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Thoughts on the Cross

This is a special season for followers of Christ. It is a time to ponder what Christ did for us on the cross, as well as a time to consider if we are living absolutely to the best of our ability for Him. I believe that if we profess to be followers of Christ, and yet have little or no desire to live radically, sold out, completely for Him, then something is dramatically lacking in our life of faith.

I hope and pray that each of you reading this might know God’s great love for you in His gift of eternal life, and that if we already believe in him, that serving Jesus would be the all-consuming passion of our lives.

As you already know, Amy Carmichael is one of my very favorite authors. She has written many of her own words about the cross, as well as compiling other’s words on the cross in her many books.

I wanted to share a few favorites with you.

“No wound? No scar?

Yet as the Master shall the servant be,

And pierced are the feet that follow Me;

But thine are whole: can he have followed far

Who has no wound nor scar?”

-Amy Carmichael

 

“There are some who would have Christ cheap. They would have Him without the cross. But the price will not come down.”

-Samuel Rutherford

 

“The cross of Christ is the only hope of the world. Our constant danger is that we cry, ‘Behold this new opportunity, behold our new methods, behold our human brotherhood.’ And [we] forget to cry, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ ”

-Amy Carmichael

 

“God hold us to that which drew us first, when the cross was the attraction, and we wanted nothing else.”

-Amy Carmichael

 

Blessings to you this Easter weekend.

Crooked Paths

This year I have loved reading Amy Carmichael’s books. If we’re friends on facebook, or in real life, you’re probably a little sick of her. Oh well. I do try to balance things. But seriously. Sometimes an author just grabs us (me), and I have to tell everyone!

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“Be emptied of glory and right and name”

“But all through life I see a Cross,

Where sons of God yield up their breath:

There is no gain except by loss,

There is no life except by death,

And no full vision but by Faith

Nor glory but by bearing shame,

Nor justice but by taking blame;

And that Eternal Passion saith,

“Be emptied of glory and right and name”. ”

-W.C. Smith, as quoted in The Gold Cord, p.66

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take yourself by the shoulders and laugh

The longer we live, it seems like the more we recognize the ridiculous effort we go to in order to pretend it’s all about us.

We have God’s written Word to confront this ugliness in ourselves, as well as the Holy Spirit, and the wisdom of other mature Christians.

And still we persist.

But thank goodness it’s not about us!

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thankful

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

-Psalm 19:1-4

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why I love being a pastor’s wife

A few months ago I was having a conversation with a total stranger. When she discovered what Michael did for a living, she said “oh gosh, isn’t it awful being a pastor’s wife?”. ¬†She said one of her relatives was a pastor, and she felt it was one of the worst jobs possible.

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