The Body of Jesus in Pittsburgh..

…coming together this past Easter Sunday.  Wow.

What started out as a crazy idea, turned into a powerful worship moment in their city.  In less than two weeks, nearly thirty churches unified to sing a blessing over the city of Pittsburgh.  This video was revealed during many of the Easter online services in churches across the city of Pittsburgh during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their desire was to be a blessing spoken over their homes and communities.  The rest of us, with Internet connection around the world, get to benefit as well!

Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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So WHAT that I failed?

So WHAT that I’m disappointed with myself?  “So WHAT?” is a rebuke to my human-wisdom-reliance — to my pride.  A humble believer is unbothered by failure, humiliation, disappointing circumstances, because a humble believer doesn’t know-what’s-best and trusts that Jesus DOES, and that Jesus is in charge.  To be bummed by my failure or by my sin, is sinful pride, not humility.  A humble believer is not bummed by sin, but CONFESSes it.  A humble believer feels completely forgiven, content, whole, because of the imputed worthiness of Jesus, needing none of his own.  Only the proud are intensely failure-resistant, suffering-resistant, humiliation-resistant.  Fruit of human-wisdom-reliance.  Humble believers just have fun.

So whadda I do when I freshly realize I’m not a humble believer?  CONFESS.  Ahhhh.

And so WHAT that I succeeded, accomplished, performed well?  So WHAT?  Human-accomplishment is worthless, except to humans unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, which includes most all Christians.  Success is EVERYthing to human-wisdom, and failure is anathema.  Our human-wisdom NEEDS rebuking, over and over.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a great practicer of what he preaches, except when freshly convicted of his pride — his human-wisdom-reliance

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The purpose of CONFESSion is not

to get ChristianDave freshly right with God, but it’s to clear my conscience, give me the other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the kind of peace experienced by human-wisdom-reliants, whether Christian or nonChristian.  DaddyJesusSpirit could not possibly love me more than He does, because of Jesus and His imputed worthiness.   His unconditional love for me has nothing to do with MY performance, and everything to do with Jesus’ performance.

Fresh conviction leading to fresh CONFESSion, is the starting place for fresh faith.  Ahhh.  Tis so sweet to experience the benefit of Jesus in THIS life, not merely the NEXT.  He who has a fresh sense of having been forgiven much, LOVES much — others, self, Jesus and His genius plan.  

I don’t always CONFESS when freshly convicted of sin/idolatry to which I’ve been blind — sometimes I THANK Him for my being such a mess, such a great example of a bad example, all part of His genius plan that’s still unfolding.  My human-wisdom HATES me CONFESSing or THANKing, wants me ignoring my weaknesses, focusing on the weaknesses of others, and my successes, so I feel good about myself based on MY performance, or others’ poor performance.  He who suppresses or ignores sin/idolatry — or imagines himself following Jesus, obeying Him, carries a heavy load without even realizing it. 

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Waiting on the Lord seems WRONG

to my human-wisdom, and the human-wisdom of others.  Being responsible, taking charge, being an activist, seems RIGHT to my human-wisdom.  Waiting on the Lord seems too PASSIVE, while taking charge seems ACTIVE, RIGHT, to my human-wisdom.  Jesus-dependency seems WRONG, while Dave-dependency seems RIGHT, to my human-wisdom.  The Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus seems WRONG to my human-wisdom, while the right-side-up kingdom of this world — being responsible, activist, can-do, make-it-happen, seems RIGHT to my human-wisdom.  

Being confident-I-know-what’s-best seems RIGHT to my human-wisdom, while being dependent, clueless-I-know-what’s-best, curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT in me, others, circumstances, seems WRONG.  Waiting on the Lord seems WRONG.

