Too Many Qualifications

In my experience, there are way too many “yes, grace, but…” qualifications to this risky truth [of grace-based salvation and living], and they usually end up offending grace and celebrating our response to God.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 16

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Our Lives, a Foretaste of the Extraordinary to Come

It is precisely because of this extraordinary hope, therefore, that we can embrace the ordinary lives God gives us here and now (Romans 8:19-25).  That’s enough to make even our ordinary lives a foretaste of the extraordinary revolution that is on its way.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 210-211

The Most Faithful Christian Life

Ironically, the most faithful Christian life is one that embraces a pilgrimage rather than a conquest.  The ordinary life – sustainable discipleship and disciple-making – is the order of the day, as we live each moment in eager expectation of The Next Big Thing on God’s Schedule.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 206

Where Are They?

There are no first-class Christians who have attained victory over all known sin and the curse that is common to humanity since the fall.  Nor are there carnal Christians who are forgiven but devoid of the Spirit and his sanctifying power.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 204

It Is The Holy Spirit Who Renovates and Tends the Garden

It is the Holy Spirit who renovates and who tends the garden – both within us and between us and the other branches – ensuring that we bear the fruit of the Spirit: patience, love, burden-bearing, self-control and other attributes appropriate to the “already-not yet” tension of our lives here and now.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 204