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A casual decision to follow Jesus isn’t enough

Christians are called to a level of faith in Jesus that empowers them to relinquish all their rights to God. Press on! Discipleship is daily learning to freely relinquish your free will to the living, resurrected Jesus. A casual decision … Continue reading

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Being forged & refined by Jesus

Jesus is the wayBeyond pride,Beyond self-effort,And beyond despair.Let Jesus be the airYou breathe.Let Him continually fill youLike deep breathing,His Spirit,His very presenceAlways working inAnd through you.Even if you’re calledA “fool for Christ,”It’s spirituallyAdvantageousTo be so “poor in spirit”That your love … Continue reading

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Wake up and stay awake

Physically the human body requires sleep. However, the human spirit, once awakened by the living Jesus and born again as a new creature in Christ needs no sleep. Its source of life and power isn’t human biology or physical energy, … Continue reading

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Tame your inner jungle

If you never take the time to tame your inner jungle, life will remain a mess. If you will sit quietly on the still bank of peace and fish within for insight, the catch of the day will help heal … Continue reading

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The listening to & obeying Jesus lifestyle

Miracles happen when people gather around the living Jesus, open their heart to listen to Him, and then humbly share what they hear. Jesus repeatedly said that God’s Spirit is speaking to His people and told them to listen. See … Continue reading

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Following Jesus as His ekklesia

By doing what Jesus says, we learn what He means. Hearing sermons can never substitute for daily obedience. If we’re not actively teaching people about what we’re learning by following Jesus, we will stunt our spiritual growth. When we gather … Continue reading

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Jesus isn’t my copilot . . .

Lordship means that Jesus can’t be your copilot. It means to let go of the controls and let Jesus alone be your pilot. (Jesus, pilot me! I don’t know how to fly this thing called life!) Whatever or whoever you … Continue reading

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Christian spirituality isn’t a dinosaur

Christian spirituality is ongoing interaction with and surrender to the living Jesus, that produces the fruit of the Spirit. It’s based on the risen Jesus, not on meeting attendance, legalism, or self-assertion, and needs to be a lived reality, not … Continue reading

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What does “Jesus is Lord,” mean?

For many Christians, Jesus is merely a subject of systematic theology, instead of the living Lord who they humbly obey. Until our desires, feelings, and opinions have been freely surrendered to the authority of the risen Jesus, we won’t understand … Continue reading

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Beware of backwards Christianity

Too often we get Christianity backwards. We expect Christ to follow and bless our desires, feelings, and opinions. If asking Jesus into your heart doesn’t lead to following Him instead of your own opinions and desires, you’ve stopped short of … Continue reading

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