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Faiths

When your faith to everything else collapse, you will notice that you can’t cling to anything or anyone but God who is faithful and true… For all mortals are vain and their possessions are vapor.
“Tuhan, saat kami tak punya apa pun lagi selain Engkau, justru kami berada dalam keadaan yang Engkau kehendaki bagi kami. Engkau memakai tiap keadaan untuk kemuliaan-Mu dan kebaikan kami. Engkau tak pernah meninggalkan kami. Tolonglah kami untuk menikmati kasih-Mu.”

– Doa dalam ODB 12 Desember 2015

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Relasi dan Ekspektasi

Terkadang yg salah bukanlah kita, tetapi memang ekspektasi kita tentang relasi kita dengan Tuhanlah yg terlalu tinggi. Mari menerima kenyataan bahwa Allah menyediakan ruang bagi kegelapan dan keheningan. Tidak selamanya relasi itu akan hangat seperti mentari pagi, sbab kehadiran Tuhan sendiri terkadang ada dalam gelap, pekat, dan dinginnya malam.

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Adam, Eve, and Me

“The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.”
– 1 Cor 15:47

“Dust is what we are, but it is not who we are;
because God makes us more than what we came from.
God made the Israelites more than what they came from…

In fact no matter what you think we came from materially [whether primate, dust, or flesh],
God has made us more than what we came from.”

– John Walton on Adam and material origin of human

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“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified…”

“Healing can and does come in the midst of brokenness. God isn’t waiting for your soul to be clean enough for Him to work in you. He mercifully and gladly enters into the mess, the darkness, the brokenness and the shame.”

-Moore Matt

“. . . to the Christian reading who has come out of a dark, broken lifestyle: there really are people out there who truly understand grace and redemption. They aren’t going to Scarlet Letter you for you past. Please, stop resisting the possibility of ever having a relationship because you think that no one will ever understand you or accept you or be able to look past your brokenness. Jesus does all of those things and He fills the hearts of millions in this world. Let your guard down. Let the walls down. And just let the Lord take you wherever He wants to.”

– Moore Matt

“Am I now straight? Am I now normal? Am I now free from same sex desires and attracted solely to women?
No, no and no.
My heart was changed instantaneously when I trusted in Christ and began to follow Him, but my mind was not. I now have a heart that genuinely loves God and desires to worship Him, but at the same time, I’m still utterly messed up and damaged by sin. . . . And it will continue to be a process until I receive a new, perfect and sinless body in the age to come. When that day comes, the fullness of what Jesus purchased for me will be given to me: full freedom from every sinful thing that restrains my enjoyment and worship of God.”

– Moore Matt

http://www.tosavealife.com/i-prayed-for-god-to-make-me-straight-why-didnt-he-answer-me/
http://www.moorematt.org/i-kissed-a-girl-and-i-liked-it-forever-gay/

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Pursued by fierce love

“Peter’s commitment to Jesus isn’t sustained by Peter. Peter remains committed to Jesus because Jesus is steadily committed to Peter. Just before Peter denies his Lord, Jesus promises to never let him go: “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:32). If it weren’t for grace, Peter would be finished.

The same is true for you. Your Bible-reading plan, prayer life, and baptized New Year’s resolutions are not what tether God’s heart to you. It’s because of Jesus—and it will always, forever be because of Jesus—that God loves you. If it weren’t for grace, we’d all be done for, because there’s a little bit of Peter in every one of us. We are all prone to wander. Not only does Jesus not abandon Peter, but He uses him as a major catalyst in establishing His kingdom on earth. Jesus doesn’t just put up with Peter—He delights in Peter despite his offensive behavior and never, ever stops pursuing Peter with His grace.”

– Preston Sprinkle, Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us

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Grace for harlots and pharisees

“Perhaps through overuse, grace has become another nice term dumped into our worn-out bag of Christian lingo. We say grace before meals, include grace in gospel presentations, and slap the word grace on the names of churches. But if we never hug a harlot, befriend a beggar, or forgive our enemy seventy times seven, then we confess grace with our lips but mock it with our lives.”

– Preston Sprinkle, Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us

To think over this passage, Christians were also a harlot beggar enemies that Jesus hung out with; and to the glory of scandalous God of grace, they still are, yet are forgiven and are being transformed day by day…