One of the hardest things for us to do as humans is to admit when we are wrong, or to entertain the possibility we could be wrong or even deceived.
We need to be teachable and realize we aren't always right, and that it is possible that we can be deceived and go around thinking we are right when we are in fact wrong. It is important for us to study, to examine the evidence and when we are wrong, we need to adjust.
There are somethings that are going on in the Church of America that are very saddening. I do not claim to have the perfect Theology, however, I have put in the time, effort and energy in studying the things I have found concerning; 1st, to see if I am wrong in my thinking and 2nd, if I am correct, too ask the question, how do we lovingly get about dealing with and drawing out the falsehoods that are being taught. This has resulted in much prayer, much study of the Word of God, and many conversations with people that agree and disagree "as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
In bringing these things up I have been refereed to as a Pharisee, a Religious Zealot, or simply a religious leader who is offended when God moves, Yet, the more I pray and seek the Lord, the more I read His Word, the more I dive in deep and ask God by the power of His Spirit to reveal what is true as is represented in His Word, He has continued to bring peace and a desire to lovingly come alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ that have bought into some ideologies and philosophy's that are not presented in the Scripture. The Holy Spirit of God will always be in complete alignment with the Word of God, if what you are hearing does not find itself in compete agreement with the Word of God then it is not the Holy Spirit you are hearing from.
There are predominant teachers that are teaching that Jesus was not God in the flesh but a mere man during His time on the earth, and that after He died that He was tormented by satan in Hell until God rose Him from the grave, here is where they say was the moment that Jesus was reborn. They are teaching that the Holy Spirit moves subjectively and independently from the Word of God and that God is giving new revelation through the Spirit (implying that the canon of Scripture is not closed). They are teaching that prophecy is a learned gift and that you need to practice (try and get better) at it and that there is a difference between a false prophet and a bad prophet (a bad prophet from their perspective is one that simply got a bad word... where did this bad word come from?) That we are little gods (that when God made us in His image He made us little gods (to be clear this is not true)). They are teaching something known as the 7 mountain mandate (this is a view of the end times that is not presented in the Scripture). It is even being taught that God is the biggest failure in the Bible (the things used to justify this point from the Scripture are very saddening and this teaching seems to be isolated to Kennith Copeland but his influence on some of the heavy hitters is deeper than you may think.)
The enemy within is two fold, first, it is in the evil one preaching heresy and men buying the lie and preaching it to people, and the second is the enemy within ourselves as we refuse to listen to sound doctrine, consider we may be wrong or that we are being deceived. We so often don't or refuse to put the time in to examine the claims being made by either the preachers preaching false doctrine or examining the claims of those that are refuting the teachings. As believers in Jesus we are to test all things in accordance with the Word of God, we are to be teachable and we must find ourselves in full submission to God and His authoritative Word. The things I mentioned above are very much heretical and leading people astray. These false doctrines are being propagated by two of the more predominant names in the church today, Todd White, and Bill Johnson along with Shawn Bolz, Heidi Baker and several others. Now, I am not questioning their salvation as that is not my place, only God knows who is truly saved and who isn't, and my battle isn't with these people, it is with the ideologies and philosophies that are being taught.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:10-12
What is most saddening to me is what seems to be an abandoning of the Word of God, either that or the manipulation, misinterpretations or the misapplications or a combination of all 4 of those things. I am not just speaking about the teachers preaching these things, I am also speaking to the hearers of what they are teaching. Because this movement is laced with experience and emotional connection people have a hard time separating their subjective emotional experience from what is objectively true. This is why it is vital to teach that the Holy Spirit of God will always be in complete alignment with the Word of God (which is the objective truth). When we separate the Holy Spirit from God's Word and make the Spirits movement subjective we enter into very dangerous ground, sadly most people are walking on this ground daily and don't realize it or they think someone who says other wise is wrong and either a Pharisee or Religious nut job. One of the other subtle things that happens with the teachings that Jesus was only a man during His time on earth is that it minimizes Jesus and elevates the Holy Spirit and the experience the Holy Spirit provides. This deception is subtle and probably one these teachers would deny if asked, however, their teachings promote this ideology whether they know it or not. I am sure people will be unhappy that I mentioned some names in this blog, and that is okay. If you follow the teachings of any of the people listed I challenge you to do some research, and if you don't know where to start I would love to provide some resources for you that demonstrate the claims I have made. Again, I do not wish to go against God and bear false witness, it is important to note that I am not the type to make blanket claims, I have made my claims biased on the evidence that they themselves have provided in their teachings. We should always be testing anything a Pastor or preacher says, as well as the things our brothers and sisters share, we need to put the things said up against God's Word, this is how we know that what is being shared is in fact true.
