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Dallas Willard

five on Friday

“Your ministry doesn’t need the flair of your inflated ego; rather, it is your authenticity that will most effectively motivate those you serve in leadership. And that genuineness is most often communicated in a soft tone that has no relation to bravado— a well- reasoned argument that can be coupled with passion to get the […]

five on Friday

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5 v 1-2 1 Don’t be defined by what you’re against: its about embracing Jesus! 2 A great summary of […]

praying….

The Lord’s Prayer can get dusty really quick from repetition and overfamiliarity. I heard Dallas Willard’s version of the Lord’s Prayer and really enjoyed the freshness. Take it for a test-drive and see what you think. Here goes… “Dear Father, always near us, may your name be treasured and loved; may your rule be completed in us […]

never defeated…

Dallas Willard was known to say this:- “The Kingdom of God is never in trouble”  So why’s this important? Here’s what James Bryan Smith offers……. “Dallas was the first person to reveal to me that Jesus’ main message was the good news of the available Kingdom of God. But for years I failed to grasp […]

my thank-you….

I attended one of those rare unforgettable Saturday day conferences. Unforgettable because so often investing a Saturday day-block is not rewarded. Unforgettable because the lead input hosted by Renovare was from a man I’d so appreciated in books and podcasts, but never before met in real life. Julie and I went south of the river here […]

this is it…..

“God’s aim in human history is the creation of an inclusive community of loving persons, with himself included as its primary sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.” Dallas Willard

the cost….

Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, non-discipleship costs you exactly that abundance of life […]

following…..

Dallas Willard once said something on a podcast that cuts against the grain of a popular understanding of what Christianity is all about. He said this: Jesus didn’t go to the cross so we wouldn’t have to. He went to the cross so we could join him there. Following Jesus isn’t a matter of escaping […]

being formed…..

“Our constant struggle with the issue of control is a crucial part of our spiritual pilgrimage. I don’t mind spiritual formation at all as long as I can be in control of it.(!!) As long as I can set the limits on its pace and its direction, I have no problem. What I do have […]

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