Hope Rising

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Good word.

Salvation is not merely a matter of eternity, getting to heaven, "getting saved" from eternal separation from God; it is a way of life in community.  The "saved" are those we deal with, give leadership to, these baptized, image-of-God men, women, and children.  We are "a chosen people, eager to do good." Salvation is not just a matter between the soul and God; it is the soul and God and house and kids and work and play--the works.  The saved life is a way of life in which God is both the present and the eternal substructure.

Eugene Peterson
in The Unnecessary Pastor

The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness.  God's life in us expresses itself as God's life, not as human life trying to be Godly.

Oswald Chambers
My Utmost, June 28

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