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Here are the newest batch of tweets that made me stop and think:

The greatest news in all the world is that the slaughtered Lamb of God reigns as the sovereign Lord of all.

“Pride is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and the last sin that is rooted out.” Jonathan Edwards

The gospel is more about getting “heaven” into us than getting us into heaven. It’s a change of being, not mere location

Sinners like me need a savior like Jesus.

The gospel makes us conscious of sin but unconscious of condemnation.

Gospel centered thinking leads to Christ-exalting practice.

Christian: If it has “been a while” since you felt burdened for lost people to meet Jesus- repentance is in order.

Christian mission is theology in action.

Some people come in your life as blessings, others come as lessons.

Leaders: You either learn from mentors or you learn from mistakes. Your choice.

Love is patient, lust is always in a hurry.

If I am not worshiping God in private, then most likely my public displays are more about self-celebration than actual worship.

If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.

Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin. Tim Keller

Faith isn’t the absence of fear, but the presence of God comforting you in your times or fear.

Family ministry should not be driven by bad statistics or a passionate leader, but by a thorough, Bible-driven theology of family.

When leaders put their families first, the community benefits.

The point of the whole Bible: “Kill the dragon. Get the girl.” – Douglas Wilson

True leaders train up other leaders. Who are you developing among your volunteers and your students?

Praying in line with the scriptures aligns our hearts with Gods word and causes us to trust his ways & will.

Pursuing God will always manifest a passion for God’s Word.

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Tweets of the Week 7.30.12

Posted: 07/30/2012 in Tweets

Here are the latest tweets that I paid attention to:

“True Biblical Christianity has only one concern: God himself; to know him, to mirror him, and to see him glorified.” ~ Mark Kielar

“A crucified Savior will never be content to have a self-pleasing, self-indulging, worldly-minded people.” ~ J.C. Ryle

we prize tolerance too highly. people don’t want to be tolerated, they want to be loved. our standards are far too low.

Whatever you’re facing today, just walk with God. It’s not easy. But not walking with him won’t make anything better.

Theology (doctrine) without doxology (delight) is a destructive pathology

Student pastors, disciple parents and help them become spiritual heroes for their kids

“Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love.” – Richard Foster

Confidence in our own strength is our greatest weakness.

Accepted in Christ, we now run the race “for the joy that is set before us” rather than “for fear that comes behind us.”

Teach your kids’ that God’s Word doesn’t promise a perfect life, but a perfect God to walk with us through an imperfect life.

The day is coming for each Christian when we will start to smile and never, never stop.

Be careful of making secondary issues primary passions. In so doing we erode our effectiveness and misdirect God-given energy.

Dads, set a culture of grace, fun, and adventure in your home.

Grace does not lower the standards in our homes; it raises them.

Through union with Christ I’ve been swept up into the very love that ever flows between the Father and the Son. Life itself.

Fear of hell can change our behavior, but only the love of God can transform our hearts.

If God bores you, it’s because your theology of God stinks.

We exist to glorify God in all things and to make disciples that make disciples.

Tweets of the Week 7.21.12

Posted: 07/21/2012 in Tweets

Here are the tweets that caught my attention:

We want to change our circumstances. God wants to change us.

Don’t look at leading and serving as two separate options but as two sides of the same coin.

We don’t have to go to Africa to be a “missionary”. Let’s start with our backyard. Engage culture. Preach Jesus. Make disciples.

I read Scripture for the same reason I eat meals; I’m hungry.

Too often, “laypeople” often think their job is to “pay, pray, get out of the way.”

Clarity on the story of God is the prerequisite for understanding your own.

Grace grows churches. Grace grows relationships. Grace grows what was once dying.

Our theology of sanctification must have at its very center the person and power of the Holy Spirit.

Sprint from lust; marathon for life.

Simple churches have a clearly defined process that moves people to higher levels of commitment.

You’ve been called to submit, but rest is never found in your submission, but Christ’s willing submission to the Father on your behalf.

Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude. -Spurgeon

Childrens Pastors never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

You can lead someone with poor reading comprehension skills to context, but you can’t make them think.

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.

