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Archive for September, 2009

There’s nothing radical about Shane Claiborne and Francis Chan.  In fact, they are simply living as faithful Christians.  They, and many others like them, are living according to the way of Christ.  The Simple Way and Cornerstone Church are both examples of how we should be living as Christians in accordance and alignment with the Word, not the way we’ve grown accustomed to in church.  Change the paradigm and start living more like Christ.  Live as part of the body of Christ.  Live according to His Word.  God uses our lives to demonstrate to others that such a life can be a blessing to others as well.  He will definitely see you through whatever you face for His sake.  Be blessed to live out your faith to the fullest for Christ.LifePath_hoody

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Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. – James 2:17 (KJV)

Works do not save us. We have been saved by grace through faith and our salvation is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-10). Yet, since we have faith, let us also be conscious to apply our faith to works. Let our good works serve as evidence of our faith before others. We must be willing to serve in a manner that reflects Jesus Christ in our lives. Day after day, we must offer a willing sacrifice that speaks about our faith in Christ as Christians.

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Where’s the Change?

People say that they want to live changed lives. Choirs sing Negro spirituals that say: ‘LORD, I know I’ve been changed.’ If we are not careful, though, we tend to drfit from the change that we name and claim to a state of change that settles and becomes normalcy. Make today the day where say that you will live in the change that Christ Jesus created in you. After all, the Word teaches us that if any man be in Christ, he is indeed a new creation. Live out your change day by day as new creation in Christ.

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Neo. Yeah, man. I said Neo, not Nemo. Neo serves as an iconic pop culture figure that has the power to influence the shootings by the young men of Columbine fame. Yet. somewhere nestled deep within the storyline, you hear and see hints of Neo with some Messianic qualities that many expected to see out of the Lord upon His coming. In fact, many of the film’s fans having a parallel understanding of the film’s storyline and the Messiah’s role for saving His people from the enemy. What gets me is that some of our church-going, God-serving people are not aware that The Matrix has such a following. Nor, if we truly pay homage to art imitating life and life pulling a vice versa, do we expect that many youth pastors will start sporting long black trench coats and dark Ray-Ban shades. However, I am convinced that some who sit on the edge eagerly await a fighting, kicking and swinging type of Messianic figure like Neo to truly “free” believers from the enemy. Like many others, they should probably read Revelations and at least John 1:1-14, Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.

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Staying Power

We need more Christian “soldiers” who are staying and not stopping. What we are called to do never overrides who we are called to be in Christ. Yet, we need a different kind of stamina to keep going day by day for the Lord. If we stop, we do not stay. If we stay in the fight, then we surely will not stop any time soon. Let continue just as we know how to carry out living this new life in Christ. We have been bought with a price and must serve as “servants” to the One who has granted us our freedom through the price of His own blood.

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When we look at ministry, look at Jesus. Consider the standard for ministry to have been set by the Master Himself. Jesus simply sets the example for us. We don’t need to look elsewhere. Jesus offers us a model by which we can follow His footsteps and make the most of what He offers us in ministry. Look at Jesus for :

  • Message: Look and listen to what Jesus shared and how He shared it with the multitudes and His disciples. From the Sermon on the Mount to the upper room before Calvary, hear what type of message Jesus shared with people. He interwove the Word from the prophets and others with a “new command” like loving one another.
  • Methods: Revisit Jesus’ journeys through the Gospel of Mark. See Jesus moving in and out of situation after situation in the Gospels, dealing Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood. Even when Jesus is confronted with the woman caught in adultery, His method of response appears to have made Him an offense to those who sought to keep the law themselves.

Jesus did provide us an example. He exemplifies what we should have as our ultimate ministry “hero.” He gives us the blueprint of what we must live up to. Look at Jesus. He is our example.

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Praise

Psalm 150 gives us plenty of reasons to give God praise.  Let the words of this psalm sink in and give you motivation to praise Him even more than you have opened up to His Spirit before.  Praise Him with all that you have for all that He has done. Think about your relationship with God and answer the following questions:

  1. Is your relationship with God personal?
  2. Is your relationship with God full of praise?
  3. Is your relationship with God something powerful?

Psalm 150

1 Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.

2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.

3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.

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