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Fix

I don’t want a band-aid for an ancient disease, I want the full strength of Calvary.

Tim Wright, Satisfied

The Law.

The perfect, holy Law of God.

The Ten Commandments.

For the most part, Leviticus.

Paul says about the law was that it was brought in so that the trespass would increase. The law ‘could’ save us if we kept it perfectly every time, all the time. But we couldn’t. No one but Jesus could do that. But boy, we try.

Jesus did perfectly what we could only try and fail to do. We tried for centuries to fulfill the law by the sweat of our brow and the keenness of our minds. Jesus once and for all fulfilled it.

The problem is that Jesus did all this a long time ago, yet we are still trying to earn the free gift he has given us. The only way we can “earn” this gift of salvation is to just give up. When we give up, we aren’t to do nothing. We give up in our efforts to save ourselves. We must take the focus of our salvation off of us and place it solely on Jesus. The author and finisher and fixer of our faith. He is the only one who can fix us.

15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men.

16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.

17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!

18-19 We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.

20-21 Now we find that the Law keeps slipping into the picture to point the vast extent of sin. Yet, though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God his grace is wider and deeper still! The whole outlook changes—sin used to be the master of men and in the end handed them over to death: now grace is the ruling factor, with righteousness as its purpose and its end the bringing of men to the eternal life of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:15-21 J.B. Phillips

Fixed it.

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Cure

Don’t be a doctor that only tells you how bad the different diseases are, be the one who offers the cure!

Benny Perez

Sin is bad. Try not to sin. We get it.

Constantly telling people the different kinds of sins and how bad they are is not necessarily going to make them not participate in them. You have to give the answer and show them something better. You must tell them of how grace delivers us from sin. You must tell them of how Jesus is better. You must tell them how they are dead to sin and don’t have to answer it’s call.

I’ve quoted it before, but Tullian Tchividjian has said, “Everything we need, in Christ we already possess.”

For any earthly pleasure you want there is a better heavenly alternative.  We have to train our minds and bodies to turn to the real thing rather than settling for the knock-off version.

But the bottom line is, you don’t have to sin. Will you? Odds are yes. But, there is forgiveness. There is grace. Should you continue to sin?  NO! There is grace!

Grace is not only the forgiveness of sin but the power to overcome it! That’s good news!

and from Jesus the Anointed, the Witness who is true and faithful, the first to emerge from death’s cold womb, the chosen Ruler over all the kings and rulers of the earth. To the One who loves us and liberated us from the grip of our evil deeds through His very own blood

Revelation 1:5 Voice

So here is how to picture yourself now that you have been initiated into Jesus the Anointed: you are dead to sin’s power and influence, but you are alive to God’s rule

Romans 6:11 Voice

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Before

Do you remember what it was like before you fell? It’s time to rethink and change your ways; go back to how you first acted.
Revelation 2:5a Voice

Remember Eden, the Garden of Pleasure. You were formed from its dust.

Remember perfection, made in the image of your Father. It’s your initial state.

Remember love, made from the fellowship of the Trinity. Desire and Love birthed you.

Remember joy, the delight of the Maker. You are good and you make Him happy.

Remember union, joined with the Divine. You are made to partake of Life Himself.

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Body

Sometimes you just have to say something. Like Jeremiah, “it’s like fire shut up in my bones.” Most of the time for me it’s when I see injustices inside the church. Wrongs against the people of God and wrongs against the leaders of God’s people.

Jesus and Paul laid this whole “being a body thing” out pretty plain. Sure there are some gaps that have to be filled in to fit our lives in the 21st century, but overall there is a model. The model is, love.

Love.
Forgiveness.
Giving, and not just money.
Acceptance, with grace and truth.

We don’t hear Jesus calling out his disciples, who apparently were some pretty rough characters, for their sins. If he had, that possibly all the gospels would be full of. We do hear Jesus loving instructing them. Bearing with them while their faith is shaking and growing. Loving them while they hear revolutionary teaching. Did Jesus get frustrated at them? Seems like it. But what did He get frustrated about? Lack of faith.

Faith.

Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you.
Romans 12:3

See the part I highlighted above? God has given us faith. So when Jesus gets frustrated with these men who have left everything to follow Him, He does so because they aren’t using the thing He has given them.

He has given us everything we need that pertains to life and godliness. We should live and treat others with this in mind. Bearing one another’s burdens[note]Galatians 6:2[/note]. Strengthening the feeble hands and shoring up the weak knees[note]Isaiah 35:3 [/note]. Building each other up[note]1 Thessalonians 5:10-12[/note]. Loving our neighbor as ourselves[note]Mark 12:30-31[/note]. Speaking the truth in love[note]Ephesians 4:15-16[/note].

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Message

Delivering a sermon that’s filled with “do more (whatever), try harder (in whatever area), be more (whatever)” is not the gospel. The Gospel is “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.”

Our job as ministers of this gospel of Grace is not to dangle grace to others only clobber them with Law when they come out of hiding.

