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Dialogue from A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist.

Drew: “In any case, she asked that I place a Bible in your bundle.”
Josh: “Why, Drew? She knows I’ve read it already.”
Drew: “But will you read it over again? With a perspective of freedom instead of as a book full of rules?”

I love this exchange because it expresses what I discovered after six years of feeling restricted by many who taught from the Bible. It is why I now love reading the Bible.

When the Bible is read as a book of rules the result is heavy guilt or frustration from the inability to follow the rules. But when read with a perspective of  freedom, which is why Jesus came in the flesh, then the result is life. Life that sees the hope in all circumstances. Life that recognizes God is God and it’s not my job to try to be God. Life that is free to enjoy every moment.

If you’ve viewed the Bible as a book of rules, I invite you to read it with a different perspective. Instead of trying to read into it what you are supposed to do, read who Jesus is and what his kingdom looks like. Get to know the king. He’s more important in the kingdom than you are.

The only way God expects you to be like Jesus is through the power of his Holy Spirit. You can’t do it by following rules. The same power exerted in Christ when he was raised from the dead has been given to those who believe (Ephesians 1:20).

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This was originally posted Dec 13, 2009. I’m re-posting because it speaks to the issue I’m confronted with now – egalitarianism v complementarianism in the church.

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Quotes from the book

(p15 – Excerpts from a conversation between Prince and Tommy. Tommy has noticed one friend seems overly confident and one friend seems afraid regarding their mission.)

Prince: Are you confident or afraid?

Tommy: I guess I just haven’t thought enough about it to be too confident or too afriad. I just came today because you asked me to, and because I want to help Bobby.

Prince: That’s why I asked you to come today, Tommy. You always do what I ask. That’s what I look for in a leader.

Tommy: But you’re the leader, not me.

Prince: That’s my point. You never forget who to follow. That’s part of what makes a great leader.

Tommy: But I’m not a leader. I’ve never done anything really….

Prince: A person can be a leader long before he has occasion to lead.

(p41) “most things that are truly exciting are not easy at all.”

(p61) “Our enemy is on the move, though we do not yet know his plans against us. But you must each know that you will be taken prisoner by the enemy if you ever lose sight of the fact that you are intruders into his kingdom. Look around you.

“Everything you see is under his control. The trees, the animals, the hills — they are the claimed territory of the Dark Prince of the Lower Kingdom. Simply by standing on this insignificant hill in this seemingly unpopulated area, we have declared war against him.

“The moment this kingdom feels like our home is the moment we surrender our mission, and our hearts, to the evil prince.”

(p65) “A real tree house is built in the hearts of people who love each other enough to make something together. And its value comes from working together, and what that brings to all those who come to it, see it, or hear of it. Working together is never as easy as working alone. But it is always better.”

(p101) “Whatever unfolds tonight, just remember to question everything, but argue nothing. We aren’t here to persuade or be persuaded about anything other than the coming trial we all shall face together.”

This is a novel but I could write a blog on the truth in each of these statements. I probably won’t. Just go get the book. Read it. Then come back here and let me know what spoke to you in this book or just what you thought of the book.

Scot and Sharon Krause loaned me the book. Scot described it as a Narnia feel. I would add to that, Lord of the Rings, Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce. If you like any of those books or even Harry Potter and Erec Rex, you’ll probably like this book.

Check out Between Two Kingdoms on Amazon for reviews. Maybe I’ll add my thoughts there eventually.

Joe Boyd also has a great blog: Rebel Pilgrim

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quotes from A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelley

“Religion isn’t something to be added to our other duties, and thus make our lives yet more complex. The life with God is the center of life, and all else is remodelled and integrated by it…. The most important thing is not to be perpetually passing out cups of cold water to a thirsty world. We can get so fearfully busy trying to carry out the second great commandment, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,’ that we are under-developed in our devoted love to God. But we must love God as well as neighbor.”

“Much of our acceptance of multitudes of obligations is due to our inability to say No. We calculated that that task had to be done, and we saw no one ready to undertake it. We calculated the need, and then calculated our time, and decided maybe we could squeeze it in somewhere. But the decision was a heady decision, not made within the sanctuary of the soul. When we say Yes or No to calls for service on the basis of heady decisions, we have to give reasons, to ourselves and to others. But when we say Yes or No to calls on the basis of inner guidance and whispered promptings of encouragement from the Center of our life, or on the basis of a lack of any inward ‘rising’ of that Life to encourage us in the call, we have no reason to give, except one — the will of God as we discern it.”

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Quotes from A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly

“The experience of Divine Presence wholly satisfies, and there are a few who, like those on the Mount of Transfiguration, want to linger there forever and never return to the valleys of men, where there are demons to be cast out. But there is more to the experience of God than that of being plucked out of the world. The fuller experience, I am sure, is of a Love which sends us out into the world. ‘As the Father hath sent me, even so send I you’ becomes, not an external, Biblically authorized command, but a living burning experience. For the experience of an inflooding, all-enfolding Love, which is at the center of Divine Presence, is of a Love which embraces all creation, not just our little, petty selves.”

