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In Adam & In Christ – Two of Me!

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In ROMANS 7:25 the Apostle writes: “With the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” This is the clearest passage of all, and from it we learn that one and the same (believing) person serves at the same time the Law of God and the Law of sin. He is at the same time justified and yet a sinner . . . the whole man, one and the same person, is in this twofold servitude. For this reason he thanks God that he serves the Law of God and he pleads for mercy for serving the Law of sin. But no one can say of a carnal (unconverted) person that he serves the Law of God. The Apostle means to say: You see, it is just so as I said before: The saints (believers) are at the same time sinners while they are righteous, because they believe in Christ, whose righteousness covers them and is imputed to them. But they are sinners, inasmuch as they do not fulfill the law, and still have sinful lusts. They are like sick people who are being treated by a physician. They are really sick, but hope and are beginning to get, or be made, well. They are about to regain their health. Such patients would suffer the greatest harm by arrogantly claiming to be well, for they would suffer a relapse that is worse (than their first illness). [pp.114-115] – Martin Luther (1483-1546), Commentary on Romans; Kregel, 1977

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‘Messy Spirituality’

‘Messy Spirituality’ – Quote by Mike Yaconelli

“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a godly person. Yet when I look at the yesterdays of my life, what I see, mostly, is a broken, irregular path littered with mistakes and failure. I have had temporary successes and isolated moments of closeness to God, but I long for the continuing presence of Jesus. Most of the moments of my life seem hopelessly tangled in a web of obligations and distractions. I want to be a good person. I don’t want to fail. I want to learn from my mistakes, rid myself of distractions, and run into the arms of Jesus. Most of the time, however, I feel like I am running away from Jesus into the arms of my own clutteredness. I want desperately to know God better. I want to be consistent. Right now the only consistency in my life is my inconsistency. Who I want to be and who I am are not very close together. I am not doing well at the living-a-consistent-life thing. I don’t want to be St. John of the Cross or Billy Graham. I just want to be remembered as a person who loved God, who served others more than he served himself, who was trying to grow in maturity and stability. I want to have more victories than defeats, yet here I am, almost 60, and I fail on a regular basis.If I were to die today, I would be nervous about what people would say at my funeral. I would be happy if they said things like “He was a nice guy” or “He was occasionally decent” or “Mike wasn’t as bad as a lot of people.” Unfortunately, eulogies are delivered by people who know the deceased. I know what the consensus would be. “Mike was a mess.”

 Mike Yaconelli,  author of a book entitled, ‘Messy Spirituality’

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‘Messy: God Likes It That Way’ by A.J. Swoboda

A book promo video: ‘Messy: God Likes It That Way’ by A.J. Swoboda …. This seems like an interesting book. I haven’t read it and neither am I familiar with the author. But nevertheless, the Title caught my attention, because I do acknowledge, accept and value messy spirituality. I have a messy life!  > http://astore.amazon.com/stressfreel07-20/detail/0825441684

My christian spirituality

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My christian spirituality is not perfect, neat, orderly, consistent, clean, complete, or even nice; instead, the reality is that my spirituality is messy, is unfinished, it’s not neat, it’s not balanced, it’s not orderly, it’s complicated, it’s sloppy, it’s unclean, it’s chaotic, it’s also imperfect, flawed, broken, it’s up and down … it’s anything but finished and complete. My spirituality is a paradoxical tension between idealism, realism, and the presence of great mystery.

Philippians 3:12-14
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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