perverse look, every unkind gesture, every rebellious motion, every disingenuous act. Every heart was visible from eternity. Here is the wonder of Christ's love: it is fixed upon man, the worst of creatures. Consider his resolution, and wonder: I will give eternal life to those who have dishonored me." 
                                         - David Clarkson in Voices From the Past



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

" Christ stands as our advocate alone before God's bar and pleads before the Father. Whatever can rightly be charged upon us, he accepts the whole charge on himself, acknowledging the crimes to be his own. And this, he must do. If he hides the sin, or lessens it, he is faulty; if he leaves it still upon us, we die. He must then take our iniquity to himself, make it his own, and so deliver us. Having thus taken the sin upon himself, as lawfully he may and lovingly he does…it follows that we live if he lives; and who can desire more?"
               - John Bunyan in Voices From the Past

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quote of the Day


"Upon that cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart with tears
Two wonders I confess -
The wonders of redeeming love
And my unworthiness."
- Elizabeth Clephane