Monday, April 11, 2011

You sure you want a Revolution? - Part One

Just watched this video and this one. It's funny how when you are ready, the things you need to hear and read and see are there, the things you need in order to be changed and renewed, which were just out of reach - are suddenly rushing in abundantly...

After reading the book: Irresistible Revolution
(thanks for the referral Stephanie, you should have warned me not to listen to the book while driving :)
My mind is swirling and my heart is pounding... I've felt this shift inside me coming for a long time now, but it's starting to take shape...starting to...

Fav. Quotes...

"The more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into."

"To refer to the Church as a building is to call people 2 x 4's."

"Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived."

"And I think that's what our world is desperately in need of - lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about."

Mother Theresa always said, "Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta."

Biological family is too small of a vision. Patriotism is far too myopic. A love for our own relatives and a love for the people of our own country are not bad things, but our love does not stop at the border."

"I asked participants who claimed to be "strong followers of Jesus" whether Jesus spent time with the poor. Nearly 80 percent said yes. Later in the survey, I sneaked in another question, I asked this same group of strong followers whether they spent time wit the poor, and less than 2 percent said they did. I learned a powerful lesson: We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor."

"For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death."

This of course is on the heals of reading about the life of Billy Graham who was a radical in his own right...
Billy - The Untold Story... Just As I Am

Some Fav. Quotes...

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same

I want to live my life authentically. The reality of my very real relationship with Christ clearly evident. I want it to matter in light of eternity...knowing this, some things are going to change.


StephMarconi said...

I'm all tingly! I think I'll listen to it again... for the 12th time. Haha

Brenna said...

I am LOVING Irresitible Revolution! I'm just reading the last few pages right now. Along the same lines (but written in a different way), I would really recommend "Crazy Love - Overwhelmed by a Relentless God" by Francis Chan. It also deals with what it truly means to be a followerr of Christ.

Tammara said...

Thanks Brenna! I totally just ordered Crazy Love a couple days ago, as well as A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren - Thanks!

Estelle said...

This is great! I'm going to find that book - never heard of it before!

Brenna said...

Good to know! I will have to look into Brian Mclaren! :)

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