Questioning the Bible

Charles Spurgeon (06/19/1834 – 01/31/1892):

If we doubt God’s Word about one thing, we shall have small confidence in it upon another thing. Sincere faith in God must treat all God’s Word alike; for the faith which accepts one word of God and rejects another is evidently not faith in God, but faith in our own judgment, faith in our own taste.

Thinking of Prayer

From today’s My Utmost for his Highest by Oswald Chambers – located under daily devotions.

Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing . . .”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.  Oswald Chambers

Christ: Your Whole Righteousness

George Whitefield (December 16, 1714 – September 30, 1770):

There is nothing lovely or desirable in man; his heart is a sink of pollution, full of sin and uncleanness.  Yet our modern, polite preachers tell us, that there is a fitness in men, and that God, seeing you a good creature, gives you his grace.  But this, though it is a modern, polite and fashionable way of talking, is very unscriptural.  Many pulpits ring of nothing more than doing no one any harm, living honestly, loving your neighbor as yourselves, and doing what you can, and then Christ is to make up the deficiency.  This is making Christ to be half a Savior, and man the other part; but I say, Christ will be your whole righteousness, your whole wisdom, your whole sanctification, or else he will never be your whole redemption. George Whitefield

The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God

In conceiving a universe in which to display the glory of his grace, God did not choose plan b. This was the moment – Good Friday – for which everything in the universe was planned. There could be no greater display of the glory of the grace of God than what happened at Calvary. Everything leading to it and everything flowing from it is explained by it, including all the suffering in the world.  John Piper

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