Tuesday, October 28, 2014

christ is the good news | from romans 8

"long my imprisoned spirit lay,  
fast bound in sin and nature's night;  
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;  
i woke, the dungeon flamed with light;  
i rose, went forth, and followed thee. 
AMAZING LOVE! how can it be? 
that thou my god should die for me!"
charles wesley

"while we were still weak, at the right time christ died for the ungodly. for one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but god shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, christ died for us." 
the price of the gospel is the death of christ. verse 6: “christ died for the ungodly.” verse 8: "christ
died for us." god loved us while we were sinners and paid a price so that we might have an infinite prize. that price was the death of his son. and what was the prize that he bought for us when he paid that price? verses 9-11:
"since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of god. for if while we were enemies we were reconciled to god by the death of his son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. more than that, we also rejoice in god through our lord jesus christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."
"the end of the gospel is “we rejoice in god.” the highest, fullest, deepest, sweetest good of the gospel is god himself, enjoyed by his redeemed people. hence the title of this message: “god in christ: the price and the prize of the gospel.” god in christ became the price (romans 5:6–8), and god in christ became the prize (romans 5:11). the gospel is the good news that god bought for us the everlasting enjoyment of god. that's what i mean when i say "god is the gospel."

JOHN PIPER, god in christ: the price and prize of the gospel 

Monday, October 27, 2014

order my steps

keep steady my steps according to your promise, 
and let no iniquity get dominion over me. 
psalm 119:133

"order my steps in your word. 
order my tongue in your word. 
guide my feet in your word. 
wash my heart in your word. 
show me how to walk in your word. 
show me how to talk in your word.
when i need a brand new song to sing,
show me how to let your praises ring,
in your word."

Friday, November 22, 2013

how to be a better christian {charles spurgeon}

“there are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. we should be better christians if we were more alone, waiting upon god, and gathering through meditation on his word, spiritual strength for labor in his service. we ought to muse upon the things of god, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them...why is it that some christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on god's word. they love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. from such folly deliver us, o lord...” 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

rise and sing

"i will sing of your strength; i will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. for you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. o my strength, i will sing praises to you, for you, o god, are my fortress, the god who shows me steadfast love." psalm 59:16-17