The more Jesus grows us in self-awareness,

the more we see our flesh’s pervasive influence on every area of our lives, and the root of it all — the confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  Until we are unusually self-aware it seems normal to us, to feel like our lives are UP TO US, like we are SUPPOSED to make good decisions, and we have the wherewithal to do that, in the power of us.  We simply will not grasp this pervasive problem of INdependence in our lives, leaning on our own understanding, being wise in our own eyes, that feeds the massive control addiction each of us have.  Impossible to try and control my world, unless I am confident-I-know-what’s-best, so I don’t ASK Jesus, and I  know what’s thankable and what’s not, and I am NOT curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Alone.  Pressure.  Stress.  Without a contagious peace that is compelling to the seculars around me.

— ControlFreakDave, undergoing overhaul by Jesus, enabling him to take baby steps in a healthier direction, but still a toddler

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The Thanksgiving holiday is very-dangerous

for followers of Jesus, seems to me, because thanking Him for the easily-thankable, obviously-thankable, reinforces control addiction, and surprisingly leads us into an INdependency that encourages God-bless-my-agenda kinda praying by believers, confident-we-know-what’s-best, confident we know how to direct the CreatorSustainer of the Universe.

Thanking Jesus for the harrrd is commanded in Scripture.  Thanking Him for the easy, is also commanded, but way-more dangerous.  When I ONLY thank Him for the obviously-thankable — when things go my way, when my flesh APPROVES of the outcome, CHEERS the outcome, I’m being lured into a destructive INdependency/control-addiction — an attempt to control my circumstances based on my confidence-I-know-what’s-best.  INdependency, not Jesus-dependency.

Impossible to have an agenda unless I’m confident-I-know-what’s-best.  Pride, not humility.  The unhappiest Christians are confident-they-know-what’s-thankable-and-what’s-not, and they ONLY thank Him for the easily-thankable — things going their way.  It’s sooo tempting to thank Jesus when things go your way.  Beware.  It’s a subtle trap.  Instead, in all circumstances, it helps me to thank Him for His genius plan.

I’m not at-all opposed to the Thanksgiving holiday, just pointing out what sees to me its danger.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, that believers might be compelling to the seculars around us

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Worst aspect of the human condition,

is the confidence we all have, that we know best, what’ll make us happy.  We know NOTHing about what will make us happy, but we THINK we do, leaning on our own understanding, wise in our own eyes.  Fools we are.  Only SovereignShepherdJesus knows what’s best for me.

Looking back over my life, I see the countless times I thought I knew what I needed, or what should happen, and so many times I was WRONG.  INdependency has NEVER served me well over the long haul, and any short-term success I’ve experienced has merely strengthened my control addiction, making me yet-more convinced I know what’s best.

But DEpendency on Jesus, now this is the pearl of great price, worth selling all to get.  Ahhh.  ASKing Jesus and THANKing Jesus about everything, especially the harrrd, acknowledging that He knows best and I do not.

So how do I get more Jesus-dependency?  CONFESS my unbelief in His sovereign reign when I notice myself feeling pressure, hurried, stressed, ALONE, like my life is UP TO ME.  Ahhh.  The amazing peace doesn’t last long, because of the control-addicted world around me, outside the Church, and INside too, but it is sweeeet while it lasts.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, trying to promote Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians, especially DAVE, hoping Jesus transforms Christians so much that surrounding seculars actually want something Christians have — other-worldly peace and other-worldly love

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Most exciting development in the Church of the greater Philly area in the last hundred years?

For folks in the Philly area, this Nov 16 event has the potential for being the most exciting development in the Church of the greater Philly area in the last hundred years, in my not-so-humble opinion.  My longtime friend and GospelFriendships’ board member, Glenn McDowell is the co-chair of Philadelphia Gospel Movement.  I’ve been praying for this over the past two years.  Pasted below is Glenn’s latest prayer update.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

 

Dear ministry partners and friends,

Over the past several years I have been laboring to build a network of churches and Christians in the marketplace in order to advance the gospel and serve our city together, in ways that we cannot do alone.

The Lord has now brought together amazing teams that are serving this purpose!  Now is the time for us to move to the next level and gear up with the resources to advance the mission, and prepare for Movement Day Philadelphia on November 9, 2019.

We have planned an engaging vision and fundraising event for Friday, November 16.  We have some exciting developments and stories which we will tell those of you who come.  You are invited!

This event is a big project on which our team has been working. Connie and I will be at all three locations that day for the breakfast, or lunch, or evening hors d’oeuvres.  So whichever venue you choose, we’d love to see you!

We pray that the event will fund these outcomes: that Greater Philadelphia will flourish spiritually, economically and culturally through the grace of Jesus Christ!

How will we measure transformation?

1. More disciples  A growing percentage of the population become disciples of Jesus, reversing the trend of secularization of our city.

2. More mercy  Christians, serving together, remedy some of the deepest needs of our city.

3. More Kingdom life  Christians humbly and boldly live out their faith by bringing grace and biblical justice to the marketplace and culture. They will impact social media, mass media, the arts, commerce, the criminal justice system and law, medicine, education, academia, public service, and the fabric of culture by connecting with each other and advancing excellence, grace and truth in each sphere.

All these mean that we need a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit!

I deeply appreciate your partnership!

Love,

Glenn

INVITATION FROM GLENN

Our Event Speaker Nov 16, is Bob Doll, the Chief Equity Strategist at Nuveen and former president of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.  Working with leaders like Tim Keller and Mac Pier, Mr. Doll is the board chair of Movement.org in New York City.  He has been involved in shaping “Movement Days” around the world since their inception in 2010. He is an excellent spokesman for how gospel movements are exploding, and the amazing impact they are having in their cities.

