December 7, 2011

"I'm certain I'm going to heaven because I can't remember a single good work I have done."

I just happened across this excellent article by Tullian, which he had tweeted a few hours ago:

It quotes another favorite of mine, Todd Wilken of the online radio show "Issues, Etc."

“Many pulpits across the land consistently preach the Christian and not the Christ.” Todd Wilken

So true. So very true. I am self centered enough. I don't need to hear about myself from the pulpit unless it is to remind me that I am really quite spiritually bankrupt and destitute.

Here's the article:

The Gift Of Self-Forgetfulness



I remember someone asking me about my faith when I was 18. They asked me what I've done to show my faith. I remember being at a loss. I have never been able to formulate a coherent summary of what I have done due to my faith. I remember thinking "why don't you ask me what HE has done?" But they didn't. I think I remember saying something along the lines of "well I tell people about Jesus!" I don't think they were impressed. Oh well.

You Set Me Free - Sandi Patty: (click the arrow)
You Set Me Free (Album Version)

lyrics:
There've been times in my life You've opened doors.
They weren't what I was hoping for - so I walked right by them.
I didn't even try them.
There've been dreams I forgot and dreams I let die.
Unnoticed sunsets in front of my eyes.
I just couldn't see them. I thought I didn't need them.

Sure there are things I'd do different and yet,
grace gives me days where I simply forget.

You set me free to run through fields of laughter and to sing as though I have no yesterdays.
You set me free from my befores and afters from a debt I know I'll never pay.
When you set me free.

There's been chances to love that I've ignored
Mercies I've found that I couldn't afford
I'm sure I would have shown them, If I would've known, then,
How we all play a part in each others lives
And there's more to the game than winning the prize
So much I want to try now, I feel like I could fly now.

Sure there are things I'd do different and yet,
Grace gives me days where I simply forget.

You set me free to run through fields of laughter and to sing as though I have no yesterdays.
You set me free from my befores and afters, from a debt I know I'll never pay.

Father you Father me ever so patiently - You give me wings to fly.
When you set me free to fly, to soar to places I've not been before,
The boundaries of humanity cannot contain what You set free!

You set me free to run through fields of laughter and to sing as though I have no yesterdays.
You set me free from my befores and afters, from a debt I know I'll never pay.
Father you Father me ever so patiently - You give me wings to fly...You give me wings to fly!

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