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August 31, 2010

Why Don’t Sinners Like Being Around Us?

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“The more unsavory the characters, the more at ease they seemed to feel around Jesus. People like these found Jesus appealing; a Samaritan social outcast, a military officer of the tyrant Herod, a quisling tax collector, a recent hostess to seven demons.

“In contrast, Jesus got a chilly response from more respectable types. Pious Pharisees thought him uncouth and worldly, a rich young ruler walked away shaking his head, and even the open-minded Nicodemus sought a meeting under the cover of darkness.

“I remarked to the class how strange this pattern seemed, since the Christian church now attracts respectable types who closely resemble the people most suspicious of Jesus on earth. What has happened to reverse the pattern of Jesus’ day? Why don’t sinners like being around us?” Phillip Yancey

from Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller

Fail In The Lifeboat Game

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“I was asking myself while I was reading whether or not Jesus had many of the personality traits we have here on earth. And the truth is, He didn’t. He had hunger and thirst and He slept and rested, but He had no regard for the lifeboat politics you and I live within every day. He believed a great deal of absurd ideas, such as we should turn the other cheek if somebody hits us, we should give somebody our coat even if they just ask for our shirt, we should be willing to give up all our money and follow Him, we should try out hardest to make peace, we should treat poor people the same as we treat the rich, we should lay down our lives for our friends, and so on and so on. It seemed He believed we should take every opportunity to fail in the lifeboat game, not for the sake of failing, but because there wasn’t anything to win in the first place. It was as if He didn’t believe the economy we live within had validity. No part of Him was deceived by its power.”

from Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller

Love Your Kids

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“It makes you feel that as a parent the most important thing you can do is love your kids, hold them and tell them you love them, because, until we get to heaven, all we can do is hold our palms over the wounds. I mean, if a kid doesn’t feel he is loved, he is going to go looking for it in all kinds of ways. He is going to want to feel powerful or important or tough, and she is going to want to feel beautiful and wanted and needed. Give a kid the feeling of being loved early, and they will be better at negotiating that other stuff when they get older. They won’t fall for anything stupid, and they won’t feel a kind of desperation all the time in their souls. It is no coincidence that Jesus talks endlessly about love. Free love. Unconditional love.”

from Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller

What We Really Need Is Somebody Who Loves Us So Much

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“What we really need is somebody who loves us so much we don’t worry about death, about our hair thinning, about other drivers pulling in front of us on the road, about whether people are poor or rich, good-looking or ugly, about whether we feel lonely… We need this; we need this so we can love other people purely and not for selfish gain, we need this so we can see everybody as equals, we need this so our relationships can be sincere, we need this so we can stop kicking ourselves around, we need this so we can lose all self-awareness and find ourselves for the first time, not by realizing some dream, but by being told who we are by the only Being who has the authority to know, by that I mean the Creator.”

from Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller

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Timely Words for Troubled Hearts http://ping.fm/F0WRf

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August 31: Job 37-39, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10, Psalm 44:9-26, Proverbs 22:13 http://ping.fm/Soc02

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August 31: Psalm 29, 1 Samuel 18, Daniel 1, Luke 1:26-56 http://ping.fm/mgLNn

August 30, 2010

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Busting 3 Common Productivity Myths http://ping.fm/xXMG1

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Duel Focus of Leadership Development http://ping.fm/Jlyl8

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August 30: Job 34-36, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 22:10-12 http://ping.fm/SPSvw

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