If man does not give his highest respect to the God that made him, there will be something else that has the possession of it. Men will either worship the true God, or some idol. It is impossible it should be otherwise; something will have the heart of man. And that which a man gives his heart to may be called his god. — Jonathan Edwards
I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues. They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues (Lev. 26:36-37)
“The wrath of God was then displayed from heaven against every impiety and unrighteousness of humans, and it was experienced in the conscience panicking at the sound of a divine voice; and as a result it is a bitter pouring out of all the suffering that had been proclaimed about eternal death.” — Herman Witsius, 1695
Amen. Thanks for sharing this, Ralph.
99% of the time they don’t do it because of the Pastor. They do it because they can’t get along with other people, and so rather than reconcile (as Matthew 18 would have them to do) they run.
In sum, they prefer running to reconciliation and the ugly fact is, they will run in spite of anything and everything that has been done for them in terms of ministry and help and support. You can sit by their dying grandma’s bedside, attend them when they’re sad or lonely, comfort them when their child dies or their parent, or be there for them when everyone else has abandoned them, and they will still run. For, sadly, at the end of the day, it never really is about the community of faith for the 99%, it is about themselves. Always.
“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion”. Prov 28:1
To be so afraid that you can’t get chicken without being armed is a sure sign of wickedness.
Those who think that the authority of the doctrine [of the Church] is impaired by the insignificance of the men who are called to teach, betray their ingratitude; for among the many noble endowments with which God has adorned the human race, one of the most remarkable is, that he deigns to consecrate the mouths and tongues of men to his service, making his own voice to be heard in them. — John Calvin
“The business of the truth is not to be deserted, even to the sacrifice of our lives. For we live not for this age of ours, nor for the princes, but for the Lord. … To have held fast to the purpose of the Lord is to conquer all adversaries.”– Huldrych Zwingli
I believe that after this life, which is rather captivity and death than life, a glad and happy life will come to the saints or believers, and a gloomy and wretched one to the wicked or unbelievers, and that both will be unending. — Huldrych Zwingli
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have separated after less than a year of marriage. A representative for the singer said Saturday the pair decided a break was best while they focus on “themselves and careers.”
Celebrities are narcissists. They are incapable of any stable relationship.