Speaking of Rich Mullins, in his own words

March 19, 2014 — 7 Comments

“I am a Christian because I have seen the love of God lived out in the lives of people who know Him… I am a Christian, not because someone explained the nuts and bolts of Christianity to me, but because there were people who were willing to be nuts and bolts. Through their obedience to the truth and not necessarily through their explanation of it, they held it together so that I could experience it and be compelled to obey.”

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“When I was in Thailand, I met this missionary. And I was talking to her and I said, ‘You know, I just want the Lord to use me.’ And she said, ‘Well, forget it. God doesn’t need you for anything. God doesn’t want to use you, He wants you to love him.’”
 

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“I’ve been in and out of all kinds of things—like self-deprecation, self-interest, ego trips, alcohol, and other addictions. I’ve failed many times to avoid those kinds of temptations. But that’s not what the devil was really interested in. What he was trying to do is make me feel apart from God. Now I know that what Satan would like most to take from us is our true knowledge of who we are—which is children of God.

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“I would rather live on the verge of falling and let my security be in the all-sufficiency of the grace of God than to live in some kind of pietistic illusion of moral excellence—not that I don’t want to be morally excellent, but my faith isn’t in the idea that I’m more moral than anybody else. My faith is in the idea that God and His love are greater than whatever sins any of us commit.”

Rich Mullins

7 responses to Speaking of Rich Mullins, in his own words

  1. 
    Habib and Ruth Iskander March 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Beautiful! I thought that was powerful: “I am a Christian, not because someone explained the nuts and bolts of Christianity to me, but because there were people who were willing to be nuts and bolts.” Thank you, dear Annie, for sharing this. And for being there to make His redemption legible to others who are longing and wondering!

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    He’s one of my heroes. Thanks for sharing these quotes, Annie.

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    Annie, you were one of the “nuts and bolts” in my life when I was ushered into experiencing God in a “yes” way, bathed in the Holy Spirit on December 41 years ago. Thank you! Thanks be to God. ‘How ironic(?) it is that the very house in which that conversion of my soul is only several miles from where
    I live now. The passages you quoted today reinforces the gift of faith in God.

    Thank you; thanks be to God and… Happy Birthday!

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      I didn’t realize who you were until today–so great to hear from you!! What a small world! And thank you for the birthday wishes–amazing memory ; ) It’s wonderful that the communion of saints continues on from those early beginnings of our faith until today. So glad we could connect on this space!

  4. 

    This is the one I loved: “God doesn’t want to use you, He wants you to love him.”

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