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If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I cannot do better than to quote from the first chapter of John's Gospel: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ... And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known." 3 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My birth on August 1, 1961, two months early, did not go well. Only three pounds and 11 ounces, I beat the odds and survived. But for the rest of my life I would carry the burden of cerebral palsy. Through the years I have often asked “Why?” and it was hard not to feel resentful. Most of the time I felt like an inferior, an outsider, afraid of rejection. And sometimes I was rejected. One night I remember looking up at the countless stars splashed across the silent sky. In the darkness my mother said it was hard to believe that all this could have just happened–but I wasn’t so sure. My experience led me to suspect that the universe was cold, indifferent, and meaningless. God, if he existed, was either too busy to care or too weak to help. But needing something to believe in beyond this life, I turned to science fiction, UFOs, and “pyramid power.” I also began reading books about the end of the world, and that got me into the Bible. As I read it, I realized that my life could only have meaning if I were properly related to the God who created me, just as I was. And this was a God I had never expected: One who was personally, painfully involved already. He came to earth as a Man, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life I had failed to live and to voluntarily die on the cross in my place–in short, to pay for my sins–including the bitterness, the self-centeredness, and all the rest. Moreover, he understood my frustrating disability. On his way to the cross, Jesus had publicly stumbled and fallen. I could relate. Suspended between heaven and earth, Christ’s weakness was exposed for all to see. And yet because he was raised from the dead, someday I too would be raised, with a powerful new resurrection body. That was an offer I couldn’t refuse! I wish I could say that since receiving Christ all of my insecurities have evaporated, and I no longer have doubts about God’s love. But that wouldn’t be honest. My disability has shaped not just my body, but also my soul. Even though I now sense God’s presence daily, it will probably take me the rest of my life to overcome my insecurities–but, slowly, I’m getting there! One day, Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” The Lord said that the man’s disability presented a divine opportunity, “that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Undoubtedly I will face more frustrations and heartaches. Yet today I can accept my disability in a way I never could before, because Christ’s power is most clearly seen not in my strength, but in my weakness. 5 people liked this

How I Practice My Faith

The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator All That Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us. I wrote this book, which will be available from Baker Books in November. I believe this book will inform, challenge, and even entertain you. Here are some endorsements: “Stan Guthrie is one of the most incisive writers I read. I’m always informed and challenged by his thinking.”?Jerry B. Jenkins, novelist; owner, Christian Writers Guild “Atheists attempt to put Christians on the defensive by questioning the authority and goodness of God—the God whose existence they call into question. This book turns the tables by allowing Jesus to ask the questions. All That Jesus Asks will touch your head and your heart. I highly recommend it.”?Dinesh D’Souza, author, What’s So Great about Christianity “People’s sentiments about Jesus can run strong . . . . We prefer a sentimental picture because it requires nothing from us, neither conviction nor commitment. And because it lacks truth, it lacks power. In this new book, Stan Guthrie is out to change that picture. Using the questions that Jesus actually asked of those around him, Stan leads us into a deeper look at Christ’s humanity, authority, and mission. In All That Jesus Asks, you will discover the rugged truth about Christ and what that truth asks of you.”?Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center “Rigorously presenting the Jesus of the Gospels as our interrogator and digging deep into the realities of discipleship as he taught it, Guthrie’s book is a landmark. I urge you to buy it and read it again and again.”?J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College “All That Jesus Asks slices through the fog of culture and history to place us in an uncomfortable but privileged seat at the feet of Jesus as he teaches and confronts those who would follow him—or challenge him. You will find Jesus’s questions to be both spiritually inspiring and unsettling.”?Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview “We all have our questions for Jesus and about Jesus—as if his job is to stand at our beck and call and answer our questions. Stan Guthrie encourages us to start in a completely different place: thinking about the questions Jesus asks us! That approach, along with Guthrie’s gracious and thoughtful writing, will no doubt help many readers meet Jesus afresh.”?Mark Galli, senior managing editor, Christianity Today, and author, Jesus Mean and Wild “Stan Guthrie’s All That Jesus Asks is one-of-a-kind because it is the only book to date to deal with all the questions that Jesus asked—all three hundred of them! . . . The carefully crafted discussion questions at the end of each chapter are sure to enliven study and group discussion. And the question index, which lists the entirety of Jesus’s questions according to their themes, will prove to be a unique resource to teachers and preachers alike. Thanks be to God for Stan Guthrie’s great idea and his life-giving work.”?R. Kent Hughes, senior pastor emeritus, College Church in Wheaton “Through the eyes of a seasoned journalist, you may meet a Jesus you have never experienced. This unique telling of the old story is refreshingly framed by the almost three hundred questions the master Teacher asked. Here you will find solid scholarship engagingly presented and lavishly illustrated.”?J. Robertson McQuilkin, president emeritus, Columbia International University “Stan’s book is amazing. It’s rich with wisdom and insights. . . . This book will be extremely helpful to others seeking an authentic relationship with Jesus.”?Mary Schaller, president, Q Place

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Published October 11, 2010

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