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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Imitator: 'But we are men, nothing else but frail men ..."

Thought I would return to "The Imitation of Christ."

A couple of weekends ago, my family stayed at Fairhaven Ministries, Roan Mountain, Tennessee, for a Christmas gathering. At the same time, World Relief's staff from High Point, N.C., was holding a retreat there. It was a great time of fellowship in a wonderful setting.

It was our third visit with Fairhaven, and one of the things I looked forward to was perusing the book case in our chalet -- a book case that is filled with Christian literature. So, it wasn't surprising to find in our chalet's book case a full volume of "The Imitation of Christ" in modern language. Having been confined to the "Great Devotional Classics" pamphlet that I've been reading, it was a joy to read this work in greater depth.

Incidentally, I stopped by the Cokesbury Bookstore in Knoxville and asked if they had "Imitation" in stock, and they did not. A young pastor who works there was also disappointed, almost to the point of embarrassment.

Well ... back to "The Imitator."

"On First Principles: Man's Instability Until Established"

We are reminded that we are human, nothing else but frail humans; although, many may call us angels.

But don't we know that self-love is more damaging than anything else in the world? There is no worse enemy, nor anything more troubling to the soul, than we are to ourselves if we are not in harmony with the Holy Spirit.

Many of us seek to lift up ourselves with what we do, and we don't even know it!

We are more inclined to those outward things, while we are negligent in the inward and spiritual things. We are quickly angered, and so ready to be angry with one another. ... We are so joyful in prosperity, while we are so weak in adversity.

We are so inconsistent, but our foundation is in the grace of God. We may be lukewarm, but our hearts can be set on fire by the Holy Spirit.

As A.W. Tozer writes, "We are children of the burning heart."

Grace and peace ...