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Quite the Quotes

A conference this weekend and a class this week has me running.  Here are ten of the riches from reading I have discovered and shared with others along the way.  The last two especially slowed me down and touched me deeply right at a moment when I needed it most.  The Spirit of God is not restricted to giving  good theology only to pastors or from using the mouth of babes to instruct them!


“The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were happy in themselves, and enjoyed one another before the world was. Apart from the fact that God delights to communicate and spread his goodness, there had never been a creation or redemption.”

Richard Sibbes


“In no other subject is error more dangerous, or inquiry more laborious, or the discovery of truth more profitable.”

Augustine (from his work On the Trinity)


Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” 

Jim Elliott


“When Luther threw an inkwell at the devil, he symbolized his whole career.”

Richard Lovelace


“The doctrine of election… is the family secret of the children of God.”

J.I. Packer


“I’ve often reflected on the rather obvious thought that when his disciples were about to have the world collapse in on them, our Lord spent so much time in the Upper Room speaking to them about the mystery of the Trinity.   If anything could underline the necessity of Trinitarianism for practical Christianity, that must surely be it!”

Sinclair Ferguson


“I have sinned not only against the law of God, but against the love of God.”

John Flavel


“Spiritual pride is very  apt to suspect others; whereas a humble saint is most jealous of himself, he is so  suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart.”

Jonathan Edwards


“Mommy, I would rather have all my owies and God than have no owies and no God.” 

Five year-old Victoria, niece of Joel Beeke, upon seeing a Buddhist child while recovering in a hospital from severe injuries.  She also told her mother, “All these owies are OK, Mommy. Jesus had owies much worse than mine, and He did nothing wrong, but I have sinned my whole life.”

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. alcoramdeo #

    Always thankful for your writing, Brother Barry, when you have had time for composing.
    But if busy weeks bring forth such treasures as these, I wish you more of those as well…

    January 23, 2013
    • Thanks for always offering your kind encouragements, Al!

      January 23, 2013
  2. msauret #

    The last quote by the little Victoria gave me the chills and really was humbling.

    January 24, 2013
  3. Cera McCarragher #

    Pastor York, thank you so much for coming to speak to us this past weekend.
    The last quote was really powerful and hit a nerve. Talk about a reality check!

    January 24, 2013

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