Great Expectations

My name is Mark Smith. I'm a guy who loves Jesus, His Word, and His Church. I am filled with Great Expectations for what the future will ultimately bring - Matthew 24:14.

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My favourite verse is Psalm 16:11, my other favourite verse is Acts 20:24, my other favourite verse is Habakkuk 3:17-19, and my other favourite verse is Matthew 24:14.

Friday, December 08, 2006

When I Don't Desire God Quotes

I recently re-read When I Don’t Desire God: How To Fight For Joy by John Piper. Here are some quotes that I'd like to share from it.

“Provided the thing is in itself right, the more one likes it and the less one has to 'try to be good,' the better. A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people), like a crutch, which is a substitute for a leg. Most of us need the crutch at times, but of course it’s idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs (or own loves, tastes, habits, etc.) can do the journey on their own! – C.S. Lewis, page 18

“There is enough in God to furnish us with matter of joy in the worst circumstances on earth….” – Matthew Henry, page 48

“The baits and pleasures of sin are taken all of them out of the world…. If the heart be filled with the cross of Christ, it casts death and undesirableness upon them all; it leaves no seeming beauty, no appearing pleasure in them.” – John Owen, page 95

“Knowing God is the key to being happy in God.” – page 118

“One of my first questions in dealing with a joyless saint is, “Are you in a small group of believers who care for each other and pray for each other and ‘consider how to stir one another up to love’”? Usually the answer is no.” – page 130

“Praying for joy is not the emotional pampering of joyless people. It is preparation for sacrifice.” Page 140


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