Monday, February 2, 2015

Random Thoughts

Some thoughts culled from my random file. About faith, love, life and relationship with God. Some have come to me in moments of quiet reflection, some in interaction with others. Some are aphoristic and avuncular. Many have been tweets and updates. Offered for your edification, inspiration and/or motivation — or your money cheerfully refunded.
  • God is love and God is light. When we walk in love, we are walking in light, and darkness cannot prevail.
  • God is light. God is love. God is life. His way will always be about those things that shed light, manifest love and promote life.
  • The faith that overcomes the world is the faith that works through love.
  • Eternal life is not a commodity but a person — the Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we know God the Father.
  • Many church people have been accustomed to a comfortable, cultural sort of Christianity and have often mistaken it for faith in Christ. They wring their hands when those easy forms are overshadowed by secular culture — they are not up to the challenge of following a Christ who is counter to the culture of the world. They have often been inoculated against a full-on case of the gospel, of which they are as much in need as anyone who has never even heard of Christ.
  • In his baptism, Jesus identified with me. In my baptism, I am identified with him.
  • Enunciate the promises of God and articulate his blessings in your life. Open up your mouth and speak them out. Your mind will stop to see what your mouth is saying. Your heart will take notice, too.
  • Start thanking God for something and see what a floodgate that opens up.
  • Building relationships and making community with people will, in the long run, be more effective than hit-and-run evangelism. Because the gospel is not a story about a bunch of disconnected individuals but about a community of faith King Jesus is creating.
  • God is not saving a collection of individuals but families and nations. He is creating one new body in Messiah, a community of faith.
  • The words that will have the most power in your life today are the ones you allow to lodge in your heart and come out of your mouth. Let them be words full of faith, hope and love.
  • Today you are continuing the story your father and mother began. Make it a good story.
  • A testimony is a powerful thing. It can not only bring something back to your mind but also back to your heart.
  • Who is the disciple Jesus loves. When you realize the answer, you will lean your head on Jesus’ breast.
  • Every good gift comes from the Father of Lights, who has light for whatever darkness you may find yourself in.
  • We often think that pleasing God is about doing this or not doing that. But the goodness of the gospel is about what God was pleased to do for us and the world.
More random thoughts …