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May
17

Jesus is for Losers!

Jesus is for Losers! Is Jesus for losers? That is what many people seem to believe. Well, I guess I’m inclined to agree…at least in this sense: Being a Christian, I’ve lost a lot. That makes me a loser, right? I’ve lost right to be my own selfish pig. I’ve lost the devil as my master and hell as my future. I’ve lost the need to live for the approval of humans. I’ve lost the desire to be a slave to sin and self. I’ve lost my fear of the future. I’ve lost the need to defend myself. I’ve lost my love for the world and the things that are in the world. I’ve lost the condemnation I was under as an enemy of God. I’ve lost having to be confused about life and never knowing anything for certain. I’ve lost being alone. I’ve lost being hopeless and helpless. I’ve lost the tyranny of being my own worst enemy. In fact, as a follower of Jesus, I’ve lost absolutely everything…but I also found absolutely everything. Jesus is all I want and He is all I need. From my daily reading this morning: Psalms 16:11 “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” I’m a loser, and I’m thankful that Jesus is for losers. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker. He is the Director of Family Renewal,...
Apr
27

What Happened to Gospel Preaching?

Shane Idleman is a man who sounds like he got dropped here from a century or two ago. Here is some old-fashioned preaching with a timeless message of Truth. May the Lord grant us more preachers who will boldly declare God’s Word as absolute truth. To learn more about Shane’s ministry visit:...
Apr
19

The Bravehearted Gospel — Interview w/ Eric Ludy

A while back I was able to interview a dear brother in Christ, Eric Ludy about our need for a “Bravehearted Gospel.” Eric is doing a phenomenal work for the Kingdom of God and I am pleased to call Eric a friend and fellow-warrior for the cause of Truth. Israel Wayne: In your book, The Bravehearted Gospel, you say that the current version of the gospel being presented in America has “lost the manly stuff.” What do you mean by that statement? Eric Ludy: When you study Christian history and stand the church of ages past next to the anemic church of our day, it’s not hard to see that something has gone awry. As a group, we modern Christians are soft, mushy and lax. There seems to be a serious shortage of the majestic, intrepid, daring, just, and durable qualities the Church once possessed. The steel of a man is strangely lacking. Or, as I often say in my book, “the manly stuff is missing”. For instance: Whatever happened to the idea of sacred honor; unvarnished nobility; and unwavering allegiance to a King? What happened to the quake-in-my-boots Fear of God; the lay-it-all-on-the-line commitment to the cause of Christ; and the die-if-I-must attitude toward defending truth and Scripture? Where did the radical abandon to seek and save the lost disappear to; or the once glorious idea of martyrdom? Or how about the burning need to stand against evil, to break the jaws of the wicked in order to ransom the oppressed, the orphaned, the widowed and the enslaved? Where is the holy boldness, the courage, and the daring needed to birth the Truth of Christ into this God-forsaking culture? What happened to the once noble idea of preaching with both authority and conviction? Where has the vanguard, the mighty men, the fiercely loyal regiment of King Jesus vanished to? Because we need them, and we need them now! Israel Wayne: What do you feel are some of the greatest enemies of the true church today? Eric Ludy: To be honest I think one of the greatest enemies we, as the church, are facing today, isn’t external, it’s an internal slumbering feline within our souls known as apathy. For some reason we have bought the notion that we are at a time of peace, when in fact, we are at a time of war. I also believe that the church has been infiltrated with serious doctrinal error that has...
Apr
13

“Your Own Personal Jesus?”

“Your Own Personal Jesus?” Originally recorded by Depeche Mode and later by Johnny Cash and the anti-Christian icon, Marilyn Manson (among others), the song “Your Own Personal Jesus” has been ranked #368 in Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and was voted as one of the “100 Greatest Songs Ever” in Q magazine. I am posting the Johnny Cash version of the song, because I find the other video versions offensive. Lyrics for Personal Jesus Your own personal Jesus Someone to hear your prayers Someone who cares Your own personal Jesus Someone to hear your prayers Someone who’s there Feeling unknown And you’re all alone Flesh and bone By the telephone Lift up the receiver I’ll make you a believer Take second best Put me to the test Things on your chest You need to confess I will deliver You know I’m a forgiver Reach out and touch faith Reach out and touch faith Your own personal Jesus…  Each version of the song was recorded with a different intent depending on the artist. Depeche Mode intended it as a statement of how people are so co-dependent in their human relationships that they idolize each other to the point of worship and express undue adulation. Their version also is heavily laced with sexual innuendo.  Marilyn Manson intended it as an irreverent mockery of Christians and their “need” for faith. Johnny Cash meant it sincerely, demonstrating the genuine need of every person to find forgiveness through Christ. The song has been going through my head the past couple of days as I have been thinking about the state of the American evangelical church world. I think this song could very well be the theme song of contemporary Western Christianity. I’ve heard a zillion sermons that sound like they could have been lifted from this very rock tune. “The Gospel” is presented in most preaching today as being all about the individual and their needs. You need a “personal savior” to help you to “Become A Better You” so that you can have “Your Best Life Now.” They say, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for you life, so why don’t you take five minutes and ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your own personal savior? That’s all there is to it! Just believe (doesn’t matter much WHAT) and you will be saved.” Despite the fact that the Bible never uses this terminology or methodology, it...

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