Sunday, July 16, 2006

Cry for Help

My leadership team and I spoke to a person today that was struggling with...well...life. Here's the problem. This person loves Jesus and is faithful in all the things we teach people to do to keep spititually sharp. This person reads the Bible, prays, worships, etc. but yet struggles with everyday decisions. It isn't that this person has any diagnosed mental disorders, but simple has had a hard life and hasn't much training in the area of life skill. This person is crying for help, but no amount of Bible reading, worship or small group attendance will help. Healing and freedom is needed and the pathway for this person looks a lot more like psychology that discipleship. That scares my evangelical friends for they feel that Jesus is the answer to all problems......

I believe that too, but if Jesus is Lord of all is He not Lord of our minds and emotions, of our pasts and all the crap we learned. Maybe healing is found more in the presence of Jesus rather than in doing 'Christian things.'

Peyter Scazzero touched on these things in his book, The Emotionally Healthy Church. Its a good read and will open up your mind to the untouched vastness of what discipleship is meant to be.
You can get it at Amazon.
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Just Some Initial Rambling

Okay. I've started a blog. This is just some stuff I've started typing to see how this baby works. What I really want to write about is the sad state of discipleship in most American churches - including my own. I don't think the discipleship models we 'use' in evangelical circles are what Jesus had in mind. The question is...what did He have in mind. I'll throw out some ideas and you comment/complain/call me heretic. That's the idea. In His Grip I am.

I WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND!

W hen I first came to Christ, one of the basic beliefs that was instilled in me, was the idea that one of the worst things that could happen...