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the shovel
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My dear friends!

I thank God for you because of the example you show forth of the amazing grace of Christ, both to those who come and go as well as to those who have made a habit of hanging out at the Shack.  Yes, example. For you yourselves are what living free in Christ is all about!!     While some try to suggest that we avoid the reality of true living in Christ from pushing grace too much I have always found it incredible that anyone could not see the obviousness of the life that oozes through you all. 

Do you know what I see?  I see love and compassion for each other as well as for any who pass through here.  Not only in your words - you know, saying "I love you" - but through your words.  What I mean is simple: there is a giving of yourselves to those who are struggling.  The sharing of life to each other reveals a Christ-in-you love and tolerance toward each other.  While we don't preach on "responsibility" - but instead openly reject the legality of principle-based living - I constantly witness those who respond to one another in love and kindness and long-suffering and patience and gentleness and respect and forgiveness and in truth and in honesty and in openness.  How can something like that happen?  Amazing, don't you agree? 

I encourage you to continue in this insane grace of God, and never let anyone make you feel you are missing the real stuff of Christ! 

Love, Jim


      

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    Thanks Jim, for the kind words shared with all here.  I want to Thank You for your efforts in His grace in making the forum available in your overseeing it.  Many times you, along with the other brothers and sisters who come here have ministered Jesus to me.  Thanks again, all you crazy shacksters!
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for a neat place like the Shack, to grow in GRACE -Insane grace!, with NO STRINGS- and the knowledge of Jesus - REAL LIFE!   You're encouragement shows me him, along with everyone elses.  I've learned so much here about God and His unconditional LOVE for ALL.   love dave c. 

 

 

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Hey it's alowed me to get alot of perspective that i would never have gotten anywere else.For that i am thankful,as i reflect. 
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Embracing Truth, Life, and each other!  WOW!!!!

Love you all for the messages of hope and encouragement.

Love in Christ,

                  Mattie



      

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Thanks Jim for a place to share the love of Christ that He has planned in each one of our hearts .I thank God for all here at the shack.

Love Dan



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Jim! Bro, lots of love to you man. Really dont know where Id be if I  hadnt stumbled accross the shack! This is seriously the only place I can come where I feel NO condemnation whatsoever no matter where Im wandering in my life or what Im being distracted by

I know I dont post much but I check in every day, sometime 2 or 3 times  and love reading the discussions and revelations you all have.

Praise God for you all and for His never-ending love for us!

Love Ray

 

 

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Hi Jim, All

This was the first forum I every came to, back in...2002? I think it was. I since have found this and a few others very helpful. In fact I would have to say that this forum did more for me( to change my life I mean) than anything that has happend to me in the last five years.

The openness of ideas and the willingness people have to say what they think,has been a great blessing to me. This entire internet idea sharing thing is really amazing in that none of us would have met and discussed these ideas in " normal life.

Well thanks again Jim for your work here.

phil



      

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PhilTex wrote:

This was the first forum I every came to,  . In fact I would have to say that this forum did more for me( to change my life I mean) than anything that has happend to me in the last five years.

The openness of ideas and the willingness people have to say what they think,has been a great blessing to me. This entire internet idea sharing thing is really amazing in that none of us would have met and discussed these ideas in " normal life.

Well thanks again Jim for your work here.

phil

DIDDO!!!  What incredable Love given and a bridge offered to a small town girl on a broken road!!!!.... All the cracks and craters in my road were leading me to this incredable hero's Journey --------for sure You all played a major part  ---what overwhelming grace to see the hero in us , the person we were created to be----Ahhh!!...Just Being...."Being Love"....Love to you all........Nette



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Amen!!
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and another hearty AMEN!

      

Connie
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II Cor.4:5-6

    
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Sorry, it's a little messy right now. I've had something to do with that.

Edited by Broken Link on Jul-08-05 at 7:42am


      

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"Life is messy, clean it up."

(saying: courtesy of Bissell cleaning machines)



      

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The idea of messiness makes me think of a "lesson" I learned one time from the Spirit. 

The concept of 'sterile'.  Religion wants to "sterilize" faith in God until it is clean and perfect and without defect, but the Spirit pointed out that sterile can end up meaning devoid of life, an inability to conceive.  How's that for irony? Life is messy, isn't it?  Like that's anything to God!



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Connie,  Good insights!  ... and definitely backed up by the realities of life.

Continuing to appreciate all of you and this site.

Joyce

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Jim, believe me I've tried to live life inside of the church structure and it doesn't work for me. The only way I can live is inside the grace of the lord and to acknowledge and thank him for his finished work!

The Shack is a great place to hang, you know what I'm sayin'?



      

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the shovel
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Perry wrote:

Jim, believe me I've tried to live life inside of the church structure and it doesn't work for me. The only way I can live is inside the grace of the lord and to acknowledge and thank him for his finished work!

The Shack is a great place to hang, you know what I'm sayin'?



Yes Perry, I know what you're saying!  :)

Jim


      

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Jim ~ I can testify to what you say about God's love shown thru the people on this board. What an inspiration this fellowship is for me! I'm sure it was by Jesus' mercy & grace that I "bumped" into this site.