There is so much more conversation to be had, please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts. As always, lets keep the conversation Christlike and friendly.
For those of us that have been following Christ we should seek to know the Word, and strive to share the truth in love. Though this can be hard, we are called to share it and to not be an offense because the gospel is offense. Telling someone or a group of people that what they are doing or saying is wrong according to the Word of God is no easy task and it is to be done with the utmost care and love both outside the church and in the church (the body of Christ). The reality, you are likely going to upset people, they are likely to be offended, and something I experienced this past week, they are likely to resort to name calling and subtle yet evident character bashing. These are not uncommon responses. The key in these situations is to not allow your emotions to control or dictate your response. If this is happening on social media or email it is easy for people to assume and apply tone, motive and emotion to what they are reading, sometimes correctly, sometimes incorrectly. We are all guilty of this and need to fight against the urge. It is important, especially when we disagree with someone that we demonstrate a Philippians 4:8 mindset and approach, "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." It is vital that we think on what is true and assume the best of someone rather than ascribing motive or intent to them.
In the reckless love blog I took an extreme amount of care in not pretending to know the authors motives or bashing them as brothers in Christ. I took great care in making sure that the blog was simply dealing with the theology presented in the song as well as in their descriptions as to why they went with the word reckless. The unfortunate piece in this is that people took offense and assumed I was bashing the authors, this couldn't have been further from the truth. To ensure this I had the blog proof read and had a couple of people make sure that I was clearly dealing with the theology and not attacking the men. This is very important in sharing hard truths with people. We have a tendency to take things personal, and we hate to admit we might be wrong about something, so we seek to defend our stance rather than being teachable and humbling ourselves. It is very important in sharing hard truth that you check yourself first, you examine your motives, and most importantly, you must make sure your claims are true. In sharing hard truth, especially with people involved, you need to make sure you are not bearing false witness and that what you are saying is in complete alignment with the Word of God. It is vital that you make sure that you are teachable, that you are willing to concede if you are incorrect, and that you are willing to adjust if you are wrong, I can not stress this part enough, it is so very important!! When we find ourselves being argumentative it should be a sign that we are more concerned with proving our point and saving face. When we are allowing the Spirit of God to move, and we are submitted to God and His Word, we will operate in the fruits of the Spirit and point to Jesus. It is so essential for us as believers to be about pointing to Jesus and not our point. When you are trying to prove your point you are going to do so no matter the cost, you will shut down any possibility you may be wrong and you will make all sorts of assumptions about the person or people telling you otherwise. When being led by the Spirit of God, you will seek to honor others, hear them out, and put what they are saying up against the Word of God, this will determine if what they are saying is true or not and we need to be praying that God make it clear. Again, we all need to be teachable realizing we don't know everything and that maybe our brothers and sisters have something of value to add to the conversation.
Because it is seemingly so complicated to share hard truth as it pertains to the Word of God people either shy away from it or go to the other extreme and become angry and over zealous. There is compromise on both sides. One lands itself close to what I call graceism (all grace, no obedience or change required, confrontation free), and the other legalism (no grace, all law and judgement). Both of these in there extreme are incorrect according to the Scripture. Believe it or not, the line is smack dab in the middle. When we realize that we are to hold each other accountable and to confront fellow believers concerning sin, and doctrinal matters, we must also realize that we are to do so graciously and in love. Again, you are going to upset or offend someone, but it should be the Word that divides, not you or I. Again, the gospel, the Word of God is offensive to people and this is why we are not to be an offense. Stand firm on the truth, hide behind God's Word and allow Him to speak.
"Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left..." Joshua 23:6
"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us." 2 Thessalonians 2:15
"I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!" Galatians 1:6-8
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I spent a long time this week evaluating things after posting the reckless love blog due to the comments and various conversations. I spent time in prayer, in the Word, in conversation, more prayer, more study and more conversations. It was a draining few days for sure but the more I would study, pray, and talk with people the more energized and excited I would get. I was very blessed and encouraged by many people who came alongside me and held up my arms in this. God used the blog and the conversations in my life (and others it would seem) as an opportunity for growth and deeper dependence on Him. Praise God!
What has been your experience when sharing hard truths concerning God and what His Word has to say? I would love to continue the conversation, and as always, lets keep things Christ-Centered as we seek to bring glory and honor to God in all that we do!! God Bless!!
By now you have likely heard the controversy surrounding the song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury. If you haven't, a quick google search and some reading will have you caught up. I have been engaged in many conversations concerning this song and I thought it time to share my thoughts via a blog post.
Personally, when having these sorts of conversations I think it wise to hear the persons heart, I want to know the why behind what they are saying or in this case singing. So to be fair, here is a YouTube video of Cory explaining the song. From the best I can tell, this song is an attempt to describe God's love from a purely human perspective, it is seeking to evoke an emotional reaction in the listener. If this is true, then we have an interesting conundrum to unpack. I am a pastor, so I will be looking at it from a pastoral perspective. The definition for the word reckless is; 1: marked by lack of proper caution : careless of consequences 2: irresponsible. Some examples of it used in a sentence; He is a wild and reckless young man. He showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others. He spends money with reckless abandon (Definitions and examples provided by Merriam-Webster). Worship songs that are sung corporately with the congregation in a church should be accurate to the Scripture. Are we okay teaching people that God is reckless? That He is careless, and irresponsible? The sad reality that I have encountered is that people are okay with this teaching and seek to use the Scriptures to justify their point. Unfortunately, it doesn't add up.
In one video Cory uses the parable of the 99 sheep from the book of Luke (Luke 15:1-7). Cory makes it seem as though God is reckless by leaving the 99 to go after the 1, but is this true? Is God being reckless? It took some conversation, some reading and some studying but I found out something interesting. First off, this is a parable and a parable is not intended to portray a real life situation but it is a simple story intended to make a point, however, it does beg the question, "what if it did happen in real life?" If a shepherd was in the situation that Jesus explained they would first take precaution, they would make sure that the sheep were looked after. They would likely have another shepherd tend to their sheep, they would have a hired hand look after them, or if there was no one around or available the shepherd would relocate the sheep to an area that they know is going to be safe, and provide what the sheep need. Not to mention the sheep that is wandering isn't likely to be that far away and so it wouldn't likely take the shepherd that long to find it and bring it back to the flock. Jesus in this parable is seeking to prove the point that God cares for His sheep and doesn't want any to perish. In the case of the parable in Luke, Jesus is making a contrast between the self-righteous Pharisees and those who recognize their need for forgiveness and ultimately for Jesus. Jesus is in no way saying that the shepherd (in this case being that it is a parable, the shepherd is God), is reckless in (H)his thinking. That is for sure not the point of the parable, nor is it an accurate description of God. From a human perspective it may appear that the shepherd is reckless when we hear this parable, but again, a good shepherd is going to make sure that his sheep are safe and therefore he puts thought and action together to ensure their safety, this is the opposite of reckless. The shepherd doesn't just run off without giving thought to the 99, that would indeed be reckless and likely rather costly and full of negative consequence. As a matter of fact, the one that is reckless is the sheep that wanders off from the flock. Humor me as I give you another example, Lets say you have 3 kids, 2 of which are 2 and 3, and 1 that is say 5. You are in the grocery and your oldest wanders off and ultimately leaves the store. You start to panic. Do you simply leave the other 2 kids alone while you run around trying to find your oldest? Of course not, in this case you either take them with you, or you would ask a store clerk to help you, does that change how much you love your oldest who has wondered off? Of course not, it simply means you love all your children and you want to make sure they are all safe. You are obviously going to go great lengths to find your child but not at the expense of the other 2. If you left the other 2 unattended, you are in fact being reckless. God is not reckless in His love, He is very well thought out and this is clear through-out the Scripture. As a matter of fact go and read Ephesians 1 and then come back to the definition of reckless and tell me if they align?
