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"What makes art Christian art? Is it simply Christian artists painting biblical subjects like Jeremiah? Or, by attaching a halo, does that suddenly make something Christian art? Must the artist’s subject be religious to be Christian? I don’t think so. There is a certain sense in which art is its own justification. If art is good art, if it is true art, if it is beautiful art, then it is bearing witness to the Author of the good, the true, and the beautiful"

R. C. Sproul

Born: February 13, 1939

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Holiness provokes hatred. The greater the holiness, the greater the human hostility toward it. It seems insane. No man was ever more loving than Jesus Christ. Yet even His love made people angry. His love...

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Why would the disciples invent a God whose holiness was more terrifying than the forces of nature that provoked them to invent a god in the first place?

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It is one thing to fall victim to the flood or to fall prey to cancer; it is another thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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True faith always produces real conformity to Christ.

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Was Luther crazy? Perhaps. But if he was, our prayer is that God would send to this earth an epidemic of such insanity that we too may taste of the righteousness that is by faith alone.

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It’s dangerous to assume that because a person is drawn to holiness in his study that he is thereby a holy man. There is irony here. I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness...

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The only works of righteousness that serve to justify a sinner are the works of Christ.

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We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us.

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To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation.

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You have to stop thinking logically to argue that the universe came into being by itself, out of nothing.

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Just as the normative standard for the good and for the true is God, so the ultimate standard of beauty is God.

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Grace and mercy are never deserved.

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When there’s something in the Word of God that I don’t like, the problem is not with the Word of God, it’s with me.

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God's grace is so powerful that it has the capacity to overcome our natural resistance to it.

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Without God man has no reference point to define himself.

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The house that is built upon the sand will crumble at the first sign of a windstorm.

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Humanism was not invented by man, but by a snake who suggested that the quest for autonomy might be a good idea.

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If there is one maverick molecule in all the universe, then God is not sovereign. And if God is not sovereign, He is not God.

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Cynicism and skepticism are the crudest form of quasi-intellectualism... Let the cynic become cynical of his cynicism and the skeptic skeptical of his skepticism and join the battle.

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God just doesn't throw a life preserver to a drowning person. He goes to the bottom of the sea, and pulls a corpse from the bottom of the sea, takes him up on the bank, breathes into him the breath of...

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He is intangible and invisible. But His work is more powerful than the most ferocious wind. The Spirit brings order out of chaos and beauty out of ugliness. He can transform a sin-blistered man into a...

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In a universe governed by God there are no chance events. Indeed, there is no such thing as chance. Chance does not exist. It is merely a word we use to describe mathematical possibilities. But chance...

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If you’re not accountable in life that means ultimately that your life doesn’t count.

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I think Arminianism is death to Christianity!

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The rapture will not be secret but open and manifest. Its purpose will not be to whisk the elect away from the earth for a while until Christ returns for a 'second' Second Coming. The purpose of the rapture...

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In the decade of the 1980s, a massive and comprehensive study of religion in American life was undertaken by the Gallup organization. The results of the study were as terrifying as they were revealing....

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A Christian is not a skeptic. A Christian is a person with a burning heart, a heart set aflame with certainty of the resurrection.

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Jesus' life was a storm of controversy. The apostles, like the prophets before them, could hardly go a day without controversy. Paul said that he debated daily in the marketplace. To avoid controversy...

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When people ask me to name the Ligonier teaching material they should use to help them grow; I tell them, 'You should start with The Holiness of God.'

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The power of the gospel is the word of God . . . nobody needs a gospel if there’s no judgment, or law, if God is not a God of judgment. If there is no such thing as hell, what good is the gospel?

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Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God’s grace and God’s grace alone for our celebration. It is difficult for our pride to rest on grace. Grace is for other people—for...

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To say that God's sovereignty is limited by man's freedom is to make man sovereign.

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Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.

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As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.

