"Let such a man place himself in God's presence, enter into himself, search his conscience, find out his sins, confess and lament them to God, seek pardon in Christ's blood, and leave them, and not rest until he hears the voice of God's Spirit sounding in his conscience telling him: 'Your sins are forgiven.' Then when God asks 'Whom shall I send?' you will answer readily and with joy,'Here amI've found there's much that can happen in my heart when I take the time to focus on the Gospel - the good news. When I see how sinful I truly am, and how gracious God is to forgive me through Christ, then my ideas of how life should go seem a lot smaller, and God's seem a lot bigger.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Here I am! send me.
Mark is assigned a lot of reading. He loves it. Often he'll come across some great quotes and share them with me. Here is one from the book "The Art of Prophesying" for his Pastoral Ministry and the Reformation class. We thought it was convicting and challenging. The author is talking about men who are fearful to go into full-time ministry because of the risks involved, but I think it is applicable to everyone: