The extraordinary thing is that it is not we who pay the price of costly grace, but the all-loving God who set the stars in their courses, who created us, and dwelt among us. For the love of us, God is the one who pays. What a story!
The Rock That Is Higher
The omnipotent One is not He who waves the magic wand to do any bizarre thing; rather, He is the One who can bring His good purposes to fruition whatever the hindrances on the way.
Evangelism Through the Local Church
Your temptation isn’t late-breaking news in heaven. Your sin doesn’t surprise God. He saw it coming. Is there any reason to think that the One who received you the first time won’t receive you every time?
God’s Open Arms
I don’t find in the New Testament any suggestion that the visible church ought to be composed of guaranteed one-hundred-percent soundly converted keen Christians. If it had been, half the epistles would not have been necessary. Yet people are always hankering after a false security, such as you would get from belonging to a church that could be seen to be all right, seen to be "sound"…seen? We walk by faith, not by sight. Any attempt to get a purer church, or Christian life, than we have been promised this side of heaven, runs the risk of attempting to base security, assurance of salvation, on something other than the free grace and love of God. It cannot be done; it must not be done.
Small Faith—Great God
A father, long estranged from his son, is said to have posted a notice in a Spanish square; "Son, I have missed you and want you back. Meet me in the square at noon on Friday." On the appointed day 87 young men turned up.
It is human to backslide and wander away from God. There is a longing in every heart to be found. There is no more important message in the whole world than this: God misses us and longs for us to be back in fellowship with him.
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Life is relationships; the rest is just details.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.