Friday, April 11, 2014

Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton perform 'Same old blues' at Music for Montserrat in Royal Albert Hall, London 1997.

Charlie Musselwhite with Richard Bargel - Just A Feeling

Little Sonny - The creeper returns

Are You Looking For Community?

The biggest problem people have in searching for community is just that. You don't find community; you create it through love. Look how this transforms the way you enter a room full of strangers. Our instinctive thought is, "Who do I know? Who am I comfortable with?" There's nothing wrong with those questions, but the Jesus questions that create communities are, "Who can I love? Who is left out?"

Here are two different formulas for community formation:

1. Search for community where I am loved: become disappointed with community
2. Show hesed love: create community
--Paul Miller, A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships (Crossway, 2014), 100; italics original

 If you're looking for community where the focus is on you, you will never find it. But if you're willing to love others you will create the community you are looking for. I have meet many Christians who are disappointed with church and have a trail of broken relationships behind them, who will never admit the problem is their own self-centeredness. They cry and complain 'if only I could find a place where I will be loved' and they never find it because they can't get the focus off themselves.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

By The Grace Of God I Am What I Am

In spite of all the talk about grace and how many Christians say they believe in and understand grace there do not seem to many in our churches who actually believe in grace. J.I Packer says "there have always been some who have the thought of grace so overwhelmingly wonderful that they could never get over it. Grace has become the constant theme of their talk and prayers. They have fought for it, accepting ridicule and loss of privilege if need be as the price of their stand ... with Paul their testimony is "By the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor 15:10) and their rule of life is "I do not frustrate the grace of God" ((Gal 2:21). Knowing God pg 128-129

Is your testimony "By the grace of God I am what I am"? Is your rule of life "I do not frustrate the grace of God"? Whatever I am its only by the grace of God that I am it. I am going to avoid everything that frustrates the grace of God in my life. I am pressing into grace its amazing.