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A profile of gentleness as it should appear in our lives will first include actively seeking to make others feel at ease, or “restful,” in our presence. We should not be so strongly opinionated or dogmatic that others are afraid to express their opinions in our presence. Instead, we should be sensitive to others’ opinions and ideas. We sho... read more

The Fruitful Life p.145
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The greatest need of my people is my own holiness

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The Hole In Our Holiness p.144
191 votes

Do you men ever say with Joab, “For the sake of the name, I’ll try it! And may the Lord do what seems good to him”? Do you women ever say with Esther, “For the sake of Christ, I’ll try it! And if I perish, I perish”?

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Risk Is Right
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Christians, then, should expect to find non-believers who are much nicer, kinder, wiser and better than they are. Why? Christian believers are not accepted by God because of their moral performance, wisdom or virtue, but because of Christ’s work on their behalf.

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The Reason For God p.19
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In a sense, [Christianity] creates, rather than solves the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless, side by side with our experience of this painful world, we had received what we think is a good assurance that ultimate reality is righteous and loving.

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The Problem Of Pain p.14
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Eros never hesitates to say, ‘Better this than parting. Better to be miserable with her than happy without her. Let our hearts break provided they break together.’ If the voice within us does not say this, it is not the voice of Eros.

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The Four Loves p.130
158 votes

To accomplish his saving purposes and magnify his sovereign grace, God chooses the younger brothers, the shepherd boys, the schemers, the dreamers, the ghetto dwellers and cats from the other side of the tracks, the imprisoned, the impotent, the impatient, the foreigners, the fakers, the fighters, the short-tempered, the hyper-sensitive, the dee... read more

Gospel Deeps p.154
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Solomon made several statements that give great insight and freedom to what it looks like to enjoy sex with one’s wife. “Drink water from your own cistern,” he says. “Let your fountain be blessed,” “take pleasure in the wife of your youth,” “let her breasts always satisfy you,” and “be lost in her love forever.” As a marrie... read more

Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole
156 votes

We should not be surprised, then, when we hear about a pastor’s moral failure. We are grieved and heartbroken, but not surprised. The devil is setting traps for pastors—anything he can do to bring harm to the pastor’s reputation.

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I Am A Church Member
155 votes

The moment our loved ones breathe their last, their spirits, in the full consciousness of their existence, are immediately made perfect in the moral likeness of Christ.

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Grieving, Hope and Solace
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There is nothing in the Bible to say a church ought to have an organised network of small groups. Or that without dividing up into such groups a church will necessarily be unhealthy in some way. The basic ‘unit’ of the church is the church itself, not some subdivision of it. But that said, small groups can be a very helpful... read more

Iron Sharpens Iron p.14
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Our marriages are inevitably bound up with the realities of ministry. It is a blessing and a privilege to have a partner who works, cares, cries, rejoices and reflects with us. And we need to think and pray hard about the best ways to work together and support each other.

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Saving Eutychus p.119
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That is why bereavement is in some ways easier for the unbeliever than for us. He can storm and rage and shake his fist at the universe and (if he is a genius) write poems like Housman’s or Hardy’s. But we, at our lowest ebb, when the least effort seems too much for us, must begin to attempt what seem impossibilities.

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The Four Loves p.169
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To hate is to reject, to set one’s face against, to make no concession to, the Beloved when the Beloved utters, however sweetly and however pitiably, the suggestions of the Devil

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The Four Loves p.149
152 votes

He had always disliked the people who encored a favourite air in an opera—’That just spoils it’ had been his comment. But this now appeared to him as a principle of far wider application and deeper moment. This itch to have things over again, as if life were a film that could be unrolled twice or even to be made to work backwards … w... read more

Perelandra p.187
151 votes

The law sends us to Christ to be justified, and Christ sends us back to the law to be sanctified.

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The Message of the Sermon on the Mount p.36
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The most treasured hymns of the church have always treated Christ as an Object of Worship. We find the beating heart of Christian experience not in the church’s creed but in its music.

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Church History In Plain Language p.109
151 votes

I know the idea of “studying” God often rubs people the wrong way. It sounds cold and theoretical, as if God were a frog carcass to dissect in a lab or a set of ideas that we memorise like math proofs.

But studying God doesn’t have to be like that. You can study him the way you study a sunset that leaves you speechless. Yo... read more

Dug Down Deep p.11
150 votes

Theology can be dull, or much worse, it can be ruthless. In Christianity, however, the answer to bad theology can never be no theology. It must be good theology. God gave us minds, and surely he expects us to use them in thinking about his truth.

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Church History In Plain Language p.47
150 votes

To be cool means you differentiate yourself from others. That often means pushing the boundaries with language, with entertainment, with alcohol, and with fashion. Of course, holiness is much more than these things, but in an effort to be hip, many Christians have figured holiness has nothing to do with these things. They’ve willi... read more

The Hole In Our Holiness p.18
149 votes