Beautiful Faith

“The beauty of faith often takes place when life goes ‘off-script’.” Bonnie Gray, Christian writer.

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Deposed Monarchs

“Even if we are loved, it is not enough. We yearn to be fruitful (productive, fulfilled, ‘Resultful’), to do something of meaning and value that flows naturally out of the gifts and capacities of our own soul (that Jesus has given us). But of course we do–we were meant to be the kings and queens of the Earth.” John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire, pg 155 (words in parenthesis added by dkb, 8/16/14).

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Earthen Vessel Treasure

“Heaven is the beginning of an Adventure in Intimacy, ‘a World of Love,’ as Jonathan Edwards wrote, ‘where God is the Fountain.'” John Eldredge, Ransomed Heart, pg. 157.

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Out-of-this World Security

Of course we’re disappointed–we’re made for SO much more! ‘He has also set Eternity in their hearts’ (Eccl. 3:11). Our longing for Heaven whispers to us in our disappointments and screams at us through our agony. ‘If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy,’ C. S. Lewis wrote, “the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” John Eldredge, in The Ransomed Heart, pg. 154. (Commentary by dkb: Being in the richness of God’s powerful presence IS another world, for His love is other-worldly. His Agape is even way beyond the exhilarating intimacy of any human love! This is the only true prosperity and true fulfillment.)

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As Good as it Gets?

“If for all practical purposes, we believe that this life is our best shot at happiness, if this is as good as it gets, we will live as desperate, demanding and, eventually, despairing people. We will place on this world a burden it was never intended to bear. We will try to find a way to ‘sneak back into the Garden’ and, when that fails, as it always does, our heart fails as well. If truth be told, most of us live as though this life is our only hope!” John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance, pg 179.

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Salvation by Hope

“The crisis of hope that afflicts the Church today is a crisis of imagination.” John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance, pg 180 (see also Romans 4:18; 8:24,25=Jesus Christ, our Hope…and the only Hope this world has!).

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We ARE at War!

“There IS no war is the subtle but pervasive lie sown by an Enemy so familiar to us we don’t even see him. For too long, he has infiltrated the ranks of the Church and we haven’t even recognized him (and have, therefore, unwittingly partnered with him).” John Eldredge, Waking the Dead, pg 160 (words in parenthesis added).

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