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Seeking, Schmeeking

19 Apr

You will never hear us talk to believers about seeking God. Jesus said seek and you will find. Period at the end of that sentence… When you got saved, you found the Kingdom He told you to seek. make such a virtue out of seeking. We think that God is somehow impressed when someone is “hungry” for spirituality. Even if that hunger is completely misguided, we think that it is still somehow noble to be a seeker. “Joe does a lot of drugs and meditates to the Dalai Lama everyday. At least he’s a seeker!”

Jews are seeking. Muslims are seeking. Seeking is still human effort. We have a wealth of seeking language. Very little finding language in the church… Christianity is the only religion that can scandalously boast that we are no longer seeking, but have confidently laid hold of God. It seems such an arrogant boast! I have all of God! This is the stumbling block of the ages.

John Crowder

Mystical Union, Sons of Thunder, Loc: 2140

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Grace Plus Nothing

9 Apr

To add one thing to Jesus’ death – one minor thing like the removal of foreskin – throws you right out of the realm of grace. You are not allowed to lift the slightest finger to affect your own holiness. You can’t have it both ways. Either Jesus perfects, sustains and completes you – or else you have to do the whole thing on your own. Paul said, “Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law” (Gal. 5:3).

For this reason, we should cringe and shudder with disgust when someone says, “Yes, Jesus’ work was enough. But we still need to position ourselves. But we still need to appropriate it.” Anytime you hear someone say the word “but” after mentioning Christ’s cross, the next words from their mouth will always be a fairy tale… Disciplines such as prayer, communion, etc. are modes of enjoying God, not methods of appeasing Him.

John Crowder

Mystical Union, Sons of Thunder, Loc: 2749

A God Who Stoops

9 Mar

There are at least two facts about the Christian God that are unparalleled: The first is the doctrine of the Trinity. The second is the humility of God. In no other religion do we have a god who stoops, a god who comes down to enter into human history in the most inconceivably personal way. But here in Christianity, we have a God who wants to be united with us and who is prepared to humble Himself and even to suffer to accomplish such a union. The gods of human imagination are indifferent towards the human race…

The Christian God is not self-centered, not a taker at all, but a giver, and He thoroughly despises the idea of being untouchable… The plan from the beginning, in the Christian vision, is that God would give Himself to us, and nothing less, so that we could be filled to overflowing with the divine life.

C. Baxter Kruger 

Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis, 2001, 13-14

The Cure for Anxiety

3 Feb

Our faith does not alter God in the least. Faith is first and foremost a discovery of the heart of the Father, Son and Spirit, a discovery of the astonishing dreams of the Triune God for our blessing, and of the fact that those dreams have now become eternal truth in Jesus Christ. Such a discovery cannot help but take our breath away and fill our hearts with hope and peace and assurance. The Spirit’s witness, when believed, produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, living water flowing out of our innermost beings into our relationships, our work and play. Faith does not change God; it changes us. It delivers us from our mythology and its spiritual agony—and from the way this spiritual agony poisons our lives. Without faith in Jesus Christ, our souls—and thus our relationships, our work and play—are already afflicted with anxiety. The only cure in the universe is to see Jesus Christ seated at the Father’s right hand and ourselves seated with him. The discovery of this truth commands faith, for it gives us something to believe in, something that is so real, so solid and true that to believe it baptizes our anxious souls with assurance, the most liberating force in all the earth.

C. Baxter Kruger

Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis, 2001, 40-41

Three from Joni

30 Jan

Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.

Jesus is strong…but He’s also approachable. He is able to carry our load…but He’ll never make us feel embarrassed or defeated for asking.

Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With a sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child’s heart, God can strip away any cobweb.

Joni Eareckson Tada

1. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith, Thomas Nelson, 2001

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Something Has Happened

19 Jan

The gospel is the astonishing news that something has happened to the Son of God, and the equally astonishing news that in him something has happened to the human race. If the whole human race fell into ruin in Adam—a creature, a mere man—what happened to the human race in the death of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God? Paul tells us. When Jesus Christ died, we died. But that is only the beginning. When he rose, we rose. He ascended and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, the place of honor and love and delight and complete and utter acceptance, and Paul tells us that in his ascension we too were lifted up and seated with him at the Father’s right hand—and there and then welcomed, accepted, embraced forever.

The death of Jesus Christ was part of a seamless movement in which the Triune God laid hold of the human race and decisively and sovereignly altered its very existence, cleansing it of all alienation, quickening it with new life and lifting it up into union with the Father, Son and Spirit.

It is finished.

C. Baxter Kruger
Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis,2001, 29

A Glorious Thing

12 Dec

It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Quoted in Essentials for Life, by M. Ford, Thomas Nelson, 2010, 77