New Reformation Press Gives Away Treasure
Our friends at NRP are giving away Rod Rosenbladts “Gospel For Those Broken By the Church”
This is one of the most powerful messages I’ve ever heard.
Go get it and bless Ted and Pat for providing it to us.
Free is good
“Broken by the church…?” Hey God will use whatever it takes… best to just get broken without assistance… isn’t that called ‘humble yourself?’
We’re not always masters of our own ships.
Why blame God for what sinful humans have done? Namely, make the church a place of judgment, condemnation and law instead of a grace hospital for saint/sinners. Everyone should listen to Rod’s presentation. He’s not talking about ‘broken’ as in humility and repentance, but as in being sinned against.
I bought this recording a couple of weeks ago and listened to it. He is spot on and speaks to the heart of many, myself and my son included. Because Michael had posted the “icon” for this on the blog and because I decided I needed to do something with the feelings I was having, I bought it and listened to it. It’s worth your time and rumination and willingness to be shown a better way.
This from My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers today:
The Explanation For Our Difficulties
May 22, 2010
. . . that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us . . . —John 17:21
If you are going through a time of isolation, seemingly all alone, read John 17 . It will explain exactly why you are where you are— because Jesus has prayed that you “may be one” with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or do you have some other goal for your life? Since you became a disciple, you cannot be as independent as you used to be.
God reveals in John 17 that His purpose is not just to answer our prayers, but that through prayer we might come to discern His mind. Yet there is one prayer which God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus— “. . . that they may be one just as We are one . . .” (John 17:22 ). Are we as close to Jesus Christ as that?
God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn’t ask, “Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?” No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy. If we will pray, regarding our own lives, “Your will be done” ( Matthew 26:42 ), then we will be encouraged and comforted by John 17, knowing that our Father is working according to His own wisdom, accomplishing what is best. When we understand God’s purpose, we will not become small-minded and cynical. Jesus prayed nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself, just as He was one with the Father. Some of us are far from this oneness; yet God will not leave us alone until we are one with Him— because Jesus prayed, “. . . that they all may be one . . . .”
“Thy will be done…” i think i usually take that mean the circumstances, and it does, doesn’t it? but reading Linnea’s post just now it hit me that the Lord wants me to say that to Him regarding what He wills done in my own soul – His goal for my own character … my attitude, if you will … my ‘tude 😉
to belabor the point a bit – i’m thinking beyond having just a spirit of submission to my circumstances
rather my whole outlook and interaction with life – you know, more of Him [the character He wants to instill] less of [the old] me
Em…I’ve gone through a knot hole these last 6 months and have felt somewha alone in the process. Members of this community have prayed and for that I am so grateful. God uses Oswald Chambers to put his finger on something in my spirit more often than not and the passage today brought perspective for me, and in that, healing and a way out of responding to difficulty “in a small minded and cynical way”. Funny, that passage got accidentally posted on this thread instead of open blogging!
Great observations, by the way 🙂