Chances are extremely high that your religious activity and dogged understanding of Jesus are keeping you from Him.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
“To develop a broader vision we must be willing to forsake, to kill, our narrower vision. In the short run it is more comfortable not to do this – to stay where we are, to keep using the same microcosmic map, to avoid suffering the death of cherished notions. The road of spiritual growth, however, lies in the opposite direction. We begin by distrusting what we already believe, by actively seeking the threatening and unfamiliar, by deliberately challenging the validity of what we have previously been taught and hold dear. The path to holiness lies through questioning everything.” -M. Scott Peck
“The treatment of Jesus at the hands of the authorities and the official paranoia over every radical dissenter in history demonstrates the deep fear of the principalities and powers when the legitimacy of their authority is challenged and a confrontation with the truth exposes the idolatrous nature of their power.” – Jim Wallis, Agenda for Biblical People, p.106
“There is an age when one teaches what one knows.
But there follows another when one teaches what one does not know…
It comes, maybe now, the age of another experience: that of unlearning…” -Roland Barthes
Posted: December 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: bright, compassion, darkness, dim, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, light, love, peace, sin, understanding
When I see the darkness in me,
Brighter the light you shine.
When I search for darkness in you,
Dimmer the light that’s mine.
Posted: November 30, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: collaborate, collaboration, compete, competition, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, joy, love, peace, teamwork, work together
Life is intended to be a collaboration not a competition.
Posted: October 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: arrogance, beauty, God, heaven, Holy Spirit, humility, Jesus, love, pride, self, selfless
Posted: September 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: convicted, God, guilt, guilty, hate, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, peace, preach, preacher
Here’s a repost from Frank Viola’s Blog:
I’ve often said that good preachers leave you saying, “What a great sermon!” While great preachers leave you saying, “Wow, what a Christ!”
On that score, some churches have created a culture of guilt. Every sermon preached is judged by how guilty it makes the listeners feel. The more guilty, the better. And if there’s no guilt, the sermon was a dud.In these churches, the guilt is described by the term “conviction.”
Continue here: http://frankviola.org/2016/09/29/convicted/
Posted: August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: death, God, hang, Holy Spirit, Jesus, law, life, love, peace, prophets, soul
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On These two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
What if we read the last sentence without the word On? Would our understanding of the importance of what Jesus is saying become clearer? Could we finally truly know that the law and the prophets only bring death and that Jesus came to show us that God’s intent was and is always life?
Posted: July 28, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: care, God, Holy Spirit, insecurity, Jesus, lose, love, peace, security, win
“You’ll keep losing people until you find yourself.” – Max Sterling
Our son said this to a friend recently, I won’t go into the details of their conversation but this thought alone says so much. How often does our insecurity cause us to push others away or being uncomfortable and unsure of who we are make it difficult for them to be around us? Be yourself, love yourself, God does, we do, you’re amazing!
Posted: May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized
Tags: always forgiving, atonement, corrct, God, hate, Holy Spirit, Jesus, love, misunderstood, pay, price, sin, standing
Jesus came to correct our misunderstanding of God. Not to make our standing with God correct.