When we sin and mess up our lives, we find that God doesn't go off and leave us- he enters into our trouble and saves us.— Eugene H. Peterson
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O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit. When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit. Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you.
Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves.
Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship.
Christians don't simply learn or study or use Scripture;
we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus' name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son.
Prayer is the disciplined refusal to act before God acts.
No life of faith can be lived privately. There must be overflow into the lives of others.
Praying puts us at risk of getting involved in God's conditions.
Be slow to pray. Praying most often doesn't get us what we want but what God wants, something quite at variance with what we conceive to be in our best interests.
Worship does not satisfy our hunger for God; it whets our appetite.
The hard work of sowing seed in what looks like perfectly empty earth has a time of harvest. All suffering, pain, emptiness, disappointment is seed: sow it in God and He will, finally, bring a crop of joy from it.
I will not try to run my own life or the lives of others; that is God's business.
When we submit our lives to what we read in scripture, we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but our stories in God's. God is the larger context and plot in which our stories find themselves.
Waiting means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions.
Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.
The Bible makes it clear that every time that there is a story of faith, it is completely original. God's creative genius is endless.
The life of faith is a daily exploration of the constant and countless ways in which Gods grace and love are expereinced
Sloth is most often evidenced in busyness .
.. in frantic running around, trying to be everything to everyone, and then having no time to listen or pray, no time to become the person who is doing these things.
It is easier to find guides, someone to tell you what to do, than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship as you work it out yourself. This is what spiritual direction is.
American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we've ever had because it is so materialistic and it's so full of lies. The whole advertising world is just, it's just intertwined with lies, appealing to the worst of the instincts we have.
The vocation of pastor has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.
Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.
Real faith is refined in the fires and storms of pain.
Jesus almost never talked in terms of explaining.
He was always using enigmatic stories and difficult metaphors. He was always pulling people into some kind of participation.
A person has to get fed up with the ways of the world before he, before she acquires an appetite for the world of grace.
It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.
I get asked, 'What do you miss most about being a pastor?' I think it's the intimacy, the incredible gift of intimacy. You go through death with somebody, with their families, and there's an intimacy that comes through that that is just incomparable.
The religious leader is the most untrustworthy of leaders;
in no other station do we have so many opportunities for pride, covetousness and lust, and with so many excellent disguises to keep such ignobility from being found out and called to account.
You're here to be LIGHT... Shine! Be generous with your lives.
We've all met a certain type of spiritual person.
She's a wonderful person. She loves the Lord. She prays and reads the Bible all the time. But all she thinks about is herself. She's not a selfish person. But she's always at the center of everything she's doing.
Like the sacramental use of water and bread and wine, friendship takes what's common in human experience and turns it into something holy.
That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it.
The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, 'Let us worship God.' If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.
The life of faith isn't meant for tourists. It's meant for pilgrims.
Pity is one of the noblest emotions available to human beings;
self-pity is possibly the most ignoble . . . . [It] is an incapacity, a crippling emotional disease that severely distorts our perception of reality . . . a narcotic that leaves its addicts wasted and derelict.
There is nothing terribly difficult in the Bible - at least in a technical way.
The Bible is written in street language, common language. Most of it was oral and spoken to illiterate people. They were the first ones to receive it. So when we make everything academic, we lose something.
If we get our information from the biblical material there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing, leaping, daring life.
That's the whole spiritual life. It's learning how to die. And as you learn how to die, you start losing all your illusions, and you start being capable now of true intimacy and love.
Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.
Set the world right; Do what's best - As above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge!
Love is not a word that describes my feelings;
it is not a technique by which I fulfill my needs; it is not an ideal, abstract and pure, on which I meditate or discourse. It is acting in correspondence with or in response to God in relation to persons.
Exile (being where we don't want to be with people we don't want to be with) forces a decision: Will I focus my attention on what is wrong with the world and feel sorry for myself? Or will I focus my energies on how I can live at my best in this place I find myself?...'I will do my best with what is here.'
Spirituality is no different from what weve been doing for two thousand years just by going to church and receiving the sacraments, being baptized, learning to pray, and reading Scriptures rightly. Its just ordinary stuff.
People learn to shop for churches; there is no loyalty to the church. They're consumers being attracted to one product or another. I think it's sacrilege, to tell you the truth, it really is.
Suffering attracts fixers the way road-kills attract vultures.
The minute the church and pastors start saying what do people want and then giving it to them, we betray our calling. We're called to have people follow Jesus. We're called to have people learn how to forgive their enemies.
You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace.
In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true.
There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat.
Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays. When I was tiny we would by a real tree and stay up late drinking hot chocolate and finding just the right place for the special decorations.
The moment the organic unity of belief and behaviour is damaged in any way, we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.
The task of the prophet is not to smooth things over but to make things right.
I don't want to end up a bureaucrat in the time-management business for God or a librarian cataloguing timeless truths. Salvation is kicking in the womb of creation right now, any time now. Pay attention.
GOD made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I'm alert to GOD's ways; I don't take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step. GOD rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.