coloring apologetically.

ok so i just went on a random (providential actually) twitter rant on the gospel, using a super Spirit-led analogy (thank You), as a result of reconciling some twitter trending topics (#tobehonest & #alljokesaside) back to Christ with my blood brothers @2Live4Him and @RevNunnWisdom. i’m going to just copy and paste it, so bear with the twitter grammar please (140 characters isn’t enough, obviously, lol) … it wasn’t thought out so there could be some theological mishaps, lol, but hey as long as God gets the glory! here it is in it’s entirety! soli Deo gloria!

let’s use coloring as an example, perhaps, as an #apologeticexample right quick. lol. follow me on this (this is life and death :/ you know?). let’s say we get a black and white picture to color in with crayons, and all we have to do is color and not get out of line … if we color the entire picture without getting out of line, we get to see the bigger picture, if not, we get trashed with the pic. #ouch. so i’m coloring right, and then i take my eyes off of the picture, and i color outside of the line. #ouch. now i got out of line that 1 time, but i’m like, “let me just try to color the rest of the picture perfectly, to ‘overshadow’ that mistake.” so i began to really concentrate on staying within the lines, but my hand is so nervous that i still get out of line every once and a while. sometimes i get out of line because i take my eyes off of the picture, other times, because i let someone distract me. blah. so now i come to a point where, no matter how much i stay in line of that picture, those times i drew outside the picture will remain. #sin. so that means, as of now, me, along with the pic, will be trashed, because i drew outside of the line, and i can’t erase those mistakes. now what am i, man, supposed to do? there is no earthly way that i can erase those crayola marks that are outside the lines on my pic! the only way that i can get those mistakes off of the pic, is for them to be completely washed away! where can i get some white-out!?!

well here is the good news #gospel #tobehonest #alljokesaside Jesus Christ is the only Way to have a brand new picture with no mistakes! although i have worked and worked and worked to color the rest of the picture perfectly, that 1 mistake is enough to get trashed, but God! God sent a Way for your colorful mistakes to be washed! no matter how hard we work (go to church, help old ladies cross the street, give money to poor, volunteer, pray, fast) we still out of line! but God, being Love, gave His only Son, and He shed blood for the remission of those coloring mistakes, now you’re picture is brand new! but the only way you can see “the bigger picture” is if you repent (turn away, adios, deuce, bye) from your old lifestyle, and believe! believe that Jesus was born of a virgin (with the only God ALL things are possible), lived a life where he didn’t color out of line … died on the Cross so that we who believe can receive credit for the perfect life He lived, and resurrected so that we can have new life too!

repent and believe in the gospel!

Have You Got Served?

Have you seen the dance movie You Got Served?  I could talk about the poor acting for days, but for the sake of length and this blog I’d like to focus on the idea of “getting served.”  In the movie there was a strong dislike of getting served on the dance floor. I had to pause today and really ask myself, “why is that such a big deal?” I mean, why would folk not want to be served? In short, believe the answer has something to do with pride. We want to work, we want to show you what *pounds chest in a manly fashion* we can do, right? Think about it. There was a scene in the beginning of one of the underground battles where one of the B2K team members said something to the tune of “Get served? Nah bro, I’m about to serve you!”  [cue dance music]

The idea of getting served in this B2K movie was abhorred, and I believe when we examine our own lives, we connect with that to a certain extent, because even though the work we do to serve is tough and truly physically taxing, it isn’t outweighed by the internal gratification from knowing you earned something for all that work.

With all of that said, religion is a tough gig. No really, it is. You serve a large, powerful and angry god, a god that blesses you when you do good things, and hates you when you do bad things.  Your service, whatever that may or may not be (praying hard…really hard, not eating pork, praying 5 times a day, driving a hybrid car, church attendance, not looking at certain YouTube videos)  earns you something with the god you are serving. You put in your wages, and your god owes you a blessing (good grades, that new car, a husband/wife) [Opens hand] Pay up, god.

To recap: Religion says “Get served? Nah God, I’m about to serve you!”  [cue good works and avoiding big sins]

But what does Relationship say? Relationship says God serves you.

*Pause* Before you exit out of this window, keep reading. I understand how that may sound a bit blasphemous, just keep reading.

