Sunday, April 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Throughout the course of present history down to the present day there persist this chronic temptation to reduce God to a human dimension to express God in clear ideas...Human reason seeks to understand everything and reduce everything to its own conceptual thought...it's a noble enterprise but in so doing we rob God of God's otherness and confine God to a world of our own mental limits...."

-Brennan Manning

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Since we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus today....

I thought I'd post this article I found today when looking for how the resurrection of Jesus was truly the difference maker.

The other month I was sharing my faith with a non-believer at work and I mentioned to her that Jesus was the only one to die and be resurrected...she immediately refuted my statement saying that their were other gods who died and were resurrected.

I had no solid rebuttal to this as I had not heard this argument before....

After hearing the message today from church on the resurrection of Jesus as being the difference maker...this conversation was seared in my brain throughout the sermon.

Afterwards....I went on a hunt to find some clarity....I came across the below article which was most helpful to this topic:




Click here if you cannot access from clicking on the photo:

http://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/easter/christs-resurrection-vs-those-of-other-gods.html


Monday, March 30, 2015

Greatness....

Greatness is something many people desire but few understand. Usually we recognize the great only after they have achieved. We call them "great" after their military victories have been won, their administrative skill shave brought success, or their talents have gained awards. What we see is the finished product, not the process. So we tend to romanticize greatness.

The same thing happens in the Christian realm. The new believer, who dreams of the day he will do great things for God, or the individual who yearns for the day he will live a victorious life, have both romanticized spiritual greatness. They have missed the point that quality and character are forged in experience. Greatness comes only through a process that always contains an element of pain.

Too often we Christians yearn for the product - but try to avoid the process! In our rebelliousness we may miss the pathway that God intends us to take; the pathway that leads to maturity and to spiritual significance.




Direct Quote from:
- The Teacher's Commentary - Lawrence Richards

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Surprise of Hope- Love

"The point of 1 Corinthians 13 is that love is not our duty; it is our destiny. It is the language Jesus spoke, and we are called to speak it so we can converse with him. It is the language Jesus spoke, and we are called to speak it so that we can converse with Him. It is the food they eat in God's new world, and we must acquire the taste for it here and now. It is the music God has written for all his creatures to sing, and we are called to learn it and practice it now so as to be ready when the conductor brings down His baton. It is the resurrection life, and the resurrected Jesus calls us to begin living it with him and for Him right now. Love is at the very heart of the surprise of hope."

Direct Quote from: Surprised by Hope- by NT Wright


Monday, March 2, 2015

Quote for the day

"Often, to be free means the ability to deal with the realities of one's own situation so as not to be overcome by them."

- Howard Thurman, For the Inward Journey: The Writings of Howard Thurman

Saturday, February 21, 2015

But each one in his own order....

As we draw near to the season of Passover, it is helpful to re-examine the significance of this celebration.  This annual time of reflection extends back to the Jewish festivals which were developed early on as a representation of what was to happen in a future time. Passover was the time when the first crop of barley was presented before the Lord. Seven weeks later, Pentecost was the time when the firstfruits of the wheat harvest was presented. The offerings of the firstfruits signifies the great harvest still to come.

Historically, Passover commemorated Israel coming out of Egypt while Pentecost recognized the arrival of the Jews at Mt. Sinai where the giving of the 10 Commandments (Torah) occurred. "The two strands were woven together since part of God's promise in liberating Israel and giving it the law was that Israel would inherit the land and that the land would be fruitful."

1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul applies this Passover image to Jesus. Stating (verses 20-23): "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen sleep. For since by man came death [Adam], by Man [Jesus] also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming."

So it will be ....to each of us [those who have placed their faith in Jesus/Yeshua]... in this order:

Already taken place:

Death through Adam----Christ's death----Christ's resurrection

"Afterward" / Soon to take place:

Our death (falling asleep)---Christ's return---Our resurrection (w/Christ)




-Quote from Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright