Top 5 Quotes from My 2014 Reading

The Tuesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog references something I have been reading lately. The post is meant to share some of my reflections from the latest book, magazine article or blog post I have or am reading.

 

 

#1 – Andrew Rogers, Men Counseling Men, pg. 79

“Funerals are like splashes of cold water on a sleepy face. They wake us up and make us think about reality – about life and death. King Solomon, in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, wrote that it is better to attend funerals than go to parties (7:2). That’s because we are more lucid about lives during funerals. He is not saying that parties are bad, but unlike parties, funerals cause us to think seriously about life.”

 

#2 – Robert Somerville, If I’m a Christian, Why Am I Depressed?, pg. 84

“I am depressed not because God has forsaken me but because a sovereign God has a plan to use this for good in my life. God can bring good out of depression as he conquers my fears, crushes my self-trust, barges into my isolation, and diffuses my despair. He can bring good out of depression as He teaches me to rejoice in affliction, to trust him implicitly, to pray fervently, to rely on His church, to fight evil and to persevere.”

 

#3 – Kevin DeYoung, Taking God at His Word, pgs. 54-55

“God has given us all we need for life and godliness; Scripture is enough to make us wise for salvation and holy unto the Lord. If we learn to read the Bible down (into our hearts), across (the plot line of Scripture), out (to the end of the story), and up (to the glory of God in the face of Christ), we still find that every bit of the Bible is profitable for us. To affirm the sufficiency of Scripture is not to suggest that the Bible tells us everything we want to know about everything, but it does tell us everything we need to know what matters most. Scripture does not give exhaustive information on every subject, but in every subject on which it speaks, it says only what is true. And in its truth we have enough knowledge to turn from sin, find a Savior, make good decisions, please God, and get to the root of our deepest problems.”

 

#4 – Paul Tripp, What Did You Expect?, pgs. 33-34

“A marriage of love, unity, and understanding is not rooted in romance; it is rooted in worship. … Think about this. Isn’t it interesting that some of the things that upset you don’t both your spouse at all? Why is it that something that delights you is, at the very same time, a thing that your husband or wife could easily live without? Why are some things much more important to you than to others? And why is it that your list of what is important doesn’t completely agree with your husband’s? Why are there themes to your anger and certain themes to your discouragement? Well, all these things I have been describing are connected to worship.”

 

#5 – Bruce Ware, The Man Christ Jesus, pg. 20

“Christ poured himself out, taking the form of a servant. Yes, he pours out by taking; he empties by adding. Here, then, is a strange sort of math that envisions a subtraction by addition, an emptying by adding. … It is a subtraction by adding (i.e., a pouring out, an emptying) by adding human nature to his divine nature. He came, then, to become the God-man – the one whose very divine nature took on fully the existence of a created human nature. He poured himself out by adding to himself the nature of a man, indeed, the nature of a servant par excellence who would give his life in obedience.”

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