Monthly Archives: October 2014

If You Know Who You Truly are, Your will Shine — A Quote by Leif Hetland in “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”

“Our culture worships at the Pantheon of Marketable Images—from Hollywood to Madison Avenue, from MTV to ESPN, from billboards on the highway to magazines at the grocery store. That is where we get our images of what it means to be a man, what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a teenager. If we align ourselves with those images, everything else will be out of alignment. It’s nothing less than identity theft on a grand scale.”

“So where do we go to get our identities back…? We begin ‘in the beginning’ with God, which is where David began… ‘What is man that You take thought of him,’ David asked, ‘and the son of man that You care for him… Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:5-9 NASB).”

“You and I are made not a little higher than animals. Not a little lower than angels. We are made a little lower than God. Can you believe it? Do you believe it? If you and I are clear about our identity, we will also take it with us to every meal with our family, every meeting with our co-workers, every moment of every day, down to our quiet time. That identity will affect everything.”

“Look at the second half of that verse. God crowns us. We are royalty, you and I. What does God crown us with? Glory and majesty! Whose glory and whose majesty? His! He shares not just His work but His glory, not just His authority but His majesty. Can you believe it? God has chosen you and me to be partakers of the very characteristics He has displayed in creation.”

— Leif Hetland, “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”, Kindle locations 1065-1091

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In Sharing about Faith, Stay Focused on Jesus — A Quote by Carl Medearis in “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”

“To open dialogue, what I find most effective and most Christlike is to stay focused on Jesus. I talk about his leadership style, his wisdom, his teachings, and his miracles. I have sat and prayed with many influential Muslim businessmen and political leaders, and never once have I been chastised for talking about Isa al-Mesiah: Jesus the Christ.”

— Carl Medearis, “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”, Kindle location 313

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You are Jesus’s Joy Who Helped Him Endure — My Verses for Sat Oct 25 (Heb 12:2-3)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV) [see Extravagant Love: Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus]

Fruit of the Spirit Essential for God’s Power — A Quote by Matt Sorger in “Power for Life”

“Many relegate the fruit of the Spirit to a Sunday school lesson, but it is much more than that. It’s the very essence of God’s power in us. While it is foundational, it is not trivial. It’s a deception to think fruit is for the immature. The very proof of our maturity is our ability to walk in each of these qualities. It’s one thing to know them, but it’s another thing to live them.”

— Matt Sorger, “Power for Life”, Kindle location 216

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Out of Messes Come Miracles, Like the Butterfly — A Quote by Leif Hetland in “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”

“Before this emergence [of the butterfly from the cocoon]… something terrible happens; that is, if you believe your true identity is a caterpillar and you are determined to stay a caterpillar even if it kills you. God knows that this creature was not destined to spend the rest of its life worming around on the earth; it was destined to fly. But how do you convince a caterpillar of that, especially one that has grown comfortable being a caterpillar and is stubbornly wanting to remain a caterpillar? After all, he’s pretty good at being a caterpillar. Added to that, all his friends are caterpillars. He’s familiar with the ground, knows the lay of the land, and is comfortable with his place in the meadow. What God does that seems so terrible is that He starts to dissolve the caterpillar. All the internal organs, all the external appendages, everything turns to liquid. Halfway through the process, the caterpillar is no longer a caterpillar; it is gooey mess. Out of this mess comes the miracle. Out of most messes comes the miracle. Both your messes and my messes. The miracle is this: out of this shapeless mass of goo God causes the cells to reorganize and build a butterfly, [is] a being that is totally beyond the caterpillar’s wildest imagination.”

— Leif Hetland, “Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes”, Kindle location 2037

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Show Muslim Friends How They Can Believe in God More Fully — A Quote by Carl Medearis in “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”

“In my reckoning, there is nothing helpful in telling a Muslim he or she believes in ‘the wrong God.’ What may be true, and definitely more helpful, is to show our Muslim friends how they can believe in God more fully in and through Jesus Christ.”

— Carl Medearis, “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”, Kindle location 165

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