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These are quotes from the books that I have been reading that I would like to share with others

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I just finished reading a book by Kyle Idleman entitled “The End of Me”. Kyle is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the bestselling author of “Not A Fan”, “Gods At War” & “AHA”. “The End of Me” is described this way:

Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promises lies in embracing His inside-out way of life.

Kyle examines Jesus’s Sermons on the Mount and unpacks many other counterintuitive truths from Scripture, including brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required to know true fullness. As you begin to live out these paradoxical principles, you will ultimately discover how Jesus transforms you.

Only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers.

This book was packed with lots of greats quotes and so I wanted to share some of them. (Bold quotes are my favorite)

The End Of Me:

Reaching the end of me is a daily journey I must make because it’s where Jesus shows up and my real life in Him begins.

Jesus will show us that blessings and fulfillment is found in the least likely place – the end of ourselves.

Brokenness:

Jesus is saying that God’s kingdom begins in you when you come to the end of yourself and realize you have nothing to offer. It’s precisely the opposite of every assumption we tend to make in this world.

The less you see your own brokenness, the more broken you are.

Mourning:

There’s nothing life can throw at us that God can’t use to draw us nearer to Him.

Without seeing the depths of sin, we’ll never understand the heights of God’s love and grace.

Humbled:

Pride is the ultimate issue of the human condition – not just one of the “deadly sins” but the mother of them all.

Bible-time Pharisees were so good with rules and pious acts that they became legends in their own minds. Yet it wasn’t real. The Messiah stood before them, invisible to their eyes. The needs of the hungry and the sick, all around them, didn’t register. The things they cared about didn’t intersect with the things God care about.

The greatest danger in life is anything other than Jesus that becomes a foundation for our confidence.

Authentic:

When the inside and outside match up,  you’re pure in heart and you’re where He wants you to be.

A great part of the upside-down inside-out message of Jesus is that God doesn’t look so much on the outside, which is so easy to fake. He looks more on the inside, where we are what we are.

Jesus calls us to live one life and live it out in the open. His name for that is purity of heart, and his reward for that is a rich and fulfilled blessing in life.

To authentically know Him and to be authentically known by Him is what my soul was made for.

Empty To Be Filled:

The story found in 2 Kings 4, is a reminder that God loves to fill empty things – whether it’s a jar or a measure of hope. Jars are made for filling. They don’t fill themselves, but they receive what is poured into them. All jars begin with emptiness.

Disqualified To Be Chosen:

If anyone was disqualified for leadership, shouldn’t it have been a man who murdered believers and organized search-and-destroy missions against the church? (Paul)

Coming to the end of me also means allowing Jesus to put an end to the guilt and shame of the past. He declares your permanent record and offers you a new beginning with a new purpose.

For those of us worried about how others see us, we have to move forward even if we don’t know where we stand with them. God determines your future, not others.

Weak To Be Strong:

Why poverty? What a stable? Why blue-collar shepherds? Because He’s God, and God chooses weakness as the best setting to display His strength. Weakness creates the space that God fills with his strength. He stepped into poverty, weakness, and obscurity, and all we’re left to say is, “Look what God can do.” He takes a blank canvas of drab gray and says, “Watch this!”

The End Of Me:

Death renders all worldly points moot. It’s the ultimate, required surrender of yourself and all you have. When Jesus speaks of dying to ourselves, this is what He wants us to think about. All the stuff of the world is dead to us, and we’re dead to it.

It’s inherently human to focus on ourselves, It’s how we are. Jesus teaches us to deny ourselves, to die to ourselves but that doesn’t mean it ever becomes easy. Each day when we climb out of bed to begin a new day, we’re still human. The old self gets out of bed with us, and we have to put on Christ as an act of will, over and over.

I would love to hear from you on what your favorite quote was. Leave me a comment.

The spiritual life is an all-encompassing, lifelong response to God’s gracious initiatives in the lives of those who trust is centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Biblical spirituality is a Christ-centered orientation to every component of life through the mediating power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is a journey of the spirit that begins with the gift of forgiveness and life in Christ and progresses through faith and obedience. Since it is based on a present relationship, it is a journey with Christ rather than a journey to Christ.

As long as we are on this earth we never arrive; the journey is not complete until the day of our resurrection, when the Lord brings us into complete conformity with himself.

