Theology gets cloudy

 I think the minute we begin

to get away from Jesus Himself,

we begin to cloud our theology. 

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Published in: on 05/31/2011 at 11:11  Leave a Comment  

Living near dragons

It does not do to leave a live dragon

out of your calculations,

if you live near him.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

Published in: on 05/30/2011 at 20:58  Leave a Comment  

Free from performance

Jesus did not just cancel out the curse of the law for you, Jesus canceled out the blessing of the law for you. You’re free from performance. You don’t get blessed doing it and you don’t get blessed not doing it.

–Mike Williams

Published in: on 05/30/2011 at 0:28  Leave a Comment  

Irrational Love

It is only the revelation
that God is love that clarifies
the happy irrationality
of God’s conduct and
His relentless pursuit.
For love tends to be irrational.
It pursues in spite of infidelity.

-Brennan Manning

Published in: on 05/28/2011 at 23:42  Leave a Comment  
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Christianity is Christ

Christianity has its doctrines but it is not a doctrine; has its creeds but it is not a creed; has its rites and ceremonies but it is not a rite or ceremony; has its institutions but it is not an instititution. Christianity is Christ.

-E. Stanley Jones

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God unveiled

God hides nothing.
His very work from the beginning
is revelation—a casting aside of veil after veil,
a showing unto men of truth after truth.
On and on from fact Divine He advances,
until at length in His Son Jesus
He unveils His very face.

–George MacDonald

It doesn’t get any better than that

GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU . . .  

Is an unfathomable love (Eph. 3:19)

       It doesn’t get any bigger than that.

Is an eternal love (Jer. 31:3)

       It doesn’t get more long-lasting than that.

Is an undeserved love (Rom. 5:8)

       It doesn’t get any freer than that.

Is an individual love (Gal. 2:20)

       It doesn’t get more personal than that.

Is a self-sacrificing love (1 Jn. 4:10)

       It doesn’t get more amazing than that.

Is an indestructible love (Song of Sol. 8:7)

       It doesn’t get any stronger than that.

It is a demonstrated love (1 Jn. 4:9)

       It doesn’t get more undeniable than that.

Is an unstoppable love (Rom. 8:35-39)

       It doesn’t get more secure than that.

THIS IS GOD’S LOVE . . .

       And it doesn’t get any better than that.


Published in: on 05/26/2011 at 22:26  Leave a Comment  
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Sharing the Dance

Before the universe came to be, before the heavens were called forth with stars and moons, before the earth was carved in infinite beauty and human life was fashioned with style and grace and glory, before there was anything, there was the great dance of life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. In staggering and lavish love, this God determined to open the circle and share the Trinitarian life with others. As an act of mind-boggling and astounding philanthropy, the Father, Son and Spirit chose to create human beings and share the great dance with them.

–C. Baxter Kruger

Ecstasy of infinite love

This love which He has for us bears His infinite character. He does not love us as we do, with a limited and narrow love. When He loves, the dimensions of His love are infinite. He descends from heaven to earth to seek the creature of clay, which He loves. He becomes man and clay with him. He gives His flesh to eat. It is by such wonders of love that the infinite surpasses all the affection of which men are capable. He loves as a God, and this love is entirely incomprehensible. It is the height of folly to wish to measure infinite love by limited knowledge. Far from losing any of His greatness by this excess of love, He engraves it with the character of His greatness, marking it with the exuberance and ecstasy of an infinite love.

–François Fenelon

Published in: on 05/25/2011 at 12:38  Leave a Comment  

The only rope long enough

It is thought that unconditional grace is unsafe. Man will feel free to go on sinning. On the contrary, unconditional forgiveness is the only rope that is long enough to reach to the bottom of the pit into which we have fallen.

–Edward Judson


Published in: on 05/24/2011 at 12:36  Leave a Comment  
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Just like Jesus

You will never find
a more relieved person
in all the world than me
when I discovered
that God was
just like Jesus Christ.

–Eugenia Price

Not about to stop

Be persuaded, timid soul,

that He has loved you too much

to cease loving you.

–François Fenelon (1651-1715)

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Amazing grace

The ultimate test of our spirituality

is the measure of our amazement

at the grace of God.

–D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones


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Permanently closed

The gospel of grace is the end of religion, the final posting of the CLOSED sign on the sweatshop of the human race’s perpetual struggle to think well of itself. For that, at bottom, is what religion is: man’s well-meant but dim-witted attempt to approve of his unapprovable condition by doing odd jobs he thinks some important Something will thank him for.

Religion, therefore, is a loser, a strictly fallen activity. It has a failed past and a bankrupt future. There was no religion in Eden and there won’t be any in heaven; and in the meantime Jesus has died and risen to persuade us to knock it all off right now.

