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June 30, 2013

Lord of the work

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http://bible.us/59/REV2.4.ESV But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

Focus on work of the Lord rather than Lord of the work.


Chapter 2 Again and Again of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

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Some favorite quotes from Chapter 2 Again and Again of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

I am obsessively nosy, in the best ministry sense of those words.

how is the gospel of Jesus Christ forming and transforming the heart of this pastor and his local ministry culture?

all of us have the tendency in our sin to become—very skilled self-swindlers.

at the very time I was holding the one beautiful Savior before others, I was working hard to be my own savior.

Because sin blinds, God has set up the body of Christ to function as an instrument of seeing in our lives, so that we can know ourselves with a depth and accuracy that would be impossible if left on our own.

When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my savior.

counseling was more problem solving than gospel encouraging.

If you are not requiring yourself to get your deepest sense of well-being vertically, you will shop for it horizontally, and you will always come up empty. If you are not resting in the one true gospel, preaching it to yourself over and over again, you will look to another gospel to meet the needs of your unsettled heart.

I am no longer benefiting from the insight-giving, protecting, encouraging, warning, preventative, and restoring ministries of the body of Christ. I am trying to do what none of us is able to do—spiritually make it on my own. Autonomous Christianity never works, because our spiritual life was designed by God to be a community project.

June 22, 2013

Chapter 1 of Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul David Tripp

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Some favorite quotes from Chapter 1 of Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul David Tripp

I would simply ask that as you read, you deactivate your inner lawyer and consider with an open heart.

Chapter 1 Headed for Disaster

The pain was a clear indication of God’s lavishing his love and grace on me. In this trial of conviction, I was getting what I had so often prayed for—the salvation (sanctification) of my soul.

You preach to yourself an anti-gospel of your own righteousness, power, and wisdom, or you preach to yourself the true gospel of deep spiritual need and sufficient grace. You preach to yourself an anti-gospel of aloneness and inability, or you preach to yourself the true gospel of the presence, provisions, and power of an ever-present christ.

You are most loving, patient, kind, and gracious when you are aware that there is no truth that you could give to another that you don’t desperately need yourself.

I had let my ministry become something that it should never be (my identity); I looked to it to give me what it never could (my inner sense of well-being).

maturity is not merely something you do with your mind (although that is an important element of spiritual maturity). No, maturity is about how you live your life.

Knowledge is an exercise of your brain. Wisdom is the commitment of your heart that leads to transformation of your life.

June 21, 2013

Chapter 11 In The Now of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

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Some of my favorite quotes from Chapter 11 In The Now of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

when I examine my heart honestly, I find many other things smaller than Jesus that I depend on, on a daily basis, to make life go.

approval and acceptance from others seems more tangible, more vivid, more affecting than the abstract notion of God’s approval.

to show others how the gospel of grace really speaks with practical hope into everything that fallen people will face in this broken world. My goal is to make real for others, at their point of deepest need, the truth of what Jesus did.

If we try to live the Christian life on our own, mustering up the willpower to press on, straining forward to impress God with our moral record—we’ll only crash and burn.

I’m not saying the Christian life is effortless; the real question is Where are we focusing our efforts? Are we working hard to perform? Or are we working hard to rest in Christ’s performance for us?

Sinclair Ferguson rightly points this out:   Those who have almost forgotten about their own spirituality because their focus is so exclusively on their union with Jesus Christ and what He has accomplished are those who are growing and exhibiting fruitfulness.

when we (or our friends) focus mostly on our need to get better, we actually get worse. We become neurotic and self-absorbed. Preoccupation with our guilt (instead of with God’s grace) makes us increasingly myopic and self-interested.

the sin that gives rise to our sinful behavior is a pre-occupation with ourselves

The first sin that needs to be rooted out and attacked is not immoral behavior; it’s immoral belief—the belief that my Christian life is all about my moral and spiritual progress.

the accountability I need is the kind that corrects my natural tendency to focus on me—my obedience (or lack thereof), my performance (good or bad), my holiness—instead of on Christ and his obedience, his performance, and his holiness for me.

instead of trying to fix one another, why don’t we “stir one another up to love and good deeds”

every time I sin, I’m momentarily suffering from an identity crisis: forgetting who I actually belong to, what I really want at my remade core, and all that is already mine in Christ. I need my real friends to remind me of this—every day.

What Paul did for the Colossians (repeatedly reminding them of the treasure they already had in Christ) is what we all need our Christian brothers and sisters to do for us as well: remind us first of what’s been done, not what we must do.

Christian: because of Christ’s work on your behalf, God doesn’t dwell on your sin the way you do. So, relax, and rejoice, and you’ll actually start to get better.

we become more spiritually mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and focus more on all that God has already done for us.

Paul, as a believer in Christ, has allowed the law to continue driving him to the gospel. And that’s what we’re to do as well.

doesn’t the American church need to be shaken out of its comfort zone? Yes, but you don’t do it by giving them law; you do it by giving them gospel.

It sounds backward, but the path to holiness is through (not beyond) the grace of the gospel, because only undeserved grace can truly melt and transform the heart.

