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Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Faith — July 16, 2018

Simple Faith

The Bible doesn’t say to believe in yourself …

But to die to self.

Jesus never said to forgive yourself …

But to forgive others and then ask God to forgive you.

The Gospel isn’t about affirming you …

But about repenting and surrendering to Christ’s rule.

Only then will you find yourself, your freedom and your validation …

As defined by Him.

Simple Discipleship — June 17, 2017
Simple Virtue — June 12, 2017
Simple Joy — June 7, 2017
Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Joy — May 4, 2017
Simple Faith — April 29, 2017
Simple Discipleship — March 23, 2017

Simple Discipleship

It is liberating to learn that God did not create us to be like someone else …

But instead gives us different personalities and motivations that match our diverse spiritual gifts. 

We experience His pleasure as we learn to uniquely use and enjoy those gifts as He intended …

In our lives, families, fellowships and surrounding communities.

Simple Truth — February 4, 2017

Simple Truth

​Those who reduce grace to what they subjectively perceive God is telling them, filtered through their own sensibilities …

Often reject external Biblical morality, precepts and commands which stand independently true in Scripture.

For them, it all comes down to what they individually feel and like …

As they elevate their own perceptions as the final standard over what God authentically says.

Simple Church — December 27, 2016

Simple Church

The New Testament doesn’t say we go to “church” to be ushered into God’s presence through “worship”.

There’s not a single verse in the entire New Testament to that effect.

Nope, not, nadda …

Just ain’t there.

Rather, we are simply told that when we gather as the church we should express God’s presence already in us through ministry one to another …

Which includes singing together for the purpose of encouraging each other.

Big difference.

Let’s start being the church as God instructs in His word …

Not as our own carnality wants.

Simple Joy — November 26, 2016

Simple Joy

God created us to be fully human:

Embodied, rational, spiritual and relational.

All great heresies deny, isolate, over emphasize or otherwise distort one or more of those qualities.

Unfortunately, we see the seeds of this today in those who want us to be all one quality, while dismissing one or more of the others.

They distort God’s desire to redeem our full humanity …

Complete and whole.

Simple Joy — November 8, 2016

Simple Joy

​Don’t confuse God’s grace with His delight. 

You can experience the former, which is unmerited …

But then miss the latter, which comes from doing His will and obeying His commands.

If you doubt this, just do a quick online word search for “delight” in any good Bible translation.

Christian bloggers, authors and pundits who deny this distinction …

Know not God or His authentic joy.

Simple Joy — September 22, 2016

Simple Joy

​Many mornings I wake up grateful.

I get my coffee, watch the sun rise, and think of the blessings God has restored in my life.

Too often we look at what we’ve lost …

And forget to appreciate the wonder of new opportunities, new relationships, and even new purpose and meanings in Christ.

He makes all things new.

Simple Church — September 9, 2016

Simple Church

​Many “go to church” to:

  • Sit in regimented rows;
  • Listen to a monologue “sermon” by “the Pastor”; and
  • Enjoy staged “worship” …

During a directed Sunday “service” performed by the “anointed” few in an odd building.

Some, however, “are the church” with:

  • Shared teachings with dialogue and discussion;
  • Spontaneous songs and diverse gifts that arise from and among them; and
  • Other participation by each and every one through active ministry “one to another”, including diverse elders, as a functional community …

Which gathers together in homes and other hospitable places where life naturally happens.

What “church”, do you think, looks more like the New Testament?

Simple Joy — August 25, 2016
Simple Faith — June 28, 2016
Simple Faith — May 17, 2016

Simple Faith

When longstanding hurts, disappointments and emotional wounds begin to define us …

They begin to entrap us.

By transparently acknowledging, exposing and releasing them to Jesus …

Our future can exceed our past.

It’s always our choice, however.

Simple Joy — May 2, 2016
Simple Joy — April 15, 2016
Simple Joy — April 13, 2016
Simple Joy — April 11, 2016
Simple Joy — April 4, 2016
Simple Faith — March 3, 2016

Simple Faith

In the cool of the evening, God walked side-by-side and fellowshipped face-to-face with Adam in Adam’s garden …

To enjoy together the fruit of Adam’s passion, creativity and labor.

It’s OK to be human …

That’s where God wants to meet us too.

Simple Joy — February 4, 2016
Simple Faith — January 10, 2016

Simple Faith

Fully confess, squarely ask God to forgive you, then humbly give to Him the guilt, condemnation and regrets your heart’s been carrying.

Do this …

And there’s no room to “forgive yourself”.

It is settled.