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According to Jon Walker, in his book, Costly Grace, it means…
You’re the face of Jesus, showing up in the lives of others on his behalf.
You show up in the hospital
You show up at the funeral
You show up at the wedding
You show up across the fence as you talk to your neighbors (223)
“Jesus is not an important part of your life; he is your life. His life envelops and saturates all that you are. If you try to find your life apart from Jesus, you will lose it; but if you lose your life in Christ, then you will live an extraordinary life energized by the life of Christ within you.”
Jon Walker, Costly Grace, 220
By Trevin Wax on Nov 28, 2010
Fountain of love,
pour your love into our souls,
that we may love those whom you love
with the love you have given us,
and think and speak of them tenderly, meekly, lovingly;
and so loving our brothers and sisters for your sake,
may grow in your love,
and dwelling in your love may dwell in you;
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
– E.B. Pusey, 1800-1882
© Copyright by Trevin Wax
Dick Eastman said it very well :
“We learn prayer’s deepest depths in prayer, not from books. We reach prayer’s highest heights in prayer, not from sermons. The only place to learn prayer, is in prayer, bent and broken on our knees.“
“No Easy Road“,
By RAY ORTLUND
For honest self-examination
Horatius Bonar, writing the preface to John Gillies’ Accounts of Revival regarding the leaders of the Great Awakening, proposed that men useful to the Holy Spirit for revival are marked in these nine ways:
1. They are in earnest: “They lived and labored and preached like men on whose lips the immortality of thousands hung.”
2. They are bent on success: “As warriors, they set their hearts on victory and fought with the believing anticipation of triumph, under the guidance of such a Captain as their head.”
3. They are men of faith: “They knew that in due season they should reap, if they fainted not.”
4. They are men of labor: “Their lives are the annals of incessant, unwearied toil of body and soul; time, strength, substance, health, all they were and possessed they freely offered to the Lord, keeping back nothing, grudging nothing.”
5. They are men of patience: “Day after day they pursued what, to the eye of the world, appeared a thankless and fruitless round of toil.”
6. They are men of boldness: “Timidity shuts many a door of usefulness and loses many a precious opportunity; it wins no friends, while it strengthens every enemy. Nothing is lost by boldness, nor gained by fear.”
7. They are men of prayer: “They were much alone with God, replenishing their own souls out of the living fountain, that out of them might flow to their people rivers of living water.”
8. They are men of strong doctrine: “Their preaching seems to have been of the most masculine and fearless kind, falling on the audience with tremendous power. It was not vehement, it was not fierce, it was not noisy; it was far too solemn to be such; it was massive, weighty, cutting, piercing, sharper than a two-edged sword.”
9. They are men of deep spirituality: “No frivolity, no flippancy . . . . The world could not point to them as being but slightly dissimilar from itself.”
By Trevin Wax on Nov 24, 2010
Really, Paul? Give thanks in everything? No matter the circumstance?
Already, you’ve rocked my world. You’ve told me to rejoice always – not just when life is going well. That means that even though I’m tempted to rejoice only in the good times, you want me to rejoice in the bad times too.
You’ve told me to pray constantly – not just when life is going badly. Here, you’ve dealt with the opposite temptation. Even though I’m tempted to pray only in the bad times (when I sense I need something), you want me to pray constantly – in the good times too.
Paul, you’re calling me to a way of life that doesn’t depend on my circumstances. And what bugs me about this call is that you aren’t some idealistic pastor asking me to do the impossible. You are doing this yourself. You’re writing from a prison cell. Your happiest, sunniest letter (Philippians) is written when your circumstances are terrible.
And now, you’re telling us to give thanks in everything. But how? I want to be thankful, but come on… even for bad things? Even for trials?
“You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day.”
“No, Aleck, no! The danger of ruin to Methodism does not lie here. It springs from quite a different quarter. Our preachers, many of them, are fallen. They are not spiritual. They are not alive to God. They are soft, enervated, fearful of shame, toil, hardship. . . . Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven upon earth.”
John Wesley, writing at age 87 to Alexander Mather, quoted in Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley (London, 1871), III:632.
By Trevin Wax on Nov 21, 2010
O blessed Spirit of God,
the administrator of Jesus Christ,
breathe on your church
and let the inspiration of the Almighty enter it!
Let us feel that you are a presence,
a presence that can be known,
a presence that will comfort,
a presence that will protect,
a presence that will shine on heaven
and make it glitter like diamonds,
a presence that will shine on death
and make it a portal of glory.
So, Spirit of God, breathe on us!
– B.H. Carroll (adapted)
From All Worship
If it can’t wash others, how will it wash you?
One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God’s call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her heart was evident.
As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.
It was not very long until this faithful young woman caught the eye and heart of the pastor’s son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans.
This is when the problems began. About half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor’s son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter.
So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting got completely out of hand.
The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past.
As she began to cry, the pastor’s son stood to speak.
He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife-to-be. He began to speak.
“My fiancé’s past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does His blood wash away sin or not?”
People throughout the church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters.
Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely.
“So likewise shall My Father do also to you, if you from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Mathew 18:35