The difficulty of discipleship

John 6 is at once one of my favorite chapters to chew on… and the most frustrating chapter to read. It is the deep call to discipleship and full participation in Christ.

This is the place where Jesus drives a crowd AWAY. In our world, that’s utter foolishness. We are so thirsty for big crowds! We celebrate big crowds! And Jesus is here thinning things out! Continue reading “The difficulty of discipleship”

The HOW of worship is vital

“EVEN IN TIMES of great danger and haste there is a place for ritual in the spiritual life. God is careful to give very specific instructions on how families should celebrate the first Passover. God is a God of symbols, who impregnates common objects with divine significance. The precision with which God creates the Passover meal will be a precision he brings to the law and to the construction of the tabernacle. Why is important, and what, but also how: how we speak, how we pray, how we act, how we worship. This matters to God, and it ought to matter to us. It plays a role in what we retain and what kind of persons we become.”

Excerpt From

Year with God

Richard J. Foster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/year-with-god/id1082411955?mt=11

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When we will see the glory of our King

Matthew 16:24-28

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The Lord wants to reveal his glory to his people. But that glory is only revealed through the work of the cross.

Lord, teach me to die daily. It is YOUR Kingdom work, not mine.