Own ur brokenness, don’t let ur brokenness own you. Reach 4 the garments of grace, not the hairshirt of victimization

“sex in marriage is so important the devil does everything he can to get us into bed before we are married & stay out of bed when we are”

Don’t wait until you feel like forgiving. Once you choose to forgive, Satan will have lost his power over you in that area. Dr Neil Anderson

Child-centered parenting produces self-centered children.

Pity the children whose parents sense of self-worth is tied to their kid’s maturity

Until you are convinced that you can’t change your child’s heart, you will not take prayer seriously. – Paul Miller

Believing right doctrine will no more save you, than doing good works will save you. — Charles Spurgeon

Don’t just consume the creativity around you. Instead, allow it to spark the creativity within you.

There are no wasted tears in the Christian life.

Be careful of agreeing with God in the abstract, but refusing Him in the reality.

If we would listen more and proselytize less, we would evangelize better.

If we are dominated by fear then we cannot operate in faith!

The more we see ourselves as needing forgiveness, the more likely we are to forgive others.

PASTOR: Don’t motivate people with an unholy trinity of guilt, shame and regret

The saddest summary of life contains 3 descriptions: could have, might have, & should have-Louis Boone

Tweets of the Week 7.7.12

Posted: 07/07/2012 in Tweets

Enjoy these tweets that got me thinking:

Jesus, grant us eyes to your indelible image in all people today, more so than the things that too easily irritate us

God’s care for you is secure because is does not depend on your faithfulness, but on his.

Humility isn’t disinterested, quiet passivity, it’s actively passionate selflessly other-centeredness.

May my true passion and driving motivation for ministry be only for the glory of Christ in all things and the salvation of the lost.

You will not regret anything you give up for Jesus. But you will regret everything you hold back.

“Spiritual maturity is not an end in itself, but a gift for others.” –David Powlison

Right now counts forever. — R.C. Sproul

“Most of the noise in our souls is generated by our attempts to control the uncontrollable (Ps 131).” David Powlison

Mission naturally happens when the gospel rightly rooted in our life.

Preachers: Preaching reveals how much you love talking to people. Prayer reveals how much you love talking to God.

Artificial maturity is a result of information without experience.

Gospel: Just Look. Religion: Just Do it.

Warning that something needs to change: You have a growing ministry and a shrinking heart.

A lifetime of success will never compare to a lifetime of purpose.

Worship is your identity before it’s your activity. You don’t worship once a week, you worship your way through each moment of each day.

Low expectation churches make it too easy for people to drop out.

Forgiveness does not destroy our memory.

A deed done for the glory of God in response to grace is ‘good’. A deed done for any other reason, though beneficial, is not truly ‘good’.

The glorious bookends of instantaneous justification & glorification make progressive sanctification a journey to enjoy

Tweets of the week 6.26.12

Posted: 06/26/2012 in Tweets

Here is the newest batch of tweets that made me think:

unprocessed pain make us read things into situations that don’t exist, processed pain gives the benefit of the doubt

No promise broken, no provision not delivered, no need unmet, his presence never denied, his power freely given, now that’s grace!

Bible in a nutshell – God’s purpose is to have a people for himself: a people he reveals his glory to; a people he displays his glory thru’.

Resting in Christ happens when we live like Christ has already done the most important work.

God loves sinners. It’s his specialty. Not a sinner? No grace for you.

The church is not an audience of spectators; we are a fellowship of disciple-makers.

We were created out of community (the Trinity) for community (the Body of Christ). If you don’t have it, you’re not living fully.

“Grace ceases to be grace if God is compelled to bestow it in the presence of human merit.” Sam Storms

WEATHER: Partly sinful today with a 100% chance of undeserved grace. Scattered love of God through the rest of the week.

As it turns out, parenting is kind of tough. Who knew?

Faithfulness always leads to fruitfulness in God’s eyes but not always to successfulness in man’s eyes.

“No Christian is in a healthy state of mind who is not prepared for trouble and persecution.”

“Any attempt at Christian spirituality that does not include at its heart a reverence for God’s Word is vague at best.” @chrispoblete

Your heart was made for Him. Don’t let the world take hold of it.

@mattguevaraWorry is essentially a misuse of imagination. – Alex Osborn

Truth hates sin. Grace loves sinners. Those full of grace and truth—those full of Jesus—do both.