“I wish I might emphasize how a life becomes simplified when dominated by faithfulness to a few concerns. Too many of us have too many irons in the fire. We get distracted by the intellectual claim to our interest in a thousand and one good things, and before we know it we are pulled and hauled breathlessly along by an over-burdened program of good committees and good undertakings. I am persuaded that this fevered life of church workers is not wholesome…. Acceptance of service on a weighty committee should really depend upon an answering imperative within us, not merely upon a rational calculation of the factors involved.”

“[The grounds of the social responsibility and the social sensitivity of Friends] is not in mere humanitarianism. It is not in mere pity. It is not in mere obedience to Bible commands. It is not in anything earthly. The social concern of Friends is grounded in an experience — an experience of the Love of God and of the impulse to saviourhood inherent in the fresh quickenings of that Life.”

Note: “Friends” is the evangelical Christian denominational affiliation of the author.

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Giving Ourselves to Prayer – Dan R. Crawford, Compiler
Quotes from Chapter 62 – Prayer and Spiritual Awakenings by Glenn Sheppard

“[Dr. J. Edwin Orr] said historical research proves that prayer precedes revival and awakening. Evangelism and social justice follow close behind.”

“When de Tocqueville visited America in 1831, he said, ‘America is a nation with the soul of a church.’ However, by the 1840s, denominations were splitting and an emphasis on the Second Coming left many disillusioned. Apathy and complacency began taking a toll.”

[Welsh Revival 1904] “A hundred thousand were converted cutting drunkenness in half and causing taverns to go bankrupt. Crimes were so few that judges had no cases to try. The mules in the mines had to be re-taught because the miners quit using profanity…. Church membership in America increased by two million in five years. It was common for stores to close for hours for prayer. In Los Angeles, the Grand Opera House was filled at midnight with drunks and prostitutes seeking salvation. [J. Edwin Orr, The Re-study of revival and Revivalism (Los Angeles: The Oxford Association for Research in Revival or Evangelical Awakening, 1981), p. 45]”

“We don’t have to convince an unwilling God to come and refresh us with His presence. He’s for it. But, He cannot be manipulated. But when sincere hearts who know they cannot do His work nor His will without Him, humbly pray, He will answer.”

“We’ve learned enough to know He will come, but have we learned enough to pray until He does?”

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Quotes from The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd – Chapter IX

“This Good News about the Kingdom must be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations and then shall the end come…. to us has been committed the most meaningful and worthwhile task of any human institution. This gives to my life an eternal significance, for I am sharing in God’s plan for the ages. The meaning and destiny of history rests in my hands.”

“If God’s people in the English-speaking world alone took this text seriously and responded to its challenge, we could finish the task of world-wide evangelization in our own generation and witness the Lord’s return.”

“My concern is not with closed doors; my concern is with the doors that are open which we do not enter. If God’s people were really faithful and were doing everything possible to finish the task, God would see to it that the doors were opened.”

“Our responsibility is not to insist on defining the terms of our task; our responsibility is to complete it.”

“Our responsibility is not to save the world. We are not required to transform This Age.”

“Here is the motive of our mission: the final victory awaits the completion of our task…. When is Christ coming again? When the Church has finished its task.”

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Quotes from The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd – Chapter VIII

“The age of the law and the prophets ended with John the Baptist; since then the Kingdom of heaven has been at work among men.” (reference to Matt 11:12-13)

“Although we find in the prophets a growing emphasis upon the individual, the terms of the Old Covenant were primarily with Israel as a nation; and Gentiles could share the spiritual blessings of the Covenant only by becoming part of the nation.”

“Confession of His Messiahship is at the same time confession of the presence of the Kingdom of God, for it is the mission of the Messiah to bring the Kingdom of God to men.”

“His mission, as well as His Messiahship, was a ‘mystery’; it was not to bring the evil Age to its end and inaugurate The Age to Come. It was rather to bring the powers of the future Age to men in the midst of the present evil Age; and this mission involved His death.”

“The Church is the fellowship of disciples of Jesus who have received the life of the Kingdom and are dedicated to the task of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom in the world.”

“The Church… is not the Kingdom of God; God’s Kingdom creates the Church and works in the world through the Church.”

“While we must therefore speak of Israel and the Church, we must speak of only one people of God.”

“We must remember that the earliest Church consisted of Jewish believers; but they came into the Church not because they were Jews but because they were the believers.”

“While the Kingdom of God will not be realized as a state of perfect blessedness until Christ returns, God’s Kingdom is at work in the world and is engaged in a mortal struggle with evil. The Church is the instrument of this struggle. Conflict therefore must ever be an essential element in the life of the Church so long as This Age lasts.”

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