The Week In Words

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Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

I just started reading Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World edited by C. J. Mahaney this week, am only 50 pages in, and have over ten quotes marked already.

Here are two from the foreward by John Piper:

The gospel makes all the difference between whether you are merely conservative or whether you are conquering worldliness in the power of the Spirit for the glory of Christ.

What does it look like when the blood of Christ governs the television and the Internet and the iPod and the checkbook and the neckline?… The only way most folks know how to draw lines is with rulers. The idea that lines might come into being freely and lovingly (and firmly) as the fruit of the gospel is rare (p. 11).

The last part of that second one is golden: too often people try to handle worldliness with rules, working from and on the external, rather than cultivating a heart after God which will then establish the “lines.”

The second is from the second chapter by Craig Cabaniss:

Glorifying God is an intentional pursuit. We don’t accidentally drift into holiness: rather, we mature gradually and purposefully, one choice at a time (p. 40).

If we’re “drifting,” it’s probably going to be in the wrong direction.

If you’ve read anything that particularly spoke to you that you’d like to share, please either list it in the comments below or write a post on your blog and then put the link to that post (not your general blog link) in Mr. Linky below. I do ask that only family-friendly quotes be included.

I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder. And don’t forget to leave a comment here, even if you don’t have any quotes to share! :)

6 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. I’m reading a C.J. Mahaney book now too: Humility. I also keep marking lots of quotes.

    I love the Cabaniss quote that we won’t “accidentally” glorify God. It’s either intentional or not at all.

  2. I love that John Piper quote. It’s so hard not to simply make lists of rules… And I agree with Lisa on that Cabaniss quote — holiness isn’t something we stumble onto.

  3. Both of those quotes are dynamite! Really excellent!
    No WIW post this week, but the best quote I have to share comes from our very pregnant daughter in D.C. yesterday: “Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that we (the cats and I 😉 ) are fine. We didn’t even lose power, though many in our county did. We’re taking it easy and watching the last bit of the breezyness blow through.”
    Trusting Jeremy is safe, though inconvenienced by the power outage.

    !

  4. The second quote really hits home. God has been impressing upon me the need to live intentionally. Drifting along and going through the motions is not going to get me where I want to be or need to be.

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