Do You Know God?

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Do you know God?

I mean, do you really know the Lord?

You may respond, “Oh yes, I have known the Lord for many years.”

Really?

Are you sure?

How can a person know if they really know the Lord, or if they simply know about Him?

Fortunately for us the apostle John provides the answer in 1st John 2:3 – 6.

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.  ESV

So…what do you think?  Do you really know the Lord according to what John writes?  It appears to me that truly knowing God comes only as a result of daily living in the Reign.

M

Ashamed

Rachel Held Evans has definitely made her mark in the Christian blogosphere.  Edgy and brutally honest, her writing is definitely not for those who are comfortable with their religion.  While I may not always agree with her conclusions, I always appreciate her willingness to tackle the tough issues and ask the hard questions.

Recently Rachel shared a post on her blog titled Ashamed.  In it she writes about some of the things she is utterly ashamed of as she looks at what our modern version of Christianity has become.  Let me provide you with a little snippet of what she shares.

I am ashamed of the bumper stickers, the t-shirts, the logos, the fog machines, the light shows, the celebrities, and that paralyzing fear of Silence we’re so bound and determined to avoid that we keep shouting and shouting and shouting at one another till our words are just clanging cymbals echoing off church walls.

I am ashamed of the walls. They are built high, with circles of barbed wire around the top, to keep pests away from our bread and wine, to keep the Silence from getting in.

While she poignantly writes about what she is ashamed of, she is equally poignant about what she is not ashamed of.  Consider the following.

I am not ashamed that when God strapped on sandals and walked among us, God fed the hungry, wept with the mourning, touched the untouchable, turned water into wine, cracked jokes about religion, obeyed his mom, defended the defenceless, bantered with children, forgave his enemies, and reminded us that the whole point of it all is to love God and love our neighbours well.  That’s it. 

I encourage you to go and read the entire post.  And after you have read it, read it again.  I’m sure it will resonate in the heart of ever Follower who is truly seeking to live in the Reign.

M

A Witty Word on Witnessing

Do you struggle with bearing witness to your faith in Jesus Christ?  Are you afraid you won’t know what to say, or that someone might ask a question you don’t have the answer too?  If your answer is yes, I would say you are in line with the majority of those who follow the King.  Most followers struggle with their witness in one way or another.

In this short video, Brother Bruxy Cavey helps us out.  In his own witty way he takes off a lot of the pressure we put on ourselves where witnessing is concerned.  I’m sure you will be glad you took the time to watch it.

Enjoy!

M

Is God Good?

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Is God good? If so, then why is there evil and suffering in the world? Have you heard this before? If you’re like me, you’ve wrestled with it yourself.

So begins David Flowers excellent post titled Is God Good?  It’s an issue that Christians in every age have had to address.  It’s a question that has been pondered through the ages by sages, philosophers, theologians, housewives, businessmen, preachers, et all.  It is one of those questions that is well worth some serious thought.

Brother David does a splendid job of helping us find the answer, especially in light of the evil in our world today.  The short video at the end of his article is a real gem you won’t want to miss.

Do yourself a favor, go to David’s blog and read the whole article.  It provides some great insight for those seeking to live in the Reign.

Enjoy!

M

From Whence Comes the Chaos?

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One of the definitions of chaos is a state of utter confusion.  Doesn’t that sound like our modern world? There is chaos everywhere we turn.  There is chaos in marriages and families.  There is chaos in our sexuality.  There is chaos in communities, cities, and economies.  There is chaos in nations. There is even chaos in churches!  Where does all this chaos come from?

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The Difference

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Jeff K. Clarke has written an excellent post entitled The Difference in Calling Jesus ‘Savior’ and ‘Lord’ and its Implications for Discipleship.  It is one of those “must read” posts for anyone serious about following Jesus.
Allow me to provide you with a few quotes to whet your appetite.
“In short…
“… ‘Jesus is Savior’ emphasizes sins forgiven. ‘Jesus is Lord’ emphasizes a reorientation in life, which includes sins forgiven. I’m no longer the king of my domain, he is. This reorientation changes everything.
“… ‘Jesus is Savior’ impacts me. ‘Jesus is Lord’ impacts me and everyone around me.
… ‘Jesus is Savior’ is often deeply personalistic and privatized. ‘Jesus is Lord’ retains the personal dynamic, but spreads out to impact everything and everyone around me. It is mission oriented (as sent ones) and seeks to reflect Jesus to others.
“… ‘Jesus is Savior’ affects only the spiritual aspects in life. ‘Jesus is Lord’ affects all of life; it is holistic and all-encompassing. Everything is affected by it; everyday and in every way. It isn’t limited to Sunday, or a mid-week program, or more generally to the religious side of life. But, lays at the center of life and thereby orients, shapes and informs everything else.”
Jeff goes on to nicely sum up the call to discipleship,
“Discipleship is not optional. It is not directed towards the few who take Jesus seriously. With Christ (read the gospel accounts), it was all or nothing at all. It was a summons with expectations. ‘Jesus is Lord’ demands our everything. ‘Jesus is Savior’ does not. The first focuses on a lifetime. The second on a one time decision. Unfortunately, the second does not always lead to the first. In fact, only about 50% of those who make decisions actually become disciples. Why? Because we center the call to follow on Jesus is Savior and not Jesus is Lord. One demands nothing of us. The second demands our everything.”
I hope you will take the time to read the entire article.  Jeff gets it.  He truly understands what it means to live in the Reign,
M