There is so much to discuss concerning this topic, but I don't feel I need to explain everything here or in this moment. I would encourage us to be aware of this new version of the gospel, a version that puts us at the center of it. Make no mistake, it's all about Him, we are simply the benefactors. This does not change the love that God has for us in any way but the Scripture makes it clear that Jesus came, lived, died, and rose all for the glory of God and for God's glory alone. As a result, we can experience the amazing grace, forgiveness, and have eternal salvation that results from putting our faith in Jesus. It is not about us.
A friend sent me an interesting article about what God demands from us concerning worship, the article is powerful and to the point. This article does point out the belief system of Bethel church in Redding, California and how when you dig into what they teach you will find it laced with heresy. That may sound harsh, but from a pastor's perspective, the call to be a shepherd of a flock is to protect them from wolves. I say this in the most loving, non-legalistic way I can, Bethel is not preaching the Jesus of the Bible, they are not preaching the gospel represented in Scripture, and they are leading countless people astray. Don't take my word for it, do the research, dig in, you might be surprised what you find.
As always I am open to questions, comments, concerns and healthy debate. We do not have to agree but we do need to disagree in love so please keep the conversation civil and Christlike.
I hope it's okay to be vulnerable. When I was younger I was angry, I was usually set to snap at any minute, I hated myself, I wore a mask, and I was good at faking it to make it. When I came to Christ in 2008 my anger was something that God quickly addressed. I began memorizing verses concerning anger and praying that the fruit of the Spirit would be evident and that I would put the flesh to death. God honored my prayers and my anger and rage subsided and I was beginning to look more like Christ in and through circumstances where anger would normally rule the day. I was very thankful for this.
I am in a new season of life, I am now married to my lovely wife Stephanie & we have 2 wonderful boys (currently both are under 2). Sleep is a hot commodity, time to yourself is virtually non-existent and your whole routine centers around others. I am beyond blessed, however, something unexpected started happening, anger has begun to rear it's evil head. I have found myself allowing my emotions to control me rather than me controlling my emotions. I have found myself constantly on edge, responding poorly, and then feeling awful. Thankfully there are many moments in this where I hold my thoughts and my actions captive, and by the grace of God keep it together, but sadly there are moments when I don't. I know I am not perfect, but I am hard on myself, I expect better because I am new person in Christ. I am very open about my struggles, I seek to live in the light and so Stephanie and I have had a pretty open dialogue concerning our frustrations and our feelings as a result. These conversations are starting to bring us closer to each other and ultimately closer to God. If your like me, you want to take things on, and you take them on in your own strength. I always think I am stronger than I am and so I rely more on myself then I do God and His Spirit in me. Stephanie and I started a couples devotional this morning and the author drew out this exact point. He stated that in marriage we can drain our batteries, and forget to plug in, we start to take things on in our own strength and it will inevitably end in failure. This really resonated with me, the author is right and more importantly God used those words to remind me that I am doing this exact thing again.
