Monday, September 1, 2014

The Importance of Understanding Sin

If we don't understand the problem, we won't understand how badly we need an answer. For people to recognize their need for Jesus, they must recognize the problem of sin.

We want people to see their sin in all its horror, not so they are motivated to "clean up their act," but so they fall at the feet of Jesus knowing that he is their only hope.  People need to see the depth of their sin so that they come to a fuller understanding of the depth of God's grace.  ~ J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pretenders In The Spirit

"The ragamuffin gospel reveals that Jesus forgives sins - including sins of the flesh - that he is comfortable with sinners who remember how to show compassion, but that he cannot and will not have a relationship with pretenders in the Spirit." ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Monday, August 18, 2014

Honoring God's Love

"We are enamored and enchanted by God's power.  We stutter and stammer about God's holiness.  We tremble before God's majesty...and yet we grow squeamish and skittish before God's love... 
[The] gifted English mystic Julian of Norwich: 'The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.'"  ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good News

"The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves.  The sweet sound of amazing graces saves us from the necessity of self-deception.  It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed, and pride still rages within us....When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit I have failed.  God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am."  ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Monday, July 28, 2014

God of Wrath?

"Some people are repulsed by the idea of God being a God of wrath.  But if you think about it, a God who doesn't hate evil is terrifying.  True goodness hates evil.  True righteousness and justice must stand in opposition to injustice and unrighteousness. God's wrath, writes John Stott, 'is in fact his holy reaction to evil.'" ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let Your Emotions Be Informed by Knowledge

"If you want to feel deeply, you have to think deeply....but emotion built on emotion is empty.  True emotion  - emotion that is reliable and doesn't lead us astray - is always a response to reality, to truth.  It's only as we study and consider truth about Jesus with our minds that our hearts will be moved by the depth of his greatness and love for us.  When we engage our minds with the doctrine of his person and his work, our emotions are given something to stand on, a reason to worship and revel in the very appropriate feelings of awe and gratefulness and adoration."  ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Authority of God's Word

 God's Word should be our standard.  Our feelings can change with the wind, and though prophetic words can be encouraging and useful, even Scripture teaches us to test them by Scripture itself.
"The doctrine of Scripture teaches us about the authority of God's Word.  Scripture must be the final rule of faith and practice for our lives.  Not our feelings or emotions.  Not signs or prophetic words or hunches." ~ Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep