Monthly Archives: April 2014

‘Rest in the Lord’ Means to Enjoy God Walking with You — A Quote by Bill Johnson in “Face to Face with God”

“‘Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him’ (Psalm 37:7). The word rest used in this verse means one of two things, depending on the context. One is ‘to be still… The other definition is rather fascinating, though. It means ‘to take a leisure walk.’ I think automatically of God and Adam walking in the Garden of Eden together in the cool of the day… True rest is found in a right relationship with God. We know that all that was stolen because of Adam’s sin is restored in the Last Adam, Jesus Christ. So, to rest in the Lord means basically that the obstacle to the relationship is removed and the striving is over. I don’t need to fight to gain God’s attention. I already have His favor and will walk favorably with Him in the adventure of a developing personal relationship.”

— Bill Johnson, “Face to Face with God”, Kindle location 1713

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Honoring Means Calling Out the Glory You See in Another – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“At Bethel, we have been working to develop a culture of honor, a culture where we call out the greatness, the ‘gold,’ in one another. We have embraced the Kingdom principle that the quality of life in our community is determined by how successful we are at recognizing the glory in others and issuing regular invitations for that glory to be expressed. Encouraging words have become common currency. You don’t have to stick around Bethel very long before someone is telling you about the glory he or she sees in you. As a result, people all around us are coming to life in countless ways. It’s miraculous.”

Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 1782

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The First Easter Day (Pieces from the Four Gospels Put Together Chronologically)

[Editor’s note: each Gospel has it’s own perspective on the key events of that first Easter. Below, I try to piece them together in chronological order, so all the events are present.]

At the Tomb Easter Morning

Mark 16:1-4 (NIV)

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.

Matthew 28:2-8 (NIV)

[Before they arrived] there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

John 16:2-18 (NIV)

[Mary] came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

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Knowing God Often Requires Not Understanding What He is Doing — A Quote by Bill Johnson in “Face to Face with God”

“In order to gain a heart that longs to know God, we must sacrifice our need to be right, to understand or explain things. We have to trust Him enough to let Him shatter our boxes of understanding and lead us into deeper realms of His truth.”

— Bill Johnson, “Face to Face with God”, Kindle location 1123

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The Goal of Confrontation is to Bring Things to Light — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Culture of Honor”

“First, let’s identify the goals of confrontation. These must be in your heart and motivate you as you go into a confrontation. Confrontation is about bringing something to the light. When I come to you, in a spirit of gentleness, I have come to turn the lights on for you to have an opportunity to see. Again, gentleness means that I do not need to control you.”

— Danny Silk, “Culture of Honor”, Kindle location 2067

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To Fully Receive God, Fully Give Yourself — A Quote by Bill Johnson in “Face to Face with God”

“We give all of ourselves to obtain all of Him. There’s never been a better deal. When we go through with the exchange, we find that what used to matter doesn’t anymore. Life without passion gives way to a life of reckless abandon. Not only does everything in our lives that is inconsistent with the kingdom of God start to die the moment we encounter Him, but the superior, supernatural reality of His kingdom starts to come alive in us.”

— Bill Johnson, “Face to Face with God”, Kindle location 198

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