There’s no coasting toward holiness. You have to climb.
“We quickly learn that God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort. He more greatly delights in the integrity and purity of his church than in the material well-being of its members. He shows himself more clearly to men and women who enjoy him and obey him than to men and women whose horizons revolve around good jobs, nice houses, and reasonable health.”
― D.A. Carson
“…effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings.”
― D.A. Carson
Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
— Psalm 119:165
Can’t I have holiness and comfort?
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promise.
— Psalm 119:147-148
“Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted.
“I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.
“I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.
“I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation.
“I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races—especially if they smell.
“I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged.
“I would like about three dollars worth of the gospel, please.”
― D.A. Carson, Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians (Baker, 1996)
If this is what Turkey does to peaceful protesters in our country, just imagine what they do to them in theirs.
The sum of your word is truth,
and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
— Psalm 119:160
A reminder to able-bodied drivers: a parking space for the disabled (including the adjacent area marked off by diagonal yellow lines) is not a temporary parking zone for you–even if you keep your engine running or plan to be there for “just a minute.”
God blessed you with two good legs. Be thankful, and use them.