That is me up there. Well, not literally me, but an image of me.
Seeking to diligently be apart of God's plan for humanity, rooted in love and through Christ, of redemption, renewal, reconciliation and restoration for ALL, so that all things may be united to Him, which breeds a true wholeness of peace, joy, comfort and yes, love.
Also seeking to wife up a cutie with a booty, ya know what I sayin'?!
(And with a love for Christ and a good heart, but like, the ability to twerk, too.)
This blog is a blend of theological explorations and silly, irreverent reblogs. I'm all over the place, y'all.
Love suffers long and never fails! (1 Corinthians 13:4&8, NKJV)
I think to say that God desires for all to be reconciled to Him, but that some will end up not being reconciled to Him is to say that God is ultimately bound by man.
I think it inherently denies His omnipotence. And if it doesn’t deny His omnipotence, then it denies the depth of His love. As if God is saying, “I really want everyone to know Me, and I have the power to do so, but ehhh, let’s not push it.”
As 1 Corinthians 13:7 says: “love never fails.” Here’s another translation of it “love never ends.” Is there really a point where God stops pursuing His people, whom He deeply loves and is fine to leave them to an eternity without Him, even though that’s contrary to His will? Does God not get what He wants?
I’m not asking these questions as definitive theology - this is just what’s been running through my mind as of late, and I’m trying to piece it all together. I think it’s important to question things - if only strengthens your faith in the end (if it’s true faith because true faith allows us to explore these things because ultimately, we’re still rooted in Christ).
I’ve been reading through the small books at the end of the Old Testament these past couple of weeks, and these books are mostly characterized by God sending a prophet to the Israelites, warning them of impending judgment for their rebellion against Him. There are so so many narratives of this - different occasions throughout ancient history of God’s people turning their back on Him and thus God dishing out the appropriate consequences.
The thing is, every single time in these books about these occurrences, there is a mention of God’s ultimate will of His people coming back to Him. Even after all the wrath and judgment, God frequently cites the covenant He has with His people and assures that with their repentance, they will be redeemed.
And this isn’t some special deal with an expiration date. Over and over again, the Jewish people deny God, and over and over again, God continues to offer them redemption. He is relentless. He doesn’t say, “My people have denied me, so to hell with them!” He gives them another chance. And another. And another.
So why would that pattern not still exist? All of the Old Testament ultimately points to or gives greater meaning to Christ, right? Is it really you deny Christ and that’s it? Or perhaps will God relentlessly pursue all people until they come to Him through Christ?
I am admittedly not as well versed on all of this as I should be, borrowing most of my current philosophy on heaven and hell from what I’ve been told in church and Christian circles growing up (though I am starting to work to change that in regards to this subject on my everlasting question of working out my own salvation with fear and trembling), but is earthly death really the last chance? I’m sure there are verses that support that (that I wish my Christian school would’ve cited for us like they should’ve smh), but I’m sure there are verses that can be used against it as well.
I just think the traditional view of salvation is limiting God in a lot a way - both in His sovereign power but also in regards to His everlasting love. I do still hold firmly to the belief that Christ is the only path to being with God - I’ve given a lot of critical thought to that and it just makes complete logical sense to me (of course paired with the affirmation of the Holy Spirit of such). But now I start to question if in the end, all people will come to know God through Christ through some mysterious way that I definitely can’t tell you.
But like Ephesians 1:9-10 says:
"…making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth."
The mystery of His will is to unite ALL things in Him. To say that in the end, all things won’t be united with Him is to say that God’s will fails. I don’t believe that.
(And yes, I know there are devil’s advocate responses even to such a seemingly straight-forward verse, but I’ll entertain those internally for now. Like I said in my previous post about this, I’m not currently subscribing in full conviction to a Christian Universalist belief right now.)
I think a lot of what’s driving this train of thought is just knowing God personally. I know His character - I’m so convinced of who He is because I experience Him all the time. I know His love, His compassion, His power - I know who He is (such a wonderful luxury to be blessed with through the work of Christ - thank You, Lord!). So knowing and experiencing Him naturally gets me thinking of these things.
I really take to heart for so many reasons the verses that say that God’s will is that everyone be saved (gosh, what a true testament to how much He really loves us all and wants to be with us all - we’re His focus!).
And I just can’t imagine God not getting what He wants.
