We all see the world through lenses - for good or ill. This talk is about some of the unhelpful lenses that Rusty and Linda have worn over the years that God has helped them remove, and what a difference it makes.
Jesus is Lord, not "minister of afterlife affairs." To follow him means not following the way of Barabbas, the way of the sword, the way of "power over" instead of the way of the cross. His kingdom isn't "of this world," but it is meant to manifest here, and when it does it looks and feels and smells and talks and acts and loves EXACTLY. LIKE. JESUS.
Our "politic" is the way of servanthood and influence, not the "politic" of power over and control. We may face hardship, but because Jesus has overcome, we can overcome. We can love in the face of sin so that sin against us doesn't create sin in us.
If our allegiance is to Him, then our agenda must be surrendered. Let's switch our thinking so we live here as missionaries.
"We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken..." (Hebrews 12:28)
When those who taught us the faith end up being revealed to have been living in secret sin, it can be devastating.
This is a talk all about that, hypocrisy, how our conduct reflects on God, the nature of sin, and some guidance in grace.
The image of peace is not a serene setting where all is in place. No. A peace dependent upon circumstances is a fragile peace indeed. The peace of God is more like being hidden in the cleft of a rock overlooking a mighty storm. When we allow God to deal with the biggest issues of our life, our past and our future, then the smaller issues can be in the mystery box. When we come to know God, we come to trust God, and when we trust God, surrender can bring peace.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2)
1.) Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus! 2.) Don’t get distracted by diversionary tactics. 3.) Arrange your day around your life’s mission. How you spend your day is how you will have spent your life. 4.) Don’t get fooled by false evil reports. 5.) Don’t shoot the POW’s, shoot the bad guys. 6.) Don’t fight using worldly weapons. 7.) Fight the fight you’re actually in. 8.) CRUCIFY victim self-talk. 9.) Get a bigger perspective. 10.) Be an encouragement to others. 11. Rise to meet the challenges. 12.) Go on offense, not defense.
SINCE demons tremble at Jesus' presence, and we believers are IN HIM, WHY do we still let the spiritual powers intimidate us?
Colossians 2:10 "So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority."
In this message:
jokes by Steven Wright
everything's amazing and nobody's happy
pilgrims survive the winter
a country song
Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp discuss what's Johnny Ringo's problem?
we spill water on the floor
we take a moment to practice gratitude
Here's the powerpoint
Here's Tim's notes
Three fruits of the Spirit are covered in this talk...
1) Kindness - a gracious attitude toward others whether they deserve it or not.
2) Goodness - benevolent activity for others, promoting their wellbeing in tangible and practical ways.
3) Gentleness - a strength that accommodates to other's weakness, showing consideration, friendliness, and meekness.
Here's the powerpoint
Here's my notes
"What good is all that God stuff if boys don't even like me?"
Our problem seems to be dual. We don't want what we need and we don't know what we have!
In Colossians 2:9-10 Paul says two sorta shocking things: 1.) All the fullness of God dwells in Jesus, bodily. ALL that God is, somehow lives in him.
2.) All that fullness? Yeah. It's yours IN HIM.
That's more than most of us dare to take in...so instead we often go back to our familiar prisons instead of brave the unfamiliar freedom He has won for us.
Wherever you find goodness, beauty, or truth, give God the credit and give thanks. This mindset frees us from the insecurity of having to defend against God's blessings scattered throughout the world outside of our little world. The culture war is a form of tribalism, and the gospel frees us to be calm and incarnate love across the boundaries we have set for ourselves, but God did not set.
We had church outdoors today! It was a beautiful, low 70's day, with clear blue skies. We sat next to a ripe, brown soybean field, under the shade of that beautiful old oak tree by the basketball court, and sang. Stan brought this word "in season" which was what God began to stir in his heart over the course of the last several weeks.
Be at peace, my friends. Jesus is king. Happy listening.
Bob shared from his heart about patience, what hinders it, what forms it, and the critical importance of growing to maturity in Christ, which is a process and takes time. An emphasis of his talk was on the importance of deeply ingesting God's Scriptures.
