Archive | December, 2014

Quote: We Won!

29 Dec

We wonIt is amazing how we seem to struggle to receive something we did not work for or maybe argue that we do not deserve, yet we would have no problem claiming the money should we win the LOTTO.  We also have no problem accepting the victory of our team or sport hero as our own: ‘We won’, we proudly proclaim, even though we only watched the game as a spectator.  Yet we continue to reason that it will eventually take our own physical death to finally free us from the embarrassment of our body, as if Jesus’ death only has spiritual and sentimental significance.

Dec 23, 2014

From Thoughts For Life – Francois du Toit (from ‘God Believes in You’ – available in print and on Kindle)
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DPM Update – 2014 December – Merry Christmas!

22 Dec

Merry Christmas
and the happiest New Year, yet!

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About 2000 years ago in a sleepy little town of Bethlehem, God revealed Himself on earth in a human body.  That fact is amazing.  But even more amazing is that because of His life here on earth, He now reveals Himself in you.  Jesus didn’t come to just be Emmanuel… God WITH us… much more importantly, He came to make His home IN us.  He revealed the mystery that was hidden for the ages… the treasure in our earthen vessels which brings us glory… is Christ in you! 

Now for the really Good News: You are God’s address… He has made His home in you. M&D - 14

Much love from the Hendrickson family to you and yours!

Mark and Debbie Hendrickson

 

PS.  For a little Smile Time, scroll down…. (video about 2 mins long)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Baby Jesus

Fill your life with Glad-ness

15 Dec

Glad – Enjoy a playlist of one of my favorite groups.  You’ll be amazed at the power and finesse of these five guys… singing acappella!!  Hook your house speakers and turn ‘em up loud.  Grab onto their coattails and let your heart marinate in pure goodness for nearly 1 1/2 hrs.  You’ll be Glad you did.

— MLH

Quote: Take two and feel better…

15 Dec

My friend Ben Kilen, (reblog Kilen’s Spot – 12.14.14 ) brings a juicy collection of the Gospel of grace quotes to the table is such delectable array that one can’t help but want more!  Try a couple helpings of these delicacies and see if you don’t feel better right away.

Just as the first aromatic wafts of freshly baked bread instantly pique our appetite, lifting our spirits at least temporarily, in anticipation of an imminent pleasant and satisfying experience, even so hearing the almost-too-good-to-be-true Good News whets our desire and awakens our heart to know more of His love-struck heart for us, compelling the hungry soul to give voice with unashamed abandon, “Tell me more!!”

His word is bread to us… even more, it is LIFE to the eater.

How sweet are Your words to my taste!  Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! – Ps 119:1o3

Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. – Jer 15:16
I did eat your words
So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll.  He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.”  Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.  Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. – Ezek 3:3-4

Let the hungry be made glad.  Enjoy!

— MLH

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Stolen from Jay Gunter’s quotes on his Facebook page

“In the Gospel, all bookkeeping and scorekeeping are simply trashed in favor of the free acceptance of everybody and everything by grace.  Nobody has to pass a single test.  God is not the infinite Watchbird.  Instead, He become incarnate in the whole, slimy, messed up world; and His last word on the mess is simply to shut up about it in the death of Jesus and offer us a New Creation in His resurrection.  The old order is simply bad news.  And it’s the bad news because nobody can pass the tests it keeps imposing.  In the New Creation there aren’t any tests.  Everybody’s home free.” – Robert Capon

“No relationship can survive in the old order of guilt and blame.  Relationships can survive only in the order of grace and forgiveness.”

“The only thing we can possibly do with the impossible natures we foist on each other is drop dead to the business of proving we’re perfect peaches and hand out pardon all around.”

– Robert Capon from “The Mystery of Christ”

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Hell is our demand for self-destruction, not God’s demand to appease his personal beef with mankind.  God’s wrath against sin is very real and very intense – he hates sin BECAUSE it destroys His children.  If we choose to identify with the very thing that destroys us, we have heaped condemnation on ourselves.  But let’s stop blaming God for that.  He is not the enemy of the damned, He is the Saviour of the damned. – John Crowder

Talking about the ‘narrow door’ that is preached so hard in some circles… “It’s forbidding narrowness lies not in the fact that it is so small it is hard to find; rather it lies in the fact that it is so repulsive it is hard to accept.” – Robert Capon

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way that they have been told to. – Alan Keightley

Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved. Because you do not know that I love you, you cannot trust Me….. For now, I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or you having to please Me.  I’m not a bully, not some self-centered demanding little deity insisting on My own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you.  You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only throught a relationship of love.  And I do love you.” – from “The Shack”

“…there is therefore now no condemnation for two reasons: you are dead now; and God, as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, has been dead all along.  The blame game was over before it started.  It really was.  All Jesus did was announce that truth and tell you it would make you free.  It was admittedly a dangerous thing to do.  You are a menace.  Be he did it; and therefore, menace or not, here you stand: uncondemned, forever, now.  What are you going to do with your freedom?” ― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

The power of the gospel isn’t about what we’ve done wrong, but about what He’s done right.

