“…have you not hated? Have you never wished someone dead /Have you not frequently stooped to the use of contempt, even to character assassination? All such vilifying anger lies at the root of murder and makes a thoughtful man conscious that he differs not a whit, morally speaking, from the actual murderer.” -DA Carson
“By this means the SM lays the foundation of the New Testament doctrines of justification by grace through faith, and sanctification by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.”
“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God.”
ALL FOR JESUS
All for Jesus! All fo Jesus! All my being’s ransomed powers, all my thoughts and words and doings, all my days and all my hours.
Let my hands perform his biding, let my feet run in his ways; let my eyes see Jesus only, let my lips speak forth his praise.
Worldlings prize their gems of beauty, cling to gilded toys of dust, boast of wealth and fame and pleasure; only Jesus will I trust.
Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all beside’ so enchained my spirit’s vision, looking at the crucified.
O what wonder! How amazing! Jesus, glorious King of kings, deigns to call me his beloved, lets me rest beneath his wings.
ROCK OF AGES – Augustus M. Toplady
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, le me hide myself in thee; let the water adn teh blood, from thy riven side which flowed, be of sin the double cure, cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r.
Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law’s demands: could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyelids close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see thee on thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.
“A father is teaching his one-year-old daughter to walk. She is trying but she falls down. He puts her back on her feet and she falls down again. So he gets angry. He screams and shouts, “You’re a domb child. I’m a good teacher but you’re not learning.” When she falls again he spanks her for it. Obviously we would think very poorly of that kind of father. On the other hand, we would think well of a father who says, “Don’t worry about it. You fell down, but you’ll walk someday. I know you’re doing the very best you can.” Our God is like the second of the two. He knows our weaknesses and sin, but he also knows when we are trying and he is patient.”
“We can pray, for we can be assured that no prayer, no cry for help, not even a sign or a tear escapes the notice of him who sees deep into our hearts. Sometimes we may even fail to pray. But ‘before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear’ (Isaiah 65:24)”
-Foundations of the Christian Faith by James Montgomery Boice