Meek Strong

The beatitudes of Jesus from the Stone Table in Aurora, Colorado

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Pure or Perfect in Heart

from the oracles on the Beatitudes of Jesus at the Stone Table in Aurora Colorado.

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After we’ve Loved our Hates

crucifixion passionWe say, Jesus died for our sins. It’s true, but it sounds so sterile. It might be better understood through the language of he died for our addictions.

Addiction, not in the idea of dying for the things we know we shouldn’t love (the inhibitions of being intoxicated, the euphoric ecstasy of sex outside of marriage, the other worldly buzz off a high) but…in the things we hate after we’ve loved our hates.

Sin is not the deed we’ve done, but what’s been done by the deed…

  • The gangrene that attaches to my soul from gambling away my paycheck.
  • The cancer that ravages my relationship with my wife because I’m bitter and demanding.
  • The alienation that barks at me from my children cause I was a workaholic.
  • The sting of acid in my open wounds because I cheated on myself by treating myself to another man or woman.
  • The Grand Canyon that I can’t cross because I’m trapped in choices that suffocate me because I’m too proud.
  • The disorders of detachments that I use to make excuses for my selfishness.
  • The bombastic noises that sit in my soul like dead silence because I exchanged the truth for my lifestyle preferences.

Those and a million other untold carnage from our soiled souls is what we mean when we selfie sticksay, sin.  The Cross is the Selfie Stick… “click”.

God proved his love for us because he died for what was and is killing us. Jesus saves us from our worst version of ourselves.

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Recalled to Life

Morning is coming. His voice will awaken the dawn. The underground cities of the dead cemetarywill be recalled to life. Time will die and the eternity that was sealed up in our hearts will be endless. We will learn to breath all over again because eternity will take our breath away.

Our experience will be as though we stepped into Narnia’s wardrobe and spent a lifetime away on holiday only to return in the very next moment.

Life is to be examined from the place it emanates from, not from where it was last observed by our squinting eyes as we looked backward through the eye hole.

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Leadership is NOT the Limitless Pill

Everybody’s everything is leadership.

limitlessThe church has become one dimensional in our thinking and nobody seems to see it. We’ve boiled down “follow me” into leadership lessons.

We’ve lost the dimension of walking in love, listening to the Spirit, and living by faith. Everything is now a proven method, a step by step growth pattern, a technique. It’s become to clean and easy.

Give me the messy wisdom and failed experiences of sages and prophets over the
infomercial leaders.

Leadership is a by-product not a catalyst. Moses my servant led Israel through being humble. Joshua my servant led Israel by courage.

gandalfGive me back the development of Christian disciplines as a means of grace and the character of Christ as a portrait to follow and I will show you the leaders of his army.

But don’t give me leadership lessons. Enough of this trite life.

Give me the dimensions of Christ by the Spirit and you will be given leaders, apostles, fathers & mothers, prophets, pastors, martyrs, people who are gifted to be hospitable, givers, administers, comforters, healers, seers, prayer warriors, etc.

You will be given the full measure of the spirit of Christ in and through the whole Body of Christ.

Now do you still want to talk about just leadership?

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Clergy Clear Your Conscience Conference

I am thinking about providing a No Deceit – No Guile Forum for Pastors.

We don’t need any more leadership conferences.

This gathering doesn’t cost you any money, but it will cost you.

Super Soul Saturday…
(the Saturday of Super Bowl Sunday)
Feb 6, 2016
9-12 (lunch will not be provided, but fasting is recommended)

sleevexConfess your sins to one another

Tissues will not be offered so wear a long sleeve shirt

Pray for one another

Bear each others burdens

Love one another

Speak the truth in love

Bibles are not allowed, only the Word that has become flesh is spoken

Pour in oil & wine in open wounds

Bandage up the brokenness

Real wine and a single chalice is offered for your forgiveness and tasteless broken bread is given for wholeness

closet 2You won’t leave with a notebook of cool ideas to grow the church

There will not be a front of an auditorium, only a circle of chairs

No refreshments will be provided except for the soul

There will be no worship band to make you feel better only the stringed instruments of the heart will generate song

We haven’t rented out Bronco stadium, because we really only expect a closet full to attend

See you at the Tree +

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Best of December 2015

The prophetic voice of the American church has gone hoarse and now has laryngitis.

The prophets were drunk on God, and in the presence of their terrible tipsiness no one was ever comfortable. – Buechner

Life is a pendulum not a stop watch.

InceptionMorning is coming. His voice will awaken the dawn. The underground cities of the dead will be recalled to life. Time will die and the eternity that was sealed up in our hearts will be endless. We will learn to breath all over again because eternity will take our breath away.  Our experience will be as though we stepped into Narnia’s wardrobe and spent a lifetime away on holiday only to return in the very next moment.  Life is to be examined from the place it emanates from, not from where it was last observed by our squinting eyes as we looked backward through the eye hole.

Addiction is the demand for the things I DON’T need.
Fasting is the destitution for the things that I DO need.

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is that what one calls interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day. -CS Lewis

We live in the middle, but we understand at the edges.

I’m only human, I can’t handle the strategy of the tragedy. I’m a peddler of the divine, working for the Man turning water into wine.

A hand used in crime is an axe laid to the roots of worship. -Rabbi AJH

My body is becoming the stone ruins of an old Irish Abbey. As intriguing as 7-churches-bldgthe ruins may be, when you visit me, I hope it is the Ghost stories that inhabited my spirit that outlive me.

The broken people of this life have been teaching me how to speak Broken Gospel the same way others learn to speak in Broken English.

Renew the Church

If you are going to a church that is preaching every week, but not taking communion every week, then you remember Jesus for what he said not what he did.

I respect the religions of the world as much as Yehweh required Israel to respect the Egyptian, Philistine and Babylonian gods, and as much as Jesus paid homage to the Greek gods.

Remind me again how much time Christ and the Apostles spent on reforming the Roman Empire and building bridges with other Religions.

There is no such thing as a fast growing church. People grow slowly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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