–Robert F. Capon

Published in: on 05/17/2011 at 12:18  Leave a Comment  

When truth is trampled

There is a zeal for orthodoxy which is most unorthodox. There is a spirit that contends for the faith which is in conflict with faith. If men have lost their love, they will do more harm than good by their defense of the faith. Behind the denunciation of sin there must always be the tenderness of love if that denunciation is not to become evil in its bitterness. Behind the zeal for truth, there must always be the spaciousness of love if that zeal is not to become narrowed into hate. There have been men who have become so self-centered in a narrowness that they are pleased to call holding the truth, that the very principle for which they contend has been excluded from their life and service. All zeal for the Master that is not the outcome of love to Him is worthless.

       –G. Campbell Morgan

Published in: on 05/16/2011 at 19:11  Leave a Comment  

A judge of truth

Whoever undertakes
to set himself up as a judge
of Truth and Knowledge
is shipwrecked
by the laughter of the gods.

–Albert Einstein

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Enough light

There is enough light
for those who want to believe
and enough shadows to blind
those who don’t.

–Blaise Pascal 

Published in: on 05/14/2011 at 23:04  Leave a Comment  
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Hard to resist

Love talked about

is easily turned down,

but love demonstrated 

is irresistible.

–Author Unknown


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Created to love

Love does not inquire into the character of the recipient but it asks what he needs. It does not love him because he is such-and-such a person but because he is there. In all this it is quite the opposite of natural love: it “does not seek its own” . . . Therefore it is basically independent of the conduct of the other person; it is not conditional but absolute. It wants nothing for itself but only for others . . . Love is the real God-likeness of man for which he has been created. In so far as love is in man he really resembles God and shows himself to be the child of God.

       –Emil Brunner

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The purpose of prayer

The most important

purpose of prayer may be

to let our true selves

be loved by God. 

–Phil Yancey

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Open the door

 

To pray is to open the door 

to Jesus and to admit Him 

into your distress.

–O. Hallesby


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Responding to love

PRAYER is the human response

to the perpetual outpouring of love

by which God lays siege to every soul.

–Richard Foster

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More than you dared to believe

One way to put the Gospel
in a nutshell is this.
You are more wicked
than you ever dared believe
and yet, you are more loved
and accepted in Jesus Christ
than you ever dared hope.

–Timothy Keller

Published in: on 05/10/2011 at 12:50  Leave a Comment  
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The Christlike God

The old religious image of a vindictive, angry punitive God gives way to Jesus, who cherishes all people, even sinners. Jesus does not present a God who demands but who forgives, who does not oppress but raises up, who does not wound but heals, who does not condemn but forgives. Woe then to those who wound, condemn, oppress and punish in his name. It can only be said, they do not know the God of Jesus Christ.

 –Brennan Manning

God and a hurting world

I could never myself believe in God

if it were not for the Cross.

In the real world of pain,

how could one worship a God

who was immune to it?

–John R. Stott

Published in: on 05/09/2011 at 12:54  Leave a Comment  

Downward Mobility

The way of Jesus is radically different. It is the way not of upward mobility but of downward mobility. It is going to the bottom, staying behind the sets, and choosing the last place! Why is the way of Jesus worth choosing? Because it is the way to the Kingdom, the way Jesus took, and the way that brings everlasting life.  

       –Henri Nouwen

Published in: on 05/09/2011 at 1:05  Leave a Comment  

Gentle strength

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength.” (St. Francis de Sales)

GENTLENESS leads us to recognize that the life of our fellow human is fragile and vulnerable. It stirs in us the awareness that there is more than enough sadness and sorrow in every person’s heart. It also makes us conscious of our alarming capacity to inflict pain upon others. Gentleness, therefore, prompts us to treat others with tenderness, sensitivity and respect. It teaches us to choose words and actions that will assist others to keep hoping and to keep going. It exalts goodness and celebrates the value of each person. Gentleness is not weakness. It is the noble capacity of the strong to be a healing influence in a world battered by evil.

       –Jurgen Schulz

Published in: on 05/08/2011 at 12:02  Leave a Comment  

What it’s all about

Let me just tell you what Jesus is all about.

It’s about unconditional love

and being willing to be crucified.

And if you don’t like the game,

join another religion.

–Tony Campolo

Published in: on 05/07/2011 at 13:00  Leave a Comment  

Isn’t it odd?

Isn’t it odd that a being like God,

though He sees the facade,

still loves the clod

that He made out of sod?

Isn’t it odd?

–Author unknown

Published in: on 05/06/2011 at 17:57  Leave a Comment  

Humble theology needed

There is no meaner, more hateful person on Earth than a Christian who suspects you have gotten your theology wrong. Labeling that mean-ness as “being faithful” to the Gospel doesn’t make it less hateful . . . theology is best done with humility and a recognition that certainty is very hard to come by. When we become so certain that our theology is ironclad and right, that’s when we become smug, arrogant, and dismissive of people who disagree with us.

       –Jason Boyett

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