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Royal Invitation

14 Dec

When Jesus asked people to ‘repent and believe’ the gospel, he was not asking them to be sorry for their sins and embrace an orthodox theology. He was asking them to forfeit their own agenda and embrace his. That’s the invitation to the kingdom. It is not whether we want to go to heaven or hell, but whether we want to trust God or continue trusting ourselves.

Wayne Jacobsen

He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection, Windblown, 2007, 154

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His Love Compels Us

29 Nov

Those who discover the depth of their Father’s affection for them and learn to live in it find greater passion for Jesus and freedom from sin and are more engaged with the world than anyone driven by religious obligation. What the Father showed us in the gift of His Son is that he was unwilling to settle for the indentured servitude of fearful slaves. He preferred instead the intimate affection of sons and daughters. He knew love would take us deeper into his life than fearful obligation ever would. It would teach us more truth, free us from selfishness and failures, and make us fruitful in the world.

Wayne Jacobsen

He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection, Windblown, 2007, xiv

Work Won’t Work

3 Oct

We’re not changed by the promises we make to God, but by the promises he makes to us. When we make commitments that we can live up to only for a brief period, our guilt multiplies when we fail. Upset that God doesn’t do more to help us, we usually end up medicating our guilt with something like drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, or anything else that dulls the pain, or it creeps out of us through anger or lust… You finally give in because nothing has changed on the inside. This is an outward-in approach, based on human effort, and it just won’t work.

Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman

So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, Windblown Media, 2006, 57

The Great Lie

12 Sep

The great lie of this broken universe is that God cannot be trusted and that we have to take care of ourselves. That’s the lie that snagged Eve. The serpent convinced her that because God had ulterior motives, she couldn’t trust what he said… Our worst moments result from grabbing for ourselves that which Father has not given us.

Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, Windblown Media, 2006, 107

What Do You Need?

1 Mar

John: “Is there anything you lack to get through this day?”
John: “I need a job. I need a way to pay this bill.”…
John: “Or you need the confidence that your Father already knows those things and loves you enough to sort them out with you. You have all that you need today; you just don’t yet have all you need to the end of the month. But that’s still a ways off… Just keep coming to him and watch what he will do. He’s the Father who knows you better than you know yourself and even loves you more than you love yourself. Ask him to help you see how much he loves you. That will make all the difference.”

Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman

So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, Windblown Media, 2006, 87

God Our Provider

9 Feb

There is nothing that distorts ministry more than believing you have to make a living by it. So much of our life in Christ today is corrupted because people want to use ministry to secure their income…. Until you are free to trust God to provide for you, Jake, he will not entrust his people to you. Just don’t think you’re the one doing the providing. Get this lesson, Jake. Living in the freedom of God’s provision is critical to what God has for you.

Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman

So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, Windblown Media, 2006, 135-6