Life is hard. Compromise is tempting. Critics are real. But Jesus’ love is always enough. It sustains us, empowers us, & encourages us.

Love is not possible, at least for long, without the healing work of forgiveness.

Our encouragement for our kids should always stimulate praise for God’s grace rather than for their own goodness. Build hope in His power.

living in community is hard on our schedule… living in isolation is hard on our soul.

“We must teach our children to treasure Christ more than the possessions of this world.” @plattdavid

Spending time with people teaches me their questions. Spending time with God teaches me the answers.

The fruit of a ministry is not best measured by what is said or written, but by the character & type of ldrs we produce.

The problem with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are usually unemployed. -unknown

Tweets of week (or so) 6.13.12

Posted: 06/13/2012 in Tweets
Newest batch of tweets that caught my attention …

Any addition to grace is an abandonment of grace …

Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment.

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted”

Facing disappointment and failure? Don’t be surprised, you’re still flawed and your world is fallen. For this there’s grace.

If we fail to notice evidences of God’s grace in our church we will gradually become more aware of deficiencies in the church.

“Students do not learn everything u teach them. They learn what ur excited about; they learn what u emphasize.” D.A. Carson

Your employers quickly forget the long hours you give them at work. Your children never forget memory-making moments with them.

His mercy is wider and deeper than the ocean of human misery. -Geerhardus Vos

“For the grace of God has appeared training us to renounce ungodliness.” Titus 2:11-12 His grace trains & changes hearts. Give grace today.

Ahem, for the record, a “good” Christian doesn’t exist. We are all miserable failures. Praise God for His mercy! Without it we are nothing!

Focus: Men, it’s easy for us to be at home physically with our families while our minds are far away consumed by the burdens of work.

Having a relationship w/ your teenager starts by having a relationship with your 5 year old. Start w/ the end in mind.

“Laughter, ridicule, opposition and persecution are often the only reward which Christ’s followers get from the world.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Curiosity, creativity, discovery and wonder; they aren’t traits of youth, they’re traits of learning.

Reading, learning from others, growing yourself…all are critical. But they’re meaningless if not grounded 100% on God’s Word.

“The dirty secret of success is the ability to just show up. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year”

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” —Hans Hofmann

Church planters: church health is more important than church growth. Poison ivy grows quickly but doesn’t help anyone.

Satan can destroy the family through exhaustion as effectively as he can through adultery.

Church is a family the gospel made.

The primary purpose of prayer is not to get God to do something, it is for God to form me in a certain way. -Brian Zahnd

Husbands, if you don’t often pray over your wife start today & do so every day for a week & see what happens to you both.

The greatest enemy of creativity is “We’ve always done it that way.”

Tweets of the week 5.22.12

Posted: 05/22/2012 in Tweets

This weeks latest and greatest from the best and brightest … or at least things that made me stop and either think or laugh out loud.  Enjoy!

You must rest well to lead well.

There is no form of sin or suffering that Christ has not already conquered.

The sarcastic culture of the church is in direct conflict with an effort for authenticity

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent. Billy Sunda

You are not your sin, your failure, or your past – you are who God says you are in Christ.

Assurance isn’t presumptuousness but dependence.

Love it when the youth pastor preaches. Don’t get his jokes, his haircut, or his point, but he’s done in 23 minutes.

LEADERS: You must love them before you can lead them.

may nothing in our lives be held so close, that it be not deemed worthy of removal at our Master’s bidding

“Leaders aren’t born they’re made. They’re made just like anything else – through hard work”

Prayer unlocks God’s promises. God’s promises prove his faithfulness. His faithfulness motivates us to pray.

Healthy missional communities act like good marriages; they talk about their relationship.

Join the Dark Side, we put the cute in execute.

The pulpit is an open field. The Scriptures are a lightning storm of God’s glory. Gospel-centered preaching is lifting up a metal pole.

As you minister the gospel to hurting and sinful people have low expectations for next week and high expectations for next year.

Since sin blinds, we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do – we all need people who will help us see ourselves with accuracy

“Your trials, crosses, and conflicts are all temporary.”

Genesis & Revelation are best friends. They totally finish each other’s sentences.

“Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy. —Thomas Watson”