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Christ told his disciples not to be anxious about tomorrow, but he never said not to consider tomorrow. Intelligent problem solving demands careful consideration of the future effects of present solutions.

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The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in. (p.35)

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The main problem with those who deny the existence of God is not intellectual. It is not because of insufficient information, or that God's manifestation of himself in nature has been obscured. The atheists'...

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Isn't is amazing that almost everyone has an opinion to offer about the Bible, and yet so few have studied it?

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Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God

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Hope is called the anchor of the soul because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a 'wish' I wish that such-and-such would take place rather, it is that which latches on to...

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The more faithful preachers are to the Word of God in their preaching, the more liable they are to the charge of hypocrisy. Why? Because the more faithful people are to the Word of God the higher the message...

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The clearest sensation that a human being has when he experiences the holy is an overpowering and overwhelming sense of creatureliness. That is, when we are in the presence of God, we are humbled and become...

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If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.

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There are times when we suffer innocently at other people’s hands. When that occurs, we are victims of injustice. But that injustice happens on a horizontal plane. No one ever suffers injustice on the...

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When God issues a call to us, it is always a holy call. The vocation of dying is a sacred vocation. To understand that is one of the most important lessons a Christian can ever learn. When the summons...

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I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths.

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There are only two ways that God’s justice can be satisfied with respect to your sin. Either you satisfy it or Christ satisfies it. You can satisfy it by being banished from God’s presence forever....

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We want to be saved from our misery, but not from our sin. We want to sin without misery, just as the prodigal son wanted inheritance without the father. The foremost spiritual law of the physical universe...

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If you don’t delight in the fact that your Father is holy, holy, holy, then you are spiritually dead. You may be in a church. You may go to a Christian school. But if there is no delight in your soul...

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Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more...

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I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in...

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It is fashionable in some academic circles to exercise scholarly criticism of the Bible. In so doing, scholars place themselves above the Bible and seek to correct it. If indeed the Bible is the Word of...

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I’ve often wondered where Jesus would apply His hastily made whip if He were to visit our culture. My guess is that it would not be money-changing tables in the temple that would feel His wrath, but...

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It is imperative that the Christian, at the beginning of his pursuit to understand what true worship is, gets it clear that the object of our worship is to be God and God alone.

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One does not structure the church to meet the felt needs and desires of the tares. The purpose of corporate assembly, which has its roots in the Old Testament, is for the people of God to come together...

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Seeking God? We have totally revised corporate worship services to be sensitive to "seekers." If worship were to be tailored for seekers, it would be directed exclusively to believers, for no one except...

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The modern movement of worship is designed to break down barriers between man and God, to remove the veil, as it were, from the fearsome holiness of God, which might cause us to tremble. It is designed...

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The real crisis of worship today is not that the preaching is paltry or that it's too drafty in church. It is that people have no sense of the presence of God, and if they have no sense of His presence,...

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Divorce Myths: 1. When love has gone out of a marriage, it is better to get divorced. 2. It is better for the children for the unhappy couple to divorce than to raise their children in the atmosphere of...

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Right now counts forever.

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Not until we take God seriously will we ever take sin seriously.

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Anyone who takes his faith seriously and speaks in behalf of Christ and His kingdom will be accused of fanaticism at some point.

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The fundamental deception of Satan is the lie that obedience can never bring happiness.

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What higher approval could a person enjoy than to know that what he or she has done is pleasing to God?

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We break our promises to one another. We break our promises to God. But God never breaks His promises to us.

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In Christian marriage, love is not an option. It is a duty.

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It is important that when we are engaged in admonition or exhortation or confrontation with a brother who is overcome in sin, we call attention to the truth in an extraordinarily compassionate and tender...

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God’s sovereign will is not at the whim and mercy of our person and individual responses to it.

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We tend to have mixed feelings about the holy. There is a sense in which we are at the same time attracted to it and repulsed by it. Something draws us toward it, while at the same time we want to run...

