The broken people of this life have been teaching me how to speak Broken Gospel the same way others learn to speak in Broken English. When talking to someone in a language that’s not easy for them, you discover that idioms and other forms of communication disappear. You need to be extremely direct and specific in order to make yourself understood. The thing is, just about everyone speaks some form of broken Gospel. It’s “broken” because it doesn’t match our version. Their language and our language isn’t the same one. Our ability to communicate with one another isn’t nearly as sophisticated or error free as we think it is. You will be misunderstood. If it’s critical that we understand you, say it more clearly. Say it twice. Better yet, act it out, live it, make it an action, not merely a concept.
The beggar stretches out his hand not to ask, but to give you the kingdom of heaven, and you do not notice. -Elder Arsenie Papacioc
Desiring a double portion? I find that when I use the first portion it gives way to revealing the second portion.
My body is becoming the stone ruins of an old Irish Abbey. As intriguing as the ruins may be, when you visit me, I hope it is the Ghost stories that inhabited my spirit that outlive me.
I never knew how strong I was until I had to forgive someone who wasn’t sorry and accept an apology I never received. – 1998, 2003, 2011,
See the world with the innocence of children, approach the world with the daring of children, love the world with the readiness of children.
It is not the GREATNESS of our troubles as much as the LITTLENESS of our spirit, which makes us complain. -Hudson Taylor
Jesus cleansed a leper and then required him to bring a gift. I am all out of excuses.
When you come from strong addictive behaviors you can’t afford to go to a weak church.
Most of the unhappiness in your life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself. -Lloyd-Jones
You may preach to more people than me, but we both pastor the same…one person at a time.
Those who marry the spirit of the age will find themselves widows in the next. -GK Chesterton
The world has never known a day when a child has not cried. I wonder if that’s the proof that we died inside. (Eden’s Fall)
When you go into a “new land” where you’ve never been- rising to your destiny, being ALL you can be…don’t expect a welcome mat…It’s war!
If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
We live under a coup of business models that want to buy a presentation of God without proper representation of being with God. We are guilty of wanting to buy the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Secularized minds are terrorized by mystery.
You can’t time lapse your transformation.
Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.
Make sure your fame isn’t bigger than your anointing & your platform isn’t bigger than your character! -SS