Cultivating Praise

“As you grow in this, it will do more than strengthen your marriage. When we praise one another, we are, in a sense, practicing for glory. Paul writes, “you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus” (2 Cor 1:14b). Praise and affirmation are surely synonyms for boasting in one another. It is our joyful and solemn responsibility to help each other on to glory, looking for the good, affirming Christ-like character, and pointing out evidence of Jesus himself in our spouses in a way that encourages, builds up, and refreshes.

And don’t wait. Pastor and author J. R. Miller (1840-1912) wrote about “Kindness That Comes Too Late.” He contrasts a funeral where friends and family gather to speak good and pleasant words about a deceased person’s character to the story in Luke 7 where a woman anoints Jesus with perfume before he dies. She doesn’t wait until he’s dead to break open the alabaster jar to refresh Jesus’ tired and weary feet. Miller pleads with us, “The kind words are lying in men’s hearts unexpressed, and trembling on their tongues unvoiced, which will be spoken by and by when these weary ones are dead—but why should they not be spoken now, when they are needed so much, and when their accents would be so pleasing and grateful?”

In marriage, let us encourage each other daily and not wait until the eulogy—where it brings no blessing to the deceased. Let us commit to building up and encouraging each other today.”

Aaron Sironi,



“It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict.  God’s job to judge, and my job to love.”
— Billy Graham

In Loving Sympathy

“What does it mean to be ‘into the world’? It means to come close. It means not shouting the gospel from a distance, but to put ourselves with loving sympathy inside the questions of the questioners, the loneliness of the lonely, the pain of the hurting.”

— John Stott

“Not an Ending But a Sending”

“It’s not a matter of choosing between worship or mission; nor are we faced with the false dichotomy of church or world, cathedral or city. To the contrary, we worship for mission; we gather for sending; we center ourselves in the practices of the body of Christ for the sake of the world; we are reformed in the cathedral to undertake our image-bearing commission to reform the city. “

— James Smith

Softer Blue and Sweeter Green

Heav’n above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen;
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow,
Flow’rs with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine;
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine.

Things that once were wild alarms
Cannot now disturb my rest,
Closed in everlasting arms,
Pillowed on His loving breast;
Oh, to lie forever here,
Doubt and care and self resign,
While He whispers in my ear
I am His, and He is mine;
While He whispers in my ear
I am His, and He is mine.

His forever, only His;
Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss
Christ can fill the loving heart!
Heav’n and earth may fade and flee,
Firstborn light in gloom decline,
But while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine;
But while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine.

— Loved with Everlasting Love by George Robinson

A Hard Knock Life for the Better

“God builds faith by knocking the props out from under our lives. Picture your life or your heart as propped up in its happiness, peace and comfort and contentment. There are a hundred props and they’re not evil. God has given you these good things. He wants these things to be enjoyed. But God knows when your hearts need help not to trust in them for our contentment. So he can just knock these out… *JP sound effects*
We have an answer as Christians when all the props, when all around my soul gives way He then is all my hope…This is his sanctifying strategy.”

— John Piper

His Face to Shine Upon You

A beautiful sermon preached by Dr. Duguid at Westminster today. (Starts at 12:30).

Some snippets (not word for word quotes):

  • We look for blessings in the wrong place, when God is the one who blesses. God’s blessings are poured upon faithless ones.
  • Repent of your idolatry and bow down to Jesus.
  • God’s face shines when he looks upon you. It’s his face shining and delighting in you. It’s what every child longs for.

Please take the time to listen to his sermon!! Repent and look at the face of God, whose face is shining upon you with delight. Not because we deserve it, but because God is gracious and Christ has earned it.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance[c] upon you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26