“Not many of us , I think, would ever naturally say that we have known God. The words imply a definiteness and matter-of-factness of experience to which most of us, if we are honest, have to admit that we are still strangers.”
J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 20

Any strength or intelligence or skill or beauty they have comes from him. On every scale of excellence, he is infinitely greater than the best person you ever knew or ever heard of.

Being infinite, he is inexhaustibly interesting. It is impossible, therefore, that God be boring. His continual demonstration of the most intelligent and interesting actions is volcanic.

As the source of every good pleasure, he himself pleases fully and finally. If that’s not how we experience him, we are either dead or sleeping. It is therefore astonishing how little effort is put into knowing God.

— John Piper, The Pleasures of God, p. 15-16

God Doesn’t Always Make Sense

God doesn’t always make sense and that’s okay with me. If He did, would He still be God? Transcendence is a prerequisite to hold the title, God. His thoughts are higher than my thoughts, His ways are higher than my ways.

Make more sense, to have the sense, that God wouldn’t always make sense than to make sense of His transcendence.

“We don’t want people to leave our teachings enamored with Paul-our any other man. We want them to walk away from our teaching glorifying God who did great things in and through these men.”
Charlie H. Campbell, Teaching and Preaching God’s Word, 74
“Don’t strive to prepare and preach ‘great sermons’ but to magnify a great Savior.”
 -Warren Wiersbe and David Wiersbe, The Elements of Preaching, 44.
“There are no regrets in heaven, no remorseful tears, no second thoughts, no lost causes.”
— John Blanchard
“if your definition of love stresses affectionate feelings more than unselfish actions, you cripple your relationships.”
— tim keller (via hannaoliviaway)

(via the-flowers-fade)

Our enemies are on every side, so must our armor be.

William Gurnall

Now we cannot…discover our failure to keep God’s law except by trying our very hardest (and then failing). Unless we really try, whatever we say there will always be at the back of our minds the idea that if we try harder next time we shall succeed in being completely good. Thus, in one sense, the road back to God is a road of moral effort, of trying harder and harder. But in another sense it is not trying that is ever going to bring us home. All this trying leads up to the vital moment at which you turn to God and say, You must do this. I can’t. C. S. Lewis

He that made all things is more truly an object of confidence than all things that he has made. -Charles Spurgeon