whether you change or not

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“Jesus the risen Christ is with us this moment. Right here, right now loves you and accepts you just as you are.

You do not have to change to get his love. You do not have to give up your sin. You do not have to have a conversion experience. Obviously, Jesus wants you to change and yes he wants you to give up your sin and your selfishness… be converted and live, experience the freedom of the children of God but you don’t have to do that to get his love and acceptance. You have that already, before you decide to change and whether you decide to change or not.

Do you believe this?”

(part of a talk that I was watching given by Brennan Manning)

How absolutely scarily beautiful is that?!!

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Beautiful, beautiful love!!

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“With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us……

…..So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”

(Romans 8)

on a quiet day I can hear her breathing…

Hadn’t seen this one for awhile. Came across it in one of my old photo files on the computer.  The quote says: “Not only is another world possible. She is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy

I love the line of thinking this quote leads me into… Not only is it possible, it’s the truth. If you pay attention you will realize that He is real, and you will know the breath of life from Him. It’s not just on it’s way, it’s here now.  Sweet!

 

The Lord Is My Shepherd!

Check out what I read this morning on www.sacredspace.ie :

The image of the Shepherd is one of the most heart-warming and encouraging in the Bible. Even if the appointed leaders of the people should fail, yet ‘I myself shall take care of my flock and look after it…I myself shall pasture my sheep…I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded …’ (Ezekiel 34:11-16). The Psalmist sings therefore: ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing’ (Psalm 23:1). And Jesus in the gospel looks out upon us all: ‘And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd’ (Matthew 9:36). Further, he says: ‘I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me’ (John 10:14). So, harassed and dejected, or wandering aimlessly, or falling into ravines, there is someone calling out to us, through friends or community, or in the depths of our hearts, and especially in a moment of prayer. It is worthwhile, this continuing Eastertide, to look to Jesus, and see him as the Good Shepherd. Amid all the voices competing for my attention, his voice is clear and true, calling me by name, guiding me along a good way, and leading to safe pasture and to refreshing waters. ‘By tranquil streams he leads me to restore my spirit’ (Psalm 23:2).

have I offended you?

I think we Christians are too worried about offending other people. It gets really old. The worry of “am I offending them?” often turns straight into people pleasing actions, which can’t be God’s intention when he included things about not offending your brother in the Bible.

I can’t help but feel that so many of our days are spent judging the most stupid things in each others lives.

I read Romans 14 today. It’s good, helpful stuff.