There is a demonic element to what often passes for wisdom within culture, the church, and personally. How do we unmask deception and stay free now that Jesus has set us free?
"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
A conversational teaching on Luke 11:1-11 where the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray...
--On our part: tenacious, bold persistence.
--On God's part: gracious and generous love.
And Jesus also gives us a clue as to not just HOW to pray, but WHAT our goal in prayer is to be...
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV)
Here's the video if you prefer: https://youtu.be/bpM_glxCQHQ
1. What is joy?
2. What are some examples of pure joy?
3. How is joy a byproduct of living by the Spirit? (Gal 5:22)
4. Neh 8:9-10 says that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” What is the opposite of that truth?
5. Does the phrase, “the joy of the Lord,” mean:
a.)It is the Lord’s own joy
b.) The joy that comes from the Lord
6. True or False: “God is the most joyful Person of all.”
7. How do we receive the joy of the Lord?
8. 1 Thess 5:16 says to “be joyful always.” To live that, should we...
a.) Feel joyful always
b.) Act joyful always (regardless of feelings)
c.) Look at the verse’s context for clues
9. What does it mean to “rejoice?” And what would it then mean to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4-8)
10. If you were a demon, what would be your go-to strategy to steal a christian’s joy?
11. If you were someone’s spiritual coach, what would be your go-to strategy to help them cultivate joy?
12. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones drew a strong connection between joy and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Do you agree? Why?
13. Agape (love), and kara (joy) were secular words when the apostles used them, but now we think of them as exclusively sacred words. Is this helpful or harmful?
14 “Joy” is an emotional state, but “rejoicing” is an action.
a.) How can God command feelings?
b.) What’s the relationship between joy and rejoicing?
c.) Which comes first, chicken, or egg?
15. Who is someone you know personally who exudes joy?
16. Is the devil ever joyful? Are people ever joyful about the pleasures of sin?
17. Since the kingdom of God consists of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17), why do people often think of godliness as dreary, boring, joyless, and dutiful?
18. The root word for joy (chara) is connected with gift (charisma), grace (chari), and gratitude/giving thanks (euchariste). Therefore:
a.) Thanksgiving and gratitude sow seeds that produce joy.
b.) Negativity, fault-finding, nit-picking, grumbling, and complaining choke out joy.
Paul worked his tail off for folk he never even met face to face. Why? And how was he gripped with such intensity and purpose?
Am I? Am I working to succeed in the actual fight I'm in, or am I caught up in loser thinking, wasting valuable time and prioritizing my ease and comfort at the expense of my purpose?
Just something to think about...
There is a dynamic of shame, regret, condemnation, and mental anguish that is a direct result of satan's activities in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. The short word to describe this ministry is "accusation."
What do we do? Where do we turn? What are our resources for help?
The Advocate (1 Jn 2:1).
The good news about Jesus is both beautiful and a secret and plot twist of divine history. What we have available right now in Christ, the saints of old LONGED to see, and the angels have been peering from heaven with surprise and wonder like, "Are you serious, right now???"
"Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God." (Matthew 22:29)
Don't know the Book of God? You blow up.
Don't know the God of the Book? You dry up.
Know both? You grow up.
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1, ESV)
You can work harder or you can work smarter.
In this little chat, we looked at Exodus 18 and Acts 6 together, seeing the origins of the New Testament way of organizing church leadership into Elders and Deacons...
1234 Treasure Principle (Luke 12:34). Heart follows actions
Ben Franklin’s insight. It wasn’t me being nice to him that made him stop hating me. It was him doing me a kindness.
Dostoevsky’s insight. “He’s never done me any wrong. I did him a bad turn, and I’ve hated him ever since.”
Catharsis is a lie. In the 70’s psychologists thought expressing the rage would diminish it. The studies reveal the opposite. Grievances expressed deepened into resentments when mulled over.
