Crescent City, CA
Outside of a serious (and very humorous)momentary brain-tongue disconnect in my Saturday morning presentation, I experienced a rare degree of mental clarity and freedom of expression last weekend. For all of you who traveled the distance to share this weekend with me, thank you. And for those of you who live in the Crescent City area, it was a pleasure to spend a weekend with you.
This weekend’s series title was Forgive Us Our Trespasses, and it is one of the new series that we are doing this year. The recordings turned out very well, and they will be up on our website within the next few weeks. This series is comprised of four presentations that not only help us experience God’s forgiveness more fully (through an intimate encounter with how beautifully forgiving our God really is), but also enable us to, more deeply, direct forgiveness toward others. I’m very pleased with this series and excited to be offering it this year in churches as well as on our website. The presentation titles are:
1.Father Forgive Them . . .
3.Intrinsic or Imposed? (With updated material specific to the topic of Forgiveness)
4.God in Christ, and You, Too!
Thanks to all of you who were praying for this event. Truly the Spirit showed up. Misconceptions held about God were radically impacted. Paradigms were shifted. Forgiveness, both from God and for others, was more deeply experienced. And the Kingdom was enlarged. Keep a lookout for the audio to this series on our website in the near future.
Currently, I’m on a plane, flying across the ocean to begin another new series this Friday night on the island of Oahu. Many have noticed the Life Unlimited series is no longer on our website. Part of the reason for its removal was simply the fact that we are all in process, and I am no exception. The material that grew into the Jesus Dialogue, last year, dramatically impacted my own life the more I wrestled with what Jesus actually taught. In reality, our picture of God should always be growing and deepening. Understanding Jesus should always cause us to reevaluate the images of God that we are presenting to the world. Even when the trajectory of what we believe about God is correct, we will always be seeing new and fresh revelations of His radical, other-centered, self-sacrificial love. Sometimes, these new insights will cause us to reevaluate some of the ways past ideas were expressed, or in some cases, the very ideas themselves. I do not apologize for this. This is exactly what we should all expect. But what am I trying to say is this: This Friday night, I am beginning a ten day series entitled Life Unlimited. It’s new, and it’s improved. If you are familiar with the old series by this title, you’ll notice some of the material will be the same; some of the material, though, will be somewhat different on a deeply fundamental level. For those of you who loved the old Life Unlimited series, and have been blessed by it, I think you’ll like this one even better. Jesus did come to give us life, and life more abundant. But this “life” was not a “Christianized” version of the American dream. No, no. This “life” would be deeply rooted in and grow out of a radically different picture of God, a picture of God that looked like Jesus. This life would be what Jesus would call the “Kingdom” life. It would be a life that “follows” a person, over and above (and in some very profound ways even contrary to) following a “religion” that bears that person’s name. It would be a life centered in and a life that has become a conduit of God’s radical, indiscriminate, other-centered, non-violent, non-condemning, self-sacrificial love. A way of life that’s not about going to church but about being the church. A life not about conquering the world for Jesus, but humbly serving the world like Jesus. A life that cannot be minimalized by defining it as mere assent to a list of beliefs or a list of morally unacceptable behaviors you agree to abstain from, but a life that grows out of a centered belief in God and His radical love, allowing that love to flow out to those around us. A life not about being religious, but loving like Jesus.
We begin this Friday night. I’ll be endeavoring to post the presentations as I give them each night. Please keep this series in your prayers. Please pray that those who attend will experience God and the beauty of His radical love for them. Only when we see how deeply we are in the heart of God will we experience Him deeply in our own. The goal is to be so filled with that love that it overflows from within even ourselves to all those around us. It’s amazing journey. Thank you for being a part of it with me. I’ll keep you updated on how the next ten days are going.
I love you guys,