Acts 17: 24-26

24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

Paul was speaking to a group of people that felt the need to DO something, anything, for their gods. Paul explained that one true God isn’t served, and can’t be served because…well because He’s God. Paul goes on to say God in fact is the one that gives us what it is that we need. A hefty example would be John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (emphasis added)

God gave us Himself in flesh (Jesus) so we could be reconciled to Him (the Father) then sent himself down and dwells in us upon belief (the Holy Spirit/Ghost) so that we may love Him.

So this is the call I have for you: allow God to serve you by (1) accepting the service Jesus did for you on the cross by repenting and believing and (2) living a life dependent upon the Holy Spirit that dwells inside of you upon belief.

Now that you have all the information my question for you is, have you got served?

open Letter, short Story.

i received a letter from paul a few weeks ago. he’s been locked up in prison for a while now. each time he writes me, the news pierces my heart in such an indescribable way … it tempts my eyes to cry tears the size of a bullet. i don’t think he’ll mind me sharing with you some of the things he wrote in his most recent letter to me. i do pray that it moves you and draws you nearer to the Subject in this story.

to my sister in Christ:

grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

i just feel so compelled to share this news with you.  in my spirit, i feel you need to know the Truth about God, the Father.  it leaves me in awe every time i reflect on this … and it draws me nearer to worship Him and to honor Him and to adore Him.  it’s kind of crazy and it’s kind of extreme, but God is amazingly in Love with you, and i want to explain to you how i know.

i want you to imagine yourself, clean and pure.  divine and untouched.  perfectly assembled.   picture yourself sitting on a throne with God … laughing, talking, and living it up with absolutely no worries, no harms, no anxiety, just peace.

now, take that description of yourself and set it to the left hand side of your mind.  leave room on the right for this image.

i want you to imagine yourself being struck in the face by malicious words and heavy mucous containing hate and disdain for your existence on earth.  i want you to picture the face of the woman who conceived you flooded in tears, anguish, strife – witnessing her only Son being treated inhumanely, not being able to do anything about it.

i want you to imagine yourself being beaten and flogged with whips that have thorns and nails attatched to it.  gripping the flesh on your body and viciously ripping it off and away from the core of its growth.  countlessly striking your body, one grip and rip after the other.  imagine yourself howling while being submerged in a puddle of your own warm brick red blood.  imagine being tormented, verbally and physically, with absolutely no relief, no help, no escape whatsoever.

now, with that same brutally assaulted body … all energy exerted outwardly, all strength vanished … not even an ounce of durability remaining in you … imagine having to carry a wooden planked cross weighing more than 110 pounds up a mountain.  just so the same people who beat you mercilessly can hammer into both of your wrists and your feet an iron nail and forcefully shove a thorned crown on your temple.

my sister in Christ, can you imagine yourself in these gruesome descriptions?  i sit in this cell and they repeat over and over.  because in all Truth, it should have been me.  it should have been you.  but God loves us with His crazy love, that He sent His only Son to endure all of what i explained to you, for our sake.  God took His wrath and poured it all out on Jesus instead of us.

now, in closing, are you living as though you are thankful that Jesus exchanged His life … for yours?  are you placing God last place … when He, graciously, placed you first?  how much do you truly honor and love God?

greet every saint in Christ Jesus.  the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

your loving brother in Christ,

paul.

Because He Lives

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLsiNmVkksI&feature=PlayList&p=1522F714A2F83239&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=17] Written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, “Because He Lives” is a song that inspires hope in the listener because Jesus was able to conquer death and now is living in heaven close to His loving Father.  If He got through the pain, then it’s a guarantee that you can too.  The words of this song have been able to minister to me in many rough times in my life.  Savor these beautiful lyrics written about our Risen King! P.S.  This is a rendition of the song by one of my favorite singers – Fantasia!!

Mr. President can the unbirthed please VIDA?

we don't need another hero to die for a cause, we have Jesus. Let them live.

No, Mr. President: John Piper’s response to Obama on abortion.

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This is not a pro-choice or pro-life debate…this is a sanctity of human life plea. This is not an anti-Obama agenda…this is a cry from a people who thanked God for the day Obama was inaugurated. Please do not think I am against the authority placed into power, but first and foremost Jesus is my King of Kings and I will obey Him. Jesus told me to stand for justice and Lord willin’ I will do so unapologetically (Jer 22:3, Isa 1:17, Psa 82:23).