Lastly, as I mentioned in my previous post about this, it’s the “free will” thing that trips me up when it comes to this “Christian universalist” viewpoint. But sometimes doesn’t love act against a person’s desires in light of what’s ultimately best for them? Like the families who force their loved ones into rehab against his/her will. But ultimately, once the loved one sees how much better their life has become, they’re grateful for how their families acted.
So I have to give that some consideration to. Not to mention, the necessity of “free will” is not mentioned at all in the Bible - it’s just something assumed and inferred from the story of Adam and Eve. Not saying it’s a wrong assumption or inference, but we do have to be careful about putting things in the Bible that aren’t actually there (a very common Christian practice).
And those are by no means my definitive thoughts on free will. Well, I mean, I guess they are just thoughts. Not stances or convictions. Just thoughts.
It’s so intriguing. Judas betrayed Christ, yet his betrayal yielded the greatest act of love of all time.
Just think on this - the layers of Judas’s act. He both did the worst and the best thing, all in one.
Judas shamed, yet a crucial part of the redemption story.
Tormented by his demons that he hanged himself, thus serving himself the justice he felt he deserved, yet ironically, the death that his betrayal spawned was a death that bred grace, even for him.
Sadder than the fact that Judas killed himself is that redemption was made available to him as well, had he accepted it. That there was forgiven available to him too, for the crime he committed and because of the crime he committed.
The fact that he killed himself proves his sorrow, his regret. He probably considered what he did unforgivable, though. I imagine, though, that he desperately wanted forgiveness. Grace is proven radical by the fact that it was available for Judas. I wish he would’ve experienced it. That in his darkness moments he would’ve remembered the words Christ had told him just hours before:
"This is My blood covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Matthew 26:28)
If it would’ve just clicked in Judas’s head…
Isn’t it absolutely intriguing? Powerful in a way.
Meditating on Christ’s death is incredible because of its strikingly dichotomy. My love for Christ breeds such sorrow as I think of the mockery, shame and painful death He had to endure as all of His closest friends turned their backs on Him. Yet my humble, changed heart is in gracious awe of the act of the cross - comforted and elated for and because of the death of Christ.
True Christian belief isn’t mindless. Look at the layers embedded within the life and death of Christ. It breeds such opportunities for analysis and critical thinking, especially for a more abstract mind, dwelling on these deeper emotional implications - there’s such a dichotomy to the cross.
So intriguing. I love this stuff, man.
Christianity is so selfish presently, exemplified by how we make our sins all about ourselves.
What is the sin in, say, materialism, after all? It essentially boils down to the fact that we care about possessions for ourselves more than helping those without possessions. All sin points to our self-obsession, which makes sense because sin is the opposite of God and God is love. Love is selfless - the denial of self for the outpouring onto others.
We try to eradicate our sins to prove ourselves “good”, “holy” - even if not consciously, that is the driving force, because that’s how the Christian life was imparted to most. We think - “if we don’t sin, we are more approved by God; we are better Christians.”
But if we realize this correlation between sin and selfishness, then we realize that if we don’t sin, we help others (I can’t necessarily say that is an across the board statement, but if love is the fulfillment of the law, then all sin can be characterized by the absence of love. And love, once again, is all about how we treat others - esteeming them higher than self and treating them accordingly).
I think that’s a better driving factor away from sin. instead of once again being so concerned with the state of ourselves, we’d be better suited driven by love. Every act of God was driven by such, after all - it is much more than a grand plot for the eradication of sin, but rather the ultimate purpose is to bring everyone into His love.
And if we claim to be true followers of God, then that’ll be our driving factor as well: love. To be utterly consumed by the idea that everyone else’s well-being is set above our own and to act out on that idea is making moves towards the absence of sin.
That being said, I think it’s an incredibly legalistic viewpoint to even try to make for our own eradication of sins that actually contradicts the Gospel. It’s not on us; it’s on Christ. So we abide in God, and God abides in us. God is love. That’s the mark of holiness, imparted to us freely, but not earned by any means of our own.
"No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:12
That’s the Christian life right there. Let’s not make it any harder than it needs to be. And let us certainly not make it selfish and self-absorbed, which is surely our biggest crime, ironically even in those attempting so hard to live “holy lives.”
I’m at a difficult crossroads right now.
I really want to be apart of a missional community. I believe that’s the proper expression of “church” as we’re called by Christ to live, if we’re going to follow the examples set by how He engaged in ministry with His disciples as well as the model set by the early Book of Acts.
