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Emotional Blackmail

"Emotional blackmail happens when a person equates his or her emotional pain with another person's failure to love. They aren't the same. A person may love well and the beloved still feel hurt, and use the hurt to blackmail the lover into admitting guilt he or she does not have. Emotional blackmail says, 'If I feel hurt by you, you are guilty.' There is no defense. The hurt person has become God. His emotion has become judge and jury. Truth does not matter. All that matters is the sovereign suffering of the aggrieved. It is above question. This emotional device is a great evil." - John Piper

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C.S. Lewis on Temptation

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.” - C.S. Lewis

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We Always Marry the Wrong Person

"Destructive to marriage is the self-fulfillment ethic that assumes marriage and the family are primarily institutions of personal fulfillment, necessary for us to become “whole” and happy. The assumption is that there is someone just right for us to marry and that if we look closely enough we will find the right person. This moral assumption overlooks a crucial aspect to marriage. It fails to appreciate the fact that we always marry the wrong person. We never know whom we marry; we just think we do."

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

If you have never watched Martin Luther King Jr's famous "I have a dream speech," do so today. If you have watched Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream speech," watch it again. "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will ...

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Tullian Tchividjian

"What I’m most deeply grateful for...is that God’s love for me, approval of me, and commitment to me is not dependent on my resolve but on Jesus’ resolve for me. The gospel is the good news announcing Jesus’ infallible devotion to us in spite of our inconsistent devotion to him. The gospel is not a command to hang onto Jesus. Rather, it’s a promise that no ...

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Quotes

This weekend at Riv, we wrapped our series on 1 Timothy.  Normally, the quotes I use during the series are on the screen and posted at Live.RivChurch.com but many of them weren't this week because of some last minute changes I made to the message.  For those of you who have been asking for the quotes, here they are.  The rest of the week, I'll post final ...

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Martin Luther King Jr

"Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. ...

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Riv and Thomas Jefferson

There's an illustration I have used for years when it comes to the substance and style of church worship services. I had no idea that I had inadvertently lifted the idea from Thomas Jefferson. I guess there truly is nothing new under the sun: In matters of principals, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. - Thomas JeffersonThis is how we ...

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Don’t Waste Your Life

God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work, not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives. - John PiperHere's a Video Version of the concept. Or you can ...

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Vision

In honor of Apple's (potentially) big announcement today, I thought I'd share an old Steve Jobs clip. He models great leadership here. My favorite line: "This is a very complicated world, it's a noisy world. And we're not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us...and so we have to be very clear about what we want them to know about ...

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