Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
"It is comparatively easy to repeat the words of the Lord's Prayer like a parrot (or indeed a heathen 'babbler'). To pray them with sincerity, however, has revolutionary implications, for it expresses the priorities of a Christian. We are constantly under pressure to conform to the self-centredness of secular culture. When that happens we become concerned about our own little name (liking to see it embossed on our notepaper or hitting the headlines in the press, and defending it when it is attacked), about our own little empire (bossing, 'influencing' and manipulating people to boost our ego), and about our own silly little will (always wanting our own way and getting upset when it is frustrated). But in the Christian counter-culture our top priority concern is not our name, kingdom and will, but God's. Whether we can pray theses petitions with integrity is a searching test of the reality and depth of our Christian profession."
John R. W. Stott, The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, p. 148
Friday, June 17, 2011
“It is an help to knowledge, thereby your knowledge is raised.
Thereby your memory is strengthened.
Thereby your hearts are warmed.
Thereby you will be freed from sinful thoughts.
Thereby your hearts will be tuned to every duty.
Thereby you will grow in grace.
Thereby you will fill up all the chinks and crevices of your lives, and know how to spend your spare time, and improve that for God.
Thereby you will draw good out of evil.
And thereby you will converse with God, have communion with God, and enjoy God.
And I pray, is not here profit enough to sweeten the voyage of your thoughts in meditation?”
William Bridge (1600-1670)
 Quoted in Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p. 62.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
|Scripture Reference||NASB rendering||NIV rendering||KJV rendering|
|John 1:18||No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.||No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.||No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.|
|Philippians 2:6-7||who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.||Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.||Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:|
|Titus 2:13||looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,||while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ||Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;|
|1 Timothy 3:16||By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.||Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.||And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.|