Brokenness, hope and joy

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Brokenness is realizing
Jesus is all we have.
Hope is realizing
He is all we need.
Joy is realizing
He is all we want.

–Larry Crabb

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Published in: on 03/02/2015 at 17:09  Leave a Comment  
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Spiritual thirst

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What man needs
is discovered in Christ.
Then he realizes
he is thirsty because,
incomprehensibly,
God is thirsty for him.

–Antonio Lopez

Full and sufficient

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All the good things that can be reckoned up here below have only a finite and limited goodness. Some can clothe but cannot feed; others can nourish but cannot secure; others adorn but cannot advance; all do serve but none do satisfy. They are like a beggar’s coat made up of many pieces, not all enough either to beautify or defend. But Christ is full and sufficient for all His people: righteousness to cover all their sins, plenty enough to supply all their wants, grace enough to subdue all their lusts, wisdom enough to vanquish all their enemies, virtue enough to cure all their diseases, living waters to feed them.

He is a garment of righteousness
to advise them;
a Captain to defend them;
a Prince to rule;
a Prophet to teach;
a Priest to make
atonement for them.

[He is] a Husband to protect; a Root to quicken; a Head to guide; a Treasure to enrich; a Sun to enlighten; and a Fountain to cleanse; so that as the one ocean hath more waters than all the rivers of the world, and one sun more light than all the luminaries in heaven, so one Christ is more to a poor soul than if it had all the world a thousand times over.

–John Spencer

The one real issue

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I have come to a fixed conclusion:
the issue is simply Jesus Christ . . .

My message therefore is simply Jesus Christ. He is enough. Of course we are familiar with the fact that Christ is the Christian’s life and message, but we need to familiarize ourselves with the familiar. We assume what we ought to assert. He is the hub, but too many of us are out on our favorite spokes like owls on different limbs.

–Vance Havner
Jesus Only
(emphasis added)

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