A painful pattern

In the study of church history I learned that reform movements in the church too often follow a familiar pattern. First come the CONCEPTUALIZERS who see how to apply a biblical principle where they live, next are the CRUSADERS who spread it, then CODIFIERS who make sure it is written down just right, others CRYSTALIZE it and put it on pedestals for us to admire, and the CONCRETE-setters finally ensure that it can never be changed. Before long the process has to begin all over again—the phariseeism and legalism must be broken—if there is to be any power and meaningful application of God’s message.

–William Conard

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What God does not forbid

And what God does not forbid but leaves free that must remain free to everyone; and no one is to be obeyed who forbids what God has left free. Rather it is the duty of everyone to fight against such prohibitions with words and deeds, and to do the think in a spirit of defiance.

–Martin Luther

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Follow Me

Every time the disciples started establishing rules–no children near Jesus; don’t let the crowd touch Jesus; don’t talk to Samaritan women; don’t let people waste expensive perfumes—Jesus told them to knock it off, and his rebuke was usually followed by a lecture that said, “You still don’t get it! We’re not substituting religious rules with our rules. We are substituting religious rules with Me!” Jesus kept saying “Follow Me,” not “follow My rules.” So most of us have spent our Christian lives learning what we can’t do instead of celebrating what we can do in Jesus.

–Mike Yaconelli 

What is clearly written

What I nightly wish is that you all keep close to the Bible. Be not wise above that which is written. Enjoin nothing that the Bible does not clearly enjoin. Forbid nothing that it does not clearly forbid.

–John Wesley

Keeping the rules

Nothing gives one a more spuriously
good conscience than keeping the rules,
even if there has been a total absence
of all real charity and faith.

–C. S. Lewis

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Flinging off religion

Many a soul begins to come to God
when he flings off being religious,
because there is only one Master
of the human heart,
and that is not religion
but Jesus Christ.

–Oswald Chambers
(1874 – 1917)

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Not religious enough

It is a profound irony that
the Son of God visited this planet
and one of the chief complaints
against him was that he was
not religious enough.

–Rebecca Manley Pippert

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A religious spirit

Anytime we embrace anything other than Jesus as the key to God’s heart, we open ourselves to the malignant deformation of a religious spirit. A religious spirit always accents the syllable on what we do, what we know, instead of Whose we are, and Who we know. A religious spirit always holds up the mirror before your face, not the face of Jesus. Its focus is inward, into ourselves, our performance of religious routine, our spiritual resume. In contrast the Holy Spirit (who doesn’t possess a shred of religion), always points us to Jesus.

–Fawn Parish

Everyone is a genius

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Not the cause but the cure

God is often faulted for creating a world full of suffering and evil. The issue is complex, both philosophically and theologically; but surely it is inappropriate to blame God for a problem He did not initiate, and [that is] in fact, one which He has sought to alleviate, at great cost to Himself. God sent His Son to inaugurate the Kingdom and to “destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). God is not the cause of suffering and sickness; He is its cure! Jesus’ ministry and death guarantee this.

–George Mallone

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Scratches are inevitable

Sin has turned the world
from a paradise into a thicket,
there is no getting through
without being scratched.

–Thomas Boston

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Joy and sorrow

 

Sorrow is one of the things that are lent, not given. Joy is given; sorrow is only lent. Sorrow is lent to us for just a little while that we might use if for eternal purposes. Then it will be taken away and everlasting joy will be our Father’s gift to us. So let us use this lent thing to draw us nearer to Christ; and let us use it to make us more tender to others.

–Amy Carmichael

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Daring to trust and wait

Let us be so assured of the inexhaustible tenacity of His love as to dare to trust Him, though He slay us. And let us look forward to that august moment when He will give us a reason to all life’s discipline, with a smile that shall thrill our souls with ecstasy, and constrain sorrow and sighing to flee away forever.

–F.B. Meyer

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Worth waiting for

God’s “afters” are worth waiting for. However dark the “now” is, there will be light enough in God’s “after” to explain the darkness. The very genius of Christianity consists in living in the dark “now,” with the hope of the “after” upon it.

–Campbell Morgan

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Times of upheaval

In times of upheaval, a voice from heaven says, “Be still and know that I am God.” It doesn’t say, “Be still and know why.” In a distant day the gradual sacrament of understanding may be offered to us.

–Ken Gire

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Hardships

I know God will not give me
anything I can’t handle.
I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

–Teresa of Calcutta

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The luxury of tight places

I love to find myself in a tight corner
to have the luxury of seeing
how God will get me out of it.

      –C.T. Studd

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Storms will come

The maxim of illusory religion runs thus: “Fear not; trust in God and he will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you;” that of real religion, on the contrary, is: “Fear not; the things you are afraid of are quite likely to happen to you, but they are nothing to be afraid of.”

Jesus doesn’t offer us perfect health and massive wealth. What he does offer us is eternal life and a relationship with Himself, in which nothing can separate us from God’s love.

–John MacMurray

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Encouragement does more

Correction does much,
but encouragement does more.

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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People who rekindle

In everyone’s life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter with
another human being.
We should all be thankful
for those people who
rekindle the inner spirit.

–Albert Schweitzer

A day for joy

This day is holy to our Lord.

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD

is your strength.

—Nehemiah 8:10

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