"His every word of grace is strong
As that which built the skies;
The voice that rolls the stars along
Speaks all the promises."
Isaac Watts in “Gadsby’s Hymns” #14
"If a man has Christ, then what does he want else? If a man has Christ, he has everything. If I want perfection, and I have Christ, I have absolute perfection in him. If I want righteousness, I shall find in him my beauty and my glorious dress. I want pardon, and if I have Christ, I am pardoned. I want heaven, and if I have Christ, I have the Prince of heaven, and shall be there by-and-bye, to live with Christ, and to dwell in his blessed embrace for ever. If you have Christ, you have all."
"Oh, to think of heaven without Christ! It is the same thing as thinking of hell. Heaven without Christ! It is day without the sun, existing without life, feasting without food, seeing without light. It involves a contradiction in terms. Heaven without Christ! Absurd. It is the sea without water, the earth without its fields, the heavens without their stars. There cannot be a heaven without Christ. He is the sum total of bliss, the fountain from which heaven flows, the element of which heaven is composed. Christ is heaven and heaven is Christ."
The bible is the word of God the Creator, the Designer, the King and the Judge. As such, it gives us more than a list of do’s and don’ts: it tells us what REALITY is. All other truth claims are counterfeit, myth, or wishful thinking.
"What is the point of the whole Bible? Kill the dragon, get the girl."
"To run and work the law commands,
Yet gives me neither feet nor hands;
But better news the gospel brings:
It bids me fly and gives me wings."
John Berridge, quoted in F.F Bruce’s Romans (TNTC)
From all my lame defeats and oh! much more
From all the victories that I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf
At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
From all my proofs of Thy divinity,
Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.
Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.
From all my thoughts,
even from my thoughts of Thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle’s eye,
Take from me all my trumpery lest I die.
CS Lewis, “The Apologist’s Prayer”
"You can’t know what you need to know about God until you know that you need Him"
Pastor Scott Nicoll
"God has preached His gospel through music too."