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What is Reconciliation?
"Today. We're gonna be talking about reconciliation. We're going to be talking about the term reconciliation defining it. We're going to end up doing this in two parts We're gonna talk about when reconciliation is possible today right in this episode And then in the next episode. we're gonna talk about. What do you do when it's not possible because there are those cases absolutely you know. The bible says a lot about reconciliation after all. It's a book about reconciliation from the first word. Exactly you know eat ease. The story of god's reconciling sinful humanity to himself right when we talk about reconciliation. Obviously we're talking about bringing peace bringing unity where that unity that that piece has been broken where there was strife Interestingly i looked up the word in the greek And you know sometimes you can get a an interesting little insight into the word in the original greek in the new testament and it just kind of gives it a little bit of a different coloring that you don't quite catch in our english. Bibles right happens. Yeah happens every once in a while. we saw that last week in fact when we looked cheerfulness. Yes and was. I open right so this week. I looked up the word reconcile reconciliation. And you know what it means. Actually if you go back into the original greek no idea. Charlie i don't It means to reconcile why how those greeks just nuance everything. That's that's good sometimes. Sometimes what you get out of. It is simply the word that is added as it have this connotation though of exchanging like exchanging currency so there is this colorization there of of that which is which is kind of interesting. This idea that your taking one currency currency of disunity of bitterness of anger anger animosity resentment. And you're going to the currency counter and getting new currency your exchanging it for new currency usually like that of union illustration So there is there is some colorization. Yes but that's really what reconciliation is and we're not going to look at every single bible verse about this. We're not going to read. Single bible verse. I'll give them. You can look them up later. But god definitely encourages us towards reconciliation for one thing. There's matthew five nine. There is matthew five twenty four. There's luke twelve fifty eight. If i can read my own handwriting scandal laugh about people. I'm recording this now. I don't even know if there is a loop twelve. Fifty eight handwrite. I fifty eight. It might be the anthony russo version. Yes there is. There is a luke. Twelve fifty eight. There you go romans twelve. I uh saloons five thirteen so when we're thinking reconciliation it's onto planes. It's this article. God and man Plane and then. There's also this horizontal man to man or person to person or however you want to write the main thing as we think about. Reconciliation is especially s christians. The fuel for our reconciliation. The power where it come from is from our reconciliation. I with god
Defining Moments: Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
"We're looking at those moments. When we are forced to grow by stepping up to me to challenge and stepping outside of our comfort zone these are moments when our character can be tested and challenged to do something that is difficult and uncomfortable. These are defining moments in which god will challenge you and make you uncomfortable sometimes even allowing your discomfort. Why is that. Why would he do that to related reasons number one. You're never uncomfortable. You will never grow just as you only burn fat or grow muscle through the discomfort of working out. You cannot grow emotionally spiritually or intellectually without getting uncomfortable. God knows this. And so god who is provident will allow situations in our lives that lead to our discomfort. This leads to the second reason. God allows us to be uncomfortable. Our character is essential to who we are if we're not actively developing her character sometimes in his mercy and love. God helps us out. We see this clearly played out in the story of jonah. Perhaps you remember jonah and the whale. The book of jonah is a short book in the bible. You can read the whole thing in about fifteen minutes. I encourage you to do so for those of you. Who hear the story of a man in the belly of a whale and find it too fantastic to believe it's helpful to note that many scripture scholars see the book of jona as an allegory. Much like jesus's parables are allegories. The bible is composed of many types of literature. There is history. There is poetry and allegories allegories convey meaning through symbols symbolic and symbolic events. The catholic church believes the bible is inherent in everything. It intends to teach. The bible does not intend to teach that a person can be swallowed by a whale and survive et cetera which may or may not be so it does intend to teach us through this story that no matter how hard joan is tries not to do god's will through struggle in prayer jona finds himself in-in of where god wanted him today. Our passage from jonas started with the word of the lord came to joan a second time which begs the question when it was the first time. Well the first time. God spoke to jona. He ran away. God wants to grow joan as a prophet a leader. After god's own heart a heart full of mercy and compassion as opposed to jonas heart. Joan was hard hearted and judgmental. God told jones to do something that was outside his comfort zone in order to help him grow. Joanna did not want to do it. In fact jona got on a boat and went in the exact opposite direction from where god wanted him when he was sailing in the opposite direction of storm. Hit the boat. Geno was thrown overboard the ship and that's when he was swallowed by the whale. Whatever you think of the story of the whale. The truth of the story is obvious when we resist. God's will and insist on our own way we can end up in some pretty dumb places. Jona finally turns to prayer which is typical for many of us. We turn to prayer as a last resort joan appraise a beautiful prayer. You can find in the second chapter of the book of jonah in response to that prayer. God rescues him and saves him and gives him a second chance to grow. This is good news. Even if you have failed in the past to meet a challenge and grow god will give you other moments other opportunities to step up to the challenge of growing your character. In fact god might keep giving you those moments over and over again until you decide to grow and learn the lesson. He wants to teach you. There will be perhaps different circumstances. Different conditions different people but the same opportunity for growth. The story of jonah is a story of second chances. God gave joan a second chance and he wants jona to do the same for others. By speaking to the people of nevada. On god's behalf
051: The Settled Soul with Jodi Detrick | The Living Room
"I still feel so unsettled. But in john fifteen jesus talks about abiding in him. And that word abide is the greek word meno and it literally means home so he he is saying home in me and i will home in you and you know there's a difference too and i know you've done a lot of traveling Throughout your years end so of i and there's a difference between going into a hotel room and living for a while and putting a few things out and then going into a place that is your home. Where you unpack everything the the parts of your real life into every room and live there and so i think i think that's the difference between being unsettled and being in that place where we really Unpack are full. Lives into that reserved place that jesus has just for us. A place of peace and growth in and fulfillment and it doesn't mean we won't still struggle with the the troubles of the world. But there's there's a depth of being in him that changes everything. Yeah i love that you know. I've been thinking so much about The verses that talk about that there is a sabbath rest then there is arresting place for us. You know i think sometimes we we sort of fall for the lie. That god is this hard-driving task mar master any always wanting more and more more. But he he really. Is this wonderful shepherd this good good father who welcomes as home in as i've been thinking about that term rest and where throughout scripture where he says come to me run to me you know and i had that feeling back in grade school and playing tag and i was. I'm not a good runner. So i'm just telling you i was always getting caught but boy those times when i would somehow beat them to the to safe. You know to the state place in touch three. They could not get me and as you were talking about that. I'm like i think that's a little bit of what he's offering us to come home to him. Ragas it's it's not just got a jesus abiding in us but he's also inviting as to a biden him out. Well it is so amazing in any other you talked about touching the tree and being safe and and really that is our part is tending the connection we all are striving your or towards impressing him or be perfect. Just don't do it. It really is about staying connected to him being in him and making sure that he has that space in our lives for for him to to to live in us as well. So it's this mutual abiding. And i'm so thankful that in his faithfulness not a god who gets up in and leaves in the middle of the night no matter how many other people have let you down or walked out on you. Jesus is a remainer and so he asks us to remain so so another word. That's used for biden again. Is that remain.
A Novena By St. Francis de Sales: Do Your Works Bring Honor TO God?
