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Wrapped | BobbyShirley.com

Wrapped: How To Go Cross Eyed

“Being disguised under the disfigurement of an ugly crucifixion and death, Christ upon the cross is paradoxically the clearest revelation of who God is.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar

Love wrapped in hate.

Beauty wrapped in ugliness.

Healing wrapped in pain.

Joy wrapped in sorrow.

Hope wrapped in despair.

Peace wrapped in discord.

Salvation wrapped in destruction.

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Incarnation | BobbyShirley.com

Incarnation: How To Fit a World in a Wardrobe

Here’s a small collection of quotes about the incarnation of God. God becoming man is something to celebrate, meditate on, and cherish.



“The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.”
– Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline


“… without the incarnation, Christianity isn’t even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. “Be nice to one another” is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
– Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality


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Choose | BobbyShirley.com

Choose: How To Be a Good Passenger

Will I choose water over wine and hold my own and drive?

Incubus, Drive

I was listening to a 90’s Spotify station the other day and this song came on. I love this song. I’ve heard it hundreds of times. I know all the lyrics, however, on this most recent listen this line stood out to me.

How many times have I chosen the natural over the miracle?
How many times have I chosen the hard way over the easy?
How many times have I chosen the bland over the spectacular?

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Anthem | BobbyShirley.com

Anthem or How To Make a Declaration

He spake, and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire
The praises of redeeming love they sang
And heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang
God’s highest glory was their anthem still
Peace upon earth and unto men goodwill

Christians Awake

I love Christmas carols. I’ve never heard this one, I love the lyrics when I came across them.

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Work | BobbyShirley.com

Work or How To Get Out of the Rat Race

The first manner of confounding Law and Gospel is the one most easily recognized–and the grossest…Christ is represented as a new Moses, or Lawgiver, and the Gospel turned into a doctrine of meritorious works, while at the same time those who teach that the Gospel is the message of the free grace of God in Christ are condemned and anathematized, as is done by the papists.

C.F.W. Walther

One of the easiest things we can do when we look at Jesus’ teachings is to say He was preaching “hyper-Law.” “You’ve heard it say…. But I say….” are hard words to swallow much less act on. The catch is that Jesus never expected us to accomplish these tasks, on our own. He expected us to give up.

Shock and Awe

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Thankful | BobbyShirley.com

Thankful or How To Have a Happy Heart

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I’m glad for what I have, that’s an easy way to start!
For the love that He shares as He listens to my prayers
That’s why I say thanks everyday!

VeggieTales

Thankfulness.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on thankfulness lately. I have a lot to be thankful for.

Healthy, growing family
Great job
Beautiful home
A running car

…are among the list.

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Redefined | BobbyShirley.com

Redefined or How To Meet New People

Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion. (By discovering Christ from God’s point of view we discover ourselves and every other human life from God’s point of view!)

2 Corinthians 5:15-16, Mirror

You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating, Jesus changes everything. We can no longer know anyone according to human standards. That’s tough. From birth, we are taught to judge, scrutinize, and analyze everyone.

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Scary | BobbyShirley.com

Scary or How To Kick Out the Crutches

“If your preaching of the gospel of God’s free grace in Jesus Christ does not provoke the charge from some of antinomianism, you’re not preaching the gospel of the free grace of God in Jesus Christ.”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Check here for information about antinomianism before we go on.

TL;DRTheologically, antinomianism is the belief that there are no moral laws God expects Christians to obey.

Grace is scary.
Grace is freeing.
Grace is boundary-breaking.
Grace is outrageous.
Grace is promiscuous.
Grace is vulgar.
Grace is dangerous.
Grace is accepting.
Grace is rebellious.
Grace is liberal.

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Create | BobbyShirley.com

Create or How To Listen to the Architect

“The lost beauty of God’s good creation is what is recovered in the Incarnation.”

Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity

We are approaching Christmas. Some will say “Yay”, others will groan. I love Christmas! Probably, because one of my primary love languages is receiving gifts. But, another reason I love the Christmas season is celebrating the incarnation of Jesus.

The incarnation of Jesus is such an incredibly huge and deep topic that I could only to hope to scratch the surface.

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Risk | BobbyShirley.com

Risk or How To Stick Your Neck Out

“Craving clarity, we attempt to eliminate the risk of trusting God. Fear of the unknown path stretching ahead of us destroys childlike trust in the Father’s active goodness and unrestricted love.”
– Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffins Guide to God

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had this phrase running through my mind, “The risk of trust.”

Why is it so hard for us to trust? I’ve been thinking about this in regards to God’s unconditional love.

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