A conference this weekend and a class this week has me running. Here are ten of the riches from reading I have discovered and shared with others along the way. The last two especially slowed me down and touched me deeply right at a moment when I needed it most. The Spirit of God is not restricted to giving good theology only to pastors or from using the mouth of babes to instruct them!
_"The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were happy in themselves, and enjoyed one another before the world was. __Apart from the fact that God delights to communicate and spread his goodness, there had never been a creation or redemption.”_ Richard Sibbes
_“In no other subject is error more dangerous,** **__or inquiry more laborious, _or the discovery of truth more profitable.”
Augustine (from his work On the Trinity)
“_Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. __Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” _ Jim Elliott<!--more-->
"When Luther threw an inkwell at the devil, he symbolized his whole career."
_"The doctrine of election… is the family secret of the children of God."_ J.I. Packer
_"I've often reflected on the rather obvious thought that when his disciples were about to have the world __collapse in on them, __our Lord spent so much time in the Upper Room speaking to them about the mystery of the Trinity. _If anything could underline the necessity of Trinitarianism for practical Christianity, that must surely be it!”
_“I have sinned not only against the law of God, but against the love of God.”_ John Flavel
_"Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others; whereas a humble saint is most jealous of himself, _he is so suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart."
_"Mommy, I would rather have all my owies and God than have no owies and no God.” _ Five year-old [Victoria, niece of Joel Beeke](http://www.joelbeeke.org/2012/12/update-on-victoria-xvi/), upon seeing a Buddhist child while recovering in a hospital from severe injuries. She also told her mother, "_All these owies are OK, Mommy. Jesus had owies much worse than mine, and He did nothing wrong, but I have sinned my whole life.”_