Let Jesus be your thought leader

Jesus warned His disciples to watch out for religious teachers who like to “be greeted with respect” and “have the most important seats.”

Let Jesus be your thought leader. Make your mind follow Him.

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“Don’t know much about history . . . but I do know . . .”

For some parts of history people say, “We will not forget;” for other parts they say, “We will not remember.” I’m a part of humanity. All human history is my history. Like every piece of a jigsaw puzzle, every person is an important part of the human race.

If you make no room in your life for historical investigation, you’ll be stuck in the view of history you were taught in school. People who repeat ineffective or unjust attitudes (or actions) from the past, haven’t learned the lessons of history.

History’s not as simple as it is usually presented. Historical accuracy that doesn’t ignore the fuller story of history, matters.

Too often history is a feel good narrative of the past, rather than a search for what actually happened. The courage to learn from uncomfortable history will broaden your perspective on the present. To better understand the mystery of the future, seek a broad understanding of the past.

Be your own historian. Don’t simply accept one perspective on the past. Dig in and discover things you don’t know.

Censoring and erasing the history of racial injustice leaves us with an incomplete view of the past. It good to read history books that examine more than you already know (or think you know). Learning how injustice in history could have been avoided, can show us how to avoid injustice in the future.

Depending on our focus, history can either illuminate the present with light or burn it down with hate. The cycle of painful history repeating itself reveals that people don’t really learn much from history.

People who’ve had to swim against a stream of injustice know its strength. Those who haven’t, often think injustice doesn’t exist. A broad reading of history offers us a present of centuries of experience, understanding, and guidance to make life better today.

To select only the history that makes us proud is deceptive. To include the parts that humble us brings us closer to truth. Freedom of speech includes the right to talk about unpleasant events that history classes have ignored.

Our story of the past will always be incomplete. We always need a fuller story. If we search for hidden or ignored history, it can serve as an early warning system for the future.

The injustice committed by a country is frequently omitted from its history books. To avoid knowing painful parts of history is denial.

Selective history that ignores the parts we don’t like, is a form of deception and dishonesty. Black History tries to correct that. If we’re unaware of where America started racially, then we won’t know how far we’ve come.

“Color-blind” people don’t notice that the details of the living conditions of black people have been left out of American history. Often when people use the term “color blind,” they’re unaware that they’re “injustice blind.”

When blacks in America first began to convert to Christianity, most white churches refused to accept them as equal brothers in Christ.

If schools teach black people about Woodrow Wilson, they should also teach white people about William Monroe Trotter. Here’s a quote from James Baldwin: “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”

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Christianity is either human-desire-led or Spirit-led

When Christians are led by our own desires, we disagree with and separate from each other; when Spirit-led we unite heart-to-heart. Church separates Christians into thousands of groups, denominations, and tribes, but Jesus prayed that we all be one.

Church is often called “a hospital for the sick.” Hospitals don’t continually lecture people. They heal them and send them out. It’s simple to offer healing listening to people. Try it sometime. Make eye contact. Focus on what someone is saying. Don’t interrupt or argue. Don’t walk away.

Biblical Christianity calls us to Spirit-led living–day by day obedience to the risen Jesus. The more Christians obey the living Jesus, the more connected they become; the less, the more divided.

Christians are supposed to live a Spirit-led lifestyle, to follow and obey Christ in us, not our own feelings, opinions, or desires. I love to let Spirit-led prayer pour out of my heart. Too much order breeds unbending habit in church, but humble, heart-felt spontaneity allows the Holy Spirit to take charge.

Righteousness isn’t based on comparison, on being morally superior to others, but on God’s standards. The Bible says that no one is righteous (no one does no wrong in their thoughts, words, or behaviors). Romans 3:10

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Battery Church

Battery “church” is like a special battery, all decked out to preach to some lowly batteries. Unfortunately, it’s powerless because there are no connections and little unity for the power to flow through.

Christianity’s not sitting in a religious audience to listen to a talk about Jesus. It’s letting Jesus live in and through you.

I’m the evidence of God’s existence. So are you. Let’s don’t hide our light in “battery church.”

When worship becomes programmed formalities, it’s easy to leave the heart out of it. To be led by the Holy Spirit is to live beyond likes or dislikes.

Until Christians become one like Jesus prayed in John 17, by actually connecting heart-to-heart with Him and with one another, we’ll be as powerless as disconnected batteries. Here’s how we can go beyond “battery church” and open up to God’s presence and power!

“Battery church” is powerless.
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Does saying, “I’ll be honest,” mean you been insincere up to that moment?

Insincerity is motivated by the fear of truth. The fear of truth too often robs us of freedom from lies and deception. A closed heart feels threatened by sincerity.

When people say, “I’ll be honest,” I wonder what they’ve been before that moment. The courage of an open heart helps us live with the absence of pretense.

Untruthful people can’t trust themselves. At least they can’t trust their own words.

People try to not let their harmful feelings show. It’s better to not let them grow–to treat them as an inner foe and make them go.

When proof verifies unpleasant truth, it takes courage not to dodge, disallow, or deny it. When people have the courage to be sincere and to openly expose their heart, they experience deep connection with other people.

Calling your opinions and feelings, “my truth,” doesn’t make them accurate reflections of reality. We can sincerely believe that we know the truth about something yet still be wrong about it.

It’s hypocrisy for an insincere person to call someone a fake. To violate your conscience is insincerity, even if no one but you ever knows it.

