Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Relational Beings

"We are profoundly relational beings, and most of the seasons of our lives are taken up with navigating the different stages of our relationships and the effects they have on us . . . If we were somehow to take these seasons of life out of the web of relationships in which we are enmeshed, our lives would become flat and monotonous . . . These are the seasons God gives.  The times he grants are bound to the presence or absence of relationship." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Storing Treasures

"People who follow Jesus often lose sight of the world to come . . . we do this by living as if our greatest treasures are the here and now.  We hold the good things of this world too tightly and lavish our affections on them too freely . . . Jesus knew this would always be the temptation for his disciples." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Develop Your Palate For Scripture

"I know that many times Bibles study can taste like a tale rice cake.  This is not because the Bible is not delicious but because our palate isn't developed enough to discover how delicious it is.  But once we acquire the taste, we can't get enough of it.  It creates more demand for what it supplies.  The more we dwell in Scripture, developing a greater taste and feel for it, the less sweet and less comforting the things of the world will taste and feel." ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Becoming Familiar With The Word

"Feeling Scripture entails regular inhabitance in the Bible - Jesus likes the word abide - so that we have a practically instinctual sense of its threads and contours.  Getting to that place does involve reading God's Word over an extended period of time, but over time the effort we put into this practice begins to feel less like something carried out in our own power.  What seems so unnatural and awkward before begins to feel more natural and reflexive."  ~ Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple