“I’m thinking that it might actually be possible for things to work out sometimes. Definitely not everything and maybe not the way you imagined. But sometimes, when you least expected it, life surprises you.”— Susane Colasanti (via psych-facts)
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”—Hugh Laurie (via larmoyante)
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18
“We are faithful to this church, not because it is the church of our Fathers, but because it is the church of the Gospel; not because it is the church of Luther, but because it is the church of Jesus Christ. If it became something else, if its teaching were something else than a correct exposition of the plain Word of God, it would no longer be our church. It is not the Lutheran liturgy that matters. The church can get along without it if it must. It is not the Symbolic Books that count. If it should ever be demonstrated that their exposition of the Gospel is false, that they contain essential errors, we would be the first ones to cast them into the fire, for our norma normans, the standard by which we judge doctrines, is the Bible alone. Nor is it the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as a separate church in Christendom, that matters. The moment it becomes anything else than the stand on which is put the lamp which alone is a light upon our path it becomes a sect and must disappear. We would not be Lutherans if we did not believe this!”—Herman Sasse (via tipofthescepter)
Small Group tonight was full of acoustic worship, prayer and communion. I have been feeling down physically. Stomach issues and exhaustion. It was good to sit and feel God’s music. Sit in the silence, truth of prayer and take and eat His body and blood. Replenish.
Looking forward to going to play in DC for a few days. I need out of this house. And I pray to God to help me finish strong. I keep asking Him to give me strength and power and peace. But what I’m realizing is He is strength. He is power. He is peace. I just need to ask for Him. And then dwell there.
I think what I love most about SG at the Wilson’s is being able to go to their house. Meet where they are. I love when Calvin plays acoustic guitar and we sing. I love when we take communion at home. Worship. I mean there is a total need for Sunday at Church. but at home it is raw. it is almost like we are rebelling against what the world wants. I see God’s victory when we worship and commune at home. Like the early Church and sadly like in China today. We are blessed with freedom to carry the Word and worship wherever we want.
Live radically for God. Man, I can’t wait to hear about Seminary. I am on fire to meet more people. Go further. Feel the Word breathed into me. To listen. To learn. To explore and do life. Adventure.
Why did God use Adam’s rib to create Eve? Why didn’t God create Eve from the dust of the Earth like He did Adam?
An idea that sparked my interest after Mark’s sermon today. The creation story goes beyond a single rib. The Greek word for rib is “tsela” can also mean side. So Eve was made from half of Adam. And for me since at conception we are both male and female, I feel like this article highlights the equality of men and women but also builds a case for evolution. Man and woman of the same flesh and bones. I feel like the creation story talks about being made from the Earth and we are half of one another. Life in one respect evolved out of the Primordial Soup, and what was that, none other than the Earth.
We are into week three in the series called, “God is convicting me to not be a selfish grudge holding asshole and I need to work on listening to people when they talk to actually listen instead of for my response.” God is calling me to lose myself to Him and His people again.
“You must be willing to change. You must be willing to break the deal you made with the devils within. You must be willing to leave the past and not be tempted to rebound when times are tough. You must be willing to let go of everything and anyone that takes you back to your sins. You must be willing to have hope. You must be willing to have hope that you can change and that you will and that you will be better. You must believe you are worthy of change and you are worthy of improvement and you are worthy of being the best. You must be willing to set aside your negative notions about life, about hardships, about people, about things, about yourself. You must be willing to stop feeling sorry for yourself while looking at the world move around you. Get up and make something of yourself.”—Ibn Qayyim (via purplebuddhaproject)