A Book To Live In

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He Walks Among the Trees

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A loving Personality dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and breathing fragrance over every scene. Always a living Person is present, speaking, pleading, loving, working, and manifesting himself whenever and wherever his people have the receptivity necessary to receive the manifestation.

–A. W. Tozer,
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A Sure Rock

7041466lg1Resting on the Word . . .
we are on a sure rock,
against which all
the waves of error
dash themselves
only to be scattered
as mist and foam.
    –Edward Dennet

We must tell stories

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We must tell stories the way God does, stories in which a sister must float her little brother on a river with nothing but a basket between him and the crocodiles. Stories in which a king is a coward, and a shepherd boy steps forward to face the giant. Stories with fiery serpents and leviathans and sermons in whirlwinds.

Stories in which murderers are blinded on donkeys and become heroes. Stories with dens of lions and fiery furnaces and lone prophets laughing at kings and priests and demons. Stories with heads on platters. Stories with courage and crosses and redemption. Stories with resurrections.

―N. D. Wilson

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Water into wine

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For truly, before Jesus,
the scripture was water,
but after Jesus
it has become
wine for us.

–Origen of Alexandria
(182-254)

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Looking beyond

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The purpose of the Bible is that you may look through it and see Jesus Christ. Some people stop with the Bible. . . . But I say that the Bible is not a thing to be analyzed, criticized, outlined and examined, just for it’s own sake. That would be just like sitting in a room and writing a book about a window, without seeing the ocean with its waves curling up the beach or the way the lights and clouds play upon the water.

The Bible is not an end in itself
any more than a window
is an end in itself.

The window allows us to see the beauty that lies beyond. The Bible is the way to life in Jesus Christ.

–Donald G. Barnhouse
(1895 – 1960)

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Lifelong journey

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To read the Bible for knowledge is tiresome. To read the Bible as a docudrama is boring. To read the Bible as a book of rules is deadening. But to read the Bible as a love letter from a Friend, and to meet that Friend in the text of Scripture, is to pack your bags for a lifelong journey.

–Leonard Sweet
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Theological fitness

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The difficulty for the Calvinist is that he keeps running into Arminian verses, and similarly the Arminian is discomforted by those reoccurring Calvinist texts. Makes you wonder how all that stuff got into Holy Scripture. But the upside is this—it’s what stretches Bible students and keeps them active and physically fit. Paul recognized the benefits of keeping mobile when he wrote: theological acrobatics profiteth a little. There’s no rest for the wicked—nor for Biblical scholars. Just when you’ve got it all nailed down, one of those awkward verses crops up again. It appears God is much less interested in our tidy theological schemes that we are.

–J. O. Schulz

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Trinity changes everything

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Knowing that our God, the Trinitarian God, is the true God changes everything and happily so. Only in a God who is triune would we expect to find creativity, generosity, diversity, relationality and so much more.

What kind of a Bible would this God give to us? It would be a gift, not a burden. It would probably be chock full of different kinds of writings from different authors in different cultures and different languages. It would reflect the glorious multi-coloured diversity and abundant generosity of a world created by this kind of God.

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I suppose we’d expect to find everything from engaging narrative to stirring poetry to rousing speeches and thrilling epic adventure and glimpses into the past and visions of the future. I think it would make you want to sing, to cry, to laugh, to celebrate, to contemplate, to marvel, to thrill, to share, to give, to live in response to all that is found there…

Only a Trinitarian God would give us a Book like that.

–Peter Mead

He still seeks

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As in paradise,
God walks in
the Holy Scriptures,
seeking man.

–St. Ambrose of Milan
(339 – 397)

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He still walks in the garden

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A loving Personality dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and breathing fragrance over every scene. Always a living Person is present, speaking, pleading, loving, working, and manifesting himself whenever and wherever his people have the receptivity necessary to receive the manifestation.

–A. W. Tozer
(1897-1963)

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Looking for a Person

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I do not approach
the Scripture looking
for principles to practice.
I approach the Scriptures
looking for a Person to know,
a Lord to worship, and
a King to yield to.

–Stephen Crosby

Getting into the story

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Stories are the most prominent biblical way of helping us see ourselves in “the God story,” which always gets around to the story of God making and saving us.

Stories, in contrast
to abstract statements of truth,
tease us into becoming participants
in what is being said.

We find ourselves involved in the action. We may start out as spectators or critics, but if the story is good (and the biblical stories are very good!), we find ourselves no longer just listening to but inhabiting the story.

Eugene Peterson

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Finding more than “principles”

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God tried sending His “principles” once. It didn’t work. He then sent a Son, not a book of principles. The book reveals the Son. If we have the principles, and miss the Person, we miss everything that matters.

–Stephen Crosby

Creation renewed

The story the Bible tells does not begin with the Fall and end with judgment. It begins with a good creation and ends with a new creation.

–Brian Zahnd

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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

Powerful promises

A Biblical promise is a tightly-wrapped,
power packed, portable capsule of Scripture,
written by God and designed to meet a specific need
in your life at a specific time
and in a way that corresponds perfectly
to His all sufficient grace.

 

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In the hearts of men (and women)

Jesus shut within a book
Is hardly worth a passing look;
Jesus shut within a creed
Is a fruitless Lord indeed.
But Jesus in the hearts of men
Shows His tenderness again.

–Gordon Grooms     

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He is the story

Christ is not a character in the Bible. He is not chapter 23-25 in a 30 chapter novel. He is the story. He is the novel. He is the only character we need to know. The entire book is about introducing him to us in pictures and language we can understand.

–Michael Spencer

His livingness

The Word of God is not my possession. The words printed on the pages of my Bible give witness to the living active revelation of the God of creation and salvation, the God of love who became the Word made flesh in Jesus, and I had better not forget it. If in my Bible reading I lose touch with His livingness, if I fail to listen to this living Jesus, submit to this sovereignty and respond to this love, I become arrogant in my knowing and impersonal in my behaviour.

–Eugene Peterson

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