Mean Interviewer Experiment. He insulted their mom. The control sample wasn’t given an opportunity to complain to his manager and harm his career. The test sample was. The blood pressure, the resentment, and the view of the interviewer all shifted for the worst with those who acted on their offense. The offense of those who didn’t air their grievances diminished.
“Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” Prov 29:11
The mind justifies what the heart has chosen. (How can you believe when you seek the praise of each other instead of the praise of God? John 5:44)
Our fragile view of self must be protected. Our identities are core to our emotional well-being...and we hate the inner stress and tension — dissonance...
Cognitive Dissonance. Two notes that played together sound horrible and we cannot abide it. That’s the thing with cognitive dissonance. Two beliefs that contradict. “I am an honest person — I just told a lie.” or “I am a loving man — I did not care that I hurt so and so.”
How resentment grows by little steps...
How pain held onto rewrites our story…until our view of the past bears no resemblance to reality...
How self-justification grows the more committed we are to maintaining our self-image…
Self-Justified or Justified w God? Luke 18 - two men at prayer…
A more humble (realistic) view of self - I have strengths and weaknesses. I have blind spots.
A better grasp of grace and Christ’s righteousness
Doing Jesus’ Sayings (Jesus, Genius)
Love your enemies
Do good to those who hurt you
Give to those who need or try to take advantage
Turn your other cheek to a slap
Repay insults with kindness
Pray kind things over those who wish you evil
You have enemies. “Love your enemies” sounds dramatic. But everyone has enemies they need to love and forgive. Even if it’s your friends and family.
Who hurt me? That’s who I need to forgive.
Everybody serves somebody. If we don’t forgive, then the person who hurt us becomes a kind of lord or master who shapes and forms us.
“Forgiveness is hard.” No. Bitterness and resentment and hatred are hard. Forgiveness makes life so much easier.
Stop drinking poison. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.
The Discipleship Training School has been doing a semester on listening prayer and friendship with God so we thought it would be good to share some things God's been saying with the rest of the church. :)
In this audio, pastor Tim, Carolyn, Tim Freed, Stan, and Katie share...
What a curious expression Paul uses to refer to himself at the end of Colossians 1:23. A servant or slave of the gospel. How can a person be servant to a particular message? And does this have any applications for us? Maybe. Let's talk about it.
"if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard" (Colossians 1:23)
All of us construct a story about our lives from which we derive meaning. We think of that story as "truth" but in actuality it is a script thrown together the best we can. The gospel is a different script that God has authored for us which, to be believed, must be exchanged for the script we authored...
How did you meet Jesus? What was the value of an English degree and a Counselling degree if now you're a bearded Harley driving weight lifting shouting revivalist prophet? How did you meet Nicole? What happened to your little youth group after you were baptized in the Holy Spirit...and other such questions.
It really matters if we keep our hearts close to Jesus. It really matters if we keep our ears tuned to Jesus. It really matters if we live intimately with Jesus. He WILL direct and guide us if we give him our full and abiding attention...
The truth of Jesus as Creator has a lot of practical importance! What practical importance, you ask? Well, for starters, that sense of awe and wonder and joy you feel at the creation? Yeah, that's a totally correct intuition. And that sense you have that beauty, goodness, and truth matter? Same. And that sense that the whole universe is full of mystery and wonderment? Yep.
And that sense that something is wrong with windowless churches whose theology can be summarized as, "If it feels good, STOP IT,"? Yeah, that's heretical, in fact, demonic...
The life of Jesus in eternity past is deeply significant in understanding the nature of the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is deeply significant for understanding the nature of the gospel. Much of the time we have been presented with a vision of the gospel that seems to make salvation a matter of "where you go after you die," but doesn't necessarily offer an entirely different way of being while you are alive.
The way Jesus lived in the Father, and the Father in him, in eternity past...is how he continued to live on earth as a normal human. He was in constant, unbroken communion with the Father, and lived each moment aware of the Father's presence and voice. Jesus said that he was not capable of doing anything of kingdom significance except by his union with the Father.
