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I'm reading Miroslav Volf's FREE OF CHARGE: GIVING AND FORGIVING IN A CULTURE STRIPPED OF GRACE (Zondervan, 2005). So far so good. Here's a couple of related quotes that I think are quite profound. First: "...our images of God are rather different from God's reality... God is different from what we conceive... we unwittingly reduce God's ways to our ways and God's thoughts to our thoughts. Our hearts become factories of idols in which we fashion and refashion God to fit our needs and desires... "Slowly and imperceptibly, the one true God begins acquiring the features of the gods of...

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I've just finished an awesome book I highly recommend called Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder. It is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would "cure the world". He specializes in infectious diseases and labors tirelessly to rid the whole world of such diseases as AIDS and TB. Profound and moving, I couldn't put it down and found all kinds of inspiration to live a good life of service. At one point he is questioned about the logic of spending so much time, effort and money on one young patient knowing that the likelihood of his survival...

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Welcome everyone! I'm hoping you will like my new website that includes my paintings, my blog, my music, and my me! Enjoy. If you're here because of my email invitation, thanks for coming. If you are here by other means, well, welcome to you too! Sign me up and keep checking in for daily updates.

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This painting depicts the solitary feeling of existence, and sometimes how we feel isolated and alienated from all beings, including God. This does not mean it is so, but felt. When I am out at night time for a walk underneath the stars, I may feel very much alone, and indeed be alone, but those are the times I have felt closest to God.

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I love this passage in the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton's, "Seeds of Contemplation": And so, suppose your meditation takes you to the point where you are baffled and repelled by the cloud that surrounds God, who maketh the darkness His covert. Far from realizing Him, you begin to realize nothing more than your own helplessness to know Him, and you begin to think that meditation is something altogether hopeless and impossible. And yet the more helpless you are, the more you seem to desire to see Him and to know Him, and the contradiction of your desires and your failure...

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