Here are a few quotes I've come across lately that have resonated and pounded home what we recently covered in the sermon series on The Mission of Redemption.  Enjoy!

“Through the gospel, we command people to submit to Jesus. Through the gospel, judgment is passed on those who reject him. We are ambassadors of the coming King, going ahead to warn of his coming. If people acknowledge his lordship, they will experience his coming rule as blessing, life, and salvation. If they reject him, they will experience his coming as conquest and judgment.”

— Tim Chester and Steve Timmis Total Church (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008), 29

“Jesus’ incarnation was much more than just a kind visit from the Creator. It was the launching of God’s full and final counteroffensive against all the sin, death, and destruction that had entered the world when Adam fell.”

— Greg Gilbert What is the Gospel? (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2010), 89

“If God were not infinitely devoted to the preservation, display, and enjoyment of His own glory, we could have no hope of finding happiness in Him. But if He does in fact employ all His sovereign power and infinite wisdom to maximize the enjoyment of His own glory, then we have a foundation on which to stand and rejoice.”

— John Piper Desiring God (25th Anniversary Edition) (Colorado Springs, Co.: Multnomah Books, 2011), 31-32

(HT: Of First Importance)

One design of God in the gospel is to bring us to make God the object of our undivided respect, that he may engross our regard every way, that whatever natural inclination there is in our souls, he may be the centre of it; that God may be all in all.

–Jonathan Edwards, (The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1)

(HT: Erik Raymond)

I know that you are facing difficult decisions and changes need to be made.

I would question if it is healthy to make such drastic cuts to the education budget so suddenly.  I understand that cuts need to be made and support small cuts.  That is the nature of our current economy.  Perhaps there is a way to cut other programs in the state or to raise certain taxes just a fraction rather than cutting so much from education so suddenly.

Thank you for considering this proposal and for working hard to serve the people of California.