Our confidence is not in the ability we have to keep God’s law but rather in the life-giving and heart-transforming grace of the one who has drawn us to himself and has the power to draw us to one another. When we live with this confidence, we look at the difficulties of our relationships not so much as hassles to be endured, but as opportunities to enter into an even deeper experience of the rescuing, transforming, forgiving, empowering grace of Jesus, the one who died for us and is always with us. — Paul Tripp
Love Friday discipleship with @hashposh #radical #davidplatt #seventhteabar #blessed #tea
One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only back to the object itself but also outward to the world around. Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather than as human beings. Those who worship sex define themselves in terms of it ( their preferences, their practices, their past histories) and increasingly treat other people as actual or potential sexual objects. Those who worship power define themselves in terms of it and treat other people as collaborators, competitors,or pawns. these and many other forms of idolatry combine in a thousand ways, all of them damaging to the image bearing quality of the people concerned and of those whose lives they touch. My suggestion is that it is possible for human beings so to continue down this road, so to refuse all whispering of good news, all glimmers of the true light, all promptings to turn and go the other way, all signposts to the love of god, that after death, they become at last, by their own effective choice, beings that once were human but now are not, creatures that have ceased to bear the divine image at all. — N.T. Wright
Why do you spend your money on junk food,
your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? —
Isaiah 55:1-5 (message bible)
I looked it up. This is for reals 0_o ha. ha. ha.
highchristology replied to your post: What is the biggest theological issue that needs…so basically everyone should be reading surprised by hope?
That would be a great start ;)
If I could get N.T. Wright into everyones hands, I’d call that a success ;)
But really, the biggest theological issue I have come across, especially in 3rd world countries is this belief of going up to heaven when they die rather than the call to bring heaven to earth.
I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done. — ― Elisabeth Elliot
(Source: miss-baylee, via hopefisch)
With my blogging buddy @jamiekcurtis #reunited #beach
For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. — J.R.R. Tolkien