Quotes of the week -
A Bible and a Hymnbook
“Not by might nor by power, but by my
Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty! – Zechariah 4:6
You know, the Church started out with a Bible, then it got a hymnbook, and
for years that was it–a Bible and a hymnbook. The average church now
certainly wouldn’t be able to operate on just a hymnbook and the Bible. Now
we have to have all kinds of religious bunk. A lot of people couldn’t serve
God at all without at least a truck load of equipment to keep them happy.
Some of these attractions that we have to win people and keep them coming
may be fine, or they may be cheap. They may be elevated, or they may be
degrading. They may be artistic, or they may be coarse–it all depends upon
who is running the show! But the Holy Spirit is not the center of
attraction, and the Lord is not the one who is in charge. We bring in all
sorts of anti-Scriptural and unscriptural claptrap to keep the people happy
and keep them coming.
As I see it, the great woe is not the presence of these religious toys and
trifles–but the fact that they have become a necessity, and the presence of
the Eternal Spirit is not in our midst!
– A.W. Tozer, 1897-1963
Confronting an Evil World
If ye be reproached for the name of
Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:
on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. - 1
No one can live for God's glory and be entirely comfortable in this world.
You shouldn't be obnoxious or try to be a misfit, but if your life is
Christlike, then you will bear some of the reproach He bore.
We live in a day when many are want to make Christianity easy, but the Bible
says it is hard. Many want to make Christians lovable, but God says they'll
be reproachable. Christianity must confront the system by being distinct
from it. It must expose sin before it can disclose the remedy.
Be sure your life reflects your commitment to Christ. That's what will make
you distinct from the world.
John MacArthur, Truth for Today
Consecrating our Everyday Lives
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do–do
all to the glory of God!” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Religion is not to be confined to devotional exercises–but
rather consists in doing all that we are called to do, with a single eye to
His glory and will, from a grateful sense of His love and mercy to us. This
is the chemistry which turns every mundane thing into gold, and stamps a
value upon common actions!
When a mother is making or mending the children’s clothes, or teaching them,
or cleaning the kitchen, or a saucepan–she may be as well employed, as when
she is upon her knees or at the Lord’s Table.
It is an great mistake to think that all time is lost–which is not spent in
bible-reading, or hearing sermons, or prayer. These are properly called
means of grace–and should be attended to in their proper season. But the
fruits of grace–are to appear in our common daily course of conduct.
It would be wrong for a mother to neglect the house of God–and it would be
equally wrong to neglect the prudent management of her own house. It is
chiefly as a wife and mother of a family, that she can let her light shine
to His praise. I would not have her think that she could serve the Lord
better in any other station, than in that in which God in His providence has
A simple desire to please God, to walk by the rule of His Word, and to do
all to His glory . . .
like the fabled magic stone, turns all to gold,
consecrates the actions of common life, and
makes everything that belongs to our situation and duty in domestic life,
a part of our religion.
– John Newton, 1725-1807
Editor’s note: There is no “secular” and “sacred” in the life
of the Christian. Everything done to the glory of God is a religious
“Man Proposes; God Disposes”
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD
directeth his steps.
– Proverbs 16:9
“Man proposes, God disposes.” Man deliberates here and there
how he will begin and carry on this or that; but his short-sightedness
leaves much out of view which God sees; his calculation does not comprehend
many contingencies which God disposes of and man cannot foresee. The result
and issue are thus of God, and the best is, that in all his deliberations,
one should give himself up without self-confidence and arrogance to the
guidance of God, that one should do his duty and leave the rest, with
humility and confidence, to God.
– Keil and Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary
Editor’s Note: We make our plans, but ultimately, God is the
One who determines whether those plans succeed or fail.