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“In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves.  Every feature of His image is mirrored in us.  This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mindset to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity. Mankind is His glory.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (the Mirror)

Two glories are mentioned in this chapter; the glory of the flesh and the unfading glory of God’s image and likeness redeemed in us.  The fading glory represented in the dispensation of the law of Moses is immediately superseded by the unveiling of Christ in us.  Some translations of this scripture reads, “we are being changed from glory to glory.”  This would suggest that change is gradual and will more than likely take a lifetime, which was the typical thinking that trapped Israel for forty years in the wilderness of unbelief.  We cannot become more than what we already are in Christ.  We do not grow more complete; we simply grow in the knowledge of our completeness.  We are not changed from one degree of glory to another, or step by step.  How long does it take the beautiful swan to awaken to the truth of its design?  The ugly duckling was an illusion.  Whatever it was that endorsed the “ugly duckling” mindset, co-died together with Christ! – Francois Du Toit

By design human life is wired to believe.  We are faith creatures in our make-up; we want to believe.  Love realized awakens belief.  When you know that you are loved, it is easy to believe.  Love sets faith in motion. – Galatians 5:6 & Francois Du Toit

“The life of grace is not an effort on our part to achieve a goal we set ourselves.  It is a continually renewed attempt simply to believe that someone else has done all the achieving that is needed and to live in relationship with that person, whether we achieve or not.  If that doesn’t seem like much to you, you’re right: it isn’t.  And, as a matter of fact, the life of grace is even less than that.  It’s not even our life at all, but the life of that Someone Else rising like a tide in the ruins of our death.”
― Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

From Ruan Haasbroek:
So glad that today God is not coming down, that in fact he has arrived to his favorite location- you! the incarnation exposes the myth of separation and distance.  God is not far from any of us- in him we move, we live and have our being.  To face life, with all its uncertainty can become overwhelming but what good news to have discover a conclusion that speaks louder than any stormy weather- that God is for us!  He values all, not some.  Our faith is not how we persuade him into voting for us, faith is the result of discovering he has always counted us in.  He has opened up, exhausted his resources and given himself completely to us.  For so long we have failed to discover the treasure hidden in the earthen vessel, God is not busy contemplating whether he should let you in on his secret or not, the mystery of God (that was hidden for ages) has now been revealed- Christ in you!  God has made us his home, we do not need to build another temple yet again to show him honor, his temple is our body- to know no man according to the flesh is sufficient contribution.  In discovering the truth about ourselves, as in a mirror (in Christ) will free us to get on with act living.  Engaging with the thoughts of God, concerning man, there is always and only one result- his opinion of mankind is summed up in the person of Jesus.  God believes in you not because he needs some return on his investment of human life, but because he sees himself in us!  We do not have to idly wait for yet another visit.  We do not have to pray another pray to try and influence a supposedly reluctant God into motion.  The conclusion is clear the incarnation is the cat out of the bag!  Its the big bang all over! God does life with us!  The vicarious man, Jesus, gives context to this new life- we are free to respond and discover that in him all things has been reconciled to him.  Let us enter his rest…his satisfied with you!

“Beware of too much grace,” said no New Testament writer ever.  They did, however, warn you of the Law.

About Ben Kilen
I am a average guy father of 4.  I don’t claim any super powers or amazing talents.  I do have a double jointed thumb and I have always hoped it would bring me wealth and fame but so far it hasn’t.  I am an eclectic music lover as long and by music current day main stream rap does not qualify as music.  Anything that has one to two sentences hammered over and over with no melody or excessive auto tune does not qualify.

Choices…

8 Dec

“Working out our salvation” requires choices… here are two options, walking under law or grace:

1. The law actually incites us to sinChoices

“For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.” – Romans 7:5

2. Grace teaches us to not sin

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,“ – Titus 2:11-12

I wonder which one we should choose, if indeed we want to walk out our righteousness?  This should be easy.  It’s an open-book test… a no-brainer.

Hmmm… so, trying harder to keep the law actually has counterproductive results.  But when we metanoia (change our minds about God) the grace of God leads us into righteous living.

I know which one I’m choosing.

— MLH

Forgiveness Precedes Repentance

8 Dec

Wow! Can this really be true?

Repentance: Greek – Metanoia – Change your way of thinking

Forgiveness happened at the cross… (actually, before the foundation of the world)

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Lk 23:34

Jesus’ actual words were “forgive them” even BEFORE we knew we sinned!

It works like this: When I ‘stub my toe’… and then realize that I have ALREADY been forgiven at the cross!… my response is to repent (change my way of thinking about God’s thoughts and love for me) so that I can experience His full benefits already afforded to me.  What kind of God forgives me BEFORE I sin?  Realizing this, I begin to get transformed by the renewing (changing) of my mind about God’s heart of love for me.  And experiencing this hard-to-believe-because-it’s-so-good Grace, teaches my heart to not sin.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, – Titus 2:11-12

— MLH