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It always scares me when people think so highly of Christian music, Contemporary Christian music especially. Because I kinda go, I know a lot of us, and we don't know jack about anything. Not that I don't want you to buy our records and come to our concerts. I sure do. But you should come for entertainment. If you really want spiritual nourishment, you should go to church We never understand what we're praying, and God, in His mercy, does not answer our prayers according to our understanding, but according to His wisdom.
We do not find happiness by being assertive. We don't find happiness by running over people because we see what we want and they are in the way of that happiness so we either abandon them or we smash them. The Scriptures don't teach us to be assertive. The Scriptures teach us — and this is remarkable — the Scriptures teach us to be submissive.
This is not a popular idea. I think that of all the diseases in the world, the disease that all humankind suffers from, the disease that is most devastating to us is not AIDS, it's not gluttony, it's not cancer, it's not any of those things. It is the disease that comes about because we live in ignorance of the wealth of love that God has for us. Love is a virtue and not a feeling. It is fed and fired by God- not by the favorable response of the beloved.
Even when it doesn't seem to make a dime's worth of difference to the ones on whom it is lavished, it is still the most prized of all virtues because it is at the heart of the very character of God. And I really suspect that of all the things we think we want to know, the only thing we really want to know is that we are loved. And if Jesus means anything, he means that you are loved. I hope you know that. And I hope you stop worrying about all the stuff you don't know, because I don't think it amounts to a hill of beans. We were given the Scriptures to humble us into realizing that God is right, and the rest of us are just guessing.
It always cracks me up when people try to impress God, because people don't have to impress God. He's already knocked out by you. Every day we present the best quotes! Improve yourself, find your inspiration, share with friends.
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Loneliness is a part of our experience and if we are looking for relief from loneliness in friendship, we are only going to frustrate the friendship. Friendship, camaraderie, intimacy, all those things, and loneliness live together in the same experience. In , Mullins spent time teaching conversational English in a South Korean seminary. He then served briefly as a missionary in Thailand, in a town approximately 2 miles 3.
There he became involved with a ministry teaching trades and providing medical care to Chinese refugees. During the late s, Mullins desired change and formulated a plan to leave Tennessee. During this time he lived with his best friend, David Strasser aka "Beaker". While in Wichita, he also regularly attended Central Christian Church. Rich and McVicker lived in a small hogan on the reservation until Mullin's death in In , at the Ichthus music festival, Mullins cited personal reasons for his move.
He was asked if he made the move because God had called him to proselytize and convert the Native Americans. To this Mullins responded, "No. I'm teaching music. The profits from his tours and the sale of each album were entrusted to his church, which divided it up, paid Mullins the average salary in the U.
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His philosophy can be understood by a quote he gave at a concert shortly before his death. He said,. Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you've done it to me. And this is what I've come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor.
This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they're just wrong. They're not bad, they're just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken-hearted.
Mullins's interest in Saint Francis of Assisi led to an attraction to Roman Catholicism in his final years. There was no daily Protestant service on the Navajo reservation, so Mullins frequently attended daily Mass. He never converted, and there is dispute over his intentions. A lot of the stuff which I thought was so different between Protestants and Catholics [was] not, but at the end of going through an RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults] course, I also realized that there are some real and significant differences.
I'm not sure which side of the issues I come down on. My openness to Catholicism was very scary to me because, when you grow up in a church where they don't even put up a cross, many things were foreign to me. I went to an older Protestant gentleman that I've respected for years and years, and I asked him, "When does faithfulness to Jesus call us to lay aside our biases and when does it call us to stand beside them? It is about being faithful to Jesus. The issue is not about which church you go to, it is about following Jesus where He leads you.
Mullins had a distinctive talent both as a performer and a songwriter. His compositions showed distinction in two ways: unusual and sometimes striking instrumentation , and complex lyrics that usually employed elaborate metaphors. Mullins did most of his composing and performing on piano and acoustic guitar, but he also had a prodigious talent for obscure instruments.
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Mullins formed his first band in —77 while attending Cincinnati Bible College. In , the song was also featured in a TV movie called Sins of the Past. In , Mullins released his eponymous debut album , followed in by Pictures in the Sky.
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Both during and after Mullins' college years, Beaker was a substantial influence on Mullins and his music. Beaker co-wrote, performed, and toured with Mullins for several years. Liturgy was a concept album that drew its inspiration, in part, from the Catholic liturgy. Francis of Assisi : The Canticle of the Plains.
Francis, and even formed "The Kid Brothers of St. Frank" in the late s with Beaker. Shortly before his death, Mullins had been working on his next project, which was to be a concept album based on the life of Jesus Christ and was to be called Ten Songs About Jesus. Rich writes about faith and life, in various scenarios. There are many topics, but all fit into the scope of how faith and life work together. Now we are big, and too heavy to rise above our own understanding.