Imitate Who Christ Is

“The imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ, but to live your life as authentically as Christ lived his…”  (Henri Nouwen)

Are we really called to do all the things that Christ did in His life?  Speak, heal, kick out demons, lead, rebel, sacrifice, love, and more?  Yes, Jesus very clearly tells us we will do even more than he did (John 14:12-14)… but here is where we get stuck:  How do we live this way?  How do we actually do these things in our daily life?

Hero

You are the hero of your story.  We don’t always feel this way, but it’s true.  Often, we are fearful that we are not worthy or do not have what it takes to play an important role.  Sometimes, in response, we will hide, terrified that someone will find us out or on the other end of things, we strut around with our chest out like rooster, comically portraying a false sense of confidence, hoping people will buy the facade.  Either reaction is not truthful to who we are.

Walk in the Light

What’s it like to have Jesus “move into the neighborhood?” Eugene Peterson used the “neighborhood” analogy in John 1:14 in THE MESSAGE.

At first blush, who wouldn’t want to welcome a neighbor who is kind and considerate; who enjoys neighborhood gatherings and welcomes everyone?

Dandelions – Part 2

I always take the last covenant of silence for myself at the True Pursuit weekends.  This is a time that the TP Team takes to debrief the Sonship talk as we do with all the others, but the guys understand that I do this for my heart.  The 2019 MI TP Weekend was no different.  I hugged Patrick as he got done with his Sonship talk, told him I loved him and walked out into the sunshine.  After some grey and rain the previous days the light and warmth felt so good!  As I walked, I prayed and opened my heart and body up as I usually do. 

Dandelions – Part 1

I have been married for over twenty years.  In those twenty years it seems nearly every significant fight with my wife could be traced back to some stupid, innocuous, or downright ridiculous statement.  I have also grown to understand the amount of warfare that intensifies as we (the True Pursuit Team) come up to a weekend of ministry.  That was why I found myself picking dandelions out of my yard on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, when I would rather have been smoking a cigar.  Let me explain . . .

Unlearning

How have we learned Christ? It ought to be a startling thought, that we may have learned him wrong. That must be far worse than not to have learned him at all: his place is occupied by a false Christ, hard to exorcise! The point is, whether we have learned Christ as he taught himself, or as men have taught him who thought they understood, but did not understand him

So Mad

One of my favorite movies is Seabiscuit. Do you remember that movie? It is the story of three broken men and a broken horse, and how they help each other on their journey to healing. Mr. Howard is an inventor and entrepreneur who loses everything during the Great Depression…his fortune, his marriage, and his young son.

Entitled

Are we entitled to a clear lane on the highway so we can get to where we are going one time? How about getting seated a restaurant without waiting in line?  What about free education, or a life without pain? I know many folks who feel that they are entitled to a nice comfortable life without any suffering. I am pretty sure that each of us could come up with a list as long as our arm of the things that at some level we feel entitled to.

Maturity

True Pursuit Team members respond to the following:

“Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life. Referring to this process, Paul said, “This will continue until we are . . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.” (Ephesians 4:13 CEV)

– Danny Davis

The Father’s Love

At the end of the movie The Wizard of Oz, the Wizard gives a diploma to the Scarecrow, a badge of courage to the Cowardly Lion, and a heart to the Tin Man. As they celebrated the fulfillment of their desires, the Scarecrow says to the Wizard, ”Hey, what about Dorothy?” Dorothy’s response was to say…”Oh, I don’t think there is in anything in that black bag for me.”