Some thoughts that motivate us.
God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it.
Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for all. That puts everyone in the same boat. Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! E. Peterson
If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. "In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. E. Peterson
The power of the Gospel comes in two movements. It first says, "I am more sinful and flawed than I ever dared believe," but then quickly follows with, "I am more accepted and loved than I ever dared hope." T. Keller
...listening to the Bible to arrive at our doctrinal beliefs, giving weight to the interpreters of the Christian community in the past and reflecting on culture and asking what modern culture is and which of its impulses are to be criticized and which are to be affirmed. R. Lints
"...the people whom God raises up from generation to generation are meant mainly to serve the purpose of God in their generation. This is true of people and it is true of churches. It may be that in some cases God will cause the ministry of a church or a person to go on ministering long after they are gone. But that is not to be the burden of our ministry. God’s will for us is that the burden of our ministry be on this generation." J. Piper