Monthly Archives: January 2014

If You Love Jesus, It Will Show Up in Your Actions — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Culture of Honor”

“Many of us believe that when Jesus said, ‘If you love Me, you will keep [obey] My commandments,’ it meant, ‘If you love Me, you will let Me control you.’ If I still have a mindset informed by the law of sin and death, I hear Jesus saying, ‘Keep your relationship with My rules!’”

“When we hear this command from the mindset of the law of Christ, we hear, ‘If you love Me, it’s going to show up in how you treat the things that I told you are important to Me. The way you manage yourself in our relationship is going to be a clear indicator to Me of your love… I don’t want control over you and I don’t have control over you. This is why I’ve given you a spirit of self-control. It is your attention to our relationship and your ability to manage yourself in this relationship in order to create and sustain intimacy that manifests the law of life in Christ. Intimacy—’In-to-Me-you-see’—is how you learn what is important to Me, and if you love Me, you’ll adjust your behavior to protect My heart.’”

— Danny Silk, “Culture of Honor”, Kindle location 998-1004

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Out with the Old (Covenant), In with the New – My Verses for Fri, Jan 31 (Heb 8:7-13)

“If there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: ‘The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people… This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…’ By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. ” Hebrews 8:7-8,10,13 (NIV)

Be Courageous and Pursue the Vision God Gives You — A Quote by Erwin Raphael McManus in “The Barbarian Way”

“To be filled with the Spirit of God is to be filled with dreams and visions that are too compelling to ignore. Live or die, succeed or fail, barbarians must pursue and attempt such dreams and visions. The barbarian spirit dreams great dreams and finds the courage to live them.”

— Erwin Raphael McManus, “The Barbarian Way”, p 100

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A Successful Church Culture will Value Trying and Failing — A Quote by Kris Vallotton in “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”

“We need to develop a culture where trying and failing is viewed as success.”

— Kris Vallotton, “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”, Kindle location 413

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God’s Goodness is Key to Knowing Who He Really Is – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“Then Moses said, ‘I pray You, show me Your glory!’ And He said, ‘I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you’ (Exodus 33:18-19a). At first glance, God’s response to Moses’ great request looks like a change of subject. Moses was asking about glory. God started talking about goodness. But He wasn’t changing the subject. He was answering the question. In this simple response, God was already beginning to teach Moses about the nature of His glory. The first thing God wanted to express to Moses, the first thing He wanted him to know (yada), was that He is good.”

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 563

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Using our Imaginations to Grow in God — A Quote by Gregory Boyd in “Present Perfect”

“Since our mind thinks with images, I intentionally imagine God’s loving presence around me like an ocean, a warm glowing bubble, or a mist as I recite these truths. I also sometimes imagine myself so full of God’s love that it exudes from me like light from a very bright lightbulb…”

“A second discipline that I find indispensable is this: I set aside regular times when I darken a room, play some nice background music, and imaginatively see, hear, and sense Jesus pouring his perfect love on me. As vividly as possible, I see, hear, and sense Jesus expressing to me all the things Scripture says about me… This is called ‘cataphatic [or imaginative] prayer’”

— Gregory Boyd, “Present Perfect”, Kindle locations 607, 616, 619

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