The Gospel is BAD news

to the accomplished Christian, in business, ministry, politics, amateur sports, academia, whatever.  It’s BAD news to the Christian good at a hobby.  At parenting.  At leadership in the Church.  At whatever makes you feel good about yourself, worthy.  The Gospel is BAD news to you, because it says your worthiness/somebodiness is filthy rags.  The Gospel is BAD news to believers with something to LOSE. 

The Spirit uses the Gospel to EXPOSE you to yourself, for the fraud you are.  You claim to treasure Jesus and His imputed worthiness, but what you REALLY treasure, is your own worthiness.  You find Jesus and His imputed worthiness UNsatisfying, and that’s why you have idols in your life, and the biggest idol of them all, is your own worthiness.  Pride, not humility.

But.  Once you are EXPOSED for the fraud you are, there is HOPE.  Jesus came for frauds, for failures, for losers.  You QUALIFY for grace, because of your failure to find contentment in Jesus and His imputed worthiness, needing NOTHing else.  All else is sinking sand.  This problem you have, is the leaven of the Pharisees that Jesus EXPOSED.  The Pharisees imagined themselves followers of God, but they were frauds, just like you.  And I.

Think I’m being extreme?  Consider how you would feel about yourself, if tonight you lost EVERYthing.  Job, health, relationships, home, cars, savings, bank cards, your precious reputation, and you became a single homeless person with zero friends, under a bridge.  Would Jesus be enough for you?  If He would, then you are no fraud.  Dave and so many others are frauds.  Thankfully, Jesus’ love extends to frauds.

Accomplishment/somebodiness/reputation/success is not bad, but it’s very dangerous.  “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,” said Jesus.– Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, in hopes that the Spirit transforms us Christians to become such undone, contrite, humble, lovers of Jesus and others, that the seculars around us want what we have

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Every human is addicted

to human-wisdom, but who even realizes it?  What’s so bad about a Christian being addicted to human-wisdom?  We are not dependent on Jesus, but on our human-wisdom.  Jesus is not Lord of our lives — our human-wisdom is.  So we operate with human-wisdom and its human-power.  No wonder the Church is so saltless and impotent in our day, so dismissed by the seculars around us, so we’re seed cast on thorny soil that does not reproduce.  And driven, intense, stressed, self-absorbed, like seculars.  

Being addicted to Jesus and His wisdom provides an other-worldly peace vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent, human-wisdom peace of seculars.  And of us CHRISTIANS.  And provides an other-worldly-power that is vastly superior to the human-power of seculars.  And of us CHRISTIANS.  Being addicted to Jesus and His wisdom/power, enables Christians to be as fruitful with seculars as Christians in the early chapters of Acts.  Contagion.  Happiest, most-reproducing Christians in history.  Fearlessly humble.

Awareness of the problem, is half the solution.  If the Spirit doesn’t open our eyes to the extent of our human-wisdom-dependence, nothing will change.  A lack of self-awareness in the Church is the greatest hindrance to a widespread awakening in our day, seems to me. 

So, how can we become addicted to Jesus?  Try harder to depend on Him better, believe better?  No!  Faith/dependency/fruitfulness is a gift from Above.  What we CAN do is CONFESS our INdependency/human-wisdom-reliance, our unbelief in His sovereign reign over every detail of our lives, our lack of curiosity and expectancy about what SovereignShepherdJesus might do NEXT, in us, others, circumstances.  CONFESSion is the pathway to happiness, health, and fruitfulness with seculars, seems to me.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness and sovereignty-awareness to Christians — especially DAVE, that Christians might be fruitful with seculars

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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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