"Do not pay any attention to the kind of work you do. But rather to the honor that it brings to god even though it may seem quite trivial desire only to do the divine will following divine providence. Which is the disposition of divine wisdom in a word if your works are pleasing to god and recognized as such that is all that matters work hard every day at increasing your purity of heart which consists in appraising things and weighing them in the balance of god's will blessed francis to sales who on earth did excel in a life of virtue especially in the love of god and neighbor i earnestly ask you to take me under your compassionate care and protection obtained from me conversion of mind and heart grant that all people especially those. I lived up to you now. Experience the depth. Of god's redeeming and hailing laugh. Teach me to fix my eyes on the things of heaven. Even as i walk each day with my feet planted firmly on the earth helped me through the practice of virtue and the pursuit of devotion to avoid anything that would otherwise caused me to stumble in my attempt to follow christ and to be an instrument of the holy spirit encouraged by your prayers and example helped me to live fully my sacred dignity with the hope of experiencing my sacred destiny eternal life with god receive also at this particular need or concern that i now lift up in prayer.
God Designed Wellness
"With everybody. How god kind of transition do you. How did it start that you went from. I mean obviously. I think people can. They can understand even relate to going from being a stay at home mom and then as they grew you worked into a career but then how do you take this career that you worked hard to become a teacher and now you literally transition into health and wellness kind of walk us through that journey in kind of what god was. What was he planting seeds along the way or did it happen. Suddenly i would love to hear that. It was a very gradual thing again. I grew up Which you know in southern california. It's the weather's great. People eat quite differently than they do. In the mid west gives me in the midwest and my husband and my kids. And i had gone to visit family in north carolina for christmas and this was still back in the day where you took pictures and you develop them and you and my sister sent me a picture and i looked at of course. I glanced at everyone else. And then i did what most of us do. I narrowed in on myself. And i thought oh my goodness what have i done and i was probably at that time. A good thirty to forty pounds heavier and it was like how did that happen and again the picture a picture doesn't lie and that's when you notice that and about that time i think i was starting to ease into menopause and then it wasn't but a couple years that my oldest daughter decided to go back out to california to san diego to college and little by little she'd come home each semester. Erin summer and say. I'm not eating this anymore. We don't eat that and then it was like okay. Whatever and i it was milk and then it was pork and then it was you know she was suddenly paying more attention to the shampoos and the ingredients in them so if anything my daughter without even realising it starting to see her be more aware of what she put in her body as well as on our body made me start to think again. You're i was starting. Menopause feeling tired extra way. No energy sleep and so really. It was a combination of all of those things that i realized i needed to go back to the basics cooking meals taking walks doing more things and started to see my health improve and then it seems like you know friends would make comments or ask questions and so i became sort of the go to a little bit for people. How do i do this or what are you eating. That looks really good and out. That was it and it was something that i loved talking about. I love learning about. And so i think just was a natural progression and i love teaching. I like talking to people making connections so it just was a natural fit so then i signed up or a year long a certification program to be a health coach. That's how it all started. It's awesome and i think that It's a really beautiful picture of how It's kind of full circle. I feel like you know we. We don't not necessarily. I mean some families. Just it's cultural the way that they eat and And so it's even harder to break those habits but but for some people they started off kind of you know everything was even homegrown for some people and then you just get busy and you get in that phase of life and then it then it just becomes a habit of convenience until something happens. It's interesting because i feel like people take their health for granted until their health is not health anymore
America Is in a Dark, Deeply Divided Place: Inauguration Day 2021
"In july eighteen. Sixty four some fourteen thousand confederate troops to just six miles within sight of the us capitol dome for president lincoln. It was a rude shock after all. This was a year after the union. Victory at the battle of gettysburg and the confederacy seen near defeat. Just the nicotine. Seventeen thousand union troops dispatched by ulysses s grant arrived and pushed the confederates back. Well today joe biden. Sworn in as the forty six president of the united states twenty thousand national guardsmen will defend the same capital this time from enraged citizens. It's impossible to understand how we've reached this point unless we look beyond the last few weeks even beyond the election to pre existing conditions such as our decades-long thinning out of civil society. The most recent lawlessness at the capitol reflects an escalating lawlessness that spans political parties religious affiliations age brackets social classes. And so we're faced with. The question will a militarized america. Be the new normal. Will the armed troops protecting the citadel of democracy today be patrolling the streets of writing cities tomorrow will the blatant failures of our institutions and our leaders continued to fester to this explosive level of distrust chuck. Colson often said that unless people are governed by their conscience they will be governed by the constable when people were unable to govern themselves. They then face a choice. Between order or continued chaos. Most often people will choose order which inevitably means the loss of freedoms the freedom to peaceably. Assemble is impossible to maintain when assemblies frequently turned into riots. looting or sedition. The freedom of speech seems particularly vulnerable today when big tech world so much power and decides like twitter facebook and instagram. Already have to crack down on political speech they deem offensive or dangerous and just last week representative alexandria. Ocasio cortez spoke openly about forming a committee to rein in our media environment. That's something that should anyone who has ever read any dystopia novel ever and our second amendment freedoms are most vulnerable. When used as cover by mass shooters are insurrectionist. Perhaps the most consistent refrain from america's founders is that our national experiment would ultimately prove unsustainable unless there was a virtuous citizenry. our constitution simply cannot ever knows who refused to govern themselves. John adams our second president said it most clearly quote. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It's wholly inadequate to the government of any other and yet americans are becoming increasingly. Immoral and irreligious are shocking. Lack of conscience on display in rising numbers of both deaths from despair by that. I mean addiction self harm and suicide and acts of desperation meaning violent acts riots and even self mutilation pursuit of identity or sexual pleasure. Look we pump poison ideas into our hearts and minds and then call it entertainment. We pump lies into our children and then call it education. The result is that america finds itself in such a dark deeply divided. Play place that alexander solzhenitsyn accurately described in one thousand nine hundred seventy eight speech at harvard. We have he said quote very little defense against the abyss of human decadence such as the misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people such as motion pictures full of pornography crime and horror even the strict. This laws sits alternates in might add even twenty thousand national guard. Troops will ultimately be powerless. Defend people against such moral corrosion but the situation is dire. But it's not without hope as chuck. Colson often said despair as a sin. Christ is risen from the dead and god and his gracious goodness has revealed to us what is true and what is good. He's given us his word and through prayer. He makes himself available to
Embracing sexuality as a person of faith with Pastor Alex Pittaway
"We're joined by alex piece away. Who is a gay passer from. He's been alex welcome. Thanks so much. I wanna ask you now. You are a reverend. what do we call you. Is it like the queen. Reverend i after all look just postures just alex titles such ranks so called. Alex lit for the lord. Sure what god one bless you. I've never heard that you discover the podcast through gay christian bible study. I think there has to be the first time anyone had about the gays revolting through a christian bible. Study that you know of in a positive It was actually It was the first month that i moved to brisbane and someone who's a really great Sort of leader in our church. He was running a group. A bible study for gay christians and he affectionately called homo group and he invited me along one night because a lot of people in my church go there. And so we We're looking at a pace of scripture which talks about being counter cultural as a reference point. It was this podcast And people were discussing. What gaza garage in the vein of being sort of counter cultural. And they're sort of version of counter. Cultural will being counter cultural by being quia by being gay by being lgbt. I and Being christian being spiritual at the same time And so yeah it was. it was through here that That i i had it Gosh that would have been way back in two thousand eighteen. I think july august. And how long have we been doing show by we've shed a lot of biblical moments on. It's not a surprise to me that they might be studying your trips to wait on. Wellington dotting the alex. You're the possible for church. Made up mostly of lgbt on people who've been rejected from mainstream churches yes so Mcc has been around in brisbane for forty five years And you know we've been cold at the church For gay people We've been cold especially during the eighties and nineties. The the church that has aids We have an aids quilt by sydney congregation in brisbane congregation. And for a while we were the only people who would do funerals for people who died of aids in nineteen eighty s and ninety s And we lost about one third of all of pastas globally. hiv aids. Yes so we're very much a church run by the people. It's called dumb. If you're a church history node like me then Congregational model of church. Which means that the church decides the pasta is the church decides what direction even what beliefs the church has is very much a grassroots organization. And it's not so much sort of top heavy pasta decides everything Organizations is much more much more grassroots than that overall. Unfortunately in australia the landscape spiritually is very very tough for gay people. I think melbourne is probably the most a gay affirming city in terms of church. Wise there are just many many more gay affirming congregations. When i say affirming it means you don't just have to sit at the back and we'll take your money but don't you think that you can get married or anything else. It's people know we will do your marriage. We will Support your relationships we. We're not trying to secretly ten. You straight we don't think you're going to hell. And we fully welcome you. So there's many of those In melbourne including mcc melbourne including several anglican churches several uniting churches in sydney. This probably about five or six in brisbane. There's just three out of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of churches. And it's it's sad because you know in america despite america being a much more conservative place in indianapolis the city that i studied in to be a pasta. There are something like thirty five. Well affirming churches