I feel blessed to call you family.



      

Psalm 119:45 - "I walk in liberty, for I seek Your teachings."

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And we are blessed to share together with you in this life!  :)

Jim


      

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amen ta that!

      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

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Herman ... I move your comment and those following it to the Welcome area for easier access.

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    Help me out Jim....how do i get to welcome area to see???i can't find it...help a bro out 

      

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Herman wrote:
    Help me out Jim....how do i get to welcome area to see???i can't find it...help a bro out 


Hahaha .... you've already been there!  It's in the Welcome Herman thread.  :)

Jim


      

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the shovel wrote:
My dear friends!

I thank God for you because of the example you show forth of the amazing grace of Christ, both to those who come and go as well as to those who have made a habit of hanging out at the Shack.  Yes, example. For you yourselves are what living free in Christ is all about!!     While some try to suggest that we avoid the reality of true living in Christ from pushing grace too much I have always found it incredible that anyone could not see the obviousness of the life that oozes through you all. 

Do you know what I see?  I see love and compassion for each other as well as for any who pass through here.  Not only in your words - you know, saying "I love you" - but through your words.  What I mean is simple: there is a giving of yourselves to those who are struggling.  The sharing of life to each other reveals a Christ-in-you love and tolerance toward each other.  While we don't preach on "responsibility" - but instead openly reject the legality of principle-based living - I constantly witness those who respond to one another in love and kindness and long-suffering and patience and gentleness and respect and forgiveness and in truth and in honesty and in openness.  How can something like that happen?  Amazing, don't you agree? 

I encourage you to continue in this insane grace of God, and never let anyone make you feel you are missing the real stuff of Christ! 

Love, Jim

I just now saw this thread- don't know how i missed it before.

What an awesome, awesome post Jim!!

When i first checked out this site, it took all of about 2 minutes for me to see & realize what you so beautifully & accurately stated above        

"Insane Grace of God"- man i love that!!!!!

All you folks here- Christ SHINES in you. It is awesome beyond words!!!!!!!!!!



      

I used to let my experience define God to me, now i let God define my experience.
-Wayne Monbleau-
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Been busy, but found my thoughts echoed here once I got a chance to come back and touch base.



      

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please forgive me, Bill... this is a totally unrelated post. i haven't been online here much lately so not been following the threads. was wondering if you've been deployed yet or are now at home. a friend of mine sent me an inspiring email this morning regarding a soldier and it just brought you to mind. peace and grace to you always...
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Bill we got lots of love and appriciation for your servin[armed forces] for us..thanks dude.My dad served and i was "almost" a marine back in the early 90's but for some reason it turned out I didn't go and sign[mostly due to pressure from my church not to and a few other small things].The next few months we went to war.

      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

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Belle,

No, I have not gone just yet. It is happening soon, though. And I echo your blessing of peace and grace to you as well!!

Adam,

No sweat, you'll be serving soon enough when you get that baby and her mother home!



      

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Broken Link wrote:

Adam,

No sweat, you'll be serving soon enough when you get that baby and her mother home!

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YOU AINT KIDDIN!



      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

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Isn't it funny how you can miss people you have never even met?  I miss you guys the days I cannot log on and I miss you guys when no one posts for a few days.  I try to think up something to post just for the exchange. Just to let you all know you are loved!!

,

 



      

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I agree, Shannon.  These Shack folks are wonderful friends!  

 

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I'm so very thankful, for all of you here at the Shack.  And Jim and Sherri I thank God for having a place to be able to just enjoy others, grow, and most of all the continued encouragement of keeping my eyes on HIM!!!

I'm so very touched by God and his full acceptance of me.  And it's wonderful to see a place where not only is the truth encouraged to see that full acceptance.  But to also experience the love of Christ being made complete in his love in and through us to each other. 

  

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 I second that Real. I really do. God only knows how much this format has richly blessed each and everyone of us.

      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

http:newthatsliving.blogspot.com
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the shovel wrote:
My dear friends!

I thank God for you because of the example you show forth of the amazing grace of Christ, both to those who come and go as well as to those who have made a habit of hanging out at the Shack.  Yes, example. For you yourselves are what living free in Christ is all about!!     While some try to suggest that we avoid the reality of true living in Christ from pushing grace too much I have always found it incredible that anyone could not see the obviousness of the life that oozes through you all. 

Do you know what I see?  I see love and compassion for each other as well as for any who pass through here.  Not only in your words - you know, saying "I love you" - but through your words.  What I mean is simple: there is a giving of yourselves to those who are struggling.  The sharing of life to each other reveals a Christ-in-you love and tolerance toward each other.  While we don't preach on "responsibility" - but instead openly reject the legality of principle-based living - I constantly witness those who respond to one another in love and kindness and long-suffering and patience and gentleness and respect and forgiveness and in truth and in honesty and in openness.  How can something like that happen?  Amazing, don't you agree? 

I encourage you to continue in this insane grace of God, and never let anyone make you feel you are missing the real stuff of Christ! 

Love, Jim

Thank you Real for finding this, and Jim for writing it.

mag


      

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the shovel wrote:
...some try to suggest that we avoid the reality of true living in Christ from pushing grace too much...

