“God is the perfect quintessence of good. He is sweetness in the flower. God is a satisfying good. The soul cries out, I have enough, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. Let a man who is thirsty be brought to an ocean of pure water, and he has enough. If there be enough in God to satisfy the angels, then sure there is enough to satisfy us. The soul is but finite, but God is infinite. Though God be a good that satisfies, yet he does not surfeit. Fresh joys spring continually from his face; and he is as much to be desired after millions of years by glorified souls and bodies as at the first moment. There is a fulness in God that satisfies, and yet so much sweetness that the soul still desires. God is a delicious good.”
A Body of Divinity (Banner of Truth) by Thomas Watson
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John Piper preached a message entitled, "Don't Waste Your Life" from Galatians 6:14 at the Passion One Day conference in May of 2000. The message was later put into a book with the same title. Here is an excerpt from the book on page 45:
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"When Jesus said, "You are the light of the world," this you in the Greek language is plural — meaning "all of you." Light-bearing is not an individual project. Following Christ in our urban generation is done together. Just as the first-century church met in the temple and from house to house (Acts 5:42), Christians in our cities must gather regularly (Acts 2:46; 20:20; Heb. 10:24-25). Elsewhere the Scriptures refer to the Lord's people as "one body" (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:4)... It's very easy in the press and busyness of urban living or isolation of city culture to succumb to "urban drift" —a movement away from relationship, away from the burden-bearing, supportive, illuminating community of Christ. But it's among God's people, as we gather around his light-giving Word, that the flames of our faith are renewed."
—Jon Dennis, Christ and City (page 150-151).
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"Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love" (Prov. 5:19) emphasizes two things: the quality of lovemaking ("fill... with delight" and "be intoxicated") and the quantity of lovemaking ("at all times" and "always"). The wisdom of God is saying, "When you get married, drop your inhibitions, and go for it." Back in the days of the Puritans, when a New England wife complained, first to her pastor and then to the whole congregation, that her husband was neglecting their sex life, the church removed him as a member. Why? Because the Bible is clear: "The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another" (1 Cor. 7:4-5). And Proverbs 5 is wisely adding, "Make it fun and frequent!" The word translated "be intoxicated" is used elsewhere in the Old Testament for a man staggering down the street in drunkenness (Isa. 28:7). The point is for a man to be crazy in love with his wife. This counsel is not trivial. It is the serious wisdom of God, because, as we shall see later in the Bible, marriage points ultimately to the love of Christ and our joy in him. And the striking thing about this wisdom here in Proverbs, coming from ancient times as it does, is that marriages back then could be arranged for economic or political reasons. But the Bible sweeps all of that aside and calls husbands and wives to be head-over-heels in love with each other."
—Ray Ortlund Jr., Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel (page 67).
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"Precious, no doubt, are these little ones in your eyes; but if you love them, think often of their souls. No interest should weigh with you so much as their eternal interests. No part of them should be so dear to you as that part which will never die. The world, with all its glory, shall pass away; the hills shall melt; the heavens shall be wrapped together as a scroll; the sun shall cease to shine. But the spirit which dwells in those little creatures, whom you love so well, shall outlive them all, and whether in happiness or misery (to speak as a man) will depend on you. This is the thought that should be uppermost on your mind in all you do for your children. In every step you take about them, in every plan, and scheme, and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out that mighty question, "How will this affect their souls?"
"An epidemic of Asiatic cholera at that time began to rage in London, particularly in the area south of the Thames. Spurgeon cancelled all out-of-town engagements and gave his time to visiting the sick. The disease entered numerous homes. Almost everywhere there was suffering, and often there was death. 'Family after family', he says, 'summoned me to the bedside of the smitten and almost every day I was called to visit the grave.' With lovingkindness to the sick and in heart-felt sympathy with the bereaved he conducted this labour, and at any hour of the night he might be awakened with an urgent request to come and pray with someone who seemed about to pass into eternity."
-Arnold A. Dallimore, Spurgeon: A Biography (page 51)
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