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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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Need

Everything we need, in Christ we already possess.

– Tullian Tchividjian

Take what you need. We have a God who gives liberally.

Love.
Acceptance.
Freedom.
Hope.
Joy.
Righteousness.
Peace.
Holiness.
Sanctification.
Healing.
Justice.
Fulfillment.
Power.
Justification.
Unity.
Identity.
Purpose.
Desire.
Liberty.
Self-Control.
Gentleness.
Contentment.
Satisfaction.
Truth.
Humility.
Endurance.
Perseverance.

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Satisfied Saturday – 02/21/2015

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Deeper

I once assumed (along with the vast majority of professing Christians) that the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved before advancing into deeper theological waters after their conversion. I didn’t realize that once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer us beyond the gospel but to move us more deeply into it. The good news that Jesus paid it all not only ignites the Christian life but fuels it as well.

Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love

We never move beyond our need for grace. We never lose the need to stop hearing the good news. There’s nothing to “move on” into.

There’s nothing “deeper” than His grace. There’s nothing more “advanced” than His love for us.  There’s no kiddie pool for new Christians and a bigger/deeper pool for the mature Christians.

It’s ok to splash around in the waters of His love. He’s not scared of getting wet. Act like a kid. Wear swimmies and goggles if you must, just get in.

Service

A lawdriver insists with threats and penalties; a preacher of grace lures and incites with divine goodness and compassion shown to us; for he wants no unwilling works and reluctant services, he wants joyful and delightful services of God.

Martin Luther

Grace produces works has been one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp. I think in some way what I’ve done is thrown all “works” out. I know this isn’t right, but it’s what I’ve done. Now, that’s not to say that I have become lazy in my affection toward Jesus, it’s just that I have made myself allergic to “works”.

That being said, I do believe that once someone has tasted of God’s grace and realized that there’s nothing that they can do to earn their salvation, it produces a “get to” for works. I’ve used the example of a coin when talking to people. Before grace, most of us lived on the “have to” side. Grace has flipped the coin and now we live in the realm of “get to“.

Two sides: Have to vs. Get to.

  • I no longer have to spend time reading my bible, I get to.
  • I no longer have to take care of and love people, I get to.
  • I no longer have to worship, I get to.
  • I no longer have to repent of sins, I get to.
  • I no longer have to go to church, I get to.

Grace doesn’t promote laziness it empowers service! Allow grace to flip the coin in your heart!

So, what are you going to do now that you don’t have to do anything…

Tullian Tchividjian

Dangerous

The biggest lie Lucifer wants the church to believe is that the grace of God is dangerous and must be kept in check.
Tullian Tchividjian

Of course, the enemy wants us to think that the very thing that saves us is dangerous and must be corralled. If angels long to look into salvation, demons must want distract and confuse the issue.

For us to really think that we can “keep grace in check” is pretty arrogant.  God is the one who bestows grace to us in its full measure. Why do we try to ration it?

Hard Work

The Christian life is full of hard work.
Yes, it’s full of hard work. The hard work is not what you think it is. The hard work is to relax and receive of Christ’s finished work. It is counter-intuitive to our “do something” culture.

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