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The Goal

The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.  -Phil. 3:14

What is the goal of your life?  What are you pursuing?  What do you strive for?  What is your determination?

The pursuit of Christ is an ongoing pursuit from the day you become a Christian, until the day you die.  It is an action, something we do, by faith. 

When you wake up in the morning each day, what is the big idea?  What are you preoccupied with?

Did you know that being in love with and in the pursuit of Jesus, is a place that is available to you?  Did you know that it is available to you to have him walk with you and talk with you?  The way you get that is by pursuing him.

When we interact with each other as Christian brothers and sisters and when we interact with our own children as Christian parents, we want to always call them "upward".  We don't want to shame people or be dream killers, but call people upward in Christ. 

We then encourage one another up into Christ.  We are op…

Hearing, But Not Understanding Jesus

Jesus’ disciples came and said to him, “Why do you use parables when you speak to the crowds?”

Jesus replied, “Because they haven’t received the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but you have.  For those who have will receive more and they will have more than enough. But as for those who don’t have, even the little they have will be taken away from them.  This is why I speak to the crowds in parables: although they see, they don’t really see; and although they hear, they don’t really hear or understand. What Isaiah prophesied has become completely true for them:
You will hear, to be sure, but never understand; and you will certainly see but never recognize what you are seeing. For this people’s senses have become calloused, and they’ve become hard of hearing, and they’ve shut their eyes so that they won’t see with their eyes or hear with their ears or understand with their minds, and change their hearts and lives that I may heal them.   -Matthew 13:10-15

Have you ever wondered how p…

Living Before The Face of God

The heavens declare the glory 
(his royal majesty and power)
of God;
The sky displays his handiwork.
(Heb “and the work of his hands the sky declares.”) Day after day it speaks out 
(Heb “it gushes forth a word.”);
Night after night it reveals his greatness 
(Heb “it [i.e., the sky] declares knowledge,”). There is no actual speech or word, nor is its
(Heb “their”) voice literally heard. Yet its voice 
(“their voice”)
(Heb “goes out,” or “proceeds forth”)
Throughout the earth; its 
(Heb “their”)
Words carry to the distant horizon 
(“goes out)”.
In the sky 
(Heb “in them” (i.e., the heavens))
He has pitched a tent for the sun.
Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber; 
Like a strong man it enjoys running its course. It emerges from the distant horizon, and goes from one end of the sky to the other; nothing can escape
(Heb “is hidden from”) its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect and preserves one’s life
(Heb “[it] restores life”).
The rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wis…

Undesirable Christ

He grew up like a young plant before us, like a root from dry ground.  He possessed no splendid form for us to see, no desirable appearance.  -Isaiah 53:2

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was like before his three or three and a half year ministry time recorded in the gospels?  What was he like before all the miracles?

Isaiah gives a prophetic word that he, the Messiah, would be ordinary and undesirable.  If you have been waiting to be extraordinary and desirable, in order to serve God, you are mistaken.

God uses ordinary people who grow up in ordinary places.  God raises up people from unlikely places.  God gets a harvest where there is dry ground and no rain.  You were unexpected in the world's eyes, because your birth was from above.

You might think you are not good enough to be used by God.  That's the wrong focus.  No one is good enough.  When you compare yourself to others, who you think are better to serve God; you are way off.  Christ is all.  He does not need the…

Jesus is Tender

He won’t break a bruised reed or bent stalk; he won’t extinguish, snuff out, a faint, smoldering wick, but he will surely bring justice (until he makes justice win).  -Isaiah 42:3, Matt. 12:20 (CEB)

Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

Heart aches, broken people, ruined lives are why you died on Calvary.
Jesus is tender and kind.  He is gentle with us when we are hurting.  he is compassionate and merciful.

You have been going through something.  You've been waiting.  You have been standing most of the time.  When you have stumbled, you got up.  Some things seem unfair.  Lots of things do not make sense.

Maybe you beat yourself up.  You are heart sick.  Perhaps you are disappointed, with God, with others, or with your self.  Maybe your life feels wrecked.  Maybe you feel worthless.

Jesus is not rough or rude or harsh towards those who are weak, out of breath, and who feel like giving up.

We may be ungracious towards ourselves and then we assume that God i…