Follow a burning book down the Fire Lane!

The Bible is the FIRE LANE that will lead you to the living Jesus and help ignite His fire in your heart & life! It’s a living, burning book.

Spend some time in the FIRE LANE everyday see for yourself. If you are stuck in any self-defeating thoughts or behaviors, daily reading the Bible with an open heart will gradually free you!

Here are some original thoughts that were inspired by years of spending daily time in the FIRE LANE:

My relationship with God through Jesus Christ is based on 0% merit and 100% mercy! That’s the formula for grace and it requires great humility. (See James 4:6.) That formula (grace = 0% merit + 100% mercy) makes me forever grateful and beholden to Him!

Many people are so distracted by desires, feelings, and activities that they never even notice that God is speaking in their soul. Expel from your heart every dominion but Jesus!

When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” He wasn’t saying to agree with or applaud them, but to be consistently kind to them.

In prechurch Christianity, God’s word was untamed! It burned in people’s hearts and its fire overflowed in their daily lives.

Many feelings and desires lead down the path of self-destruction. Don’t follow them.

An unmanaged mind makes many messes. Let the Holy Spirit’s apps manage yours!

A mind that is guided by the Holy Spirit has much more peace than a mind that is left to float along with random thoughts. A mind that doesn’t mind embracing negativity will soon be overwhelmed with discouragement.

Don’t let your mind be so open that common since and wisdom are pushed out. A mind that’s open to anything will eventually follow anything. There are some things that shouldn’t be done or thought.

When I feel like I don’t have a clue, Jesus is the glue that holds me together. Contentment, faith, and love aren’t intellectual concepts, but inner realities of a heart surrendered to the living Jesus.

To avoid guilt make your mind and heart follow your conscience. And when they slip away, ask forgiveness and get them back on track.

To ignore your conscience is to choose your own feelings and opinions over God’s inner light. Life works better when lived wisely, not when left to random impulses.

If you aren’t actively resisting negative thoughts, you’re accepting and approving them. A mind with no filter is flooded with pollutants.

This question was inspired by FIRE LANE verse, Philippians 4:8. What percentage of the things you think, listen to, watch, or read are uplifting & positive?

Actions and words are windows that show what people are like on the inside. The Son’s rays will raise your joy & peace. Pull back the blinds & let Jesus shine in your heart!

God wants to expand His Empire to your heart & life. Will you surrender to His rule or resist His authority?

The 1st century, Spirit-led ekklesia was gradually organized and turned into institutional church. Let’s make church ekklesia again.


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A Christian tribute to Stephen Hawking (with quotes)

Stephen Hawking was an inspiration to me and many millions of people. I’m sad to hear of his passing on Albert Einstein’s birthday. I wrote this about Hawking after seeing the movie of his life, The Theory Of Everything.

Did Stephen Hawking think about the concepts in the best-selling book, A Brief History Of Time, or was the book just a result of a physiological data processor called a brain? Hawkins believes that the Universe (and everything in it) is the result of a series of merely physical processes that can be explained in one mathematical formula — the Theory of Everything.

Thus Hawking believes that there is no non-material reality, nothing spiritual, no God, gods, or god. However, his inspirational life glaringly contradicts his beliefs.
The Theory of Everything is also a beautiful, 2014, British movie about Hawking, directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by his exwife Jane Wilde Hawking. His remarkable life is vividly portrayed in the film.

Hawking is considered to have the best living mind in the world. He has had the terribly crippling and fatal disease, ALS, since he was 21 . . . (Talk about an ice bucket challenge!). His girlfriend married him after the diagnosis and after being told that he would only live for 2 years. She devotedly took care of him for many years. They had three children. Stephen became “the world’s greatest living physicist” and wrote a book that has sold more than 10 million copies.

So many things in Stephen Hawking’s life cannot be explained by his purely materialistic belief system: his astounding courage; his determination, his hope, his creativity, his sense of purpose, his tenderness, his positive attitude, his awe of the Universe, his persistence, his genius, his suffering, his gratitude, his intuitive insights, his love for his family, his mental health, his self concept, his human consciousness, his passion, his curiosity, the love and devotion of his wife, her sacrifice, her compassion, her loyalty, and even his survival for more than 50 years with a fatal disease.

