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  • Sandra shared from The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
    In his work The Republic, Plato uses an illustration that has become famous. Plato tells of men who are chained in the dark interior of a cave. They receive warmth and light from a small fire. All that the men can observe are the flickering shadows cast on the wall of the cave by the fire. This is the extent of their vision. All the reality that they know is that of the shadows. It is not until they are liberated from the confines of the darkness and emerge into the light of day that they can perceive reality as it is. In the meantime, they confuse the shadows on the wall with the real truth.
    Note: Interesting analogy by Plato. I suspect we all are dealing with information distorted by shadows.
  • Sandra shared from The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
    I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy. I am a profane man-a man who spends more time out of the temple than in it. But I have had just enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want more. I know what it means to be a forgiven man and what it means to be sent on a mission. My soul cries for more. My soul needs more.
    Note: I ask questions because I know what it means to be forgiven and loved by God, and I hunger for more.
  • Sandra shared from Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
    Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.
    Note: He let's us wander so we will know what it means to come home.
  • Sandra shared from Freedom from Performing by Becky Harling
    The Truth: You were created in God's image and as such have intrinsic dignity and self-worth (see Genesis 2:7,22-23). You may have been continually denigrated as a child and even called degrading names, but God calls you precious and holy (see Isaiah 43:4; Colossians 3:12).
    Note: You were created in God's image and as such have intrinsic dignity and self-worth.
  • Sandra shared from Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola
    The New Testament warns us against being "busybodies" in other people's matters, "speaking things which [we] ought not" (1 Tim. 5:13 Kjv; 1 Peter 4:15). By the same token, if a Christian is in serious straits spiritually-struggling with grave sin-love demands that he or she both seek and welcome help from others.
    Note: There is no place for church "busybodies", but there is a time to help - when the person admits need
  • Sandra shared from Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola
    The Bible never gives us liberty to quiz our spiritual siblings about their financial investments, how they make love to their spouses, or other areas of privacy. This kind of unnecessary probing-exercised under the guise of "accountability"-is the stuff that authoritarian cults are made of. Such thinking will ultimately turn any believing community into a psychological pressure cooker.
    Note: No church has a right to probe into areas of privacy in the lives of it's members.
  • Sandra shared from Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola
    The average believer is probably unaware that his or her notion of leadership has been shaped by centuries of ecclesiastical history (about seventeen hundred years' worth). For this reason, the clergy concept is so embedded in our thinking that any attempt to deviate from it will often meet fierce opposition.
  • Sandra shared from Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola
    If a group of Christians demands anything beyond a person's acceptance of Christ before admitting that person into fellowship, then that group isn't a church in the biblical sense of the word. It's a sect.
  • Sandra shared from Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola
    According to Paul, the church is made up of all whom God has accepted. And whomever God accepts, we cannot refuse. Our acceptance of others doesn't make them members of the church. We accept them because they are already members. Therefore, if God has accepted you, then you belong to the church, and I must accept you.
  • Sandra shared from Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola
    Numerous people in our day have been trained by bad examples. Consequently, when they see a group of people who are truly laying their lives down for one another, who are accepting one another unconditionally, and who are loving one another freely despite their flaws-they will be drawn like a thirsty deer is to water. In this way, the church as family answers the deepest cries that lie in the human heart.