Now for fearful souls, deeply committed to never making a mistake, what faith/repentance probably looks like, is more ACTION.  But to us hard chargers, what faith/repentance looks like, is probably more WAITING, which seems too  PASSIVE.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, more-and-more disillusioned with his human-wisdom, because of major convicting work of the Spirit of Jesus, even though Dave’s still heavily influenced by his human-wisdom

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Thank You, Jesus, that I dunno what to do,

about _______ and about ______.  My human-wisdom HATES me not knowing, feels like I OUGHTA know, like I’m ALONE and in CHARGE of my life.  I don’t feel good about myself when I dunno.  Seems WRONG to not know.  I suspect I suppress feelings of being a failure.  My human-wisdom LOVES when I KNOW what to do, make a decision, so it’s behind me.  That’s when I feel like a WINNER.  My human-wisdom is a greater influence on me than Scripture.  Being a winner is EVERYthing to my human-wisdom. 

Thank You, Jesus, for EXPOSING my human-wisdom-reliance to me, so I can CONFESS and be freshly sane.  Forgive me for not believing that You are in charge of my life.  Forgive me for not being curious/expectant to see what You do NEXT in me, others, circumstances.  Ahhhh.  Confession is the BEST.  The starting place for fresh faith.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who finds that being freshly dead to his human-wisdom, is even better than feeling like a WINNER to his human-wisdom 

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Frugality is next to godliness,

but only for spendthrifts.   For us frugal types, paying LIST PRICE is next to godliness — what repentance looks like for us, because we get so much artificial LIFE — fake worthiness, human-wisdom-worthiness, from a good deal, instead of being content with Jesus and His imputed worthiness.  Excruciatingly painful for us frugal types to pay list price, or even average price.  Pride, not humility.  Obsessing over brilliant purchasing decisions.

I’m not saying frugal types are sinning if we don’t pay list price.  I’m saying when the Spirit convicts us of our bargain idolatry, CONFESS.  Rather than imagining we’re as wonderful as our human-wisdom would have us believe.

​– Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, king of frugality, except when freshly convicted of being dissatisfied with Jesus 

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Whenever I feel pressure,

that’s my human-wisdom influencing me.  Whenever I feel peace that makes no sense for my stressful circumstances, that’s my Jesus and His Spirit at work in me — no agenda of my own, curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT in me, others, circumstances.  Observer — not a competitor/judge, enjoying everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, all according to His genius plan.  Ahhh.

So, whadda I do when I’m freaked out?  Eventually CONFESS, rather than trying harder to believe, surrender.  And if I’m still freaked, there’s something more I can’t-yet see to CONFESS.  Then I might ASK for the Spirit to open my eyes to see the TRUTH, good and bad, about me, others, circumstances.  So I can CONFESS.  Ahhh.

Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who gets zero credit for the work of Jesus and His Spirit in his life

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If I had MY way,

the way of my human-wisdom, I’d run things way differently than Jesus is running things.  My life would be way easier, and so would everyone else’s.  No suffering/harrrd.  My human-wisdom does NOT like Jesus’ genius plan.  My human-wisdom doesn’t CARE that suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/Jesus-dependency.  My human-wisdom HATES me trusting Jesus and His-wisdom, wants me trusting MY-wisdom.

And if human-wisdom had its way, grace would go to winners, not losers, failures.  But what my human-wisdom doesn’t see, is that Dave would get NO grace.  My human-wisdom sees me as a winner, not a [shudder] loser.  My human-wisdom lives in denial of reality.  My human-wisdom — like the human-wisdom of all humans, has a distorted sense of reality, so only a fool would trust my human-wisdom, or others’ human-wisdom.  That would be DAVE, except when the Spirit of Jesus freshly convicts me of human-wisdom-reliance so I’m freshly clueless-I-know-what’s-best for me or others, convinced that Jesus DOES, so my eyes and thoughts are fixed on Him — curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, so I freshly experience the other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent peace experienced by human-wisdom-reliants.  Ahhh.

Thank You, Jesus, that the nicest, kindest, most-helpful thing you ever do for us kids of Yours, is to freshly convict us of the sin to which we’re currently blind.  Thank You for not giving us what our human-wisdom wants, but giving us what’s BEST for us.  Thank You for knowing what’s best, and that we do NOT know what’s best.  We believe this a little bit, but help our unbelief, and please forgive our unbelief.  Thank You that grace is for sinners/failures, and that we QUALIFY for Your grace.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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