And it’s simply something most churches don’t offer. The concept of a “small group”, “Bible study” or “community group” is just way too internally-focused, ultimately, and I can’t find missional or even really spiritual fulfillment from that. I know God is calling me to more in my walk that goes beyond that. These groups do engage in ministry/service-esque things occasionally, but I really take to heart the phrase “day-by-day” that’s used in the Bible in regards to the examples of Christ-led community that I mentioned above. Even a biweekly thing is underwhelming in my heart.
And the biweekly meetings I’ve witnessed in the church I just officially left were still highly internally focused. Sure, we were encouraged to go out as disciples in sermons, but the implication was to do that in our separate lives - not really as a community going out together to serve. And when those opportunities of community service arose, it wasn’t as a lifestyle characterized by that, but rather an event.
I’ve been to several community groups within that church, and in all of them, there was maybe an opportunity of vague service once a month (but most of the time every few months) but other than that, all of the time spent as a community was entirely inward. Which really defeats the purpose of being a disciple of Christ for me.
So I need something more overt than that, which is hard to find in most churches. Because as much as I do want to live in constant community with a group of Christ-passionate people - which I do see some instances of even within my now former church - I don’t want that just for my own affirmation and exhortation, but for the sole purpose of such a community to be an integration of ourselves into the community around them so we can dedicate our lives to meeting their needs, living amongst them and loving them thoroughly - our utmost concern being them, not us. That’s how Christ lived; that’s what I want to emulate.
But the only church that I’ve found that takes on that missional community model (and I haven’t even checked it out yet, so I don’t know how much they really do) has quite distinct theological views than I do. Enough that it would be a problem if I were to be integrated with them long-term.
It’s no secret to anyone who’s been keeping a particular eye on this blog or my twitter that I have developed a plethora of issues with man’s expression of so-called “Christianity.” I’ve moved away from that significantly in a lot of manners; the inconsistencies, the ignorance, the double standards, the untended selfishness and the blatant lack of critical understanding and exploration of what the Bible really says and the life God calls us to truly lead are just too much for me. I can’t. I think even in these shortcomings, there is often a heart there that is commendable, but as far as being compatible with the life of love I want to live out for Christ on this Earth, communing with most Christian circles leaves a bad taste in my mouth and a sense of deeper longing in my heart.
And fact of the matter is, a lot of my views are very “non-traditional” in a lot of ways. Which stems from the above discourse.
And I know a few people who see things the way I do in regards to our faith; conveniently most of these people are on the East Coast (that’s sarcastic; it’s not at all convenient because I live in Los Angeles). I’ve felt the call on my heart to engage in missional commune life very strongly - to the point where I distinctly heard God tell me to leave my church, before I even knew why I’d ever want to (He’s been faithful in revealing to me the reasons, and now I know I can’t stay). And I know He’ll be faithful, especially since I’ve been faithful to follow His instructions, but I can’t help but feel a little frustrated right now, because I can’t find the balance of people who believe the same as I do but also want to really engage in a constant missional life within the Los Angeles area.
Because I know there are some churches around that are more in line with my current theological views, but then it goes back to the same problem of the inward focus. It’s such a consumeristic Christianity - I can’t stand it. Even if the pastors/leadership have a broader aim than that, most of the congregation come in for their weekly, maybe biweekly fix, live decent lives otherwise that are honestly highly driven by self-motives that they try to fit God into and that’s that.
I want to be with a body giving of themselves every single day for the sake of the Kingdom. There are so many people out there suffering in so many ways, and I can’t help but feel like we’re acting out in hate, honestly, to be doing so little day-by-day to tend to these needs as we continue to indulge ourselves, excusing it because we’re not living in the rich self-indulgance of, say, celebrities, but we’re still placing our utmost concern on our lives, when fact of the matter is, Christ called us to love like Him, and His love was characterized by the ultimate denial of self so that others could benefit.
It’s like if I could find that same passion plus compatible theological views within the same person, we could just start our own thing and grow the mission from there. I gotta trust God to do what He’s going to do in my life, ultimately. Keep my ears open and follow His leadings. He told me that He wasn’t going to leave me hanging, so I trust Him.
