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“There’s another Nobel Prize winner out there, his name is Sir John Eccles. He also received a Nobel Prize for his research on the brain. And he describes the brain as ‘a machine that a ghost can operate.’ What he means by that is in a normal state of consciousness, you are operating your brain. But in an altered state of consciousness, the normal connection between you and your brain is loosened. That allows another entity to interpose itself and begin to tick off the neurons in your brain and create an entire universe of illusion. And … it leads down a particular path that ultimately denies the basic teaching of the Word of God. And I’m very concerned about who these entities are. And they are not solving the problem of sin and guilt in the human heart.” —Dave Hunt

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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” Jesus said (Matt. 28:18). The winds and sea recognized that (Mark 4:39). So did disease, death, the demonic, and heaven itself. It took the disciples far longer to understand. It still does. Our default belief is that God is involved in the brilliant but is far from the tragic. There is more than a little whiff of paganism about that, isn’t there? And if we give that conviction any ground, we will be anxious and discouraged preachers. —Lewis Allen (The Preacher’s Catechism)

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“It is a profound political reality that Christ now occupies the supreme seat of cosmic authority. The kings of this world and all secular governments may ignore this reality, but they cannot undo it. The universe is no democracy. It is a monarchy. God himself has appointed his beloved Son as the preeminent King. Jesus does not rule by referendum, but by divine right. In the future every knee will bow before him, either willingly or unwillingly. Those who refuse to do so will have their knees broken with a rod of iron.” ―R.C. Sproul [1939-2017]

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An old man once said, “For a long period I puzzled myself about the difficulties of Scripture, until at last I came to the resolution that reading the Bible was like eating fish. When I find a difficulty I lay it aside, and call it a bone. Why should I choke on the bone when there is so much nutritious meat for me? Some day, perhaps, I may find that even the bone may afford me nourishment.” —Spurgeon

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“When we preach, it is to those who are mostly weary, tempted, and weak in faith. We teach them, but we aim to do more than that. We aim to see their hearts comforted by the truth we teach them. Therefore we prepare, pray over, and then declare the truth as it is found in Jesus in order to call our hearers to give themselves to Jesus with renewed hope. The preacher breaks the bread in such a way that the church feeds on Christ from every Scripture.” —Lewis Allen (The Preacher’s Catechism)