"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires." James 1:19-20
I woke up in the middle of the night already launched in prayer, I was thanking God that His mercies are renewed daily, and I was praying that I would be a better man today then I was yesterday. When I read the devo with Stephanie and those words about our own strength came, it clicked, the only way I am going to be a better man today then yesterday is if I surrender myself fully to Christ and rest in His strength not my own. I praise God that His power is made known in my weakness and that His grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:9). I praise God that He is not finished with me, that He sees His work through to completion and that He is in the business of molding and shaping me into the likeness of Jesus.
I don't know what you are struggling with, but I want to encourage you to stop trying to beat it on your own. We are all in desperate need of Jesus, we are all in desperate need of the body of Christ (other believers), and we are all in process. Today, rest in Him, rely on His strength, and press on.
I would love to pray for and with you, and I ask that you pray for me and my family. If you have a prayer request please leave it in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless!!
I have heard it said that a person has 2 worldviews, the one they say they hold, and the one they live out. It is so much easier for us to say we believe something than it is for us to actually live that belief out. I have said it often when I preach but it is one of the most convicting thoughts to me, and it is simply that your life will reflect what you truly believe. If we are being honest with ourselves, our lives don't always reflect what we say we believe. For me it is easier to say I trust God than it is to live that out when I am on an airplane as my fear of heights seems to over ride my trust. Even deeper still, it's not the flying that is the issue, it's lack of control, it's the "what if the plane crashes" thoughts, it unfortunately boils down to a fear of death. This is a bit of a conundrum for me as a believer in Jesus, wouldn't you agree? However, before you cast your stones at me please take a minute to examine your own life. What fears do you have? Maybe it's of spiders, or public speaking, or you are constantly worried about your children, etc... It is super easy for us to point fingers, it is also super easy to say we aren't afraid of things. The truth comes out when we are in situations that test that. I have gone back and forth with my fear of heights, of crossing high bridges, or of flying, and it keeps coming back to a lack of trust in God and belief that He is in control of my life and my death.
If it is true that everyone has 2 worldviews then we have an interesting conundrum to sort out as Christians. See it is easy to say you’re a Christian, but our lives will always reflect what we truly believe. I hope this convicts you as much as is does me… When I look at my life, I have to ask the question, am I worshiping God by how I am living? Sadly, more often than not, I find myself answering that question with a no. If I am being honest, when I examine my life I see disconnects all over. I examine my Word life, what I mean here is my quiet time of reading the Bible, my Word life, and I find that it isn’t as consistent as it needs to be, I have the weird gifting of memorization and a lot of time I use that gift to justify not studying or simply reading as much as a should because I can recall sections of Scripture, maybe not word for word but for sure the general idea/concept being presented. This is both a blessing and a curse for me, but when I look at giving God my undivided attention in His word, I am lacking. I examine my Prayer life, am I praying as I should? How often do you tell someone you are going to pray for them and then it becomes and after thought, or just simply praising God through prayer, or most importantly, the listening part of prayer… I examine my Service life, not necessarily what and how much I am doing but why am I doing what I’m doing, what is the heart behind my service, is it to bring glory to God or is it just to get it done or is it to get something out of it for my benefit? I examine my Home life, I look at how I am leading family because the way I see it as a husband and a father you are always leading the question is where. I also examine my Work life and my Evangelism life, and Fellowship and Community life & I examine my Discipleship life, my Faith life, etc... Please note that when I say I examine my life in these areas I am referring more to my heart than I am the tasks though the tasks have their importance and place.
Bottom line, I examine my life but I broke it down here on purpose and I will bring that full circle here in a few but I think examining these things in a whole and individually begins to help us see how the worldview we say we have translates to the worldview we live out. We are to worship God with our lives, and our lives will reflect what we truly believe.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:1-2
So often we end up in conversations where we don't agree with the person we are speaking with. When this happens we tend to get this overwhelming sense that we need to prove our point (sometimes no matter the cost). We feel as though we need to have the last word, that we need to leave them with the most amazing gem of knowledge that will make them concede their point, making you the victor. It sounds a little funny when you read this (at least it did to me as I was typing it), but it's funny because it's true. Our pride takes over.