Finding Great Christian Audiobook Resources
"Audio books the we're going to start with the ones that the resources that you probably already know already. But i think i've got a few geeky surprises for you. I hope so stay. Stay with me here. The first one of course is audible dot com audible dot com owned by amazon. Which i did not know until yup today when i was doing some reason so of course there. It's a whole that's a subscription. So that's a pay thing. I i am going to steer us towards free. Things actually pretty pretty quick here but audible. Dot com has just oodles and of even christian material. Right some of them. That i found again. I was kinda focused on what i had mentioned before. So there's some elizabeth elliott what. I was rather disappointed in all of these was as far as audiobooks. Concern can find a ton of her books but as far as audio book Not so much. Not as much as i would have would have expected But there's some elisabeth elliot on audible dot com Lots of our c- sprawl. You can pretty much find r c sproul and any place You can't even go to legionnaire itself. And and i'm sure fine there streams in the desert i did find through audible dot com so i was pretty happy about that Lots of corrie ten boom could find her a new one. Because i had forgotten about it. When i was doing it was jerry. Bridge is all right. Yeah jerry. Bridges is an excellent resource and both is a book. And i found it as a audio trusting god out of all his books. I've read that. I've found great great comfort in that book. So i would highly recommend trusting god actually in these weird times probably rather than later but we times why sh- what we were times times so we had a viking sitting in mike. Pence's chair this week. What's so weird. How come on anyways. I stayed off the looking at the pictures. Yeah so anyway. So that's some of what i found on on audible
Ignoring the Promises of God (Genesis 16:2)
"Genesis chapter sixteen verse two and sarah said to abram behold now the lord has prevented me from bearing children go into my servant. It may be that. I shall obtain children by her abram. Listen to the voice of sarah. This is a sobering picture of lack of trust in the promises of god. God his told abram in powerful ways. I've made a covenant with you and i will provide you with offspring and yet sarah's wife is barren and so sarah neighbor wondering will is god going to be faithful to his promise or not and instead of waiting on god to prove faithful to his promise they decide to take things into their own hands and haven't child through someone else and in this verse. We see a picture of a tendency in every single one of us myself included. We want things to happen on our time. Line the way we plan the way we plot the way we want to work out the way we think is best. Maybe even the only way we see it's going to happen. And we fail to trust in god and his time line and his ways which are always wisest which are always best and so i just wanna encourage you as you look at your life now or in the future and you are waiting on god for this or waiting on god for that. I just want to encourage you to wait with trust in him not to take things into your own hands now. That doesn't mean waiting is always passive and sitting back and doing nothing. I think about the process. That my family and i are in waiting to adopt our son who we've been on hold for about a year from going to bring into our home and it's been agonizing and i've been working in every single way i can to make away to him at the same time the lord has been teaching me amidst my working and nothing happening that i can wait patiently on him and trusted. He is working in ways. I don't see and then he will provide in his time. That's easy to say it's a whole nother thing to actually believe that and to wait with faith but i want to encourage us. God is good. God is faithful. God is a loving. God is all wise and we can trust in him in the waiting so god we pray for patients in our lives. We pray for patient trust in you for patient rest in you when we want to take things into our own hands when we are tempted to go outside of what you have told us to do. God we pray that you would keep us save us guard us deliver us from ourselves and that tendency and help us to wait on you. We confess together today that you are trustworthy you are so worthy of trust. You've shown it time and time and time again ultimately you're shown it in sending your son to die on a cross for our sense to save us for yourself forever if we can trust you to lead us to eternal life with you then we can trust you with anything in this world. So god i pray for those who are waiting in different ways right now pray you give them strengthen the waiting you give them patients in the waiting and faith in the waiting even as i pray for these things for myself and my family we will trust in you and lean not on our own understanding.
How Is Your Mental Health?
"Now tonight. I wanna talk to you about your mind. You cannot have an obedient life without having an obedient thought life. So i'm gonna say that again you. You're not gonna have an obedient life without first having an obedient thought. Life and i was a christian for many many many years and loved god and couldn't figure out why just kept having so many problems and i didn't understand the stuff about the mind just thought that i couldn't help what i thought. Why can't help what i think. And i didn't have any idea that i could cast down wrong thoughts or i could shut my mind against thoughts that i didn't have to receive everything that fell into my head and just take it as my own. Roll it over and over and over in my mind. I share that. My dad abused me. When i was young. And you know still after all these years sometimes just out of nowhere. I'll find myself thinking about some of the things he did to me. And you know the minute that. I become aware of what i'm thinking. I just say no. And i shut my mind to it. And don't let it in their. The enemy will sneak up on you and try to put stuff in your mind hoping that you'll take it as yours and if we think about the wrong thing that's going to affect our moods it's going to affect. Our behavior is going to affect our relationships with other people as the man thinks. So does he become proverbs. Twenty three seven and no matter how many times you may or may not have heard teaching on the mind. This is something that we need to hear over and over and over and over and over between our thoughts and our words those two messages that we will never get tired of hearing. You can choose your thoughts. You don't have to just think whatever falls in your head. I used to wake up in the morning. And i would think depressed so i would just get up and be the first all day. We'll now if thought like that comes to my head. I i will probably say out loud. I am not depressed. And i'm not going to spend this day being depressed because the joy of the lord
Defining Moments: Jesus' Baptism
"We are looking at a defining moment in jesus's life from the gospel of mark during christmas. We've been celebrating. The defining moment of jesus's birth but the birth of jesus is not found in the gospel of mark or the gospel of john. For that matter his birth is only found in the gospels of matthew and luke mark begins his gospel with jesus's baptism by john the baptist. Jesus comes from his hometown of nazareth in galilee. Where he'd been a carpenter all of his life. And at the age of thirty response to john's ministry he travels about one hundred miles south of his home to a remote portion of the jordan river tucked out in the judean desert just above the dead sea. And when he gets there he wades into the water in. John takes him under like everybody else in mark's gospel john doesn't announce jesus as anyone special like he doesn't some of the other gospels but when jesus comes up out of the water the thin curtain that separates heaven and earth is pulled back. The holy spirit descends on jesus in the form of a dove and the voice of god. The father says that's my son whom i deeply love. I'm so pleased with him. This is one of the few times in scripture where we see all three members of the trinity interacting the father the son and the holy spirit this is a defining moment which confirms that jesus is the son of god who's been sent to earth by the lord the father and the holy spirit reveal the identity of jesus the son god the father speaks directly to humanity which happens only one other time in the gospels. The father is very concise and tells us the main thing we need to know about. Jesus this is the son of god. Also the appearance of the holy spirit fulfils the prophecies of the messiah several times in the bible. We read that the spirit of the lord will come upon the messiah and rest upon him. Jesus's baptism is a defining moment. Both for those who witnessed it and heard his identity announced and for jesus himself because it's a turning point in his life. It marked a new direction for him. The beginning of his public ministry. Jesus is baptized by john. Not because their sin and is life that needs to be confessed forgiven. There isn't any sin. And jesus life instead. Jesus baptized to both reveal his true identity and because he's identifying himself with john's message that it's time to turn back to god because the kingdom of god is near king. Jesus the messiah. The son of god is in the house and that's what baptism is to this day. It's our way of identifying ourselves with jesus and his message of the kingdom. The good news of the gospel is that the king of kings the lord of lords. The creator of this world has arrived on the scene and his work of healing restoring and renewing. God's creation has begun. Jesus is in the process of making everything new and that process starts with us. Jesus came to make you knew and me new and he does that. When we are baptized and confess we believe that he is the messiah. The son of the living god through our baptism we become new creations of god. And that's good news. When you were baptized you became a new creation in christ and nothing or no one can ever change that. But you have to live it out through your faith filled life living the way. Jesus teaches us to live.
