Lies, Lies, Lies

Some of the greatest lies you’ll ever believe are told by your eyes as you gaze into a mirror.  Lies fueled by your own doubt and a culture that worships a false standard of beauty and worth.  Beauty is formed in the eye of the beholder.  But your beholder is God.  He made you in His own image; He gave you that crown.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 45

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Both are Essential to God’s Character

God creates (Genesis 1) and God relates (Genesis 2).  Both are essential to God’s character.  We can’t sacrifice either of these truths for the sale of the other.   If we see God only as transcendent, God will seem cold and distant.  And if we see God only as intimate, then we belittle Him – making Him our friend and not our Lord.  The opening chapters of Genesis describe God as both transcendent and intimate.  He’s our King and our Friend.  Though He could annihilate us with His voice (Genesis 1), He gently breathes life into our nostrils (Genesis 2).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 42

And Because of That, Our Mission Is…

You and I reflect God.  When we look at people, or when they look at us, we see a reflection of the God of Genesis 1.  We are created in His image.  And because of that, our mission is to rule over God’s earth and to be fruitful and fill it.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 37