Unlearning

My name is Samantha. I love Jesus and I love you.

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.

—Francis Chan (via quotes-shape-us)

Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe-Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E minor-loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.

—Francis Chan (via livingfortheonewhodied)

Our declaration is not, “You’re a sinner who needs to stop sinning.” Our declaration is, “There is a loving God who wants to lavish upon you his love despite your sin. If you would get that, sin wouldn’t seem so sweet.

—Matt Chandler (via kschlabaugh)

If you ultimately long to be holy, hope to be holy, hate the sin in your life, and are struggling to get there but keep falling short, and you’re in this kind of weird cycle where you kind of run to God for a season, then you run away to clean yourself up, then you run back to God, then you kind of run away when you screw up, and then you run back… If you have yourself in that cycle, I’m telling you, you’re walking in a fear-based religion that does not quite understand that God has already decreed you as holy and blameless. He has, in his adopting work, decreed to the universe that you are his and he delights in you, is proud of you, loves you, and cherishes you. You are a co-heir with Christ of all he has.

Matt Chandler (via hislivingpoetry)

The beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not that by following Him, we get what we want. Gosh, you don’t want most of what you want. And if God were to give them to you, it’d be cruel of Him. The good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is regardless of our circumstances, we get God and He’ll be enough. That on the day of trouble, we cry out, and we will hear, “Here I am.”

—Matt Chandler, Grace Made Visible: Eyes to See 6/15/14 (via outlinedinoceans)

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You’re exhausted in the faith because you’re looking at you. The more you look at yourself and the less you look at God, the more you get frustrated at yourself. 

-Matt Chandler

Life-giving faith grows beautiful and pure in the same place that gold grows beautiful and pure: in the furnace.

—Tim Keller (via godmoves)

Think about it this way. Maybe you are going through a struggle in your life. A tragedy strikes you or someone close to you, and you are hurting. So you go to God in prayer, and you ask him to comfort you. Do you realize what God does? He doesn’t give you comfort. Instead he gives you the Holy Spirit, who is called the Comforter. The Holy Spirit literally comes to dwell in you and puts the very comfort of Christ inside you as you walk through your pain.

—David Platt, Radical (via godmoves)

Don’t compare yourself to people who aren’t honest with themselves. People who pull away from authenticity are just afraid of how they see their reflection in your flaws. Don’t be like them. Press into the lives that admit their condition without seeking to justify it or hide it. Build your life around people who don’t fear the darkness in you because they’ve not only seen it in themselves, but have witnessed the beauty of invasive, redeeming light first-hand. Seek out people who admit to their own struggles instead of judging others for not being as good at hiding their sin. These kind of people are imperative to the Christian life—living examples of redemption in all its guts and glory. You need to be part of the lovely mess of living an authentic life because it has a no-bullshit policy, and don’t you prefer the grittiness of that over the superficiality of don’t-ask-don’t-tell? I do. And from what I see, this is what the gospel’s core is—hopeful realism. It isn’t delusional, and it isn’t doomed. It’s our reality through the lens of truth. I want to be a part of a community who want the same—a community that loves instead of judges, who admit where they are, but claim the promise of where they’re headed. A community of people whose hearts are constantly under construction. A community that proclaims the love of a Savior who pulled us out of darkness and daily fights on our behalf so we won’t return. A community that reminds each other who they’re called to be and affirms how one another are bearing evidence of His presence in our lives. A community that is needy, honest, repentant, and fully satisfied in the love that has redefined our identity. A community that doesn’t cower at brokenness, but stares it in the face and invites the overwhelming presence of Jesus to come and move.

LB, To Taste & See (via yesdarlingido)

If you are not anchored in the goodness of God you will lower your theology to match your pain.

—Christa Black Gifford (via splended-songs)