Sunday, July 10, 2011

Growing Edges

Couple of great quotes from books well worth the time and money to read...

And this is the point where believing in the resurrection of Jesus suddenly ceases to be a matter of inquiring about an odd event in the first century and becomes a matter of rediscovering hope in the twenty-first century. Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word. The same worldview shift that is demanded by the resurrection of Jesus is the shift that will enable us to transform the world.

Wright, N. T. (2009). Surprised by Hope (p. 75). HarperCollins e-books. Kindle Edition.

The fact that Jesus rose from the grave changes everything. It changes the way I look at life, death, relationships, power, and that very essential word:hope.

What I am saying is that the message of the gospel, the message that the true God is the God who raises the dead, can and does go that deep; and that wherever you may be, and whenever you may hit that rock-bottom sense of despair, the gospel can reach you there too. Indeed, that is where it specializes in reaching people. It is when we are weak that we can be strong. When our strength comes to an end, that is when the life-giving wind of God starts to blow with new force.

Wright N T . Following Jesus (p. 71). Kindle Edition.

Thank you Jesus, that it isn't over even when those around me may think it is. Your good news goes as deep as my weakest weakness. That is a powerful truth.

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