Quick Takes – 2/14/2009

Mother Teresa on trials: “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”

Dan Phillips on the existence of God:
      – Challenge: I don’t see God.
      – Response: [hold hands over eyes] I don’t see you.

Mark Dever on conviction of sin: “The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian: when a non-Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with his sin. When a Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with God, against himself.”

Trent at the Simple Dollar discusses financial success and sacrifice. “What I discovered is that giving up all of those things wasn’t a sacrifice — it was a trade. I gave up all of those bad spending habits, but in return I was able to knock down that scary pile of debt, start saving for my children’s college education, build up a big emergency fund, and buy a house.”

Ray Pritchard concludes his series on preparing for ministry. “There is one final thing necessary in preparing for the ministry. You might state it in a dozen different ways because it has to do with what happens inside your heart. Here’s how it comes out for me. Get to know the character of God … Get to know the Lord. Nothing matters more than this. You might even say that the whole purpose of our earthly journey is for us to get to know what God is like. This is where the ministry begins and ends.

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