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An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus by Craig D. Lounsbrough
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“An end is only a beginning in disguise.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Vigilance of the wisest kind is to incessantly remain open to the reality that what I ‘see’ is but a single thread and solitary shard of what ‘is’, for to assume otherwise is to surrender the wisdom of vigilance to the decay of ignorance.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“The cross unerringly exposes this stunningly marvelous and abruptly exquisite declaration that God will not let this single life of mine, with all of its grotesque maladies and pathetic filth pass into oblivion without unflinchingly declaring that my life carries a value worth the expenditure of His. And if I dare look upon the cross, I am utterly perplexed but wholly enraptured by the immensity of such a love as this.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Thanksgiving is an attitude that must be rooted in the ‘gift of life’ if we ever hope to be thankful for the ‘gifts’ of life.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“I would be an utter fool to let my journey be defined by the denial of the journey.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Of course I don’t want to get knocked down. But the single and sole solution to that fear is to not go anywhere where I can be knocked down. And is that not already being knocked down?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“I pray that I am never so foolishly naive or roguishly pompous to think that I can be the captain of my own ship, for if God is not at the helm my ship will soon be at the bottom.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“An ending is only happening because at some point it was a beginning. And if an ending is dependent upon a beginning, I would be well advised to focus on the miracle of beginnings verses the pain of endings.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“I am thankful that I can be thankful, for if thankfulness did not exist my heart would be irretrievably imprisoned by the crazed twins of acquisition and possession, and my soul would exist as a forever slave to greed.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“I am most thankful for what I don’t have, for had my life’s wish list been filled in the manner I had chosen I would be steeped in meaningless trinkets verses bathed in God’s treasures.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Greatness demands that I understand that I am not nearly as big as I thought myself to be, but that I am capable of becoming far bigger than I ever imagined myself to be.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“My soul is utterly frantic for that single place of perfect refuge from which I can clearly see the winds rip and hear the tempest tear, yet despite the ferocity of the tumult I rest in such a sublime peace it is as if neither existed at all. And if I have not yet found such a place, it is because I have not yet found God.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Whatever I ‘align’’ myself with are the very things that will create a ‘line’ into my future.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Thanksgiving is not some formulaic action based on a tedious ledger that neatly tallies everything I have received so I can determine if being thankful is warranted or not. Rather, it’s appreciating the fact that I have already received the privilege of living life which in and of itself will fill the whole of my ledger for the whole of my life.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“The present is too often squandered grieving the past or fearing the future, which makes the present nothing more than a cheap facsimile of what was or what will be instead of what it could be.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“To be thankful when my world lays in ashes long gone cold is to finally understand that ashes are the raw materials from which God shapes dreams infinitely grander than whatever the ashes were before they were ashes.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Maybe I've got to be sufficiently broken by life's many broken promises to be sufficiently compelled to seek out God's unbreakable promises.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Why does not the stunning evidence of the last miracle grant me confidence in the next crisis? Because my immaturity does not permit such a faith, my desperate prayer is that God would grant me a robust faith sufficient to trust Him not for one crisis, but for an eternity of miracles.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“If the road behind me is not growing ever longer, then it is likely that the feet underneath me are not moving any longer. And if my feet are not moving, I have somehow, somewhere traded this most glorious journey for lesser endeavors.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“The world brazenly touts freedom as both the inalienable right and morally liberating justification to mindlessly play in the filth that lies all around me. And the slight bit of sanity that yet remains within me asks, ‘what raging madness would prompt me to incessantly wallow in the very things that will eventually swallow me?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“I pray that I am sufficiently stirred by the rumor of great things to seek the God who created this single thread that I am, and to marvel at a vision magnificent enough to cause this God to weave from this single thread a tapestry most resplendent.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Maybe we don’t ever feel that sweetly untainted and wholly majestic kind of love that takes every longing captive because we are hopelessly entangled in the illogical fear that despite all of love’s grand goodness, it might not be good enough to keep us safe.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“If I am so terribly limited as to view my handicaps as nothing more than lamentable limitations, then I have taken some of my greatest God-given assets and completely handicapped them.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“It‘s utterly astounding that every time I get knocked down God’s mercy compassionately raises me to my feet; His grace thoroughly brushes off every trace of assorted filth I accumulated in the fall, His word precisely recalibrates my direction to insure the success of a journey resumed, and once all of that is completed He gently leans over and whispers, “How about another run?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Discouragement is the cancer of great things.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Will I live yearning for a world that I need not yearn for because the message of Christmas is entirely undaunted in its ability to handily penetrate and completely subjugate the very world that I doubt its ability to survive in?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“I can be absolutely assured that any endeavor of which God is not a part is most certainly a step backward. And any step backward is at least two steps behind where I’d be if I’d have gone forward in the first place.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Yet, there is a sense of some deep sort that runs entirely contrary to human nature; that in putting ourselves first, we must by necessity put others first.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“Rhetoric can be easily recognized for it is delightfully sweet sounding but it is utterly void of sacrifice, which means it is utterly void of substance. Christmas is irrefutable evidence that God never engages in rhetoric.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
“And who would dare write their own death into the script so that the rest of the characters in the tale might live? God of course.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus

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