In the January 7, 2012 issue of Scientific American, Katherine Harmon asks the question: “How has Stephen Hawking lived past 70 with ALS?” Harmon writes: “Like his mind, Hawking’s illness seems to be singular. Most patients with ALS—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for the famous baseball player who succumbed to the disease—are diagnosed after the age of 50 and die within five years of their diagnosis. Hawking’s condition was first diagnosed when he was 21, and he was not expected to see his 25th birthday. What’s happened to him is just astounding. He’s certainly an outlier.” (Outlier is an intellectual term for a sign and a wonder.)

Sorry to tell you this, Stephen Hawking, but your life clearly demonstrates to me that some things cannot be explained by physics or by a mathematical formula! For example you say: “Where there’s life there is hope.” However, you also say that you don’t believe there is a God because you can’t prove His existence by science alone and your naturalistic view allows for no causes but materialistic ones. Applying the same presuppositions that you use about God to hope, you can’t prove hope either. So why do you live by and boldly proclaim something you can’t prove — the existence of immaterial hope?

(I believer that Stephen lived by hope because he experienced faith that contradicted his belief system and that faith gave him hope. For a book that gives hope beyond religion and beyond church click on this link.)

Stephen and I both went beyond church. He went beyond church to materialism. I went beyond church to Christian mysticism. (For more on my journey click this link.)

Some mystical quotes by a beautiful man — Stephen Hawking:

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

“The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”

“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious.”

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.”

“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”

“We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

“Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”

“So Einstein was wrong when he said, “God does not play dice.” Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.”

“ You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some Supreme Power behind it.”

“It matters if you just don’t give up.”

And here’s a naturalistic quote from Hawkins that contradicts the way he uses his mind!
“If there really is a complete unified theory that governs everything, it presumably also determines your actions. But it does so in a way that is impossible to calculate for an organism that is as complicated as a human being. The reason we say that humans have free will is because we can’t predict what they will do.”

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Before science split the atom, rebellion split the Adam.

Before science split the atom, rebellion against God split the Adam (and his descendants). Let Christ heal the split in your soul! To overcome the universal addiction to sin and self-destruction (as a result of that split) we need to daily live in Christ’s recovery. (Abide in the Vine.)

If we humans were good people, evil couldn’t torment the world. Jesus said, “There is none good but the Father.” The stages of our sin lead from enticement to pleasure to dependency to depression to bondage to denial to despondency. Jesus saves!

As Spring releases a fresh flow of new life in plants, Jesus wants you to surrender and let His life freely flow through you. If Christ isn’t working in your heart and continually changing you, there’s a real possibility that He might not be in you. If we don’t let Jesus live and work inside of us daily, then liturgy are religion are empty. When the risen Jesus is living inside of you, you feel His music soaring through your soul! The greatest need in society today is for us to awaken to Christ and His spiritual life!

Don’t follow your heart when it is leading you away from God! To disobey your conscience is to close your eyes to truth. God is trying to work in everybody. Don’t resist what He’s trying to do in you. There are things you can do that will make you love God more (or less).

When loving, Spirit-inspired interaction in the body of Christ was replaced with a weekly lecture, ekklesia morphed into church. Ekklesia was a network of equals. Church became one man’s classroom. When Christ-followers gather to experience the outworking of the inner presence of Jesus through one another, that’s ekklesia! Ekklesia is a open gathering of rebels who have surrendered to Christ.

Christianity is much more about followership than it is about leadership. We are called to follow and obey the resurrected Jesus! Christians are called to be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14); not to be controlled by religious hierarchies or organizations. I heard a preacher preaching that everyone has a gift, but they weren’t free to use their gifts in the meeting. Why settle for a preacher’s talk about Jesus when Jesus is speaking directly to your heart? Church is often like hearing the same person’s product review every week, but never trying the product.

Don’t get your mind so focused on a mission that you miss the many marvelous moments that make up the mission. God can do more in a minute than our best programming can in an hour. So why not let God have an unprogrammed minute in church? The God of the Bible can’t be confined to a religious program. To attempt to do so is a form of denial.

Churches tend to honor the “greatest” but Jesus always seemed to honor the “least of these.” No sermon about or description of Jesus can remotely compare to experiencing His presence. If you like to get high you should try mysticism–direct experiences with the risen Jesus!

