E2:10 Training Has Arrived!

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I am very excited to announce a new kind of training opportunity for those who seriously want to follow Jesus.

E2:10 Training gets its name from Ephesian’s 2:10, ““For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)

The idea is that God has uniquely created each believer. Among other things, He has given them certain gifts, knowledge, insights, personality traits, relationships, and opportunities. All of these are specific to the individual disciple. The goal of E2:10 Training is help the disciple unlock what’s already been deposited by God in a way that moves them toward their full potential as a change-agent in this world.

Most schools and training regimens focus solely on knowledge and a few might include skill acquisition. E2:10 Training employs proven tools and strategies to teach theology in an interactive and reproducible way, ramp up skills through actual participation in ministry, and facilitate discovery of one’s personal gifts and calling. It’s this personal one on one coaching that changes everything. Instead of the student needing to conform to the curriculum, the curriculum adjusts to the student thus releasing and empowering what God has already placed in them.

If you’re serious about walking with Jesus, then I would strongly encourage you to check out www.E210Training.com and prayerfully consider if this groundbreaking opportunity is for you.

You’ve Gotta Die if You Want to Live

You’ve Gotta Die if You Want to Live

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” When Jesus spoke these words, He laid out a prerequisite for being one of His followers. Those who lived in first century Palestine were quite familiar with crucifixion. Criminals were regularly hung on crosses erected along busy thoroughfares to die a painful death in the sight of all. Just as Jesus carried His own cross, those who were condemned to death did so as well. The imagery couldn’t be clearer – if we wish to follow Jesus, we must be willing to die.

Die how? You might ask. The answer lies in the phrase “he must deny himself.” Christ’s expectation is that the one who wishes to follow Him will make a choice every day to put aside his or her own hopes, dreams, aspirations, and desires and live their life for the will of God. We must choose what God would choose and want what God would want. Jesus set the example. “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something

He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner’” (John 5:19).

There are two steps necessary to follow Christ by following His example. First, we must choose to let go of our own stuff. That’s dying to self, taking up our cross, and losing our lives. And second, we must seek direction from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as to what our desires and actions should be. We replace one with the other.

Think about what the cross meant to Jesus. “No one has taken it (His life) away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father” (John 10:18). Even for Jesus, death was the path to life. The power of the Christian life lies in the resurrection!

When we lose our life, we find it. When we choose to live for Jesus, or more accurately, to allow Jesus to live through us, we find the life we were meant to have, a life full of meaning and purpose and power, a life that does good and brings good into the world. Paul echoes these thoughts when he proclaims his highest aspiration to be, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11). And again when he urges us to make this choice by saying, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1). This is the normal Christian life. Unfortunately it’s not the normal life of the Christian. We each have the power to change that. We simply must choose to do so.

My friend, Dezi Baker, is known to say, “The Christian life is nothing if not an exercise in willingness.” I think He’s absolutely right. Let’s choose to put our lives in the hands of our loving heavenly Father and trust that the life He will give us in return will be far more beautiful and fruitful than the life we would make for ourselves. Follow Jesus! Choose it or lose it!

Elections, Taxes, and Personal Responsibility

Elections, Taxes, and Personal Responsibility

Earlier today I heard Dennis Prager make the point that many people vote for the government to help the poor and others in need because they want those folks to get help and they also want to feel good about themselves. When they vote this way, they feel good about themselves because they’ve demonstrated a concern for people in need. The irony he pointed out is that when they do this, they are really voting that someone else (i.e. the government) take care of those in need. When you think about it, it’s the lazy way out. They are voting that someone else do the job and, at the same time, taking credit for the job being done.

Many church goers operate in a similar way. They drop their donation in the plate and go away feeling good about themselves all the while expecting someone else to take their offering and put it to good use. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not down on offerings. Churches have real needs and often do work that is essential in the world. The issue I have is that, for many, once they’ve made their offering, they think their work is done. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The apostle John put it like this. “Whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

If God is to love the world through us, then we will have to offer Him all that we are, our money and our selves. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

As Christians, we should commit to personally seizing each opportunity God puts in our path to be agents of His endless love.

From me to you

 

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