Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oddly Delighted

"We should be marked as a people of joy.  When we say to the supermarket clerk that we're members of an area congregation, he or she should instinctively think of us as people who seem oddly delighted by God.  That's what we want our identity to be." ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Is The Church?

"But what is the local church, then?  Well, first and foremost, it's a group devoted to worshiping the living God according to his inerrant Word, the Bible.  It's an outpost for weary people burdened by sin to meet God and be transformed by him."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Aim High In Marriage

"So set your sights high.  Have the goal of building a six-decade marriage.  Pray for a spouse, and ask God to give you a union that puts the gospel on display in the midst of a fallen world.  You don't merely want to find someone to pass the time with.  You want a fellow traveler to love and to go on a great quest with, one that will require the two of you to give every ounce of energy an passion you have to one another."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Killer Instinct

"The Christian is equipped - and called - to be a far more disciplined person than any politician, business leader, or diva.  We are to have a killer instinct, and it has a target: sin." ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Victory Is Ours

"We see the smoke rising from a great spiritual conflict, but it's not telling us we've lost.  it's a sign of Christ's victory over sin, death, and Satan.  That victory is ours.  That's the reality in which we live, every single day, no matter what we're facing." ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Living In God's Will

"When we follow Jesus as the apostles did, we have no idea how he will use us.  He may maximize his glory through us by a faithful but nonetheless "normal" existence.  Or he may have a more unusual route of glorification.  No matter what you do on a daily basis, you can rest in this:  your walk may not be predictable, but it will be transformative and full of grace, and powered by joy that cuts through all the lesser things of this world leaving you to savor the mercy and power of God shown you and made your own through the cross and empty tomb.  When Christ is your all, and you're living for him, then you're in God's will."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Don't Make Your Saving Relationship A Chore

"When I look at my relationship with God as a chore, a sacrifice, then I am getting the glory - not God.  I keep saying, 'Look what I have sacrificed for God....' or 'Listen to what I do for God.  It's hard, exhausting really....'  Francis Chan, Crazy Love