Our Issue With Grace

Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God’s grace 
and God’s grace alone for our salvation. 
It is difficult for our pride to rest on grace.

  Grace is for other people – for beggars.
  We don’t want to live by a heavenly welfare system.
  We want to earn our own way and atone for our own sins.

We like to think that we will go to heaven because we deserve to be there.

                      -R.C. Sproul

No man is a fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Jim Elliot

The call of Jesus to believe the good news of the impending kingdom leads at once to the call to “Follow me.” There can be no separation between believing and following, between faith and obedience.

Lesslie Newbigin

The true follower of Christ will not ask, “If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?” Rather he will say, “This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!”

A.W. Tozer

Quotes for Parents of Teenagers

On Parenting:

We can view adolescence as either “an age of opportunity or a season for survival.”

-Paul Tripp

My friend Ethan says that being a parent means you go through life with the invisible muzzle of a gun held to your head. You may have the greatest joy you ever dreamed of, but you will never again draw an untroubled breath.

-Anne Lamott

On Adolescence:

There are no well-adjusted adolescents. Adolescence is, by definition, maladjustment. And getting adjusted is a strenuous and often noisy process.

-Eugene Peterson

Adolescence is an in-between stage determined not so much by what it is but by what it is not. Adolescence is not childhood, and it is not adulthood; it is the period in between those two stages.

-David Walsh

On Being a Teenager:

What’s the greatest problem facing teenagers today? Sin.

-Walt Mueller