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Thoughts to drive us – We are little kids and its ok

One afternoon, my four-year-old daughter picked up her mom’s phone and sent me a text message that had about fifteen letter g’s, ten letter l‘s, and twelve letter k‘s in it. it was indistinguishable and garbled. The moment I saw the text, I knew who it was from, and I knew she wanted to send me a text but didn’t know how. I knew my daughter’s voice even though it came through unclear and incoherent. I smiled as I read that incoherent text, and I thought, That’s my little girl. In the same way, God receives our jumbled communication and incoherent self-articulation with a smile and a fatherly embrace. He knows us fully, and even amid what we feel is unclear and confusing, he is seeing us for who we truly are, his beloved children. As those who are in Christ, we are always received by the Father.

-Jamin Goggin, Beloved Dust

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Thoughts to drive us – Spurgeon isn’t a fish

SpurgeonCharles Haddon Spurgeon was a British 19th century preacher. Known as “The Prince of Preachers,” he is one of the greatest Christian preachers to ever live, having preached to an estimated 10 million people over the course of his life. The following are quotes by Spurgeon from “Look Unto Me,” a collection of Spurgeon devotionals, edited by Jim Reimann.



There is nothing you could want, nothing you could ask for, nothing you could need in all of time or eternity, nothing living or dying, nothing in this world or the next, and nothing now, nothing on resurrection morning, or nothing in heaven that is not contained in this verse – “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”


Trials actually make more room for comfort. Thus, great hearts can only be made great through great troubles.


When we are full, we forget God. Thus, being satisfied with earth, we are content to do without heaven. Rest assured it is harder to know how to be well fed than it is to know how to be hungry due to the intense propensity of our human nature toward pride and forgetfulness of God.


It is one thing to love the ways of the Lord when times are easy but quite another to cling to them during all kinds of discouragements and difficulties.

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Thoughts to drive us – We are “but dust”

dustWe are dust – earthy and humble, finite and temporal…We live on borrowed breath. We are alive in the most profound sense of the word – filled with the very breath that spoke creation into being. Within this tension is a status that is regal but lowly, significant but insignificant, unique but ordinary. God looks upon humanity’s frame of dust and says, “I formed you, I love you, and I delight in you.”

We are beloved dust.

Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Beloved Dust, p 8

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Thoughts to drive us – TBH

tbh …I was roused to a desire for wisdom. And here I was, still postponing the abandonment of this world’s happiness to devote myself to the search. For not just the finding alone, but also the bare search for it, ought to have been preferred above the treasures and kingdoms of this world; better than all bodily pleasures, though they were to be had for the taking. But, wretched youth that I was – supremely wretched even in the very outset of my youth – I had entreated chastity of thee and had prayed, “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” For I was afraid lest thou shouldst hear me too soon, and too soon cure me of my disease of lust which I desired to have satisfied rather than extinguished.

-Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, book 8

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Thoughts to drive us – Better resolutions than yours

ResolvedBeing sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the forementioned things.
3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.
11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder.
12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.
13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.
14. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.
15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.
16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
18. Resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.
19. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.
20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
21. Resolved, never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

-Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was a fiery preacher in New England and is considered to be one of America’s greatest preachers and theologians. He is particularly notable as a central figure in the Great Awakening.
These 21 resolutions are the first of 70 written by Edwards. For the full list, click here.

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Thoughts to drive us – Violent Santa for Jesus

Saint_NicholasThe giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.
-Nicholas of Myra

Nicholas was a church father who, among other things, defended orthodoxy by sitting on the First Council of Nicaea, signing the Nicene Creed, and punching the heretic Arius in the face. Go Saint Nick!

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Thoughts to drive us – Worms

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“Лютер в Вормсе” by Anton von Werner – Скан картины.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.

-Martin Luther, at the Imperial Diet of Worms (1521), when pressed to recant his teachings calling for reform within the church.

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