from his book Jesus Shock:
I haven’t actually read this book. but I think its a pretty good quote. We are creatures of comfort – we like to get into set routines and patterns of living. We like to be comfortable. Anytime there is discomfort we like to alleviate that as soon as we can. We don’t like the wild-ness of things too much. Anytime the feathers are ruffled there’s a lot of squacking (?) until of course, things calm down. But the truth is, we need this aspect of Jesus in our lives. We need him to come into the inner recesses of our hearts and shake things up – often. We need help to not get settled because when we get settled we stop growing and changing and being renewed, even transformed in our inner hearts and lives. JEsus come shock us again, keep us stirred. Don’t let us get settled. Amen.
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST FOR THE PHILIPPINES!
Go here to learn of one of the best ways to help.
According to CNN, “Thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the Philippines are being relocated as the strongest storm on the planet so far this year spins toward the country. With sustained winds of 305 kph (190 mph) and gusts as strong as 370 kph (230 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines as one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded. Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.” Read more on the “super typhoon.”
Here is some raw footage – the country will need our prayers:
i know many wonder about this and want to learn more about how Pentecostals teach about it.
This would be a good place to start (audio file).
The audio is of our friend Linda who is a ChiAlpha pastor at Perdue.
I think she does a great job at it.
I hope it will help you
and bless you!
came across this on someone’s Facebook post that I thought would be fun to post here:
From Ben Franklin:
1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation.
2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation.
3. ORDER. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each part of your Business have its Time.
4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
5. FRUGALITY. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing.
6. INDUSTRY. Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. JUSTICE. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
9. MODERATION. Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.
11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
12. CHASTITY. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.
13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
this was all my friend posted – i asked for the source, when he lets me know I’ll put it up.
From Frank Macchia’s FB page:
A cautious but affirming response to Pentecostalism:
“One could never have enough of Pentecost. This has to do with the Holy Spirit. For this reason, a little Pentecostalism — also again as salt of the earth (cf. Matt. 5:13)– cannot hurt any of us… It is quite necessary that someone draw attention to the fact that we all need the Holy Spirit. When one does that, and then something from Pentecost becomes visible again, how can we say something against it? There is nothing that can be said against it.”
- Karl Barth
(Busch, ed., Gasamtausgabe, Gesprache 1964-68, 430-32)
A Barthian scholar and friend noted to me that Barth always left room for the surprising work of God, but did so only ‘out of the corner of his eye.’ Maybe that’s what he meant by ‘a little Pentecostalism.’
To which Macchia replied:
I like this corner of his eye. Yes, that is typically Barth. In the larger entry from which the quote was taken, Barth is responding to letters sent to him from David DuPlessis, which praised God for mass successes in Pentecostal crusades in various parts of the world. Barth was turned off by what he saw as a triumphalistic spirit which reminded him of sensationalistic worldly entertainment (He even said, “Das schmeckt mir nach Zirkus oder nach Kino“). But he was able to see past this to the deeper value of Pentecostalism for the churches. The value of the Barthian dialectic was precisely in his capacity to celebrate the essential and vital meaning of a movement like pentecostalism from which he would otherwise and for various reasons feel alienated.
….But he was able to see past this to the deeper value of Pentecostalism for the churches… well, too bad more haven’t been able or willing to have similar considerations. Obviously I think Barth’s approach is a good one to take.
This is *the* quote of the day if you ask me:
I listened to John MacAuthur rail against charismatics on a couple of youtubes. He would point to the weaknesses of the people involved in healing or prophetic insights and then say, “Do you really expect the Spirit to be speaking (working) through them?? The answer seems to obvious to even mention. Well, would you expect the same of the Corinthians, or the likes of you and me (Good ole’ John as well)? Hardly. Not always, but certainly now and again. Grace does offend, doesn’t it?
-Frank Macchia (Facebook status on the Pentecostal Theology Worldwide Facebook page)
It just leaves me speechless in so many ways how John MacArthur is going about all this…. I guess he forgot about Moses, Gideon, Sampson, David, Solomon, even Peter, Paul, and countless others through the ages who had many weaknesses of various sort and yet were vessels through the Spirit of God was able to break forth in the world in new and exciting and powerful ways…
MacArthur must have forgotten too how God’s power works primarily through weakness – consider: (1 Cor 1:26-31)
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
The Holy Spirit I guess really does promote and bring about a kind of non-conformist Christianity…. one in which socially constructed systems and boundaries are overturned by and through the presence of the Spirit.