He became one of us

footsteps of jesus 6 copy-001

God has not kept himself immaculately sterilized in some hermetically sealed Heaven. He is not some huge Ego stubborning clinging to his distant invulnerable Majesty, refusing to give an inch. No, he became one of us literally sweating, thirsting, suffering—even to the point of being loaded down with our sins, even to the point of dying.

–Mike Mason

Advertisements

The gift of joy

52f2fa8e7cbb7.preview-620

Yes, joy is God’s gift, but we must stretch out our hands to split the kindling of prayer, carry the logs of good deeds, lay the fire of faith, and strike the match of the Spirit. If we do our part, the Lord will not fail to build a cheerful roaring fire in our hearts.

–Mike Mason
Champagne for the Soul

Published in: on 06/10/2014 at 8:39  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

One of us

JesusInCrowd3

For not only have
human beings been made
in imago Dei, like unto God,
but He also has
not been ashamed
to become one of us,
to be incarnate
in imago homini.

–Mike Mason

Published in: on 12/15/2013 at 20:04  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

Love does not mean approval

4e65bea98b8e6

We often confuse unconditional love
with unconditional approval.
God loves us without conditions but does not
approve of every human behavior.

God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants to instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God’s love. Evil does not belong to God.

God’s unconditional love means that
God continues to love us even when
we say or think evil things.

God continues to wait for us as a loving parent waits for the return of a lost child. It is important for us to hold on to the truth that God never gives up loving us even when God is saddened by what we do. That truth will help us to return to God’s ever-present love.

–Henri Nouwen
(emphasis added)

Qualified to command love

There are other religions which claim belief in “one God,” and still others which worship many gods. But only Christianity embraces the magnificent reality of the Trinity, of three Divine Persons subsisting in perfect unity in the one Godhead.

Only a God who lives Himself in love can call upon a man and a women to love one another, let alone command all men to love their enemies.

This God alone embodies the power for gathering into the unit of love the vast multiplicity of mankind. He alone is at the same time the Creator, the Perfect Example, and the Transcender of personhood: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

–Mike Mason

Relationship is the very essence

The message held in the mystery of the Trinity is that God is not a monistic singleton God, but rather a Three-in-One of Whom loving relationship is the very essence, for He shares Himself even in the depths of His Own Being. For although He is the one and only Lord, He could not possibly exist alone, even prior to the creation, because God is love and love presupposes a relationship, a plurality (at least) of persons. Without this plurality there could be no love. The very idea of sharing could never have existed, and therefore the creation itself, that monumental act in which the Creator undertook to share Himself with creatures would never have taken place.

–Mike Mason

True Power

Love is the only true power,
because it is the only thing
that does not want power,
just as love is the only true wealth
because it is the only thing
that can afford
to give itself away.

–Mike Mason

Published in: on 06/01/2011 at 23:04  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

Practicing for the world to come

Love is more than the way
we practice for the world to come:
it is the world to come.
It is all that we shall be allowed to take
into the Kingdom of God.

–Mike Mason

Published in: on 06/01/2011 at 1:12  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

Only love allowed

Love is more than the way
we practice for the world to come:
it is the world to come.
It is all that we shall be allowed to take
into the Kingdom of God.

–Mike Mason

Published in: on 02/06/2011 at 22:05  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,
%d bloggers like this: