GospelFriendships Financial Update.

We ended 2019 with income exceeding expenses by $890, mainly because of year-end giving and because I didn’t receive $3k of my $26.5k salary because the ministry’s bank balance was so low in the fall, and our Treasurer had to scramble to decide what bills to pay.  In years past we had a larger bank balance to cover low-income months.  Janet and I have cut back on personal spending, but we’ve never been so happy, content, because of Jesus, and never been as convinced of the need for the ministry of GospelFriendships.  If you would like to contribute monthly or annually, or send a one-time gift to boost our bank balance, we will warmly welcome your partnership.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

110 Johns Rd, Cheltenham PA 19012

I’m too weak to live without

awareness of Jesus’ sovereignty.  I’m way-too self-aware now, way-too in touch with my feelings, leaving me way-too sensitive to the scary uncertainty of relying on myself, my human-wisdom, my human-power.  I desperately need reminding every day, all day, of Jesus’ total sovereignty over ever detail of my life.  I’m not STRONGer than I usedtabe, but WEAKer, more pathetically dependent on Him and His-wisdom.  Embarrassingly so. 

But. 

I’m happier, more content, more at peace, more patient, than I’ve been my whole entire life.  Being strong/adultlike is a CURSE for me.  I can’t handle feeling ALONE and in CHARGE.  I handled it for decades.  No more.  Wish I could.  Well, my human-wisdom wishes I could.  My human-wisdom wants me STRONG.  I’m such a disappointment to my human-wisdom.  But not to Jesus.  Because of HIS performance, not mine.

— NeedyDave, who has been dragged along kicking and screaming and resisting, throughout this retraining process of Jesus

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I have a dream,

that one day we Christians become so disillusioned with our human-wisdom that our eyes and thoughts are fixed on Jesus as we go through our day, doing NOTHing on our own, curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in us, others, circumstances, so we operate with Jesus-wisdom, not human-wisdom, so we operate with Jesus-power, not human-power, so seculars around us are wowed by the difference Jesus makes in our lives, and want what we have — other-worldly humility, other-worldly love, and the other-worldly power necessary to live dependently on Him.

Why is our human-wisdom so detrimental to our being fruitful with seculars?  Because our human-wisdom makes us hypocrites — claiming the lordship of Jesus, but we are actually the lords of ourselves, just like the seculars around us.  We only thank Jesus when our human-wisdom considers something thankable, so we constantly live in disobedience to His command to thank Him for everything.  Human-wisdom doesn’t recognize the sovereignty of Jesus over every detail of our lives, so our human-wisdom leaves us feeling ALONE and in CHARGE of our daily lives.  Striving, intensity, pressure.  Human-wisdom and its human-power leave us saltless, fruitless, no reproduction, no harvest in our day, seed cast on thorny soil that does not reproduce, choked by the cares of human-wisdom. 

When the Spirit opens our eyes to see the problem, we experience the benefit of CONFESSing our human-wisdom-reliance.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, trying to expose human-wisdom in Christians — especially in DAVE, but needing the Spirit to work to see the dream realized

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When Jesus grows us unusually-self-aware,

we are embarrassed to see how human-wisdom-reliant we are, and how little we are Jesus-wisdom-reliant — how little we follow Jesus, and how much we follow our human-wisdom.  Little self-awareness = little embarrassment, little humility, little real graciousness — little selfless love for others, especially enemies and others most different from ourselves.  Little self-awareness = great blindness, great defensiveness, great self-righteousness, great willfulness, great agenda, great intensity, great stress.

But cheer up!  Grace is for failures/losers, not winners.  “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.”  It’s not about our performance, but His.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, as human-wisdom-reliant as the best of em, even in the Christmas season

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Every disappointment is a love message

from Jesus to undermine your trust in your human-wisdom.  Your human-wisdom does NOT know what’s best for you, but it has you convinced it does, and so does the human-wisdom of others.  Especially experts.  Jesus knows what’s best, and will deliver the best, but you don’t believe that, so you need further retraining, further disillusionment in the trustworthiness of your human-wisdom.

Jesus knows you’ll be way happier trusting His-wisdom, His-leading, because He created you a dependent, not an INdependent.  You’re His adopted child, no longer an orphan.  You were made for Him, not for yourself.  He loves you best when he retrains you in a better way of living — dependent on His-wisdom, not your-wisdom.  And.  You’ll be way-more fruitful with seculars, trusting His-wisdom, enabling you to operate with His-power instead of your-power.