Kenneth Boa

“Conformed to His Image”

Biblical Spirituality: A Journey With Christ

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I have begun reading a book entitled “Rhythms of Grace” by Mike Cosper. Mike is one of the founding pastors of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he serves as the pastor of worship & arts. He is also the founder of Sojourn Music and contributes regularly to the Gospel Coalition blog.

Mike’s purpose of writing this book is to “show the gospel is all about worship and worship is all about the gospel”.

In the first few chapters, Mike takes us back to the very beginning of time to start this journey. He explains how worship existed between a Triune God even before God spoke and the earth was formed. He takes us into the Garden of Eden and ultimately into the exile of the Garden and into the wilderness.

One of the overall themes that has been prevalent in the first few chapters is the story of worship: God creates, sin corrupts, but Christ redeems.

Mike goes on to talk about the holiness of God and makes the following statement:

God is holy, and Israel was not. They needed to shed blood for sins both great and small so that God could dwell in their midst. Sin demands death, and Israel couldn’t love in community with God without a clear, violent, and ever-present reminder of the cost of their sins.

He goes on to say,

Nothing required God to provide a way for redeeming fallen man. He had every right to simply allow us to suffer the deadly consequences of our actions, but He didn’t. He never abandoned us. He stepped into our world and made a way for us to know Him.

Mike points out in this chapter that in today’s world we have a tainted view of the holiness of God.

The boiling, fiery, deadly presence of God is the natural reaction of holiness in the presence of sin. We misunderstand the wrath of God if we think it’s only emotional rage, like an angry, frustrated parent. It’s not; it’s a rage made of a pure, perfect, and holy hatred of sin and evil. On the flip side, it’s a rage built upon the deepest love of what is good, pure and perfect.

Mike points out that just as we underestimate God’s holiness, we underestimate how deeply sinful we are. He says,

We think of ourselves as good enough, smart enough, and likeable enough to deserve forgiveness from God.

God redeemed us because He loves us – “For God so LOVED the world…”. When we think of how holy God is and the price that was paid for our sins, our response to Him should be nothing short of worship!

Points to Ponder:

  1. Do you realize how much God loves you?
  2. Do you see just how holy God is and just how much we need a Savior?

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In the book The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall & Tony Payne write the following about every Christian being a missionary.

They write, “The Christian without a missionary heart is an anomaly.”

Just in case you don’t know, dictionary.com defines “anomaly” as the following: a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form. someone or something that is abnormal or incongruous, or does not fit in.

Both of these gentleman are arguing that there is no difference between a Christian and a missionary and I could not agree with them any more. It is every Christians responsibility to help spread the gospel and HIS glory to the ends of the earth – whether across the street or around the world.

They continue, “The missionary heart will be seen in all kinds of ways:”

  • In prayers for the lost, in making sure our behavior offends no-one, in gospel conversations with friends, and in making every effort to save some. We are slaves without rights, even though we are free ( 2 Corinthians 4:5 | Philemon 2:7 ).
  • Disciples are called to a distinctive, ‘salty’ lifestyle characterized by good deeds and righteousness. By living this way we shine as lights in the world, attracting praise not to ourselves but to God our Father ( Matthew 5:13-16 ).
  • We are called to pray for the bold proclamation of the gospel in the world ( Col 4:2-3 ).
  • Our conversations with outsiders should be gracious yet provocative, giving appropriate answers to the questions that are prompted by our way of life ( Col 4:5-6 ).
  • The sound doctrine of the gospel produces a radical Christian way of life that gives no grounds for slander, and makes the teaching of the gospel attractive to the world ( Titus 2:1-10 ).
  • Like God’s chosen people Israel, Christians both corporately and privately are to make God known to the nations by declaring his mercies in the gospel and by living a holy life ( I Peter 2:9-12 | 3:1-2 ).
  • Even in the midst of persecution, believer are to surrender to the lordship of Christ and gently give a defense of the hope we have in the gospel ( I Peter 3:15 ).

“We have to conclude that a Christian with no passion for the lost is in series need of self-examination and repentance”.

“It is very striking that Paul calls upon ordinary believers in Corinth to be imitators of him, as he is of Christ. And this imitation is not in some general sense, but in actively seeking the salvation of others. They are not to seek their own advantage “but that of many, that they may be saved” ( I Corinthians 10:33 ).

They finish with this awesome statement:

“Their whole aim was to be the glory of God in the salvation of others”.

Points to Ponder:

  • How are you using your life for Christ?
  • Are you a Christian anomaly?
  • How are you shining the light of Jesus to this world?