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The Power Of Suffering And Pain

“Suffering, far from weakening, contributes to power in the Christian’s life.”
“We’re very pain averse in the 21st Century.”
“The classical sense of happiness differs drastically from what we mean today.”
“Today, when we talk about happiness..we mean, if you feel good, you’re happy.”
“But the ancient view of happiness was actually strikingly different..the ancient view of happiness says that you are happy to the degree that you are in the right relationship with God. In other words, your standing before God reflects you actual happiness.”
“Nowadays we say, ‘I feel good’ but in the ancient understanding, happiness means, ‘I am good.’ The actual condition of your soul, your spiritual condition is what makes you happy.” Continue Reading →

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The Creativity Of Forgivenses

“Forgiveness is a dynamic concept of change. It refuses to be trapped into a fatalistic determinism. It acknowledges the reality of evil, wrong and injustice, but it seeks to respond to wrong in a way that is creative of new possibilities. Forgiveness signals an approach to wrong in terms, not of peace at any price, nor of a destructive intention to destroy the wrongdoer, but of a willingness to seek to reshape the future in the light of the wrong, in the most creative way possible.”
David Atkinson

 
 
 
 

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Sing

W. M. Clow was right to draw our attention to singing as a unique feature of Christian worship, and to the reason for it:
“There is no forgiveness in this world, or in that which is to come, except through the cross of Christ. ‘Through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.’ The religions of paganism scarcely knew the word….The great faiths of the Buddhist and the Mohammedan give no place either to the need or the grace of reconciliation. The clearest proof of this is the simplest. It lies in the hymns of Christian worship. Continue Reading →

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Holy Sacrifice

“If we spoke less about God’s love and more about His holiness, more about His judgment, we should say much more when we did speak of His love.”
P.T. Forsyth

“This vision of God’s holy love will deliver us from caricatures of Him. We must picture Him neither as an indulgent God who compromises His holiness in order to spare and spoil us, nor as a harsh, vindictive God who suppresses His love in order to crush and destroy us.
How then can God express His holiness without consuming us, and His love without condoning our sins? How can God satisfy His holy love? How can He save us and satisfy Himself simultaneously? We reply at this point only that, in order to satisfy Himself, He sacrificed – indeed substituted – Himself for us.”
John Stott

Text combined with “Crucify Him” by Ivan Galzunov.
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