Sermon Notes and Quotes, May 29th

May 29th, 2016 | Discipleship, Sermon Topic
  • Ernest Hemingway short story he writes about an estranged father and son living in Madrid, One day the Father takes out an ad in the paper that says, “Paco meet me at Hotel Montana Noon Tuesday, all is forgiven, papa.”  When dad gets to the square, he finds 800 young men named Paco waiting there.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, who, as legend has it, once played a prank on twelve prominent people in Great Britain. He wrote them all an anonymous note that said “All is discovered. Flee at once.” Within twenty-four hours, 8 of those 12 men had left the country!”
  • Beneath the surface of everyone’s life, especially the more mature, is an ache that will not go away. It can be ignored, disguised, mislabeled, or submerged by a torrent of activity, but it will not disappear. …When we reflect deeply on how life really is, both inside our soul and outside in our world, a quiet terror threatens to overwhelm us. We worry that we simply won’t be able to make it if we face all that is there. In those moments, retreat into denial does not seem cowardly, it seems necessary and smart.  Inside Out, Larry Crab
  • In our pain, it is healthy to cry out but our hearts would rather act out.
  • Our pain is not the problem. The problem is my determination to relieve my pain any way I can.  When relief of the inevitable pain of living in a fallen world becomes our priority, at that moment we leave the path toward pursuing God.  -Inside Out, Larry Crab
  • You don’t kill pain like David Killed Goliath, you wrestle with it like Jacob until it yields a blessing.   -When Past is Present, David Richo
  • The biblical command is not no anger, but slow anger.
  • The more we become accustomed to seeking spiritual satisfaction through things other than God, the more abnormal and stressful it become to look at God directly.  Addiction and Grace, Gerald G. May
  • Eskimos dipp a knife in Penguin blood and then freeze it, repeating over and over then sticking it in the snow point up creating a blood popsicle. Wolves lick the cold blood, numbing their tongue, until they cut their own tongue and end up eating their own blood. End up bleeding to death in the snow. The thing they think is feeding them, is actually killing them. But they can’t stop.
  • Our longings are opportunities to experience God’s grace.  Our incompleteness is the empty side of our longing for God and for love.  It is what draws us toward God and one another.  We need to recognize our incompleteness as a kind of spaciousness into which we can welcome the flow of grace.  Addiction and Grace, Gerald G. May
  • Does anyone love me with the power to satisfy my soul?
  • We are fully known, fully loved and we have no need to fear rejection.
  • There is tremendous relief in knowing that God’s love for me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion Him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench His determination to bless me.  There is, certainly, great cause for humility in the thought that He sees all the twisted things about me that my fellow humans do not see and that he sees more corruption in me than that which I see in myself.  There is, however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought that, for some unfathomable reason, He wants me as His friend, and desires to be my friend and has given His Son to die for me in order to realize this purpose.  -Knowing God, J.I. Packer
  • Very few Christians feel their disappointment with life deeply enough to fix their hope on what is yet to come.  Inside Out, Larry Crab
  • If we find in myself a desire for which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.  C.S. Lewis
  • Proverbs 3:13-26 Blessed are those who find Jesus, those who gain understanding, for he is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. He is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with him. Long life is in his right hand; in his left hand are riches and honor. His ways are pleasant ways, and all his paths are peace. Jesus is a tree of life to those who take hold of him; those who hold him fast will be blessed.Through Jesus, God laid the earth’s foundations, by him he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.My son, do not let Jesus out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.