Grace is the rest we give to the weary.

Grace is the drink we give to the thirsty.

Grace is the bread we give to the hungry.

Grace is the embrace we give to the lonely.

Grace is the soap we give to the dirty.

We must hold true to the message that Jesus offered. The message of rest for the weary. The message of backs free of burdens. The message of shoulders un-ladened.

Jesus has some pretty harsh words for those who don’t hold true to His message of relief.

Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’

Matthew 23:4-7 Message

Well, now that you mention it, watch out, all you religious scholars! Judgment will come on you too! You load other people down with unbearable burdens of rules and regulations, but you don’t lift a finger to help others.

Luke 11:46 Voice

The message we must deliver is the message of grace, truth, and love. This is the message the Christ has finished the work that we weren’t capable of completing. That is what we must proclaim to everyone!

We must be very careful not to lay burdens on the backs of anyone. We must pay careful attention to not wrap a “works-righteousness” brick in guilt, condemnation, or passive-aggressive expectations. We must wrap grace in the trappings of love, joy, and acceptance.

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Darkness

“Don’t curse the darkness but light a candle.”

Brother Andrew

I woke up today to some news that simultaneously made me mad, broke my heart, and flooded me with compassion. Yeah, that’s a lot to feel at one time. The news was of the moral failure of Tullian Tchividjian. Those who have read this blog for any length of time have probably heard me quote or reference him. You could say I’m a pretty big fan. So, I feel like I should say something.

Now, I am in no way condoning what has happened, sin is sin. However, I will not judge Tullian. I am no better though my sin may look different.

What I don’t want to see happen is us throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We shouldn’t discount what He has said that is the truth of scripture just because he has sinned.

What needs to happen is love. Love and support. Love and prayer. Prayer for Tullian, his family, and the other parties involved.

Accusations aren’t needed.

Judgement isn’t needed.

Tullian and everyone involved has my prayers, support and love. Nothing less.

6:1 Brethren, if it seems that someone continues to 1anticipate their next 2failure (by carrying just too much load, see verse 2), from your position in faith restore such a person in a spirit of courtesy and grace, keeping your own attitude in check; a legalistic approach would want to suspiciously probe into problems. (The word, 1prolambano, means to anticipate, take in advance; 2paraptoma, comes from para, close proximity, proceeding from a sphere of influence, and pipto, means to lose height, stop flying, to fail. Remember you represent grace not law.)

6:2  The law of the Christ-life distinguishes your spirituality; taking the weight off someone’s shoulder is fulfilling the law of Christ. (The message of grace removes all law-related burdens such as guilt, suspicion, inferiority, shame and a sin-consciousness.)

6:3  Anyone who imagines to be someone they are not, lives a lie. (The law system sponsors pretense; grace reveals your true identity redeemed in Christ.)

6:4  Now, without the pressure of pretense, you are free to give expression to your individual self and not some phony life you’re trying to fake. Evaluate your own conduct in such a way that you do not need another’s approval to confirm your joy.

Galatians 6:1-4 Mirror

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Transformed

“Through His incarnate life, death, resurrection, and ascension Jesus Christ has established his relationship with His Father, His relationship with the Holy Spirit, and His relationship with fallen humanity and broken creation inside our darkness and sin, unrighteousness and treachery, using our own rejection of Him as His way of relationship. Submitting Himself to our murder, He transformed our betrayal into our adoption, and our fallen humanity into the temple of the Holy Spirit.”

C. Baxter Kruger

For the longest time I misunderstood salvation. I thought being saved meant that I could finally wipe the sweat off my brow that I wasn’t going to hell anymore. I thought being saved meant that God was no longer mad at me. I thought that being saved meant I was going to heaven.

Being saved doesn’t mean I was being saved from hell. I was being saved from sin.

Being saved doesn’t mean that God is no longer mad at me. I am waking up to the truth that God is my Father, head-over-heels love, and never mad at me.

Being saved doesn’t mean that I’m going to heaven when I die. I am in heaven on earth and I’m bringing heaven to every situation that I’m in.

The goal of the salvation experience is metanoia. Your mind being transformed.

Do not allow current religious tradition to mold you into its pattern of reasoning. Like an inspired artist, give attention to the detail of God’s desire to find expression in you. Become acquainted with perfection. To accommodate yourself to the delight and good pleasure of him will transform your thoughts afresh from within.

Romans 12:2 MIRROR

And, one final quote.

“Yes, transformation is often more about unlearning than learning, which is why the religious traditions call it “conversion” or “repentance.”
― Richard Rohr

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Shift

Do not underestimate God’s kindness. The wealth of his benevolence and his resolute refusal to let go of us in his patient passion is to shepherd everyone into a radical mind shift.

Romans 2:4 (Mirror)

I believe the love of God has a two-fold mission. Redemption and restoration. These two can sound similar but are quite different.

