Saturday, September 1, 2012


Relationship – not a set of beliefs, not a religion, not a formula, not a way of life but a holy, awesome, life-changing, soul-satisfying, relationship with a Person.

This is what I want my faith to be. Read the following quotes and listen for God to invite you close to Him through them.

“God is closer than we think. He is never farther than a prayer away. All it takes is the barest effort, the lift of a finger. Every moment – this moment right now, as you read these words – is the one “timeless moment” of divine endowment, or life with God. The story of the Bible isn’t primarily about the desire of people to be with God, it’s the desire of God to be with people.” - John Ortberg

"The most holy practice, the nearest to daily life, and the most essential for the spiritual life, is the practise of the presence of God, that is, to find joy in his divine company and to make it a habit of life speaking humbly and conversing lovingly with him at all times, every moment, without rule or restriction, above all at times of temptation, distress, dryness, and revulsion, and even of faithlessness and sin." Lawrence

"Whether we are aware of it or not, at every moment of our existence we are encountering God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--who is trying to catch our attention, trying to draw us into a reciprocal conscious relationship," writes Fr. William Barry

“For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.” A.W. Tozer

In John 5:39 Jesus gives a very interesting rebuke to the Pharisees. "You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you'll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you,”

John 17:3  "And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent."