Odds & Ends: March 2018
Quotes from R.C. Sproul (1939-2017)
“There are only two ways of dying. We can die in faith or we can die in our sins.”
”There is no greater state than to get up from your knees knowing that God has forgiven every sin you’ve ever committed.”
“A god who is all love, all grace, all mercy, no sovereignty, no justice, no holiness, and no wrath is an idol.”
“The zealous person who promises us a life free from suffering has found his message from a source other than Scripture.”
“The day of one's birth is a good day for the believer, but the day of death is the greatest day that a Christian can ever experience in this world because that is the day he goes home, the day he walks across the threshold, the day he enters the Father's house. That is the day of ultimate triumph for the Christian in this world, and yet it is a day we fear and a day that we postpone as long as we possibly can because we don't really believe that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth.”
Comforting those who mourn
Words aren’t always necessary — or even beneficial — when people are hurting. In Killing Giants, Pulling Thorns (Zondervan), Charles Swindoll tells of a girl who went to comfort the mother of a deceased playmate. “What did you say?” the girl’s parents later asked.
“Nothing,” she replied. “I just climbed up on her lap and cried with her.”
Joseph Bayly, who experienced the deaths of three children, shares a similar experience in The View From a Hearse (David C. Cook): “I was sitting, torn by grief. Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings, of why it happened, of hope beyond the grave. He talked constantly. He said things I knew were true. I was unmoved, except to wish he’d go away. He finally did.
“Another came and sat beside me. He didn’t talk. He didn’t ask me leading questions. He just sat beside me for an hour or more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, left. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go.”
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11