Jonah: Mission to the Great City – Scandalous Compassion 11-26-2017

1) Let’s be honest: Who do you have the hardest time believing is worthy of God’s compassion?
2) How have the “idols” of your heart caused you to “turn away” from God’s love?

Grace doesn’t make demands. It just gives. And from our vantage point, it always gives to the wrong person. We see this over and over again in the Gospels: Jesus is always giving to the wrong people—prostitutes, tax collectors, half-breeds. The most extravagant sinners of Jesus’s day receive His most compassionate welcome. Grace is a divine vulgarity that stands caution on its head.”
Preston Sprinkle

If I care to listen, I hear a loud whisper from the gospel that I did not get what I deserved. I deserved punishment and got forgiveness. I deserved wrath and got love. I deserved debtor’s prison and got instead a clean credit history. I deserved stern lectures and crawl-on- your-knees repentance. Instead, I got a banquet spread for me.
Phillip Yancey

A ‘god’ is the term for that to which we are to look for all good and in which we are to find refuge in all need. Therefore, to have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe in that one with your whole heart. … Anything on which your heart relies and depends, I say, that is really your God.
Martin Luther

You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
Anne Lamott