It’s not about me….

Michael Spencer's posts on grace (here, here and here) gave me an "aha!" moment about what was off-base, spiritually speaking, in the Geftakys Assembly, and other legalistic groups. That kind of perfectionistic performance-based teaching invokes a schema that is all about the individual. Do I have the right attitude - "Are you rejoicing, sister?" Am … Continue reading It’s not about me….

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It’s not because we’ve run fast enough….

Joe Sperling posted this on the Assemblyboard: "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy". (Rom. 9:16) I don't know about you, but sometimes I have to stop and remember the day that I was saved. I have to ask myself, "Was I … Continue reading It’s not because we’ve run fast enough….

“Am I Still a Christian?”

Christians who have been spiritually abused often have a prolonged feeling of antipathy toward everything associated with Christianity - church, the Bible, even God. Not only do they feel they aren't growing spiritually, they feel they have lost whatever progress in the faith they might have had. They begin to wonder, "Am I still a Christian?" … Continue reading “Am I Still a Christian?”

Psalm 147 – An incredible sandwich….

Joe Sperling over on the Assemblyboard posted these thoughts on Psalm 147: Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely.  The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel, v.1-2. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth … Continue reading Psalm 147 – An incredible sandwich….

False teachers and fruit….

Reading in Matthew I came across the passage in the sermon on the mount about false teachers. Jesus gives a strong warning - "Watch out for them!" He gives one way - and only one -  by which to recognize them: their fruit. Gal 5:22 immediately comes to mind - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, … Continue reading False teachers and fruit….

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 … Continue reading A different concept of God….

Narcissism and “malignant naricssism”….

In 1905 a young woman named Belle was hired by J. P. Morgan to be his private librarian. Almost single-handedly she shaped his huge collection of rare books and art into the world-renowned Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle had a passion for rare books, and constantly consulted with world experts in the field. One of the … Continue reading Narcissism and “malignant naricssism”….

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit: Prequel….

This morning I ran across something I had written a year ago about recognizing God's presence in daily life: I was reading through the really great encouragements in the "Light from the Word" section of the GA.com website this morning. It struck me repeatedly that a part of me was responding, "These thoughts made more sense to me … Continue reading The fellowship of the Holy Spirit: Prequel….