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Consumer Jesus?

January 31, 2011 1 comment

So many people are trying to make money off of Jesus and they have a mindset of consumerism using Jesus as the selling piece. But is He for sale? Should they make money off of what they think Jesus is all about? What would Jesus Himself say about this?

I think you and I know what He would say…He would certainly disapprove because He wants people to KNOW Him not use Him for temporary riches (John 17:3).

We cannot domesticate Jesus. He was and is (since He’s still alive) a RADICAL. There is nothing tame or middle-class about Jesus!

Jesus said all kinds of things that ran people off quite frankly because they didn’t understand Who He was. That’s the key. If you don’t understand Who He is, then you will simply try to make money off of Him in this life and make Him into a consumer product. But if you KNOW Him and Who He is, then you know that this temporal life is not it and that there is a righteous Judge to Whom we will all give an account on judgment day (Revelation 20:11-15).

That Great White Throne of Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20:11 will wake up those who do not know Him but sadly, it will be too late.

-Mark (serving Jesus with fear and trembling knowing I am an unworthy servant of the Most High and King of Kings)

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“Jesus is my sponsor! He is my friend!”

January 28, 2011 1 comment

At self-help meetings, one is encouraged to get a sponsor which is someone to disciple them in the principles of the secular, self-help program. The problem is that a sponsor may not be a Christian. So how can someone learn about Christ from a person who is NOT a Christian? They cannot if the person is not following Christ!

So a good friend of mine came up with this slogan for those who need a sponsor in self-help meetings: “Jesus is my sponsor!”

John 15:13 reminds us that Jesus is the greatest friend we could ever have since He gave His life for us to forgive us of our sins: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” (ESV)

Matthew 11:19 also reminds us that they accused Jesus of being a drunkard and a friend of sinners: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Jesus is a friend to repentant sinners! In fact, Jesus is my friend and my sponsor! I need Jesus to disciple me and He does through His Word and Spirit spoken through a committed believer and follower of Christ who is born again (John 3:3). In that way, “Jesus is my sponsor!”

We have a relationship with Jesus so this is not some corny, stupid saying. Jesus is my friend and advocate and most importantly, my Lord and Savior! He knows me and I know Him. We are very close. Therefore, I can say that “He alone is my sponsor!”

-Mark (loving my Savior, Lord, and sponsor, Jesus!)

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Jesus, born in the lowliest of places and in the lowliest of forms (a man!), came to save our souls from the just punishment and wrath of God!

Praise His Name!

Seek to bless Him who gave us the greatest gift of all – eternal life!

-Mark (grateful for the life and death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!)

Missions: how important is it to you to share your faith?

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

How important should missions work be to us?

Read Matthew 28:18-20 and give me an answer. I think Jesus placed a high value on missions work!

Where does most missional work occur? In our neighborhoods? I would say in our homes. I live with 4 children who I am a missionary to – they all need Christ. Our children are lost. They are born that way. They need to know Christ (John 17:3). Do you realize that?

Hoping our children magically find Christ is not good enough. We must evangelize them which occurs in BOTH word and in DEED. Our actions speak louder than words. Then, we must ask the Holy Spirit to do His work of saving grace to bring them to Himself.

When that battle is won, then I recommend you go to your neighbors (or maybe you do both at the same time – evangelize your children and your neighbors). The world needs the Gospel but it starts in your own home. Share the Gospel with those nearest you today and expect God to bring them to Himself!

-Mark (missional work is important in every way)

Kinda sick of hearing how the church has hurt…

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m just kinda sick of hearing Christians say, “The church has hurt people.”

No one with any intelligence can argue with that statement, but should that stop ministry today? No, of course not.

Has the church hurt people? Yes. Will we again? Yes. But can’t we ask for forgiveness and repent by loving people with the truth?

What is the church? A building? No! It’s the people of God and people, even Christians, are capable of acting selfishly and sinfully though we should not. It happens when we walk in the flesh and not in the Spirit (see Galatians 5:16).

So, let’s get over our failures and recognize that there is much work to be done!

-Mark (sunbathing in the grace and mercy of God)

blood

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Blood is important to God.

Genesis 9:3-4 says: “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

His blood was shed for our sins. John 19:34 tells us about Jesus on the Cross after His death: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.”

He was pierced for our transgressions. His blood covers our sin. It was the only righteous sacrifice strong enough and good enough to cover our sins. It satisfied the wrath of God perfectly.

God is serious about blood. All covenants were ratified by blood in the old testament.

The new covenant to us is ratified by the blood of Jesus.

-Mark (covered by His blood)

What is meant by “taking up your cross”?

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what is meant by the biblical phrase “taking up your cross.” Most of these people who misunderstand have a proper view of suffering, but a wrong view of the cross.

The cross Jesus told us we must bear is far worse than having a serious illness like cancer, being wrongly divorced, or having a wayward child. While those things are terrible, they are not what the Lord means by taking up your cross to follow Him (Luke 14).

Jesus meant “take up your electric chair” and die to your desires. In other words, you are publicly declaring your guilt before God and the whole world that you are guilty and you deserve to die. It is a PUBLIC statement of your shame and need for a Savior. Carrying your cross means you are living each day as though it is your last.

Rather than store up treasures for yourself in this world, it is living as though tomorrow is not promised. You live in light of eternity. You serve and give sacrificially to others. You do not live for your own kingdom and prosperity, but for the kingdom of God.

Think about how many of us it would take to change the world if we lived with an urgency and an utter self-denial to share the Gospel to the 6 billion unreached people in the world! Wow, could we do a lot!

Instead, we are often guilty of living for ourselves. We give a tithe, we go to church, we sing in the choir, we usher and take a collection, but we are merely inconvenienced rather than dying to ourselves.

When we really understand our radical Lord and Savior, we begin to realize how selfless He was when He lived on earth and how far we have to go to become like Him.

-Mark (not there yet but getting to the point of understanding what it means to take up my cross daily)