Redemption

The theme of redemption in Scripture is that God has taken the initiative to act compassionately on behalf of those who are powerless to help themselves. The New Testament makes clear that divine redemption includes God’s identification with humanity in its plight, and the securing of liberation of humankind through the obedience, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Restoration

He brings you back to original value. So what did my life look like in Christ or even in Adam before sin – what did my life look like apart from sin and in a total place of innocence – one with Him? It probably looked exactly like Jesus on the earth. His nature – I’m not just talking about miracles and power. I’m talking about disposition, heart, nature, love.

Dan Mohler

We have to begin to understand that what we have known in our lives and in the world is not normal. In some ways we have to take take the red pill with Neo and wake to the real world. Thank God we aren’t waking up to a apocalyptic horror movie. We are waking up to Heaven, full of Jesus! We must start making the mental shift necessary to see this now.

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Connected

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
Donald Miller

Cutting people off from fellowship shouldn’t happen, ever.

Never.

I’m not sure where this idea came from because neither Paul nor Jesus taught this.

Jesus, when talking about a brother who sins against you, tells the process of restoring them and your relationship with them.

“15 If your brother or sister sins against you, go and correct them when you are alone together. If they listen to you, then you’ve won over your brother or sister. 16 But if they won’t listen, take with you one or two others so that every word may be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses. 17 But if they still won’t pay attention, report it to the church. If they won’t pay attention even to the church, treat them as you would a Gentile and tax collector. 18 I assure you that whatever you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. And whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven. 19 Again I assure you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, then my Father who is in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.”

Matthew 18:15-20

Note that when Jesus is talking about conflict resolution He makes the statement the He is present where 2-3 are gathered. This three-level process for dealing with a Christian in sin is at the heart of all church discipline. The goal is to bring about repentance while keeping general public awareness of the sin to a minimum. Phillip Clemons has said that what Jesus was saying is to try everything possible to save the relationship and brother.

Paul when talking about church discipline tells the story of a person who has been kicked out.

“5 But if anyone has caused harm, he has not so much harmed me as he has—and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here—harmed all of you. 6 In my view, the majority of you have punished him well enough. 7 So instead of continuing to ostracize him, I encourage you to offer him the grace of forgiveness and the comfort of your acceptance. Otherwise, if he finds no welcome back to the community, I’m afraid he will be overwhelmed with extreme sorrow and lose all hope. 8 So I urge you to demonstrate your love for him once again. 9 I wrote these things to you with a clear purpose in mind: to test whether you are willing to live and abide by all my counsel. 10 If you forgive anyone, I forgive that one as well. Have no doubt, anything that I have forgiven—when I do forgive—is done ultimately for you in the presence of the Anointed One. 11 It’s my duty to make sure that Satan does not win even a small victory over us, for we don’t want to be naïve and then fall prey to his schemes.”

2 Corinthians 2:5-11

The purpose of church discipline is restoration, not destruction or exacting revenge.

“In the presence of Christ” is a common theme in Corinthians. All of our actions are carried out not in secrecy but in the presence of Christ. If Paul and Christ have forgiven the offender, the Corinthians should as well.

The idea of cutting someone off from fellowship with you for any reason other than blatant, unrepentant sin and other than following the process laid out by Jesus is wrong.

You can’t, according to scripture, cut someone off from fellowship because they doubt something you believe in. You can’t cut someone off from fellowship because they ask questions. You can’t according to scripture, cut someone off from fellowship with you because you or they are offended.

Your call is to love them. You can love them from a distant. You can love them with healthy barriers. But, you love.

All you are required to do is not set fire to your end of the bridge. You can’t control what happens on the other end.

You must remember that mercy triumphs over judgment.

There will be conflicts in life. The goal of conflict resolution is maintaining connection with that person. This is the model that I created and use.


G. R. A. C. E.

  1. God always gets the glory.
    No matter the situation or the people involved there is a way for God to receive the glory. Col. 3:17, Rom. 8:28

  2. Repent of your sins (metanoia)
    Before you deal with anything else make sure you are thinking properly about the situation including repenting of your sins. Acts 3:19, Psalm 5:4

  3. Accept responsibility
    Before associating blame anywhere else, accept responsibility for your actions or inactions. Eph. 4:31-32, Rom. 12:1

  4. Confess sins (agreeing with God)
    Take time to confess your sins to God and to the parties involved. 1 John 1:9, James 5:16

  5. Embrace forgiveness
    Finally, know that you are forgiven and walk in that forgiveness. Col. 3:13, John 13:34


The bottom line is, keep love active. Love is the tether that keeps us connected to God and each other.

I want to leave you with this scripture.

Above everything else be sure that you have real deep love for each other, remembering how ‘love will cover a multitude of sins’.

1 Peter 4:8


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Receive

How do you glorify a water fountain? Come thirsty and drink!

John Piper

This is a silly statement on the surface, but let’s unpack it a little bit.

What is John saying? How does being thirsty and drinking glorify a water fountain? By being able receive and enjoy what it’s offering.

So, how do we glorify God? The same way!

God has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature. All we need to do is come and receive.

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