My argument is this: The way Jesus was connected to the Father before the cross is the way WE are connected to the Father THROUGH HIM after the cross. The eternal relationship of the Trinity is a gospel of overflowing love and joy issuing in creation. We have been invited into that co-indwelling, us in Christ, Christ in us, and we have been invited into a life of abiding in ceaseless, unbroken communion with Jesus, where it is possible to live in a perpetual encounter with God. This is not the property of a few elite mystical monks and nuns in a corner. This is the very nature of the normal Christian life, because Jesus is the original "Christian," and he's the norm, the standard.
Sometimes we can lose sight of Reality and get so focused on threats and problems that we live in fear or self-directed projects (spiritual or otherwise) designed to stave off fear. Colossians 1:15ff are actually lyrics to a very early Christian worship song, entirely about Jesus. Jesus existing before everything. Jesus being the agent of creation. Jesus holding all things together. Jesus being the Head of the Church. Jesus being the first person to rise from the dead and live in the New Creation beyond the reach of decay. Jesus as the One who, through the cross, re-aligned the entire universe with God the Father. That's a pretty big Jesus!
Puts things in perspective, doesn't it? Sounds like pretty good news if our Savior is absurdly bigger than any of our problems. Well, it does IF we actually get in on what He has with the Father...
In this talk Mark Yoder shares stories on the theme of friendship and closeness with God. There's a lot in his words that hints at the mystery and miracle of grace. There are some warnings as well that if we aren't careful our hearts can get very deceived by life and we can lose our way. But Jesus. But Jesus.
Here are a few of my paraphrases of things Mark shared that impacted me:
"A lot of my friends thought when we were young that they had to choose between Jesus and fun, and they chose fun, and they're still wondering when the fun is going to begin. I chose Jesus, and can tell you that serving him has been an incredibly fun adventure."
"When I experienced God's grace I thought I'd never have a bad day again. But after that I've had bad years. We sometimes go through some things as a Christian!"
"Jesus asked the Father three times, 'If there's any other way, let this cup pass from me.' But then he got up and drank the cup, knowing it was the way. Can I just plead with you today, if you're there right now. Can you get up and drink the cup?"
There is a story about God in the world that is so common that many of us don't realize just how profoundly untrue it is. It asks a lot of questions like, "Where is God? Is he there? Where was he when that happened? Is he involved? Does he care?" In relationship to God, it tends to play the victim, making life more about putting God on trial with our hearts as the judge. It is a sneaky story, even creeping into the church, causing doubt and unbelief to be treated with dignity and even viewing faith as an act of heroism. Ultimately this worldview is built on sand and rooted in lies. The main question it asks is, "What will I get out of life?"
The Bible, on the other hand, takes for granted that God is present, involved, close, full of love, faithful, completely good, trustworthy, very very talkative, easy to love, and easy to trust. It completely assumes that everyone can know God, even without a Bible, a missionary, or a church. And the questions the Bible asks are different. They are questions like, "Is humanity real? Are we present? Are we listening? Are we willing to really live while we're alive?" Faith, in the biblical parlance, is not doing God a favor, as though he's set this life up to be so incredibly broken, but "Bless that little saint's heart, look at him, he's still over there praying, poor thing." No! Faith is the only reasonable response to a God of beauty, goodness, and love like the One this universe has. The main question the Biblical perspective is asking isn't "What will I get out of life, but rather, "What will life get out of me?"*
Enter Jesus. Jesus comes onto the scene and reveals exactly what God is like. He reveals a God who looks nothing like the lies we have believed. And he reveals a God who didn't make us for a secular/sacred split, but for a life of embodied communion with a God who is indwells our very beings so that we know, and are fully known by love.
Homework: "God, you are easy to love, and easy to trust. Do I truly believe that? If not, why not? Let's talk about that..."
*thanks to Jason Upton for the kernel of this insight
Sometimes people have thought about redemption as God paying off the devil, like a good man who, in mercy, pays off the evil gang of thugs who have taken over the neighborhood. "Here you take my son, and you give me back these folk. Do we have a deal?" But is that what the cross is about? Paying off the devil?
