Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do more harm than good. I sometimes unintentionally reduce poor people to objects that I use to fulfill my own need to accomplish something. I am not okay, and you are not okay. But Jesus can fix us both.
When we shift from personal purity to personal happiness, we lose biblical hope because we are not focusing on God’s agenda, we are focusing on our own. God’s agenda is guaranteed on our agenda is not.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
He came with no agenda beyond love. As we celebrate His birth, may we demonstrate that same love -with no agenda.
If you seek Him because you love Him, and not for your own agenda’s sake to be successful or noticed, you will not go wrong.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them
Worship is the intentional attitudes and actions of focusing on God. It is the life-discipline we ought repeatedly to exercise and develop. It grows out of the foundational motive of deep and wonder-based gratitude to God for His salvaging and sustaining us.
False doctrine does not necessarily make a man a heretic, but an evil heart can make any doctrine heretical.
It would be much more valuable for people to change their actions less, and to change more rather the disposition which makes them act.
How comforting it is to know the Bigness of God in the midst of our deepest pain. What a blessed salve it is to our broken and wounded hearts to know that the Creator of the universe, the one who holds all the stars in his hand, carries us in his heart. He knows us by name, he is intimately acquainted with every thought, he hears every heart cry and understands every motive of our heart, and he loves us still.