Posted by: lepages | January 9, 2010

More reflections…

Some more reflections, scriptures, prayer from time with God over the past 10 days or so. Reading different translations always makes me think more about what’s being said. I have 10 different translations on my PDA and rotate my way through them, hence the random collection of translations used for my quotes. I copy and paste the quotations in from Bible Gateway – a great site for accessing multiple Bible translations, and in a large number of languages too.

“We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 The Message

This is the wonder of the Christian faith – not only does God, through the sacrifice of Jesus, put us in right relationship with himself, but he wants to put us in right relationship with one another too. And this is the remarkable thing – he is a friend to us, longing to be alongside us – to walk with us as he walked with Adam & Eve in the garden – and he wants us to be friends with him – not just knowing about him, not just believing he’s there at a distance, not just having him as an aquaintance, but knowing him as a friend – our most trusted friend, whom we can share all things with.

`And ye — ye may not be called Rabbi, for one is your director — the Christ, and all ye are brethren; and ye may not call any your father on the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens, nor may ye be called directors, for one is your director — the Christ.

Matthew 23:8-10 Young’s Literal Translation

Very poor, unreadable English!! But the word commonly translated ‘Teacher’ in our modern translations, brings a very different perspective on our relationship with Christ here – so often I think of a teacher as someone who gives useful advice, information, which we then choose to use, learn from, heed or otherwise – but a ‘director’ – that is someone we are to be obedient to.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23 New International Version

What superb advice! Whether one thinks of the heart in a literal, physical sense, or in a metaphorical sense, it is true! our hearts are the drivers of life – they cause life to well up in us! If our hearts fail physically, so does our life! That’s why its important we eat well, take regular exercise and so guard our hearts physically. But its true for our metaphorical hearts too – we need to feed it well, we need to make sure its exercised well too! Guarding it doesn’t mean shutting it away…. Just as our physical heart needs exercise to keep it functioning well, so our metaphorical heart needs exercising well through good relationships with others, through appropriate self worth and appreciation and supremely through right relationship with God, who, by the Holy Spirit causes life to well up in us.
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A random collection of quotes from books and emails I’ve read in the last 10 days or so!

“This is what preaching will do. Preaching the Big Story of God’s redemptive plan…. will at some point, by the power of the Spirit, break in upon the unreal drame that people are being sold….”
Philip Greenslade (again!! 😉 ) This time in ‘Preach the Word’ – a brilliant book summing up the teaching of a preaching school I attended at Westminster Chapel back in, I think, 2004/5. If you’re a preacher and want to grow in your ability to preach it is a book I would highly recommend – along with the American journal, ‘Preaching’.

“God is unknowable, yet knowable.”
Andrew Wilson, Incomparable – explorations in the character of God

“Religion as entertainment is always more attractive, but it is also less true. It is pretty poor stuff compared to the Word.”
Eugene Peterson, writer of The Message.

Well, that’s some extracts from 10 days to a week ago – plenty more to come from the last week…. but I’ll save them for another day!
God bless!

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