I prefer reality over formality; sincerity over pretense. True friendship cannot grow beyond the sincerity level of either friend. When human hearts genuinely connect, pretense melts away and sincerity rushes in.

A sincere compliment is powerful. Find something that you genuinely admire about a person and tell them about it. Fight the inner anger that tries to keep you from actively loving your enemies and blessing those who curse you.

You have the ability to find and assemble your own words. You don’t have to repeat or share what other people say.

Tears don’t always mean pain. Sometimes they’re a sign of deep sincerity. To grow in sincerity is to open your heart up to incredible experiences with God.

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Opt for optimism

I think that I’m by nature a pessimist, but rationally I choose to be an optimist. I work very hard at it.

Life looks beautiful when viewed thru the prism of optimism. My favorite “ism” is optimism. Will your struggles be problems or or will they be adventures? It’s your call.

Optimism doesn’t just wait for a better future. It works to improve today. Optimists optimize their options.

Optimists will persist until they see hope break through the mist of despair. It’s easy to be discouraged. I prefer to struggle for hope by persistently pursuing the challenging call to optimism.

Optimists see opposition as an opportunity to use their positive outlook to overcome obstacles. Hope (the expectation that a desire will be fulfilled) + optimism (confidence about the future) = hopetimism.

Optimists don’t insult people. They find the good in people and inspire them to live it out.

Optimism gives you the fortitude to stay hopeful when things look bad, and to get up and keep going after a fall. When your comfort zone cracks up and leads you to a happy future, you realize that it wasn’t what it was cracked up to be.

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Christian formality? Or flowing with Jesus?

Prayers that you allow
To spontaneously flow,
With words from deep within,
Will connect your heart with God.

Let go and let God flow
From deep within you.
“Quench not the Spirit.”

Like a river, the living Jesus will carry you where He’s going, but only if you surrender to His inner flowing. Christianity built on the living, present Jesus, looks different than Christianity built only on the historic Jesus.

It’s time for Christianity to let formality go and let Christ’s joy flow. The living Jesus often releases from within me, a playful flow of joy. He continually enthralls me.

The living Jesus wants to freely flow from deep within you. All you need to do is to not hold Him back. I find that the symphony of my life flows better when I let the living Jesus be the conductor.

Like a field of grass 
Flowing with the wind, 
And an eagle soaring
In its rising current, 
Let the living Jesus move you 
With His inner wind 
And raise you up 
To soar with Him.
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Take time to be silly & to ponder

Innocent silliness that makes people smile is always worthwhile. If you can’t find happiness in everyday moments, it does little good to pursue it elsewhere.

Life’s full of currents trying to push and pull you. Make sure you want to go where they’re going, before you jump in.

To hear or see something, without pondering it to find out what inspiration it will spark within you, is to miss out on much joy. Traveling helps us have fresh experiences in the material world. Pondering helps us have fresh experiences in the inner world.

Your emotions and thoughts flow from within you, carrying a mixture of good and bad. Sort them before you follow them.

Words that produce heart-felt joy in people are very helpful words. Speak and write more of them. Vibrant thoughts make life exciting. Stagnant thoughts make it dull.

Boredom happens when you let your mind and heart get stale. Keep your thoughts moving. Don’t let negative ones pile up in your mind.

Uplifting thoughts will help you soar. Down-drifting thoughts crush you to the floor.

To forget how to spontaneously play and have silly fun with people is to miss much joy. Life without some occasional, wholesome silliness gets boring.

Learn to manage your emotional flow. Embrace helpful emotions; reject harmful ones.

Continually resist and refute (with inner boldness) the thoughts and feelings that torment you. Rather than think outside the box, fill your box with fresh, creative, and encouraging thoughts.

If you keep negative and tormenting thoughts out of your mind, positive and creative thoughts will replace them. The Creator has placed a river of creativity in every human being. It’s waiting for us to more fully release it.

We have white blood cells 
That automatically
Keep our blood flow pure. 
But our thoughts aren't so endowed 
It requires our continual effort 
To keep our thinking pure.

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Falling on ice

Black ice 
Shoved my feet aside 
And I did suddenly collide 
With the asphalt 
On my elbow & hip. 
Bruised, swollen, & aching, 
I thank God 
That I wasn't seriously hurt.
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Self-assembly–putting yourself together with God’s help

You can assemble thoughts and ideas in ways that magnify hope. Your life will eventually be mastered by whatever your mind continually magnifies.

Disappointments are less disappointing if you refuse to let your mind magnify them. If you would refuse to mentally magnify your problems, they wouldn’t seem so loomingly large.

Our perspective molds our perception. Step into another person’s viewpoint and you’ll understand why he thinks the way he does.

Pride exalts self. Humility embraces mercy. Our society needs more compassionate, mental analysis and fewer angry, emotional justifications. The more ways you can see an issue, the less you feel you feel a need to defend one point of view. What’s behind your eyes and stored in your brain and in your heart, often determines what you see, more that what’s directly in front of your eyes.

Magnify the Son of God in your soul and you will experience spiritual fire. Christians are called to “Rejoice in the Lord always,” not to rejoice in politics.

The Bible shows Christianity was never intended to be continually focused on one man talking. It’s full of “one another” commands.

Official Christianity is often superficial and artificial. Initial Christianity was uncontainable fire in the soul.

Let your soul
Hear Jesus speaking
And His words
Will make you whole.

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