As an American We are subject to the law of the land (Rom 13). With that being true then this declaration applies to all living Americans:

We hold these truths to be selfevident,
That all men are created equal,
That they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,

That among these are #LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

To take part in this quintessential human right…you must first VIDA (live). Black women, who represent only 12% of the female population in America, suffer 36% of all abortions. Latina women represent 13% of the female population but suffer another 20% of all abortions. Together, they suffer 56% of all abortions yet they represent only 25% of our nation’s population. Abortion clinics are targeting these demographics because they are the most profitable. As Bono of U2 once said, Where you live should no longer determine whether you live. Historically in the African-american race the spiritually blind people who oppressed them considered them less than human, 3/5th of one to be exact. Today the debate says ‘are they human as a pre-present-post embryo-zygote-fetus?’ I would even go as far to say that this is not even new in this past millennium. Two examples are Pharaoh [Exodus 1] and Herod [Matt 2:16] of antiquity and their mass slaughter of innocent blood in fear of the coming greatness of God. These men feared the power of a single baby among the Jewish race in both instances and dehumanized them, even unto the point of mass murder.

They feared Moses and Jesus…Whom do the oppressors fear now…?

I have never cried so many tears over one injustice in my life.

Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

A stark resemblance to a past King.

Please be courageous and stand up for righteousness sake. One example in the Bible is the story of King Uzziah (please read for context) who was in God’s temple tampering with things he had no business handling. So the High Priest Azzariah along with 80 other courageous priest confronted him and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God.” Uzziah proceeded to do this deed without the authority of God to do so and God caused leprosy to strike Uzziah and the priest hurled him out of the temple.

How does this all relate to the Gospel?

Jesus Christ is our High Priest and in Him we are a holy priesthood consecrated by His shed blood on the cross. Jesus tore down the veil that separated us from God so we could enter into the Holy of Holies. Through this act of love Jesus gave us authority to use His name for the call of Justice. So are there 80 priest today who will stand with our great High Priest and declare that we will no longer allow injustice in this world to go unchallenged?

[this is my personal prayer…God hear the voices of Your people. We cry out to You with authority granted us by Your Son. Holy Spirit allow the spiritually blind to see that human life is not ours to take. As Your servant Job said “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”, God you took his children but You also gave them to Him as a gift…we have no right to question your power oh God…but please give revival to the world. If there was ever a time when we needed You it is now. God there is a great cloud of more than 50 million aborted children calling out “when will You show Your justice!” come Lord Jesus come! Please come to our rescue on a white horse and with flames in Your eyes! I won’t conclude by saying amen because this prayer is not over, just postponed. I will plead for Your salvation and justice without ceasing. In Jesus’ name.]

resources: http://bound4life.com/houston http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/2009/3528_The_Baby_in_My_Womb_Leaped_for_Joy/

Lord and God Or a Madman (of Hell)?

“And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic ‘My son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’” Mark 2:5 (ESV)

“…And they led him away to their council, and they said ‘If you are the Christ, tell us.’ But he (Jesus) said to them, If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.’” Luke 22:66-69

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my (Jesus’) sake will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39

“So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.’” John 10:24-30

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of thing Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be a Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Above are Jesus’ own words of Himself and the reactions that they caused in His own time. Today everyone wants to say that Jesus was just another good moral preacher/teacher. It’s so easy to deal with him as we deal with Mohammed and Buddha, Confucius and Gandhi and put him in the category of “good men” and “great religious leader and philosopher”.  But Jesus is something and someone entirely different. The more that you get to know His Word, the more that you explore His speeches and teachings, the more you’ll find he’s nothing like what he’s been painted as: “another good teacher.”

Fifty-Six Years Later, Today

This past Monday was celebrated as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  It is the selfless work of the courageous, loving, and truthful Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we celebrate.  For many of us, we take an intimate look into the past at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership during the struggle for freedom and first-class citizen rights for all.  More significantly, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not only a national holiday in which we celebrate his birthday, but also a time of tribute to the apostle of love and action in which we observe views of American society and his personal treatment of the human race.

In the midst of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, his “I Have A Dream” speech is often the concentration of discussion.  Here we question, “Have We Fulfilled the Dream”, Have We Forgotten the Dream”, and of course, “Will America Ever Achieve the Dream”.

