“Christianity alone among the world religions claims that God became uniquely and fully human in Jesus Christ and therefore knows firsthand despair, rejection, loneliness, poverty, bereavement, torture, and imprisonment. On the cross he went beyond even the worst human suffering and experienced cosmic rejection and pain that exceeds ours as infinitely as his knowledge and power exceeds ours. In his death, God suffers in love, identifying with the abandoned and godforsaken. Why did he do it? The Bible says that Jesus came on a rescue mission for creation. He had to pay for our sins so that someday he can end evil and suffering without ending us.”
– Timothy Keller
>”I am tempted to think that I am now an established Christian, – that I
have overcome this or that lust so long, – that I have got into the
habit of the opposite grace, – so that there is no fear; I may venture
very near the temptation – nearer than other men.
This is a lie of Satan. One might as well speak of gunpowder getting by habit of
resisting fire, so as not to catch spark.
As long as powder is wet, it resists the spark; but when it becomes dry, it is ready to explode at the first touch.
As long as the Spirit dwells in my heart, He deadens me to sin, so that, if lawfully called through temptation, I may reckon upon God carrying me through. But when the Spirit leaves me, I am like dry gunpowder. Oh for a sense of this!
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
>Perhaps you’ve been to a dare-2-share conference? Maybe you are familiar with Greg Stier. R
Regardless, if you are at all intrigued, interested, and/or involved in youth ministry, I recommend http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1589973720&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr as a tremendously convicting, convincing and (maybe) confirming read. Though easy to read, it is full of practical, timeless insights into what ministry is, and what it’s purpose should be.
As mentioned in the previous post, Larry Norman died on Sunday morning. Here’s a telling statement from Chris Willman, senior music writer for “Entertainment Weekly.”
“His influence outweighed his sales so much that it’s comical,” Willman said. “He certainly had a heart for evangelism — almost to his detriment, I might say. He really could’ve been a star if he were singing about something other than Jesus.“
Norman had bumps and ideosyncricies (read – sin) like we all do, and he made a lot of friends, and a lot of enemies…and sometimes they were the same people. Singer Randy Stonehill said, “For as brilliant and insightful as Larry was, I’m not sure that he understood himself completely. This issue became apparent in the way he consistently seemed to ‘derail’ relationships throughout his life.”
Norman was injured in an airplace accident thirty years ago and was diagnosed with “bipolar trauma.”
David DiSabatino is working on a film about Norman to be released later this year. He said, “(Larry) is like King David. The highs are higher than most and the lows are like, ‘whoa.'”
In other words, Larry was like me…and like you. A redeemed, forgiven, adopted child of God; justified in His sight…but a mess…like me…like you.
I look forward to meeting Larry some day…