Sharing about who Jesus is and what he has done, and then inviting someone to make a decision about Jesus was then, and is today, the most fundamental first step in the long journey of discipleship. But even so, the early church knew that turning to Jesus as the messiah was only the first step of a lifetime’s worth of steps. So, what comes next?Read More
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Choosing to live out God’s hesed in our lives means moving away from our tendency to surround ourselves with people like us and isolate ourselves from people like them. It’s moving away from our judgments of “deserving” and “undeserving.” The invitation to follow Jesus is an invitation to see others through God’s eyes, to remain committed to them and have compassion on them, to love them without reservation, regardless of whether or not we agree with them all the time.
Because the truth is, at one time or another, we have all been the “other.” At one time or another, each of us has been undeserving. The truth is that when we consider the greatness of God’s hesed, we are all undeserving. But the good news of the Gospel is that God has not given up on us. In Christ, God has put to death all of our brokenness and undeservedness so that He might pour out His hesed upon us.Read More
My guess — and this is just a guess — is that in the last two years you’ve been hurt. You’ve been misunderstood. You’ve been misrepresented.
Which likely means that in the last two years, you’ve also probably gotten angry. Safe assumption?When you were angry, did you act more godly, or less?Read More
There’s a huge difference between acting and being. In Matthew 6, Jesus is warning us that we often miss out on the kind of life we most want because far too often, instead of embracing a life changing encounter with God’s life-giving, life-changing Holy Spirit, we settle for acting spiritual instead.Read More
Lots of us have met Jesus.
And lots of us believe that he’s pretty great and maybe we even believe that Jesus can change the world.
But so many of us meet this life-changing,
world-changing person of Jesus… and then we just go back to the same old nets.
The old nets of people pleasing, of pretending to be something we’re not to avoid rejection. The old nets of judgmentalism when we’re feeling inadequate about ourselves. The old nets of workaholism because we’re not sure we matter without it. The old nets of trying to control our future
or the futures of those we love.