Healthy Living: Spirit, Soul, and Body
"Not everything happens for the same reason but we need to be open to letting god show us. That's all i'm saying today. Be the when you have a problem. The first thing you need to do is go to god. Yes and pray. Don't just ask god to take care of it. Ask him if there's anything you need to see. Maybe you're praying for god to get you out of debt and you just need to stop spending so much money. Oh never thought of that. I needed more energy. And all our gods good go walk. Well you know. I thought i was doing good but i sit ours ours ours and study. I sit hours on planes. Getting to where. I'm going to preach. And i've been working out of the gym three times a week for twelve years but the cardio exercise is a different kind. I'm just telling you move. Play some sports. Take a walk. Do something but get yourself moving so the life. The tenue can begin to flow and do something. Actually walking is one of the best things you can do. And if you think you'd like to have some time alone that's a great place to go get it an order by. Life's you know a walking partner. Well maybe you should just let your partner be jesus for awhile. Maybe you need to get out and just you know instead of getting a friend to walk with gossip amount all your other friends. Maybe you need to get out and just talk to jesus for a while. I'm having so much fun today. Now remember tonight. I'm going to talk to you about your mind. You can come back. Make a decisive dedication of your body presenting all your members faculties on the living sacrifice. Holy devoted consecrated well pleasing to god. Which is your reasonable rational. Intelligence service and spiritual worship see. Dave talks to you about the situation our country and tells you that we can't just pray. Forgot the fix it. We pray for god to fix it but to also show us what we need to do. It has become so real to me in the last five years especially that we are partners with god. We can't just sit around and ask god to do everything while we do nothing just wishing for things doesn't get it done. We have to say god. Show me the steps. That i need to take the have the result that i want to get in my life. I mean the bible says enrollment hebrews twelve that no discipline for the president brings joy. It's painful when i first started going to the gym i was i was sore for two years and i know that sounds ridiculous but i was. Oh my gosh you just don't know how bad i hurt and i'm telling you the truth it's like so often we start to do the right thing and it's hard home. I can't go walk every day. I don't have the time for that yes you do. Yes you do. You know something that. I've found out we do what we wanna do ave. That's just the bottom line. If you want to have a better relationship with god you will find the time to spend time with him. You wanted to come to this conference. Some of you took your vacation time to come and listen to me. Do this up launch for everybody but see you wanted to come so you whatever. We do what we want to do.
Passionate for God and Truth
"Passionate for god and truth. What if some were unfaithful. Does their faithlessness. Nullify the faithfulness of god by no means. Let god be true though. Everyone were liar as she just written that. You may be justified in your words and prevail when you are judged romans. Three three and four are concerned with truth is an inevitable expression of are concerned with god. If god exists then he is a measure of all things and what he thinks about. All things is the measure of what we should think not to care about. Truth is not to care about god to love god. Passionately is to love truth passionately. Being god centered in life means being truth driven in ministry. What is not true is not of god. Ponder these four sets of texts. On god and truth. One god is truth. Romans three three and four. God the father. What if some were unfaithful does their faithless. Nullify the faithfulness of god by no means. Let god be clue. Though everyone world wire john fourteen six. God the son jesus said to him. I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. John fifteen twenty six god the spirit when the helper comes whom i will send to you from the father the spirit of truth who proceeds from the father. He will bear witness about me to not loving the truth is eternally ruinous. second loans. to ten. The wicked will perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Three christian living is based on knowledge of the truth. I corinthians six fifteen and sixteen. Do you not know. Your body's are members of christ. Shell i then take the members of christ and make them members of a prostitute. Never or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her for the body of christ is built with truth in love colossians. One twenty eight him. We proclaim warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in christ may god lake us passionate for him and for truth.
Engaging Christ with Culture
"Dr bob while would you tell us a little bit about what cultural engagement is in. What cultural intelligence is well. We live in a diverse pluralistic world. Which means that even the word culture is a little bit of a misnomer because we don't live in a singular culture we actually are made up of many subcultures. And i like to tell people that when you think of cultural engages a little bit like an eye to use it geological example but It's a little bit like plate tectonics against each other sometimes they build pressure etc and so Cultural intelligence is the ability to Negotiate the variety of us that are around and developing intelligence the ability to engage well in the midst of that variety you know not everybody. Shares the Theological perspective that you. And i would have i i i compare it to. I have two pictures. One is I say this to my students all the time when you're in the classroom here. Let's say you're in the church. Pew and theological reasoning is at the center of what you do and how you see the world. It's like a monocle that you put on your to lynch through which you see the world But the moment you get in your car on the side street and go and have a conversation with someone who's a neighbor. They may or may not sure that monocle and they may or may not share that the logical view. So how do you have that conversation with. Someone who may not even have a category that so central to the way you live in see life. That's the challenge of cultural. Intelligence is how do you. How do you communicate the truth of the gospel in a way that can connect to someone who may not have a theological category for that conversation. And unfortunately i think what the church is often done is to assume that if they just cite the bible that that alone is going to be good enough but the trouble is if a person doesn't have a high regard for the bible then citing. The bible doesn't help. So i tell people that we are used arguing that it's true because it's in the bible but actually the way we need to engage is we need to say it's in the bible because it's true it's not the same thing and it requires a different kind of argument and in fact if you think about what the bible is that actually is a reflection of what the bible is. God says what he says in the bible not because he wants to put it in a book because an premature to the idea he says it. Because it's the it's about the authentic way to live. it's the authentic way to engage. It's the way he's made us and to give us wisdom and all those kinds of things. So if we developed the ability to articulate why this is an important way to live as opposed to simply appealing to a book. We begin to build cultural intelligence. And and it's a harder step. It's a lot easier to just say you know the bible tells me so but But for someone for whom. The bible is not a meaningful category. That doesn't help them in thinking through what you're saying
Who Belongs In God's Family?
