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1 John 4:7-4:21
$3.00 WORTH OF GOD, PLEASE
Tim Hansel in his book "When I Relax I feel Guilty," writes some insights of what most people want from God.
"I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please."
If we would be totally honest, the idea of transformation really scares us. That is because we know that such a radical change would be quite uncomfortable. We realize that with transformation comes a major overhaul of our lives and priorities.
(From a sermon by Scott Chambers, The Mission if You Accept it: Transformation, 2/15/2011)
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
Compromise is the art of giving your opponent that which he is not powerful enough to take.
1. Is the ability to sit back and wait for an expected outcome without experiencing anxiety, tension, or frustration.
2. Is the ability let go of your need for immediate gratification and be willing to wait.
3. Patience is the trait that displays tolerance, compassion, understanding, and acceptance toward those who are slower than you in developing maturity, emotional freedom...
In his book The Youth Builder, Jim Burns talks about the importance of building up young people with affirmation and trust. What he says about criticism applies to every age group: For every critical comment we receive, it takes nine affirming comments to even out the negative effect in our life. Most young people receive more critical comments a day than encouraging ones. You can have a very positive, life transforming effect when you develop a ministry of affirmation.
Psychologist Albert Mehrabian said, 7% of the impact of a speaker’s message comes through his words, 38% springs from his name, 55% from facial expressions.
H. Robinson, Biblical Preaching, p. 193, quoting F. Davis, How to read Body Language.
A. Todd Coget
Adlai Stevenson once said, “Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.”
Ortberg notes this about the inability to love:
1. The most serious sign of hurry sickness is a diminished capacity to love. Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have (87).
2. The truth is look around at our society hurried people cannot love because they are always in a hurry!
3. Ortberg adds this thought about the hurry sickness (lack of patience syndrome): It is because it kills love that hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life. Hurry lies behind much of the anger and frustration of modern life. Hurry prevents us from receiving love from the Father or gi...
“A CHRISTIAN HOME”
O GIVE US HOMES BUILT FIRM UPON THE SAVIOR,
WHERE CHRIST IS HEAD AND COUNSELLOR AND GUIDE;
WHERE EVERY CHILD IS TAUGHT HIS LOVE AND FAVOR
AND GIVES HIS HEART TO CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED:
HOW SWEET TO KNOW THAT THOUGH HIS FOOTSTEPS WAVER
HIS FAITHFUL LORD IS WALKING BY HIS SIDE!
O GIVE US HOMES WITH GODLY FATHERS, MOTHERS,
WHO ALWAYS PLACE THEIR HOPE AND TRUST IN HIM;
WHOSE TENDER PATIENCE TURMOIL NEVER BOTHERS,
WHOSE CALM AND COURAGE TROUBLE CANNOT DIM;
A HOME WHERE EACH FINDS JOY IN SERVING OTHERS,
AND LOVE STILL SHINES, THO DAYS BE DARK AND GRIM
O LORD, OUR GOD, OUR HOMES ARE THINE FOREVER!
WE TRUST TO THEE THEIR PROBLEMS, TOIL, AND CARE;
THEIR BANDS OF LOVE NO ENEMY CAN SEVER
IF THOU ART ALWAYS LORD AND MASTER THERE:
BE THOU THE CENTER OF OUR LEAST ENDEAVOR,
BE THOU OUR GUEST, OUR HEARTS AND HOMES TO SHARE.
(Barbara B. Hart)
"Wonder is the attitude of reverence for the infinite values and meaning of life, and of marveling over Gods purpose and patience in it all."