So, how do you trust Jesus-wisdom more?  CONFESS each time the Spirit makes you aware of your self-trust — your disappointment, your confidence-you-know-what’s-best.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, preachin to himself and others, that Christians might have something seculars actually want

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Having fun is very different for adultlikes and childlikes.

Adultlikes (Christians dominated by the-old-man/sinful-nature/human-wisdom), have fun in all sorts of ways — reaching goals, competing, performing, achieving, shopping, driving fast, feeling superior, noticing weaknesses in others, whatever.  All this activity is stressful.  A lifetime of stressful = disease — cancer, cardio-vascular, digestive, skin, arthritis, migraines, whatever.  And worse — a lifetime of stressful activity produces a self-absorption that undermines Christians being fruitful with seculars, because seculars are unimpressed with the difference Jesus makes in believers.  

So how do childlikes have fun?  The new man in Jesus, has fun by OBSERVING — withOUT judgment or human agenda or competing.  Taking it all in, enjoying everyone just as we are and everything just as it is.  No human agenda, but curious about Jesus’ agenda — to see what He does NEXT, in them, others, circumstances.  Stress-free living.  Ahhh.

AdultlikeDave — assessor/performer/prover/competitor.  And stressed.  

ChildlikeDave — observer/enjoyer.  And blissful. 

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, very adultlike except when freshly convicted of the sin of adultlikeness/INdependence, so he’s momentarily ChildlikeDave, and it’s been happening more and more lately as the Spirit works

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What you see with your eyes

is not real.  WHAT?  It’s an alternate reality rooted in human-wisdom.  But it SEEMS so real, on TV, in the news, as we go through our day.  It only seems real to seculars and to Christians dominated by our human-wisdom.  We do NOT see SovereignJesus behind everyone and everything.  So our lives are not up to Him, but UP TO US.  We feel the pressure to perform, strive for excellence.  We Christians are to be pitied above all humans, for we claim the Lordship of Jesus, but do not experience the benefit of Jesus in this life, because we are so dominated by our human-wisdom and deceived by the alternate reality.  Human-wisdom-dependence is a trap, a curse.  Has never delivered happiness to humans, except when things go our way, which merely strengthens our addiction to human-wisdom-dependence.

The real world is only known through Scripture, where Jesus is totally sovereign over everyone and everything.  Jesus-wisdom-dependence yields an other-worldly peace vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent peace of humans dominated by human-wisdom.  

How can we get Jesus-wisdom-dependence?   By CONFESSing our unbelief in His sovereign reign each time we are aware of it.  Self-deception is our biggest problem.  Just like the Pharisees.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting a sovereignty-awareness lifestyle to Christians — especially DAVE, in hopes that Christians might actually have something seculars want

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None of my business

what others think of me.”  What a great truth this is, that someone shared with PeoplePleaserDave a few years ago.  But yesterday I realized, there’s MORE.  None of my business what DAVE thinks of me.  None of my business what DAVE  thinks of my circumstances, my health, my savings, my ministry, my performance, my decisions, my happiness.  But there’s MORE.  None of my business what Dave thinks of OTHERS, and how they are doing compared to me.  Well, if it’s not MY business, then whose business is it?  JESUS’ business.  If He is Lord of my life.  If I’m DumbSheepDave and He’s my SovereignShepherdJesus.  If He’s living His life through me. 

When I get into trouble, emotionally/spiritually, it’s ALWAYS because I’m being wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding, assessing everyone and everything as JudgeDave, ShepherdDave, INdependentDave.  

So BETTER than saying to myself, “MYOB, Dave,” is, “Quit minding your own business and everyone else’s, Dave.”  Prideful to assess others and self.  “Pay attention to the green grass in front of you that your SovereignShepherdJesus has led you to eat.”  And when I forget I’m DumbSheepDave and catch myself acting as ShepherdDave?  CONFESS.  Rather than trying harder to be dependent on Jesus.

None of my business what Jesus is up to, in my life, or others’ lives.  I’ll find out soon enough.  Hard for a dumb sheep to try and be his own shepherd.  DumbSheepDave is never intense, never stressed — never fearful, frustrated, discouraged, or bored.  Dave is never DumbSheepDave, except when freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, utterly unqualified to direct his own life

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