And if we believe in the God who raised Jesus, then, as our fears are dealt with at a deeper and deeper level, as they are met by the astonishing love of the surpassing God, we will be able to leave behind the image of a bossy, bullying God who wants us to keep His laws in order to control us, to squash our individuality.
If then, we recognize the truth about the surpassing God, the God who raises the dead, we can trust Him with every lesser task that may come our way. He can be trusted with jobs, even when they don’t necessarily work out the way we thought they should. He can be trusted with marriage. He can be trusted with money, even when it seems as though there is even less of it available than we thought. He can be trusted with old age. He can be trusted with death itself. Of course He can; He is the God who raises the dead, who takes precisely the situation where there seems no hope in human terms, and brings new life exactly there.
|—||N.T. Wright, Following Jesus|
proof that baritone guitars are awesome. also, proof that thrice is awesome.
|—||C. S. Lewis|
One education expert said: “Our current ceiling for students is really much closer to where the floor ought to be.”
We live in a society where young people are expected to do nothing, because we are capable of nothing. A society that doesn’t expect us to understand what they tell us. And even if…
|—||Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places, p. 65|
In an earlier post I told of how God opened my eyes to the reality that I was not following Jesus but rather a strict, unforgiving legalism similar to that of the Pharisees who so adamantly opposed the Rabbi. Since this epiphany, God has been taking me through a sort of detox for my addictions to…