October 9, 2010 § 2 Comments
October 7, 2010 § 13 Comments
Grace is injustice to those who doesn’t need it, but it is sweet redemption to those who depends on it.
You know what is sad? As “Sweet” as it sounds, Many Christians are scared of “singing” the Amazing Grace. We are afraid of preaching the message of Grace due to our lack of wisdom and knowledge of Christ.
Why? Because these are the beliefs: Once you unveil Grace, there is no more control. What if people take advantage of it? What if people sin more? Where do we draw the line?
Let’s make one thing clear, so we won’t identify grace with “an-excuse-to-sin” but “the-way-God-intends-us to-live-by”
According to Apostle Paul there are only two ways of living: by Grace (vs) by the Law. If we are not living in one, we are living in the other.
Living in Grace = Living in Christ. Because Grace is a person. Grace is not just a concept or a theology. Grace is Christ! No one can find grace outside of Christ. The message of grace is that Christ made us right once and for all.
Living by the Law = Striving by ourselves. The law is about finding the best way of living according to us, without Christ. “The law is the power of sin” (I Cor 15:56). The law condemns sinners, but it doesn’t have a solution for it.
What cheapen grace is not because we sin more, because “as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant” (Romans 5:20). “Cheap grace” is just another word for “we don’t have Christ inside us,” and “The gospel of work” purely means “we are living by the law.”
Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet in their book “Jesus Manifesto” explained that Living in grace is simply this — yielding to Christ’s life within us.
I’ll write more about this. For now, tell me what you think, I would love to hear you out (this is what the blog is all about right?) as I am still trying to learn how to live by grace.
“But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair” – Relient K (From the song: Be my escape)
October 6, 2010 § 12 Comments
This morning as I was spending time with God I stumbled upon something that ripped my heart to pieces. I was trying to see if my blog would come up in search engines, but instead I found the cries of my kind.
These forums, blogs and posts are titled: “Pastor kid’s syndrome”, “Don’t pastor’s kids make the best atheist?” and “I love God but hate the church”. Real Pastor’s kids talking about their struggles and desperation. The reason why I can relate to them is because I am one. Click here to read about me
Here are some of those posts: (click the titles to read the full version) — forgive some of the language
“To start, I am a PK. I was raised in a family with an extreme addiction to religion. I cant even begin to explain how much I hate God and my parents. The old saying of how “pastors children are either ‘really good’ or ‘really bad'(to be horribly cliche) holds true in my case. I, as some would nominalize my actions to be, have turned completely from the things of God. In having Christianity shoved down my goddamn fucking throat for 18 years I was only too ready to leave it behind my freshman year in college.”
“I find it interesting that throughout my whole life I have been able to relate with other pks and they have been some of my better friends. I feel that there is pressure for me to follow in my fathers footsteps however that is not the direction I feel I want to take. I have been
critized, stepped on and continue to feel like I am not meeting some expectations that I’m supposed to meet.”
“I’m glad for my background in religion and the knowledge and experience I have gained from being a preacher’s kid, but I don’t really believe in God. And I am completely against fundamentalism. It’s hard to get along with my parents, especially when they talk about “sins” like homosexuality, or pre-marital sex, or how my mom ignores scientific facts because of what the Bible said.”
“I’m a PK, but I feel like I’ve been rejected by the church. I don’t know how it is elsewhere, but the churches I’ve experienced weren’t willing to accept me and I always felt left out. I hated going to church. I looked forward to worship and praying to God but dreaded the awkward silence I had to undergo just because I didn’t have any friends at church.”
“I think that maybe being a PK pushed me to challenge God. I was expected to know things about religion and to be honest I did, I always joked with my friends and said, “I know how to do the God talk”. It just took me a while to finally understand that faith is really just about a personal relationship with Jesus. It wasn’t the facts I struggled with, It was the spirit.”
My heart goes out to each one of you who are struggling out there. Being a pastor kid does not mean you have found Jesus. “Pastor’s kid” is a status, and status is an “it”. Religion is an “it”. But Jesus is a “Him”. He is a person, alive and well. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil and settle for religion. Christianity is about relationship.
I truly believe that there are certain groups of people in our life that only us have the access to relate to and share Christ with.
October 5, 2010 § 2 Comments
Awhile back I was watching the TV show “So you think you can dance”, when one of the dancer passed the audition (he was really talented by the way) and gave a remark — “Thank you baby Jesus”. As I was giggling at his words, I realized a serious problem that is rooted in our nature.
We like to pick and choose what we want to know as the truth. The single imagery of Jesus as a baby (like any other babies) is characterized as a sweet and innocent — almost helpless — individual, like such in a Christmas decoration. Recognizing Him exclusively as a baby Jesus may mislead us to an Incomplete or Incorrect understanding of Christ. What about the 30 years old Jesus? or the revelation Jesus that is going to come the second time and rule. It is also incomplete when we regard Christ as only our saviour, or as Ruler/Lord of our life without the former. And we assumed that we know what there is of Christ.
This is when our walk becomes stale, dry and tasteless. The value of Christ’s redemption on the cross diminishes each day. We cannot see “The riches of Christ” and “The mystery of Christ” (Colossians 1:27). It seems there is no more revelation when we read the word of God.
The reason Christ is not real in our life is because we only know/ want to know Him to a certain limit. The church today missed the big picture of Christ. The bible says “Christ is all in all” (Colossians 3:11). The whole existence of life is based and about Him. The bride needs to be presented to the wonders of her heavenly groom
in my next posts, I will present some images and foreshadowing of Christ to present his richness.
Share your thoughts. As I am also trying to learn and emerge myself in Christ’s richness
-The Pastor’s kid
October 5, 2010 § 12 Comments
Recently God has opened a lot of new and fresh revelation about life and Christ (and His body of course) that excite me to the core.
I also have learned about God’s grace and how wonderful it is.
What inspired me to start a new blog is a post by Frank Viola (I believe God is using him so powerfully to equip the church) READ IT HERE: Frank’s post
I never really saw the need to start blogging until I understand its significant. As youth especially, we know how powerful the media is to spread news and stories. It’s time for God’s story to be spread out through the new media.
As frank stated, Technology is the new roman road.
Read the About me section for introduction to this blog and other information about myself.
Now, some people has heard me talking about “the eternal purpose” and “the mystery of Christ”.
This is the book you want to read (click on the image to buy it in Amazon):
Through this book, God is going to open your eyes to the big picture of life: your existence, Christ and the church. And how the divine romance plays out through the ages.
through the eyes of Christ, reading the word of God will not be the same. You will find out how little we know of God’s mysterious plan which is our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will share more about what I get from it in my next posts
Other books I have read/ am reading:
>Frank viola’s book (From eternity to here -end, Jesus Manifesto with Leonard sweet -in progress, and The untold story of the New testament church -in progress)
>Francis Chen (Crazy love -in progress)
>Watchmen nee (The Normal Christian Life -in progress)