These people see the life of Christ in us and automatically feed the desire to catagorize it.

What's funny to me is that these Christians often begin their teachings with the prefix "living in Christ" but their sermons always follow with tips on how to "get closer to Him" or how to "commune with Him." So He must not be in us afterall :P!

And when they do speak of the Holy Spirit, they treat him as though he were a magical lamp - rub it the right way and he'll grant your wishes! What about those of us who only wish for Christ?

An older friend of mine is the youth pastor at a local church, very nice guy, but he's constantly telling me that I'm too solitary and that I should join his bible studies and "get together with fellow Christians." He then adds, "You'll be with others of the same faith! It's what you've always wanted!" I then ask him "but what if all I want is Jesus?" and he goes on to say, "Well, you'll get to draw nearer to Him when you're with a fellowship." It's frustrating. And then in my head I get all Pharisaical and assume that "he isn't of God," as though I'm some sorta gatekeeper for Christ.

I'm a huge fan of the [very violent] rapper DMX. He mostly speaks about killing people and raping women [say what you will about my taste in music :P], but there's always at least two tracks on every album with these profoundly deep and touching gospel songs - you can feel him pouring his heart out on them. Peoples' first reaction to that kinda thing is to shout, "HYPOCRITE!!!!"

But what if those gangstas who thank God at the Grammy's aren't as hypocritical and stupid as people think... what if they've touched on something so incredibly deep without even knowing? 

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anothr14thefire wrote:

[QUOTE=the shovel]...some try to suggest that we avoid the reality of true living in Christ from pushing grace too much...

These people see the life of Christ in us and automatically feed the desire to catagorize it.

What's funny to me is that these Christians often begin their teachings with the prefix "living in Christ" but their sermons always follow with tips on how to "get closer to Him" or how to "commune with Him." So He must not be in us afterall :P!

And when they do speak of the Holy Spirit, they treat him as though he were a magical lamp - rub it the right way and he'll grant your wishes! What about those of us who only wish for Christ?

An older friend of mine is the youth pastor at a local church, very nice guy, but he's constantly telling me that I'm too solitary and that I should join his bible studies and "get together with fellow Christians." He then adds, "You'll be with others of the same faith! It's what you've always wanted!" I then ask him "but what if all I want is Jesus?" and he goes on to say, "Well, you'll get to draw nearer to Him when you're with a fellowship." It's frustrating. And then in my head I get all Pharisaical and assume that "he isn't of God," as though I'm some sorta gatekeeper for Christ.

I'm a huge fan of the [very violent] rapper DMX. He mostly speaks about killing people and raping women [say what you will about my taste in music :P], but there's always at least two tracks on every album with these profoundly deep and touching gospel songs - you can feel him pouring his heart out on them. Peoples' first reaction to that kinda thing is to shout, "HYPOCRITE!!!!"

But what if those gangstas who thank God at the Grammy's aren't as hypocritical and stupid as people think... what if they've touched on something so incredibly deep without even knowing? 

And thank goodness our God is one that justifies the wicked, looks for the sick, and makes us new all by his doing!!!!

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realrest wrote: And thank goodness our God is one that justifies the wicked, looks for the sick, and makes us new all by his doing!!!!

or even better, thank goodness He doesn't even see wickedness, sickness, and even our old selves.

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awesome, Justin!  you're right: the Lord does not deal with us according to the "flesh". God is speaking real life to you... and the miracle is... YOU SEE AND UNDERSTAND HIM!! what a testimony!! woohoo!!! 


Edited by LibertyBelle78 on Apr-03-09 at 6:18pm
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Jim so beutiful what you shared here to your friends, but I was struck by just a couple of words...

Insane Grace...

Can grace be anything but insane???

Why have I battled all these years...I've been like watchman Nee taught a thermous trying desperatly to become a thermous...or in a room, but trying desperatly to

get into a room.  It really does seem insane that God, Almighty God, Creator God, could truly love, and accept and not only have mercy for, but delight...

in a wretch like me.

Your right Jim...its Insane.  In human terms in makes no sense at all...Its out of control.

and yet somehow if you flip your thoughts upside down, flip all the world systems upside down...if you exchange your supposed wisdom for foolishness.

 

You find that Gods Insane Grace, is the only sane thing there is.

 

Wow Jim..you just blew my mind, and I probably didn't explain very well...but thank you.

Heather DAwn

 



      

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Heather, you explained it insanely well! :)

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Heather, you explained it insanely well! :)

Love, Jim

Lol  hehehe....well ya know if its insane...as I've already stated i suspect I have an edge. tee hee.

 

Seriously I'm just joking, don't want some poor person wondering if I'm recently escaped from the funny farm, but you know there have been times when the anxiety and the guilt of having a driven nature, so depseratly desiring to please God, to be accepted by God, to do the right thing...that I have felt like I was a step away from insanity.  I like Gods version of Insane Grace so much better than mine...dont' you.

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Love that, Heather!
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freenglad wrote:
Love that, Heather!


Good morning, Angie! :)

Love, Jim


      

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Good morning, Jim!!
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