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Archive for September, 2008

Moral Bankruptcy

“It is extraordinary to me that you can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can’t find $25 billion to save 25,000 children who die every day of preventable treatable disease and hunger. That’s mad, that is mad.”

– Bono

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Healing

Apart from him we can do nothing. That’s why the beauty of family and kingdom family is that there are no pedestals between us. How can you compare your nothing with my nothing? If apart from him we can do nothing then why compete? In the world, I understand because all they have is the flesh to compare and contrast and compete. But in the family?

The fact that God heals us is not because he wants to use us but because he loves us.  And then he invites us to play.

– WP Young

Do you know that in Christ you have everything that matters? Do you know that this isn’t about you? Can you live with the expectancy of the Holy Spirit and responding to Him rather than living with expectations and responding out of responsibility?

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Success?

Just read this quote from Elton Trueblood. He was a Quaker but I think he says something in this quote many need to hear:

Christianity gives much to its adherents, but it is always perverted when it is presented as a success story. The gospel may do a great many things for us, but is deeply misunderstood if it is interpreted merely as a psychological instrument for our help. It is, instead, a relationship which begins with a dangerous and uncalculating commitment.

Jesus didn’t come to make good men better. He came to make dying men live.

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St. Ephraim

Are you wounded? Despair not. Have you fallen? Get up and say bravely: now I have begun. Fall down before your merciful Master and confess your sins… You will not be able to say, “I have sinned,” before you see Him stretch forth His hands to embrace and receive you. – St. Ephraim the Syrian, *A Spiritual Psalter* #122

Better to get up and go home to our Father than to remain in the pig stye of sin, guilt, and shame.

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“…to speak of a brother covertly is forbidden, even under the cloak of help or good will; for it is precisley in this guise that the spirit of hatred among brothers always creeps in when seeking to create mischef.”

Life Together, p. 92.

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