Monthly Archives: February 2014

Redemption from Sin Restores Our Glory – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“If sin is falling short of glory, then restoration from sin is necessarily restoration to glory. Restoration to glory is the true purpose of our redemption through Christ. In fact, glory is the purpose for which we were created (see Isa. 43:7). From all eternity, God made us to behold and reflect His glory. Our falling short of that glory did not destroy that purpose, even though that fall brought death to us. It only meant that accomplishing that purpose would require restoration through resurrection. It meant that salvation would not merely be a matter of commuting a criminal sentence, but of taking the criminal and making him a man—the man he never was and yet was always meant to be.”

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 729

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A Sad Commentary about Western Christians not Hearing God — A Quote by Gregory Boyd in “Present Perfect”

“Most Western Christians aren’t even aware that God is always speaking to us and trying to lead us. We are sheep, but we rarely, if ever, actually hear the voice of our shepherd (John 10:2-16). We are his body, but we rarely, if ever, actually hear from the head (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18). We are his soldiers, but we never hear from our commanding officer (2 Timothy 2:4). Instead, we tend to live as functional atheists who are lords over our own life—despite our profession of faith that Jesus alone is Lord of our life.”

— Gregory Boyd, “Present Perfect”, Kindle location 1572

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Our Father Provides, So Stress Less and Follow Better – My Verses for Sat, Feb 22 (Matt 6:31-33)

“’So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’” Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)

God Searches for the Last, the Lost, the Discarded, and the Rejected

Jesus had an awesome day of ministry preaching to a crowd so large that he had to get into a boat so everyone could hear him. But when evening came, despite being dog tired, he instructed his disciples to sail to the other side of the sea. After sailing all night through a violent storm, they land, and a man so totally out of his mind, naked, cut, and once chained — but now broken by super-human strength — came running at them.

forest_fire_pixabayIn a conflict with a legion of demons, Jesus commands them to leave the man they had possessed, and they go into a herd of two thousand pigs, which run down a hill and drown in the sea. The herdsman, scared and shocked, run to town to tell the people what happened. The people return with the herdsman, and instead of worshipping Jesus, grow afraid of him, and ask Jesus to leave.

As Jesus gets into the boat, the man who was formerly possessed by demons is now clothed and in his right mind, begs him to let him go with them. “Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’ So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed” (Mark 5:19-20, NIV).

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Shame is a Trap, So Stand Up and Break Free — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Culture of Honor”

“Shame is removed through love… Shame tries to keep people trapped in their mistakes by convincing them that there is nothing they can do, that they are powerless.”

— Danny Silk, “Culture of Honor”, Kindle location 369

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Jesus Died to Free us From Fear of Death, so Live Fearlessly — A Quote by Erwin Raphael McManus in “The Barbarian Way”

“Jesus’ death wasn’t to free us from dying, but to free us from the fear of death. Jesus came to liberate us so that we could die up front and then live. Jesus Christ wants to take us to places only dead men and women can go.”

— Erwin Raphael McManus, “The Barbarian Way”, p 48

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Don’t Mix the Old and New Covenants — A Quote by Kris Vallotton in “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”

“People who don’t believe that the blood of Jesus altered Heaven’s perspective towards this planet scare me! They create a schizophrenic culture because they bring the cold steel values of the Old Covenant into their grace-filled life in Christ. This usually results in a strange mixture of judgment and mercy that is not only confusing but is also self-mutilating, faultfinding, and often downright heartless. The Cross of Christ quenched the fires of judgment — unlocking the heart of God.”

— Kris Vallotton, “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”, Kindle location 698-700

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