Quote of the day – Kelly Ling’s Christian Quote of the Day

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Christian Quote of the Day – God’s Goodness

The Lord’s goodness surrounds us at every moment. I walk through it almost with difficulty, as through thick grass and flowers.

R. W. Barbour


Psalm 145

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The Lord Extolled for His Goodness.

A Psalm of Praise, of David.

I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14 The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.


 

Quote of the day – Fleeing the City of Destruction


Luke 17:24,30-33

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24 For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. . .

30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?


 

Thoughts

According to his short work “Fleeing Out of Sodom,” Jonathan Edwards saw Sodom and its utter destruction as a type for this age and its impending judgment.

Reading his words was convicting. Yes, I believe God’s Word, which declares:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

Ephesians 2

Knowing this, I avoid certain kinds of reading, but also knowing that we’re to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, I read Edwards’ work. Puritans didn’t soft-peddle things, and Edwards has been called “the last Puritan.” His words strongly motivated me to examine myself again to learn whether like Lot’s wife I’m looking back to and longing for this earthly city and its things.

Something noteworthy happened yesterday. While half-asleep, we were startled by the doorbell and Greta’s barking. I wasn’t prepared for visitors and in light of my reading this sudden jolt reminded me that we do not know how long we have to live nor the day or the hour of the Lord’s Return (Mark 13:32).

Let’s take this to heart. I believe that many of my readers already do.

(I used the title “Fleeing the City of Destruction” because of Bunyan’s use of this in Pilgrim’s Progress.)


“. . . there is no place of safety in Sodom, nor in all the plain on which Sodom is built. The mountain of safety is before us, and not behind us.”

Jonathan Edwards

Fleeing Out of Sodom

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For more about Jonathan Edwards, please go to Theopedia.


Psalm 119:37-40

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.


 

Quote of the day – Thomas Brooks


John 8:42-44

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42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.


“Satan promises the best, but pays with the worst; he promises honour, and pays with disgrace; he promises pleasure, and pays with pain; he promises profit, and pays with loss; he promises life, and pays with death. But God pays as he promises; all his payments are made in pure gold.”

Thomas Brooks

Kelly Ling’s Christian Quote of the Day – God’s Promises


 

Quote of the day – Kelly Ling’s “Christian Quote of the Day”


Psalm 18

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.


Earnestness of Preachers

“I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, every person ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone else gives him his life, I will give him mine.”

Jonathan Edwards

Quote of the day – Clement of Rome


Romans 5:6-10

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For Christ, when we were yet of no strength, at his time died for the ungodly.

Doubtless one will scarce die for a righteous man: but yet for a good man it may be that one dare die.

But God setteth out his love towards us, seeing that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. . .


“And so we, having being called through his will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves or through our own wisdom or understanding or piety, or works that we have done in holiness of heart, but through faith, by which the Almighty God has justified all who have existed from the beginning; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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Clement of Rome, 1 Clem. 32.4. Trans. from Michael W. Holmes, ed., The Apostolic Fathers (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 87.

Quoted in Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz, Moody Publishers, Chicago, The Master’s Seminary Press, Los Angeles, 2017.I