Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it political? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Paul goes on to declare, “For freedom Christ has set us free,” and that must include letting go of the burden of having to “become a better you.”"
Tullian Tchividjian
This is for you, everything I am
This is for you, take it from me
In your heart, in your soul
I perceive rejuvenation
Breathe me in, I’m forever
Deep within, I am eternal
I will return to you
I am with you always
I will never turn away from you (at Killswitch Engage)

This is for you, everything I am
This is for you, take it from me
In your heart, in your soul
I perceive rejuvenation
Breathe me in, I’m forever
Deep within, I am eternal
I will return to you
I am with you always
I will never turn away from you (at Killswitch Engage)

tblaberge:

He knows nothing.

I bet he’s strong on border security…

tblaberge:

He knows nothing.

I bet he’s strong on border security…

From the ashes, a fire shall be woken.
A light from the shadow shall spring.
Renewed shall be blade that was broken.
The crownless again shall be king.

Lord of the Rings // Chicago Symphony Orchestra (at The Pavilion At Ravinia)

Love of the Father is the only hope for a wayward son.

Blood and water paved the painful road home done.

Grace and mercy come with every single morning dawn.

This heavenly heartbeat is the only reason I can carry on.

Kid, see yourself through your Father’s eyes.

It’s not the same shade as the world cries.

I confess I don’t know much about love,

where it’s from is just so high above.

But until my time arrives, love is the reason I’m alive.

Son, you are my song. Let’s hear something beautiful.

As you look upon your messy masterpiece,

my heart beats one step ahead of my feet.

Let the Kingdom fall on this place
Those who have never felt Your love
Feel Your warm embrace
We will proclaim Your continuing creation
Made evident by our many reconciliations
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
Loving with every ounce of our being
We are made whole as we draw near
We will see Your purpose brought about on this earth
Men, made giants out of pain and dirt
Those of us brought up in broken homes
Don’t have to fear, we will be made whole

"Progress in obedience happens only when our hearts realize that God’s love for us does not depend on our progress in obedience."
Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything
"Absorbing this narcissistic assumption, the modern church is all too often guilty of producing worship services that are little more than motivational, self-help seminars filled with “you can do it” songs and sermons. But what we find in the gospel is just the opposite. The gospel is good news for losers, not winners. It’s for those who long to be freed from slavery of believing that all of their significance, meaning, purpose, and security depend on their ability to “become a better you.”"
Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything
"Her heart - like every heart, if only its fallen sides were cleared away - was an inexhaustible fountain of love: she loved everything she saw."
George MacDonald
"The most creative social strategy we have to offer is the Church. Here we show the world a manner of life the world can never achieve through social coercion or governmental action. We serve the world by showing it something that it is not, namely, a place where God is forming a family out of strangers."
Stanley Hauerwas
Sleeping child. Enslaved as fishing labor.

Sleeping child. Enslaved as fishing labor.

"He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “do business in great waters,” these see his “wonders in the deep.” Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as he did his servant Moses, that you might behold his glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of his glory in his wonderful dealings with you."
Charles Spurgeon (via eugcho)
Grace Is Unconditional: But It's For You Too

jspark3000:

I absolutely believe grace is unconditional, unlimited, and unstopping. It is the essential mark of dignity to love sacrificially, without question.

Yet — grace does not pamper, spoil, coddle, or enable. That would be a cheap grace. Real grace has wisdom and discernment and confrontational…