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God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to His patience and forbearance. He warns us...

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God is not going to negotiate His holiness... in order to accommodate us.

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For a Christian to be a Christian, he must first be a sinner. Being a sinner is a prerequisite for being a church member. The Christian church is one of the few organizations in the world that requires...

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If the final decision for the salvation of fallen sinners were left in the hands of fallen sinners, we would despair all hope that anyone would be saved.

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The neutral view of free will is impossible. It involves choice without desire.

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Sin can bring pleasure, but never happiness.

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People only have true understanding when they look at everything from God's perspective. Authentic wisdom begins when we understand that God is to be the object of our devotion, our adoration, and our...

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Preachers must always fight the temptation to preach anything but Christ and Him crucified.

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It's a sin to bore people.

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Without God man has no reference point to define himself. 20th century philosophy manifests the chaos of man seeking to understand himself as a creature with dignity while having no reference point for...

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Scratching people where they itch and addressing their 'felt needs' is a stratagem of the poor steward of the oracles of God. This was the recipe for success for the false prophets of the Old Testament.

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A married person does not live in isolation. He or she has made a promise, a pledge, a vow, to another person. Until that vow is fulfilled and the promise is kept, the individual is in debt to his marriage...

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For the soul of a person to be inflamed with passion for the living God, that person's mind must first be informed about the character and will of God. There can be nothing in the heart that is not first...

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The world is filled with God's glory. You can't turn without bumping into it.

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Sin is not simply making bad choices or mistakes. Sin is having the desire in our hearts to do the will of the enemy of God.

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The great triad of enemies for Christian growth contain the world, the flesh, and the devil.

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Our natural inclination is to hide ourselves from God.

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The fundamental loss of a desire for God is the heart of original sin.

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God doesn't need our consent in order to govern us; He made us.

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To despise doctrine is to despise the Word of God.

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We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.

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Dr. Boice's commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.

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The complaint that church is boring is never made by people in awe.

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There are many today who believe that there are people running around this world right now who are performing greater miracles, performing miracles in greater abundance, and actually doing more incredible...

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Genuine love for Jesus manifests itself in obedience to His commandments.

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Only a true faith that applies God’s Word to everything-incl uding economics-will lead to the revival and reformation our culture needs so badly.

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Dead men do not cooperate with grace. Unless regeneration takes place first, there is no possibility of faith.

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If the God you believe in is not a sovereign God, then you really don't believe in God.

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Grace, by definition, is something that God is not required to grant. He owes a fallen world no mercy.

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When you enter the voting booth, don't leave your Christianity in the parking lot.

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There is no time in human history when you were more perfectly represented than in the Garden of Eden...

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We live in age of compromise, but if we stand on the bedrock of God’s truth, we will not bend with the winds of relativism and faithlessness.

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Your personal testimony, however meaningful it is to you, is not the gospel.

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Truth is too important to kill it in the streets for the sake of peace.

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The irony of New Testament lordship is that only in slavery to Christ can a man discover authentic freedom.

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There is not one piece of cosmic dust that is outside the scope of God's sovereign providence.

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At the moment I sin, I desire the sin more than I desire to please God.

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A god who is all love, all grace, all mercy, no sovereignty, no justice, no holiness, and no wrath is an idol.

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Prayer is to the Christian what breath is to life, yet no duty of the Christian is so neglected.

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To focus our mind on the task at hand-with fierce concentration-m akes for a productive use of time.

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You are required to believe, to preach, and to teach what the Bible says is true, not what you want the Bible to say is true.

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What we celebrate at Christmas is not so much the birth of a baby, but the incarnation of God Himself

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I'll retire when they pry my cold, dead fingers off of my Bible.

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God wants your life. Not one hour a week, not 10% of your income, He wants you.

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Tabletalk Magazine exists to help establish us in the Word to deepen our understanding of God and apply this knowledge to our daily living.

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To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.

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It's not the wickedness of the pagan that breaks my heart. It's the compromise of the Christian that grieves my soul.

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The only way the kingdom of God is going to be manifest in this world before Christ comes is if we manifest it by the way we live as citizens of heaven and subjects of the King.

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The principle rule of interpreting Scripture is that Scripture interprets Scripture.

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If God is not sovereign, God is not God.

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In Reformed theology, if God is not sovereign over the entire created order, then he is not sovereign at all. The term sovereignty too easily becomes a chimera. If God is not sovereign, then he is not...

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If it were left to us, we would all fall away from the faith and perish.

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Our prayers cannot force God to do anything, but He uses them as His own instruments to bring about His will.

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Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once and He volunteered.

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The glory of the gospel is this: The one from whom we need to be saved is the one who has saved us.

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Reformed theology so far transcends the mere five points of Calvinism that it is an entire worldview.

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We talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination. If we desire to build our theology on the Bible, we run head on into this concept. We soon discover that John Calvin did not invent...

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If you truly have it, you never lose it; and if you lose it, you never truly had it.

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Reformed theology does NOT teach that God brings the ELECT kicking and screaming, against their will, into His kingdom. It teaches that God so-works in the hearts of the Elect as to make them willing and...

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The only freedom that man ever has is when he becomes a slave to Jesus Christ.

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What better evidence could there be of a man's salvation than that he offers to others the grace he himself has received?

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But the blessing Christ promised, the blessing of great reward, is a reward of grace. The blessing is promised even though it is not earned. Augustine said it this way: Our rewards in heaven are a result...

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God does not rule by the consent of His subjects but by His sovereign authority. His reign extends over me whether I vote for Him or not.

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Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy.

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At its root, this is what faith is. It is not believing in God. It's believing God.

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The sweetest fragrance, the most beautiful aroma that God has ever detected emanating from this planet, was the aroma of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus that was offered once and for all on the cross.

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The Bible alone is the only authority that can bind the conscience of a person absolutely because it is the only authority that carries with it the intrinsic authority of God Himself.

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The cross was a glorious outworking of the grace of God, by which the Father commissioned the Son to make full satisfaction so that sinners might be saved with no sacrifice of God’s justice.

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When God says something, the argument is over.

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The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God Himself.

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What is the difference between the Christian God, and the gods of the other religions?" He simply, yet profoundly answered, "The main difference is this: The God of Christianity exists.

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Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God's Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is...

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To be spiritually dead is to be diabolically alive

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We live in a time of crisis in the secular culture and in the church with regard to the beautiful.

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I can’t make the Bible come alive for anyone. The Bible is already alive. It makes me come alive.

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We are able to persevere only because God works within us, within our free wills. And because God is at work in us, we are certain to persevere. The decrees of God concerning election are immutable. They...

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Repentance is something that is brought about in the human heart by the work of God the Holy Spirit.

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We have a tendency to think of GOD being glorified only in the manifestation of his mercy----- He is just as glorified by His justice.

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We cannot change God. God is unchangeable. If changes are to be made, they must be made in us.

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I believe it to be one of the most important discipleship resources we have produced at Ligonier.

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If you care about the slaughter of the innocent, then for God's sake, speak up.

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No unborn baby has ever had the right to choose or deny its own destruction.

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Touching His human nature, Jesus is no longer present with us. Touching his Divine nature, He is never absent from us.

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What about putting Christ back into Christmas? It is simply not necessary. Christ has never left Christmas.

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Wealth is not wisdom's goal, but is often wisdom's reward.

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Give me the biblical Christ or give me nothing.

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When people ask me how old the Earth is, I tell them I don't know because I don't.

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Burning hearts are not nourished by empty heads

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No one was ever called by God to greater suffering than God's only begotten Son.

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When the gospel is at stake, everything is at stake.

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Any conception of a god that is less than sovereign is an idol and no god at all.