"We're talking about the family of god. The bible about. I suppose who are god's children who belongs in in god's family who belongs in god's family quick recap god creates all humanity. Yes if here's image yet and I guess another way you could say that. It's to be his family little rabbit hole in genesis five. That answers that equates being in the image of god is to be the child of god okay. Yep it's the call of all humanity In all of our diversity but it is human nature to become tribal to not trust each other to be violent to each other in. That's genesis one through eleven. Just yep the fracturing of the fracturing of the family unity. God chooses one couple to form a family that will be a chosen family not better than any other families But chosen for a task which is to bring the blessing. Yeah back to all the nations and this is the story of israel. It's a whole story of the hebrew bible and it's easy to forget that in a way it's a subplot. Yes that's right. So the bigger plot which is all of humanity being the image of god. How is that going to happen. Will one family is going to do all sorts of things have seed that's a funny biblical term. Yeah yeah produce. Lineage produce lineage which there will be some ruler king who will deal with evil who will rule with righteousness. There's also going to be a place. Where god's presence is in all the nations can stream up and learn from this the temple. This is jerusalem. We have this hope that that's going to happen. Jesus comes and we see. Jesus saying right off the bat to his fellow israelites. This is our calling. We're supposed to be the city on. The hill was to be the light in the darkness. This is our thing we've gotta. We've gotta do this. And here's the ethic and here's what it looks like. And he goes and he's got this almost laser focus on israel. Yeah on the people of israel and making sure that israel actually can stand up to their calling which is to be the nation that will hang the blessing ultimately. Jesus does four israel. What israel couldn't do which is be the faithful israelite. Yeah and to be that ruler. And the way that he did that is. This is not what this conversation is about. But the way that he did that was with this backwards Just sacrificing himself his allowing his siblings to kill him. Yeah and that was his enthronement actually provoking them to kill the whole other thing but and through his death and resurrection was proven to truly be that that king the messiah who seed coming from israel and so now in i guess in a sense the vocation of israel has been solved because jesus has done it yeah or at least stage one of the solving the problem which was that. Israel's not being obedient yeah and is as fracture as on his fractured. That's right here comes. Jesus saying this is what it looks like and we didn't talk at all about. Yeah he starts the nucleus of a restored family of abraham yeah that relates to god according to the new covenant that ezekiel and jeremiah is a all anticipated a new way of relating to their god and so the gospels are trying to say that the family of abraham has been restored the nucleus of it in the group that jesus started
Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Home and Heart
"The reality is you have dealt with clutter issues in your own home. These are things for the most part. You've learned on the job training right absolutely well from a small child because my my dad was a hoarder. So i've learned this from the ground. Okay so that's an interesting insight. Sometimes god works in pendulum swings. As i call it so you know if you're for example your parents on a serious not come from an alcoholic or home. Some children will tend to move the other direction right. You never you know that ruined my family. I'm never and that's a good thing but you kind of had the pendulum effect with clutter. Yes so when. I was a new mom i was. You know you guys are talking about such a busy stage of life. That's where i was at you. Could it was reflected in my house. I just accumulated all this stuff. And i now understand. There's a spiritual reason for that. But i've also understood that the more i got my house clear of clutter the more i understood about. You know what i believed about god. And what i believed about myself. And so yeah. I'm back at the other side and by the way my house is not picture. Perfect nobody from real simple as coming to take pictures of my house. That's probably sign of healthy too. I feel like we're the good balance. It looks like people live there. Let me put that. Well let me ask you that. Because what does it tell us when we do have a lot of stuff why do we have it and why do we cling to it. Well i think it says different things about different people. One of the things. I think it says is when we keep stuff just in case like the hang onto that sweater just in case i gained ten pounds or five. I understand this is. I tend to step on toes. The toes are usually buried in. Clutter all my jeans in the corner of the clause exactly if we're keeping things out of fear what. I often feel like that saying is one. I don't trust god to provide for my future. So i need to hang onto everything i've ever owned for my entire life so for some people's fear some people it's guilt if they've spent any money on anything in their entire lives. They need to keep it until jesus comes back. Otherwise they consider they hear from their depression era grandparents. You know use it up where it out make do without. And so they're onto things that i actually love that saying but it's only for things that we actually use rano at one point. I looked in my drawer. And i had six editors who in the world except for you know a bakery needs six eg bidders but i kept holding onto them because i just thought well i wear one out i could use another one now wearing eg peter says not my life so we've got the fear we've got the guilt and shame if a and the guilt also is if somebody gave it to you so there's guilt and shame gave something to me and so i need to keep it till both of us. Are you mentioned the ten principles of clutter free home. So let's cover those okay. Just hit him. Okay so i am. The first one is gonna challenge you. Jim make clutter management a daily priority. So you say you know it takes exactly a day to clean out your garage. That i did catch that. What a terrible way to spend saturday. Sorry offals right. I agree. That's why today that's right. You're going to go do it today. But here's what i would say instead. Wouldn't it be better to do a bunch of fifteen minute spurts where you just go in there. You're saying no okay. I like progress. I yes so. That's why i think progress has to be done in small step so like i don't want you to clean your garage for fifteen minutes. I want you to clean your workbench for fifteen minutes. You can make progress on your workbench but cleaning my garage on a saturday. The most depressing. I've ever heard in the english league. Okay good enough okay designate. A place for everything. So i think oftentimes we don't have things you were just talking about bills coming in stuff like that. It's because maybe the place is a little too out of place and so having acute box where everything goes in something like that. My wife's desk would be a better place than as long as she agrees with you. 'cause i wanna to be marriage. Enhancing number three. Don't put it aside. put it away. I tell myself this all the time because what this is doing is taking care of my future. Self if i put it aside that means i have to clean it up but if i put it away the next time. I'm looking for scissors. True or the next time. Somebody calls me and says where scissors. I know where they are number four. Stop being reactive and start being proactive. And what i mean by. That is don't clean because mother-in-law's coming where you should boost should but don't let that be the only reason because what that is stashing dash. Okay don't argue over stuff negotiates space. This is so important for people who are in relationships. Because if you haven't played guitar twelve years you're wounding. Who played guitar to impress that girl. Like he's not gonna get rid of that guitar. But if you say okay you get one guerrilla rack in the garage. I get one guerrilla rack in the garage. That is a way to a peaceful solution about stuff instead of arguing over the actual things only problem. Is you still have to make some choices you. But it's the person's choice you're not saying with the guitar saying hey can guitar exactly well. He's tar and fit on a guerilla old guitar cat. Every guy has an old guitar. I learned one song that guitar right. So let's talk about that guitar. The next thing is don't use storage a way to delay decisions. Okay i yeah. I know right. That's only come to me in the last year. But what i realized is the stuff i had so neatly organized in my storage space in the garage was just delayed decisions. The ones that. I didn't feel i was emotionally able to make young. So once you diagnose the clutter you can dispense with the clutter figure out. What's at the core. Is it fear guilt or shame. What is making you hold onto that or maybe you just have too much stuff going on about the person that says in. This is a fair. I don't want to pay for it again. I don't wanna have to use it in two. Okay aig beater. Let's let me challenge you about okay if you go. You're going to use it in a year if it's a snow blower and you're going to use it in the year to it but if it's a sweater that i liked one time and maybe i don't like it so much anymore but could like it under the right circumstances. Can i trust god enough to get that into the right person's hands okay for enough. I'm not trying to throw the god card. I'm really not. But i really do believe sometimes stuff comes to us and just for a moment and that we're supposed to pass it onto. Yeah things are not relationships
Culture and Faith: Called To Be Set Apart
