The Simplicity of the Faith

January 4, 2019

If it is complicated - it is religion. If it is simple, it is Jesus! And, we do manage to complicate the Christian faith. Often, in fact, we make it into another religion. We take the basics of the faith and add things to it that take our focus off of Jesus and onto programs, buildings, budgets, bodies (number of people attending), and baptisms (number of people publicly confessing their faith).

In time, Jesus seems to get lost totally. Listen to the worship songs today; most are about us, not Jesus. Listen to sermons; most are about life principles, spiritual deeper life, the benefits we gain from salvation - healing, deliverance, prosperity. Jesus has gotten lost. Not His choice - we did it.

So, we end up with “another Jesus, another gospel, and another spirit” as Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians. And, often, we are totally unaware of it. May I add, “another church” (small ‘c’ because it is not the Church that Jesus is the Head of and that He is building). And, we end up in bondage to legalism or life lived without boundaries (license) and no longer experience the liberty and freedom Jesus spoke of and died to release.

It is time to refocus on Jesus. Maybe it is time to focus for the first time on Jesus. He is to be our focus - the King and His Kingdom. To focus or refocus will mean decluttering our spiritual life. It will mean purging religion out of our system (easier said than done). It will mean learning to travel light and experience life as it was meant to be lived.

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THINKING OUT LOUD - About The Church

January 4, 2019
The Church - is God’s people gathered together 
God’s people - born again believers / disciples
The Church - is empowered to be a witness
Acts 1:8 … “you shall receive power and be My witnesses…”
The Church - is here to complete the task Jesus began
Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:19-20
The Church - is to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom everywhere
Matthew 24:14
The Church - is to demonstrate that the Gospel is true
1 Corinthians 1:4-5
The Church - is to grow and multiply constantly
Isaiah 9:7
The Church - is an organism and not an organization
1 Corinthians 12:27
The Church - is to be salt and light in the world
Matthew 5:13-14
The Church - is called to be ministers of reconciliation - a priesthood unto God
2 Corinthians 5:18 / 1 Peter 2:9
The Church - is called to be ambassadors of the Kingdom
2 Corinthians 5:20
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Revelations Not Resolutions

January 4, 2019
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The Line in Time

January 4, 2019
Let us be very clear - there is nothing “common” about Christmas and the birth of Christ or the time in history that we live in … C.E. or A.D. … 
 
Jesus is the child born in Bethlehem
Jesus is God in human flesh
Jesus died for our sins that we can be forgiven and have eternal life
Jesus will soon return to take us home to Heaven
 
The crib is connected to the cross which is connected to the crown
 
Unto us is born a King… who has changed the course of all history and transformed our individual lives forever!!!!!!

 

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The God Nudge

November 15, 2018
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A Daring Adventure

October 18, 2018
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Misplacing (Replacing) Jesus

October 18, 2018
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We Have More Power Than We Think

October 5, 2018

Luke 10:1-11 “Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He gave them this charge: "What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. On your way! But be careful—this is hazardous work. You're like lambs in a wolf pack. Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. Don't loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. When you enter a home, greet the family, 'Peace.' If your greeting is received, then it's a good place to stay. But if it's not received, take it back and get out. Don't impose yourself. Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don't move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, 'God's kingdom is right on your doorstep!’ When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, 'The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we're giving it back. Did you have any idea that God's kingdom was right on your doorstep?’”                (The Message Version)

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Just Stop It

September 13, 2018
 
The Holy Spirit is in you and He is there to enable and empower these changes
 
As you let go of the past
As you adjust your behaviour
As you change your life style
As you discover who you really are “in Christ”
As you change and then change again, and again, and again
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When God Thinks of You

September 13, 2018

When God thinks of you - - And He does so continuously

He is excited about who you are

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