"Don't just read the Bible, let the Bible read you."
Arthur the Intern, Woodlands UMC
Ideas of posting great quotes, Jason over at post-methodist.
In reading a recent Oswald Chambers reflection, I noticed similar sentiments echoed:Commitment is the Key“Until I am committed there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself then God moves also and a whole stream of events begin to erupt. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons and material assistance that I could have never dreamed would come my way begin to flow toward me… the moment I make a commitment.”
THE ACCOUNT WITH PURITY-July 26th
"Out of the heart proceed . . ." Matthew 15:18-20
We begin by trusting our ignorance and calling it innocence, by trusting our innocence and calling it purity; and when we hear these rugged statements of Our Lord's, we shrink and say - But I never felt any of those awful things in my heart. We resent what Jesus Christ reveals. Either Jesus Christ is the supreme Authority on the human heart, or He is not worth paying any attention to. Am I prepared to trust His penetration, or do I prefer to trust my innocent ignorance? If I make conscious innocence the test, I am likely to come to a place where I find with a shuddering awakening that what Jesus Christ said is true, and I shall be appalled at the possibility of evil and wrong in me. As long as I remain under the refuge of innocence I am living in a fool's paradise. If I have never been a blackguard, the reason is a mixture of cowardice and the protection of civilized life; but when I am undressed before God, I find that Jesus Christ is right in His diagnosis.
The only thing that safeguards is the Redemption of Jesus Christ. If I will hand myself over to Him, I need never experience the terrible possibilities that are in my heart. Purity is too deep down for me to get to naturally: but when the Holy Spirit comes in, He brings into the centre of my personal life the very Spirit that was manifested in the life of Jesus Christ, viz., Holy Spirit, which is unsullied purity.
We all have our weaknesses, but the one common stumbling block for most Christians, at one time or another, is the control issue. With the help of Christ, and my loving wife, I strive each day, to wake up and surrender to Him. What will you do?
Labels: faith journey
This discussion wasn't really about right or wrong, just differences.
The big question to the readers: How do you approach your Sunday service of choice? Do you church hop until you find what you are looking for; or do you work through the church you're attending, letting Christ work on, through, and despite you?
Labels: faith journey
"The Holy Spirit cannot be manipulated. You cannot make the Holy Spirit do anything. You cannot fill yourself with the Holy Spirit, no matter what formula or method or series of works you perform. You cannot govern the Holy Spirit. Neither can you eliminate the Holy Spirit from your life.That explains a whole lot right their. As new Christians, and old ones struggling to find their way again, we have to realize that God will work in our live as He sees fit. He will motivate and touch us; mold us and fashion us, as a pottery molds and fashions clay. And if we have completely surrendered, His work will be fully realized within us, through us, and despite us.
God imparts His Spirit to those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. The work that the Holy Spirit does in our lives is His work, done at His initiative, motivated by His love and divine purpose for our lives. The Holy Spirit manifests Himself as He desires in our lives." (p. 6)
Labels: Holy Spirit
Born: December 24, 1916
Died: June 23, 2007
Whether she was right or not, I am not going to argue it. My MaMaw had lived a long, fulfilled life. She had been sick, not only with "geriatric leukemia," but arthritis. Face it, she was old. She had bore 5 children and had seen 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren (give or take a few, who is really counting?). She had lived through the great depression, 6 or so wars, quite a few hurricanes, and a genuine, but ornery husband, yet in all that time, she still managed to smile.
Each of the family members can tell you different things about her: how great her cooking was, how she was dedicated to attending mass just about everyday (as long as I could remember), she took care of her children. Stories of joy and sorrow.
One thing is for certain, she has touched many lives and she will be missed for years to come.
Labels: death and life