All Praise – June 5

A Year with Aslan from The Magician’s Nephew

Queen Jadis is explaining why she used the magic word to kill everyone, & not unlike we see today she passes the blame, saying..

It was my sister’s fault.  At any moment I was ready to make peace, if only she’d yield the throne to me.  But she would not.

The bible says pride comes before destruction.  But there is humility at the cross.

Ransomed Heart Devotion

Soaring on wings like eagles doesn’t happen without a fight. In Waking the Dead, John Eldredge writes…

The Religious Spirit has turned discipleship into a soul-killing exercise of principles.  Most folks don’t even know they can walk with God, let alone hear his voice.  & it makes it next to impossible to break free by spreading the lie that there is no war.  So we’ve acquiesced, & surrendered without a fight. 

Thankfully we’re not left alone.  We have a Redeemer.

Quotes

Jay Milbrandt ~ go + do

As a society we’ve become accustomed to always doing something, but there must be a concrete goal & metrics by which we measure success.  We must return with drastically different before & after pics to make our time there legitimate.

Matt Redman ~ Mirror Ball

The first & last signs of the kingdom to come are worship.  Evangelism is a temporary necessity.  Justice & acts of compassion are great signs, but no one will be in need of them in heaven.  The same is true of healing.  We will be left with worship: an unending song of praise forever reverberating around the throne of God.

Philip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace

The original followers of Jesus watched their beloved Jerusalem burn to the ground, & I’m sure they looked back thru tears as they moved on to Rome & Spain & Ethiopia.

Teddy Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Scriptures

1 Corinthians 4:5

Proverbs 4:23

Psalm 27:4

All Praise – May 29

A Year with Aslan from Voyage of the Dawn Treader

As night is falling, the gang notices a huge dragon has parked itself on the beach right in between them & their ship.  This is before they realize it’s Eustace.  Lucy says…

Perhaps it’ll go away”, but Edmund reminds her “It’ll be worse if it does, because then we won’t know where it is.”  They all got up & moved forward, & felt fonder of everyone else.

Troubles are always coming, but they can help us forge tighter bonds – if we do not give up hope.

Ransomed Heart Devotion

Every great story involves a quest.  In The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge reminds us …

Bilbo Baggins ran from the door & launched into an adventure; Alice stepped through the looking glass; Peter, Susan, Edmund, & Lucy stumbled through the wardrobe; Abraham left his country & never came back. We have that same choice, to be like Abraham, or Robinson Crusoe, who lived in his own world with himself as the central character. 

Of course Crusoe was stranded with no hope of rescue.  We HAVE been rescued.

Quotes

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

We all have dreams, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them & we think they’re dead.  Then God comes & says “Arise”.. & with it comes His miraculous power.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

In some ways we treat our neighbors BETTER than we treat ourselves, because we’d never say the things to a neighbor that we tell ourselves every day.

Howard Thurman

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive – because the world needs people that come alive.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

Our world has lost its sense of wonder.  Thanks to satellite TV & jets, we can visit places once only accessible only to a Balboa or other daring explorers.  God is being edged out of His world by science, [in the sense that] we believe all enigmas can be solved.  We get so preoccupied with the plans & projects that we conceive, that we become immune to the glory of creation.

AW Tozer ~ Set of the Sail

The heart seldom gets hot while the mouth is open.  No man is qualified to speak who has not first listened.

Henry Nouwen

It’s hard not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause – but I wonder if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to listen to their stories & tell your own, & to let them know you don’ just like them, but truly love them.

Bob Goff ~ Love Does

Jesus was always talking about a reverse economy.  He talked about how if you want to receive, you give.  If you want to lead, you follow.  That the poor are rich & you only really live for certain things if you are ready to die to them.

Scriptures

2 Samuel 22:50

Ecclesiastes 12

Matthew 6:22

Proverbs 21:31

Psalm 8:2

All Praise – May 22

A Year with Aslan from Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Christ lives in us, but sometimes it’s hard to get him out of us .. so other’s can see.  After Eustace has been turned into a dragon, Aslan tells him there’s only one way to get back to what he was.  Eustace says ..