Around the year 1,100, others realized, "Hey, that can't be right," so they decided that redemption must be a blood payment made to the Father instead. So, wait, Jesus is saving us from the Father? Is that really the way the New Testament speaks? What in the world?
Then there's the classical Christian gospel, which says that God the Father saved us from sin and death (and the devil along with them) by becoming weak, being rejected and crucified, but ultimately rising, victorious, over them: Christus Victor. The victory of self-giving love.
In this little chat, I talk about this and a whole lot more...
Joy and happiness are often described by believers are being entirely different realities, but sometimes I think we are simply trying to avoid admitting that we lack true joy. True joy will be a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not a rule to keep, but a byproduct of a life lived abiding in Christ.
The word sometimes rendered "qualified" here is used by Paul in 1 Cor 3:6 where Paul said that God is the one who enabled him to proclaim and live out the new covenant in a manner worthy of the Lord. Our competence, our faithfulness, this whole walk, is done through God's empowering grace.
The word, "inheritance," is so rich that it deserves its own prolonged study. For our purposes here I will say that an inheritance cuts against the grain of earning, and we protestants are prone to see that. But what I think is less clear to us is the idea that it is a family word. Inheritance is about belonging to a people, and receiving something from that family that marks our lives, gives us identity, shapes our destiny and our walk in the world.
The phrase used is "share in the inheritance," which is a call back to the portions of the promised land that were given to each of the 12 tribes of Israel as their place of dwelling. The inheritance isn't just heaven when we die. It is a land we're meant to inhabit NOW!
Light. Throughout Scripture we find the contrast of light and darkness signifying, righteousness vs sin, God's rule vs the demonic...We may fall alone, but we will only rise together. To walk in the light is a corporate reality. The saints in light.
It's been too long since I got to preach! Back at it again, this time we spent some time in Col 1:11, and talked about the difference between endurance, which is our capacity or stamina to keep going, and patience, which is the inner attitude that is willing to pay the pain price and doesn't give way to entitlement, anger, self-pity, and complaints during the trial...
As usual, God's interest is on the "inside job," Christ being formed in us and expressed through us, not in making sure life goes our way.
God is good, my friends! His way of thinking and living (yoke) is easy and his burden is light (Matt 11)! Those who keep on seeking and trusting in God will renew their strength (Is 40), and the best advice God gave me for how to heal is to forget what's behind and press on toward the goal of knowing Jesus and discovering life in him, precisely through pain, not in spite of it (Phil 3).
Bees don't presume to know their larger purpose and impact. All they know is that they like nectar. They don't know, or need to know, that God has them pollinating the flowers and fruit trees and benefiting the entire ecosystem. They have no idea. All they know is nectar is good. So what brings the nectar in your life? What activity, when you do it, brings the Spirit of God down? Do that, and be content, and happy. Let God worry about your larger impact on the world. When we worry too much about our "ministry" we give birth to Ishmael's and become embittered Martha's, making sandwiches Jesus didn't order, while mistreating the ones doing exactly what he wants. Become a Mary! Acquire a spirit of peace, and a thousand souls around you will be saved.
grace and peace
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All … Continue reading "Pray for what’s working"
You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. (Colossians 1:7-8 NLT)
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. (Colossians 1:6)
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever … Continue reading "We Always Pray (Colossians #2)"
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace. (Colossians 1:1-2)
11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants … Continue reading "Seeds"
2 Tim 1:9 – God saved us and called us to a holy life… What is holiness? What is a holy life? Why would anyone want a holy life? How would a person get a holy life? 1. What is holiness? Ontological – only God is holy Consecration – set apart for sacred use Moral … Continue reading "What in the world is holiness?"
