If you’re around State College, PA, please join us for Christ Talks on April 23. You’ll hear eight-minute speeches on the person of Christ by believers from different walks of life. Christ Talks will enlarge your vision of Jesus as you gain insights from various speakers. The event is free and lunch is included. Register for free now.Continue Reading...
I’ve never been so thankful for my recent awakening to Christ as I am right now. I had already been a Christian for 30 years—a darn “good” Christian at that! I had led mission trips and spoken for Christian groups. I wrote a book on prayer. I had served as company chaplain, house church pastor, and guest preacher at church. No one would have said that I needed to awaken to Christ.
But that’s what happened. I began to seek Jesus for ALL he is—not just Jesus on the cross, but Jesus on the throne. Not just Jesus coming back some day, but Jesus alive today. Not just Jesus who wants to bless me, but Jesus who deserves to be blessed by me. I was awakened to not only Jesus the Savior but also to Jesus the King of kings.
As I began to seek ALL of him, I began to see MORE of him. I saw that Jesus is dazzling, stunning, much more than I had thought.
I wondered how often I had stopped short of seeing more of the fullness of Jesus because of my shallow contentment, like the person C.S. Lewis compares to “an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea” (The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses).
For years I had settled for the lesser Jesus, the tamer Jesus—the Jesus who wasn’t really Jesus at all because I had fabricated the Jesus I wanted him to be. But now the real Jesus was roaring like the Lion of Judah he is, and he wanted me to uncap him, unbridle him, let him out and let him be who he really is.
So I let the Lion of Judah out of the cage I had kept him in—the best move I have ever made. Yes, the best—and none too soon.
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Some people refer to it as your calling or holy discontent or life mission or the reason you were put here. I like what Frederick Buechner says: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
I’m on a quest to understand more about my life mission. One of the impacts of this awareness—and it really is an awareness that one must pay attention to—is a revamping of our non-profit ministry organization. My wife and I started an organization 11 years ago called Current3 Ministries. It has taken on different shapes over the years.
But sometimes you have to go narrow in order to go deep. Understanding one’s life mission helps you to whittle away the extraneous stuff that is getting in the way of your calling. No matter how good it is, it may be blocking the sacred place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
So I’m evaluating all the things I do, non-profit organization included. In time you’ll hear more about our new ministry, new Board of Directors, new mission. I can’t wait to tell you about it all. Some of you will want to get involved.
But for now, let me leave you with a list of five books.
These books have been utterly disruptive to my life. They’ve kept me up at night. They’ve found their way into my thoughts. They’ve re-ordered my thinking. I pass them onto you at your peril.Continue Reading...
Our Christ Now Team is pleased to invite you to the free Christ Cast webinar:
Jesus’ Four-Fold Revolution: How to Make Easter More Meaningful
for Yourself, Your Loved Ones, and Those You Influence
There’s far more to Jesus’ resurrection than we usually hear about! Instead of settling for a mediocre Easter experience why not bring new life to your celebration—for yourself, your loved ones, and for those you influence.
Join David Bryant and me online for a free event on Tuesday, March 15, from 9:00 – 9:45 p.m. (EDT) as he guides you to dig deeper into Scripture and unearth truths you may not have discovered before that will surely help make your Easter celebration more meaningful. See the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with new eyes!
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Our company, EnergyCAP, Inc., is offering free tickets for a private showing of Sony’s movie, RISEN. It’s on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 PM at UEC Theatres on Premiere Drive. RISEN is a critically-acclaimed movie about a government investigation into the disappearance of Jesus’ body after he was crucified. It will make you think!
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I mentioned before about working on a series of devotions for kids. My 12 year-old daughter and I wrote them together.
We’re happy to say the first batch is out. The “Kids Daily Christ Reader” is a series of 30 devotions to help kids see Christ for ALL he is.
What’s different about these readings is that we’re trying to help kids see who Jesus IS NOW and what he’s DOING NOW.
Unless we parents and teachers are careful, then our kids can see Jesus as only a:
– Mere human who was born, helped people, and died
– Great teacher with good stories but little relevance for now
– Savior envisioned as still hanging on the cross
– Once-risen Lord with minimal power or authority today
– Soon-coming king who is not a currently active king
But there’s so much more to who Jesus is. These readings may even help adults; God knows they’ve helped me.
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In May 2016, a few of us are going for ten days to the Philippines. I wanted to tell you in case you may be interested in coming. There are a few reasons we’re going to: 1) serve an orphanage and ministry base that houses about 100 people; 2) speak at an evangelistic youth camp; 3) reach out to the Tondo slum community in Manila; and 4) catch a vision for the kingdom of Jesus in another part of the world.
When I’ve been among Christians in developing countries, I’ve always come away with a stronger love for Jesus, a tightening of my sense of kingdom purpose, and a passion for his work among the nations. I believe if the Father wants you to go, this trip will be no different for you. He may even do more!
Try worshipping with other believers in the slums. Try praying with them. Try looking into their eyes. Your heart will be moved by these precious people who want to grow more in love and knowledge of King Jesus every day.
Or let the children pray for you. Let them amaze you by their heartfelt worship. Let them inspire you by their abounding joy. Some of their back stories would make you cry, but who they’ve become will make you exalt the One who has redeemed them.
I believe a trip like this will move you forward in Christ, will ignite more passion for him, and will help you better understand your place in his plan. So if the Father may be calling you to join us, let’s talk. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.Continue Reading...
I’m working on a writing project for ChristNow.com. It’s a series of devotions for children on Jesus. We’ll be launching a new ministry called Christ Kids to help raise kids in the fullness of Christ.
Anyway, I’m loving the simplicity of approaching Jesus that this project is forcing me to take. I’m taking one verse at a time, picking it apart, culling it for signs of Jesus. I feel like I’m panning for gold.
Colette prayed this morning, “Father, reveal what you want the kids to know about Jesus.”
Although the audience of this work will be children, I’m taking so much in, and drawing close to the King. I’m being pretty selfish here – eating what was meant for the kids and feasting on it myself.
Like eating half the cake in private, then telling them there was only ever half a cake.
But I know there’ll be enough of Jesus to go around when I’m done with him. He is life eternal.Continue Reading...
At first, we come as babes in Christ, and everything Jesus says seems hard:
– serve yourself last
– love your enemies
– live by faith
But, says Dallas Willard, “True Christlikeness, true companionship with Christ, comes at the point where it is not hard to respond as he would.” (“The Spirit of the Disciplines”)
Willard is saying that true Christlikeness is not asking, “What would Jesus do?” in a particular situation. Rather, he’s saying that when we’re like Christ, we won’t have to ask the question because it’ll come naturally. We’ll respond as Jesus would.
When this happens, the life of Christ will have become our life.
Thus, when Paul says to, “…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Romans 13:14), he’s not saying to put on your Christ coat when dealing with the horrible neighbors, and then take it off when you’re back inside with your kids.
Putting on Christ is putting on his way of life, permanently and totally.
When we’re babes in Christ, it’s appropriate to ask, “What would Jesus do?” because we’re learning a new way of life.
But the goal is to not have to ask it anymore because his life will have become ours.Continue Reading...