"The good news is you have a loving father who cares about you too much to send his son to die for you and not take care of you afterwards."
"Bad evangelism says, 'I'm right, you're wrong, and I'd love to tell you about it.'"
"My heart is so messy and dirty. My motives are not even remotely pure. The selfish stuff I've done today would make you sad. Oh, wretched man that I am...
But God has accepted me, fully! Not based on my ability to get my act together or to even improve - but because of Jesus and His work. He bore my shame and suffering and I am clothed in HIS righteousness! God loves me, He really does - no matter what I do."
"Repentance is one of the most powerful ways to make the Gospel beautiful. We owe someone an apology. Make the Gospel beautiful, say sorry!"
-van der Riet
"You can compare yourself to others and tell yourself you're okay or look into God's mirror and affirm your ongoing need for his grace."
Me: "I can't do it God. I can't. I don't see any light. I'm not gonna make it." God: " I got this. I'll see you through. Trust me."
"Grace abounds at the low places, where we are weak, broken and helpless....grace grows amidst the ruins of sin."
"I'm learning more and more that grace frees you to face the truth about yourself with hope and not despair."
My life is a witness to vulgar grace–a grace that amazes as it offends. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up a ten till five. A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands or buts. A grace that raises bloodshot eyes to a dying theif’s request–“Please, remember me”–and assures him, “You bet!”
"Stop worrying that your life hasn't been good enough! Newsflash: It hasn't! But Christ's life was, and has been given to you."
"Jesus' love doesn't overlook our sin. Instead, Jesus' love ABSORBS our sin and calls us righteous!"
"What keeps most of us from God is not the sin we know we have; but rather, the righteousness we think we have!"