“What matters most to God is not which sins we’ve committed or not committed, or how we stack up in comparison with other sinners. What matters most to God is whether we’ve bonded by faith with His only Son. In other words, God’s final category for you is not your goodness versus your badness, but your union with Christ versus your distance from Christ.”~ Ray
When men look for a bride, they often look for a beauty queen. But Christ chose the dirty one who needed His cleansing. The Son Of God crossed the tracks to the wrong side of town, where we all live, to find His bride. We brought into the relationship our messy backgrounds, our ongoing problems, and our shame. But we can face all of that
“If you want impact, you have to go for intimacy. The single most determining factor in how impactful I have been in ministry for Jesus has to do with how intimate I have been with Jesus himself.” ~ Tim Hawkins
“Oh—if there’s one thing us youth pastors and leaders need to work on...to work hard at, to work relentlessly at...it is to guard our hearts. Because the work that God is doing in us is more important than the work he is doing through us. If you want to have a great ministry, then before you put all your effort into building a bigger program,
"Jesus' invitation to deny oneself is less about depriving the self, and more about disowning, or renouncing a relationship with the part of ourself that is not what God created us to be." ~ Enneagram Types
Hopefully, this becomes a regular phrase in my life...and in yours.
"The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) is impossible to manifest by yourself. These things only come about in the context of relationship. That's why Jesus sent out His disciples 2 by 2...that's why He sends the church out as a body. Because He's not just revealed by you or me individually. It's in the relationship of believers that the love of
"The fact that God gives us the freedom to make choices doesn't diminish His sovereignty or authority. God, in His sovereignty, didn't ordain which choices you would make, but rather ordained that you would be free to make them. Anyone who is not sovereign would be afraid to do this." ~ A.W. Tozer
"A lot of people confuse service for God and relationship with God. The two aren't one and the same." ~ Skye Jethani
"The irony within the tradition of the American church is that we talk all the time about having a personal relationship with Jesus...and yet we spend very little time teaching people how to actually have one." ~ Skye Jethani
Is our relationship with Jesus just a ritual...or something more?