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Mark Batterson + randoms

January 20, 2009

hello folks. It’s been about a week since I last blogged, but it feels like much longer. I’ve been a bit slow this week due to 2nd semester starting, and the dorm opening up [i’m an RA]. So, I have for you today some random quotes and little things. 

This first one is from Mark Batterson in a blog post earlier this week. It’s awesome. 

“I think the modern church has fixated on sins of commission. Don’t do this and don’t do that and you’re alright. But that’s not alright. Why? Because goodness is not the absence of badness. You can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right. That is why we’re more known for what we’re against than what we’re forChristianity was never intended to be a noun. It was meant to be a verbIt is sins of omission, those things we could have, would have, or should have done for the cause of Christ, that grieve our Heavenly Father. We’ve got to quit playing defense and start playing offense. We need to quit fighting amongst ourselves and start loving our enemiesWe need to quit pointing out problems and become part of the solutionDiscipleship is so much more than the accumulation of rote knowledgeIt’s a sanctified imagination that dreams God-sized dreams. It is a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God. It’s not enough to create our own sub-culture. We desperately need to raise up a generation that feels called to culture-shaping professions as God-ordained vocationsWe cannot reduce the gospel to the forgiveness of sins. It’s about glorifying God by maximizing our God-given potential and serving our God-ordained purpose. It can’t just be about creeds. It’s got to be about deeds. It can’t just be about us. It’s got to be about others. We need the courage to stand up for what’s right in a culture where nothing is wrong. But we need to do it in a spirit of humility. We need the courage to incarnate the gospel in creative ways. But we need to do it in a spirit of authenticityAnd we need the courage to preach the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth. But we need to do it in a spirit of grace.”

This next one is from the book Prayer by Richard Foster: 

“The question is not whether we will fail – that is a given. The question is whether over a period of time we’re developing a practiced habit of divine fellowship.” 

I might be adding a books to read section.. We’ll see. I’ll probably add a books I’m currently reading section, because I’m hoping to do a lot of it this year. 

Thanks all for reading!

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