The existence of life that can read this post proclaims the reality of the impossible. Let Jesus do the impossible in you!

If you were inspired by these thoughts, you will like the book, Beyond Church. Get it at this link.

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Crazy Bible Stuff Tackles Hell!

People talk about hell a lot — about it freezing over or splitting wide open or being on wheels or giving it to people. They even use it as a popular cuss word. Then people inconsistently say that they don’t want to talk about hell. Heck. Hell’s a major topic. So here goes. Jay and I, talk about Hell in our Crazy Bible Stuff YouTube Channel.

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Rick Warren diagnosis disunity in the body of Christ

Many walls have torn Christians into tens of thousands of groups and denominations — church walls, doctrinal walls, pride walls, racial walls, organizational walls. However, Jesus wants us to be one. Are we failing at unity?

Recently, while speaking at the 75th annual convention of National Religious Broadcasters, Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven Life) said: “There’s a theme in Scripture that the church often ignores and that is that God wants His children to get along . . . Friends, we’re failing at unity. The church is more divided, more polarized, there are more tribes, and more splattered, more fractured, than ever before.”

Warren continued to say: “They were in one place, they were of one accord, they were of one heart, they had one purpose, they had one vision …When we have the unity of Acts, we’ll have the power of Acts. We’re just not willing to pay the price for Pentecost. We’re not willing to set aside our petty differences and unify around one thing: the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Rick also said: “Revival in America will never happen unless the church is willing to address and fight racial prejudice,” which he called the “most common” sin in the world.

He encouraged his audience with Billy Graham’s example of unity. Warren said: “Not only did Billy Graham insist all of his crusades be integrated with every kind of ethnic background, he also sat everyone at the table. He took Catholics and Orthodox and fundamentals and evangelicals and Calvinists and charismatics, and he put them all on the stage.”

Perhaps we need to do more than talk about unity. Maybe it is time to tear down the walls that have torn Christians apart. So how can we do that?

Take a first step toward tearing down the walls that prevent unity in the body of Christ. Read a practical handbook on Christian unity and healing our divisions. Search the web for ONE: Unfolding God’s Eternal Purpose From House To House. (Or click on this link.)

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Bible heroes were ordinary people (Moses stuttered)

You’ve probably seen some of these statements about how God uses regular people (like you and me). They are often shared on social media:

Moses stuttered.
Miriam was a gossip.
Jonah ran from God.
Leah was unattractive.
Paul saw himself as the “chief of sinners.”
Peter was impulsive.
Martha was a worrier.
Sampson was codependent.
Joseph was abused.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Zaccheus was short.
Naomi was a widow.
Thomas had his doubts.
Jacob was a cheater.
Elijah was moody.
Sara was impatient.
Abraham was too old.

History shows that everyday people are powerful and can do amazing things. Take the last two people on that list:

Abraham lied because he was afraid of the Pharaoh in Egypt, yet almost half the world now looks to him as the father of their faith. Sara, Abraham’s wife, was childless and was so impatient that she gave up on God’s promise (and even laughed at it) and talked Abraham into having a child by another woman; yet God still gave her a child and made her the matriarch of multitudes.

Another example of an ordinary person who God greatly used was Francis of Assisi who lived in the 12th century. Some people actually thought he was a sissy and accused him of disserting the army during the Crusades. Francis was a broken man, but found Christ and began to follow Him and to minister Christ’s love to others. He was never ordained as a priest (so he ways an ordinary “layman”), but God used him to start a mighty spiritual movement that has impacted many millions of people worldwide, even into the 21st century. Watch the amazing movie about Francis called “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.”

So guess what? God wants to use you! A few minutes ago the Holy Spirit put it on my heart to take a picture of a tiny statue of Francis of Assisi along with the book ONE. One of the themes of ONE is about how God wants to use ordinary people to minister the love of Christ to one another.

After taking that picture, I turned on my computer and went to Twitter. The very first thing that I saw at the top of my feed was the second picture below. How unlikely is that! I don’t believe seeing that flyer with St. Francis in bold print, was a coincidence. I believe it was conformation from God that He wants to boldly use YOU! And NOW is the time! Will you LET HIM?

To help you get started, pick up a copy of ONE in Kindle or paperback. Simply search the web for ONE by Henry Hon or go to this link.

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Now heeere’s how we met Jesus!

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