Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What Does Jesus Want?

A general reading of the Gospels reveals what Jesus wants.

"Jesus' call to commitment is clear:  He wants all or nothing.  The thought of a person calling himself a 'Christian' without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.  But please don't take my word for it.  Read it yourself."  ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What Time with God Should Be Like

"This is how God longs for us to respond to His extravagant, unending love:  not with a cursory 'quite time' plagued by guilt, but with true love expressed through our lives.  Like my little girl running out to the driveway to hug me each night because she loves me."  ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Genuine Love

"[I]sn't that what God wants of us - to crave this relationship with Him as we crave all genuine love relationships?  Isn't that what brings Him glory - When believers desire Him and are not merely slaves who serve Him out of obligation?"  ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bedtime Prayers

Be angry and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.  Psalm 4:4

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

"One purpose for our bed in the night is to ponder in our hearts what troubles us and to speak such tings to God.  We entrust to him now what we pray the morning will relieve with fresh hope.  Sleep results.  Sleep is a Sabbath-like act.  We rest from it all and leave it all for God's keeping while we lie motionless in the world for a while."  ~ Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Growth Takes Time

". . . when grace begins teaching a liar how to tie his shoes again, as with any other sin and sinner the change often does not come all at once but in fits and starts.  This means that the liar requires time to begin to see how deeply she lies and how thoroughly words of spin saturate her daily life.  For this reason, a person whom Jesus is actually changing will tell the truth in the same conversation that undetected lies are also present. . . It just takes much more time than we want."  ~ Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Purpose of Knowing

What is your goal in reading Scripture?

"To read the Scriptures in a manner that leads us to something other than greater enjoyment of God and embodied love in Jesus is to know without knowledge, to shine without illumination, and to stand at the door with no key"  ~ Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Setting Aside Time for Prayer and Devotion

"Since meditation on the Scriptures, prayer, and intercession are a service we owe and because the grace of God is found in this service, we should train ourselves to set apart a regular hour for it, as we do for every other service we perform.  This is not 'legalism'; is is orderliness and fidelity." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together