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A different concept of God….

Here is a thought-provoking quote from iMonk Michael Spencer:

|| Why are Christians the most incomplete, frantic, “wretchedly urgent” and religiously imbalanced of human beings? Could it be that our conception of God is, “What can he do for me? What must I do for him?” rather than, “The God I worship is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have everything that I need. His love for me is the foundation of everything in existence. How can I honor him today?” ||

I would change just a couple of words here. I don’t think all Christians fall into “wretchedly urgent” characterization, nor do I think Christians are the only ones suffering from the malady. But the iMonk has certainly captured the life of Assemblyites in a few words.

I would delete ‘for me’ from the sentence near the end, to read, more correctly, I think, “His love is the foundation of everything in existence.” I love the inference Spencer draws–“I have everything I need.” God has already done everything necessary to provide “well-being like a river” for us – even when walking through the valley of the shadow of death (or the Assembly experience).

About Editor

Margaret Irons and her husband Steve and three children were in the Fullerton Geftakys Assembly for twenty years. We left in March, 1990. We are still recovering and learning in Orange County, CA.

2 comments on “A different concept of God….

  1. It’s a de-toxifying process of getting rid of the “what do I have to do to please this unpleasable God today” thought pattern

  2. Amy Cahill

    I am leaving my full name, because I just wrote this, and while I don’t mind it getting passed on if people like it, I do want the credit.
    —————————————-
    He is Love
    by Amy Cahill © 2008. All rights reserved.

    He is Love
    There’s no love-me-not
    No disappointment, no betrayal, no lies.
    He is Love
    There’s no love-me-not
    Deep as the ocean, wider than the skies

    He is your deepest dream,
    your fondest wish,
    most precious memory…
    The one who got away
    the one who died
    you thought you’d never see…

    He is the fairytale,
    the secret world you wish you could go to
    And though He loves us all
    it’s just as if
    He loved just one — that one is you…

    He is Love
    There’s no love-me-not
    No disappointment, no betrayal, no lies.
    He is Love
    There’s no love-me-not
    Deep as the ocean, wider than the skies

    He is your deepest dream,
    your fondest wish,
    most precious memory…
    The one who got away
    the one who died
    you thought you’d never see…

    His love is vast and infinite
    just right for you and me
    And what do you do to attain this love?
    Nothing, ’cause it’s free.

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