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Love God and Do What You Want

People want to hear the Good News but they dread the Good News. I don’t know why they dread it so much but they do. We are afraid of it. We are afraid of really being forgiven and being free. It’s very strange.

Robert F. Capon

What is it about freedom that really excites and scares us?

Could it be that since all we’ve known is fences and the possibility of open land is terrifying?

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How to Get Your Heart to Say Yes to Christ

How to Get Your Heart to Say Yes to Christ

God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself.
C. S. Lewis

Mr. Lewis puts a profound truth so simply. Hearts are engines that drive the human machine.

We are designed to live completely dependent, fully satisfied if you will, on Christ alone!

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Let's Drink Our Fill This Evening

Let’s Drink To The Full This Evening

“Your love is better than wine.” Song of Solomon 1:2

Nothing gives the believer so much joy as fellowship with Christ.

He has enjoyment as others have in the common mercies of life; he can be glad both in God’s gifts and God’s works. But in all these separately, yes, and in all of them added together, he does not find such substantial delight as in the matchless person of his Lord Jesus. He has wine which no vineyard on earth ever yielded; he has bread which all the cornfields of Egypt could never bring forth. Where can such sweetness be found as we have tasted in communion with our Beloved?

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How to Convince Christians to Sin

Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister.

1 John 3:9-10, CEB

If you are a child of God you can’t sin. If you’re a child of your shouldn’t practice sinning. So, how do you convince a Christian to sin? You make them forget their true identity. It’s that simple, really.

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Sharing: A New Way To Think About Holiness

Holiness is primarily about union with God in Christ and sharing in Christ’s holiness.

Joel Scandrett

Holiness is scary because we’ve viewed it as unattainable. It’s heavy because we’ve felt that we can’t continue in holiness. It’s vague because we aren’t really sure what “holiness” looks like besides the description of God that we’ve heard.

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Identity: How To Forget Who You Are

This is part of my manifesto series.
You can download my Fully Satisfied Manifesto for FREE here.

I am not who I’ve always believed I am.
Fully Satisfied Manifesto

Doppelganger

Doppelganger is a big word that means, “Either of two people who physically resemble each other very much.” So, why use that word? When you came to Christ you became a brand new creature. Not just a new person. Not the “new and improved” you.

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Incarnation: How To Fit a World in a Wardrobe

Here’s a small collection of quotes about the incarnation of God. God becoming man is something to celebrate, meditate on, and cherish.



“The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.”
– Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline


“… without the incarnation, Christianity isn’t even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. “Be nice to one another” is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
– Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality


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Much or How To Offer Something People Really Want

What does the church have for every man, woman, and child other than Christ and his work on their behalf?

Not much.

Rod Rosenbladt

The only thing that the church has to offer the world is Christ. The best thing that the church can offer the world is Christ.
Not lights.
Not music.
Not services.
Not sermons.
Not leadership.
Not activities.
Not fellowship.

Simply Christ.

The best way for us to reach the world is to know nothing of them except Christ. He has to be the aroma we wear. He has to be the smile we show. He has to be the laughter we set free.

You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 Message

Paul, who is the architect of our faith, chose to know nothing and to preach nothing but Christ. The simplicity of Christ was his only message that he gave to the church in its infancy. The pure milk of the gospel of Christ is the nourishment that we crave. The meat of the death and resurrection of Christ is the sustenance that compels us to tell others.

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Death or How You Can Level Up Your Life

I believe that if Christ wants a death for us it is the death of our low-level humanity. His desire is the full revelation of our resurrection to divinity, which is our high-level humanity.

Low-level humanity? High-level humanity? This can be confusing. I’m not sure I’ll ever get it all worked out in my brain. But let’s start here.

Low-Level Humanity

This is the type of humanity (read, living) that keeps you down both mentally and spiritually. This is an unhealthy side of humility or false humility. This living is damaging to itself and those around.

This is the “I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve love. I can’t be good enough.” type of mind frame of low-level humanity.

High-Level Humanity

This type of humanity is what Jesus gave us through his life, death, and resurrection. This high-level humanity is actually the divinity that Jesus affords us because we are in Him and He’s in us. Let me be clear, I’m not saying that we are divine, I am saying that we are included in Christ’s divine nature. This is the true humility. This living is empowering to us and everyone we are connected to.

This is the “I’m not good enough without Jesus. I don’t deserve love, but God loves me anyway. I can’t be good enough, but God makes me good enough.” type of mind frame of high-level humanity.

Proof

Here are some verses that let us know that Christ’s desire for us is to fully realize our status as partakers of His divine nature.

6:4 Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in his death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. (Hos 6:2)
6:5 We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. If we were included in his death we are equally included in his resurrection.
Romans 6:4-5 Mirror

5:14  The love of Christ 1resonates within us and leaves us with only one conclusion: Jesus died humanity’s death; therefore, in God’s logic every individual simultaneously died.
5:15  Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
5:16  This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion.
5:17  In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mirror

1:4a This is exactly what God always had in mind for us; every one of his abundant and priceless promises pointed to our restored participation in our godly origin!

2 Peter 1:4  Mirror

2:19 My co-crucifixion with Christ is valid! I am not making this up. In his death I died to the old system of trying to please God with my own good behavior! God made me alive together with Christ. How can any human effort improve on this! (Hos 6:2 and Eph 2:5)
2:20  The terms, co-crucified and co-alive define me now. Christ in me and I in him! (Jn 14:20) His sacrificial love is evidence of his persuasion of my righteousness!

Galatians 2:19-20  Mirror

Please note 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul is telling us that we are no longer the old us. We are a brand new person! The old lens through which we saw ourselves is broken and destroyed. Now we have the privilege and joy of making ourselves fully acquainted with our new selves.

Application

Kick the tires. Look under the hood. Take it for a spin. Drive it as fast as possible. Through Christ, we didn’t get a new paint job, we got a whole new class of automobile.

Although, this all happens at the moment of conversion this is a lifelong and possibly an eternal process to fully realize this. And you know what? That’s ok! We are learning a space and a creation that we aren’t used to. I love this line from The Matrix.

Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.

Here are three ways to apply this concept of high-level humanity to our daily lives.

  1. Meditate on the scriptures above. (There are probably more scriptures that can relate to this topic.)

  2. Remind yourself of your new humanity in Christ. (He has made you new. He has brought you in.)

  3. Surround yourself with people who will remind you of your new humanity in Christ. (These people also won’t let you stay in your low-level anymore either.)

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Beauty

Getting Jesus right is absolutely essential if we are to recover the beauty of Christianity because Jesus is the beauty of Christianity!

Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World

Thinking rightly about Jesus is crucial not only to Christianity but to the Christian! We mustn’t accept Jesus at salvation as the total of Christianity then relegate Him to optional in experience. He is the sum of all the parts.

He is Christianity!

He is Life!

He is All!

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