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The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd

John Piper

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Life is too precious to squander on trivial things. Grant us, Lord, the unswerving resolve to pray and live with David Brainerd's urgency: "Oh, that I might never loiter on my heavenly journey!”

“The problem is not a battle between contemporary worship music and hymns; the problem is that there aren't enough martyrs during the week. If no soldiers are perishing, what you want on Sunday is Bob Hope and some pretty girls, not the army chaplain and a surgeon.”

“You have God- and all that he is for you in Jesus.”

“The spirit of Jesus, when he set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem, runs through the generations of all his most inspiring followers.”

“The apostle Paul calls the church to "adorn the doctrine of God" with the fidelity of our lives (Titus 2:10).”

“Satan may play his wicked role in the drama and take Job's children and strike him with boils from head to toe, but Job will not give Satan the eminence of ultimate causality. That belongs to God alone, even if we cannot understand it all. When Job's ten children were crushed to death, he "fell upon the ground, and worshiped. And he said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD'" (Job 1:20-21, RSV).”

“Satan . . . afflicted Job with loathsome sores," Job's response was, "Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”

“Of all the books which can be put into your hands, those which relate the labors and suffering of good men are the most interesting and instructive.”

“Mental health is, in great measure, the gift of self-forgetfulness. The reason is that introspection destroys what matters most to us- the authentic experience of great things outside ourselves.”

“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.”

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christianity, jesus, god, mental-health

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