the sickness of the Church, but once I see it, he changes his strategy, tempting me to feel good about myself for my insight, smug in my superior and radical commitment, tempting me to self-righteously go about trying to make a difference as a radical, in the power of me. Like the Pharisees: so confident, […]
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From mentoring lots of believers over the years, especially grace-junkies, I’m struck by the prevalence of unconfessed self-contempt. Why is self-contempt not viewed as the prideful sin it is? I think it’s because it seems right to hate yourself when you sin. But it’s not. A humble believer extends grace to self, just like Jesus […]
experience, living in this world as an independent who was made for dependency. The Creator didn’t do a halfway job when He cursed the world. It really is an awful place for an independent to live. Except. For those moments of sanity, those tastes of Heaven, when created-dependents are returned by the convicting work of […]
which is hypocrisy,” said Jesus. Hypocrisy? Trying to appear strong/together. Dishonest about weaknesses, failure, neediness. Invisible pride. Appearing strong/together/un-needy has unconsciously been my main core value all my adult life, I now see. Nurtured by the society around me, outside the Church, and inside too. Satan loves the Church operating just like the world around […]
at Christmas, and the rest of the year too, except when I’ve been freshly convicted of the sin of independence/judge/self-confidence/pride. Jesus is only a big deal to big sinners, only a little deal to little sinners, and nothing to non-sinners. The nicest, sweetest, kindest thing He ever does for this kid of His, is to […]
One example is my latest tire purchase for my car. My Subaru wagon is an authentic sports car in disguise: very fast, and corners amazingly. So the tires I have purchased for it in the past, have been ultra-high-performance summer tires, that enable one to corner like a race car. I have always loved to […]
has been forgiven much by DaddyJesusSpirit, and has the perfect, precious, pricey righteousness of Jesus imputed to him, but — wants something more. An ingrate believer is unsatisfied with Jesus and His righteousness, wants some righteousness/performance/worthiness of his own, so he can feel good about himself. IngrateDave. Grace is for ingrates who know they are […]
Financial condition of GospelFriendships. I’m currently in deficit by $9k and I’m guessing by year end it will be from $10-15k. 🙂 I need a ministry fix. My ministry addiction is clearer to me than ever. Why? Because folks have been praying. Why is my addiction always eager for a fresh, quick fix? Why can’t […]
What is different for believers today? How will we approach non-believers?