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Friday, February 23, 2007

A Secret of Following

Can you ever have too many good quotes? I for one don't think so! I do apologize for any of you who read this and grow tired of so many quotes. But here's one I feel is worth pondering a bit.

"Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, 'Pray for me that I not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.' That is our first task; to grip the hands of Jesus with such tenacity that we are obliged to follow His lead, to seek first His Kingdom." Richard J. Foster, Freedom from Simplicity

What a great thought! I know that many of us are highly interested in what it takes to be fully-devoted Christ-follower. We're not interested in half-hearted, mediocre, luke-warm commitment. We want to give our all for Jesus just as He has given his all for us. So how do we do that? How, as temporal, simple human beings do we completely devote ourselves to following Someone who is Wholly Other? As Foster states, we grab hold of him with such fierceness of resolve that we can't help but go where He is leading! As we wrap our lives around Jesus and make it our highest aim to know and serve Him, we can't help but follow in His steps.

May He lead you in your journey today.



Anonymous said...

Hi Nick,
Tom Keen here. I was just wondering your thoughts on the Discovery channel special about the tomb of Jesus. Please post your thoughts in your blog soon.

Pastor Nick said...


Hey, I've been hearing about this "tomb of Jesus" but I didn't catch that special. I'll try to check out some of what's out there and get back on that one soon. Glad you're interested.

Pastor Nick said...


Hello! I said I would get back to you on the supposed Tomb of Jesus. It has taken me longer than anticipated, but here it is. The first link is obviously from an evangelical Christian point of view, but the detail is very good and reliable. The second is the article from Newsweek, which presents both sides, but echoes the same problems that the first article does. I think the consensus conclusion by almost all scholars is that this discovered tomb makes a good movie, but not good history.

By the way, did you know it was actually discovered in 1980? What does that say about it's validity if for over 25 years it has attracted little to no attention?

I'd love to talk more about this if you have thoughts or questions.

Nick Stumbo