A Monday morning, start the week, encouragement for your Spirit.

If the Church goes Wrong on Christ

“We have limited Christ to the sanctuary, to the temple, to the religious area of our lives. We have not practiced applied Christianity. We have restricted it to a Sunday affair. We worship Him behind thick church walls. We tuck Him away in quiet little recesses.

   “From Sunday to Sunday, He is rarely mentioned. We spend very little time reading His Word or praying. We Christians act and live as though Christ were dead. This kind of Christ will never make an impact on the revolutionary world in which we live. This is not the Christ of the Bible. He is too weak and small; He is irrelevant.

“The weak, emaciated, impotent Christ of the Church of today bears little resemblance to the Christ who is found in the early Church, which dared to challenge the world and turned it upside down” (Billy Graham).1

   “I am the First and the Last...the Ever-living One” (Revelation 1:17, 18).

  “If the Church goes wrong on Christ, it goes wrong on everything.”2

 

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Reference:

  1. The Wit And Wisdom of Billy Graham, Edited and Compiled by Bill Adler, Published in New York by Random House, Inc., and simultaneously in Toronto, Canada, by Random House of Canada Limited, Copyright 1967, “The Risen Christ,” The Hour of Decision, 1964.
  2. John R. Scott – Enrichment, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Winter 1999.

 


Everything to Everyone

Toscanini, the world-famous conductor, was extraordinarily demanding. While practicing the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, he first practiced with each group of instruments alone, and then, together, with full orchestra. Finally, the concert was magnificently performed. Afterward, the first violinist said,

   “If he scolds us after that, I will jump up and push him off this platform!”

However, Toscanini did not scold. He stood silent – his arms still outstretched, his deep eyes burning with an inner fire, his face glowing, and a spirit of utter contentment enfolding him. After a long silence he spoke,

   “Who am I? Who is Toscanini? Who are you? I am nobody. You are nobody!” A great stillness filled the hall, as he added,

   “Beethoven is everything – everything!”1

God does matter, and no one else. He is everything. “That He may be all in all [be everything to everyone, the controlling factor in life]” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

“If there is no God, then nothing really matters. But if there is a God, then nothing else really matters!”2

 

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Reference:

  1. Robert G. Lee’s Sourcebook of 500 Illustrations, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1964, “Toscanini Talks”.
  2. Pulpit Helps, Chattanooga, TN: AMG International, March 1997.

 

 

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  John Howard Griffin (1920 – 1980) was an American journalist and author, much of whose writing was about racial equality. He is best known for darkening his skin, and journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia to experience segregation in the Deep South in 1959. It is a fascinating story of living in a predominantly white society, and the sad discrimination and prejudice he faced.

This enabled him to have a greater understanding of racial inequality and mistreatment simply because of skin color. He wrote about his experience and travels in his 1961 book Black Like Me.1

  Christ did more than change His appearance. He laid aside His glory, and took on our humanity, living on earth as a man, despised and rejected. Because of this, “…we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and liabilities to the assaults of temptation” (Hebrews 4:15).

     “The only God I know is the God made flesh” (Martin Luther, Marburg Colloquy, 1529).2

 

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Reference:

  1. John Howard Griffin, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. www.jordoncooper.com/projects/quotes/i/

 

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