Quote of the Day, Graham Truscott: baptism or being filled with the Spirit


To be Baptized with the Spirit or Filled with the Spirit is not a “once for all” experience. I cannot emphasize too strongly. The Baptism with the Spirit is a gift received from the hand of God. The Baptism with the Spirit is not an experience to be attained. It is a spiritual condition to be maintained.(Emphasis JD) You d not struggle or strive for “your Baptism,” and step up on to a super spiritual level when your receive. You do not “have all God has for you brother” when you receive the Baptism with the Spirit. You have not arrived. You have only just started!

We sometimes hear the expression, “One baptism; many fillings.” True, but I would say”One baptism, daily fillings” is the need of every Christian. For it is written: “The inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16). How? “Strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). We do not have Power for holy living an a radiant testimony today from last years baptism but from this morning’s filling. God is not looking for “Spirit baptized” Christians: He needs “Spirit filled” Christians. (Emphasis JD)

What is Graham Truscott telling us here? Indeed that the Baptism in the Spirit is not something that will guarantee us a Spirit filled life from that moment on. instead it is a starting point toward a spirit filled life in which that filling needs refilling regularly so that this “river of living water flowing from the innermost being” (John 7:38) may keep on flowing and not dry up. So the question becomes then not so much “Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit?” but more importantly “are you filled with the Holy Spirit (right now, today).”

Source: YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER, Graham Truscott.

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RUBEN DIAZ on the subject of ART


Recently I was exchanging emails with my Facebook friend Ruben Diaz, a brilliant, Toronto based flamenco guitar player and professor at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.

During one of these exchanges Ruben stated the following (which I am permitted to share with you):

"Art results not when there is nothing that can be added, but when there is nothing that can be taken away"

Isn't this just a beautiful approach that could very well go well beyond art or get a concept of creation and art into other disciplines and life. A one liner that gives plenty of food for thought! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment either here on Posterous or (preferably) at the new desk of the Renaissance Man.

About Ruben
Ruben Diaz is possessed of flamenco roots that are embedded in his family. Indeed, his father, Luis Chavarría, was a student and a disciple of Andrés Segovia.

It was his farther who first introduced an eight-year-old Ruben to his icon, Paco de Lucía. Ruben’s youthful enthusiasm and relatively untutored efforts were disciplined soon thereafter when he commenced formal studies with the renowned Argentinean classical guitarist, Manuel López Ramos, from whom Ruben obtained a solid foundation in classical guitar technique. Thereafter, he became deeply involved in flamenco music and culture with the gypsy community of Southern Spain which, in turn, led back to what was to become a longstanding and close association with Paco de Lucía who has been both Ruben’s example and preceptor for nearly two decades.

Ruben also studied traditional Bachian harmony with the Mexican composer, Humberto Hernández Medrano (a devotee of Katchaturian and Carlos Chávez) as well as modern harmony with prominent Mexican pianist, Ricardo Páez.

Ruben performed as a soloist with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Mexico, in the opera “La Vida Breve” of Manuel de Falla as well as toured around the world – notably in Italy, Japan, the United States and, of course, Spain (including the most distinguished precincts of Madrid). In Italy, where he has worked extensively, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many distinguished musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Walter Caloni, Massimo Colombo and Stefano Cherri (of the “Linea di Confine” quartet) as well as the Stauffer Quartet. He has also performed with the renowned flamenco guitarist, Rafael Riqueni, in Taormina, Sicilia.

Ruben has always scrupulously followed the example of his preceptor, Paco de Lucía, by committing himself to both live performances and recordings and, likewise, he now collaborates with artists from many different countries in projects that include his own compositions incorporating jazz elements as well as jazz performers resulting in a flamenco-jazz fusion.

Ruben is committed to contributing to what has become a long tradition of great flamenco art by imparting his own skill and knowledge to those who share his interest and enthusiasm through his own individual classes, open clinics and conservatory teaching.

I truly suggest to get to know more about this wonderful artist an visit his website at: http://www.rdiaz.org or connect with this great man on facebook.

Posted via email from John Dierckx