Touching Christ

Christianity is not memorizing certain doctrines or disseminating a systematic theology or having people repeat a so-called “Sinner’s Prayer”. Christianity is becoming one with a God-Man! You can have all the other in its proper place, but for too long that “other” has been offered as Christianity. And so people touch our beliefs, our doctrines, our religion, our theology, our zeal, but they do not touch a Living Christ.

-Chip Brogden

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Published in: on 09/29/2010 at 16:01  Leave a Comment  

Love’s sacrifice

Measure thy life by loss instead of gain,
Not by the wine drunk, but the wine poured forth;
For life’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice,
And whoso suffers most hath most to give.
-Ugo Bassi
Published in: on 09/23/2010 at 16:20  Leave a Comment  

Speaking of Jesus

* If I could summon any angel from heaven and draw them away from their heavenly gaze to speak to us, they would speak of Jesus
* If I could go to any saint above enjoying their heavenly reward and draw them away from their heavenly gaze, they would speak to us about Jesus
* If I could reach into the depths of hell and rescue someone from their eternal anguish and bring them to us here, they would speak of Jesus
* If the Holy Spirit himself were to materialize and stand before us, according to John 14 the Holy Spirit would speak to us of Jesus
* If God the Father were to condescend from His eternal throne and stand before us, He would speak of Jesus
* However, If the devil himself and any of his angels were to stand before us, they would want to speak of anything but Jesus.

-2010 Resolve Conference

Published in: on 09/22/2010 at 15:35  Leave a Comment  

Down the drain

I think good preachers should be like bad kids. They ought to be naughty enough to tiptoe up on dozing congregations, steal their bottles of religion pills, spirituality pills, and morality pills, and flush them all down the drain. The church, by and large, has drugged itself into thinking that proper human behavior is the key to its relationship with God. What preachers need to do is force it to go cold turkey with nothing by the word of the cross – and then be brave enough to stick around while it goes through the inevitable withdrawal symptoms. But preachers can’t be naughty or brave unless they’re free of their own need for the dope of acceptance. And they won’t be free of their need until they can trust the God who has already accepted them, in advance and dead as doornails, in Jesus.

–Robert Capon

Published in: on 09/21/2010 at 5:01  Leave a Comment  

In love with life

To realize that you are safe and happy standing at God’s side, with His love encompassing you because you are forgiven; too happy to take offense any more; too much in love with life to want to be made miserable with an unforgiving heart, and knowing that now every conflict is a chance to learn more of the exceeding beauty of Love: that is worth living for, and surely worth dying to this misery-making self for.

–Florence Allshorn

Published in: on 09/20/2010 at 17:55  Leave a Comment  

The outgoing of blessedness

The devotion of God to His creatures is perfect;
He does not think about Himself, but about them;
He wants nothing for Himself, but finds His
blessedness in the outgoing of blessedness.
–George MacDonald
Published in: on 09/18/2010 at 21:43  Leave a Comment  

Getting back to centre

The Jerusalem leaders came near smothering the gospel in the beginning. It was Paul who loosed it from its Jewish fetters. He dared follow the living Christ into the heart of paganism. He came back and told what God had wrought. The Jerusalem leaders were forced into liberality by the facts produced, but when they drew up some of the things considered essential for Christians among the Gentiles we find among essentials: “to abstain from things strangled from blood.” Binding up the gospel of Christ with that! Of course it dropped away, for the gospel was at grips with bigger issues. It may be that to future Christians some of the things that we consider essential in our systems will seem just as absurd as this does to us…

Plagues are said to come upon thise who add to or substract from the book of Revelation. The things that have plagued Christendom in the past are the things that we ave added to the gospel and the things that we have taken from it. The plagues of controversy and division and weakness will be largely lifted when we get back to the centre—Christ.

-E. Stanley Jones

The only answer

Maybe the poets are right.

Maybe love is the only answer.

—Woody Allen

Published in: on 09/16/2010 at 22:08  Leave a Comment  

The mystery of the universe

Jesus gave us the vine and branches illustration. Through this our eyes are opened to the secret of the universe: union — the mystery of the universe: how two can be one and yet remain two… The living God, the living Christ, and I actually become one person and function as one person. Separation is impossible. It has disappeared. We function entirely and forever and naturally as one person. And yet we remain two!

-Norman Grubb

Published in: on 09/16/2010 at 17:18  Leave a Comment  

One grimy foot after another

In Jesus’ day the washing of feet was a task reserved not just for servants but for the lowest of servants. Every circle has its pecking order, and the circle of household workers was no exception. The servant at the bottom of the totem pole was expected to be the one on his knees with the towel and basin. In this case the one with the towel and basin is the king of the universe. Hands that shaped the stars now wash away filth. Fingers that formed mountains now massage toes. And the one before whom all nations will one day kneel now kneels before his disciples. Hours before his own death, Jesus’ concern is singular. He wants his disciples to know how much he loves them.

–Max Lucado

Published in: on 09/14/2010 at 16:44  Leave a Comment  

More than meets the eye

There is a lot
more juice
in grapefruit
than what meets
the eye.

-Author unknown

Published in: on 09/13/2010 at 17:17  Leave a Comment  

Utmost affection

We are accepted in the Beloved. The Father has put us into the place of His truest love and utmost affection. He put us into Jesus. He loves us exactly as He loves Jesus, even though we are at this time very different in lots of ways. We are learning to be made in His image. In the process of learning, we are loved as though we have made it! Being in Christ is a paradox. We are in Jesus with all the benefits of being like Him while we are learning to become as He is.

–Graham Cooke

Rethinking everything

For me, everything we thought we knew, from our doctrine of God to our notions of salvation, from election to eschatology, from heaven and hell to repentance and faith have to be rethought in the light of Jesus’ identity. Jesus is the light of the world. It seems to me that the Christian community is called to believe in Jesus and that means to stop believing in ourselves and our own notions of God, life, and history. If we err, we are to err on the side of making too much of Christ and his place in the whole of creation–which, of course, is impossible.

-C. Baxter Kruger

On building a ship

If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Published in: on 09/10/2010 at 16:29  Leave a Comment  

Why not in Mecca?

I think that the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York should be approved on one condition—that similar freedom be granted in Islamic countries. If religious freedom is a good idea in the USA, why not in Saudi Arabia? This is a great opportunity for our Muslims friends to show how peace loving, tolerant and respectful of other beliefs they really are. Let the ban on proselytizing by non-Muslims be lifted. Abolish the death penalty for those who leave the Islamic faith. Stop harassing those who hold home prayer meetings. Allow the public practice of other religious beliefs. Put an end to the menace of religious police. If we insist on religious freedom to pray in New York—why not in Mecca?

Published in: on 09/10/2010 at 13:21  Leave a Comment  

A cause, a creed, or Christ?

Hundreds of people today are devoting themselves to phases of truth, to causes. Jesus Christ never asks us to devote ourselves to a cause or a creed; He asks us to devote ourselves to Him absolutely, and take up that cross daily.

–Oswald Chambers

Published in: on 09/09/2010 at 20:02  Leave a Comment  
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