A collection of links from around the web this week to encourage you in your growth!
“As he began walking away, holding the tract in his hand, all of a sudden, he clenched his fist and destroyed the tract. I was shocked. Our conversation was among the most respectful I may have ever had. I knew he was frustrated with the idea that our salvation doesn’t depend on us at all, and I could tell that he was super uncomfortable with it throughout our conversation, but I never expected that level of anger from him.”
“The church grows through suffering. When it seems like God isn’t working at all is usually the time when he is working the most.”
“God often uses the most awful circumstances to make much of His glory and power. We have hardship not because God is a cosmic bully, but because it teaches us to completely rely upon Him.”
“Jesus is a most sympathetic friend, fellow sufferer, and Savior. He has walked a hard road. He has felt his own anguish and crushing pain (Isaiah 53). He understands. He is compassionate toward you. By the comfort of his presence and sympathy, he intends to draw you out and draw you to Himself.”
“Whatever identity questions we face in life, whether it is seeking our purpose or place, knowing what job we should do, or finding our roles in our homes, communities, and churches, we can’t know who we are until we know God. Only when we stand before His holiness and see ourselves, in contrast, will we realize who we truly are.”
“It is one thing to produce a religious man–men can do that–but it takes the power of God in Jesus Christ to produce a Christian man, and there is no limit to that power.” -Martyn Lloyd-Jones