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John 14

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Did you get that? Don’t let your heart be troubled? Don’t be afraid? Do you hear his words? Do not be afraid? I hope so. Our society needs us to understand Jesus. So that whatever is going on around us, the way we respond is the same way Jesus would respond if he were us.

Think about it. When you live Jesus’s rhythm. When you live his joy and shalom, you change the atmosphere around you. You bring clarity. This is much needed today.

We live in a society where everything that happens becomes this huge overblown crisis. We are a low-joy nation that has no shalom.  America needs Christians who live like Jesus. Why? Because Jesus only focuses on the truth.

This is such a helpful teaching in our present circumstances in America. We are a low-joy nation. And low-joy places breed problems. This low-joy has reached the highest levels. Our national leaders have finally succumbed to being almost pure predators. The opposite of Jesus. This is a huge blow to any decency we can expect.

You see, without following God’s ways, we become predators. Then it is all about our own perceived survival.

Today’s political and social agendas have been overtaken by low-joy predatory leaders. Jim Wilder explains what a predator is. He uses the metaphor of a herd of animals. Think of where we are at right now as a nation and listen:

“Predators discover the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of others and exploit them. Predators use weaknesses to obtain or retain dominance in the food chain. Predators fiercely guard their positions and will hurt others in the herd if threatened. Predators also do their best to hide their weaknesses and appear strong to assure their positions. Predators are the most common product of low-joy herds.”

As a nation, we are a low-joy herd. We have national leaders who are predators. The whole political system we have developed feeds predators like raw meat to alligators.

Now, this doesn’t mean we are doomed, but it does provide a wake up call for everyone of us. We are the best true hope for America ourselves. If you truly follow Jesus, you really are America’s best hope.

This is what God calls us to do.

God is calling us to start global warming. Healthy global warming where each of us starts joy, again and again, warming the atmosphere and warming the hearts of those around us. When we spread the joy of the Lord to those around us, when we are able to quickly return from upset and be people of maturity and strength, we influence life in a tremendous way. And, because God is in charge, shalom is what we have to look forward to. It’s going to work out in the end. God always wins.

ME

What kind of character traits would Jesus exhibit if he were running for president?

 

Wednesday April 13- Disciple?

Psalm 1:1-2

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.

Someone who shines the light of Jesus and has a track record of wisdom, is someone who is gold in relationships. Someone whom you would want to hang out with. Someone to do life with and spend time watching and listening. This is a joy. You are glad to spend time with him. She is being used by God to expand who you are.

What about you? Who is investing in you on the Way? Who are you following?

If there is no one, it’s time for a change.

And what about you? Whom are you investing in? Who follows you on the Way?

Now, if you can’t think of anyone you are learning from who has a track record of wisdom, who has things happen around them where God shows up, then it’s time to get connected. And If you say, “All I need is Jesus,” I say, “No, I don’t trust your wisdom,” because Jesus said, “Make disciples/ Be disciples.”

I can’t afford to follow those who don’t follow Jesus.

And I don’t automatically think someone who is a mocker, a doubter, a skeptic is wise. In our society today, as long as it is not a liberal cause, if you are skeptical and doubting you are considered brilliant. You don’t even have to rationally support your thinking. Just call anything smacking of God or spirituality or faith or morality as foolish, sad, primitive and misinformed.

What passes for brilliance today is for most modern universities and the majority of media to reinforce what is already believed to be true and what is already believed to be wrong.

We aren’t much better, when view only a small slice of the world’s people, hear only haphazard bits of highly selected evidence from news outlets or other sources, and talk to only a narrow group of generally like-minded friends.

So, instead of reasoned comparison, our culture, and many times we are that culture, simply need to reinforcement what is already believed to be true, and what is already believed to be wrong.

No.

Me

Make a list of three positive accomplishments of the presidencies of President Bush Jr. and President Obama. Cant’ do it? Why not? Then try again.