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P90X and Spiritual Development

July 14, 2010 1 comment

Earlier this week, I finished a grueling workout program called P90X.  Somehow I managed to turn, what was meant to be a 90 day program, into more like 120 days.  But during my P90X experience, I was reminded of a few things that I believe relate to effective spiritual development:

  • It requires dedication. – We can’t grow up if we don’t show up.  Spend time with God daily.
  • It requires hard work. – If we’re going to see maximum results, we’ve got to give maximum effort.  When it comes to spiritual disciplines, don’t go through the motions.
  • It requires self-discipline. – Regardless of how difficult it may be, we have to rely on God’s strength to do what we know is right.  Scripture is clear on what God expects from us, so follow the commands and principles in his Word.
  • It requires submission. – We have to choose to follow the leader.  Yield yourself to God’s plan for your life.

These reminders applied to our lives daily will result in effective spiritual development.

T. J.

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Categories: Growth, Leadership

A Beautiful Exchange

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ — 2 Corinthians 5:21

When we decide to put our faith and trust in what Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection, a beautiful exchange occurs.  At the moment of our conversion, Jesus takes our sin and gives us a right standing before God.  He dresses us up with what Isaiah refers to as the clothing of salvation.

We’re given something you cannot put a price tag on (salvation)  in exchange for something that is completely worthless (sin).  Is there anything more beautiful than that?

T. J.

Categories: Growth

New in You

July 12, 2010 Leave a comment

God wants to do something new in you!

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

This verse is what God used to birth the vision of New Church in my heart.  The vision states, New Church exists to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!

When people truly encounter Jesus Christ, they are completely transformed!  The old reasoning, rules, and rituals they once lived by are replaced with new approaches, attitudes, and actions.

Has your life been transformed by Jesus?  If so, how has your relationship with God changed your life?  Are you different than before?

God wants to do something new in you!

T. J.

Categories: Growth

The Root of the Problem

2 Chronicles 26 describes for us the rise and fall of King Uzziah.  The Bible makes it clear that as long as he looked to God for guidance, he experienced success.  Uzziah accomplished a lot during his reign, but as his fame grew so did his ego.

When he became powerful, he became proud, and that ultimately led to his demise.  Every sin you and I commit has pride at its root.  It’s what got Satan kicked out of heaven; it’s what caused Adam and Eve to eat the fruit; and it’s what cost Uzziah his kingdom and his life.

God will not honor a life filled with pride.

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Happy Birthday, Wendy!

Today is my wife, Wendy’s, birthday.  She is an amazing wife, an incredible mother, and I am grateful to God for bringing her into my life.

When I think of how best to describe her, Proverbs 31:10-31 seems most appropriate.

Wendy,

Thank you for making your relationship with God the most important thing in your life!  I’m honored to be your husband, and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you in the years to come.  I love you with all of my heart!

T. J.

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There’s a Cost Involved

July 7, 2010 1 comment

There is a high cost involved with being a disciple of Jesus.  It’s a cost most people, even the ones who say Jesus is the most important thing in their lives, aren’t willing to pay.

In Luke 9:59-60, Jesus has a conversation with a man that illustrates this well.

What Jesus was saying to him seems kind of harsh, but the importance of what this man was describing simply isn’t as high on Jesus’ list of priorities as the task we’ve been given to be disciples and make disciples.

Jesus is clear about our responsibility to further his Father’s Kingdom.  No doubt the context may very well look different for you than it does for me, but the priority level is the same.

Are you willing to pay the cost involved with advancing the Kingdom of God?

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Declaration of Liberation

July 6, 2010 1 comment

A little over 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus, who was just beginning his public ministry, made a declaration of independence that would not only impact the freedom of a nation, but would have the potential to provide liberation to every person who would ever walk the face of the earth from that point forward.

That declaration is found in Luke 4:16-21.

If we are ever going to find satisfaction and fulfillment in this life, we have to understand and embrace the truth that a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the only way to experience true and lasting freedom.

T. J.

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