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Scripture at Sunrise 8.21.2012

“For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. -Psalm 30:5

A moment under our Father’s anger seems very long, and yet it is but a moment after all. If we grieve His Spirit, we cannot look for His smile; but He is a God ready to pardon, and He soon puts aside all remembrance of our faults. When we faint and are ready to die because of His frown, His favor puts new life into us.

This verse has another note of the semi-quaver kind. Our weeping night soon turns into joyous day. Brevity is the mark of mercy in the hour of the chastisement of believers. The Lord loves not to use the rod on His chosen; He gives a blow or two, and all is over; yea, and the life and the joy, which follow the anger and the weeping, more than make amends for the salutary sorrow.

Come, my heart, begin thy hallelujahs! Weep not all through the night, but wipe thine eyes in anticipation of the morning. These tears are dews which mean us as much good as the sunbeams of the morrow. Tears clear the eyes for the sight of God in His grace and make the vision of His favor more precious. A night of sorrow supplies those shades of the pictures by which the highlights are brought out with distinctness. All is well.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Lots of Things to Think About!

Have you ever had a day when it seems like everything you read ends up being something you want to share with everybody you know? Well, today is one of those days and rather than depriving you of such rich, wonderful quotes and stories, I decided to share them with you to click at your convenience! :o)

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It Is Well With My Soul
A glimpse into the life of Horatio Spafford who wrote the famous hymn. His granddaughter-in-law just passed away in Jerusalem and her obituary is rich with history.
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C.S. Lewis Quote (that sums up the theme of Piper’s life) from Reflections on the Psalms

The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. But we shall know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. (p. 97)

And I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. (p. 95)

If it were possible for a created soul fully (I mean, up to the full measure conceivable in a finite being) to “appreciate,” that is to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme beatitude. (p. 96)

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J.I. Packer Quote from Knowing God

God’s love is stern, for it expresses holiness in the lover and seeks holiness for the beloved. Scripture does not allow us to suppose that because God is love we may look to him to confer happiness on people who will not seek holiness, or to shield his loved ones from trouble when he knows that they need trouble to further their sanctification.

God is love” is the complete truth about God so far as the Christian is concerned… Every single thing that happens to us expresses God’s love to us, and comes to us for the furthering of God’s purpose for us. Thus, so far as we are concerned, God is love to us—holy, omnipotent love—at every moment and in every event of every day’s life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life, when known, will prove to be, as the hymn says, “mercy from first to last”—and we are content.

God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward individual sinners whereby, having identified himself with their welfare, he has given his Son to be their Savior, and now brings them to know and enjoy him in a covenant relation.

J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 122-123

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C.J. Mahaney Quote from The Cross Centered Life
“To grow in your passion for what Jesus has done, increase your understanding of what He has done.

Never be content with your grasp of the gospel. The gospel is life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more facets than any diamond. Its depths man will never exhaust.”
– C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2002), 67.
[from “Of First Importance“]

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Jonathan Edwards Quote
“A spiritual application of the Word of God consists in applying it to the heart, in spiritually enlightening, sanctifying influences. A spiritual application of an invitation or offer of the gospel consists in giving the soul a spiritual sense or relish of the holy and divine blessings offered, and the sweet and wonderful grace of the Offerer in making so gracious an offer, and of his holy excellency and faithfulness to fulfill what he offers, and his glorious sufficiency for it, so leading and drawing forth the heart to embrace the offer and thus giving the man evidence of his title to the thing offered.”

Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections, page 153.
[from “Christ is Deeper Still“]
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Cuteness
This is a cute video of John Piper’s little grandson acting like his grandpa!

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Highlights from Yesterday
From Dad’s Morning Sermon on 1 Peter 3:7
*Be an exemplary witness. *Be a shining light in a dark world. *There’s always room for improvement. *Make your home a godly home. *Assign value to your wife (8 cow wife!). *Encourage your wife to use her strengths to glorify God. *Live in a way of understanding your wife.
From Dad’s Evening Sermon on Exodus 19
*We need to prepare ourselves to meet God just as Israel did here. *Spiritual Preparation: Recognize the awesomeness of God; Right relationship with God; Chew on “God Chose Me!” *Mental Preparation: Must be ready to listen and hear the Word; Obey by hearing; Are you willing to obey God? *Physical Preparation: Rest; Give your best to the Master *Remember Who your Audience is!