God’s Relentless Desire

God has a relentless desire not just to save us, forgive us, redeem us and deliver us from evil but to enjoy us – face-to-face, toe-to-toe, breath to breath, pain upon pain.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 138

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He Will Stop at Nothing

God has been pursuing us ever since Eden, and He will stop at nothing.  Even if it means laying aside His glory to become one of us.  If that’s what it takes to know us – to attain that authentic, vibrant relationship He longs for – then that’s what He will do.  God never wanted to relate with us from a distance.  He didn’t want a cosmic Facebook relationship with His image bearers.  He didn’t want to tweet us once in a while or shoot us a text to see how we’re doing.  “Don’t have time to call, but just wanted to make sure you’re okay.”  Our God carves our names into His hands.  He enters into our pain and finds us under the bridge.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 135

The One Who

The One who spoke the universe into existence, who reigns over the nations, who commands history, who created you and me in His own image chose to be laid in a box where animals ate grain.  The One who formed the galaxies and molded the earth suckled the breast of a thirteen year-old unwed Jewish girl in a small village of a backwater province of the Roman Empire.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 134

The Body of Evidence

Jesus came into our world as a man to embody grace.  He left us, the church, to be the body of Christ, not a flock of parakeets that repeat Christian jargon but the ongoing in-the-fresh presence of His grace.  We are the evidence that God’s grace is more than just words.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 125

God’s Fervent Longing

Since Israel is unwilling to turn to God (Isaiah 30:15), God turns to Israel.  But this isn’t a coldhearted, impatient, “fine, I’ll save you” sort of turning.  Isaiah says that God is eagerly longing to bring Israel back to Himself.  God is lifting Himself up, or standing on His tiptoes, with a fervent longing to restore His relationship with His people.  (Isaiah 30:21).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 115-116

God Creates Out of Nothing

God doesn’t save people who have it all together.  He saves whores, prostitutes, porn stars, Bible college professors and stay-at-home housewives who wear head coverings in church, because God loves to create righteousness out of nothing.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 110