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At first, we come as babes in Christ, and everything Jesus says seems hard:

– serve yourself last
– love your enemies
– live by faith
– pray

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.

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Your corner’s coming

Chris Heinz —  October 14, 2015 — 3 Comments

Usually when you want to give up, breakthrough is just around the corner.

Stay in it.

Don’t throw it in, don’t relent, don’t hang up the towel.

You…

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I’m not Wonder Boy (though I try to be).

I can’t scale heights and walk on water. My eyes do not see through things. I can’t promise not to disappoint you. I can’t save your world.

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A few years ago, we had a fish.

I say we HAD a fish because we don’t have a fish anymore. I killed it.

You see, I really wasn’t enjoying this fish, and it was getting on my nerves…

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Be careful what you pray for

Chris Heinz —  October 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

Last week I challenged us to be praying for more love, gentleness, humility or patience.

Did you do it? How did it go?

Well, I prayed for more patience. And you know what happened?

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There’s a saying that goes, “What you put in, you get out.”

We use this when trying to motivate our kids to stick with an activity: “Come on Johnny, unless you put time into karate, you’re not going to enjoy it.”

Or we coach ourselves with this same advice: “Okay Me, if I master accounting, it’ll pay off eventually.”

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Did you ever anticipate something so much, then you got disappointed because it didn’t deliver?

“Riverdance” was like that for me. At one time, Riverdance, Michael Flately, and Irish stepdancing was all the rage. Everyone was talking about, and trying to Riverdance.

So when Riverdance came to town, Colette and I got tickets. I was super excited. I did some stepdancing in front of my mirror leading up to it.

But when the event came…

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I challenge you

Chris Heinz —  September 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

Today there are all kinds of challenge shows – singing, talent, dancing, cooking, ninja, even preaching, which by the way, I can’t figure out if it’s real or a joke.

Well I’ve got a challenge for you for the next week…

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A few weeks ago, we answered the question of where Jesus is right now, so let’s talk about what Jesus is doing right now.

Because what Jesus is doing right now is of ultimate significance. If Jesus is long gone dead in a tomb, it doesn’t matter how we live beyond trying to “memorialize” him the way we say about dead people, “I am going to do this because Grandma would have wanted it.”

If Jesus is a flimsy flappy angel (not the way angels actually are, but the way we imagine them to be), happily flittering away with nothing on his mind but what tune to play on his harp, he can’t do much in terms of the entire universe. But Jesus is neither dead nor flapping.

Here are seven things I believe Jesus is doing right now…

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There are no boots in Christ

Chris Heinz —  September 22, 2015 — 1 Comment

When I was in high school, I didn’t feel like I was enough. One of my attempts to fit in with the guys whose group I wanted to fit into, failed miserably. They were in the habit of wearing construction boots, jeans, and flannel shirts to parties.

So I came up with a plan: if I dressed like them, they would welcome me in.

So one night I showed up in boots, jeans, and flannel shirt, and courageously stepped toward them…

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