Friday, September 10, 2010

"Many Christians are stuck in the Mary Magdalene phase of 'They have taken my Lord, and I do not know where they laid him.'

"Christ wants to become in your life and mine a verb, not a noun."

"'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel--which means 'God with us.' But God with us, not for thirty-three years, but forever."

"I have a Jewish colleague who is more energized by a Messiah who has not yet appeared than many of my Christian colleagues are by a Messiah who is living in our midst. A Messiah who came two thousand years ago but does not come today is a what-difference-does-it-make? Messiah. The person and presence of Jesus are still available 24/7. 'My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.' For this reason Augustine could say that God is intimior intimo meo, or 'closer to me than I am to myself.'"

"The fundamental fact of Christian faith is this: Christ is alive! 'HE LIVES!' 'I know that my Redeemer lives.' 'We Serve a RISEN Savior.' 'Because HE lives, I can face tomorrow.'

"I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

"The great 'I AM' is not the great 'I was.'"

(The above thoughts were taken from Leonard Sweet's book, Nudge--Awakening Each Other To The God Who's Already There.)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post Clif. You have mentioned many of my favorite hymns. Wishing you and Charlotte a blessed weekend.

Renee said...

I like the words.."The great I Am is not the great I was." Thank you for this post...God bless....

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Knowing he lives helps me everyday.I would not and could not face tomorrow if it wasn't for Christ our Savior.

Merana Leigh said...

Most definitely....not the "I was", not the "I will be", but the great "I AM". He is with me today, just as He was yesterday, and just as He will be tomorrow. But since none of us are ever promised another moment, we must live within the grace of I AM! Thank you for the reminder! ~ Merana

Whidbey Woman said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful message with us!!! Have a happy Spiritual Sunday. By the way, I love what you wrote in the column Living in Arizona. It is perfect and so true!

LivingSoAbundantly said...

Well said! :) Your post made me think of one of my favorite poems:
"When you live in the past,
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard.
I am not there.
My name is not - I WAS.

When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is hard.
I am not there.
My name is not - I WILL BE.

When you live in this moment,
It is not hard.
I am here.
My name is I AM."

Helen Mallicoat

Rhodema A. Cargill said...

Very insightful. What must the church look like to the world?

This offers a challenge to live in Him daily.

Dayle said...

The fact that my Savior lives is what gets me through those hard times.

Karen said...

Thank you, Clif. God bless you today!


Clif, I think I got this concept down pretty early on in my walk with the Lord. The hard part for me is that He has made me (now and forever) alive in Him. Because He lives, I live also. Nothing can change this fact and He never changes. Oh how that just brings me joy. Thanks for the post and God bless.-Bobbi

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Clif,
Praise the Lord...He lives today! What joy and peace it gives me to know this and to know Him! Thank you for your post.


Cherdecor said...

Your first sentence made me laugh right out loud.

Leonard Sweet is going to be at STORY, I hear.

sarah said...

HI Cliff, He Lives...and I am so grateful for that. Everything is good with me. A Canadian pubisher has been speaking with me about their wanting to publish my book and I'll be speaking at a college sept. 21 and a women's group oct. 1st. I'm not a speaker but I told Him...I will do anything to pay Him back for the freedom He gave me. Thanks Cliff....for being you. ☺

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Clif,
Thank you so much for this beautiful message and for your prayers...they mean so much to me.

Joan said...

Lots of food for thought here. I really like the last quote, "The great I AM, not the great I was."


micey said...

love the last quote! thanks for your encouragement! it means a lot to me. =)

Janet said...

Ooh! That book sounds intriguing--I love the title. Will have to try it out.

Dianne said...

As a former English teacher, this definitely spoke to me. Always living in the present with him.

I like what was written about the Jewish person also. Really makes one think.

Thank you

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Clif...I'm back again! I got an amazing book this week and I wondered if you have read it...I actually wrote about it on my blog earlier this week...It's by Derek Prince and it's about being a prayer is so good...Just wanted to tell you about it!!!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Great post Cliff, I like the thought of Christ being a verb, and not a noun in my life.This sounds like a great read thank you for sharing.

Gayle said...

Thought-provoking words, Clif. I'm a bit late in reading the Sunday postings, but better late than never, I suppose. Time well spent.