Monthly Archives: May 2013

God Heals Hearts Through His Deep Love — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“God… wants to heal us through his love… He wants us to experience verses like, ‘Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her’ (Hosea 2:14). And ‘You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride.’ (Song of Songs 4:9) Our hearts are desperate for this. What would it be like to experience for yourself that the truest thing about his heart toward you is not disappointment or disapproval but deep, fiery, passionate love?”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”, pp 112-113

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Heaven Brought to Earth by Loving the Lowly — My Verses for Fri, May 31 (Is 58:11-12)

“‘And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.'” Isaiah 58:11-12 (ESV)

Grace-Filled Correction is About Timing, Love, and Spirit Leading — A Quote by John Burke in “No Perfect People Allowed”

“Creating a culture of dialogue does not mean you never confront wrongdoing or challenge people with truth. It means you respect the will and opinions of the other person, you seek to listen as much as you speak, and you encourage where you see the work of God’s Spirit. And at times, when you sense the promptings of God’s Spirit, he will nudge you to confront or challenge. When he does, it is your responsibility to not hold back speaking truth, but to speak it in love.”

— John Burke, “No Perfect People Allowed”

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Be Passionate! Set Yourself Apart for God — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“Let me talk very intimately and very earnestly with you about Him who is dearer than life. Do you really want to live your lives, every moment of your lives, in His Presence? Do you long for Him, crave Him? Do you love His Presence? Have you set yourself to be His, and only His, walking every moment in holy obedience? We have too long been prim and restrained. The fires of the love of God, of our love toward God, and of His love toward us, are very hot. ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and soul and mind and strength.’ Do we really do this? This life, this abiding, enduring peace that never fails, this serene power and unhurried conquest over the world, is meant to be ours.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, pp 95-96


God Enjoys Your Heart Even When You Fail — A Quote by Mike Bickle in “Passion for Jesus”

“I had been living under crushing condemnation, struggling under the painful misconception that God had judged me by my attainments and thus rejected me. Yet, while I had been focusing on my lack of mature attainment, God had been looking at my sincere intentions…”

“The Father-heart of God was… thrilled with me — an immature, mess-making spiritual infant… My heavenly Father was enjoying me while I was yet in the process of maturing, not sighing in disgust and waiting impatiently until I grew up. He loved and longed for me; He felt proud and was excited over me while I was falling short.”

— Mike Bickle, “Passion for Jesus”, p. 42

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Give Up Trying to Earn Love from God — A Quote by Brennan Manning in “The Ragamuffin Gospel”

“How difficult it is to be honest, to accept that I am unacceptable, to renounce self-justification, to give up the pretense that my prayers, spiritual insight, tithing, and successes in ministry have made me pleasing to God! No antecedent beauty enamors me in His eyes. I am lovable only because He loves me.”

–Brennan Manning, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, p. 83

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Glory Shines When Accusations Stop and Love Increases for the Nobodies — My Verses for Mon, May 27 (Is 58:9-10)

“‘If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.'” Isaiah 58:9b-10 (ESV)