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The Life That I Now Live

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.  -Galatians 2:20
The lifeThat INow Live Christ is the life of the Christian.  For the Christian, to live is Christ.  Christ is what makes the Christian life different. When Christ came into my life I started to live in him.

In Galatians 2:20, the word "I" occurs 4 times and the word "me" occurs 3 times.  Something very personal for each Christian person is described here, by Paul.  It's not general, collective, or theoretical.  It's real, intimate, and personal for each one of us.  You, an individual, singular Christian, have Christ living in your life.  Christ did something profound for you and you did something profound in him when you put your faith in him, and now he animates your life towards God.  God's mission in his son, become…

The Church of The Wounded Healers

“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us”
2 Cor. 4:7

He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong.  2 Cor. 12:9-10
"The main question is not, 'how can we hide our wounds?', so that we don't have to be embarrassed, but, 'how can we put our woundedness in the service to others?'. When our wounds cease to be a cause of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers."

"...it became very clear to me that I had totally misunderstood the Christian faith. I came to see that it was in my brokenness, in my powerlessness, in my weakness that Jesus was made …

You Have Examined My Heart, Testing Me at Night

You have examined my heart, testing me at night.
You’ve looked me over closely, but haven’t found anything wrong.
My mouth doesn’t sin.

Go ahead, examine me from inside out, surprise me in the middle of the night—
You’ll find I’m just what I say I am.  My words don’t run loose.

 -Psalm 17:3 (CEB, MSG)
We live our lives mostly in the day.  No matter how busy out lives are, 99% of us go unconscious and sleep for a number of hours each night.  When we sleep, our guard is down, we can not fake it or put on a mask.

God can see through our masks or defenses and God knows what is in our hearts all the time.  But David had an experience with God and told about it.  God came in the night and evaluated his heart.

God, being God, always knows the state of our hearts.  No wrong or sin escapes his eyes.  But, there is a time, like the time David describes, when God specifically and intimately examines you.  He tests you.  We ought not live like this will never happen.

Is your heart ready for…

In That Day (Prayer)

In that day, you won’t ask me anything. I assure you that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Up to now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive so that your joy will be complete.   “I’ve been using figures of speech with you. The time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in such analogies. Instead, I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I’m not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
-John 16:23-6
 "In that day." 

What day is Jesus talking about?  He is talking about the day when he has been raised from the dead.  He is talking about the day when he ascends to heaven.  He is talking about the day when he makes you one with the Father, just as He is.  He is also talking about the day when He sends the Helper, the Spirit of truth, to us.

"In that day", is the day that the disciples were going to be going into soon. How do we walk in, abide in that day today?  By walking …

We Need A Biblical Worldview

The Lord’s Instruction
   -the law, the torah, the revelation of God,
    the teachings of the Lord

Is perfect
   -is complete, is whole.

Reviving
   -refreshing, converting, restoring, renewing, pulls together

One’s very being.
   -the life of the soul, our lives.

The Lord’s laws
   -The testimony of the Lord, The decrees of the Lord,
    The Lord's instruction, The signposts of God

Are faithful
   -are clear, are trustworthy, are reliable, never fails,  are clear

Making naive people wise.
   -making wise the simple, making the ignorant wise,  pointing out the right road.

-Psalm 19:7
The Bible holds the answers to everything.  The Bible gives us God's views on everything.  Reading and believing gives us a biblical worldview.  Worldview is how we view the world.  I would imagine that a believer in God and a believer in Jesus Christ as savior would also believe the whole Bible.  But, there are people who identify themselves as christian who believe only some of the Bible and do not…

The Return

She will go after her lovers, but she won’t catch up with them; she will seek them, but she won’t find them.  Then she will say, “I will return to my first husband, for I had it better then than now.”
  -Hosea 2:7

God doesn't forget you when you forget Him.  God doesn't stop caring when you do.  If we make a promise to God and can't keep it, God still honors that promise, even though we don't.

When a person goes wayward, becomes a prodigal, breaks their vows to God, and becomes a spiritual adulterer; God still loves them and cares for them and has plans to restore them.  That is the message of the book of Hosea.  God is merciful.  Our holy almighty God is merciful.

God knows that a life of sin, living away from God's cleansing power, living a cross-less life, without ongoing transformation and fellowship with God; God knows that life will not satisfy his child.

In the midst of rebellion and disobedience, God sees that a time will come when the person will come to…