"Today's episode is going to be how we have as a church. Allowed our culture to really come in. Intertwined almost like imagine a bird's nest all together. I think you mentioned that to me. Was like yeah. That's kind of what it'd be like our culture and our gospel in our church light. It's all just kind of intertwined and you can see that in so many little areas and we want to talk about those areas. Yeah you know. The bird's nest thing i think about fishing real like whenever i cast a fishing reel in backlashes on. And if you don't get the fishing reference i'm sorry but like it backlashes so bad that it can no longer be fixed like you can't get the knots out and it's just gotta be like completely cut out in response in. I'm not saying like by any means. I'm not saying that's where our church is. God's just got to destroy it and restart you know. That's not what i'm saying. But that like it's. It's become so hard as a christian to identify where our culture ends in our faith begins. Where's that line. And that's heartbreaking. You know in in in some places. It's like it's easy and we can look at these other places. Yeah i was thinking about this this last week because i was thinking about like church in our church has a lot of missionaries and in we're very mission and so i think about like pastors who were in africa and eastern europe and things like me and these got it made. They've got it made you know because they don't have this prosperity gospel as as as in their faces. We do here. But then i started thinking about something i started thinking about some other friends of ours. That have been to haiti and in haiti. Know i'm sure in many places it's like this where there's some kind of influence from their ancestral or their previous life before christ so hates witchcraft and voodoo initially and it's now become so combined so grade so blurry with christianity that there's an entire religion that is a mixture of christianity and witchcraft. In i think we have the same thing here in america. We've just it's acceptable to us. It's acceptable to us. Because it's the gospel we've heard We haven't heard another docile. The gospel we have heard is enjoyed the enjoy the world. But don't let the world control you in. You know like that's just not that's not gospel. That's not gospel. Listen to this sort of scripture that your you know To we have to be in this world but we're not to be a part of it and that's a scriptural go into his exit james four four. That's good. I'm glad you brought that up. Because james four says that he says you adulterous people. Do you not know that friendship with the world is immunity with god. You wanna be a friend with the world you will be at at odds with god like how can we. How can we be so blind sometimes and again. I'm not saying like oh. We need to walk everywhere because having a car is you know. That's not what i'm saying. What i'm saying is like this heart condition of ours. That i'm going to enjoy the spoils of this of this babylonian agip addiction system the world but at the same time i'm gonna i'm gonna stamp across on myself and say you know what i mean when i think it would look kind of like this. You maybe go to church on sunday and then you go home and church in god or all separate than your life outside of church and the people over here so whenever they're two separate that's whenever you're trying to bring them together you know how to explain that like it's that's when you're living in both worlds basically when we're win when god says for us to to be as you're saying how got said for us to be holy. What what does that mean.
Managing Your Money In Marriage During Uncertain Times
"Me ask you. You're wonderful husband darnell so often. Money affects marriage. More than almost anything How can we be mindful of how are mismanagement of money is affecting our relationship with our spouse and how do we get in sync with our spouse. Well we're going to have to set some common goals. And that's the fastest way to stop. Because finance is really are the source of contention and most marriages and so we'll say what is our long-term goal. Let me give an example. Let's say one of our goals is just to make sure that we have accumulated at least two to three months of living expenses. Someone whatever we're doing should be driving stories that goal so if somebody's going to run out by some luxury upper end fishing poles. My husband is currently at the fishing example. Here where he is this moment. But you know you have to say now. Is that going to get us towards our goal. Let's let's agree that this is where we're going because how can to walk together unless they agree and so you gotta sit down. Write down and say what's our goal and make every decision. Make sure it's not taking away from your goal. It can be hard but if you really talk about. What's driving yours expenditures. You're gotta find you're going to get on a path to agreement deborah's sometimes that communication can be really difficult in a marriage. I mean you're saying that you're a trained. Cpa and i can imagine it's put a little stretch in your marriage when darnall saying had like this you know this luxury item and you're going honey seriously really and you're giving them that look like you're looking at me right now and i mean so that can either start some friction between you or it's achieving the right goal which is accountability. So how do we make that communication a little easier in our marriage. So it's not abrasive. Well we do it by reminding ourselves. What the goal has been so darn out at me. We know that we're gonna pay ten percent of our income to the church sell. That goal has been met. We know that we're gonna need. We would like six months living expenses in the bank in that sounds excessive in this environment especially with everything being cancelled but we also have a formula. We saw we spend some we save some. Those are three s. When i say we so some we give to others. We make that a priority give to the church and then we know that we save some and darnall reminds me all the time. We can't save it all say all of it and i'm thinking yes but you know i know. They have six months in the bag. But i want to years suppose. We can't work with two years with that doesn't make sense. I know it doesn't win. In my head i have to peel. The onion was causing you to think that you can't trust god that there's going to be such a shortfall that you're going to have to hoard money and so you know you have to be truthful about that and i know them. I was driven by the fact that i had a mother that was not empowered at bothered. That was abusive. And so i saw her not ever have enough money. And i kinda about inwardly that. I'd never been in a position where never had enough money that i couldn't put my hands on money and runaway. If there was abuse so you you have to understand what's driving those financial mindset that i mean that's powerful that statement. The things you learn is a child those Pains end up being your passions. Like so many say. And that's what you're describing.
Obeying All that God Commands (Genesis 7:5)
"Genesis. Chapter seven verse five. And noah did all the lord had commanded him to really simple significant verse. Much like genesis. Chapter six verse eight when the bible tells us that noah found favor in the eyes of the lord we prayed according to that now genesis chapter seven verse five has god commands noah to build a boat because a flood is coming in the bible. Says noah did all the lord had commanded him. I think there's relationship between justice. Six eight and justice seven. Five certainly god's favor a companies. Those who obey god's word that it's in obeying god's word that we experience the favor of god now we prayed according to genesis chapter six verse eight knowing like favour from god is only possible by the mercy of god. But even that think about it. God's mercy is expressed in his word coming to noah saying build a boat so that you and your family can be saved. God's word is an expression of god's mercy and it's in obeying god's word that no experiences salvation from god for him for his family blessing from god favour from god and so think about your life today the mercy of god toward you toward me in his word that we have in front of us. God has not left us alone in the dark about how to experience life to the full how to experience salvation had experience joy and peace strength and sustenance and satisfaction. That comes from god alone. It's found in abiding in him and his word in obeying his word in doing all that he commands us to do. Don't you want justice. Chapter seven verse five to be true of your life and david did all the lord had commanded him and insert. Your name did all the lord had commanded him or her. I may that be true if your life my life today and as we do that may we experienced the life. The is designed created intends us to live with him in obedience to him walking with him experiencing his favor through obedience to his word by his grace. So god we pray for genesis chapter seven verse five in our lives today. Help us we pray today tomorrow to do all that you commanded us to do. Help us to walk. Obedience to your word yod repr- repr- as you for your word. Praise you for giving it to us. We praise you for revelation. We have of who you are and how you've designed us to live to help us to read it study it memorize it on it and night. Help us to learn it and help us to do. It helps to obey and help us not just to read your word walk away forgetting what we've heard god help us. We pray to obey your worden in so doing to experience life and joy and peace all that you've designed for us according to your word
In Case of Emergency: The Lord's Prayer
