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Radical Christianity

Being a follower of Christ is not for the faint of heart.  However, you would never know that today.  You see we have taken Christianity and have made it into a moderate religion, which is just what the world likes.  However, Christianity in its purest form is a radical relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is radical in every sense of the word.  It is radical in love for God and love for others.

It is radical in that God became a man a dwelt among us.  It is radical in that God loves us so much that He sacrificed His one and only Son so that we can spend eternity with Him.  It is radical that Jesus not only died for our sins, but He rose from the dead on the third day.

It is radical in that Jesus said that in order for us to be his disciple we must take up our cross and follow Him.  He said that whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will find it.  (Matthew 16:24)

It is radical in that Jesus said that not only is murder wrong, but being angry with your brother and sister is wrong.  Not only is adultery wrong, but looking at someone and lusting after them is wrong.  It is radical in that Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

It is radical in that Jesus wants all of you and not just a part.  He doesn’t desire for us to follow Him half heartily.  He says that we must deny ourselves, we must give everything we have and are to Him, we must sacrifice ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him.

It is radical in that we must not only be willing to die for Him, we must be willing to live for him.  Pure Christianity is radical in that it Loves.  It loves those that are un-loveable, it loves those that are broken, and it loves those that are living in sin.  It loves all people, no matter of race, creed, or sexual orientation.

It is radical in that it is the ONLY way to heaven.  It is radical in that we MUST, (it is not an option) love God with ALL our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind and we MUST love everyone, as much as we love ourselves.

We have taken this radical relationship with Christ and have made it into a moderate religion then we wonder why the world is the way that it is.  We are more interested in being accepted by the world, applauded by the world and being friends with the world that we have become just like the world.

Being radical means that you are very different from the usual or the traditional.  It means to be extreme.  The world doesn’t need another usual or traditional religion. It needs a radical relationship with the person who turned this world right side up, JESUS.

Be radical for Jesus!

#TellTheWorld #LiveLove #JesusIsTheOnlyWay #JesusSaves #RadicalForJesus

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Hitting the Target

cropped-me-with-m16.jpgThe closer you are to a target, the easier it is to hit it..

One of my favorite pastimes is to go target shooting.  I have noticed, and most shooters will tell you that the closer you are to the target the easier it is to hit the target.  I may not always hit the bullseye but I miss a lot less.

When you juxtapose Christianity and target shooting you will see the similarities.  In Christianity, just like in target shooting, the closer you are to the target the easier it is to hit the target.  You see sin is nothing more than missing the mark (target)

We all struggle with missing the target (sin) in our walk with Christ so the way to correct that is to get closer to the target.  Getting closer to Jesus (target) doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never sin, but it does mean that you can miss the mark a lot less.

If there are areas in your life that you struggle with,  areas in which you are missing the mark, then get closer to Jesus.

#TellTheWorld #JesusLovesYou #JesusIsTheOnlyWay

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My Coffee Cup

Like many people this morning I came into work and of course one of the first things I had to do was get a cup of coffee.  Of course for me, unlike others, one cup of coffee is normally all I drink.  So I sat my stuff down by my desk and I saw my coffee cup sitting on my desk.  As I picked up my cup I noticed that the outside of the cup was nice and clean (spotless), however the inside of the cup was dirty with yesterday’s coffee stains.  Now before people think that I am gross, when I finish my morning coffee I normally just sit my coffee cup down on my desk and I do not wash it.  However I do wash it the next morning before I put my new coffee in it.

As I looked at the cleanliness of my coffee cup (the outside), and then how dirty it was on the inside, I thought to myself how this sometimes reflects our lives.  Many of us go around making sure that the outside of our cup looks clean.  We act the right way, say the right things, we often times act like everything thing is going great, but the reality of the matter is that the inside of our coffee cup is stained with yesterday’s stuff, and it’s often times dirty.

I thought about how much work we put into making sure that everything is nice, neat and clean on the outside but we often time neglect the inside.  Just like the inside of our coffee cup the inside of our lives are often time stained with sin and everyday life, yesterday’s coffee.

So as I took my coffee cup to get it refilled, I washed the inside of the cup to remove the stains and filth.  Isn’t that what we should do daily with our lives?  We get up every day and make sure that the outside of our lives (outside of the cup) is clean, but how often do we make sure that the inside of our lives (inside the cup) is clean.

The Psalmist David said “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2 NIV)

“Scrub away my quilt, soak out my sins in your laundry”. (Psalms 51:2 Message Bible)

Just like the water cleaned out the inside of my coffee cup this morning, God can help you in cleaning the inside of your life.  Let God scrub away your guilt and soak out your sins in His laundry, so that both the inside and outside of our coffee cup can be clean.

 

 

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Never Be Forgotten

To all the families who have lost a loved one.  We have this Hope that we will see them again.

Never be forgotten

(c) 2014

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Unsaved Jesus

To many in Christianity and the Church Jesus would not be saved.

Unsaved Jesus

The One we call our Savior wasn’t accepted by the religious people of his day

He wasn’t good enough, spiritual enough; basically Jesus to them was unsaved

His friends were tax collectors, prostitutes and fishermen

He worked on the Sabbath, he dined with sinners, He broke their traditions time and time again

He showed compassion to the sinners, whom He loved and did not condemn

But to those standing there, If you are without sin, you throw the first stone, is how he challenged them

By their standards Jesus was unsaved, he didn’t look like them, didn’t dress like them, He didn’t abide by their rules

He said he was here for the sinners, for those who are sick, and for that, they thought he was a fool

The churches now are like the religious people of Jesus day, they create their own rules

They preach them, they love them, they condemn you if you don’t abide by them, they hold on to them like precious jewels

If Jesus was to come to earth today and do what He did in the past, the church would not give Him praise

They would look down on him, they would criticize Him, they would say He isn’t saved

Because He would hangout with sinners and those shunned by the church

He would accept the unacceptable and love them, unlike those up on their religious perch

They wouldn’t approve the places he would hang out, and the things He would do through the day

To the church we have now, Jesus would be unsaved.

I’m not saying that all churches and all Christians are this way,

But I want to challenge every Christian to be like the Jesus who wasn’t saved

Pour out His love to all, no matter who they are, or where they’ve been

Because the Unsaved Jesus would love them regardless of their sin.

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