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Jesus Incarnated … Christmas through the Eyes of John

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Jesus Incarnated … Christmas through the Eyes of John

Our job is to do exactly what Jesus did. Jesus INCARNATED.

Break down the word carnivorecarnalflesh.

As followers of Jesus our job is simple. We do what Jesus did. Jesus incarnated. We incarnate. We enter the world of others. We don’t come to condemn, we come to understand their world and to care.

We are touched by Jesus, and we, in turn touch others. It’s really simple. This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you: God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him (1 John 1:5 GW).

Throughout the rest of John’s pastoral letter, he seems to deal with the same themes over, and over again:

  • The brokenness of our flesh.
  • The pain and darkness of our world.
  • The endless battles between life and death.
  • And the unlimited power of Jesus love that overcomes the world.

The amazing book of 1st John ends with a great awareness: We know that we are from God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we know the real God. We are in the one who is real, his Son Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is the real God and eternal life. Dear children, guard yourselves from false gods (1 John 5:19-21 GW).

Aren’t you glad that Jesus came in the flesh to give hope to my flesh and bring peace to a broken world!

Watch or listen to the complete message here.

 

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Family—a Feeling of Closeness

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Family—a Feeling of Closeness

To this day, I love hearing the name “Dad” or “Daddy.” My daughter, Desiree, who is in her 30s, still calls me “Daddy!” My son Drew calls me, “Dad.”

The word, father speaks of a perspective of closeness, not of fear or distance.

Jesus purposely selected the tender word for father, in his model prayer—Abba meaning Daddy. Jesus said we ought to see ourselves on a family level with God. Our relationship ought to be marked by warmth, closeness, openness and trust.

Is that the perspective of God you have?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus cried out to “Abba.” “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.”[1] This his example, Jesus was telling us that the first order of prayer and the first line of thought ought to be praise to God.

God is not just our sugar daddy who exists to make our life easier. He is our Lord. He is our King. He is the only King, the only Lord and the only one worthy of all praise, glory and honor.

So, ask yourself, Do I praise God on a regular basis? Is praise even on my mental radar? Do I think praise? Am I comfortable with it?

 

You can listen to Pastor Ron’s message, Living the Jesus Perspective here. http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2016/09/25/living-the-jesus-perspective/

[1] Matthew 6:9 KJV

Pour Out on Others

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Pour Out on Others

We should all be concerned about our neighbor and the good things that will build his faith. Christ did not think only of himself. Rather, as Scripture says, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me” (Romans 15:2-3 GW).

Vince Lombardi said, “The challenge for every organization is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another because the question is usually not how well each person works, but how well they work together.”

As believers, we are on a team and have a lifetime membership of service to one another. We’ve got to love each other and have to always be thinking of the other person.

It takes effort to be on God’s team.

We’ve got to foster a deep desire to please others and help build their faith. The worst thing for a coach is a bunch of players that just want to focus on themselves.

We certainly need to take care of ourselves, but it doesn’t stop there. We need to make an effort to teach others what we have learned. Knowledge is for the benefit of others. Think about the people who came alongside you. They encouraged you, mentored you, spoke life into you. Perhaps they served as a spiritual coach.

Are you willing to be inconvenienced in order to make time for people? Are you willing to pour yourself out to others just as Jesus poured out His life for you?

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