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Following Him

Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me…” The Call of Christ The call of God is surprisingly simple. In Peter’s call, we do not see Jesus revealing the mysteries of Peter’s past, present, and future; Jesus does not ask Peter to be the bedrock of the church; nor does Jesus disclose the fact that Peter would deny him thrice in the hour Christ needs him most. Before all of that, we hear Jesus say, “Come, follow me.” All of Jesus’ invitations to life with Him are more or less the same throughout the Gospels. Amidst the miraculous ministry, he singles out the one and calls them to come. Wherever He is or whomever He speaks to, the call remains the same. Today, we have the misguided notion that only the “elite Christians” are called by God. That only pastors and missionaries hear and respond to God’s call. However, His call is the same for all of [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00January 22nd, 2018|Awakening, Uncategorized|

Will You Worship?

We sometimes make worship a response to emotion; worship is really an act of will. Anybody will do something when it feels right—“even the pagans do that,” as Jesus put it. But worship as a sort of involuntary response to a surge of feeling, like when we get the goosebumps at the crescendo moment in that one song (“OMG…Oceans!”), conditions us to think of experiencing God differently than he might desire. The prophet Habakkuk ends his lament with a song, and he ends his song with these words: Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! Even though…even though…even so. The flip side of the Oceans goosebumps experience says “I couldn’t enter [...]

By |2017-11-01T09:47:57-06:00November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|