Saved? What’s it to Ya?

In the last few months we’ve been discussing the salvation message that many of us were raised with, namely that it is a very simple thing to “get saved.” I can’t remember how many times in conversation with people I have heard them say that they “said the words” in a prayer and, therefore, were saved and going to heaven. They staked their claim in the few square feet at the foot of the cross and expected to be able to live as they pleased until the trumpet sounded and then, by the strength of those words mumbled in prayer would be good to go.

Really? Is that was is required of the followers of Jesus? A few parroted words and we’re good to go with “the man upstairs”?

I’d like to recommend two resources that may be of help here. First, a sermon by one of our favorite preachers, Major Ian Thomas, and second, a book we published for a friend of ours called The Transforming Power of the Keys of the Kingdom – Rediscovering the Process of New Testament Conversion.

Announcement: Jody is Creating a Devotional

Come Follow MeYou may have been following Jody’s daily podcast in which she has been discussing walking in the Spirit. We’re excited to announce that we are adapting  that same material for a daily devotional, titled Come Follow Me to be published in the fall. We expect it to be a great gift idea for the coming year. We’ll keep you updated on her progress, as well as post random entries from the book so you can get a preview of what to expect from the book. Here’s one:

Living Blessed

“Behold, My servant Whom I have chosen; My Beloved in Whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.”  ~ Matthew 12:18

In the Old Testament, at the end of a Patriarch’s life, they would extend a blessing to their children. Wrapped up in the words uttered, was a promise of benefit, an inclusion in the inheritance, and proclamation of identity.  It was a time when resources and role were transferred from one generation to another, and if you were the first-born, a double portion.

We read, in these stories, how sons manipulated in order to receive a better blessing than was their due, and how others received lesser benefit because of previous behavior.  Blessing established future well-being and reward, and sons lived their lives in order to be blessed.

On the day Jesus was baptized, and His public ministry began, the Father gave voice from heaven, and blessed the Son. “ And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

Jesus lived from blessing rather than for it. The Father conferred His identity upon His Son, voiced His pleasure, and extended the Holy Spirit as a dove to rest upon Him.

He lived from that blessing into the darkest days of history….into the hours when He experienced the Father’s wrath against sin…right on into the Resurrection and Ascension.

Question: Do you consider it difficult to walk in a way that would be pleasing to the Lord? 

Jody’s Ignite Teaching Posted

Just wanted to let y’all know that we have posted Jody’s teaching from last weekend’s Ignite Women’s Conference.

She spoke on Navigating the Cultural Storm Discovering the Narrow Way that Leads to Life. Click to hear what she had to say.

Finishing a Busy Few Weeks

We have finished a busy few weeks. Both of us were in Colombia during the first week of February, came home for a week and jetted off to Wisconsin to facilitate a Prayer Summit and, in between facilitated a prayer day for a Presbyterian church in Vancouver, WA.

The first week in March Jody attended a women’s retreat with Montavilla Baptist Church and, during the same weekend, traveled back to the metro area to teach at the Ignite Conference.

Whew! Time to breathe!

Off to Wisconsin!

We’re headed to Wisconsin to do a prayer summit with pastors and wives of the Fox Valley. We’d appreciate your prayers. We’ll stay in touch.

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Headed Home!

We are sitting in the airport in Bogota. This has been a fruitful trip and we are leaving behind many new friends that we hope one day to see again. We were able to serve both traditional churches and also a budding house church presence that I will look forward to watching from afar. All the same it will be wonderful to be home and in our own bed! A shower that reliably produces hot and cold water wI’ll be nice, too.

I don’t doubt we’ll return to Colombia again.

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