Friday, November 09, 2007

The Treasures Of Darkness

I'll lead you to buried treasures, secret caches of valuables—
I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places.

From over on Jim Palmer's blog..

The Great Church Debate

people are different. for some, what interests them about my journey is the evolution of my understanding and experience of "church," which i devote a chapter to in Wide Open Spaces. many years ago i started as a staffer at Willow Creek Community Church. (by the way, do we really need to relish in Willow Creek’s recent admission that their approach to church ministry has been flawed? does it make people feel better who have fashioned an identity around doing church in some more enlightened or progressive way? personally, in terms of where i was at during that season, Willow Creek was exactly what i needed, and i could list off several ways i benefited on my journey by being there. okay, enough of that)

I love what my brother Jim Palmer is seeing and sharing on his blog.
In my opinion, these things which are becoming so visible and tangible to him, I would call, 'The treasures of darkness'.I would go as far as saying, this reality he is experiencing along with so many others throughout the earth is but the result of a prolonged season of time in deep darkness.

These dynamic tensions are all part of the Father God making known His Way!
Isn't it interesting that the one called Saul of Tarsus, was apprehended by God, and in so doing, was struck blind, but while blinded, he saw for the first time in his life!

In this ongoing unveiling taking place in so many lives, one thing is beginning to take shape with such sharp distinction.

When man fell, suddenly that which we call real, (real-estate) that which can be seen, was suddenly more real than the unseen. Funny how our brother Paul addresses that line of thinking.Simply put he says, that which is seen, is passing away, but that which is unseen, that is real, and lasts forever It is seeing this unseen reality that is setting so many free from the prison of illusions.

One of the beautiful fruits I see as a result of coming out of these deep and exceedingly dark times in our journey with the Father, is a genuine humility, as it were, being clothed in humility.


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