Friday Nov 16

One event

Three times and locations

 

Breakfast 7-8:30am

Aronimink Golf Club

3600 St Davids Rd

Newtown Square, PA 19073

 

Lunch 12-1:30pm

American Bible Society

North Independence Mall, 101 East

5th and Market Streets (Wells Fargo Building)

Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

Hors d’oeuvres & dessert 7-8:30pm

Franconia Heritage Banquet & Conference Center

508 Harleysville Pike Unit A

Telford, PA 1896

Through the generosity of our site hosts and other donors, there is no admission cost for this event.   Once you listen to the vision from our speaker, meet some of our key leaders, and see how God is at work, you will be given an opportunity to invest in PGM.

Dress for this event is business casual. The event is for adults only.

To Register:

https://www.philadelphiagospelmovement.org/championing

For Questions, contact Skip Galanes at skipgalanes@comcast.net

or call 617-852-6575

God’s grace is for strugglers,

not for the together ones, the strong, the confident, those above reproach, qualified for leadership because the outsides of their cups are sparkling clean.  If you don’t struggle to believe Jesus is totally sovereign over every detail of your life, if you enjoy everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, if you are strong, wonderful, then grace is not for you.  Only strugglers qualify for grace.  If you don’t think you struggle, you REALLY need grace, even though you don’t-yet realize it.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, whose flesh believes he’s wonderful

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Your biggest problem today,

is your agenda.  Can’t have an agenda unless you’re confident-you-know-what’s-best, wise in your own eyes, leaning on your own understanding, circumstance-dependent for your joy and peace, easily irritated if anything/anyone gets in your way.

Your biggest NEED today,

is to follow Jesus’ agenda, which means being freshly DEAD to your own.  DEpendent, not INdependent.  Curious/expectant to see what SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances.  Ahhh.  Enjoying everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are.  Ahhh.  THANKing Jesus for evathang, which is a form of CONFESSion that He knows better than your flesh, what you need.

— AgendafiedDave, preachin to himself, always needing fresh conviction of the sin of INdependence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best/pride

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Getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse,

Getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse,

not a blessing.  WHAT?  Yup.  Pathway to miserable addiction.  Getting-my-way THWARTED by Jesus, is an enormous blessing, because it opens the door to my being retrained in a much-better way of living — disillusioned in my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’ll-make-me-happy.  But getting-my-way thwarted by Jesus is ONLY an enormous blessing when I’m convinced that getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse.

I know, sounds crazy.  All my life, and all my Christian life, I’ve gotten this backwards.  I think we’ve all gotten it backwards.  I know, sounds so radical, so unAmerican, unChristian.

Think about it.  When I get-my-way, it feels good, and like any addiction, I want more of this.  And more, and more.  In time, I grow addicted to control, addicted to getting-my-way.  My independence is strengthened/encouraged, my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-best is strengthened/encouraged.  I’m wiser and wiser in my own eyes, lean even more on my own understanding.  This is the Curse of INdependence passed down to the descendants of Adam and Eve.  We INdependents are a miserable lot, and I’m convinced that most of us, Christian and nonChristian, live in denial of the extent of our misery.

And every time I want-my-way, I return to life under the Curse.  Miserable existence.  And every time I’m freshly convicted of my INdependence, and embrace Jesus’ genius plan, want HIS way, trust Him to lead the way, confess I dunno best, I’m moved out from under the Curse, momentarily.  Ahhh, relief.

Impossible to be in a hurry, unless I’m wanting-my-way.  Impossible to be frustrated unless I’m wanting-my-way. Impossible to be competitive, to wannabe superior, unless I’m wanting-my-way.  Impossible to analyze, critique, judge, unless I’m wanting-my-way, confident-I-know-what’s-best.

Getting-my-way is not a bad thing, but it’s a mini-success, and like big success, it’s not a bad thing, but verrry dangerous to the health of my soul.  Strengthens my INdependency, my addiction to my confidence-I-know-what’ll-make-me-happy.  Miserable addiction.

So helpful lately, as I go through my day reminding myself over and over, “Getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse.”

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, so we Christians might have something the seculars around us want

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When I’d get my way,

I used to THANK Jesus.  Or feel great, worthy.  Now I’m more likely to CONFESS that I have no clue if this is the best thing for me.  Jesus has been retraining me to distrust my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  So helpful.

And when I’m frustrated or impatient, I’m more-and-more aware of my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  Helps me to say, “So WHAT?”  I’m saying this to my flesh.  So WHAT?  I’m challenging my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  Ahhh.  So then I can relax, and am enabled to enjoy everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are, including jerks and enemies.  Ahhh.  Contented.  Agendaless.  Meek.  Jesus takin it to Dave’sFlesh.

The agendafied/willful don’t REALLY believe in the sovereignty of Jesus.  We don’t ASK Him.  We TELL Him.  We are confident-we-know-what’s-best, so we KNOW how to try and direct the CreatorSustainer of the Universe.  And KNOW how to run our own lives.  Pride, not humility.  INdependency, not dependency.  Jesus-dependents are clueless-they-know-what’s-best, but confident their SovereignShepherdJesus knows.  So they look to HIM, instead of trying to direct Him.  Curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, rather than charging ahead in the wisdom and power of ME.

— AgendafiedDave, except when freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence/pride/worldliness, wondering if the seculars around him are noticing the difference at times

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