Life with Jesus

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The last thing Jesus came to do was start another religion. He came to show us what life in the Kingdom of God looks like. Through the cross, Jesus offers us this same kind of life – a life lived in relationship with God. This powerful video illustrates the life changing invitation that God has made to us. Made by Dan Stevers.

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Can we see?

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Will we see?

I am reviewing Waking the Dead by John Eldredge. We don’t see many things because we are blind.  We don’t view events, situations, relationships the right way because we’ve are

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blind and we’ve been shut down.

Eldredge quotes Chesterton:  “I am concerned with a certain way of looking at life,  which was created in me by fairy tales, but has since been ratified by the mere facts.”

To see, to truly see reality, God’s reality, we must get beyond the facts.   I am not saying facts aren’t important.   What I mean is that God’s reality lives deeper than mere facts.  God takes the facts, our experiences, the pain of life, and His Word and begins to teach us truth that sends us on through life–to live life the way He wants us to live it.

Lord, give me that life!

You Are My Beloved, On You My Favor Rests

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“Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.
…Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my center words that say,
“I have called you by name, from the very beginning.
You are mine and I am yours.
You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests.
I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb.
I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace.
I look at you with infinite tenderness
and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child.
I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step.
Wherever you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch.
I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst.
I will not hide my face from you.
You know me as your own and I know you as my own.
You belong to me.
I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover and your spouse…
Yes, even your child…
Wherever you are I will be.
Nothing will separate us.
We are one.”
(H. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved)
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Holy, Ordinary Amazing Grace – Eucharisteo

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An extended story of how Ann Voskamp came to Eucharisteo. More

The Church — The Bride

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Ephesians 3

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to xthe riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 aso that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being brooted and cgrounded in love, 18 may have strength to dcomprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and eheight and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ fthat surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all hthe fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, kaccording to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I come to a topic that has been made, by God the Father, so intimate to me.

His Church, ‘…upon this rock, I will build My Church (so strong) and the gates of hell will not prevail against It!’ – Jesus

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Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet (LR)

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John 13 (The Message)

1-2 Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.

3-6 Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”

7 Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”

8 Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”

Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”

9 “Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!”

10-12 Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.

12-17 Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.
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Jesus is in his last few hours on earth. Judas is soon to go out and betray him. The disciples have finish the last meal with Jesus. According to Luke 22 they’ve just indulged each other in a conversation over who among them is the greatest.

This is the beginning of the Passion week but it is going to move really fast for Jesus and His disciples. So, what does Jesus do here as he hears the Disciples volleying statements about their greatness. He models servanthood in profound way. Never forget. Jesus’ model has weight. He gets down and does something only servants did in that day did. Though it was not exactly the time to do so, all the more reason the statement He made to them and to us is so profound.

Washing feet is something the lowest servant of the home or you do for yourself as you enter a home in Jewish culture. They’ve been in the home some time by now. Maybe they washed their feet as they entered, not sure. But at this time, Jesus removes his outer garment, stoops, and begins.

Please note the contrast. Please see the bigness of His act. Here, the God of the Universe, the Creator of all things, bows lower than the Disciples and does the most servant like thing He could have done for them–He washes their feet.

From the world’s view, this act is very insignificant. But this small act represents so much of the message Jesus delivered. God loves us! The God in the heavens has come down in flesh and blood to visit and commune with us. The God of the Universe, creator of all, wants a relationship with us, His men and His women. His chosen.

Jesus knew this, His men needed a visible demonstration of love, so He got up from the meal and began to serve them, to show what He was about to do on the Cross for them and us. He also wanted to demonstrate what they were to be, as they become more committed followers of Him. Truly, it took total commitment to follow Him. They failed the two first tests. They kept falling asleep as He asked them to pray in the Garden and they fled the scene when He needed them most. But the Spirit came, transformed these humble men. They became men and women who went on to turn the world upside down.

I will not go on here. I want to focus on the applications in this passage. Please read John 13 again.

The disciples have just argued over who will be the greatest–a subject far from the act of humility that Jesus modeled before them. What are you thinking and feeling in response to this scene?

Jesus knows who He is. He knows who his Father is and what His role is here. How does His knowing these things empower Jesus to lower Himself, pick up the basin and wash their feet?

How does knowing who you are and who your Father is empower you to love and serve your brothers and sisters in deeper ways?

What is it like for you when Christ comes to you to enter into the dirty parts of your life to love you, serve you, and cleanse you?

What has it been like for you to vulnerably open yourself up to the love of God through your brothers or sisters around you or in your group now or in the past?

How has your life been cleansed, washed, and refreshed?

How has this affect your ability to vulnerably relate to others in your life?

Thank God for Jesus’ model to you and to His people. Thank Him for the people His has given you to love and nurture you. How can you “wash their feet” today? Is He calling you to serve someone today in a new, a fresh way? Is He calling you to help someone fulfill what God is calling them out to do today? You can be that person to others. As you go, seek to express your love and protection in tangible ways in your domain.

 

We Belong Together

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…in fellowship with one another, like Frog and Toad.

The fellowship among Jesus followers is really meant to be a magical/miracle experience. Please read the beginning of Acts for more information.

A Year with Frog and Toad

Being Poured Out

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I’ve often read Philippians and know that chapter 2 presents the Jesus model. The Jesus model shows us what He did to free us and have this everlasting life.

I felt I need an image to get my arms around what Jesus did for me. This morning I was in chapter 2 again and I saw it–the image that I needed. In verse 17, Paul says he is being “poured out” as a drink offering for the enlargement of the faith of the Philippians. That’s it!! The Jesus model has the same imagery for me as I look back to verses 5-11. Jesus poured Himself out. He sacrificed all to come to earth for us. He gave up position and power and made Himself lowly. He is the ultimate model of humility. This model we emulate by pouring ourselves out for Him and others.

A brother of mine recently wrote: “I am desiring to pour out what I am. I want to be desperate not only for what dwells with in me, but what dwells in others. I want to impact others, I want to be significant, I want to count.”

We, like Paul, pour ourselves out for the sake of another’s faith. Jesus poured Himself out for a billion people who inhabit the planet right now and who name His Name. He gave up all of Heaven and journeyed to earth so that we might know Him and the Father.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Phil%202&version=ESV

Atheism then and Atheism now

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Yes, atheism is nothing new. The Apostle Peter spoke to them in one of his letters.

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men
but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

This is our calling–to be, become a part of the spiritual house that God is building. We are so honored to be a part of what He is building. We are the priesthood, offering sacrifices within and without, in our hearts and in the communities around us. More

Perpetua

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Many have died. What are you willing to do?

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