July 2, 2017
preached by Doug Cooper
Time of Reflection Quotations
“Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.”
~ Garrison Keillor (1942-present), American author and radio personality
“We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.”
~ C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist, theologian and Christian apologist
“In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is, which makes him do the sin he does.”
~ George MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish author, poet, and Christian Minister
“If we do not know who God is and how He thinks and what He does, we have no grounds for joy, no reason to celebrate, no basis for finding satisfaction in God. Delight in God cannot occur in an intellectual vacuum. Our joy is the fruit of what we know and believe to be true of God.”
~ Sam Storms (1951-present), contemporary pastor and author
“How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose!… You drove them from me, You who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, You who are sweeter than all pleasure.”
~ Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian author, theologian and philosopher
“Joy in God is the happiest of all joys. There are other sweets, but this is the virgin honey dripping fresh from the comb.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892), British author and minister
“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.”
~ Richard Sibbes (1577–1635) Anglican author and theologian
Psalm 32 (NIV)
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against
them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!