Here’s a thought. What if we refused to settle? What if we held out for the best Abba has?
Refusing to settle has been on my mind a lot as of late. For the first time in a long time I am faced with the decision of finding a new place to worship. That is proving to be a daunting task. Churches everywhere but few offering a renewing and refreshing drink from Holy Spirit.
I’m not looking for programs. And while I desire fellowship, it must be the right kind of fellowship. I don’t want to sit on a pew and talk about what is to come. I want to run with people who are running after Jesus!
And everywhere I look….. People are talking about problems. People are disgruntled. People are bickering. People are posting on Facebook about a wave to come as an excuse for the mess presently. It’s almost as if when they say, “Abba is about to move” that it permits them to ignore the mess around them. Here is a truth. Abba has already moved. His name was Jesus. Now, He is waiting for me to get with the program.
I just refuse to settle for a religious experience. I refuse to settle for an excuse. I refuse to sit on a pew hoping it will get better. But I am looking and I am running after Jesus!
He can be found on the street every Sunday where a friend of mine has been feeding the homeless for 40 years. I find some runners every month in a recovery center for addicts. Soon, I will find some runners in the prison system.
So….I may be done with institutionalized church for a while; maybe even the rest of my life. But that does not mean my faith has wavered. it may just mean that I have found a true expression of being a disciple of Jesus.
And if you think a prison, a recovery center, a ministry feeding the homeless, a sidewalk Sunday School or any gathering outside of the four walls of the church is not a church, then you my friend do not understand the preaching of the Gospel.
Pastor Shane Creech
Let’s live up to the high prize of our calling in Jesus!
Intentional Christianity is a reordering of our life around the mission of Christ. It has little to do about buildings and programs and much to do about the Kingdom. It is a selfless way to live; a simpler way to live.
So much of modern Christianity is about what Abba can do for us. We laud the fact that Jesus paid the price for the good life, but we fail to see that the victory won is for the simple purpose of showing Jesus to those who do not know Him.
It’s simple. Jesus came to save sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
We have become so accustomed to the “What can Jesus do for me Gospel?” that we have forgotten the original plan and purpose for Jesus’ timely appearance in the Earth.
He came to save the lost, to set the captive free, to restore sight to the blind, to boldly proclaim the Jubilee Year of the Lord. He came for me. He came for you. He came because He loved the World. (more…)
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that death and life, blessing and cursing, are in the power of our tongue. It’s simple. You can have what you say. God has given man an ability to speak and with that ability comes great power and consequence. Jesus even stated that one day believers will be judged for every idle word that proceeds out of their mouths (Matthew 12:36). (more…)
Dave Roever stopped in the middle of his message and said, I don’t know who this is for, but if it isn’t worth dying for then it’s not worth living for.” I knew who it was for. It was for me.
Earlier that morning during worship, I had knelt and told the Lord, “This isn’t worth dying for.” Let me explain. (more…)
I am facing some pretty daunting decisions in my personal walk with the Lord. It’s a time of transition from where I was into what Abba has for me.
So many questions run through my mind. Should I do this? Should I do that? How will Abba accomplish this? What’s my first step? Am I hearing correctly? (more…)
A thought occurred to me today. What if we lived a simple life in Jesus? By simple I mean what if we lived life on mission?
I believe that Jesus’ entire earthly ministry was summed up in these words from Acts 10:38. The king of the Universe went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. (more…)
Redeemed From The Curse of the Law
Galatians 3:13 informs us that we are redeemed from the curse of the law. The Greek word translated redeemed is exagoridzo. The prefix ex means out, and the root word agoridzo is used in classical Greek of the slave market.
When we take all of this in, we see that you and I are bought out of the slave market of sin. Jesus actually paid the price on the cross for you and I to be free. Paul writes again in 1st Corinthians 6:20 that we were bought with a price. Therefore giving us two witnesses from the word of God that the price for redemption is paid in full. (more…)