“Jesus rose,” is much more reasonable than “nothing produced everything.” A virgin birth is much more reasonable than time & chance creating the Universe. Jesus walking on water is much more reasonable than life creating itself.
The living Jesus can personally lead us. He doesn’t need surrogates but servants. We need to be servants carrying the risen Christ within us; not surrogates substituting our efforts for His presence.
Jesus’s love is so often unrequited. Requite His love–love Him back! Breathe love; give love; embrace self-denial, humility, & obedience to Christ. There’s no question that Jesus loves you. The question is “Do you love & obey Him?”
People get worked up about politics, sports, patriotism, business — why not Jesus? Perhaps Christ-followers could gather to share enthusiasm for Jesus — “Rejoice!” To present Christianity as boring is a great disservice to the Gospel!
First century Christ-followers were on fire. Then we made them sit silently & listen. Christians used to meet & rejoice. Then we made them quietly watch a presentation. Gifts of the Spirit used to flow through regular people. Then we set up clergy. Christians used to meet as a loving family. Then we turned it into a one-man program. Ancient Pentecost was overflowing enthusiasm for Jesus. Then we organized it out.
True Christianity is earth’s most exciting lifestyle–sad it’s been taught as dull. Let’s unleash the Spirit to blow like wind from within those who gather in His name. Let’s let the presence of Christ breathe His excitement into church services!
There are many gifted people in a gathering of Christ-followers — not just one! I love it when each person brings a spiritual “dish” to share in a worship meeting.
Open your heart valves & let God’s love flow from your inner most being. (John 7:38) From many comes one voice when the Spirit prompts members of Christ’s body to speak in a meeting.
Resist ungodly thoughts, feelings, & desires. Don’t let them control your life. Be cooperative with Christ; non-cooperative with evil.
Experience the risen Jesus personally leading a meeting every Sunday morning at 10:45 at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207. Read more about it at this link.