If you frequently feel BEHIND,

need more hours in the day, you’re just like DAVE, with an agenda for every situation — an agenda rooted in my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  My flesh puts enormous pressure on me not to embarrass myself, not be late, NOT GET BEHIND in my work.  Only INdependents have agendas, feel pressure, feel alone, are intense, hurried, impatient, while Jesus-dependents, beloved dumb sheep, just have fun being directed by their SovereignShepherdJesus to the good grass.  Ahhh.  Jesus-agenda not Dave-agenda.

I’m never a Jesus-dependent except when I’ve been freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence/pride/worldliness/unbelief-in-the-sovereignty-of-Jesus.  And it doesn’t last long, because the message of INdependency comes at me from every direction: “It’s normal, human, okay to be INdependent because DEpendency is for children, and pathetic adults.”

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians — especially DAVE, in hopes that Christians might have the other-worldly peace that seculars actually want

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Feeling overwhelmed is a blessing.

What?  That’s right.  When your life is easy, you don’t need Jesus.  When you feel overwhelmed, you can’t seem to get on top of your circumstances, AND, you are more likely to run to Jesus, CONFESS your INdependence/pride/insanity/orphan-mindset/worldliness.  Desperate people do desperate things.  Desperate Christians run to Jesus.  Jesus is a much-better navigator through troubled waters than you will EVER be.  Only Jesus-dependents face overwhelm with amazing peace.  INdependents are either freaked….or calm on the outside  but very intense on the inside, hiding their freakedness from others, and self.

But every human works really, really hard to NEVER be overwhelmed.  Nobody in their right mind is thankful for overwhelm.  Except for Jesus-dependents, because they do not feel ALONE or in CHARGE.  And they recognize that the suffering of feeling overwhelmed, comes from a loving SovereignShepherdJesus, to train them further in Jesus-dependency.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who HATES overwhelm, HATES not knowing what to do, HATES having to trust Jesus in the midst of overwhelm, unless he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence

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You know you’re somewhat humble, when

you can smile at your failures, humiliating circumstances.  When your own performance means little to you compared to the imputed performance of Jesus.  When you don’t even enjoy the failures of others — including jerks.  When Jesus is everything to you, and everything else is almost nothing.  When you enjoy everyone — including politicians and jerks, just as we are, and everything just as it is.   When you experience an other-worldly peace regardless of circumstances — even the potential loss of everything dear to you.

Outward humility —  having a reputation as a humble human, is a skill perfected by politicians and Christian leaders, but inward humility?  That’s what Jesus modeled and commanded.  In the Church, we’ve dumbed down law and sin, and we work hard at outside-the-cup humility, while most of us live in denial of our inside-the-cup pride.  Secret pride.  That we’re too embarrassed to admit to others, or even to ourselves.  The kind of pride we rarely-if-ever confess.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, proud, competitive, critic of all, needing fresh conviction of being unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he might momentarily experience the bliss of Jesus-dependency, so that seculars around him might notice and want some bliss too

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Intensity is a red flag for

AGENDA.  Only INdependents/worldlies/orphans experience intensity/agenda.  Every intense human is critical-judgmental, always judging everyone and everything as excellent, average or poor.  Gracious, humble humans enjoy everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is.  By contrast, we intense humans are circumstance-dependent for our joy and peace, so we experience little joy, and Jesus ain’ta big deal in our lives, UNLESS we are Christians who are freshly convicted of the sin of intensity/agenda/INdependence/worldliness/pride/confidence-we-know-what’s-best.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, with red flags galore

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GospelFriendships Financial Update

We finished 2018 $3400 in the red, so I’m asking the Board to reduce my salary from $30,000 to $26,500.  Always good for me to be reminded that this is Jesus’ ministry, not Dave’s.  And that He’s never failed to provide for Janet and me.  Helps me to THANK Him for His genius plan, which helps me be curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Feels so good to not feel ALONE and in CHARGE of my life or ministry.  Right now.  This afternoon?  Who KNOWS?  🙂

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

Little joy, little conviction of sin.

For those Christians who think I talk TOO much about sin, who don’t like hearing so much about sin because they already SEE their sin everywhere and it’s depressing, I suggest that it’s only depressing IF a Christian is unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness.  Anytime you find yourself with little joy, you need MORE conviction of sin.  But it’s pride in you that doesn’t want to see MORE sin in your life.  Whyzat?  You wanna believe you’re more wonderful than you really are.  Whaddayado about that?  You can ASK for the Spirit, claiming the promise of Luke 11, that if we ask, He’ll give us the Spirit — fresh conviction of sin.  He who has a sense of having been forgiven only a little, loves only a little — Jesus, others, self, His genius plan for everyone’s life.  Little sinners have little joy, because Jesus ain’t the big deal in our lives.  Or our joy is fleeting and circumstance-dependent.  But when we’ve been freshly convicted of BIGTIME sin, we are freshly self-aware, and freshly WOWED by a Savior who takes away our sin, which leaves us freshly GRATEFUL to be who we are, where we are, how we are.  That’s when Jesus is ENOUGH for us. Joy is the litmus-paper test. Course, when you feel lousy physiologically, you ain’ta gonna have any joy — you’ll mainly wanna feel normal again.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, trying to promote Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians — especially DAVE, so Christians might have the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love compelling to seculars

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“Jesus, if you REALLY loved me,

you would give me MUCH-easier circumstances.”  YES, YES, YES!  Dave’sFlesh is convinced of this, cuz Dave’sFlesh is confident-it-knows-best, knows-what’ll-make-Dave-happiest.  Dave’sFlesh knows NOTHing about delivering happiness.  So Jesus loves me wonderfully when He opens my eyes so I’m disillusioned with my flesh’s view of reality.  Scripture’s take on reality explains the pathway to happiness, peace, sanity — Jesus-dependency, Jesus as Lord of every detail of Dave’s life.  Ahhh.  Clueless-I-know-what’s-best.  Impossible to be fearful, frustrated, discouraged, bored, unless I’m confident-I-know-best.

Like all humans — outside and inside the Church, I’ve been so deeply brainwashed to accept my flesh’s view of reality, that it’s taken a LOT of suffering, been excruciatingly painful for me, to become more-and more disillusioned with my flesh’s view of reality.  Costly, but priceless, precious, beyond best.  Suffering really does produce perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/dependency — beyond the best.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, still experiencing the painful retraining of Jesus, in a better way to live, wondering if the seculars around him are at times noticing the difference

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Aliens feel uncomfortable in this world,

while worldlies feel right at home.  Aliens are Jesus-dependents, embracing a Kingdom that’s not of this world.  Just because one professes to be a Christian, does not mean we are a Jesus-dependent/alien.  Aliens are dependent on Jesus, do NOTHing on their own, are not wise in their own eyes, do not lean on their own understanding, and therefore are clueless-they-know-what’s-best, exuding a peace that surpasses understanding.  And they love worldies and enemies and other aliens, just as they are.  Humble, not proud.  Contented.  The heart of a worldly goes out to an alien, a humble Christian.  Aliens are easy to love.

Worldies on the other hand, are confident-we-know-what’s-best, competitive, strongly opinionated, excel at secretly analyzing, critiquing, judging, everyone and everything.  Hardly any difference between a worldly Christian and a worldly nonChristian.  Huge difference between a worldly and an alien.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, King of worldlies, except when he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence/worldliness/pride

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