this went thru my mind


Busyness, fatigue, hurry & rest: Could This Be a Message from God? by Terry Rush

“R-E-S-T is not a first cousin to L-A-Z-Y, so get over it.”

Christmas: Keep the Chi in Xmas by John Byron

“I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people complain about Xmas – “Don’t take Christ out of Christmas!” In reality, that is not what is happening.  Xmas is what is known as a Nomina Sacra, an ancient way of shortening the name of Christ out of respect. Christ is in the “X,” the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter used to spell “Christ” in Greek. It is an abbreviation, one used quite often by early Christians.”

Happiness & service: Experiencing Happiness in Helping Others by Joshua Becker

“In helping others rather then seeking our own gain, we find great freedom. Service to others results in liberty. We are able to say no to modern culture‘s games of promotion and authority. We live lives of less stress, less anxiety, and less frustration. We begin to feel more fulfilled, more complete, more alive. Living for others completely abolishes our need for a pecking order. It becomes a great weight off our shoulders when we no longer seek power and mastery over others. Real joy is found not in being served, but in choosing to serve. And experiencing this unexpected happiness and freedom is not as hard as some might think.”

Humility, ignorance, judgment, perspective & thinking: Our Limited Perspective by Ted Gossard

“And so in humility, let us own our own ignorance. That we don’t know, ourselves. That we are ever dependent on the Lord for everything we do know. That in a sense it is enough, enough for now. But that it is not the end all. In fact only God ever possesses that kind of knowledge. As we go on together in Jesus for the world.”

Pluralism: When Did We Open the Pandora’s Box of Theological/Doctrinal Pluralism? by Roger E. Olson

“Once he made experience the primary source and norm for theology, the box was opened and the current malaise, the Balkanization of theology, was made inevitable …”

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