Friday, February 28, 2020

REACTING TO THE CORONAVIRUS & STOCK MARKET FALL

The world seems to be on fire, and I had another message that I was going to deliver this week, but I felt led to at least discuss what is going on and what my take on recent events is. If you watched my video about what to expect in 2020 the way the world is should not be a surprise to you, maybe only being that things are moving so rapidly. So what I want to do briefly is just give my take on what we are seeing and provide some perspective. So let’s talk about what’s really going on. Let’s Begin!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Relational Christianity, Worship, and Kingdom Creativity

Love is the Answer - Bible Class - Chip Brogden

An invitation to an online Bible Class from Chip Brogden:

As one continues exploring the deeper work of the cross, here are some concerns:
  1. The way some teach, interpret, and try to implement “denial of self” becomes a morbid celebration of death instead of a robust celebration of life.
     
  2. Self-denial as a spiritual discipline is unsustainable; it is like committing yourself to a strict diet that you cannot maintain, dropping some pounds only to gain it all back (and then some).
     
  3. The truth (especially the truth of the cross) should make us free, not frustrate us, or bring us into bondage and fear of failure.
     
  4. Most of all, despite all these teachings, people can’t put it into practice, so they put themselves under condemnation and guilt.
The way to resolve these concerns is not to dispense with the cross, but to understand that our relationship to the cross must be founded on LOVE not LEGALISM.
 
The key idea is:
 
"Not death to Self, but the transformation of Self, through perfection in love."
 
I'd like to continue exploring this in this week's online Bible study and show you how Love answers to all our concerns about spiritual growth, discipleship, Body Life, taking up the cross and overcoming sin, self, and satan.
 
Will you join us?
 
THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 3)
Thursday, February 27, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Go here to register:
http://chipbrogden.com/bible
 
It's free to register; donations are welcome but not required.
 
Thank you for supporting Christ-centered teaching.
 

I am your brother,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

God is Preparing You to Work for Him! // Ambassadors of Chris

This is a life-changing message that every believer should see. God has been leading you to him for a reason, and He is ready to use you! This video explores how God is leading us all to represent him and work for him! We discuss the Kingdom of God in detail and what it means to be an Ambassador of Christ! God bless your journey in him!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What Is Church - Steve Thomason

A quick sketch of a Missional Imagination for the church. learn more about the missional church.

House church and Mega church approaches compared

This short video compares the perspectives and approaches of the megachurch and the house/simple/organic church. Please feel free to watch, like and share!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Pharisee Conversations

(Shamelessly stolen "borrowed" from a friend's Facebook wall)

Pharisee 1 - "I don't care if what Jesus said was true. The tone he said it in was so nasty."
Pharisee 2 - "Yeah, that guy's rhetoric is over the top. Whitewash walls? C'mon, how does that move the conversation forward?"
Pharisee 1 - "I just don't want all Romans to think all Jews talk that way."
Pharisee 2 - "Totally. This guy is giving us a bad name."

My thoughts:

There's a popular narrative among some Christians these days that teaches that Jesus was sort of a John Lennon wannabe "Imagine" & "All You Need is Love" bearded Marxist hippy type who loved and forgave everyone all the time regardless. They believe in a Jesus who preached acceptance and inclusion without the hellfire and brimstone warnings. But is that really true? I think the truth of the matter isn't that simple. There was another side to him that seems to be overshadowed by the hippy version. IMHO, we need both the "forgiving" as well as the "tough love" Jesus and the wisdom when to be either-or. This is why we need a discipleship revival more than the win-em and wet-em easy believe-in-ism that so often passes for Christianity today.

 My Two-¥en worth.