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It is one thing to believe in God; it is quite another to believe God.

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Your task, O preacher, is to make sure that you are faithful to the text, that you are faithful to the proclamation of that gospel, that you are faithful to set forth the whole counsel of God, and then...

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We may live in a culture that believes everyone will be saved, that we are 'justified by death' and all you need to do to go to heaven is die, but God’s Word certainly doesn’t give us the luxury of...

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The Word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart; but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind.

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Mindless Christianity is no Christianity at all. You can't love what you don't know.

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If God says, 'I forgive you,' you are forgiven no matter how you feel, and to refuse that forgiveness is an act of arrogance.

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Advice to aspiring ministers: Get in the Word. Stay in the Word. Master the Word. And for heaven's sake, preach the Word!

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Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us.

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The truth of Scripture is meant not only to be studied-it’s meant also to be sung.

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There’s a long and sacred history of the use of X to symbolize the name of Christ, and from its origin, it has meant no disrespect.

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People need a consistent explanation of the cross of Christ and what it accomplished. Christ's atoning work is the centerpiece of the gospel and the only solution for humanity's estrangement from our Creator.

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If there ever was a time when absolutely nothing existed, all there could possibly be now is nothing.

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To be conformed to this world is to risk the loss of one’s eternal soul.

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To solve a marriage problem, you have to talk with each other about it, choosing wisely the time and place. But when accusations and lengthy speeches of defense fill the dialogue, the partners are not...

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The more I learn about God, the more aware I become of what I don’t know about him.

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If God did not act first, no one would be saved.

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There is nothing in this universe you need more desperately than Christ.

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Look to the Bible and not your feelings as the basis of the Christian life.

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The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.

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To be a Christian is to be a theologian-a student of God and his will. The contemporary disdain for theological content and emphasis on self-image and emotions were not shared by the apostolic church.

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Christ exposed Himself not only to the unbridled hostility of angry men, but, more significantly, to the unmitigated wrath of God.

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Most Christians salute the sovereignty of God but believe in the sovereignty of man.

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Nothing could be more irrational than the idea that something comes from nothing.

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I'm afraid that in the United States of America today the prevailing doctrine of justification is not justification by faith alone. It is not even justification by good works or by a combination of faith...

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We take comfort, however, that mystery is not a synonym for contradiction.

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When you feel depressed, it helps to actively change your environment. Go and do something different. Martin Luther conquered his depression by going outside to work in his garden. Surprisingly enough,...

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If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. No part of the world is outside of His lordship. That means that no part of my life must be...

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R. C. Sproul

It is important for us to make a distinction between the spiritual fruit of joy and the cultural concept of happiness. A Christian can have joy in his heart while there is still spiritual depression in...

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R. C. Sproul

One might pray and not be a Christian, but one cannot be a Christian and not pray.

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R. C. Sproul

When one encounters truth, one encounters the God whose truth it is.

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R. C. Sproul

No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian is a theologian. Perhaps not a theologian in the technical or professional sense, but a theologian nevertheless. The issue for Christians is not whether...

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R. C. Sproul

It is by virtue of the atonement that God can maintain His justice and yet demonstrate His mercy...

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R. C. Sproul

Man’s will is free to follow his inclinations, but fallen man’s inclinations are always and invariably away from God.

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R. C. Sproul

Fallen man is free to choose what he desires, but because his desires are only wicked he lacks the moral ability to come to Christ. As long as he remains in the flesh, unregenerate, he will never choose...

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R. C. Sproul

The gospel is only good news when we understand the bad news.

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R. C. Sproul

We do not segment our lives, giving some time to God, some to our business or schooling, while keeping parts to ourselves. The idea is to live all of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority...

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R. C. Sproul

When God's justice falls, we are offended because we think God owes perpetual mercy. We must not take His grace for granted. We must never lose our capacity to be amazed by grace

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R. C. Sproul

The most violent expression of God's wrath and justice is seen in the Cross. If ever a person had room to complain for injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God....

