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How To Celebrate Your Timely Death

Faith sees us joined in his death and alive with him in his resurrection.

Romans 6:8, Mirror

Dearly beloved,

We are gathered here today to celebrate the timely death of you. You lived a hard life, full of sin and unrest. Your life was riddled with tormenting thoughts, ceaseless self-salvation projects, and hopelessness. Luckily, you died just at the right time.

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Feast: How To Be Peace in War

Feasting is a form of spiritual warfare.

In the Christian/Jewish religious calendar we have more feasts than fasts. This is a good thing. I’d much rather feast than fast.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Psalm 23:5 NLT

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Somebody or How To Cheer For the Other Guy

Everybody, even the worst stinker on earth, is somebody for whom Christ died.

Robert F. Capon,  Kingdom, Grace, Judgment

One of the best things about grace and the God who provides it is that I got in on the deal. One of the hardest things about grace and the God who provides it is who else gets in.

It’s selfish for me to accept and relish in God’s amazing grace, but have concerns about who else gets the same pleasure. The thought that I am being critical and judgemental of who God shares His grace with is no different than the attitude of the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day.

The heart of God is to rejoice with excitement and joy when I hear of someone who I would deem as “unworthy” of God’s grace, receiving and believing! When I do this I am joining in the atmosphere of Heaven and actually answering Jesus’ prayer of Heaven on Earth!

Be like Jesus, love everyone.

Be like the servants in the parables, tell the undeserving.

Be like the Father, prepare rooms for all.

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Party or How to Make People Jealous

Church should be so full of laughter & joy that outsiders press their noses against our windows longing to get into the party.

Ray Cortese

Is church a party? Absolutely.

Church should be foremost a celebration. If angels in heaven celebrate over one soul, we should celebrate over God saving our own souls. We usually start out strong with the party! So excited over the revelation of what Christ has done for us. But, sometimes we start to lose sight of it. It starts to slip from our hands. That’s when we ask for the remembrance of the salvation joy to be restored.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psalm 51:12 (emphasis mine)

If we are deficient or lacking in joy, we are lacking in the kingdom.

Joy is a command.

16 Always be full of joy.
17 Never stop praying.
18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ERV

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NLT

Joy is provided.

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Romans 15:13 Message

Joy isn’t easy when we are depending on ourselves to produce it. We can’t produce joy. We choose joy. We choose to receive the joy that is outside of us. It’s source is Jesus. It’s fruit is salvation.

Hidden

“…the real job of Christians, as far as the world is concerned, is simply to dance to the hidden music — and to try, by the joy of their dancing, to wake the world up to the party it’s already at, even though it thinks it doesn’t hear any music at all.”

Robert Capon

Dance. What an easy job, unless you have two left feet and no rhythm or you happen to be Elaine Benes! But really, you don’t have to rhythm, skills, or flexibility to do the type of dancing Mr. Capon is referring to. The only thing you have to have the ear to hear the music.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Jesus

I think the main thing that we, as Christians, have is the ability to hear, see, feel, and experience things that those who have yet to awakened can not. I think that is part of the reason that Paul said, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” He goes on to talk about being foolish, and what could be more foolish than dancing to music that no one else but you hears?

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Elaine Benes Dancing

Fun

“Watch therefore,” Jesus says at the end of the parable, “for you know neither the day nor the hour.” When all is said and done – when we have scared ourselves silly with the now-or-never urgency of faith and the once-and-always finality of judgment – we need to take a deep breath and let it out with a laugh. Because what we are watching for is a party. And that party is not just down the street making up its mind when to come to us, it is already hiding in our basement, banging on our steam pipes, and laughing its way up our cellar stairs. The unknown day and hour of its finally bursting into the kitchen and roistering its way through the whole house is not dreadful; it is all part of the divine lark of grace. God is not our mother-in-law, coming to see whether her wedding-present china has been chipped. He’s the one coming up the stairs with a bottle of wine under his arm. We do indeed need to watch for him; but only because it would be such a pity to miss all the fun.
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Robert Capon
Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus

I’ve not yet read a Robert Capon book (I know, I know), but the quotes I’ve read of him have challenged me more than any other person. His thoughts on God’s love, God’s grace, and life have been revolutionary for me. Though, I’ve never read a book I would recommend his writings to all!

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