Archive for October, 2012

What do you think of when you hear something like You crossed the line bro.”? You might think someone just said something they are going to regret later and if not, it is definitely going to keep two people from traveling together in a car across the country.

But wait…maybe the comment wasn’t offensive but alarmingly honest. Maybe the person making the comment was way more real than the other person expected. What if it was a question no one had dared to ask before?

Think about Proverbs 27:17…Does someone have your best interest in mind and are willing to risk everything to help you become all that God wants for you? Or, John 13:34,35…If someone really loves you they will sometimes show it with questions or statements that not only make you think but also cause you to want to change or correct something in your life.

Every statement Jesus made always had the other person’s best interest in mind even though it might hurt to hear. He was willing to cross the line and not settle for a shallow relationship.

Who do you have in your life willing to ask you hard questions or risk telling you the truth? Make it easy for them to cross the line. Are you willing to let someone be so real that you can’t play your “which shell is the pea under” game with them anymore?

They are born in a river, then grow up in the ocean and then do something that makes you wonder. Why are they swimming up river in the last act of their life cycle? What the spank are they thinking? They know exactly what they are doing. I suppose if you could ask them as they make this weird trip “why are you going upstream, none of the other fish are going in this direction”, would they even answer? What they know and will not be talked out of is that they are about to lay many eggs from which maybe 10 adult salmon will survive. After that, their life is over.

If God is leading you in a direction that your friends and churches are questioning and are not willing to go, don’t hesitate to go with passion when you know it is right. Jesus modeled life that most religious types were not willing to follow. They opposed him. He knew the outcome of what he was doing.

Mark 9:35  A different direction on Leadership

Luke 5: 15,16  Dealing with Success

John 12:23-25  The ultimate “What are you thinking?” question …and answer

One Hand Clapping

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Church, Community, Connection, Lifestyle

Medically people are often put in isolation to prevent something from spreading to others. Sometimes people are isolated due to crazy or wrong behavior. Treatment is offered in order to get people out of the isolation they have created or been placed in. Some people choose to live apart from others-they may not move to Montana and live in a cabin because they can do it in an apartment complex in Denver just as easily.

What about Christians choosing to separate from other Christians due to whatever? It is just as easy to show up to a church service with 1500 others and be just as isolated as someone who never shows up. Isolation has satan’s imprint all over it.

To follow Jesus we must be connected to others who are not playing the isolation game. Isolation grows when we are not real, don’t accept challenges from others and when our busy lifestyles keep us from frequent contact with other followers throughout the week. All of these are our choices. It’s like clapping with one hand-basically pointless.

Look at Acts 2:42-46 and Hebrews 3:13 and 10:25. Think of a step you can take to become more connected with others.

Get Real!

Posted: October 6, 2012 in Church, Community, Courage, Fear, Honesty, Risk

“I’m not sure I want it but even if I did, I don’t think I want to pay that much.” We might say this about some stuff we would like to buy but there is the cost…too much.

What about acceptance, forgiveness or love? We are hungering for it but often are not willing to eliminate dishonesty required to get it. We will tell some of the truth but we have a line which we will not cross in talking about what is really going on in our life. Do we really want a community in which we can put all our thoughts out there with others, knowing they would still want to get coffee with us?

Psalm 15:2, Proverbs 27:17, Ephesians 4:25 and Colossians 3:9 should give us motivation to be real with people.

Ever taken a trip where you knew the coolest place to spend a day was just to the left of the last intersection of two dirt roads and then just over a ridge? Several people had told you about it so you were sure you were going to have a sweet afternoon. You never found it and you concluded that someone had moved the cool spot. It really hadn’t been moved but for whatever reason you couldn’t find it and your “out of sight” experience that day was nowhere to be found.

It is easy to think that what we are doing with other Christians has to be right. Why would so many be saying, believing or doing the same thing. In the same way, The wrong view of church easily  leads to a wrong experience of church. The religious bunch of Jesus’ day were kings on what was the right way of everything and you didn’t challenge these dudes. Even those who were not too religious had ideas that Jesus blew up.

The “cool spot” is still there but before you look for it check these map points: Matthew 15:1-7 and 22:22-30; also John 3:1-9, chapter 4 and 6:28 &29.