God writes…

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” — Martin Luther

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Thoughts for your Saturday

God has a fatherly care over us.

“Now if we are so much bound to a mortal man as to maintain his honour when we are kept at his expense, what ought we to do for our God? Are we not in his house as long as we live in this world? Have we so much as one drop of water except by his goodness and generosity? Behold, God has a fatherly care over us, and yet we allow his name to be blasphemed, his majesty to be robbed and spoiled of all reverence, his Word to be torn in pieces, all order (that he has commanded) to be broken, the church (which is his wife) to be corrupted and misused, and his children to be debauched, and in the meanwhile we keep our mouths closed. I ask you, whether such silence does not sufficiently show that we are not worthy to eat one more morsel of bread, nor to be counted in the number of earthworm, lice, bugs, and all the vilest and filthiest things of the world?

Therefore let us think well upon it, that we shall be found guilty of the despising of God’s majesty (as we see) because we do not rebuke men’s vices. That is a reason why the wicked and profane become bolder and imagine they have won all to their side, and triumph in their despising of God in that way. It comes partly as a result of our silence.”

John Calvin, Sermons on Ephesians, p. 525


Like the Puritans

“Like the Puritans, live in terms of the settled judgement that the joy of heaven will make amends of any losses and crosses, strains and pains that we must endure on earth if we are going to follow Christ faithfully. Regard preparedness to die as the first step in learning to live. ” – Joel Beeke


preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge…

If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality. – Oswald Chambers 


Bad Conscience

“The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.” – John Calvin


Save Only Our Own Unbelief

No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief. – John Calvin


God Preordained

“God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation” – John Calvin


Gospel Watered down by Tradition

“So today in many churches gospel silver has become nothing else but dross, its pure wine watered down by the traditions and reason of the church.” – John Owen

It seems that John Owen had a few of the same problems that legalistic people in the church still tend to do today to the gospel…


The Christ of the Prophets

“The consummation of redemption is, according to prophetic intuition, introduced on the one hand by the personal coming of Jehovah in His glory, but on the other by the coming of a King of the race of David, the Messiah” (Oehler).


Saint Augustine on the Gospel

“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.” – Saint Augustine


Keep the Gospel Pure!

All the world would be Christian if they were taught the pure Gospel of Christ! — Thomas Jefferson


Apostates?

“Now, none can be termed apostates but such as have previously made a profession of Christ and the gospel.” — John Calvin

My Thoughts on This: How could children that have been infant baptized, become apostates when they have never made a profession of faith?


For the sake of the Gospel

For the sake of the Gospel we must never negotiate the holiness of God. – R.C. Sproul


The Gospel Requires a Response

To preach the Gospel requires that the preacher should believe that he is sent to those whom he is addressing at the moment, because God has among them those whom He is at the moment calling; it requires that the speaker should expect a response.Roland Allen


Gospel Album

My mother kept asking me, ‘When are you going to do a gospel album?’ And I’ve always wanted to do a gospel album. Everybody was going on about it, so mom started hounding me more. Alan Jackson


The Gospel Bore Your Burdens

“I’m gonna make a gospel record and tell Jesus I cannot bear these burdens alone.”

– Aretha Franklin


How Often Do You Preach the Gospel?

My Thoughts: How often do many of us preach the Gospel? How often should we preach the Gospel? How often can we preach the Gospel? At certain times in the time-consuming world that we live in, we get caught up with work, family, situations in making us react a certain way and the daily grind of walking through life and forgetting about the Gospel, extremely easily. How often does the Good News of the Gospel even cross ours minds throughout one day? In our life’s we often think of it as some story, event, but should view it as it is, OUR LIFE, OUR BREATH, OUR EVERYTHING. Living out the Gospel, is living our your life.

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi


Responsibility of Communicating the Gospel

Gospel Quote of the Week

“Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting.” – Francis Schaeffer


The Gospel is a Treasure

Gospel Quote of the Week

“Christ’s riches are unsearchable, and this doctrine of the gospel is the field this treasure is hidden in.” – Thomas Goodwin.

My Thoughts: It is often great to dwell upon the gospel at least a few times a day. When seeing the gospel rooted in and through Christ is when the believer can enjoy the true treasures that are in it. Make sure you, yourself at least take a few times out of the day thanking Christ for the gospel.


Bishop Desmond Tutu on the Preaching of the Gospel

Gospel Quote of the Week

“I don’t preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, “Now is that political or social?” He said, “I feed you.” Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu

My Thoughts: It is always great to dwell upon, no matter who the person is, saved, unsaved, old, young, rich or poor, the gospel is enough for him. For there is truly no greater food then for the believer and unbeliever to come and feast upon the gospel for the glory of God. Mention about feeding on the gospel reminds me of a friend I meet this past spring that is doing a blog full of gospel-centered resources for the believer to be “Feeding on Christ.”