A Knee-Bending Foray into the Believer's Battle to See Jesus at Church
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Gathered around the Throne of Grace are ragamuffins, vagabonds, and ne’er-do-wells. They are very happy to be there, everyone else appears to have other things on their minds and are not present. Those who have never been seen by man have always been seen by God.
With the delight that only heaven can hold the Father beams without restraint from His throne – you are my sons and daughters, I am your very proud father. Symbolically He cups His warm hands to hold their worn hearts.
These fatherless, motherless and the homeless all gather before His throne, almost in unison tearing up at these life-giving words of love. The wounded, the weak and the weary are beside them. Moisture wells in all their eyes as they hang their heads and collapse to their knees. They have never heard such words spoken over them before.
Their loving heavenly father delights in each and every presence; He is about to commission each of them into His service. He will charge them with the welcome of calling, present them with the pleasure of purpose, and affirm them in heaven before sending them afresh across the earth to complete His wonderful bidding.
In their tearful humility and their broken joy, this Father’s radiant eyes shoot forth lightning strikes of love though He realizes they are still unable to complete His call upon their lives.
With a love as deep as the heavens are endless, with complete and perfect understanding, He withholds His commission.
These rascals, these refuse of the world, love Him with all the love their shriveled and shrunken hearts can muster -- He knows this of course. Yet still they are incomplete, still many pieces within each of them require repair and re-assembly.
The Father then turns to His left and commissions His Holy Spirit. He says:
Fill these loved ones of OURS with US, join their cracks so that they will feel our love strengthen their weakened spirits, seal their open wounds, and heal all their scars. They so fiercely want to serve us, they love us and they will not rebel. We hold their torn hearts – they trust us like no other. Speak gently, be their advocate, affirm their graces, and approve their person - tell them this. Do these things for them, for they have never received such love, not even from their own parents whom I trusted with them.
Replace their dishonor with honor, correct their injustice with justice, and fight for them before men. They need this so desperately.
Pour our healing into their spirit, anoint their soul with our love, and lift their bodies with our grace. They can do nothing without us but want to do everything for us. We must repair and restore them before commissioning them.
Jesus witnesses this interchange. He always does, as He is completely privy to all the activity from the Throne of Grace, for He too is seated there.
Clothed in an inexpressible radiance and a glowing white that is beyond this world, the Son has risen and approaches these humble lost, least, last, and lonely who so devotedly kneel before Him.
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About the Book
“GREAT MERCY” is a unique series of parables that will speak to the heart of those dissatisfied with time honored denominationalism.
Michael carefully examines through modern parables that church is for the sheep and not the shepherd.
Michael Cartwright captures the Christian church with an unusual depth of insight into its false longings and purposeful posturing. Michael sees Jesus leaving a church that has already placed Him behind their backs.
Enjoy a fresh release from the lethargy of ritual as Michael’s parables reach into the heart of the weary or war-torn believer.
“GREAT MERCY” is a parabolic witness to the activity of the unchanging God in His ever-changing world.
Explore the arena that is Christendom and understand the real place of His Son.
Grasp the human desires of His Bride, while Jesus steps out of the arena to where He is still welcomed.
Finally sip Jesus' new wine for He always leaves the best until last.
Parables included are Stadium Saints, Of Temples & Tombs and Lightning Strikes of Love (and many more).
About the Author
The child is always the father to the man. As a child twice adopted Michael learned that there is always a welcome despite the view through the window. He claims no pedigrees or a life that is not common to many a man.
He has studied both teaching and theology.
Michael is married for over thirty years to a long-enduring wife who still delights him each day. His family of three are now raised.
Michael’s Christian faith has been paradoxically watered while trekking life’s desert sands.
Michael is both a school teacher and an Anglican priest. He has served for two decades in parishes of great need.
From within the denominational structures Michael learned much of what he has written about in "GREAT MERCY".
Motorbikes have been (and still are) a pleasing distraction for far longer than he cares to admit.
Michael currently works writing two websites, soulsupply.com and MyParable.com.au