Through the many sermons and speeches we have collected from Martin Luther King, Jr., we are able to grasp a great deal of lessons that transcend his time.  Other than King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech of 1963, we can recollect on his sermon, “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” he delivered on January 24, 1954.  This sermon must be one of the greatest sermons ever delivered.  “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” is the street-sweeping sermon in which King states one of his infamous quotes, “even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michaelangelo painted pictures”.  Fifty-six years later, this sermon could be the “I Have A Dream” speech in action.  Here King says, “we were made for God, and we will be restless until we find rest in Him”. The “Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” is a blueprint on how to live a constructive, fulfilling life, and “life as it should be and life at its best is a life that is complete on all sides” says King.  “If life itself is to be complete it must be three-dimensional”.

The three dimensions are one, length of life, which is about self-acceptance, goals, and self-determination. Second, the breadth of life, which is about a deep concern for others, and last the height of life, which is about one’s relationship with God.

Fifty-six years later, “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” sermon is King’s calling to the fulfillment of his dream.  Will we admit fifty-six years later is enough? Or will we be another fifty-six years later?

Here are short excerpts from “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” sermon, with a link to the sermon at the end.

The Three Dimensions of Life.

“And there are three dimensions of any complete life to which we can fitly give the words of this text: length, breadth, and height. Now the length of life as we shall use it here is the inward concern for one’s own welfare. In other words, it is that inward concern that causes one to push forward, to achieve his own goals and ambitions. The breadth of life as we shall use it here is the outward concern for the welfare of others. And the height of life is the upward reach for God. Now you got to have all three of these to have a complete life.”

The Length of Life: the inward concern for one’s own welfare.

“So many people are busy trying to be somebody else. God gave all of us something significant. And we must pray every day, asking God to help us to accept ourselves. That means everything.” […] “Now the other thing about the length of life: after accepting ourselves and our tools, we must discover what we are called to do. And once we discover it we should set out to do it with all of the strength and all of the power that we have in our systems.”

The Breadth of Life: the outward concern for the welfare of others.

“And don’t forget in doing something for others that you have what you have because of others. Don’t forget that. We are tied together in life and in the world. And you may think you got all you got by yourself. But you know, before you got out here to church this morning, you were dependent on more than half of the world.”

The Height of Life: the Upward (Godward) life.

“And I’m here to tell you today that we need God. Modern man may know a great deal, but his knowledge does not eliminate God. And I tell you this morning that God is here to stay.” […] “Let nobody make us feel that we don’t need God.”

Conclusion.

“Go out this morning. Love yourself, and that means rational and healthy self-interest. You are commanded to do that. That’s the length of life. Then follow that: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. You are commanded to do that. That’s the breadth of life. And I’m going to take my seat now by letting you know that there’s a first and even greater commandment: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength.” I think the psychologist would just say with all thy personality. And when you do that, you’ve got the height of life.”

read sermon: “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life”

how to find an elusive God, easier done than said

Isaiah 58: 9Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk10and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

where you at God?

We are raised in a society that has been influenced by over 200 years of the European Scientific Revolution in which if you cannot acknowledge it with our five senses, boil it in a test tube or measure it numerically then it does not exist…but yet at our core we know that more exist than we can explain in this world. I use to believe that religion was merely a way for people to sleep at night until I was saved by grace and came to the realization that there is objective and absolute truth; and not passive relative truth. We live in a physical realm of absolutes…but religion often gets in the way of God and we seek to reach God instead of Him coming to us (because everyone seems to be in search of a “Higher Being” nowadays)…God cannot be reached with good deeds but instead God came down to us through the atoning death of God incarnate Jesus Christ. I am a firm believer that Christ will meet you at your point of need as He announced in His great Gospel proclamation The Beatitudes to all mankind…”Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3) in other words fortunate are those who cannot help themselves and know that they are in need of a Savior for God is with them in the midst of their suffering (everybody but those who are religious and do not need Him). For religion tells us to use a ladder of deeds yet the Gospel tells us that we do not need a ladder we need God…so He gave us a cross of forgiveness, redemption, and grace instead. Conversion is a real experience and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is one of power and remembrance. “The Christian’s identity is not based on the need to be perceived as a good person, but on God’s valuing of you in Christ.” -Tim Keller, I would also add “or emotionalism on a Sunday morning”. I quote that to say it’s not about morals, jumping over chu’ch pews, or ethics but the intent of the heart and your dependency on Christ.

