Grace is opposed to earning, but not to effort.
The main thing God gets out of your life is not the achievements you accomplish. It’s the person you become.
God does not ‘love’ us without liking us.
Suppose we have a motor and our transmission doesn’t work or our clutch or whatever. Then our body, our motor, just takes us down the road. Or our brakes don’t work! We must have a coordination system.
Jesus is actually looking for people he can trust with his power.
When we receive God’s gift of life by relying on Christ, we find that God comes to act with us as we rely on him in our actions.
Knowing the ‘right answers’ does not mean we believe them. To believe them means to act as though they’re true.
Business is a primary arrangement on God’s part for people to love one another and serve one another.
Sometimes we get caught up in trying to glorify God by praising what He can do and we lose sight of the practical point of what He actually does do.
You cannot trust Jesus in areas in which you don’t think him competent.
There is no avoiding the fact that we live at the mercy of our ideas This is never more true than with our ideas about God.
The sinner is not the one who uses a lot of grace. The saint burns grace like a 747 burns fuel on take off.
Discipline, strictly speaking, is activity carried on to prepare us indirectly for some activity other than itself. We do not practice the piano to practice the piano well, but to play it well.
Keep eternity before the children.
Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.
Spiritual transformation into Christ-likeness in not going to happen unless we act. What transforms us is the will to obey Jesus Christ.
To allow lust (or strong desires) to govern our life is to exalt our will over God’s.
The truly powerful ideas are precisely the ones that never have to justify themselves.
Bodily pleasure is not in itself a bad thing. But when it is exalted to a necessity and we become dependent upon it, then we are slaves of our body and its feelings. Only misery lies ahead.
The will is transformed by experience, not information.
The open secret of many Bible believing Churches is that a vanishingly small percentage of those talking about prayer and Bible reading are actually doing what they are talking about.
Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.
This life is not something that is imposed upon us; we receive it and work with it.
Every church needs to be able to answer two questions. First, what is our plan for making disciples? And second, does our plan work?
Theology is a part of our lives. It’s unavoidable. A thoughtless theology guides our lives with just as much force as a thoughtful and informed one.
The effect of standing before God by welcoming him before us will be the transformation of our entire life.
Grace is not opposed to effort; it’s opposed to earning.