Crumbs – The Ultimate Friendship

 

Concerning Social Networking: “Quit counting fans, followers and blog subscribers like bottle caps. Think, instead, about what you’re hoping to achieve with and through the community that actually cares about what you’re doing.” – Amber Naslund of Social Media Today

Concerning God’s Facebook: “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” Exodus 33:11

*This we know: God will never defriend us.

           Concerning our Friendship with God: Studying about God’s character does not necessarily produce friendship with God. Talking to others about your ideas about God does not produce intimacy with God. There is no substitute for simply spending time with God if Christian spirituality is your journey. . . Tragically, we too often spend our time working for God rather than simply being with Jesus…Jesus wanted Martha’s friendship. Service would come out of this but should never replace it. The same is true for us.” Epilogue, David Benner, Surrender to Love

                                                       

Concerning True Faith vs. Intellectual Assent: “Genuine faith must go beyond the mere intellectual assent concerning biblical doctrines. People must let the implications of these doctrines radically affect their hearts so that they respond positively to God with the obedience and works of faith.  Daniel Fuller, The Unity of the Bible, Zondervan,

      Concerning the Result of True Faith:  “The idea or concept of the theology of the hammer is that our Christian faith mandates that we do more than just talk about faith and sing about love. We must put faith and love into action to make them real, to make them come alive for people. Faith must become more than a verbal proclamation or an intellectual assent. True faith must be acted out.”   Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity, The Theology Of The Hammer

                                                                                 

Concerning Sacrifice: “A sacrifice is the surrender of something prized or desirable for the sake of something that is considered to have a higher claim. . . When we read specific passages, we need to realize that Jesus is speaking to the heart of the individual he is speaking to, addressing their specific issues and concerns. There are general principles, but we all don’t’ struggle with the same things. If Jesus told one person that they needed to be willing to give up their job, it may be that they have made their job to be the primary motivator in their lives. It is not meant to imply that we are all to give up our jobs. The key point is for us to identify the things that hold us back from giving ourselves fully to Christ. The first step is for each of us to understand what those things are, so that we can evaluate how much they hinder our Christian success.      John Henry Jowett

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”  Jim Elliot

                                                                 

Concerning our Needs: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Concerning God’s Direction: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII

“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”  Hardy D. Jackson

Concerning our Desires and Dreams: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

“When we stay true to God, His plan becomes our path; His will becomes our desire; His promise becomes our dream.” Elizabeth Welsh

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4 Responses to “Crumbs – The Ultimate Friendship”
  1. Wow, Liz — there is so much truth packed in that one little post!! Good, powerful stuff everywhere!!

  2. Harriett Salley says:

    The last couple of weeks, your Crumbs have been like gold to me and hopefully to those I have forwarded them to!!! Happy New Year!!!

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