Just pray that I find that balance, I guess. That expression of church that has been placed so strongly and deeply on my heart. Because right now, I feel like there’s nothing that fits. And with something this important, I don’t want to settle. If anything is going to be half-ass, it’s not going to be my spiritual life, you know?
And hey, if any of you Christians on tumblr live in LA and kind of see where I’m coming from - let’s start a MC. Especially if Venice Beach is on your heart - that’s where I want to be.
Here’s more on what I wanna live out : http://channyt.tumblr.com/post/52815130234/ugh-i-just-want-to-engage-spiritually-with-people
I love when people commit the sin of pride when trying to call out others on what they consider to be a “sin.”
Like, “I’ve read the Bible, such and such times and have been a Christian for however many years, thus I know this matter better than you will. Thus you’re wrong and in sin, and I’m right.”
Really? Did you miss all the verses on pride during your many read throughs of the BIble?
That’s what God had to teach me last year as I tried to preface my positions and arguments on matters with “Well, here’s the evidence of my strong spiritual life so there’s no way I can be wrong.”
And God was like, “Yeah, even though I have affirmed your spiritual convictions on this matter, I’m gonna go ahead and humble the mess out of you.”
And that He did.
Then subsequently I’ve had similar things said to me by others trying to convince me that I’m wrong. And it’s ironic, because it’s just such a prideful thing to say. We’re human - we’re all fallible. No one has the perfect Christian walk. Though time and time spent with God will undoubtedly strengthen you, that doesn’t ever absolve you from imperfection.
It was also funny because I’ve been told this by people who didn’t know me all that well and thus didn’t know all that much about the intricacies of my own Christian walk. So to make such a statement asserting themselves made certain assumptions in turn about me. They not only exalted themselves, but demeaned me in the process, though they had no right to.
And I’m not going to be the one to unleash my Christian resume to validate my walk in the sight of man, so I just nodded and smiled politely. But, like, spend some significant time with me instead of just reading one controversial post of mine on Facebook before you automatically assume that my walk with God must be weak because I hold a different position on a certain matter than you.
Or that one of us is above the other. That’s not true. We adhere to the same God. We’re filled by the same Holy Spirit. Playing the comparison game - even implicitly - gets nobody nowhere. Just let us stand fully before God.
But, like, if you’re going to preface your position with a laundry list of “accolades” to attest to why you’re right…I am absolutely not going to take you seriously. Because the Christian lifestyle should be characterized by humility (you know, because our Savior made Himself the lowest of lows in order to save us…), so it’s honestly going to be hard for me to be convinced that you have clout and are right if your defense is reeking of pride and haughtiness.
And hey, I definitely have to keep watching myself when it comes to that, though. Even though God taught me a huge lesson in a major way about pride that has certainly stuck, I am constantly finding myself susceptible to it. Pride is like my number one thorn in the flesh, so I’m not writing this from a place of pointing fingers, but from the perspective of someone who constantly struggles with pride.
And also, I think the way we live our lives should speak for itself. If we’re truly abiding in Christ, then we won’t feel the need to assert these “facts” that make us super Christian in order to validate our walk in the eyes of others. Our love - which is characterized by humility, selflessness, sacrifice, grace - will speak for itself.
I think that’s why Jesus warns us to check the log in our eye before reaching for the speck in another’s. I feel like often time, that log is pride.
The love exemplified by Jesus, that we’re called to emulate isn’t
"I have five pieces of bread, so I can give one to the person who has none."
It even goes beyond
"I have two pieces of bread, so I will give one to the person who has none."
It’s even further than
"I have one piece of bread, so I will share it with the person who has none."
"I have one piece of bread, and I will give it to the person who has none."
It’s radical. It’s extreme, I know. But Jesus had life, and He laid it down so those without could have life. Love is characterized by selflessness and sacrifice. Love puts a higher esteem on others than on ourselves, so we put them before ourselves. Do you know how many times in the Bible we are exhorted to follow the pattern of love that Jesus has set before us with His time on Earth? And what is that love but the epitome of humble servitude that bred sacrifice.
He forsook His high and mighty standing of God to lower Himself to the level of those He loved. And He wasn’t even high amongst men, but was born in a barn and worked as carpenter. Then He worked on behalf of people, never asking for or receiving anything in turn. He healed, He gave, He constantly poured Himself out for others - freely giving of all of His resources but doing nothing to benefit Himself. Then He endured ridicule and accusations, blasphemy and murder attempts until He was actually killed in the most gruesome and humiliating way alongside criminals.