G. C. Berkouwer wisely remarked, “The heart of sanctification is the life which feeds on justification.”

John Bunyan: “Run, John, run,” the law demands, but gives me neither feet nor hands. Better news the Gospel brings, It bids me fly and gives me wings.

while the law directs us, only the gospel can drive us.

the law is like a set of railroad tracks. The tracks provide no power for the train but the train must stay on the tracks in order to function. The law never gives any power to do what it commands. Only the gospel has power, as it were, to move the train.

June 19, 2013

Goodreads | Quote by Jerry Bridges: Only when we’re thoroughly convinced that the C…

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“Only when we’re thoroughly convinced that the Christian life is entirely of grace are we able to serve God out of a grateful and loving heart.”

― Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey

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June 17, 2013

Chapters 9 & 10 of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

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Favorite quotes from Chapters 9 & 10 of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

Is your life—is my life—causing the people around us to hope desperately that the gospel is true? Is there a gospel-soaked attractiveness to our lives? Does an aroma of grace spill out from us into selfless service to others?

the gospel isn’t the first step in a stairway of truths but more like the hub in a wheel of truth.

As Tim Keller says, the gospel isn’t simply the ABCs of Christianity, but the A to Z of Christianity.

only the gospel can crush the moralistic tendencies that are the natural default mode of our hearts.

The Bible never starts with what we need to do; it always begins with what God has already done.

We spend more time asking what would Jesus do instead of what did Jesus do.

the reason Christ came was first of all not to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.

Real slavery is self-reliance, self-dependence. Real slavery is a life spent trying to become someone. But the gospel comes in and says we already have in Christ all that we crave, so we’re free to live a life of sacrifice, courageously and boldly.

June 15, 2013

Chapter 8 Out of the Shadows of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

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Some of my favorite quotes from Chapter 8 Out of the Shadows of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

Whenever we find ourselves focusing primarily (almost exclusively sometimes—at least, I’m guilty of that) on an expectation of rules and standards and values, and we’re imposing those things on others, then we’re building our life on shadows; we’re missing the substance. We’re missing the point, which is always Jesus.


Daily reformation is the fruit of daily resurrection.


In his book God in the Dock, C. S. Lewis makes the obvious point that “you can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.”.3 Behavior (good or bad) is a second thing and when we make it a first thing, we resort to the type of rules and regulations that Paul warns about here.


Paul hates man-made rules and regulations. And he hates them because God hates them.

Since the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart, rules and regulations are never the solution.


The gospel grants us the strength to admit we’re weak and needy and restless—knowing that Christ’s finished work has proven to be all the strength and fulfillment and peace we could ever want, and more.


True spirituality is not introverted, but extroverted. It doesn’t take us deeper into ourselves; it sends us further out.


Martin Luther said, “God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does.”


Our self-esteem culture would have us believe that the bigger we become, the freer we’ll be. But the gospel turns that on its head—the smaller we become, the freer we will be.


The world isn’t captivated by people trying to give the impression they have it all together. That’s not what draws them. What captures their attention is the sight of humble, desperate, dependent people who acknowledge their sin and who point to their Savior as the only one who can rescue us. The world, in other words, needs our confession, not our competence.


Jesus came first not to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive; that the primary goal of the gospel is to bring about mortal resurrection, not moral reformation. Christianity is not the move from vice to virtue, but rather the move from virtue to grace.


Pascal expressed it well when he said that we should make people wish the gospel were true, then show them that it is. Is your life—is my life—causing the people around us to hope desperately that the gospel is true? Is there a gospel-soaked attractiveness to our lives? Does an aroma of grace spill out from us into selfless service to others?

June 8, 2013

No “do more, try harder” Performancism

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More favorites from Chapter 7 of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

“C. S. Lewis observed that what most distinguishes the gospel from legalism is that legalism says God will love us if we are good, while the gospel tells us God will make us good because he loves us.”

Michael Horton pinpoints as “the default setting of the human heart: the religion of self-salvation.”

Michael Horton says. “The gospel is so counterintuitive to our fallen pride that it cannot be believed apart from a miracle of divine grace.”

“the antidote to lawlessness isn’t more rules but a deeper grasp of God’s grace.”

“Paul asks. “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (5:1). And in what may be the hardest hitting lines of the letter, he pronounces the upshot of their tragic love affair with legalism: “You are severed from Christ . . . ; you have fallen away from grace” (v. 4). Isn’t it interesting that in this verse Paul describes falling from grace not in terms of immorality or godless living but as legalism—a “do more, try harder” performancism”

“He urgently wants them to see that we’re justified by grace alone, we’re sanctified by grace alone, and we’re glorified by grace alone.”

“the only thing you contribute to your salvation and to your sanctification is the sin that makes them necessary.”

“When we transfer trust from our success to Christ’s success for us, we experience the abundant freedoms that come from not having to measure up.”

The Lure of Grace

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“Martin Luther wrote on Romans 12:1, ‘A lawdriver insists with threats and penalties; a preacher of grace lures and incites with divine goodness and compassion shown to us; for he wants no unwilling works and reluctant services, he wants joyful and delightful services of God'” from Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

June 7, 2013

History of Memphis Barbecue

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“James W. Lawson started Tops Barbecue in 1952 next to a store on Macon Road. It’s closed now, but the independent chain has 11 locations across the city.”
History of Memphis Barbecue.


My Uncle James

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