God is always calling us in two directions, away from others to become the distinct person we’re created to be, and toward others to serve them in love. We’re always being separated from and sent to. Individuated, and connected. This is a communion mystery of being broken and given…The goal of this breaking is wholeness, … Continue reading "Called In Two Directions (Individuation and Connection)"
Curiosity is better than duty. Sometimes I emphasize the importance of vocation, the importance of calling. Calling is deeply significant. And there are times when the thing we’re called to do becomes difficult and requires persistence. But there are levels of faithfulness. Paul said of his preaching assignment, If I preach voluntarily, I have a … Continue reading "Stay Curious (Soul of the Artist #9)"
‘…The overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. It chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the 99.” “Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me… It overwhelms and satisfies my soul Higher than the mountains that I face stronger than the power of the grave constant through trial and the … Continue reading "The Father’s Scandalous Love"
mp3 Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt. In Parks and Rec, Chris Traeger is enthusiastic and positive and loves every idea and every person. So the state of Indiana hired him because he’s an encouraging even when he disagrees. But they partnered him with Ben Wyatt, who is a numbers cruncher and shoots down any idea … Continue reading "Life, Edited (Soul of the artist #8)"
mp3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was … Continue reading "Showing Up (Soul of the Artist #7)"
mp3 I have a friend who gets up every morning at 4:30am and writes. He’s a hip hop artist and he did it originally as an experiment to see what would happen if he wrote one song per day for a year. I asked him what he’s learned, and he said, “I’ve learned that writer’s … Continue reading "Rest and Recovery (Soul of the Artist #6)"
mp3 video The reason I’m talking about this, the reason I care about this topic, is because I see people go into hiding, taking their God-given contribution, and covering it up because it isn’t good enough. Like Gideon hiding in a winepress, or Gideon making a statue to himself, both are from insecurity…When you know … Continue reading "Finding Your Voice (Soul of the Artist #5)"
mp3 Who is the work for? Of course the work is ultimately for others. But it’s maker must first believe in it, and it must be an expression of the maker’s journey, the maker’s heart, the maker’s own best sense of what the work wants to be. In order for it to be worth giving away to … Continue reading "Who is the work for? (Soul of the Artist #4)"
Powerpoint Last time I said that we’re creative because we’re made in the image of the Creator. I said that we’re each here to bring order out of chaos. This time I want to add two more layers. The first is this: As we fulfill our calling to bring order to the disorder of the … Continue reading "Renewed by the Work (Soul of the Artist #2)"
A Crisis of Purpose Sometimes people think faith is about answering the question, “Is there life after death?” I came to faith because I was wrestling with a different question, the one that drives the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “Is there life before death?” There has got to be more to life than the futility … Continue reading "Meaningful Work (Soul of the Artist # 1)"
I Corinthians 1:18-31 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise … Continue reading "The Ugly Beauty of the Real Gospel"
Good grief is distinct from the negative patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior we exhibit when old wounds are in play. Absent grief – is when we suppress our grief so that we don’t feel it. Delayed grief – is when we’ve got too much happening to cope so we allow ourselves to grieve later. Prolonged … Continue reading "Good Grief and Old Wounds"
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could … Continue reading "Anchored in Hope"
Tim’s Notes Joy is a third of the kingdom from Romans 14. The kingdom is advancing and we are on offense, not defense. We face forward and upward not backward and downward. And joy is a choice. Many things in the kingdom are choices, not things we passively experience but that we actively lay hold … Continue reading "Joy! (Bryan and Jen)"
http://www.bedisciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/3-19-2017-Tim-Miller-Manifesto.mp3 mp3 Gen 1:28 Gen 12:1-3 Isaiah 6:3 Hab 2:14 Ex 19:4-6 Matt 5:14-16 John 3:17 1 Cor 5:12 Rom 12:2 Dan 1:20 Gen 40:8 Jer 29:7
http://www.bedisciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2-5-2017-Lazarus-Raised.mp3 mp3 notes 1. Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus 2. Raised out of death, not protected from it 3. Tears of sympathy 4. Human expectations did not direct Jesus 5. The forgotten beatitude 6. Freedom I’m indebted to Frank Viola’s book, “God’s Favorite Place on Earth,” for many of the insights contained in this … Continue reading "Love, friendship, and resurrection at Bethany"