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I was reading Chambers again today, and I was struck once again by his bluntness: When the disciples came back from their first mission they were filled with joy because the devils were subject to them, and Jesus said Don t rejoice in successful service; the great secret of joy is that you are rightly related to me. So it immediately got me thinking about just how persistently we disobey even just this one assertion of Jesus. Don t rejoice in success! But that seems to be all we do, isn t it? The church has obviously forgotten this commandment,...

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"God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment after moment, as not being 'right', we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life. For those situations and moments ARE our life" (Dallas Willard).

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"When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die" (Bonhoeffer).

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