A Life Less than Perfect (Crumbs), Part 5: 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church

big sister

More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good.” Linda Sunshine

The Gospel According to Biff

(Christopher Moore, excerpt from Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal)

It’s sarcasm, Josh.”

Sarcasm?”

It’s from the Greek, sarkasmos. To bite the lips. It means that you aren’t really saying what you mean, but people will get your point. I invented it, Bartholomew named it.”

Well, if the village idiot named it, I’m sure it’s a good thing.”

There you go, you got it.”

Got what?”

Sarcasm.”

No, I meant it.”

Sure you did.”

Is that sarcasm?”

Irony, I think.”

What’s the difference?”

I haven’t the slightest idea.”

So you’re being ironic now, right?”

No, I really don’t know.”

Maybe you should ask the idiot.”

Now you’ve got it.”

What?”

Sarcasm.”

sculptor working Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman’s Odyssey

Michael J. Fox      “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”  Michael J. Fox

Proverbs 31 woman

As a new Christian, I was told Proverbs 31 is the picture of a Godly woman. So study it, I did. Only to be gravely disappointed. There was no way I could be that woman, do all those noble things. And then I got it! I see the chapter as a composite picture of godly women. Verse 30 is the real key to godliness, regardless of our gifts, talents and accomplishments. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” ELW

God's Word

A healthy church is not a church that’s perfect and without sin. It has not figured everything out. Rather, it’s a church that continually strives to take God’s side in the battle against the ungodly desires and deceits of the world, our flesh, and the devil. It’s a church that continually seeks to conform itself to God’s Word.” Mark Dever

The church is not perfect, but woe to the man who finds pleasure in pointing out her imperfections. Christ loved his church, and let us do the same. I have no doubt that the Lord can see more fault in his church than I can; and I have equal confidence that he sees no fault at all. Because he covers her faults with his own love—that love which covers a multitude of sins; and he removes all her defilement with that precious blood which washes away all the transgressions of his people.” Charles Spurgeon

God's love

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One Response to “A Life Less than Perfect (Crumbs), Part 5: 7 Characteristics of a Perfect Church”
  1. Michael Snow says:

    Spurgeon has needed words for today’s church. http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

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