But if you truly seek God (or you are narcissistic) then go where God is. Go to where the ‘poor in spirit’ are, for God is with them in their point of need… #correct? So therefore…

God is in the tin hut.

God is in the cardboard box.

God is under the bridge.

God is in front of the soup kitchen line.

God is in the tears of the HIV positive single mother in Tanzania.

God is in the silence of the daughter of a Christian Indian minister who was martyred by religious extremist.

Matthew 25: 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

You want to see God so badly! Then go to where He is instead of wasting your life pondering on the newest philosophy or spiritual practice to try to find a “faith” that suits your intellectual needs while also condemning others for the state of the world. (#smh at the length of that sentence.)

Don’t pray that you find God in the midst of your finger pointing and malicious talk.
Pray that God finds you while serving the
hungry and oppressed, for He is the Good Shepherd in search of His lost sheep.

Hard Knock Church

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!

: perhaps one of the most recognizable lines from the movie, Annie, is repeated as the raggedy band of orphans face what is possibly their most dangerous challenge: scaling a water pipe down a two or three story building in order to save their fellow orphan, Annie. Leading the pack down this precarious escape is Pepper, former bully and antagonist to the very girl she is now risking life and limb to save. What a beautiful image of the Church.

Hearing of their fellow orphan’s plight, the girls quickly resolve that their friend must be saved. They don’t even give thought to what punishment might be inflicted on them by the evil people who are in power in the orphanage. Pepper completely forgets about the beef that she and Annie have and leads her companions out of their prison (supply closet) herself. From here on out the girls are one unified organism, roaming and combing the streets for their lost companion.  When one of them (Pepper, of course) tries to turn back, the other girls say “no!” They are going to save Annie, and nothing was going to stop them from doing all they could to do so.

In this daring escapade, there is love, forgiveness, unity, growth, accountability, clarity of purpose, just as Christ has made possible within his Body of believers.

By providing the redeeming precedent, Christ shows his church what love is (1 John 3:16) and instructs his followers to show this same self-sacrificing love to one another (John 15:12-14 ; 1 John 4:7-12), even to the point of loving enemies (Matthew 5:44-48) (Pepper). As Jesus teaches in the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35) just as God has forgiven the Church’s extravagant debt, members of the Church are to forgive the comparatively petty debts that they feel others owe them. And like the motley band of girls, Christ prayed before His betrayal that the Church be unified, even in the same manner that He and God are unified (John 17:11)! That’s no joke! The Church is to take its relationship with God seriously. She should always strive to grow and crave the Word of God in order to do so (1 Peter 2:2), pulling up all of her members, provoking each member to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). And always, the Church has one mission: “Go there fore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).”

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Church is that it is not an exclusive club. Its mission is to continually bring more into its fold. And all that’s required to join is faith that Jesus Christ is who He said He is (the Son of God, and one with God, i.e. God on earth) and that He died and got back up again to pay for those sins and bring us into new life with Him. And now, He sits next to God, as Head of the Church, which is able to love and forgive, grow with accountability, moving with clarity of mission, only because of the work that he has done on the cross. Embrace Him as king. Enter into a life of love and of growth and of purpose (yes, with a few hard knocks along with it – but with a joy and peace that doesn’t compare). He is the Way (John 14:6).

Fiend

Q:  What does the drug addict have in common with the average churchgoer

A:  They are both looking for the their next fix.

Karl Marx remarked that religion is the opium of the masses.  For the longest time I believed that not be true.  Until I realized that me and the people around me were using church as a drug.  Over and over, I heard stories of people waiting for their miracle, their breakthrough, and their blessing.  I realize that it is valid for people to want more in life.  But I believe that most of us have been robbed of the joy of the greatest breakthrough that has ever happened — Jesus on the cross.  The most pivotal moment in history – the primary reason God created the world — so that Jesus could suffer.  This was the greatest miracle — God suffered.  That the God who owns the universe and who is rich beyond measure and is above the foolish things of men and mortals would stoop down to suffer at the hands of his creation.

He became the Fix, so that those who were addicts (all of us) could get an eternal “high”  No other substitute will do – not a spouse, significant other, not a self-help book, not church, not even a religion.  He is your breakthrough.  Only a relationship with the Savior, who is a living breathing human being will satisfy you.

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