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Book Review: Three Free Sins, by Steve Brown

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Burnout, Rest Books | Comments Off on Book Review: Three Free Sins, by Steve Brown

Book Review: Three Free Sins, by Steve Brown
No one would ever accuse Steve Brown of not having guts. In his new book, Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad At You, Howard Books, 2012, Steve uses those guts to take on your insatiable appetite for being good.
Here are some of Steve’s hard to hear insights:
     Self -righteousness is just another name for self-sufficiency. It is a horrible trait for a number of reasons. First, it is always a lie. Nobody is that righteous, and hardly anybody is that sufficient. Second it requires a mask. And if we wear that mask long enough, it will make us phony and empty. Third, it will cause others to label us “hypocrites.” If people don’t know us, it will cause them to either run in the opposite direction or become as sick as we are. But more important than anything else, self-righteousness will kill any hope we have of ever being free, forgiven, and able to live in some kind of reasonable peace with ourselves.
     For Steve Brown to know this, he’s had to unlearn a lot of religion and having been to that school of unlearning myself, I say, “Bravo Steve!”
     It’s 2012. We’ve come out on the other side of the damaging religious-right and its treatment of sin but still we aren’t settled like Mary at His feet. We still look for something to make us worthy and being nice to our neighbors all over the world to undo the damage of the religious-right is just the newest way of doing the same old thing.
More from Three Free Sins:
     Almost everything we’ve been taught to do and think is not only wrong, it only makes things worse. Trying harder doesn’t work. You should know that by now. Becoming more religious will only magnify the problem. Being disciplined and making a commitment will, more often than not, cause you to “hit the rocks of reality”; and your efforts in the end, will turn to dust. . . reading the latest book on making an impact, changing your world, or being driven by a purpose (as good as those things can be) will probably drive you nuts.
     I endorse the truth in this book and recommend you read it. Then, sit at the Lord’s feet and bask in Him. Life only flows through your branch from the Vine. It happens naturally and in its season and this takes the stillness of trust.
      There will always be a Martha hovering nearby to complain but as with Mary, Jesus will say, “You have chosen the good part and it will not be taken away from you.”
by Binsey Cote

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Lost In Christ, A. B. Simpson

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Articles | Comments Off on Lost In Christ, A. B. Simpson

Lost In Christ, A. B. Simpson
“A dear friend once sent me a picture from Rome, with a prayer that it might be fulfilled in me. It was a photograph of the old painting of John leaning on Jesus’ breast. As I studied it, I noticed that I could not see the face of John at all. The form of his head was visible, but his face was buried in the bosom of Jesus, and the master’s face was beaming over him and covering him with its light and love.Yes, that was John. He was lost in Christ. His personal consciousness was merged in his Master’s person, and he had found that the true secret of the death of self is the love of Jesus. I go back in memory to the time when He first came to me in this way and taught me to trust His presence and lean in prayer upon Him every moment. I came to realize it quietly, for there was nothing startling about it. Day after day the consciousness became clearer that God was here. I did not have to mount up to the sky to find Him. I never whispered to Him but He answered, “Here am I.” Oh, how precious it is to be overshadowed thus by the cloud of His presence! ”     
A. B. Simpson (1843-1919)
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# 3 Growth in Grace, A.W. Pink

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Pruning | Comments Off on # 3 Growth in Grace, A.W. Pink

# 3 Growth in Grace, A.W. Pink
“Growth in grace is growth downward. It is the forming of a lower estimate of ourselves. It is a
deepening realization of our nothingness. It is a heartfelt recognition that we are not worthy of the least of God’s mercies.”           A. W. Pink  (1886-1952)
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Ripe Fruit Takes Time, Chrysostom

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Quotes | Comments Off on Ripe Fruit Takes Time, Chrysostom

Ripe Fruit Takes Time, Chrysostom

Depart from the highway, and transplant thyself in some enclosed ground, for it is hard for a tree that stands by the wayside to keep its fruit until it be ripe.        

John Chrysostom (347-407)

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#2 Slow Is Okay

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Burnout, Pruning | Comments Off on #2 Slow Is Okay

#2 Slow Is Okay

“Before He furnishes the abundant supply, we must first be made conscious of our emptiness.

Before he gives strength, we must be made to feel our weakness.

Slow, painfully slow, are we to learn this lesson; and slower still to own our nothingness and take the place of helplessness before the Mighty One.” 

A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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