F.M. Sciutto III

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“Remind yourself everyday”

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Here is a great reminder for this upcoming year from Ray Ortlund:

Serving Christ gets hard.  Harder than we expected.  Harder than we can endure.  We are tempted to think, “No way can this turn out well.  My life – the only one I have – is going to end up on the junk pile.  I must be crazy to be out here doing this, taking these risks, getting hammered with this criticism, paying this price.”

But the truth is, your life is retelling the story of Jesus in his death and resurrection.  “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12).  He died, and now he lives.  He endured, and now he reigns.  He wasn’t crazy.  And however this turns out short term for you, God will take care of you.

Remind yourself every day: You’re not crazy.

Have a great New Year!

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2).

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December 30, 2010 at 11:50 PM

“Withheld love vs. expressed love – Ray Ortlund”

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Withheld love vs. expressed love – Ray Ortlund.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”  Proverbs 3:27

The alternative translation in the ESV margin is “Do not withhold good from its owners.”  If I have good I can do for somebody, then legally I own it but morally they own it.  The state has no right to force me to be generous.  And no one can walk into my house and start taking my things and say, “The Bible says I own it.”  What the Bible says to them is “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).  But what the Bible says to me is “You shall not withhold.”

We tell ourselves, “I’m not doing anybody any harm.”  Okay.  But another question is, What good are we withholding?  Withheld love is a life-depleting social environment where beautiful things don’t happen.  But church is a culture of life is where people love each other openly and eagerly, with a sense of responsibility.

If I have the ability, then in God’s sight you have the ownership.

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May 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM