What interpretative lens are you looking through?

Finished_Cross_LensI want to continue where I left off here about how to properly understand the Bible. As I said before, many Christians, even respected Bible teachers, seem to read the Bible indiscriminately.

What I mean by this is that we don’t read the Bible with our Jesus glasses on–more precisely, we aren’t reading it through the lens of the finished work of the cross. Continue reading

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Godless America?

Godless_AmericaI saw this on the cover on a recent Charisma Magazine and, honestly, I groaned in my spirit. And I groan because I used to think like just like this. I’ve since found it to be a major distraction and actually counterproductive to advancing the Kingdom of God in this country…or any other country.

I’m all for defending religious liberty (for all religions), and I have nothing against the author of this book. I probably agree with a lot of what he says, and I dearly love my country and the freedoms we enjoy.  I love our history and our basic cultural values. Amen. Continue reading

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Will you dance?

Vladimir Pervuninsky - The Last Waltz

Vladimir Pervuninsky – “The Last Waltz”

You and I have been invited into something most wonderful–more glorious than anything this world can offer.

Something more beautiful, more pure, more intimate, more deeply satisfying and transformational than all of our theology or anything else we think is important in the Christian life. Continue reading

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NOTHING can separate us from the love of God

WhataSaviorWhat can separate us from God’s love? Paul seemed to think, nothing. But why do we ever think otherwise?

I want to share another audio clip today. It’s a moving testimony from a woman at our church who is living proof that God never lets go of you no matter how far you try to go away from Him. It’s raw and probably not meant for children’s ears, but it’s pure  redemptive love on display. Continue reading

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There are no divisions, denominations or interpretative methods in Heaven

John17_21Did you ever think that there are no Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, you name it, in heaven?  There’s only one family in perfect union with Christ, and each other, in the Father’s embrace by the Spirit (Eph.3:14-15; 2 Cor.13:14). And, by the way, you are seated there with Christ now. Continue reading

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Quote: on the incarnation | Francois Du Toit

MirrorWord_sm“In the incarnation God deleted every definition of distance; every possible excuse man could have to feel separated or even neglected by God was removed in one day, though one sacrifice, once and for all.”

- From the “Mirror Bible: A selection of key New Testament texts paraphrased from the Greek” by Francois Du Toit (Kindle Edition), loc. 350
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Fathered by Love

Fathering_me_02Worship is meant to touch the deepest, most intimate place in our hearts as we touch the Father’s heart. Think about this. God’s Spirit is living inside of you–in the very deepest place of who you are–closer than your breath, more intimate than your thoughts.

Worship is about consciously filling in the space between us and God that exists in our mind. Continue reading

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