Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Faith or Fatalism

We don't - in fact, can't - always understand how God is working in our lives, but we must hold fast to faith, and not fatalism:
The difference between fatalism and faith lies just here.  Fatalism means, "My number's up; I have to bow to the power whether I like it or not; I do not know the character of the power, but it is greater than I am, and I must submit."  The submission of faith is that I do know the character of the Power, and this was the line Job took:  "Though He slay me, yet I will trust the fact that His character is worthy."  This is the attitude of faith all through - I submit to  One whose character I know but whose ways are obscured in mystery just now."  ~ Oswald Chambers, Baffled to Fight Better

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What Is Boldness?

"Boldness is not a lack of fear.  It is faith in something bigger than our fears so that we appear fearless. Confidence in something bigger than our fears gives us the strength to do the right thing in spite of opposition or persecution."  ~ J. Mack Stiles, The Marks of the Messenger

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Only Real Truth Brings Real Change

Let's not prefer "nice" to "truth".

"I think the sad tendency of well-meaning Christians who want to share their faith is to water down both.  They say we're not so bad (you actually can clean up your act), and God doesn't really mean it when we says that the unconverted are enemies of God (tut, tut, boys will be boys)." ~ J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sin Or Sins?

"Our sin is the bigger problem:  it's our condition or state which ins in hideous rebellion toward a holy and good God.  When Christians feel that sins (acts) are bigger than sin (condition), they see evangelism as an effort of moral reform rather than explaining the steps that need to take place to rip out our wicked hearts and replace them with new hearts - that amazing work of God that Jesus called being born again." ~ J. Mack Stiles, The Marks of the Messenger

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