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R. C. Sproul

Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds...

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R. C. Sproul

God's grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious.

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R. C. Sproul

We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite.

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R. C. Sproul

The Advent season is that time when we seek to, in a manner of speaking, mute our memory of what has already happened, that we might brighten our joy that it happened. We leave the already of His advent...

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R. C. Sproul

Christ is still in Christmas, and for one brief season the secular world broadcasts the message of Christ over every radio station and television channel in the land. Never does the church get as much...

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What makes art Christian art? Is it simply Christian artists painting biblical subjects like Jeremiah? Or, by attaching a halo, does that suddenly make something Christian art? Must the artist’s subject...

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Aaron Scharf

Has it led you to the conclusion that photography is an art ? Or it is simply a means of recording ? "I'm glad you asked that. I've been wanting to say this for years. Is cooking an art ? Is talking an...

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Brigid Brophy

In a sense, the first (if not necessarily the prime) function of a novelist, of ANY artist, is to entertain. If the poem, painting, play or novel does not immediately engage one's surface interest then...

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Madeleine L'Engle

When we look at a painting, or hear a symphony, or read a book, and feel more Named, then, for us, that work is a work of Christian art. But to look at a work of art and then to make a judgment as to whether...

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Francis Schaeffer

Christian art is the expression of the whole life of the whole person as a Christian. What a Christian portrays in his art is the totality of life. Art is not to be solely a vehicle for some sort of self-conscious...

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Ezra Pound

Good art however 'immoral' is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.

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Jenny Saville

I'm not anti conceptual art. I don't think painting must be revived, exactly. Art reflects life, and our lives are full of algorithms, so a lot of people are going to want to make art that's like an algorithm....

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Adolf Hitler

I soon realized that the correct use of propaganda is a true art which has remained practically unknown to the bourgeois parties. Only the Christian- Social movement, especially in Lueger's time achieved...

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Michel Foucault

What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done...

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Christian Bauman

Writing is the only art form where a good number of the artists make a slice of their living criticizing one another in print, in public.

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Jerry Saltz

Much good art got made while money ruled; I like a lot of it, and hardship and poverty aren't virtues. The good news is that, since almost no one will be selling art, artists - especially emerging ones...

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Jean Renoir

To the question, ‘Is the cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘what does it matter?’... You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to being called an art as a poem by Verlaine...

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Marcel Duchamp

What I have in mind is that art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way that a bad emotion is still an emotion.

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M. C. Escher

To tell you the truth, I am rather perplexed by the concept of 'art'. What one person considers to be 'art' is often not 'art' to another. 'Beautiful' and 'ugly' are old-fashioned concepts that are seldom...

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Diego Rivera

I know now that he who hopes to be universal in his art must plant in his own soil. Great art is like a tree, which grows in a particular place and has a trunk, leaves, blossoms, boughs, fruit, and roots...

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Alan Moore

There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the very earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the...

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Toni Morrison

I am a writer and my faith in the world of art is intense, but not irrational, nor naïve - because art takes us and makes us take a journey beyond price, beyond cost, into bearing witness to the world...

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John Stuart Mill

The art of music is good, for the reason, among others, that it produces pleasure; but what proof is it possible to give that pleasure is good? If, then, it is asserted that there is a comprehensive formula,...

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Jessica Helfand

Graphic design is a popular art and a practical art, an applied art and an ancient art. Simply put, it is the art of visualizing ideas.

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Robert Hughes

It is hard to think of any work of art of which one can say 'this saved the life of one Jew, one Vietnamese, one Cambodian'. Specific books, perhaps; but as far as one can tell, no paintings or sculptures....

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Robert Genn

Art is a path on which we honour our world. Art may not be the only path, but it is a good path, even though at times a difficult one. As bearers of this honour, we artists do not need to simply render...

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