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J.I. Packer died about a year ago on July 17. His writings and online sermons meant a lot to me and helped me grow in the Christian faith. Below are some quotes that are meaningful to me, and I hope will be to you as well.

We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.

Every Christian’s life-purpose must be to glorify God. This is the believer’s official calling. Everything we say and do, all our obedience to God’s commands, all our relationships with others, all the use we make of the gifts, talents, and opportunities that God gives us, all our enduring of adverse situations and human hostility, must be so managed as to give God honor and praise for his goodness to those on whom he sets his love (1 Cor. 10:31; cf. Matt. 5:16Eph. 3:10Col. 3:17). Equally important is the truth that every Christian’s full-time employment must be to please God. . . . Pleasing God in everything must be our goal (2 Cor. 5:9Col. 1:101 Thess. 2:4; 4:1)

What Scripture says, God says; for, in a manner comparable only to the deeper mystery of the incarnation, the Bible is both fully human and fully divine.

There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.



Sometimes I see better with my eyes closed.


Often times I speak with my mouth shut.


It’s possible for me to hear things in a silent room.


At times I feel things without touching anything.


I can taste the good without my tongue.


I can read without there being any words.


I go places without moving.


Sometimes I see the light in total darkness.


What can it all mean?


As followers of Jesus, disciples of Christ, spiritual beings, we can experience a lot, learn much and help others without our normal senses.  God graciously gives us supernatural senses.  Part of our life is lived in another dimension.  Thus:


Sometimes I see better with my eyes closed.  After my morning Bible reading I close my eyes, and God opens the eyes of my heart to see spiritual truths


Often times I speak with my mouth shut.  When my wife or a brother or sister come to me with a problem, with a heartache and pain, many times they just want me to listen to them.  They just want to get some stuff off their chest.  When I just listen, without trying to be a know-it-all, without uttering empty platitudes or trite sayings, I am silently speaking words of compassion, words of patience and words of peace


It is possible to hear things in a silent room.  In solitude and silence, I hear that still, small voice of our loving Heavenly Father saying to my soul, “James, I love you and I want you to be happy.”


At times I feel things without touching anything.  I feel joy cooperating with God, peace in my heart and contentment in my soul.


I can taste the good without my tongue.  I taste and see that the Lord is good, in my family, in nature and in my community of faith.


I can read without there being any words.  I read happiness in the laughter of the children, at the home for needy children, where there used to be tears and sadness.


I go places without moving.  I am transported to the foot of the cross when I need forgiveness and into the arms of Jesus when celebrating communion.


Sometimes I see light in total darkness.  Praying in my dark room I see the light of God’s love, the lit candle of the revelation of Christ, and the lamp of the Spirits presence.


There is much more to life than our five senses.  Sometimes its hard to discover, hard to believe, in the midst of our media saturated lives.  T.V., Blu Ray, computer, Kindle, iPad, Smart Phone, i Touch, magazines, newspapers, books – they all overwhelm us, and at the same time can leave us empty, spiritually speaking.  To hear the still, small voice of God speaking into our lives, we have to leave the things that thrill our physical senses, and go to a place of silence and solitude,and focus on God and His Word in order to let God “Wow” our spiritual senses.


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We have some idea, perhaps, what prayer is, but what is meditation?  Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God.  Its purpose is to let His  truth make its full and proper impact on ones mind and heart.  Its effect is to ever humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory.  As we enter more and  more deeply into this experience of being humbled, our knowledge of God increases, and with it our peace, our strength, and our joy.  God help us that we all may in truth “know the Lord”.           J.I. Packer,   Knowing God



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