Best of 2014 – Volume 2

$Best of 2014Christ’s discipleship was the result of an accessible life…
Who has made their life accessible to you?

Christianity is as exclusive as its Christ and as inclusive as his death.

You are not here by accident, you were made by the Creator of all of life, while you are here take time to find Him…in fact he was here once just like you are.

Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father’s house. –Puritan Thomas Brooks

Learning to be attentive when confronted with the minutiae of everyday life so that we may grow in the virtues that God exhibited through his self-emptying is the way to transcend arguing about who God is by instead becoming who God is. – Andrew P. Klager

“Who am I to judge?” -Pope Francis

For many in our times that only means, who am I to judge others?
However, it must also mean, who am I to judge God?
If God has already spoken and judged something plainly (Scripture), then who are we to say God is wrong?  Who am I to judge what the Judge has already judged?  We have become defenders of the creature rather than worshipers of the Creator.

Meekness at times may require you to stand up to something, but it will always require you to stand up under something.  Meekness doesn’t measure how much teaching you’re getting, but how teachable you’re getting.

We write history about people who were brave enough to lead, not those that figured out how to pander to the crowd. -Seth Godin

Sick of waiting for a Table? (This was the opening line for a new app).  People go out to eat and may wait for upwards of an hour for a table, but why?  How long do you wait for THE Table? Do you just rush through the bread and wine or do you linger and whisper and re-awaken your passion?  His Table is worth its weight!

We want a relationship of steel but we traffic in plastic – iron sharpens iron!  -Bishop TD Jakes

The ordinary is filled with a God who chooses to visit.  It is far too easy to miss the world as it really is.  – Jill Carattini

When I consider how demanding the gospel is, I can’t believe how many of you got dressed this morning and came down to hear about it. Bishop William Willimon

A Poetic Prayer prayed during Holy Communion in the night watches…

communion_hands_breaking_breadStanding in pools of blood and walls of flesh
Transported and intercepted between heaven and earth
Wandering among friends and wondering all alone
Seated at the Table and kneeling before a Throne
Trafficking in the horizontal and arrested in the vertical
Calling out his name and hearing yours in the refrain.

Any justice that is only justice soon degenerates into something less than justice. Justice must be saved by something deeper than justice. -Reinhold Niebuhr  (He is talking about love.)  “Justice is what love looks like in public. They are not identical they are inseparable.” -Dr. King

I’m unraveling on the fringe of being a sacred pioneer.  How long ago and how far away does a quantum prayer echo before I hear my name.

Are you sure that where you are isn’t a cocoon for where you’re going? -Bishop TD Jakes

About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.
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