All so that through His death, we could forever be with Him.
And then He tells us to love like He does.
And we’re not just called to love our spouses that way. But every single person. To put all others before ourselves, constantly concerned on their behalf. Giving sacrificially - that means you’re not just giving, but giving up something. True love is the denial of self on the behalf of someone else.
Here’s the best thing, though. In Christ, we have the freedom to give our all to others, because then He will personally replenish us and fulfill us. As we’re acting on on the behalf of others, Jesus is in turn acting out on behalf of us. Everything we give, He’ll give right back. It’s an amazing cycle that breeds so much fruit.
I just love dwelling on this. I can’t get enough of thinking of how Jesus loves us. We throw that concept around so so much, but to just take significant time each day to truly dwell on that really means. The depths of that love, how that love was manifest and now the everlasting effects of that love.
And then to turn it around and know that that’s the prototype that has been laid before us as to how we in turn are supposed to love. And knowing that it is possible to love in such a radical way with Christ in us.
I’ve been absolutely obsessed with 1 John 4:7-21 lately. And to me, it’s more than one proves that he/she abides in God by how he/she loves, but a reassurance that he/she will be able to love because he/she abides in God. So amazing. So comforting.
Love’s beautiful, man.
So I like this girl.
Like, I really like her a lot. She’s so cute, funny, we have very similar interests and we work well together (like, literally, on projects - we collaborate well).
But beyond that is…I really like being around her. I feel so happy - I have for the past day - because being with her just felt so great. It’s one of those things where you can’t put into words - it’s just not tangible. But it’s there.
I guess in a way, we also figuratively work together. There’s a chemistry there that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s there. I haven’t felt so strongly drawn to a person in who knows how long.
So badly I want to pursue things with her. For a lot of reasons, I feel like I actually have a chance. I’d love to get to know her more, spend time with her, just be around her because it’s proven to be so simply satisfying.
But I don’t think I can.
It’s not a matter of courage or confidence (though there is forever the looming threat of rejection). It’s just I’m at a point in my life where I have to make some tough decision where it comes to relationships.
I’m turning 24 this summer, which is still young, but I want to really invest in the person I’m dating. And I want that investment to pay off in the long run. And the things about this girl is…I know I can’t have anything serious with her.
Because the absolutely most important thing in my life - heck, it actually is my life - is lacking in hers.
Jesus has to be at the root of any relationship I’m in. There’s no getting around that. I obsess over Him constantly, always turning through theology and promises and just the sheer power of grace in my mind. It’s the crux of who I am. I have to be able to share that with someone who I’m going to be in it with for the long run, or it just ultimately won’t be satisfying. I won’t be able to connect on that deeper level.
And of course my dream relationship is centered on Christ as we pursue Him together, supporting each other in our faith, you know? I have to have that.
I was facetiming with my best friend and her guy friends the other day, telling them about this girl and my plans to ask her out. And our guy friend GW asked me two important questions. First - “Does she like girls?”
But even more so important was his second question:
"Does she love Jesus?"
So long term potential is out. But I question if it’s even worth pursuing something that has no long term potential. I know there are a million “typical Christian” answers to this question, and I honestly do not care about those, because I have so many issues with the stereotypical “Christian dating” mentality (it’s all man-created; the Biblical influence suffers from biased, one-sided interpretation that ends up being more harmful than good for relationships).
But here’s the thing: say I start pursuing her to get to know her better (but with an obvious romantic lilt), but with the mentality of “well, this isn’t going to get serious”? But how can I guarantee that? I can’t. What happens when one date turns to two dates turns to three dates turns to emotionally opening up to each other turns to deep attachment turns to “Oh snap, I’m in deep and really love someone who ultimately isn’t my best match for marriage?”
Not to say that that will happen, but to go into a relationship without intent of it being too serious, especially if that intent ends up being one-sided, will lead to some sort of mess. Leaving things undefined will lead to some sort of mess. Make a heart won’t get broken, but someone will end up bruised. If I am successful in keeping it low key with her, but definitely involved, what happens when that person who really is my ultimate match comes along? ”Oh, hey, peace out!”
I don’t want to make the smart decision here. I don’t want to follow the advice that I’d honestly give someone else in this position. I honestly really don’t want to, because not only do I really like this girl but once again, I really think I may have a legitimate chance with her, too.
