Friday, September 25, 2009

The extreme makeover

We must remember that when we ask Christ into our lives that we are asking for Him to both save us and to change us. We are asking for His forgiveness and for His love, but we are also asking Him to come in and clean house. We are asking Him to make us like Him - full of love, mercy, grace, righteousness, and holiness. This means we are asking Him to drive out the selfishness, pride, lust, and sinfulness. We are asking for the extreme makeover.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! - 1 Corinthians 5:17

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jesus said it’s all about repentance

Many say that the primary message of Jesus when He ministered on this earth was love. No doubt about it, Jesus spoke a lot about love and demonstrated pure love. However, the primary spoken message of Jesus was really repentance. Yes, repentance.

Scripture even makes a very clear point of this reality:
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matt. 4:17
In fact, Jesus’ the whole Sermon on the Mount is a cry for repentance. This all starts to become clear when we see that the word “repentance” as used in the Greek means to “to change one’s mind for the better, to think differently, and to allow this new way of thinking to thoroughly change one’s actions and lifestyle.”

So, Jesus taught that it was time to stop doing things the same way. It was time to repent. It was time to think and act differently. It was time to do it God’s way. And it is now possible to do it God’s way because Christ has brought the kingdom; He has conquered sin and death. His grace now gives us all we need for life and godliness.

Are you living a life of repentance? Are you thinking differently? A great litmus test is the Sermon on the Mount. Does this describe your thinking and your life?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Answer the call and see miracles

Amazing things happen when we do what God has called us to do. Let’s look at the Gospel of Mark’s take on the Great Commission to see what kind of results we can expect when we live out the calling that Christ has placed on our lives:
15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe (those who have come to Christ as a result of us going and making disciples): In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." - Mark 16:15-18
When we fulfill the calling that has so clearly been placed on our lives by Jesus Christ Himself, we will see miracles. We will see the kingdom of God advance in power and in might. We will see things be made right again. We will see order come where there was confusion, we will see health where there was sickness. We will see freedom where there was bondage. We will see hope where there was despair. We will see life where there was death.

Let's GO!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Let's save the world

As a red-blooded man, I have had my fill of dreams where I was the one who came crashing through the door to save the day; where I was the one who blew up the plans of the enemy; where I was the super hero. In the Great Commission, Jesus gives His followers an amazing gift; He gives us clear insight into why we exist; why we are here. Additionally, He makes us part of the greatest possible adventure that life can offer - we get to partner with Christ to SAVE THE WORLD. Check it out...
18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - MAtthew 28:18-20
Jesus tells us to join Him in bringing people out of darkness into His marvelous light. He invites us (well, actually He commands us) to help save the world. This is so cool. Let's deploy. Let's engage. Let's do this thing and fulfill our calling in life.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Find the wall and tear it down

We know that Jericho was a barrier to Israel’s advancement. It had to be removed. It had to be destroyed for them to fully occupy the land. Is there a Jericho in your life today? With some it is selfish ambition: the desire for fame or success. For others it is covetousness: the desire to accumulate wealth – stuff. Still others it is worldly pleasure. Only by active faith can obstacles be overcome.
“The frowning walls of Jericho must fall before there can be spiritual progress and enjoyment of the riches of grace in Christ Jesus.” H.A. Ironsides
Is there something that is keeping you from going to the next level; to the next season; to the next blessing that God has for you? If so, seek God for His plans to destroy that Jericho in your life and step out in faith and do battle against it. God will cause it to crumble. But just like the Israelites, you have got to obediently stand up, walk around the wall, and declare it to be removed. IN JESUS NAME!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

God get’s His people involved

God can do things anyway He desires. For instance, He could have caused the walls of Jericho to fall and crumble with one word from His mouth. But instead, He got His people involved. He required that His people stand up and engage in the process. His people had to stand up and walk or nothing would have happened. God’s people had to take real steps of faith.

As followers of Christ, we see this same call on our lives. Jesus tells His disciples to follow Him. He tells us to step out of the boat. He tells us to take up our cross and follow Him. We are called to GO; not sit, not observe, but GO! God wants us to be involved in His kingdom coming to earth. He wants us to be active participants. This is a mandate to us just like the Israelites were commanded to get up and walk around the city of Jericho.

Let’s get involved. Let’s be active participants in God’s kingdom plans.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Is it really foolishness?

Some people think that the things of God are foolish. They say, “prayer is a waste of time, it doesn’t do anything; fasting is ridiculous, what does not eating have to do with God moving in our lives; going to church and singing songs is silly, nothing changes." That is what the world thinks.

Jesus said that, “The things of His kingdom will look like foolishness to the world.” But, it is exactly that foolishness, driven by true faith and the grace of God, that moves mountains, that changes nations, that brings healing to bodies and to relationships, that frees us from bondage, and that causes the walls to crumble.
Bring on the foolishness. Bring on the power of God!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Did you know that you already have it?

The Promised Land was given to the Israelites before they ever attacked Jericho. It was already theirs by title, but they still had to truly make it their own by driving out and destroying the vile inhabitants.

If you are a follower of Christ, a child of God, then this is also how it is in your life. We have been given the kingdom. We have been given the victory, but we are still called to make it our own by doing battle against the enemy and driving out the yuck from our lives. We know we don’t battle against flesh and blood, but we do battle against the ruler of this lost world, against evil spiritual forces of the devil.

There is a blessing, a Promised Land, a victory for those who are in Christ Jesus. Sadly, many fail to grab hold of it by faith and practically enjoy it because of ignorance, laziness, or selfishness. Let’s not miss it. Let’s take what has been given to us and not miss out on any of it. Let’s advance the kingdom for the glory of God.
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have (past tense) delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. – Joshua 6:2

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Evident Life Church is moving! "Read" all about it...

That’s right, effective this weekend we are moving our Sunday meeting location from the Freestone Recreation Center to the Southeast Regional Library (755 N. Greenfield Rd in Gilbert). The library is on the Southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe. It is a wonderful facility and gives us more room for growth at virtually the same weekly cost – praise God! We will continue to meet on Sundays at 4:00pm and have our time of dinner and fellowship afterwards.

The church website has been updated, but please let your friends and family know of the change and invite them to join us on Sundays. There is a tool on our website that allows you to easily invite friends and family to Evident Life. Take advantage of it and let’s keep growing the church for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.

Click this link for a map to the library.

In amazement of Him,
Pastor Eric