Replacing Judgment with Love

Nietzsche said the last Christian died on the cross.

That is such a bold, yet powerful and piercing statement. Is it true? In some ways I feel that it is. And that’s painful!

It’s not just how one man saw it, either. I think a lot of people see it that way. Jesus would not want it to be true, so we need to do something to change it.

It’s a joke how much we judge in the church. Continue reading

Sharing Abundance

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Abundant life! What does that mean? Well, abundant life is a life that is not in need. You don’t need to find food, you have it. You don’t need to find water, you have it. You don’t need to find a place to live, you live somewhere. You don’t need to find a job, you have a job.

It doesn’t mean you have millions of dollars. I think abundance is having enough, plus some for somebody else. And if you have enough, and you have extra, then you live in abundance. Continue reading

Know Your Neighbor’s Needs

The first great commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. The day I realized that these are not two commandments, but one single commandment, was a day of revelation for me. It took me a few years of searching to see it, but when this realization came home, then BAM! I thought I knew all I needed to know. I was so excited to get started. So I founded an organization called Generation Alive.

Initially, it was about training young people to lead, and to dream really big. That’s why I started Generation Alive. I said, “Okay, you know, I have to figure out some way to love my neighbor as myself. I want to love on young people. I want to tell them to dream really big.” So I got this huge idea to start a non-profit. I hired a guy to serve as Generation Alive’s director. We got into a couple of schools, and we talked about dreaming big. It seemed like it was going well, but nothing ever really caught on. Generation Alive was failing. Continue reading

The Secret Is Love

Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29

Jesus knew how hard it would be for us to believe without seeing. It’s as if he told us, “I know it’s going to be hard to do. I know it is. I know this is going to be really, really difficult. But when your soul feels real love, the love I’ve showed you, you’re going to be okay. You won’t miss it that you didn’t see Me, or walk around Palestine with me. It won’t matter that you didn’t see the miracles with your own eyes. You won’t miss it at all, because your soul will crave My love. And when you accomplish just a little part of loving others the way I love you, it’ll feel so good to your soul that faith will seem easy. You’re going to believe in Me.”

And I think that that’s what happens when you get together with other people and help build His kingdom. Continue reading

Love, Not Judgment

Nietzsche said the last Christian died on the cross.

That is such a bold, yet powerful and piercing statement. Is it true? In some ways I feel that it is. And that’s painful! It’s not just how one man saw it, either. I think a lot of people see it that way.

In her comments on my last post, Lisa wrote, “So many people laugh at the ‘Bible thumpers’ and think they are complete lunatics. They lump all Christians together and view us with such a negative light. How can we change that?

I think we change that by changing how we do things. It’s so simple. We have to love, not judge. Continue reading

Living Like Jesus (Part 1)

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Abundant life! What does that mean? Well, abundant life is a life that is not in need. You don’t need to find food, you have it. You don’t need to find water, you have it. You don’t need to find a place to live, you live somewhere. You don’t need to find a job, you have a job.

It doesn’t mean you have millions of dollars. I think abundance is having enough, plus some for somebody else. And if you have enough, and you have extra, then you live in abundance.

Consumerism can actually kill people. Continue reading

The Secret Is Love

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Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29

Jesus knew how hard it would be for us to believe without seeing. It’s as if he told us, “I know it’s going to be hard to do. I know it is. I know this is going to be really, really difficult. But when your soul feels real love, the love I’ve showed you, you’re going to be okay. You won’t miss it that you didn’t see Me, or walk around Palestine with me. It won’t matter that you didn’t see the miracles with your own eyes. You won’t miss it at all, because your soul will crave My love. And when you accomplish just a little part of loving others the way I love you, it’ll feel so good to your soul that faith will seem easy. You’re going to believe in Me.”

And I think that that’s what happens when you get together with other people and help build His kingdom. When you love like Jesus, you will feel so good. You’ll realize His love. You’ll tell people, “This love I feel is not of this world. It’s like music. My soul connects with it, and it’s hooked. My soul knows it’s real. Somehow, I don’t know, I’ve never seen Jesus, but I feel Him. And now I know what my soul craves. I know why I’m here. I know peace.”

Part of the miracle is you’ll have peace in a world that doesn’t enjoy much peace.

There’s a lot of turmoil here. There’s a lot of second-guessing. And there’s a lot of selfishness. People don’t know what’s right and wrong, so they’re doing what’s right for them. They don’t have that peace that says, “This is right. Jesus is right.” They haven’t found that peace, so they become scared. They don’t know what’s really going on, so they become selfish and they say, “Well, this is right for me. Since I don’t know what’s right and wrong, I’m going to do what’s right for my own little piece of the world.”

I think that’s why Jesus left us with the example of His love. I mean, loving like Jesus is it. It’s the gig. I think it is the secret, man. It’s the secret to the church doing things the right way. The church is the secret of God, and the secret to the church’s existence is to love like Jesus.

Those who have found Jesus get it. They’ve got that inner peace. Sure they’ll fail. They’ll mess up. They can be selfish at times. We’re human beings.

But they get it. See you Tuesday.

The Price of Judgment

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Nietzsche said the last Christian died on the cross.

That is such a bold, yet powerful and piercing statement. Is it true? In some ways I feel that it is. And that’s painful!

It’s not just how one man saw it, either. I think a lot of people see it that way. Jesus would not want it to be true. So I think that we need to do something to change it.

It’s a joke how much we judge in the church. We judge other people. We think we’re better than other people. We think we’re better human beings because we found Jesus.

Jesus wouldn’t react that way. No. Jesus would say, “You shouldn’t try to make yourselves look better in the eyes of other human beings because you found Me. That’s not how it works. You should love other people better because you found Me.”

And I think that that’s just so good, man. I’ve seen the good that comes when you don’t judge other people.

I’ve been around when someone does something that I know is wrong. They look at me as if to say, “Oh, you’re a Christian guy, you think you’re better than me.” They look at me to see if I’m going to look at them wrong. They expect me to shake my head and judge them right there.

I want that guy to look at me. Then I can look at him and I can smile. And I can give him a hug. And I can say, “I love you.”

Then he might say, “But I just did something you think is wrong!”

And I can say, “You’re right, and I don’t agree with it. I wouldn’t do it, because I don’t think it’s right. But that does not change my view. I love you as a human being. I love you so much. And I love your life. I hope that you will know the right and wrong way to do things one day, but brother, I will not turn my back on you. I love you.”

That heals the soul immediately! When you do that, people are blown away. They’re like, “Whoa, wait! That’s not how it’s done!”

They’re right! That’s not how it’s done, because we haven’t done it right.

Jesus is the one that showed us the right way to do things. The church’s calling is to love like Jesus. See you Friday.