April 25, 2015

When You're In Jail

When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, "Damn, that was fun."

Groucho Marx

April 24, 2015

By God's Free Gift (Without Payment)

And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life WITHOUT PAYMENT. Revelation 21:6

21:6 It is done! The destruction of God's enemies (16:17) and the salvation of his saints are both completed. The Alpha and the Omega. First and last letters of the Greek alphabet (cf. 1:8; 22:13). The Lord stands beyond the universe's beginning and its end as Sovereign Creator and Consummator, the first and the last (Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12). The spring of the water of life is the throne of God and the Lamb (Rev. 22:1), a throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) because here the thirsty drink without payment, by God's free gift (Isa. 55:1).

April 22, 2015

April 19, 2015

One Of Those Things

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. . . . It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

C. S. Lewis

Well, That's Nonsense! :)

If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury

But Your Life Was Changing

Someday you're gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You'll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing.

Elizabeth Gilbert

We'll Keep You Close As Always

We'll keep you close as always / It won't even seem you've gone / 'Cause our hearts in big and small ways / Will keep the love that keeps us strong.

Michael W. Smith

This was supposed to be the song our bridal party danced to at our wedding reception. It's the chapter 3 quote of the book I'm reading. I love it!

Feeling Blessed

I am happy to have both!

April 18, 2015

April 14, 2015

Free of Contamination from the Past

Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.

(Dr Joan Borysenko)

Cheap Grace

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance ... Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ...

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

April 13, 2015

Forgiveness Before Justice

Forgiveness before justice is "cheap grace" and cannot contribute to authentic healing ... Once justice has been accomplished, even in a limited way, forgiveness becomes a viable opportunity. Prior to justice, forgiveness is an empty exercise.

(Marie M. Fortune)