According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Awake My Soul"... You Were Made to Meet Your Maker

Mumford and Sons - Awake my Soul

Awake My Soul!

by Bill Gaultiere © 2005, 2010

“Awake my soul!” David prays in Psalm 57:8. With an alert mind
and a fixed heart David continually opened his soul to God’s presence.

What is the soul? The Bible has a lot to say about it, especially in the Psalms, the “soul book” of God’s Word. The soul is essential, but few people today understand their soul or know how to care for it.

We often equate the soul with the spirit, but in the Biblical understanding they are distinct. The spirit is essentially the same as our heart or will – it is the core of our being.

Your soul is the most encompassing aspect of your person. It is designed to integrate and enliven all aspects of your person – spiritual, psychological, and physical – into one unifying personality or flow of being that runs almost on its own. This is why the Psalmist often talks to his soul in the second person, often saying things like, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone” (Psalm 62:1, 5).

We say that “soul food” is tasty and “soul music” moves us to dance. This is because the healthy soul is alive! It is alert and dynamic and it flows with strength, direction, and harmony.

But to live with soul is elusive! So much so that Jesus warns us to be careful not to lose our soul! (Matthew 16:26). If you neglect your soul you lose touch with it. To lose soulfulness is to lose your vitality.

May God help you to care for your soul so that it flows in a stream of life and overflows to bless other people.

Bible Verses to Help You Care
for Your Soul (with God!)
Be Careful to Keep your Soul
“Give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently” (Deuteronomy 4:9, NASB).
Our Soul Needs to Learn to Obey the Lord
“Follow [the Lord’s] decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 26:16).
Meditate on God’s Law to Revive your Soul
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7).
Lift Up your Soul to God
“To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul” (Psalm 25:1).
To Live Well Cause your Soul to Delight in the Lord Right Now!
“Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation” (Psalm 35:9).
When you’re Hurting Talk to your Soul and Pour it out to God
“I pour out my soul… Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him” (Psalm 42:4-5).
Moment-by-Moment Remind your Soul – your Innermost Being – to Praise the Lord
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
Your Soul is Thirsty – Soooooo Thirsty! – for God
“My soul thirsts for [the Lord] like a parched land” (Psalm 143:6; Psalm 63:2).
Your Soul Can be Lazy and Dull: It’s Up to you to Awaken it!
“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn” (Psalm 57:8).
Knowledge is Good for the Soul
“Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul” (Proverbs 2:10).
Your Soul has Longings
“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul” (Proverbs 13:19).
Jesus Christ Offers you Rest for your Soul – No One and Nothing Else Can!
“[Jesus said] take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
Lose your Life for Christ or you’ll Lose your Soul!
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26).
Jesus’ Greatest Commandment Includes Loving God with All your Soul
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul [or prayer, (MSG)] and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
Come to Christ and the Living Waters of the Spirit Flow from your Soul
“Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him’” (John 7:37-38).
S.O.S. (Lord, Save our Souls!)
“You are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).
Jesus Christ is the Shepherd of our Souls
“You have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25).

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