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IT'S ALL IN THE KNOWING
Knowing about Christ and knowing Christ are two very different things. The former is outer knowledge; the latter is inner knowledge -- being "in Christ." The former has little effect on the individual; the latter has a life-changing effect. J. G. Holland once said of the former, "A man may carry the whole scheme of Christian truth in his mind from boyhood to old age without the slightest effect upon his character and aims. It has had less influence than the multiplication table." The Apostle Paul once said of the latter, "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything has passed away; see, everything has become new!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NRSV) The former is information; the latter is transformation.
-- Rev. David T. Wilkinson
ALL THE BEAUTY
I do not think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.
-- Anne Frank
The comfort and help that God gives come in a variety of ways, but probably most important in the face of death is the assurance of God's radical grace. In the face of death each of us, like the apostle Paul, becomes convinced that he or she is the worst sinner in the world. Certainly Paul had this sense about himself when he reflected on his character. Most of us will probably come to the same conclusion about ourselves that Paul did. Regardless of any religion we might have had, or any good works we may have done, our just due is condemnation from God and all that goes with it. But if we take time to really get into the Bible, we will hear the message that God loves us anyway. If we stop putting our trust in how good we might have been and living in fear over how sinful we really are, we can know peace because of the good news that Jesus did everything necessary to guarantee us heaven. Grace, the word that appears over and over again in the New Testament, means that we will receive what we never earned and don't deserve. The Scripture that drives home that truth better than any other I know is Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast."
-- Tony Campolo in Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God
Church Growth is ultimately not about what we can do in our own power; it is about God's power and His choice to work through us. Refuse to settle for anything less than God's vision for your church.
-- Nelson Searcy, Founding Pastor of The Journey Church, New York
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
Every Christian is a witness for Christ. We cannot bear the name Christian without indicating by our words and deeds what Christ means to us. We are empowered by our faith. We also invest the word Christian with meaning by the way we live our faith. The only gospel some of our friends will ever know will come from their relationship with us. We are bearers of the best news in the world. And we owe it to those we love, to cultivate our abilities at sharing this news with them.
-- Harold K. Bates in Witness for Christ
THE WAVES OF GRIEF
For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one we know that grief can often be like a wave that seems to come out of nowhere and overwhelms us. Henry James, American author, psychologist, and philosopher, once wrote, "Sorrow comes in great waves... but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes, and we remain."
I had a new appreciation of that fact when on vacation last week in Hawaii. My wife and I watched the waves roll onto the beach. Some high school boys were playing in the surf using boogie boards. We decided to experience the waves for ourselves. We ventured out and suddenly a wave was rolling over us that peaked about five feet over our heads. It knocked me off my feet. It knocked my wife into an uncontrollable spin until she washed up on shore.
When you are in the midst of a wave of grief it can feel overwhelming and uncontrollable. You can feel as if you are drowning. But when the wave passes, you realize that you are stronger; you will survive.
-- Rev. David T. Wilkinson
Feedback from around the world
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Your messages are an inspiration. I forward many of them to others in my Sunday School class, and others I have used as devotionals at the Christian academy where I teach! Thanks! -- C. Thornton
I received an email from my pastor. He had one of your messages in it. He encouraged me to subscribe to it. We put inspirational sayings in our bulletin from time to time. I am responsible for the weekly bulletins. -- L. Sparks, Louisiana
I have been blessed often by the day's thoughts & many times forward to people I think would especially appreciate a particular topic. Thank you for your ministry & may the Lord continue to bless you & others through you. – S. Forster, Australia
Day by day, after reading your messages, my feedback can be only THANKS. You are doing a good job and this one is not done in vain. -- N. K. Heritier, Africa
I often forward your Sound Bites to friends. I love quotes and words of wisdom, and sometimes they really strike home, either for me, or for someone I know who might benefit. Peace, -- K. Berken, Iowa
Thanks Rev. Wilkinson: For your words of sorrow. I too am sorry to hear about your son. It's a great thing how you have turned a tragedy into a blessing that helps other people in a time of need. God Bless You and Your wife… -- D. Lesperance, Wisconsin
The ministry that grew from your family's great loss has undoubtedly blessed more people than you will ever know. I have used your quotes many times in our church bulletin (I am the secretary), and it never fails that at least one person will come up to me and mention how a particular quote touched them or was "just what they needed" on that particular day. Some even cut them out of the bulletin and paste them on their bathroom mirror so that they can read them over and over again as they get ready for work/school/to meet the day. I've also heard of some in the congregation sending the quotes on to others that they know might need to hear them. Like ripples in a pond... your special ministry drops into my day and then flows out in so many directions to reach untold lives. Thank you for inspiring and uplifting so many of us. God bless you and your ministry. -- M. Hollen
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