Archive for the ‘Humanity’ Category

All Except One

“Every human being who has ever lived has suffered from a messiah complex—except one.”

— John Ortberg1

1.The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (p. 126). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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“True humility is not looking down on yourself, but looking up to Christ” – Judson Cornwall Forbidden Glory

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Humanity’s Primary Purpose

It didn’t take long for someone to ask, “What am I doing here, anyway?!” The church decided to look through history and the scriptures and provide the answer.

In 1643 much of the church gathered in Westminster Abby and it took five (5) years but first on the list was, “What is the chief end of man?

The answer to why we were put on this earth in the first place — Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” There it is in a nutshell!

Sure, there is work to do both now and later. Yes, there are difficulties and sorrows but they are meant to be temporary. Life gets its strength, fulfillment, and effectiveness from glorifying our Creator and enjoying him!.

“Then he [Nehemiah] said unto them [the worshipers], Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” — Nehemiah 8:9

Sound Bite: The Joy of the Lord is my Strength
Prayer: Jesus, show me how to enjoy you in my living, today, and bring you honor. Amen.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Changing Humanity

“Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself” — Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910 (Russian writer, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina)

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“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7a

“Heart” doesn’t just mean a blood pump, it means the core of one’s being. We use the term similarly all the time. It refers to our motives and deep desires which are sometimes unknown even to ourselves.

This arena is not found with microscopes, stethoscopes, or telescopes. It is, in that sense, “spiritual” instead of “physical” though some say it is the result of our physical composition.

Also in that sense, everyone has a spiritual formation – be they preachers, businessmen, terrorists, world leaders, dictators or the unemployed – and it is here where change must, and can take place.

“Indeed, the only hope of humanity lies in the fact that, as our spiritual dimension has been formed, so it also can be transformed. Now and throughout the ages this has been acknowledged by everyone who has thought deeply about our condition—from Moses, Solomon, Socrates, and Spinoza, to Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Oprah, and current feminists and environmentalists. … Disagreements have only to do with what in our spirit needs to be changed and how that change can be brought about. AND ON THESE TWO points lies the inescapable relevance of Jesus to human life.”1

– fritz
1 – Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart, NavPress, pg. 14

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