- Maybe people are not designed for such intense, sustained emotional outpouring. There comes a point where it cannot be sustained. There comes a point where it becomes detrimental.
- Maybe God has achieved everything he is intending. Any further pursuit in this direction will not have the effect he is seeking.
- Maybe people are no longer moving where God is leading. God wants his family to go to point "F". They have progressed from "A" to "B" to "C" ... and they are enjoying "C" so much they stop there and don't move on.
- Maybe people have begun the process of formalizing this new experience in God, and it has turned into religion. So, it loses power and becomes just another activity.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Father invites us to follow Jesus. This means we take his character. And it means we serve people the way he served people.
How did Jesus serve people? It seems to me that he was a healer. There was spiritual healer (salvation and the restoration of God’s image), physical healing, inner healing (emotional and psychological) and social-cultural healing (families, cities, tribes and countries).
How did Jesus heal? He got personal. He got close. He engaged people at their point of need. He showed people the Father’s love, and let them experience it. The lame walked. The blind could see. Sinners were forgiven. The broken hearted were comforted.
One thing struck me in a new way this morning. Jesus went small to grow big. He did serve large crowds, sometimes 20,000 people. If he made an impact in such a setting, that was good. But he wasn’t aiming at huge crowds. He was aiming at a small group of men. He was training a group of men to be healers, like he was a healer. And he was training these healers to train healers.
It seems like the common model today is to gather a large group around one person, creating an organization and using economies of scale to carve out a space in the “market”.
Many people are sincerely trying to follow Jesus through this “market share” mode. It is what they have seen and experienced throughout their lives. But are they really following Jesus?
Monday, June 09, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
- it is best for them to know the Father, God and Creator of All;
- it is best for them to have God’s love flood their hearts;
- knowing and experiencing God’s love is so wonderful, that you can’t help yourself.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Jesus died on the cross, so people could have a relationship with the God-head, know and experience his love, be part of his family, and demonstrate his new life in us. (Which is the same life as he originally intended and designed.)
Eternity in heaven is just a lucky strike extra.