Friday, May 30, 2014

Animal Crackers Movie CLIP - Hello, I Must Be Going (1930) Grocho Marx - One Of The Greatest Movie Songs

I THANK YOU! - Billy Gibbons Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall

Why There Arte So Many Neurotics In Strict Families

Parents, feeling that their children lack any spiritual axis to their lives, try to impose upon them what is left of the old external morality, so that they are torn between their desire for liberty and the formalism from which they are unable to escape. That is why there are so many neurotics in strict families, among the children of pastors, and where social conformity rates high. This must be clearly and frankly recognized. The majority of our 'cases of nerves' reveal the pathogenic role played by a formalistic upbringing. In liberating such people we are hard put to destroy the conventionalism with which they are still so strongly imbued despite all their rebellion against it.
But formalism is not Christianity. One might even say that it is essentially the negation of it. It was what crucified Christ.
--Paul Tournier, The Healing of Persons, 42

This is hard to get into the minds of most Christians. It was the most religious people who put Jesus to death. They said they knew God but couldn't recognize him when he was standing right in front of them. The same is true today, religious people are uptight self righteous and judgmental. They study the bible and still don't know God. Parents read what Tournier says and stop raising your kids by thinking strictness will get them to God.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How to Spell 'Grace'

Charles Spurgeon, in a sermon he preached during his later years said--
"I have known some that, at first conversion, have not been very clear in the gospel, who have been made evangelical by their discoveries of their own need of mercy. They could not spell the word 'grace.' They began with a G, but they very soon went on with an F, till it spelt very like 'freewill' before they had done with it.

But after they have learned their weakness, after they have fallen into serious fault, and God has restored them, or after they have passed through deep depression of mind, they have sung a new song. In the school of repentance they have learned to spell. They began to write the word 'free,' but they went on from free, not to 'will' but to 'grace.' And there it stood in capitals, 'FREE GRACE'. . . . They became clearer in their divinity, and truer in their faith than ever they were before."
--quoted in Iain Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (Banner of Truth 1966), 69-70

You can have free will but I'll take free grace. It's easy to make the focus all about you and your choices and miss the grace of God. I love the line: "In the school of repentance they have learned to spell." Have you learned to spell free grace?

Mark Farner - Some Kind of Wonderful

Jimmy Thackery and The Driver's - Red House

Mose Allison - I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues

Mose Allison Trio 1962 ~ I Don't Worry About A Thing