Saturday, August 25, 2007

A Stolen Post

I stole this from Grace Flood, my new virtual friends who are part of NCMI (hopefully they won't mind me stealing a picture of them from their other blog either...a test to see how gracious they really are hehe). It's an excerpt from Rob Rufus' book Living in the Grace of God. which I'm dying to get my hands on but have been avoiding having it shipped from the U.K. because of the extra expense. If anyone knows how to get it this side of the Atlantic please let me know. Anyway, between Grace Flood and Dan's various blogs, I'm getting a pretty good idea of what's in it. Here's the excerpt:

God's true character

The truth is that God is the most winsome of all beings and his service one of unspeakable pleasure. He is all love and those who trust him need never know anything but that love.

He will not condone sin, but through the blood of his everlasting covenant he is able to act toward us exactly as if we had never sinned.

For the trusting sons of men his mercy will always triumph over justice. The fellowship of God is delightful. He communes with his redeemed ones in an easy uninhibited fellowship that is restful and healing to the soul. He is not over sensitive or selfish or temperamental. He is easy to please and loves us unconditionally. He expects of us only what he himself has first supplied.

He is quick to overlook imperfections. He loves us for ourselves and values our love more than galaxies of new created worlds.

How good it would be if we could learn that God is easy to live with; he remembers our frame and knows that we are dust.

He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this he does with a smile, the proud tender smile of a father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son, who is coming every day to look more and more like the one whose child he is.

I believe that it takes years of being exposed to the truth about God's character until our minds are fully released from the erroneous concepts of God.

He sees us as worthwhile of his devoted, specific attention on a daily basis.

When we have a revelation of this truth, we can come boldly to the throne room of grace to find in abundance the grace that we need.

From: Living In The Grace Of God - Rob Rufus - Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers 1997

***For those of you who don't mind ordering from the U.K. I know the book is available for ordering from the Newfrontiers online shop.


Grace said...

Hi Jul.
Thanks for putting our photo up. No problem at all. I am very thankful for the beautiful wife my Father has given me. This was on our wedding day, April 2006.

I have got this book from a friend of mine. I know that Rob has, or is going to bring an updated version out.
Why not try They might be able to help you. If not get hold of one of the NCMI churches in the US (

We are off to see Rob tomorrow morning, and he is preaching again in the evening.

Dan Bowen said...

Do you want me to put a copy of the book in with the DVD's from Brighton when they arrive?!? I didn't realise you didn't have a copy - that's outrageous! You MUST have a copy! Let me know either way and I will gladly slip it in with the DVDs!!

jul said...

If you have a copy that would be great. But I really wasn't begging lol! We'll probably order a shipment of them sometime soon anyway...