Sunday, August 7, 2011

The really good news.........

"The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves.  The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception.  It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed, and pride still rages within us.  As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry, and resentful with those closest to me.  When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit that I have failed.  God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am.  Because of this I don't need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make myself presentable to Him.  I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness."

Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

3 comments:

  1. Isn't that a tremendous book? Definitely in my Top 10 of influential to me. E.

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  2. Finding Brennan Manning was a revelation for me. I had not heard of him until I started following the ragamuffin ramblings blog.

    So what else is included in your top 10 influencers?

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  3. This may take some time, but here is another: The Harvard Diaries by Robert Coles.

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