Being Truly Free

3 07 2020

Have you ever seen a day when people are so emotionally engaged and divided over the issues in our country? People are arguing over the validity of COVID-19, whether you have to wear masks or not, what we can and not do according to our government directives, and what is racism? Who do you believe and what are the facts? Never have we been so divided by our feelings and prejudices. Social and public media seem to be the driving forces in our culture and not the objective truth. 

Jesus made this remarkable statement, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn.8:32). It seems that more than ever this statement would apply to today. Only the truth will set us free from the hate and prejudice, the lies and misunderstandings that are being thrown around. We need to find a place of solid fact, the surety of absolute truth and a knowing that will raise us above the sea of swirling emotions. Where is that place? 

It is only in a person named Jesus where surety, a solid footing for life can be found. Jesus also said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6). He is everything having to do with our existence. He is the Way in our journey through the turbulent times. He is the Truth that we can rely on when all else seems biased, and He is the Life that everyone is intended to live. But how does that work? Do we try to practice WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) to imitate Him in everything or do we follow the principles in the Bible, thinking they are His guidelines for being like Him? All these practices are still left to interpretation and bias. There must be a more intrinsic, more intimate way to find that place in Jesus. 

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Jesus Conversations

23 06 2020

S1E8 “The Lying Conscience”

In this episode Dennis is joined once again with his friend Scott through a Zoom conference. Scott’s recent posting on his blog about the issue of sin lead to a very deep discussion on what really is sin and how it effects the human conscience. Be ready for a rather different view from Romans 6 than what you may have heard before. 

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Jesus Conversations

12 06 2020

S1E7 “Why do we believe?”

In this episode Dennis is joined by his long time friend David Fulton in one of their regular phone conversations. In this discussion David refers to his experience of being excused from an institutional church because he dared to asked the question “Why do you believe what you believe?”. It brought out the fact that this group of believers had no desire to explore more about their faith. Dennis and David agree that to know Jesus more intimately you need to be “thirsty”.

The book David refers to is NT Wright, Paul, A Biography, Harper One, 2018.

The reference to “Chapter 2” is an article by Dennis entitled “Paradigm Shift”.

Jesus Conversations

30 05 2020

#6 Is God Shaping Me?

In this episode Dennis and Scott discuss a statement Dennis heard on a recent television broadcast, “God is shaping us through this current crisis”. The recording starts during their earlier discussion on different theological paradigms but quickly focuses on the question of what God is really doing with our lives in these challenging days. 

Here are the links to the blog posts referred to: 
Who is a “Real” Man?
Man Down
You’ll Be A Man

Book reference: John Eldredge, Wild At Heart
Article by Dennis, same title “Is God Shaping Me?”

Jesus Conversations

12 05 2020

#5 “How do you see God in this crisis?”

Dennis and Scott begin this episode by following up on Scott’s latest blog post entitled, “Paying Our Dues “, but it quickly transitioned into the Scott’s question to Dennis, “How do you see God in this crisis?”. They discuss how we hear and see God in our current crisis depends on our world view of God, either we live separate from God or He lives in us.

We hope that again you are encouraged to see this current world crisis in a different light.

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Jesus Conversations

23 04 2020

“Dennis Interview”

In this edition of Knowing Jesus Conversations Scott Wakefield interviews Dennis Deardorff on how he has come to understand that Jesus is his life. You will hear Dennis talk about how his religious heritage kept him confused as to what is salvation, how the sin issue was resolved, and how he came to know that Jesus lives in Him. We hope that you listen to the whole conversation even if it may be contrary to what you have always been taught by your church. We hope this brief summary of Dennis’ journey will encourage your own pursuit of knowing Jesus lives as you.  

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Knowing Jesus lives as Me

27 03 2020

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, 2 Cor. 5:21

..and gave Himself up for me. Gal. 2:20

..who gave Himself for us, ….to purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14

Our traditional perspective on salvation is Jesus was the one who stepped in to pay for my sin debt. He took my place as a nice friend who loved me so much that He laid down His life in my place. He paid the price with His life so that I could go free.

It is true I could not have done this by myself because I was neither qualified nor capable whereas Jesus was both. But the idea He took my place leaves me in an odd position. What should I do now? Do I live forever as a debtor, trying to be grateful to Jesus because I owe Him so much? Or, do I live like a slave trying to obey my new master who bought me from my old owner? Furthermore, now that I am free, am I capable of staying free? How does that leave me to live on my own? Because my debt has been paid does that make me a better person? If I was not capable of living righteously before my debt was paid, what is to say that I can after? Oh, yes, the Spirit is there to help me do what I should, but that still makes me feel like I have to perform to live up to God’s expectation. And, what happens if I start acting like I did before? Do I lose my freedom and have to start all over?

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Knowing Jesus Conversations

14 03 2020

“Living as Jesus”

Dennis and Scott Wakefield discuss Scott’s latest blog post “Fingerprints upon an Failed System” and why Christianity has not helped us understand the truth of Christ living as us. What is hindering us from actually believing and living out the truth of Gal. 2:20 and Jn. 14:20?

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How do you pray – knowing Jesus as us?

23 02 2020

Growing in the knowledge that we are sharing our life with Christ changes our view of many spiritual practices. One of the chief practices is prayer. For the Christian prayer has traditionally been the means to become more aware of God’s presence and to seek answers or provision. It sees God as the benevolent Father, and we are to approach Him with faith, believing that He will give us what we ask.

But now that we see ourselves as in and one with Jesus and all in the Father (Jn 14:20;17:11) we realize we do not approach Him this way. That previous belief held that He was apart from us, He in heaven, and we on the earth. We would hear His Word from outside of ourselves. Now, knowing we are in Jesus, and He in us, we hear His Word deep within our hearts or spirits. We commune with Him with an inner certainty that what we hear or see is coming from His heart and mind. We share our minds and hearts with Him, so what comes from us is actually coming from Him. This is amazing, but before we entertain all the questions this fact raises in our minds, let’s look at Jesus as the prime example of this dynamic.

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Knowing Jesus Conversations

16 02 2020

“Why I Am Sure of Who I Am”

Dennis and Scott sit down again to further discuss his journey in discovering who he is. This discussion is based on one of his recent blogposts entitled “The Sum of My Own Measure” . Listen in as they unpack about how Scott has become more certain of his identity in and as Jesus. (Click on the podcast title).

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