Even in Our Darkest Moments

God doesn’t merely forgive us or save us.  He actually enjoys us – even in our darkest moments.  He doesn’t enjoy our sin, but He enjoys us as redeemed image bearers.  Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection enable His pleasure to flow freely to unpleasurable people who have faith in Him.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 31

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Our Forgiveness is Profoundly Supernatural

The miracle of the atonement is that there is  a way for God to be both just and the one who justifies sinners (to paraphrase Romans 3:26).  Mercy and justice met when the sinless Son of God was, impossibly, sacrificed on our behalf.  Our forgiveness as Christians is profoundly supernatural.

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 44

The Proper Measure for Excellence

Regardless of the role or place in society to which God has assigned us by our calling, we are content.  Our identity is already determined by our being “in Christ”, not by our  accomplishments.  The measure of excellence is daily love for our neighbors during this time between Christ’s two advents.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 160-161

How Do You Regard the Spirit of God?

If we regard the Spirit of God as the sole fountain of truth, we shall neither reject the truth itself, nor despise it wherever it shall appear, unless we wish to dishonor the Spirit of God.  For by holding the gifts of the Spirit in such slight esteem, we condemn and reproach the Spirit himself.

John Calvin

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page142-143

Appreciating Our Own Specific Call to Love and Serve

Once we recover a greater sense of God’s ordinary vocation as the site of his faithfulness, we will begin to appreciate our own calling to love and serve others in his name everyday ways that make a real difference in people’s lives.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 142

What the Cross Does and Does Not Do to the Sinner

The Cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him.  It gears him in to a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect.  To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.”  To the egotist, it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.”  To the thrill-seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.”  The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.

A.W. Tozer

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 101