The word literal is complicated. According to one of the first definitions in the dictionary, literal means: “adhering...to the ordinary construction of primary meaning of a term or expression.” In other words, being literal can just mean saying what you mean to say, giving primary importance in the moment to...
Here are my favorite quotes from key Christian articles around the web, including a disobedient king, George Whitefield’s conversion, and more!
A Tale of Two Journeys, Part One: Ahab’s Disobedient Journey (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
Anger is not God’s natural state. The pagans believed in gods who were angry by nature. The Bible tells us that God is love. That is his nature. He doesn’t have to be provoked to love; He is love. The Bible never says that God is anger.
Is Christ Enough for You? (Augustus Lopez, Ligonier Ministries)
As a result of being united to Christ, believers have already received graciously from God perfection, wholeness, fullness, and satisfaction. The ultimate gnōsis of God is actually in Christ. He is the mystery of God, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (2:2–3), something infinitely superior to the gnōsis offered by the false teachers.
Blessed Are The Meek (Jennifer Hesse, Servants of Christ)
To be meek means “enduring injury with patience and without resentment,” according to Merriam-Webster. Meekness implies several fruits of the Spirit – patience, humility, gentleness, and long-suffering. Against such things, there is no law (Galatians 5:23), yet we rarely aspire to develop these less flashy characteristics. Instead, we often view meekness as weakness and label it as being passive, timid, or cowardly.
If You’re a Christian, You Have One Job (J. D. Greear)
That word “commission” means “individual assignment.” It is something given specifically to each of us in God’s family. God doesn’t just have this great, big, global mission that he assigns to the church at large. He also has an individual assignment—a commission—for you. He has a purpose for your time, talents, and treasures in the church.
A Short Recounting of George Whitefield’s Conversion (Allen Nelson, Things Above)
“It is said that George Whitefield, the great evangelist, preached on this text, ‘Ye must be born again’ [John 3, KJV] more than three thousand times. One day a friend said to him, ‘Mr. Whitefield, why do you preach so often on that text?’ Mr. Whitefield replied, ‘Because ye must be born again.’