Reblog: Proximity and Relationship: A Personal Story – Michael Kimpan – Red Letter Christians

The very doctrine of the incarnation contains at its heart the divine welcoming of the Other; embodying that same welcome is at the heart of our own obedience to God’s grace.

via Proximity and Relationship: A Personal Story – Michael Kimpan – Red Letter Christians.

Inspiring Quotes

Prayer

When you least expect it, something happens that makes you realize that God’s up to something. We serve an awesome God. —@Godstagram

If God answers your prayers, He is increasing your faith. If He doesn’t, He is training your patience. —@Godstagram

Prayer is not designed to change God; it is designed to change us. –Richard Blackaby (via @iamnotafan)

A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep. —@CSLewisDaily

Good things come to those who pray. —@Godstagram

Have you asked God what you can do for Him today? Instead of giving God a list of what He can do for you today, ask what you can do for Him. —@JoyceMeyer

Life

God does not make bad people, people make bad decisions. —@Godstagram

If I have a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the explanation is – I was made for another world. —@CSLewisDaily

Wisdom has two parts: 1. having a lot to say 2. not saying it. —@Godstagram

Which is worse: the pain of change or the pain of never changing? –-@JoyceMeyer

You know it’s a problem when you start rationalising it. —@greigski

Relationships

If God takes someone out of your life he did it for a reason, stop looking back trying to put them back in it. —@Godstagram

God loves us too much to allow us to stay tied to anyone or anything that does not bring out the best in us. —@Godstagram

If you place your heart in God’s hand, He will place your heart in the hands of a worthy person. —@Godstagram

Don’t let one bad apple ruin the fruit of your relationship. —@NightlyNoodle

Hospitality: grace at work?

For Jesus, repentance was closely tied up with grace. […] [W]e see grace at work in what Jesus did in the unconditional acceptance of all [people] without distinction, just as they were. Jesus gave concrete expression to this acceptance in the way in which he offered himself without reserve to people.

Faith, Jesus and Social Change by E van Niekerk.

Hey girls

GOD’S WORD TO WOMEN: UNDERSTAND YOUR “MAN”

This pastor’s message, of course, was based on the fallacious assumption that the word “man” in Genesis 1:26 is referring to a male.

GOD’S WORD TO WOMEN: UNDERSTAND YOUR “MAN”.

Wanted: grace

Dear God

Why am I such an emotional turd? I read the Scriptures —

“But God, being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”

— Ephesians 2: 4-6

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

— Romans 5:1-2

(etc etc)

— and I find myself thinking…

That one second of grace? Father, I need it rather badly. I see things like this

and I think, I’m screwed. 

So I pray:

“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, listen to my plea for grace.”

— Psalm 86:6

and I draw near to your throne

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

— Hebrews 4:16

and I try again and I hope.

I hope so hard it hurts.

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All Scripture quotations in this post from the ESV.