The Self I Want

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Formation, Quotes

“For the sinful self is not my real self, it is not the self you have wanted for me, only the self that I have wanted for myself. And I no longer want this false self. But now, Father, I come to You in your own Son’s self… and it is He Who presents me to you. ” Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

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Eternal Life – Chambers

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Devotional-Prayer, Formation, Quotes

Oswald Chambers in today’s Utmost writes that “Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again.” Eternal life has nothing to do with time. It is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here… Willard refers to this same idea by describing the kind of life we would live when living under Jesus reign and rule....

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Renewal and Awakening – The Mind

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Books, Formation, Quotes

There are few fat, theological books that I enjoy and read carefully.  Even fewer that I intend to read again. My current read is one of those books.  “Dynamics of Spiritual Life” by Richard Lovelace wonderfully describes the various elements of a living and healthy orthodoxy and what is required to renewal individuals and congregations to this dynamic awakened faith. Bold Statement Alert: I cannot imagine a minister, church planter, or missionary being able to...

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The Master Plan

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Books, Formation, Quotes

In recent conversations, I’ve been reminded of the classic book by Robert Coleman called, The Master Plan of Evangelism. I cut my teeth on the book some 25 years ago and I am pretty sure I didn’t really get the message back then. I’m sure I was looking for some grand master plan that would allow the church to convert the world. You can imagine my disappointment when all it talked about was how Jesus collected and trained disciples. What’s that got to...

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Goodbye Tin Man!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Books, Formation, Quotes

It has been revolutionary to me to understand that the behaviors I desire to see in my life, and in the lives of others who follow Jesus, is actually the fruit of God’s work in my life.  That by itself may not be revolutionary to you, but think about it.  How much of the teaching and preaching that we have heard and repeated suggests that the bible is the “instructional manual” telling us how to live and behave? It is as if being the kind of person I want...

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