I was afraid of his claws, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.  The first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. He peeled the beastly stuff right off—& there I was, very tender underneath…

Ransomed Heart Devotion

How great is our God? Great enough that he doesn’t do things halfway.  In Beautiful Outlaw, John Eldredge writes…

Satan took our hearts captive back in Eden. Some he has snared thru abuse, some thru seduction.  Jesus won’t take a shortcut. He never overwhelms anyone’s will.  He woos, confronts, delivers, heals – but still lets them walk away if they choose. Oh how hard it is to rescue the human heart.

 It’s done one step at a time.

Quotes

Don Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

God’s love will never change you if you don’t accept it.

Lewis Smedes ~ How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is So Wrong?

Grace isn’t a ticket to Fantasy Island, or some potion to charm life to our liking; Grace looks reality full in the face, sees its sad edges & yet feel it is good & right for you to be alive.

Philip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The image Jesus used to describe the church’s destiny – “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” – is a metaphor of offense, not defense.  Christians are storming the gates, & they will prevail, because evil will not withstand an assault by grace.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

Discipleship is a life of sublime madness.  The truth of the gospel does not rise & fall on the issues of the day.  It deserves to be accepted or rejected for what it is:  an answer to the most fundamental questions a person may ask – Is life absurd or does it have a purpose?

Jay Milbrandt ~ go + do

When we stop taking risks our bodies start to deteriorate.  We lose strength, coordination & joy.  Our lives start to deteriorate, especially our spiritual lives.

St. Bernard

While earthly bread is in the cupboard it can be stolen or simply go bad, but if you eat it, what have you to fear?  Keep the word of God in this way .. & it will keep you. 

Scriptures

1 Chronicles 16:31

Hebrews 10:14

2 Corinthians 3:6

Psalm 34:1

Isaiah 42:10

All Praise – May 15

 

Quotes

Henry Nouwen ~ Discernment

Community proclaims love is stronger than fear, joy is deeper than sorrow, unity is more real than division, & life is stronger than death.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

Everybody wants to be fancy & new.  Nobody wants to be themselves.

Lewis Smedes

Forgiving does not erase a bitter past. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.

Matt Redman ~ Mirror Ball

God doesn’t like being underestimated.  When we stay within our comfort zone & fail to trust Him for the big things, it’s dishonoring to God & disadvantageous to us.  When we trust against the world’s odds & act upon the promises of God, He will gain much glory .. & we will not be left unsatisfied.

 

Scriptures

1 Corinthians 13:12-13

Romans 8:28

All Praise – May 1

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

We’ve all had days when we need a little extra grace.  In the midst of a great battle, & we find out Giants aren’t all that clever. & it says Wimbleweather had …

Broken out at the wrong time & from the wrong place, & both his party & Caspian’s had suffered badly & done the enemy little harm.  Wimbleweather felt so bad he sat in silence, crying big tears, that rained down on & soaked all the mice there.  Even has he went away, he kept stepping on things & getting bitten..

Too often we judge ourselves on our intentions & others on their actions.  So if you’re the one in need of grace today, give it.  & if it’s someone else, give even more & remember they’re created in His image too.

Ransomed Heart Devotion

Stepping out in faith is how we find out who we really are.  In The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge writes…

Deep within the Arrows stay until someone comes along with the power to take them away. Identity isn’t something that falls on us out of the sky – identity is bestowed.  We think we’ve got to keep doing something in order to be desirable. & so we live with the fear of not being chosen, or we form a commitment to never be in a place where we can foul things up.  But that’s not the real you.

 

Quotes

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The kingdom of God thrives where its subjects follow the desires of the King.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

Rationalization begins with a look in the mirror.  We don’t like the sight of ourselves as we really are, so we try cosmetics, makeup, the right light, & the proper accessories to develop an acceptable image of ourselves – [but that’s precisely what] prevents us from seeing ourselves as we really are.

 

Bob Goff ~ Love Does

When you’re with someone you trust, you don’t need to know everything.

Jay Milbrandt ~ go + do

Watch the joy of others.  Seeing others truly happy can be enchanting. & may be just the thing to make you come alive.

 

Don Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

Satan wants us to believe meaningless things for meaningless reasons.  Can you imagine if Christians actually believed God was trying to rescue them?

Scriptures

Psalm 78:35

Proverbs 8

John 1:29

Philippians 1:20

Daniel 7:1-14