Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Holiness and help

This week at In the Clearing, Bob is looking at discipleship and holiness. He's on to something important. Consider:
"I know a lot of Christians who seem never to get beyond the prayer for help and move on to the prayer for holiness."
And this, from Monday:
"Christianity as crisis-management, crying out to God when all hell breaks lose, is one thing. But the long labor of building one's house "on the rock" of Christ's righteousness is another."
Or this, from yesterday:
How can it be that we have turned the Bible into a collection of encouraging sayings for every occasion rather than the great (and supremely encouraging) story of how God chose to face up to the problem of our sin? Mine. Yours.
For nearly three years I've been reading hundreds of blogs each week. At times, a blogger goes into a zone where his posts sizzle with truth and insight. Bob is there right now.

18 Comments:

Anonymous macjr said...

These are absolutely great!
Thank you!

Every Blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ!

7:47 PM, November 07, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome. Glad you like them.

9:07 PM, November 07, 2007  
Blogger Bob said...

You are too kind. Thanks so much for the kind words. I really want to focus on discipleship, as you know, and your blog is one of those places that helps me do that.

7:32 AM, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glory to God! Thanks, Bob, for stopping by and for your blogging. Peace.

8:11 AM, November 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i'm from singapore and i chanced upon ur blog. its a great blog i gotta say... i'm planning for a cell sharing and yea i find ur blogposts wonderful and helpful. Neat stuff pastor milton stanley isit? =)

Jake from Singapore.

8:16 AM, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you like it, Jake. And no, it's not Pastor Milton Stanley--just Milton. Peace.

10:47 AM, November 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha i see. so is it cool dat i talk to u via tis blog? haha like if i have questions and stuff i can just post them here right? =)

Jake, Singapore

11:16 AM, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Well, yes. This is a place where folks respect one another.

1:40 PM, November 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dats cool. haha every been to singapore to preach? its a small country haha one red dot on the map :)

Jake, Singapore

9:34 AM, November 09, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Haven't been there, Jake. How about you--are you native to Singapore?

2:32 PM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea.. haha i'm a singaporean.. i tink sinapore is like a mini america haha. cos i tink america has alot of influence on singapore.. and ya the youths are similar oso i tink.. i listened to a few american pastors preach at youth conferences... like pastor jeanne mayo, pat sczhaline(i duno how to spell his name :p) yea. singapore is similar to america haha. who knows maybe one day i may see u preaching at my country youth conference haha =)

Jake, Singapore

11:35 AM, November 10, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Maybe so.

4:31 PM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yea ps milton, how long have u been serving God? =)

6:29 AM, November 11, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Good question, I've been a Christian for about 25 years, but I don't know how well I was serving God in the early days. I've been preaching since about 1990 and have been in more or less full-time, vocational service since 2001.

10:22 AM, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing haha. how did keep ur eyes focused on God all these years? i mean i've seen so many of my leaders drift away as they grow older... kinda sad but yah. how did u do it? haha =)

Jake, Singapore

10:54 PM, November 13, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Well, Jake, I don't know how much it's a thing someone did as much as something we need to keep doing. The main ways we keep doing it are pretty simple: prayer, worship, reading the Bible, and putting off sin. A strong sense of God's grace is mportant in the whole process. When we know what God has done for us through Christ, we're better able to reach out to God in Christ. Peace.

9:21 AM, November 14, 2007  
Blogger Jake said...

Prayer, bible reading and worship. dats wad my cell ldr told us too haha. great :D well i duno if its possible but it would be really cool to chat wif ya online :D if it is possible add me at jaketan_youthalive@msn.com yea? :D umm i have a problem wif some of my cell members, some of them can't understand why dey shld obey the " no boy-girl relationships when you are under-19 rule " which is set by the church. Can ya help? :D

Jake,Singapore

10:06 AM, November 15, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for the offer, Jake. I don't do chat, but you can e-mail me at the address on my Blogger profile.

10:48 AM, November 15, 2007  

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