The Bible is not the Word of God. It never refers to itself as such. According to the New Testament, Jesus is the Word of God. The Word of God is a person, not a collection of texts. The documents that make up the Bible contain words of God and inspired words about God written by people who encountered God in various ways. The grand mistake made over the last 500 years has been to substitute the text for the Word. This inevitably leads to a well-intentioned Phariseeism, a subtle idolatry. It can also, paradoxically, lead to a reluctance to honestly and rigorously examine the scriptural texts.
What (or Who) is the Word of God? (via azspot)
Waiting is a movement. People who wait have received a promise that allows them to wait. They have received something that is at work in them, like a seed that has started to grow. This is very important. We can only really wait if what we are waiting for has already begun for us. So waiting is never a movement from nothing to something. It is always a moving from something to something more.
Waiting is also active. Most of us think of waiting as something very passive, a hopeless state determined by events totally out of our hands. But none of this passivity marks the waiting in scripture. It is active, because in our waiting we know that something is growing from the ground on which we are standing. Active waiting means to be fully present to the moment in a conviction that something is happening where you are and you want to be present to it.
Henry Nouwen, “A Spirituality of Waiting” (via yesdarlingido)
The world screams, “We are what we do, we are what we have, we are what people think about us!” Christ whispers, “You are mine and I am yours.”
Mike Donehey (via baileethecat)
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‘It is finished.’ May those words land on your bones for the nights when fear tells you the cross was a beginning & you must finish grace.
Jon Acuff (via godmoves)
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Call a boy a gentleman and watch his shoulders straighten. Call a girl a lady and watch her spirit turn graceful. Humanity was brought into existence by God speaking words into the void of the universe. We tend to become what we are called.
The Medicine of Hope (via breanna-lynn)
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She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (via myquotelibrary)
Don’t worry about having the right words; worry more about having the right heart. It’s not eloquence he seeks, just honesty.
Max Lucado (via godmoves)
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Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth. And it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.
Kurt Cobain talking in November 1991 about the background behind the song ‘Polly’ (via batsypayne)
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The reason that marriage is so painful and yet wonderful is because it is a reflection of the gospel, which is painful and wonderful at once.
Timothy Keller (via godmoves)
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Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.
Unknown (via natashakills)
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