Without crosses, the soul never dies to itself. -Guyon
Love is unconditional….approval is not. -Dr Cloud
Self sacrifice does not mean self sabotage.
If you do not transform your pain, you will almost certainly transmit it.
I can’t believe all the people attempting to live a God life without God.
Must be like living a fish life without water….flopping around.
You were never intended to live this life on your own.
That breath that you are breathing…where’d you get that?
Addictions do not define you or defile you. It’s what’s in you that desires the addictions that is destroying you. The addictions cause collateral damage so you need to stop, but what you really need is a new internal operating system…Heart!
On how Christians react harshly to those Jesus called lost…
If Christians actually had to minister or counsel them at their deepest need and pain rather than confront them at their shallow corruptness, then it would be the Christian who would be gripped by their own gut wrenching loss of how to actually connect, relate and touch the lost. Anybody can bring people to Christ, but it takes a follower (disciple) to bring Christ to people in their crisis or chaos. Only an honest moral evaluation of our own human condition will humble us enough to obtain more grace…grace not intended for ourselves, but in order to pour out unbridled mercy on their parched, barren soul. But, if you don’t have enough oil and wine or only enough for yourself for the journey then you will pass them by and sneer and snarl with a prideful attitude instead of a heart of gratitude.
Renew the Church
Don’t get a life coach if all you really want is a cheerleader.
Don’t hire a personal trainer if all you really want is a gym membership.
Don’t go to a pastor if all you really want is a preacher.
Don’t go to a church if all you really want is a community center.
My skills have been honed by hanging with big church pastors, but my character has been honed by hanging with small church pastors. -D Patrick
Solitude & Silence is not something that I go to DO, but rather someplace that I go in order to BE, BELONG, BECOME, BELIEVE and BEHOLD.
Preachers are everywhere.
Pastors are only there.
Preachers are heard
Pastors are seen
Preachers talk to your heart
Pastors touch your heart
Preacher: you know his name
Pastor: he knows your name
Every church has a preacher, but not everyBody has a pastor.
Stone Table Church
– Presence Driven Worship,
– Heart Formed Prayers,
– Personal & Prophetic Teaching,
– Table of Christ’s Life
– Lunch with a Communion of Friends
I can’t see everybody who sits at the Table, it’s spread as far as the East is from the West.
We held bread and wine, but we beheld body and blood.
Cure for common everyday life problems: anxiety, fear, broken trust, hurt, control, emptiness, abandonment, betrayal, loss, stress, loneliness, worry, retaliation, addiction…
Now…eat a piece of bread and drink a sip of wine while spending an equal amount of time rehearsing-meditating-contemplating-imagining Jesus on the cross while you consume his Body and drink his Blood.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on us, a marriage of sinners.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on us, a family of sinners.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on us, a church of sinners.
…a town of sinners
…a city of sinners
…a state of sinners.
…a country of sinners.
…a continent of sinners.
…a globe of sinners.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on us, you are the God of sinners.
Grace is the invitation.
Habit is the integration.
Love is the manifestation.
Life is the destination.
Royalty is my identity
Servanthood is my assignment
Intimacy with God is my life source
This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. -GK Chesterton
The Bible is not man’s theology but God’s anthropology. -Rabbi AJH
The happiest rush of grace cascade all across your being and splash down within the deepest caverns of your soul.