Football players celebrate in their struggles, Christians can, too.

Early Christians, like football players, knew how to find joy in the middle of struggles and pain. They knew how to celebrate! Sometimes God just wants us to get our ego, our traditions, and our stuff out of His way and celebrate His glory.

When we refuse to daily rely on the risen Jesus, we deny His reality and treat Him like a religious myth. Relying on the risen Jesus, means continually shifting from self-reliance to self-surrender. Jesus never said, “Accept Me as your Savior.” He said, “Follow Me.” (Search for: The Joy Of Early Christianity.)

New stuff without a new you leads you to the same place the old stuff led you. Make a new you, your first priority. Seek first God’s kingdom — His government ruling over your life.

Biblical Christianity isn’t an annually repeating church calendar. It presses forward to fresh experiences with the risen Jesus. It doesn’t miss the reason for the season and walk away Christ-less after Christmas (or other religious holidays).

God’s house has arms and legs, not bricks and mortar. Christ wants to live in and thru you, not in a religious building.

God led Joseph and Mary into Egypt for asylum. Perhaps God is leading many people into America for the same reason.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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