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Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other.

    Topics: Power, Suffering, Love

If God doesn't want something for me, I shouldn't want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God's.

    Topics: Prayer
    Source: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

Prayer is to the skeptic a delusion, a waste of time. To the believer it represents perhaps the most important use of time.

    Topics: Prayer, Unbelief
    Source: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

Some who attempt prayer never have the sense of anyone listening on the other end. They blame themselves for doing it wrong.... Prayer requires the faith to believe that God listens.

    Topics: Prayer
    Source: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

Prayer may seem at first like disengagement, a reflective time to consider God's point of view. But that vantage presses us back to accomplish God's will, the work of the kingdom. We are God's fellow workers, and as such we turn to prayer to equip us for the partnership.

    Topics: Prayer, Evangelism
    Source: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

Whatever makes us feel superior to other people, whatever tempts us to convey a sense of superiority, that is the gravity of our sinful nature, not grace.

    Topics: Pride

A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me.

    Topics: Providence
    Source: Where Is God When It Hurts?

The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.

    Topics: Purity

The test of observance of Christ's teachings is our consciousness of our failure to attain an ideal perfection. The degree to which we draw near this perfection cannot be seen; all we can see is the extent of our deviation.

    Topics: Rebellion
    Source: What's So Amazing About Grace?

Repentance, not proper behaviour or even holiness, is the doorway to grace. And the opposite of sin is grace, not virtue.

    Topics: Repentance, Grace
    Source: What's So Amazing About Grace?

The solution to sin is not to impose an ever-stricter code of behaviour. It is to know God.

    Topics: Sin
    Source: What's So Amazing About Grace?

Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to - because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.

    Topics: The Cross

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