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Sermon Quotes: "Your Words Are Wonderful"

“Scripture is God preaching." - J.I. Packer

“No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God's word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture.… However, many who yawn with familiarity and nod in agreement to these statements spend no more time with God's word in an average day than do those with no Bible at all….So even though we honour God's word with our lips, we must confess that our hearts – as well as our hands, ears, eyes and minds – are often far from it.” - Donald Whitney

“Which is easier: To sit with a bucket of butter-soaked popcorn and watch Tom Cruise on the big screen for two hours or kneel and pray for 5 minutes? Tom Cruise wins hands down because there is literally no competition. What the flesh hates is God, so it resists anything that smacks of God - especially communion with him. The flesh can curl up by your side and watch mindless movies all night long. But let even the barest thought of meditations flutter into your mind and the flesh goes to Red Alert. Before you get past “Our Father”, your eyes, which were glued to the screen now sag in sleepiness, and your attention, which was so fixed on the plot, now zips around the universe faster than the Starship Enterprise.”  - Kris Lundgaard

“If I were the devil (please, no comment), one of my first aims would be to stop folk from digging into the Bible. Knowing that it is the Word of God, teaching people to know and love and serve the God of the Word, I should do all I could to surround it with the spiritual equivalent of pits, thorn hedges and traps, to frighten people off.” - J.I. Packer

“The curse of labour is not magically removed simply because it is the study of Scripture that is our task.” - R.C. Sproul

“When my sons complain that a book is too hard to read, I say, “Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves; digging is hard, but you might find diamonds.” - John Piper

“Do not expect to master to the Bible in a day or a month or a year. Rather, expect often to be puzzled by its contents. It is not at all equally clear… The apostle Peter said that there were some things hard to understand in the Epistles of Paul (2 Peter, 3:16). I'm glad he wrote those words because I have felt that often.
So do not really expect always to get an emotional charge or a feeling of quiet peace when you read the Bible. By the grace of God, you may expect that to be a frequent experience, but often you will get no emotional response at all.
Let the word break over your heart and mind again and again as the years go by, and imperceptibly there will come great changes in your attitude and outlook and conduct. You will probably be the last to recognise these. Often you will feel very, very small because increasingly the God of the Bible will become to you wonderfully great.
So go on reading it until you can read no longer and then you will not need the Bible anymore. Because when your eyes close for the last time in death and never again read the Word of God in Scripture you will open them to the Word of God in the flesh, that same Jesus of the Bible whom you have known for so long, standing before you, to take you forever to His eternal home.”  - Geoffrey Walsh