But if I stop obsessing for a few moments, stop trying to rationalize and deliberate for myself in my head and stay silent to listen to what God is saying about all of this, I hear what He’s trying to say.
I feel Him telling me that He has my best in store for me. I just have to wait a little longer. I think I can have so much with this girl right here, but He’s telling me that I can have even more than that with whom He really has set aside for me, if I’ll just wait for her.
God, obeying You is so hard sometimes, so contrary to what I feel like I want. But I know that obeying You is ultimately worth it; that it’s ultimately for the best. And I know I won’t regret it because I never have before.
Give me strength, Lord, to follow what You are telling me. Thank You for being so faithful in letting me know what’s up and what to do. I love You so much. I really do.
I believe that as I continually become more and more concerned with Jesus above absolutely everything else, the more all issues in my life will be solved. That’s the goal - get closer to Him. Like issues of “am I loving well enough?” or “how can I get over these lingering vestiges of problems caused by social anxiety disorder?” or “I keep making not nice jokes to get people to laugh and bond with them but it’s not glorifying and is not overtly, but ultimately kind of at someone’s expense” will fade away the closer I am to Him. Because I’ve already seen it happening, but it’s never ending quest.
But, you know, it’s just not a means of sanctification. It’s ultimately for the pleasure of being with Him. Just taking moments to realize who exactly He is, what He’s done for me, and how the God who made all the creation I am witnessing around me loves me and died to be with me. It’s not all about striving constantly to be better, but just spending time with Him with no ulterior motive, no matter how well-meaning that motive may be. It’s just abiding in Him as He abides in me.
That’s a beautiful thing. Like how some people you can just be with? You’re not really doing anything, there’s no real objective. You’re just there with them, and it’s perfect.
Those are the moments I want to cling to with God. I can’t say it enough because the fact amazes me - He DIEDso we can be with Him. Why do we diminish the worth of that sacrifice by not taking full advantage of it at all times? Just being aware of His presence, His love, His peace and enjoying it. Basking in it. Letting all else fade away and honing in on Him entirely to just rest in His presence.
It’s nice to just enjoy His company. Delving into His Word is a great way of doing that, too. Not just taking the words on the page at face value, but letting the Spirit speak through it to expand on what those words are really saying to us. I love how the word of God is described as living. Through the Spirit, they can speak personally to us where we are at. There’s so much depth there; we just barely graze the surface. It’s like we can interact with Scripture. And God makes Himself present through it.
There’s so much to this. It’s pretty awesome.
Don’t confuse what man has created of “Christianity” with what knowing Jesus actually is. In many applications, they are completely different things. They shouldn’t be, but they are.
Ugh, I just want to engage spiritually with people 24/7/365, but it’s so hard finding people to do that with on the constant basis I crave.
It’s like two days a week tops for most people and that’s it. I want this every single second of my life.
I really want to start a missional community…
(which is a much different thing than a small group or a community group, at least in the application I envision.)
Like, living together and going out every single day in mission within a particular community to thoroughly serve and love them so they may know the love of Christ. Church of Acts style. “day-by-day.” I can’t compartmentalize my Christianity anymore, living it out in segments whilst trying to fit it into other parts of my life.
Instead of “I have this job and I’ll be a witness there”, it’s “I’m a witness. Period.” Acts 1:8 stuff. Matthew 28:18-19. Constantly.
In Venice Beach, specifically. I’d love to dedicate all my time to engaging compassionately, joyfully and lovingly with the people there. Especially since the homeless population is so high there, which is something that’s always been on my heart. I want to meet needs - physically, emotionally and spiritually.
And distinctly live minimally - banishing all materialism and consumerism. And have all things in common. Embody true selfless, self-denying and sacrificial living, all for the benefit of another. And do crazy amazing things for the glory of God by the uninhibited power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:32-35 and Acts 2:42-47, you know?
And truly investing into a community. Living life with people. Exhorting each other, growing with each other, being vulnerable and open with each other. Praying together, worshiping together, sharing as many meals as we can together, having deep theological discussions together.
Not just once a month or twice a week. Every day. Because I can get some of this now through church and community group, but it’s not day-by-day. All that up there - I want it all the time, not just a set aside night of the week, a few hours on Sunday, then an additional service event once a month.
Every. Single. Day.
God will make a way for what He has placed on my heart.
That’s just the half of it, y’all.