Crowded to Christ

March 9, 2013

“All this trouble has crowded me to Christ. It’s simply mud around the gold.”

- Margie Hamilton, Joni & Friends Radio Program, “Crowded to Christ”

Faith + Hope = Trust

January 31, 2013

“Faith arises from the personal experience of Jesus as Lord.  Hope is reliance on the promise of Jesus, accompanied by the expectation of fulfillment.  Trust is the winsome wedding of faith and hope.”

- Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God, 2002

Tune Our Hearts

July 1, 2012

“God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down,
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening,
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost courage.
Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise,
tune our hearts to brave music,
give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age,
and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life,
to your honor and glory, we pray.  Amen.”

-St. Augustine (354-430)

Love’s Strength

June 4, 2012

“Measure thy life by loss instead of gain;
not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth;
for love’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice;
and whoso suffers most hath most to give.”

- Ugo Bassi (1800-1849)

A Christian’s Happiness

June 1, 2012

“Jesus Christ did not die so that you would not suffer. He died so that when you suffer, you would become like him.”

- Dr. Timothy Keller, A Christian’s Happiness, July 6, 1997

Pain Redeemed

October 13, 2011

“Pain redeemed impresses me more than pain removed.”

- Phillip Yancey, What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters, 2010

Jesus of the Scars

July 14, 2011

The other gods were strong, but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

- Edward Shillito (1872-1948)

Gift

June 7, 2011

“Health is a gift from God, but sickness is a gift greater still.”

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The Father’s Love

June 7, 2011

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

- Zephaniah 3:17

Grace

June 3, 2011

“Grace substitutes a full, childlike and delighted acceptance of our Need, a joy in total dependence. We become ‘jolly beggars.’”

- C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 1960


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