"No mention if you could go to an elite university in every class top by the finest person in that field from all of history for instance. You could study music. Beethoven have a drama class taught by shakespeare. He taught political science by thomas. Jefferson how about a philosophy class top by cs lewis. Well we would like that because experts in the field. How about this class. Unfair taught by jesus christ. That sounds good to me. I'd be in that class. Who knows more about prayer than jesus. and so. that's what we're going to look at here. The disciples came to him. They said lord we have a question. Would you teach us how to pray. Jesus gave them this prayer. I'm going to be reading from matthew six versus nine to fourteen. And i'll tell you what i want us all to do this out loud together. This the new king. James version led three together in this manner. Therefore pray our father in heaven jala would be your name your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen. But what does jesus teach us in this template for prayer. When you pray you say our father who didn't have a hollywood. Be your name your kingdom. Come your will be done unearth. It isn't even now if we wrote. The lord's prayer would probably sound like this. Our father warranted heaven. Give us this or daily bread. It's just get down to business. Here's my list. Now there's a place for petition. Nothing wrong with asking the father in heaven for what you need but notice that jesus says i take time affectively to contemplate the greatness of god now there are exceptions if you fell off a ladder and you're on your way down help we'll do okay. You can't even finish the lord. God help. But as i think about the awesomeness of god as i contemplate the greatness in bigness of god it will cause me to see my problem. Challenge need in a different light. It won't change it necessarily but it will change my perspective. I'll see it differently because listen to this. God is bigger than your problem. Whatever it is. God is bigger so my father would be name setup part beer name honored and glorified be your name. God wants us to bring our needs before him. Each and every day. God wants us to bring our needs reform. Each and every day versus eleven gives this day our daily bread. What does this mean. Well it's obvious brad. Bread was a staple of the first century diet so it includes that but bread speaks of everything it speaks of your finances. It speaks of a roof over your head. It speaks up your health just everything you need in life my daily bread and it's a reminder that everything i have in life is provided for me by god notice. It says kimmy. This team ideally bread. It doesn't say give me this month. My monthly bread or this year my yearly bread. The lord will sometimes allow things to happen in our lives. That will remind us. We need him every day. Maybe you're going through something like that right now. All of us said no you. You have this financial crisis all of a sudden you have this health scare all of a sudden you have this problem in your marriage where you have this problem with your kids or you have this other problem and it's god help that's okay. Sometimes he'll allow these things to remind us that he's the provider and we need to come to him each and every day not just asking for stuff but giving him glory for this stuff he's already given. when's the last time he just prayed. A prayer thanks our lord. Thank you for this. Thank you for providing for this. Thank you for my wife. Thank you for my husband giving them
Seek the Lord's Help (Genesis 4:6-7)
"Genesis chapter four six and seven. The lord said to cain. Why are you angry. And why has your face fallen if you do well. Will you not be accepted. And if you do not do well. Sin is crouching at the door its desire is contrary to you but you must rule over it on a picture of the reality of sin and temptation that we are all familiar with right. You and i will be tempted to send today all day long in different ways from different angles. Just remember like there is an adversary who daily wants to distract to deceive. You discourage you an adversary. Who daily wants to destroy you. I think we forget this. Think we forget that we are engaged in a cosmic struggle in our lives in a battle not against flesh and blood but against rulers and powers and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms to use language from a fijian's chapter six. This is why. Jesus taught us to pray. What was the last thing he said. In the lord's prayer and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. This should be constant on our lips. Justice constant is praying to god her father for the hallowing of his name for his protection to pray for his protection in the middle of temptation for his deliverance. From evil knowing that sin is always crouching at our door suggests this chapter four verse. Seven says its desire. Sins desire is contrary to you. But you must rule over it and this is where we realize. None of us is able to do that. We have all shown that we susceptible to send. We are week before sinn. We are prone to send we give in to send. We are guilty of sin. There is only one who has ruled over sin and his name is jesus. This is why whenever we think about the gospel. We don't just think about the cross and the resurrection the death and the resurrection of jesus we think about the life of jesus. What makes him able to die for. Centers is his perfect send. Less life said he is not like us in our sin and the beauty is for all who trust in. Jesus so follow this not only. Does god forgive us our sins but he puts the spirit of jesus inside of us who has power to rule over sindh who has power to say no to send about a conversation that heather and i were having with one of our kids and just talk about how we all struggle with sin and we need. Jesus we just pray together. Jesus help us to overcome. Send me because we can't do it on our own. That's the whole point in the lord's prayer. Jesus saying pray for help because you need it so for all these reasons we pray. Oh god lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil today. Got help us to realize to see to recognize that santa's crouching at our door that the adversary wants to pull away from you today wants to keep others away from you and wants to deceive discouraged distract. Destroy us and others so god. Help us to be vigilant. Help us to be obedient by your power by the power of your spirit in us. God we confess. We cannot rule over sin in our flesh. We need the power of your spirit to say no to send to live in righteousness to walk in obedience to you. So help us. We pray today. Help us to live by the spirit. Help us to walk in the spirit. Help us to obey you by the power of your spirit at work in us. Help us to say no to sin so yes to your commands to life in you in the process to experience the resurrection life of jesus in us the power of the holy spirit in us in a world. Where san is always crouching at our door to live in victory by your spirit's work in us may be so s. Today we pray by the power of jesus in his name. We pray amen.
Jackie Hill Perry On Her 'Come To Jesus' Moment
"You had we've got a this is probably the question you had that. Come to jesus moment late one night. What happened that night. That kind of puts you in a totally different trajectory. And yeah so. I was in my room. Doing something. Really irrelevant watching. Mtv or something and the strongest thaw. That i've ever had came to my mind. Which was that. The girl that i was with would be the death of me And when i heard the thought it actually disrupted all other thoughts with. That was the only thought that i think so at that moment. You're in an active relationship with girl. Yeah okay we were just together before inside just started to think about my life randomly in kinda did a survey of it and with that. I thought about the consequences of everything that i loved and enjoy. All of this is being motivated by the spirit of god. This is not me because it doesn't make any sense right. And so i'm thinking about oh i really love. We'd you know addiction to that. that's in. Oh i still. that's in. Oh disrespectful to my parents. That san like. I just went down the list where i saw. Oh lesbianism is not only issue. you are holistically sinful. And so you are holistically. In need of god and saw to- got though i said god i i don't wanna be straight because the immediate thought i think for anyone in the same sex community is that to come to. Jesus is to be heterosexual when that's not the call. The call is holiness. And so god. I think was trying to show me. No come to me. And we'll work all the other stuff out. And so i just had to make a decision which is do. I want to give up everything that amuse to everything. That's kept me safe to trust in this person that i've never met this jewish man named jesus but i figured that if he was offering himself he had to be a better alternative than everything that i've ever trusted in my entire life and so it wasn't that i showed jesus because i was afraid of hail it wasn't that i chose us because i wanted to be straight. I chose them because because of the holy spirit. I was able to see that he was better than everything on this entire. Which is the holy spirit. I have to emphasize that because people can. Oh she made a logical decision. I've made a spirit may decision and so what happened. After that was that. I repented and believed but didn't know that i was repenting and believing a you felt god calling you to make a painful choice and it to me. This is the first choice a painful choice to break up with that girl so this was step one after night of conviction if i could call it that what compelled you to make that first step. You know jesus says if i causes you to sin gouge it out your hand caused you. Cut it off. She was my hand. She was my. I i for me to walk in obedience to jesus had to let her go Which is typical of any disciple of jesus. He would say me in what you read next. As they left everything and so i had to leave everything to follow him and i was willing to but it didn't mean it didn't hurt so called her and i said hey i can't be with you anymore just because i have to follow jesus now in iran. She expected it because again. I was really strange. Lesbian talk jesus a lot. I was really intrigued by him. And so she she knew was coming for some reason But yeah so aggrieved that relationship. Because i mean gay or straight or not. The emotions were real. The affections were real. The love was real But i had to love god more than i loved her.