What if I told you that you can be free from the last word? What if I told you that you don't need to win every argument? What if I told you that it is okay to let someone else feel as though they have the upper hand in a conversation (even if you are clearly correct in your line of reasoning)? What if I told you that relationships are more important than you proving your point? We don't think this way, we almost refuse to. I have watched relationships be destroyed due to prideful arrogance in arguments or discussions. When I first came to Christ I was so fired up, and I was way over zealous. I was so fired up that I was upset with my friends and family when they didn't share my excitement. It got to the point where some of them simply didn't know how to talk to me and as a result a distance was placed between us. I remember getting in an argument with my mom on the phone, during that argument God had a dear brother in Christ call me. When the argument ended I called my friend back, I was so hot that I just started venting and pouring out my frustrations, my friend just listened. After I was done spewing my frustrations my friend said 9 words that I will never forget, he said "don't simply tell them about Christ, show them Christ." We then unpacked this more. I was a new believer so for me this information was very fresh to my ears. We looked at the process of someone coming to know the truths of the Scripture, we looked at the reality behind what it means to live the gospel, what it means to show people Christ. My actions along with my words were pushing people away from the truth rather than towards the truth. I was a stumbling block because I wanted so desperately to prove my point, and it was no longer about the salvation of my family and friends but rather me showing just how right I am (if I am honest I used the motive of their salvation as a cover up for what was really happening in my heart.) After that conversation with my friend, I changed. I realized he was right, and instead of arguing my point, I set out to love on my family and friends who don't know Jesus. I still engaged (and still do engage) in hard conversations but it was (and is) no longer about me proving my point but rather about showing them Jesus even in a disagreement so that they may come to know Him as I do. I seek to share the truth in love.
My first blog was in relation to politics and how the way we live matters even in the midst of a heavy political climate. In those conversations we are so concerned with proving our point that we go to great lengths so demonstrate just how wrong the other person is. I have watched slander and name calling come out of the mouths of those who profess Christ and it breaks my heart. We cannot speak to the love of Christ if we are not willing to share the love of Christ with others, especially those we disagree with. I for one am glad that Jesus didn't and doesn't take that approach with us. The Scripture makes it clear that "When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God." Romans 5:6-11
The way we live matters because their are lives at stake. Are you more concerned with winning an argument then you are the eternity of the lost?
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In the current climate of our country I have been praying, reading, and seeking my place in it all as a Christian. With all the conversation about rights, freedoms, guns, privacy, the president, and the like, there are a lot of things to sort out. It seems as though there is a drive and push for us as the body of Christ to separate our life in Christ from our life as an American. From my perspective this is super problematic. Is it possible that we have lost our focus? As Christians, our sole purpose is to bring glory to God with our lives. When we begin to put our rights or our earthly freedoms before God or when we find ourselves fighting for our rights and earthly freedoms (sometimes no matter the cost), it would seem that our priorities might be out of order. We are called to be representatives of Jesus Christ, and as a result, how we live matters. The things we say and do matter as we are to represent Jesus in the best possible light. When we focus so intensely on our earthly freedoms and comforts we may start to panic, or start to react poorly, or become so caught up that we forget we are representing Jesus to those that we think are trying to change or remove those freedoms from us. "And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." Colossians 3:17
This is also a matter of trust. Do we trust God regardless of the outcome? Do we trust God even in the midst of what may result in hardship? Do we trust God even though evil may seem to be prevailing?
The challenge for us as believers is to put Jesus first in all circumstances and situations. If you don't agree with someone it is okay to disagree, how you disagree maters greatly. Disagree in love. As a believer in Jesus you are commanded by God to love others, and Jesus made it clear that this includes your enemies.
"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him." Colossians 3:1-10
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Joe Bragg is currently the Executive Pastor at Cherry Creek Community Church. Joe also leads the youth ministry and has been serving at Cherry Creek since 2010. Joe and his beautiful wife Stephanie have 2 wonderful boys, 2 dogs and a cat that thinks he is a dog.