GRIT - Part 6: Grace & Grit

In our striving for grit, we must not forget that we don’t earn our own lives, we find passion and perseverance by falling under and yielding ourselves to then power of the worlds greatest hero, Christ. He is the one who is guiding and leading of our lives, and we belong to Him for His glory and purposes. 

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GRIT - Part 5: Verbal Discipline

Words have amazing powers to give life or to kill it. In our culture, a people who would take control of their tongue and keyboard would be light in the darkness and life to those around. It takes great strength to exercise verbal discipline. 

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GRIT - Part 1: Wisdom in Troubles

There is a way to endure trials in a way that brings out the worst in us. This response to trials is what James warns us about. Wisdom is the only way we can go through troubles in a way that grows us. One part of wisdom is understanding that trouble’s source is not God, but God will use anything he can get his hands on for our good.

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He Shall be Called - Healer

A great portion of Christ’s time was dedicated to healing the sick. He healed all kinds of people: the blind, the paralyzed, the lame, the deaf, lepers, those who had fevers, and many with chronic illnesses. He came in a body and used His physical body to touch, love and heal people at cost to his physical body. All physical healing is temporary, external and visible, the deepest healing Jesus came to bring was to the deepest and eternal parts of us.

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He Shall be Called - Sanctifier

All Christians understand the first reality, grateful and confident that Christ’s blood has atoned for their sins. They no longer need to fear eternal separation from God. But most Christians do not understand or experience the second reality. The full reality of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Because many Christians have been badly taught, or because they have chosen to disregard the clear teaching of the New Testament regarding sanctification, they are missing much of what God has made available to every believer in Christ.

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He Shall be Called - Savior

Jesus is an exclusive Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name in heaven given to men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12. Contrary to what contemporary culture tells us, there are not multiple paths to God. There is only one—Jesus Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection ensures His followers an endless list of promises from God’s Word. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, His promises are for us, including peace today and hope of eternity with Him.

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Soul Keeping - The Soul needs a Center

November 11: The Practice of Gratitude

"God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are. It is here that we can be grateful." 
-Dallas Willard 

Gratitude is a character trait, available in every circumstance. If we only have joy and thanksgiving when our circumstances are comfortable, we need to dig deeper and demonstrate the kind of inner character that can be thankful in every season.

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Soul Keeping - The Practice of Grace

"The greatest saints are not those who need less grace, but those who consume the most grace, who indeed are most in need of grace - those who are saturated by grace in every dimension of their being. Grace to them is like breath." -Dallas Willard. The soul needs rest, and Jesus promised rest for our weary souls. Come to me He said, and I will give rest to your soul. 

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Soul Keeping - What the Soul Needs

“You must arrange your days so that you are experiencing total contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God - that and that alone is what makes a soul healthy”. -Dallas Willard

It is the nature of a soul to need and the way to heal a soul is to free it from it’s clutch to a toxic source and connect it to the source it was made for. 

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Soul Keeping - The Struggle of a Soul

“The ruined life is not to be enhanced, but replaced. We must simply lose our life - that ruined life about which most people complain so much anyway.” (Dallas Willard) Our souls have needs, because our should have been infected. The soul searches for a Father, in a soul damaged world. 

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Soul Keeping - What is a Soul?

“What matters most, what marks your existence, the really deep reason why human life matters so much, is because of this tiny, fragile, vulnerable, precious thing about you called your soul. You are not just a self; you are a soul You are a soul made by God, made for God, and made to need God, made to run on God. Which means that you are not made to be self-sufficient”

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Flourish - A Flourishing Life Bears Fruit

What is a generous life? It has to be more noble than a life lived for the sake of me. The bold prayer, “Here am I Lord send me.” can be the beginning of a movement. It can cause us to rise, in our place and in our time to give ourselves away for the sake of the gospel in our city and for the sake of the people who live here. Our lives can be part of bringing more love, and joy, and peace. Anything’s possible. 

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Flourish - Humility = Strong and Weak

Finding significance and purpose comes when we discover the character trait of humility. Recognizing that we are made strong. We have been created with purpose and strength to contribute to human flourishing in the city we live. And at the same time we recognize that we are weak. We walk in vulnerability, allowing people to influence and affect us. Building a counter-cultural community that contributes to the common good brings our christian community and our work together. Nobody’s Perfect. 

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Flourish - Finding Nourishment

Humans were designed to have to eat. God provided daily “life” through a tree. When sin broke our relationship to God. we were cut off from our source of “life.” We had to find life in something and we chose to find life in idols. Jesus gives us the kind of food we deeply need, but we have to stop feeding off idols to receive it. Common idols we have in our culture are Power, Approval, Comfort, and Control. 

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