Unity Around The Savior (Ephesians 4:1-6)
"Efficiency chapter four verses one through six i therefore a prisoner for the lord urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called with all humility and gentleness with patience bearing with one another in love eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call one lord one faith one baptism one god and father of all who is overall through all in all what a beautiful powerful passage of scripture as paul exhorts the church at emphasis with eagerness like bend over backward to maintain the unity you have in the church around jesus and his word and this is a word. I'm convinced we need to your. We desperately need to hear and he'd amidst a toxic divisive political climate specifically in the united states. Right now where. There's so much tension in so much division over political candidates and parties to see the effects of that division in the church and god is calling us to bend over backwards to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. Now this isn't just like some ambiguous unity. This is a a strong unity around a strong center. The strongest center of all the spirit of god. The son of god unity around jesus and his word so everyone in the church. It's gonna believe the bible and embrace the gospel and as a result we have shared common foundations when it comes to even political positions on all kinds of things that are clear in the bible and in accord with the gospel like all christians were united. Because we all love. God's word we believe what god's word says about marriage about sexuality about life about care for the poor and a myriad of other issues at the same time christians who believe the word could loves us or following jesus who are making disciples for jesus sometimes make political calculations based on those common foundations. We all share in scripture but those political calculations or decisions or positions sometimes very on things that are not clear and direct in god's word but this reminded that are usually in the church is not based on those kinds of political calculations and positions even decisions. We might make our unity is around. Jesus and what is clear and direct in his word and so when you have a disagreement with another follower of jesus about something that is not clear and direct. In god's word maybe even something you're passionate about. It's actually a sign of health in this fallen world to be able to disagree about those things dialogue about those things with honor and respect and love for one another but in a way that does not compromise unity together in jesus around jesus and his word like unity is not built around political ideology. Candidates or parties are unity is built around jesus and his word and reclaimed jesus and his word and we must pray for this kind of unity in a toxic political climate where we're continually tempted to accuse belittle and cancel and distrust and disparage and deride even divide from other followers of jesus like we are swimming in toxic political waters that are poisoning unity. Jesus desires for. His church died so that his church might experience. So we pray that you would help us with humility and gentleness and patience bearing with one another in love to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond. Peace as your church. During these days we know. Jesus is what you prayed for us in john chapter. Seventeen that we would be one as you and the father are one. God we pray for that kind of unity so the world may know that you sent me. You said jesus so the world may know that you were sent by the fathers a savior of the world got we want to proclaim your love and your grace and your mercy who you are. Jesus your design and your death on the cross for salvation of people. We will want to proclaim this clearly in the world so help us to proclaim this with a unified
God's Love for the Nations (Genesis 26:4)
"Genesis. Chapter twenty six. I four god says to isaac. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands and in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed so i just wanna make the connection with god's promise to abraham back in genesis chapter twelve verse. Three i will bless those who bless you him who dishonors you. I will curse and n you through you. All the families of the earth shall be blessed hold picture when god called abraham and really was starting the people of israel was to bless this people for the spread of his blessing to all peoples and so when god now speaks the same promised to isaac abraham son he says the same thing i will multiply your offspring is the stars of heaven will give your offspring all these lands in other words. I'm gonna bless you and your offspring and in your offspring follow this all. The nations of the earth shall be blessed so the whole picture is. God's blessing was never intended to center on abraham and isaac to stop with abraham isaac. His blessing was always intended to spread through abraham through is eq to all the nations of the earth. It's the picture we see from cover to cover in the bible. God loves all the nations of the earth all the peoples all the families all the tribes all the clans of the earth got his created them all in his image and desires them all to know his blessing which is why jesus came not just to save jewish people from their sin. He came to save jews and gentiles all people from all nations from their send to fast forward to the last book. In the bible revelation chapter five jesus died to purchase people for god to save redeem ransom people from every nation tribe language and people group in the world all the ethnic groups which is why he told his disciples and all of us who are his followers today. In matthew chapter twenty eight verse. Nineteen go and make disciples of all the nations and this is why we must pray. Then for the spread of god's blessing to all the nations to all the ethnic groups in the world that they might all know his blessing and to pray toward that end to use our resources toward that end in our lives our families and in the church and to send out missionaries from our churches to take the blessing of god in the gospel to places and people. Groups were the gospels. Not yet gone. Is why missions. This is not an optional program. The church for a select few people recall that this is the purpose of god from the very beginning of the bible to bring his blessing to all the nations. He's calling his people over. And over and over again from a to isaac all the way the new testament every follower of jesus to us our lives to get the gospel to those who've never heard
One Family Once More
"A beautiful theme in that this idea of every human represented in all these different nations tribes and tongues are part of the image of god. Yeah we're all in the family of god. But if someone say john put together some thoughts on the family of god the thing i would immediately be thinking about is the very select few i see. Yeah get to be in the family of god and not starting with the sense of. Hey look gods. God's desires for every every nation. Yeah yeah so the biblical story begins with this. Really expanded unified. View of the human family scott's image when that fractures laser focus in on one particular family. And you think Oh god favors just one family just like god favored one brother abel instead of kane. Then you know. God comes and address kane kane. It's not over between you and me. Thank you know you're struggling here but let's pass this and things will go great. There will be good. That's what he says. There will be good if you do. What is right you do. Yeah if you do good there will be exaltation for you to kane and so there's a similar dynamic at work. The family of abraham is chosen not just to go to heaven when they die with their chosen is the vehicle. Got the blessing to all of the other non chosen families and then they do a worse or better job from generation to generation at that. What you also see is that the chosen family is not morally superior in any way to the non chosen and the flip side that it's often among the non chosen families that god raises up heroes and deliverers for the chosen family. So it really messes with your sense of is a story with good people and bad people and emphatically no. It's a story about humans. Yeah but that doesn't erase the faculty. God does choose one and commit himself to working through that one family even though they don't deserve it and even though there's a lot better people outside that family. Yeah it's really. It's an amazing story in from that perspective isn't it. I think another thing that has surprised me a little bit you know. I grew up with the bible. And so i grew up understanding this idea of every tongue tribe nation especially from joko culture. Sure where you know going out like it's missionary. Yeah right and and and making sure that everyone from all these different nations can hear about jesus but for me. I think i just thought of it is just like this. It's some sort of finish line where jesus can come back. And everything can be restored. And he'll do that. Yeah but he'll bring unity to the nation and and so what didn't click was the unity between the nations like the that the reason why every nation needs to be included is four unity. It was just some other arbitrary. Finish line think of interest. Then we get there then. Jeez come back and everything be good and and maybe it was like so everyone has a chance or something like that but but this idea of the unity of the nation's being so important yes so this idea of unity amongst the nation. Yeah being so important to the bible and even and we end there in in the revelation. Yeah and as we're going to see today. We're going to hang out in paul's letters a little bit more for paul. It's not just This is the implication or a consequence that follows from what jesus did. It's actually basic to the message of the gospel for paul this unity of humans across these boundary lines outside the community. Jesus there's all these boundary lines. He's going to name some gender ethnicity. Your national identity your socioeconomic identity and most communities are stratified and divide it up along those lines and for paul. It's basic not just. It's not just a consequence of of the good news about jesus those bound reliance should be transcended for him. It's it's basic to the message. The message doesn't mean what it means if there isn't a community of people doing this alongside their message of the gospel and what is the gospel. It's the jesus is the crucified risen king of all nations and if his people are divided as everywhere else then. They're not actually demonstrating their allegiance to universal king. I think that's why pockets so riled up when these issues are on the line