Public Notes

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  • Alan shared from a Personal Document
    God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
    Note: A good Christmas reminder from C S Lewis.
  • Alan shared from a Personal Document
    We human beings, I think, are a little bit frightened of reality. Somewhere at the heart of our humanity we are frightened of our weakness. We believe we have to be strong and that we have to have power.
    Note: Embracing reality is the beginning of freedom.
  • Alan shared from Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf
    Divine delight in creatures is a bit like our delight in our own children – we delight in their feats, their triumphs, or their good looks, but even more basically, we delight in the sheer “that-ness” of their existence. That they are delights us. That we are delights God.
    Note: On Father's Day, I enjoy my sons simply because they are.
  • Alan shared from The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus by Dallas Willard
    You are saying, “He is my fortress, he is my deliverer.” So they’re going to want to know when the last time he delivered you was. What does deliverance mean? How does this really work? Sharing the good news is often about sharing the personal good news of your life in Christ and not the abstract and generalized good news.
    Note: Is my own life becoming a better expression of the good news I believe and share with others?
  • Alan shared from A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by Devin Brown
    “We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road”
    Note: Enjoying this as I have a little breakfast at Kay's Orcutt Country Kitchen on my way North for a writing retreat. "Repentance is realizing that progress will involve a change in direction."
(Mission Viejo, CA USA)
Alan J. Fadling