Knowing Jesus Conversations

11 01 2020

Knowing Jesus Conversations is a discussion with men (and women) on learning what it means to live as Jesus. This podcast features one of our brothers sharing how discovering his life as Jesus freed him from a common temptation for men.

Listen as Scott Wakefield and Dennis Deardorff talk about Scott’s experience hearing the words “This isn’t who you are”.

You may contact Scott at scot-wak@hotmail.com . He also writes a blog at https://myscottpage.blogspot.com/

Click HERE to hear the “conversation” and our hope is that you too will discover what it means to live as Jesus. Gal. 2:20





Knowing Jesus through His sufferings

11 12 2019

Shot with Canon 7D.

 

Paul’s Desire

In his desire to know Jesus intimately, Paul describes the extent to which he is eager to go in this quest. He doesn’t want to know things just about Jesus but how Jesus Himself thinks and acts. He said that he wanted to know Him, AND the power of His resurrection, AND the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death..(Phil.3:10, upper case mine). He wanted to experience all that Jesus experiences, His thoughts, feelings, struggles, and victories.

Our Union with Christ

If Christ is our life, as Paul also proclaimed (Col.3:4), then we already have this opportunity to know Him this way. If we live as Him, there cannot be two separate life experiences. We must be the same. All that I feel is the same as He feels. Jesus said it this way Himself, He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises him that sent me. (Luke 10:16). That is the mystery of our union life. We share His power of bringing life out of impossible situations as well as His suffering in carrying everything through to its intended glory or goodness.

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Knowing Jesus as my power life

8 11 2019

The Apostle Paul has been my inspiration in the desire to know Jesus. His admission that he counted all things as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ indicates to me that this was His highest ambition. (Phil. 3:8 NKJV). I want to follow in his lead. 

For Paul, and us, the basis of our knowledge of Jesus starts with the fact that we share the same life (Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:30). Jesus and I share the same body, the same heart, and the same mind. We are one just as He prayed (Jn.17:21). That means whatever I am experiencing He is as well and vice versa. Getting to know Him is in how I see myself in the face of life’s challenges. I am not Jesus, but He is living as me. I must accept the truth that He is my life, I have no other. There is no “I am imperfect He is perfect”, no “I am flesh, He is spirit”. If I think I have a separate life from Him I am living in a lie. Christ is all there is. 

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What are you thirsty for?

30 10 2019

On a recent conference call we discussed what happens when we only want Jesus in life.





Give Me Jesus

17 10 2019

Some people just want heaven, others want happiness or success. Just give me Jesus.





The Jesus I was trying to know

9 10 2019

For most of my life as a dedicated follower of Jesus I had difficulty saying that I really knew Him. I was taught the traditional view of His life as being a divinely born man who lived 2000 years ago, died a sacrificial death, rose again, and disappeared into the sky promising to return someday. Consequently, how could I personally know a Jesus who was far away, “up” in heaven, not here with me now? When Paul said he yearned to know Him (Phil.3:10) was he suggesting that he was also trying to know this far away Jesus? 

I have delightedly come to realize that that perception of Jesus is just that, a mental, outer concept, formulated by 4th century Christian leaders. Their Jesus is still waiting in heaven to return someday and then, the teaching suggests, we will have the opportunity to fully know Him. Until then, the implication is we must be faithful to follow His teachings and try to imitate Him so that He will accept us when He returns. 

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Which Jesus?

29 08 2019

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Occasionally I hear this comment by people whose lifestyles appear contrary to God’s pattern for us in Scripture, “I believe or love Jesus”. A recent example is the “Bachelorette” of the popular reality TV show declaring herself to be a believer in Christ but also excusing her extra marital sex life. She said, “I can be a woman of faith and still be sex-positive.”(1) For most Bible believing Christians this poses an obvious contradiction. What is going on here?

The problem stems from the fact that people can think in two ways, either with their minds or with their hearts (Pr.23:7; Isa 26:3). Jesus noted people can say one thing while their hearts are not in agreement (Matt.15:8). We also know from Paul that the mind can have a different focus than the heart (Rom.8:5). He points out in the same letter it is our minds that need to be renewed even while living in the Spirit (Rom.12:2).

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