Link to other great quotes from David Webb’s readings on Goodreads

The good life–the one that truly satisfies–exists only when we stop wanting a better one. Swindoll, Ragged Edge, p. 21

The more you hunt for pleasure, the less of it you find.  Kidner, Comm on Eccl, p.  31 

We are not the helpless victims of our nature, temperament and environment. What we become depends largely on how we behave; our character is shaped by our conduct. Stott, Galatians

My responsibility as a preacher of the gospel and a teacher in the church is not to preserve and repeat cherished biblical sentences, but to pierce the heart with biblical truth, Piper, Desiring God, p. 54

If I believe God exists to give me what I want, I will burn when he doesn’t deliver.   Powlison. JBC, Fall 1995

“. . . the love of God in our culture has been purged of anything that culture finds uncomfortable. The love of God has been sanitized, democratized, and above all, sentimentalized. . . . Today most people seem to have little difficulty believing in the love of God; they have far more difficultly believing in the justice of God, the wrath of God and the non-contradictory truthfulness of an omniscient God. “The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God”
― D. A. Carson

The true obstacle to unity is not the presence of legitimate differences of opinion but self‑centeredness.” Moises Silva on Phil 2:3

God is more interested in what he is doing in us than in what we are doing for him. Kaynor, When God Chooses

My fear is that of all the choices people face today, the one they rarely consider is, “How can I serve most effectively and fruitfully in the local church?” I wonder if the abundance of opportunities to explore today is doing less to help make well-rounded disciples of Christ and more to help Christians avoid long term responsibility and have less long-term impact. Kevin DeYoung Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

. . .most people who are angry with God are angry with him for being God. They’re not angry because he has failed to deliver what he promised, They’re angry because he has failed to deliver what they have craved, expected or demanded. Paul David Tripp, Awe

The problem with carnal anger and outrage is that it’s one of the easiest sins to commit while convincing oneself that one is being faithful. . . . how many angry, divisive, perpetually outraged Christians are convinced that they are reincarnated Old Testament prophets, calling down fire from heaven? Now to be sure there is a time to call down fire from heaven . . . The prophets of Baal called down fire from heaven too, and they screamed and raved for a fire that never fell (1 Kings 18:29). James and John . . . wanted to call down fire from heaven on the Christ-rejecting villages of Samaria. Jesus wanted nothing to do with that spirit because he saw it for what it really was (Luke 9:54ff). Moore, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel

. . . the symptoms and effects of the life of faith are totally unspectacular.  . . .true covenant faith is expressed by concern for others.  . . .this concern is expressed by loving actions that promote the next person’s well-being and by verbal expressions of prayer for the next person. Block, Book of Ruth, p. 612. See also James 2:17.

The man who attempts Christianity without the church shoots himself in the foot, shoots his children in the leg, and shoots his grandchildren in the heart. Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness

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