John Ortberg on being Christian

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“People would rather debate doctrine or beliefs or tradition or interpretation than actually DO what Jesus said ( to do). It’s not rocket science. JUST DO IT.

Practice loving a difficult person or try forgiving someone. Give away some money. Tell someone thank you. Encourage a friend. Bless an enemy. Say I’m sorry. Worship God” John Ortberg

Theology applied is better than Theology intellectualized. The world does not need more Theologians, it needs more Christians…. little Christs. Look around and see the world around you for what it really is. Starving for love, desperate to have value and identity, thirsting for something to satisfy and sadly, listening to the world and the latest expert on living who has no idea why we live or for what purpose we were created.

Why dont we just try listening to the one who created life? Do you think He might have a better idea about how to live well. How to put together a worthy life? His name is Jesus, and He is the Christ, the Messiah, the name above all names and He wants you, yes you, to know that there is a better way to live.

It starts the moment that you accept that you are far from perfect, that you have not lived as you should. He says “ I know child, I’ ve waited for you to come to me so that I can heal you with forgiveness and love. “

From that moment forward you are saved eternally, no longer is the future a question mark. You also are now able to live a life just doing what Christ taught. There are no guesses. It will bring you peace and a true friend for the rest of your life.

Flight 2019

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I found this on Facebook and thought you’d like it.

Hello, welcome to Flight #2019. We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in an upright position. All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time. All negativity, hurt and discouragement should be put away. Should we lose Altitude under pressure during the flight, reach up and pull down a Prayer. Prayers will automatically be activated by Faith. Once your Faith is activated, you can help assist with other passengers. There will be NO BAGGAGES allowed on this flight. The Captain (GOD) has cleared us for a safe takeoff. Now sit back and wait to land in the Destination of GREATNESS.
So come Take The Flight with me! ❤️

Poor Rudolph

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Baby Its really getting cold outside….. the world that is, not talking about the song. It seems that every tradition and icon is up for grabs. Every statue and history must be re done or taken down because a vocal few have become so zealous about creating ‘safe spaces” for people.

Rudolph is now a poster child for victimization of bullying. Santa has legalized human trafficking by keeping elves as virtual indentured servants. And the naughty/nice list is threatening to the well being of children by attempting to bribe and manipulate with presents.

As the world increasingly looks inward not upward, it continues to nit pick and pick apart every thing that should never have been made a big thing. Desperate for likes, and thumbs ups, and re-posts and re-tweets, there is an addiction to being worth something by being the latest trending post about something more and more ridiculous…

But that’s the issue isnt it? Wanting attention, wanting to matter, wanting to have some value and purpose. It is the emtpiness that is longing for a filling that is driving this. And it is the sullen silence of earth heard when the Angels proclaim “ Joy to the World”.

The Christ Emmanuel Child came to tell us we matter very much, that we are worth an incredible price, his life! He came that man no more should die…. Glory in excelsis Deo!

He was the light in dark streets, the one who could help us find inner peace in a world going increasingly, rapidly crazy! He can be your peace, your fulfillment if you allow Him to.

It is up to us to believe or not, but “us without God”, is making the world into a world where even the cherished childhood stories like Rudolphs’ get manipulated and co-oerced into being part of the Lunacy…. We can choose not to enter the Asylum. WE can choose to believe and preserve the faith handed down, and the wonderful traditions we have been given.

Untie the "nots"

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The word solo is defined as “Alone, no additional voices, separate.” There are many Christians who don’t get that church is a symphony not a solo. It is about being together, hearing different voices and not getting all tied up in “nots” about it.

I did “not” like the message, the music, the comment, the version of scripture, the length of the service.I do not like so and so because of the way they __________. You fill in the blank. The list is endless.

But The first century church taught people to “untie the nots”. In every single case they were showing the “one-another” of Jesus that so dominates the New Testament. Even under persecution and difficult times, every effort was made to stay in fellowship. If you want to know the secret of the Church’s survival, there it is. If you want to hypothesize about the Church’s decline, there it is.

Church-less Christians or Christians in Church without loving fellowship cannot experience the most basic command of Christ or fulfill it-“ Love one another”. There are Christians who say they love God…. his children? not so much. They flee from any differences of opinion or do worse- create dissension hoping to drive the other away from those they do like and agree with.

They love Christ but some parts of the body they don’t value much. They might say “well they are….” and immediately we see the issue . The finger pointing, old sinful judging, critical self blinded by the protruding log in their own eye which clearly shows they have not prayed about the matter, not restrained their tongues, have not exhibited mercy over judgement and a dozen other biblical directives. Something rings very hollow when a professed Christian does such.

Jesus said the gates of Hell would not prevail against his Church… HIS Church. The one designed by him to be loving, accommodating, encouraging.Serving one another, loving one another,FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER. His Church would stand Together in strength and unity.

Hell and the Devil love fragmentation in the church; Insert the wedge, break apart unity is the simple tactic. We so often fail to see that we are being used against the work and purpose of the Church the moment we say “They” or perpetuate gossip “ did you hear” ? Dismemberment is not a pretty picture to think about but that is just what happens when we do these things. We start the spiritual tearing apart of something so special to God. And I shudder to think about our examination before the Bema seat of God, if we made it that far.

Hebrews 10:25 exhorts us to “ not neglect meeting together as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Pastorally, I look at the world and people’s lives and hardening hearts and I see “the Day” approaching. The prior verse 24 tells us how to spend our time: “spur one another on to love and good deeds.”

Church-less Christians cant do that and Church Critics certainly don’t because there is no “one another”, just the self centered, the self righteous, all tied up in “nots”. So just what are they?A solo act. Contrary to every new testament definition of what Christians should be like.

“My prayer- Lord, help us “untie the Nots” in the body of Christ as we see the day approach. Let us glorify God in the way that the Church relates within itself and witnesses to the people watching.” Philippians 1":9-11 tells us “ whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the Glory of God”.

That’s hard to do as a solo act at home with no interaction with the body of Christ.