f The Wittenberg Door: October 2010

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Commenting on Christendom, culture, history, and other oddities of life from an historic Protestant perspective.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Notable Quote: James Motgomery Boice

Motgomery Boice (1938–2000) on the perseverance of the saints . . .

Men lack perseverance. Men start things and drop them. As men and women you and I are always beginning things that we never actually find time to finish. But God is not like that. God never starts anything that he does not finish. God perseveres. Has God begun something in your life? Have you been born again by the Spirit of God? Then you need not fear that you will ever be lost. You confidence should not be in yourself, neither in your faith nor in your spiritual successes in earlier days, but in God. It is He who calls us as Christians, He who leads us on in the Christian life, and He who most certainly will lead us home.

Philippians (Expositional Commentary)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Notable Quote: John MacArthur

John MacArthur on God's sovereignty and prayer . . .

It grieves me that so many believers view the doctrine of God's sovereignty as a deterrent to a healthy, vibrant prayer life. That kind of thinking demonstrates an inadequate, incomplete and unacceptable understanding, both of God's sovereignty and of prayer. In truth, we pray because God is sovereign ˆ He alone has power over all human events. In praying, we don't run from His sovereignty, we run to it.

It's absolutely true that God is sovereign over every detail of our lives. Job acknowledged that even the number of every person's days is determined (Job 14:5). Life and death are in His hands (Jas. 4:15). Yet we eat and breathe and sleep and take measures to avoid any kind of calamity that might end our lives prematurely. Why? That's the very same question as, "Why pray if God is sovereign?" Here's the answer to why we need to breathe, and why we need to pray: God ordains the means as well as the end. And our prayers are one of the important means by which He accomplishes His will and glorifies Himself in the process.

Grace to You, Newsletter, April 17, 2007

(HT: Grace Quotes)


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Notable Quote: John Calvin

The chief ground of gladness and joy is when God restores to us pure and sound doctrine; for no scarcity of wheat ought to terrify and alarm us so much as a scarcity of the word.

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