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.
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.
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.