Our “Off” Times

Posted October 21, 2014 by sandres2k8
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You know, we have our “off” times spiritually. If my experience is of any value to you, I have come to this position: It is not what I can do, not what I cannot do, nor how I am today; all is with Him.

Today, maybe, I am not conscious of His indwelling, but on the contrary very conscious of other things that are not Christ. Well, that is my state; but He is faithful, He is true. He has given me certain assurance – about perfecting unto the day of Christ a good work which HE hath commenced (Philippians 1:6). He started this thing – I did not; He undertook this thing. Before ever I had a being, He had undertaken to carry through His perfect work. That was all undertaken before ever I saw the light of day, so that I did not start this – it did not commence with me.

I find I have these “off” times, but as I definitely trust the Lord, I say, “Lord, this is Your responsibility, and I know this will not last; and I am trusting you in the meanwhile.” Trust Him. “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20); He has the whole matter in hand.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony (January, 1940)

Pass Through!

Posted October 19, 2014 by sandres2k8
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There is a phrase which occurs again and again in the Bible; it is the phrase, “It came to pass.” There is symbolic truth in it. One of the tragedies in life is a life which is lingering for ever in the past. There are people who live on past triumphs, on past moments of greatness, yet who fail completely in the duties of the present.

There are people who linger for ever in past disappointments, past griefs or sorrows, past failures, and who are resentful and bitter throughout their lives. There is nothing which unfits a man for the present like the wrong kind of lingering in the past.

Forgetting those things which are behind,” said Paul, “and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3:13) – that is the way to live life. To think things through, to see things through, to pass through things, to go on – this is life.

William BarclayWilliam Barclay (1907-1978)
Daily Celebration

Faith in God’s Goodwill

Posted October 15, 2014 by sandres2k8
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… Good will toward men (Luke 2:14).

… It is your Father’s good pleasure … (Luke 12:32).

… According to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:5).

… According to His good pleasure (Ephesians 1:9-10).

… His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

The good pleasure of the Lord is a tremendous thing. The Gospel is “good news.” It is the spirit, the attitude, the mind of God toward us that is the thing of importance – His goodwill.

God’s attitude toward us is a “goodwill” attitude, in a very vast and full way. Many an adversity, but the goodwill is looking over it all and following the whole course. I can say this out of my own coward heart, that knows only too well what it means to wonder whether the will of God is always good. What begins with goodwill (“good will toward men”) develops and unfolds to a vast fullness encompassing all ages – “the good pleasure of His will.”

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks
A Witness and a Testimony
March-April 1954, Vol. 32-2

The Ecclesia: A Person Expressed in Mankind

Posted October 14, 2014 by sandres2k8
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I must reiterate that the ecclesia is not a “thing”: it is not an institution, it is not a denomination, nor is it all denominations put together. It is not anything like that. The ecclesia is a Person expressed in mankind, expressed in human life. Paul never went anywhere with the preconceived idea: we will have a “church” here; we will set up a “church” here; we will form a “church” here.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
The Great Transition

Laying Down Religious Training

Posted October 5, 2014 by sandres2k8
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I think one of the most difficult things to convey to young people and enthusiastic laborers is that God’s way is to ask them to lay down their religious training. Oh what a death! What frustration! After all those years of specialized training in a seminary of Bible college – and then to lay it aside! What a disgrace it appears to the present day religious mentality! How confusing to be employed in some way when you are “trained” for “Christian service”!

Yet here is the deciding issue. There is such a difference between a Spirit-wrought ministry and a professional ministry. I must honestly say – in my limited evaluation – it seems that often the greatest and most effective spiritual work is being done by those who are not “in the ministry” as such. Having “seen” God’s way they could no longer “fit into the traditional pattern” of professional service. As they left the “professional ministry” to pass through death into resurrection, God could accomplish a spiritual preparation and develop a truly Spirit-wrought ministry.

DeVern FromkeDeVern Fromke
No Other Foundation, page 138

Our Bodies

Posted September 28, 2014 by sandres2k8
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Centuries of old Puritan and Victorian practices have stained the intention of our Creator, marking the body as the enemy of the spiritual life. But no such thing is true. Our body was elaborately fashioned by God, created as the dwelling place where we reside with Him.

Contrary to common religious traditions, we are not to deny or despise the body. While speaking to husbands and wives, Paul matter-of-factly states, “no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it” (Ephesians 5:29). It must have brought God deep sadness to cover the beauty of Adam and Eve’s bodies with animal skins after they sinned. His glory is dimmed when we loathe or ignore the magnificence of the human body.

Bill EwingBill Ewing
Rest Assured (2003), pages 136


Posted September 25, 2014 by sandres2k8
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The saints of God are aliens here on earth. Let that sink in. No believer, as such, can be a Republican, for in his heart he believes in and is related to a kingdom. Republicanism is merely political Arminianism. It believes in human ability in some form. How can a rejected king became a member of a rebellious republic? And if Christ be the King, forget not that we are His Body. Individually we may be ambassadors entreating the world to be conciliated to God, but does England’s ambassador to the United States vote? Can any ambassador legislate in the country to which he is sent? Of course not.

Alan Burns (? -1929)
Politician? or Paulician?


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