I don’t know exactly what it is that God is calling me to do. If I know anything, it’s that he’s called me to serve him. That’s without any doubt. My family and friends say I have a very strong spiritual side, so maybe God is trying to give me a hint, though I’m not for sure about that, either. I’m overwhelmed over all the different ministries there are to serve, there are many outlets of which we can serve in. If there is anything I know, it’s that God has called me to do something special.
Today, my good friend Jonathan Sorne leaves for Africa for a couple of weeks. I just ask you keep him in your prayers. Thank you.
What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to truly biblicaly follow Jesus? I’ll tell you what it means. More than anything, it means to deny ourselves. When Jesus tells us that we most pick up a cross to follow him, what he’s saying is that we must deny ourselves. And this isn’t optional. When we decide to follow him, we don’t have any say in how we do it. Jesus gets to define the relationship, not us. When we follow him, it’s anywhere, anytime, anyhow, anyway. When I read Acts, I’m reminded that one of the greatest Churches in the history of Christianity, was led by normal people. What made them so successful in spreading the Gospel? They denied themselves. It wasn’t just fasting through a meal, but often times, shipwrecked, and imprisoned for his efforts of spreading the Gospel. Notice these men didn’t stop and give up after a little persecution, they continued. All of them, eventually to the point of death. That’s the cost of discipleship.
In Exodus 32, we see that by praying to God, Moses is able to change the way God does things. I’m not trying to say anything contradictory to the sovereignty of God, understand what I am saying though. What I’m saying is that sometimes prayer can help affect the way God does things, because he listens to us. In Matthew, Jesus says “ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.” And that’s just what Moses does in Exodus. Prayer is a powerful weapon, and yet despite all the planning, all the strategizing, all the blogging, all the planting we have done, we have forgotten about prayer. Prayer matters.
Thomas Brunt is prayerfully discerning the pastoral ministry and loves to teach and preach God’s word, and live it out to be a faithful Shepherd to the one true good shepherd, Jesus. Oh, and he likes to blog about God’s word a lot, and sometimes sports.
“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” – Jesus in John 6:53-55 Jesus always had interesting things to say, he still does. I can’t imagine the face of his disciples when they heard this saying. Some were as outraged with this saying that Jesus lost some disciples, of course this isn’t the only time we see this happen. Ultimately, it was things like this that led to his crucifixion. There seems to be a pattern here, have you caught it? Jesus says something harsh, People get offended. That hasn’t changed today, by the way. Jesus is interesting. Notice, he doesn’t fret over losing any disciples after that saying, yet so many Bible teachers and pastors today do. Jesus is interesting.
I haven’t abandoned the “Jesus is” sermon series.. this is just something I posted to Facebook and wanted to share here on my blog
America wasn’t built on the Prosperity Gospel, I repeat America wasn’t built on the Prosperity Gospel. – – America was built not on a false gospel that says something God never promised us. America wasn’t built on health, wealth or success. I believe the blueprints for the United States have been around for a much longer time. Go back all the way to Jesus’s ministry on Earth, and after his death and joyus resurrection is when it all started.
– – – Perhaps the founding fathers of America were inspired by the radical pursuit of Christ’s apostles and saints who sacrificed their own lives to follow Jesus, which isn’t a lifestyle that offers comfort. It seems to me American Christians have swapped their faith with something that wasn’t apart of the blueprints that the Disciples carried out. Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe somewhere along the lines man didn’t get that? Most American churches these days are more focused on how to attract people to the church. The truth is, there aren’t many churches that are truly a house of prayer, or a congregation that thirsts for God’s presence.
Somewhere around the lines, the church got mixed into the world. Most Christians say they believe God’s word, but it doesn’t seem to be the case to me. If it did, I would think we’d be more concerned about the reality of a Holy God, and an eternal Hell where man will be separated from God’s love forever. This isn’t the Christianity that Jesus Christ died for on the cross, or the kind of Christianity the apostles laid their lives down for. The founding fathers of the United States appreciated that, do we?