Quotes from what I am reading

This past week, I have reading three specific books.  Core Christianity by Michael Horton, Life With A Capital L by Matt Heart, and Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick. 

Here are quotes from recent chapters:

The logic of karma or the law is broken because the God of justice is also the merciful God of grace.

The gift has been given. Therefore we are free to give. And what we give is our thanks to God and our good works to our neighbor.

The good news draws us out into the world, looking up to Christ in faith and out to our neighbor in love and good works.

We are called to a discipleship that grows out of living on the Vine--in union with Christ and together with the communion of saints.

At the core of the Christian faith are objective, historical realities that secure our faith. And with our salvation fully secured, we are able to look up in faith toward God and out to our neighbor in love.

Plumbing theology is simply a matter of receiving from God and then giving to others what I've received. It's throughout Scripture. 

When I'm not opening myself up to God's love, it catapults me into a realm of expecting God-sized love from other people.

because of the completed work of Jesus, God could not be more for me--and you--than he is at this very moment.

As followers of Jesus, our love--our pipeness--is what should be noticeable to a watching world.

We know that the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension certainly ought to matter in some way; we've all heard that those things are relevant and we do believe that they are historical facts, but we just don't know how the realities they represent affect the vicissitudes of the here-and-now...Over and over again, we've got to take ourselves back to the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension or we won't make much real progress in the Christian life.

The result of the Spirit's work is not more and more activity. No, the results of his work are seen in the quality of life; they are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Only these gospel realities have enough power to engender faith, kill idolatry, produce character change, and motivate faithful obedience.


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