Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hungry, Starved, Denied

"We have food to share with a world that is hungry, even famished. Spiritual wanderers—those spiritually starved and denied—show up at our doors, not because they like our buildings or even because they like us, but because they are hungry. Hungry for forgiveness, for rest and peace. Hungry for mercy and grace. Hungry to explore and grow. Hungry for the good news of new life, of abundant life. Hungry for God to do a new thing." ~ Amy Oden

The World Is Your Neighborhood

"No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood…. Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood, and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this." ~ Martin Luther King

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Need for Joy

"We all underestimate our need for joy. If we are not careful, we live as if our schedules are our lives. We cross one thing after another off the list. At the end of the day, we have completed our chores, but we haven’t necessarily been present for our own experiences." ~ Mary Pipher

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saved From What?

"Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want to be saved from the penalty of their sin." ~ Francis Chan

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love or Hate

"We love or hate our enemies to the same degree that we love or hate ourselves. In the image of the enemy, we will find the mirror in which we may see our own face most clearly." ~ Sam Keen

Undeserved Favor of God

"Hell is the backdrop that reveals the profound and unbelievable grace of the cross. It brings to light the enormity of our sin and therefore portrays the undeserved favor of God in full color. ~ Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle (Erasing Hell)

Sovereign Rule of God

"Bitterness arises in our hearts when we do not trust in the sovereign rule of God in our lives." ~ Jerry Bridges

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Live Content

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurrying never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony." ~ William Ellergy Channing

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Journey of We

“Jesus-shaped spirituality hears Jesus say "believe and repent," but the call that resonates most closely in the heart of a disciple is "follow me." The command to follow requires that we take a daily journey in the company of other students. It demands that we be lifelong learners and that we commit to constant growth in spiritual maturity. Discipleship is a call to me, but it is a journey of "we.” ~ Michael Spencer (Mere Christianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Change Me

"Lord make me what I should be, change me whatever the cost." ~ Anthony Bloom

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our Concept of God

"We become more and more like our concept of God. If I see him as harsh, that’s the way 

I’ll become, but if I see God as compassionate, that’s the kind of person I’ll become." 

~ A. B. Cobb

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Facts of Life

"The facts are: people die, jobs are lost, finances are tight, slanderers sometimes prevail. Situations may turn from bad to worse. People need authenticity from the Christian community not clich├ęd answers." ~ M. E. Anderson

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Seeds

“I think most American churchgoers are the soil that chokes the seed because of all the thorns. Thorns are anything that distracts us from God. When we want God and a bunch of other stuff, then that means we have thorns in our soil. A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it.” ~ Francis Chan (Crazy Love)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fulfill the Great Commission

"Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited it's biblical right to exist." ~ Oswald J. Smith