For all of you who were praying for last weekend, thank you. And for all of you who traveled the distance to come and be a part of this event, thank you. Some of you I haven’t seen for quite some time, and it was so good to see you. I chose to share an abbreviated version of The Jesus Dialogue. We began the weekend by generating a lot of good, honest, and positive questions from Friday night’s presentation. Then, we spent the rest of the weekend endeavoring to answer those questions with a collection of revelations Jesus gave us about what type of person God really is and what kind of people He is calling us to be in revealing that kind of God to the world around us.
I’m also happy to share , for those of you who emailed in and shared that the recording of Did Jesus Really Have To Die?was damaged from the longer version of the series on our Web site, that the presentation has been rerecorded and is now available. Feel free to give that a listen.
I have so much to be thankful for about last weekend. However, there is one thing that I keep returning to as I ponder how last weekend went. You see, in Jesus’s day, there were those individuals made to feel as though they didn’t belong, like they didn’t really fit in. They were made to feel as if they were “outsiders” by those who were really good at playing some of the religious games that, too often, we are also known to play as Christians. These folks were the ones truly attracted to what Jesus taught and how He “explained” the character of the Father (John 1:18). Over the past two years, I have begun to notice more frequently an interesting dynamic, a polarization taking place in my audiences. Some folks get it, some don’t, and that’s ok. But what I’m noticing is that those who “get it”, those for whom Jesus’s representation of the Father seems to resonate on a profoundly deep level, are those whom we often judge as on the “outside.” I’m meeting some people whom I consider incredibly dedicated and passionate Jesus followers, but for all intents and purposes, they really don’t fit in to what we usually classify as “church” I don’t know what to make of this dynamic yet, but it gives me hope. A new day is coming. If you are reading this right now, YOU give me hope.
Please keep this dear church in Reno in your prayers. They have been through a lot in the last twelve months. They are in transition. Let’s partner with them in prayer that whatever comes out of this process in the end will not just be a more effective way of doing “church,” but will bring about the enlarging of Christ’s Kingdom in the surrounding Reno area as well!
This weekend I’ll be in Williston, North Dakota sharing a four-presentation series entitled The Awakening. Love cannot be coerced, it cannot be commanded, it cannot be forced. Only by love is loved awakened. Please partner with me in prayer for this event too, so that people will, on a heart level, see God for who He is. He really is beautiful when we get all the ugliness that has been associated with Him stripped away.
Keep living in love,
I love you guys,