20th Anniversary of Norman Grubb’s Home-going By Friends of Norman

Daily Thoughts

20th Anniversary of Norman Grubb’s Homegoing

By Friends of Norman

It was twenty years ago today that Norman Percy Grubb heard God’s ‘Home Call’. Norman’s last words…”Abba Father.” This is the letter we sent out announcing his death and memorial service held at Linda and John Bunting’s the following September.

NORMAN P. GRUBB

Born August 2, 1895

Glorified December 15, 1993

Great men need not that we praise them; the need is ours that we know them.

They are our common heritage. Whether we be of their faith or of another, whether we stand where they stand or tread another path, we are the richer that they lived.

He was very human, this hero of ours, fiery-tempered, passionate, imperious, loving withal, warm-hearted and generous, with quickness of perception and subtle English humor.

Full of contradictions, he had the frankness and carelessness of genius, and what he was he fully revealed without concealment or diplomacy. He was unsurpassed in his human sympathies, simplicity of character and transparent honesty.

Norman leaves a legacy to the church of Jesus Christ that he boldly called “Total Truth”:

“Paul’s mystery, now made manifest, which is Christ In You, the hope of Glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

and Galatians 2:20:

“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live: yet not I,

but Christ liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God.”

For this cause Norman’s life became a living sacrifice.

Now is the time for the church to hear Paul’s great self-discovery of Romans 6-8. The Holy Spirit will condition hearts to understand what, up until this time, has been a partial gospel.

Norman’s passing brings the closing of an era that opens the door to a new dimension for the body of Christ — a body that knows no separated self, no independent nature; the total unity spoken of by Jesus in John 17 and pressed through to by Paul in Romans 8:1

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.”

Norman gave us a total Christ in our total humanity, no longer having a divided consciousness fighting two natures. Through his love and acceptance, we became a body of faith people seeing with the single eye of faith and calling clean and whole that,which by the blood sacrifice and body death of Christ, God calls a new creation.

We have caught the commission, counted the cost, and now await the completion of the prophecy of Isaiah 60″

“Arise and Shine; for your light has come and the glory of the Lord

has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and

His Glory will appear on you. And nations will come to your light,

and Kings to the brightness of your rising.”

AND THE SHOUT OF A KING IS AMONG US !!!!

“By faith, you will find the answers that the Lord has for you ……..

May you always walk in faith until we meet in the Glory of God.”

Norman P. Grubb, December 1993

You are receiving this email because you signed up at http://www.christasus.com

The Matchless Discovery by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich_Bonhoeffer_Life_TogetherEach individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in his particular place where he can gain ascendancy over him and thus doing violence to him as a person. Now he can allow the brother to exist as a completely free person, as God made him to be. His view expands and, to his amazement, for the first time he sees, shining within his brethren, the richness of God’s creative glory. God did not make this person as I would have made him. He did not give him to me as a brother for me to dominate and control, but in order that I might find within him the Creator. Now the other person, in the freedom with which he was created, becomes the occasion of joy, whereas before he was only a nuisance and an affliction. God does not will that I should fashion the other person according to the image that seems good to me, that is, in my own image; rather in his very freedom from me God made this person in His image. I can never know beforehand how God’s image should appear in others. That image always manifests a completely new and unique form that comes solely form God’s free and sovereign creation. To me the sight may seem strange, even ungodly. But God creates every man in the likeness of His Son, the Crucified. After all, even that image certainly looked strange and ungodly to me before I grasped it.Strong and weak, wise and foolish, gifted or ungifted, pious or impious, the diverse individuals in the community are no longer incentives for talking and judging and condemning, and thus excuses for self-justification. They are rather cause for rejoicing in one another and serving one another.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together