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07 October 2005 @ 04:21 pm
"Maybe this is the heart of our hang-up, the root of our dilemma. We fluctuate between castigating ourselves and congratulating ourselves because we are deluded into thinking we save ourselves. We develop a false sense of security from our good works and scrupulous observance of the law. Our halo gets too tight and a carefully disguised attitude of moral superiority results. Or we are appalled by our inconsistency, devastated that we haven't lived up to our lofty expectations of ourselves. The roller-coaster ride of elation and depression continues.

Why?

Because we never lay hold of our nothingness before God, and consequently, we never enter into the deepest reality of our relationship with Him. But when we accept the ownership of our powerlessness and helplessness, when we acknowledge that we are the paupers at the door of God's mercy, then God can make something beautiful out of us."


"We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide-open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground."

-- Excerpts from The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
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07 October 2005 @ 07:46 am
"God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers."

-- Excerpt from Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
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06 October 2005 @ 05:10 pm
I have climbed the highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with You
Only to be with You


I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with You


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for


I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire


I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a Devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for


I believe in the Kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
Well, yes, I'm still running


You broke the bonds and You
Loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Of my shame
You know I believed it


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for...

-- "But I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2
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05 October 2005 @ 04:34 pm
How can they live without Jesus?
How can live without God's love?
How can they feel so at home down here
When there's so much more up above?

Throwin' away things that matter
They hold on to things that don't
The world has gone crazy
But soon maybe
A lot more are gonna' know

For maybe they don't understand it
Or maybe they just haven't heard
Or maybe we're not doin' all we can
Living up to His Holy Word

'Cause phonies have come
And wrongs been done
Even killing in Jesus' name
And if you've been burned
Here's what I've learned
The Lord's not the one to blame

For He's not just a religion
With steeples and bells
Or a salesman who will sell you
The things you just want to hear

For His love was such
That He suffered so much
To cause some of us
Just to follow, follow

So many laughing at Jesus
While the funniest thing that He's done
Is love this whole stubborn rebellious world
While their hate for Him just goes on


And love just like that
Will bring Him back
For the few He can call His friends
The ones He's found true
Who've made it through
Enduring until the end

The ones He's found true
Who've made it through
Enduring until the end

-- "How Can They Live Without Jesus?" - Keith Green

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Swallowed into Earth's dark womb
And death has triumphed
That's what they say
But tried to hold Him in the tomb
The Son of Life
Rose on the third day

Just look
The gates of Hell
They're falling
Crumbling from the inside out
He's bursting through
The walls with laughter (Hah!)
Listen to the Angels shout

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it

His plan of battle
You know it
He fooled them all
They led Him off to prison to die
But as He entered Hades Hall
He broke those hellish chains with a cry
Just listen to those demons screaming
See Him bruise the serpent's head
The prisoners of Hell
He's redeeming (Oh!)
All the power of death is dead

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it

Just look
The gates of Hell they're falling
Crumbling from the inside out
He's bursting through the walls with laughter (Hah!)
Listen to the Angels shout
(Listen, oh, listen)

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it


-- "The Victor" - Keith Green

[Side-note: I recommend to all you to give a listen to Keith Green. It may not be your typical "type" of music, but that's not important. The Message is. :)]
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03 October 2005 @ 10:27 am
You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse but

If I ever lose my faith in You
There'd be nothing left for me to do

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world
You could say I lost my faith in the people on TV
You could say I'd lost my belief in our politicians
They all seemed like game-show hosts to me

If I ever lose my faith in You
There'd be nothing left for me to do

I could be lost inside their lies without a trace
But every time I close my eyes I see Your face

I never saw no miracle of science
That didn't go from a blessing to a curse
I never saw no military solution
That didn't always end up as something worse but
Let me say this first

If I ever lose my faith in You
There'd be nothing left for me to do

-- "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" - Sting
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