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reckoning

Chilly —  May 2, 2016 — 2 Comments

reck·on·ing   [rek–uh-ning]

the avenging of past mistakes or misdeeds.

reckoningDo you ever wonder what we’re really doing or at least supposed to be doing? Why are our methods, passion, and approach all greeted with such resistance, fear or doubt? Why are people in the community more intrigued by and engaged in transformation than people in the church? Why no one seems to be able to find the correct phrase or word to describe us? Are we nameless?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this…

What makes us any different from previous pioneers, revolutionaries or trailblazers of the faith?  Are our ideas so unique? Are sermons more inspiring? …hardly. Is it our tech toys, websites, blog pages, crazy videos, or loud music? … no, I don’t think so. Maybe it’s our jeans & t-shirt Sunday attire.  Ha, that’s not it either – but it’s definitely a perk! 

So, what makes us different? Why all the books, conferences, articles with words like: engaging, convergent, relevant, next generation, influential, mosaic, story-telling, etc.? You know what, I don’t know either…

Maybe the labels and titles came from the rigid, controlling, established, religious, on-their-way-out, leadership of organized churches & denominations. We tend to fear what we don’t understand, and a label always helps us sum up something we don’t really get… was that offensive – I’m sorry – that’s not my intention. Honest. I’m not picking a fight.

You see, I don’t think we’re really that unique. From the first century church to where we are today, there has been a need for individuals or groups of believers that stand up and bring radical correction to the waywardness or blandness of the church Jesus planted. Throughout history there has been a need to get back to the main thing:  Salvation, discipleship, and community.

When we stray from the foundation, we tend to take ourselves too seriously and the results are tragic: religion replaces relationship, selfishness replaces simplicity, lust for power replaces love for people, control replaces compassion, greed replaces grace, jealousy replaces joyfulness, conflict replaces courage, and frustration replaces freedom. Has this happened in your church (or mine)? Oh man, just the thought of this makes my heart hurts…

It’s easy to fall into this and hard to climb out – but, we must!  [Warning: Rant in 3, 2, 1 …] And, I don’t think the answer is to abandon ship – kick dirt on your church, or walk away because ‘they’ won’t change and only YOU know what authentic Christianity is – and, then use social media and toxic small groups to validate your righteousness & meekness (receiving applauds & pity from every ‘hurt’ leader) – grow up, shut up & move on – gracefully. [end of Rant]

For the rest of us, still in it to win it, let’s begin our adventure back to truth & life TODAY! It’s time for a holy reckoning to happen in and through you. I want a better church for my kids and the generations to follow – better doesn’t mean “new” – actually it’s just getting back to the book of Acts and living it in the 21st century. It may be simplifying: Love God, Love Others & Love Life.

Yeah, labels will come… judgments will be made… shunning could happen. Embrace it. And do what you’re made to do – be who HE made you to be. The message IS sacred, the method is not... keep that straight and LISTEN, LEARN, LIVE, and LOVE!  The lost are all around us – they’re looking for something genuine & trustworthy — someone to help them find the truth. Making disciples is still the Great CommissionYOU ARE NEEDED.  It’s time.

                                one to be reckoned with,
Chilly

Q: What needs a day of ‘reckoning‘ in your life or leadership today?

Death Wish

Chilly —  January 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

He asks nothing but death,

and you desire nothing but life.

How can you put up to Him a prayer for his grace, with a restriction that He shall only send it by a channel demanding no sacrifice on your part but ministering to the gratification of your carnal pride?
–  François Fénelon

dietoselfThere’s a simple fact that I find my self quoting quite often: you can’t get the right answer IF you don’t ask the right question. We want all of God’s blessings & grace but we’re unwilling to live a life of sacrifice and honor. We solemnly confess: “God, I want to know your will for my life” — how can He possibly answer this question? His desire is that you lose your life and follow His will — yes,  join Him in what He’s doing and not the other way around. The TRUE Christian life is an awesome adventure filled with adrenalin-rushing passion, heart-pounding prayer, character-developing solitude and excruciating obedience. You must pay the price to be REAL. No short-cuts, no exceptions and no excuses!

Jesus put it this way:  “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. “ Matthew 16:24 (MSG)

Dying to self is not a figurative & religious tag-line or motto… it’s a literal requirement for discipleship. Life is tied to it… Suffering is a certain reality – flesh never wants to die. But, pain is weakness leaving the body. No one should be foolish and subject themselves to ‘punishment’ to expedite the process – that’s not how it happens.  Dying to self is the process of submission – completely & quickly – to our Lord’s perfect will.  An increase in His presence and His Word fine tunes it… and trust me, IF you don’t want to die to selfyou won’t…  your spiritual sounding allibi will be supported by the masses who, like you, want the appearance of holiness but without the power.

  1. Hate this post?
  2. Where are you at in the process of really LIVING?
  3. You’re on one scale, God’s on the other – which is ‘heavier’?
  4. Have you discovered the honor in sacrifice & obedience?
  5. And now …  ?

Living a DeathwishChilly

#OneThingCC


FlagUSA“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
   Patrick Henry

“I hope that when you’re my age you’ll be able to say, as I have been able to say: we lived in freedom, we lived lives that were a statement, not an apology” Ronald Reagan

Jesus = Truth

Chilly —  March 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

 Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32, 36 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Augustine-Truth

Here’s some random thoughts about TRUTH.

  • IF you’re not improving, then you’re proving that you’re lazy, lying or lost.
  • IF what you’re trusting as TRUTH doesn’t make you FREE, it’s false. That stinks!
  • How can you be entertained by lies and still claim to know & love the truth?
  • Want to make a difference? Live the Truth!
  • A lot of us are still choosing ‘dare’ (in a “truth or dare” game w/ God). We would rather do something daring for God, then be known for truth.
  • Truth can speak anywhere because truth is everywhere…
  • Jesus should not have to barge in on my insecurity and pride just to speak truth.
  • Truth will never define a coward.
  • You can lie to yourself about something so many times that you start believing it as truth… and even fight for it.
  • Truth is not what you make it to be… If you want to deny truth to save-face with a friend, you’ve got it all backwards… and you’ve grieved the Holy Spirit.
  • Righteousness guards the person of integrity.

Did any of these thoughts jump out to you?  Do you have a thought to add?

How is TRUTH impacting your life?

Daring to BE True, Chilly