Following up on "Intimacy Before Incarnation" in the 7/11/17 edition...
Scratching the Surface
A Personal Relationship with God
I’m often asked what Christians mean by a personal relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus.
Before talking about how to get it, let’s talk about what it means.
It feels something like this: “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.”
It includes “strong calm sanity” and irrepressible joy, happiness, and overall well-being amid the meanness, madness, misery, and miscreance of life in the modern world.
Does that sound good to you?
If that’s something you’d like to have/experience/express, you can have/experience/express it/Him.
It’s yours by grace through faith in Jesus.
Specifically, here’s how to have/experience/express a personal relationship with God.
Confess or admit you’re messed up a little or a lot but definitely messed up and need Him as Savior.
Repent or pledge right now that you’re going to change the direction of your life from egocentric to Christocentric according to the book.
Believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior; trusting Him for this life and after life so you have/experience/express confident living in the assurance of eternal life in paradise/heaven immediately after you exhale your last breath.
Receive His love! That’s right! He loves you! Or as Eugene says, “The sooner we get the message, the better off we’ll be, for the message is good, incredibly good: God is here, and He’s on our side.”
Lord, I invite You for the first time…[or really this time or to renew/recharge my relationship with You]…into my heart as Lord and Savior. I am sorry for how I have hurt You and hurt others which is the same as hurting You. I need Your love, mercy, and forgiveness. I welcome You into my heart. I thank You for being in my heart now and forever. I ask You to help me to be Yours from now on in all things at all times in all places with all people for Christ’s sake; as I pray in His name. Amen!
Here's a hint from Brian and Bob or preview of coming attractions.
For a hint before the hint, go to the picture of a prototype being prepared for production (copyrighted).
If you are familiar with Alpha through Omega, your spirit is stirring.
Reclaim the Bow
"Discovering Original Mercy"
(copyright pending, 2017)
For over a decade of increasing intimacy with Him and each other, Brian and Bob have known He brought them together for a reason/purpose/mission to honor Jesus by the book as guided by the Holy Spirit.
Church planter Brian is the lead pastor of The Grove in Poplar Grove, Illinois.
Iconoclastic mainline denominational credential-holder Bob is undershepherd of Belvidere, Illinois' First Presbyterian Church primarily known as "Our Family of Faith on the Corner of Lincoln and Main."
Profoundly compelled by our Lord's great commandment, great commission, and high priestly prayer, a vision for incarnating the merciful message of the rainbow has been forming in their spirits and coalesced on July 13, 2017 between 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Anyone familiar with the rainbow's symbolic and covenantal assurances will take the hint; yet the message in the movement is staggering, seismic, salty, enlightening, leavenating, and ultimately saving.
The preceding paragraphs are the first hint of what's to come through Reclaim the Rainbow (Discovering Original Mercy).
Though tempted to, uh, disclose some of the plans to show His mercy that will stun left, right, up and down and all around by the movement's radical and uncompromising devotion to the agape love of God so elegantly and romantically symbolized in the bow, exemplified in Jesus, and explained in Holy Scripture, let's just say, for now, those who have used the bow in the past from left, right, up and down and all around to promote their idiosyncratic ideologies only coincidentally related to the merciful message of Biblical Christianity will be shaken to salvific inquiry if not enthusiasm in the next several months.
Really, while those familiar with the symbol may have some guesses, it's waaaaaaay beyond whatever you're thinking in a Colossians 3:1-4 kinda way.
Brian, who is much better at this than moi, says we need seed money to get the ball rolling.
He's referring to domains, webs, social networking, legal stuff, material investments, promos, and, uh, I don't know.
He estimates start-up costs of around 10-15K with expectations of quick self-and-expanding support.
So if you're feeling nudged by the Holy Spirit right now to plant some seed $, you can send a check to The Grove (4210 Countryside Estates Poplar Grove, Illinois 61065) or First Presbyterian Church (221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, Illinois 61008) and write "Reclaim the Bow" in the memo.
You will be glad you did as we joins hands with Him to Reclaim the Bow!
So why did I lump a follow-up onto this hint? Duh! Because intimacy precedes incarnation!
Blessings and Love!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!
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