A Repository

“The church’s service has three goals: to serve God in worship; to serve one another in nurture; and to serve the world in mission.”

—   Edmund Clowney, The Church, 65

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Rembrandt: Return of the Prodigal Son (1661–1669)

Andrew Goyzueta

“Watch in all things; endure afflictions; do the work of an evangelist; make full proof of your ministry and when other thoughts rise in your mind (for you have no door to shut them quite out), run with them to the throne of grace, and commit them to the Lord. Satan will perhaps try to force them upon you unseasonably and inordinately; but if he sees they drive you to prayer, he will probably desist, rather than be the occasion of doing you so much good.”

—   John Newton, Wise Counsel, 92-3

“If you are a son of God, by grace, you may call him ‘Abba, Father.’ Christ [gives] us access to the presence of his Father, and [says] to us: ‘You may now speak to him as I speak to him; with the same right of access, with the same sense of intimacy, with the same assurance that he loves you.’ This is, of course, what Jesus means when he tells us, ‘Pray in my name’. He means that we may speak with the Father just as he speaks with the Father, for the Father’s ear will open as readily to our cries as it does to the voice of his own Son.”

—   Sinclair Ferguson, Children of the Living God, 33

“Perhaps into the minds of the disciples came another occasion when they had crossed the Sea with Jesus, and had given violent expression to the distrust and fear in their hearts by asking him: ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ (Mk 4:38) In essence that question revealed the same kind of unbelief which characterised the Pharisees and Herod: the refusal to yield to the tender mercy of God in Jesus; the desire to hold on to one’s own life and rule it, rather than abandon oneself to the rule and provision of the Lord.”

—   Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Mark, 123

Amazing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore,” replete with LOTR references. 

Found a little bit of home out here in St. Louis!
Oh, land of Goshen, NY… how I miss you!

“Grace will no more cure a depraved nature than it will cure a lame leg. But it will make us sensible of our depravity, humble us for it, enable us to strive against it, and lead us to Jesus for renewed supplies of pardon and strength.”

—   John Newton, Wise Counsel, 86