Widening the Gap

God’s being is also something totally unique. It is not just that God does not need the creation for anything; God could not need the creation for anything. The difference between the creature and the Creator is an immensely vast difference, for God exists in a fundamentally different order of being. It is not just that we exist and God has always existed; it is also that God necessarily exists in an infinitely better, stronger, more excellent way.

The difference between God’s being and ours is more than the difference between the sun and a candle, more than the difference between the ocean and a raindrop, more than the difference between the arctic  ice cap and a snowflake, more than the difference between the universe and the room we are sitting in: God’s being is qualitatively different. No limitation or imperfection in creation should be projected onto our thought of God. He is the Creator; all else is creaturely. All else can pass away in an instant; he necessarily exists forever.

– Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 162.

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

We may hold unswervingly to our hope because he who promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23). He is faithful to forgive our sins (1 John 1:9), sanctify believers until the return of Christ (1 Thess. 5:23-24), strengthen and protect from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3), and not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Cor. 10:13). Even if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself (2 Tim. 2:13).

– Gordon R. Lewis, “God, Attributes of,” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Ed. Walter A. Elwell, Second Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001), 495.

The Decision to Marry

“The decision to marry somebody isn’t about maintaining an emotional high. It’s about making a wise decision. The wisdom of that decision is based on choosing someone to marry that you will love not only in their strengths, but you’ll be prepared to love and minister to in their weaknesses. Then, conversely, a wise decision is choosing somebody who will love you not just in the fun moments and in your strengths, but will minister to you and love you in your weakness. That’s a [wise] decision.”

– Winston Smith in a 9marks interview on Premarital Counseling, Pornography and Marriage.

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On Defining Marital Love

“Real love means unconditional commitment to an imperfect person.”
– H. Norman Wright, The Premarital Counseling Handbook (Chicago: Moody, 1977), 146.

“Love is a learned emotional reaction… One does not fall in or out of love; one grows in love.”
– Leo Buscaglia, Love (Thorofare, N.J.: Slack, 1972), pp. 61-62.

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Where Are God’s Men?

Where are

the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap and be faithful even unto death?

Where are

those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake — flinging them away for love of Him?

Where are

those who will live dangerously and be reckless in His service?

Where are

His lovers — those who love Him and the souls of men more than their own

reputations or
comfort or
very life?

Where are

the men who say “no” to self,
who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after Him,
who are willing to be nailed to it

in college
or office,
or mission field,

who are willing, if need be,

to bleed,
to suffer and
to die on it?

Where are

the adventurers,
the explorers,
the buccaneers for God,

who count one human soul of far greater value than the rise or fall of an empire?

Where are

the men who are willing to pay the price of vision?

Where are

the men of prayer?

Where are

God’s men in this day of God’s power?

– Howard Guinness in Sacrifice, pages 59-60.

Continual Repentance

O God of Grace,
Thou hast imputed my sin to my substitute,

and hast imputed his righteousness to my soul,

clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe,
decking me with jewels of holiness.

But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;

my best prayers are stained with sin;
my penitential tears are so much impurity;
my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;
my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.

I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed;
I have no robe to bring to cover my sins;
no loom to weave my own righteousness;

I am always standing clothed in filthy garments,

and by grace am always receiving change of raiment,
for thou dost always justify the ungodly;

I am always going into the far country,

and always returning home as a prodigal,
always saying, Father, forgive me,
and thou are always bringing forth the best robe.

Every morning let me wear it,

every evening return in it,
go out to the day’s work in it,
be married in it,
be wound in death in it,
stand before the great white throne in it,
enter heaven in it shining as the sun.

Grant me never to lose sight of

the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
the exceeding wonder of grace.

– “Continual Repentance,” Valley of Vision, Ed. Arthur Bennett (East Peoria: Banner, 2007), 76.