Best of 2014 – Volume 5

$Best of 2014Inverted Christianity is where we invite the Spirit to follow us. I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals. We try to remove the risk, the danger, the struggle and what we end up with is a caged Christian. When I pronounce the weekly benediction am I sending dangerous people into their natural habitat to wreak havoc on the enemy?  – Pastor Mark Batterson

It is easier to form a church for Christ than it is to form Christ in a Church. Gal 4:19

If you don’t have the character to match your theology, then your spirituality is not your reality.

We must flatly say that one of the greatest barriers to meaningful spiritual formation in Christlikeness is overconfidence in the spiritual efficacy of “regular church services”.             -Dallas Willard

“The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women. Instead of studying books so constantly, how I wish that our schools and colleges might learn to study men and things.” – Booker T Washington

“avoid a sugar-coated gospel. seek the gospel that rips up, wounds and even kills, for that’s the gospel that makes alive again.” CH Spurgeon

If you listen to most inspirational commentary all of YOUR changes, miracles, open doors, and breakthroughs are supposed to happen all around you, but rarely do you ever hear them talk about the transformation that needs to occur within you.

Don’t buy the infomercial products of a better outer life without paying for the beauty of an inner life.

family_ministry_picA side-effect of losing intimacy with God is we start doing ministry out of memory rather than imagination.

I thought it was a hard life, but my pastor friend wrote me last night and said, “thank you for continuing to live the sacrificial life.” – paradigm shift or a paradise shift?

Living by faith is not an individual adventure, it is a team of people traveling together that continuously spot each other hiking through the switchbacks of a mountain called grace.

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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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