30 Powerful da Carson Quotes and Saying

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1. We are dealing with God’s thoughts: we are obligated to take the greatest pains to understand them truly and to explain them clearly.

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2. Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so.

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3. All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists.

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4. You cannot find excellent corporate worship until you stop trying to find excellent corporate worship and pursue God himself.

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5. Some forms of absolutism are not bad; they may even be heroic.

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6. If we harbor bitterness and resentment, praying is little more than wasted time and effort.

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7. Either worrying drives out prayer, or prayer drives out worrying.

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8. On the last day, God will ask, in effect, “What have you done with the salvation I bestowed on you?

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9. In all our pursuit of excellence, we must never worship excellence. That would simply be idolatrous.

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10. Sin is social: although it is first and foremost defiance of God, there is no sin that does not touch the lives of others. Even

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11. knowledge of God’s will, knowledge that consists of all spiritual wisdom and understanding, turns in part on obedience, on conformity to the will of God.

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12. The gospel of the crucified Messiah must transform not only our beliefs but our behavior.

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13. We need not think that the only sins that will keep us from prayer are large and gross. We so often fall at the subtle points.

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14. Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God

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15. At the end of the day, prime allegiance must be to God himself, to God alone.

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16. Be patient; it is better to be a chastened saint than a carefree sinner.

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17. God’s valuation of his people is established by his valuation of Christ.

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18. Prayer will never descend to the level where it is nothing more than a retreat house in which we find strength for ourselves,

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19. democracy is the best form of government where the populace is reasonably literate

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20. …God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort.

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21. Personal aggrandizement will inevitably prove an unstable base for making wise assessments of the ministry of others.

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22. What is clear is that the focus in interpretation has shifted from the author to the text to the reader.

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23. Love is essentially self-denying; it seeks God’s interests, our fellow-believer’s good.

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24. in prayer as in other areas of life, God wants us to trust and obey.

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25. Worship embraces relationship, attitude, act, life.

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26. The one thing we most urgently need is a deeper knowledge of God. We need to know God better.

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27. As one revival convert put it, “I was born again in the fires of revival, and I do not intend to die in the ashes of its memory.

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28. We desperately need meditative and reflective dependence on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

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29. All the great doctrinal debates were at their cores debates about the meaning of Scripture.

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30. So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.

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