Quick Takes – 3/28/2009

Jerry Bridges shares some wise words about grace. “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace, nor are your best days ever so good that you are beyond the need of it.” (Jerry Bridges, Discipline of Grace)

Mark Roberts talks about American Idol and the need for honest critique in our lives. “I wonder sometimes if I need a Simon Cowell in my life. I wonder if you do. As hard as it may be to hear the truth about ourselves when it isn’t nice, sometimes we do need to hear this truth.” (Of course, we can all use a Paula Abdul for encouragement as well!)

John Stott comments on Jesus’ words about being salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-14). “So Jesus calls his disciples to exert a double influence on the secular community, a negative influence by arresting its decay and a positive influence by bringing light into its darkness. For it is one thing to stop the spread of evil; it is another to promote the spread of truth, beauty and goodness.” (John R. W. Stott, The Message of the Sermon on The Mount)

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