lørdag 20. august 2016

Dare to be different!

The headline could have been for the tour of Acts, which came to its completion yesterday, because there was definately something different about the first Christians. But all through the history of the church there has been something "different" with the true believers. 

Yesterday we started the first of two Brengle-seminars here in Chisinau. There was something different about Samuel Logan Brengle, and he considered it a calling to be different:

‘It is this holiness — the doctrines, the experience, the action — that we Salvationists must maintain, else we shall betray our trust; we shall lose our birthright; we shall cease to be a spiritual power in the earth; we shall have a name to live and yet be dead; our glory will depart; and we, like Samson shorn of his locks, shall become as other men.’1
Since I never could trust the strength of my own locks (picture), I chose a life in pursuit of holiness.
My intention today is again to focus on holiness here on my blog. I have done it before, but this is the first time I publish my reflections in English. 

As with everything else in the Spiritual world – what is written will only be letters if the Spirit does not bring them to life 2. It is my prayer that this will happen. Without the Spirit we are just like other men. With the Spirit, we are different. We should dare to be what we are in Christ.

'Manna' for today: 
I dare to be different, because Christ is! 
Samuel Logan Brengle – quoted in Robert Street ”Called to be God’s People” IHQ 1999 p 64
2 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6

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