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There was a man who was traveling alone. Some robbers attacked him and left him for dead. A first man came upon him, but crossed the road and left him to die. Then a second man came long, but he too crossed the road and left him to die.

Then a third man came along. But he didn’t treat the victim the same way. Instead of crossing the road, he offered mercy to a stranger:

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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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—Note: You can still register for tonight’s webinar on “How to Make Easter More Meaningful” with David Bryant and me at 9:00 PM EDT. Join 300 others by registering at http://christnow.com/christ-casts/.—

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.

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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.

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When I think of Pat, I think of three words.

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“A Christian is one who points to Christ and says, ‘I can’t prove a thing, but there’s something about his eyes and his voice. There’s something about the way he carries his head, his hands, the way he carries his cross–the way he carries me.'” – Frederick Buechner

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Looking for some testers

Chris Heinz —  September 30, 2015 — 2 Comments

In a few weeks, we’re launching a one-of-a-kind website to draw Christians into the one-of-a-kind Jesus.

We’re looking for people who would serve as testers…people we could ask, “Hey, what do you think of this?” and “Hey, can you do that?”

You’d have to offer honest feedback and keep your testing private. It doesn’t pay, but you’d be doing some real good.

If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll be in touch if you are needed.

Oh and please visit http://www.ChristNow.com right now to see what we’re planning.

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In case you’ve noticed, I haven’t been writing lately. It’s not because I’m sloughing off due to summer. Actually quite the opposite—I’ve been going full steam ahead on a project that is totally rad.

I haven’t been this excited about a project in a long time, maybe ever. I’m even more excited for this than when I wrote Made To Pray because I believe this project has the potential to do more good for the Kingdom of Jesus on a wide scale than any book I could write.

Why am I so excited?

Well, for lots of reasons, but I’ll give you one:

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Note: When things go wrong, what hope do we have? Borne of pain and heartache, my friend’s newest song points us to the hope we can have. In this guest post, Artur MacLellan explains the pain that inspired his song, and he shares his music video with us.

I remember sitting in the hospital on August 27th, 2014 with my fiancee Laura, and the two families crowded into the waiting room. It had been 4 agonizing months of waiting, wondering, and praying.
Even though we knew what the outcome was going to be, we were all waiting to hear the verdict.

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There’s a question swirling inside me: Does 50 Shades of Grey really matter in light of the 21 beheaded Christians? Both stories are circulating in the Christian community, and are both the subjects of Christian bloggers, Christian commentators, and Christian readers. What happened on the beach in Libya to these Christians and what happens in Christian Grey’s “play room” are front and center right now.

So in light of these 21 young men losing their lives, does the 50 Shades question really matter? Does it really matter if Christians watch it, does it matter if movie theaters run by Christians show it, and does it matter if Christian leaders speak up about it? This is the question I’m wrestling with.

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