Andrew White is a dear friend of mine. He is the person who invited me to go to Baghdad with him in 2011, and we went! We share a deep love for Iraq, the Middle East, hope for the nations, peacemaking, absurdity, and revolutionary risk-taking (otherwise known as “faith”).
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“I think the biggest enemy in the church is not the devil. It’s our own passivity to the majesty of the Lord Jesus. At some point the Good News becomes okay news and Christianity is no longer life changing but merely life enhancing, and Jesus doesn’t change people into radicals anymore, just nice people. The church becomes dull, predictable, and monotonous.
Here’s the thing about dullness, what it means is we’ve lost our capacity to be simple before God. We’ve lost the ability to live in wonder and astonishment.”
A message mix from Banning Liebscher’s teaching:
|“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.”|
– Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spanish writer, author of the masterwork ‘El quijote’, 1547-1616)
“Love feels no burden,
thinks nothing of trouble,
attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility;
for it thinks all things lawful for itself,
– Thomas Kempis
My friend and Central Asia travel partner, Laura, assembled a DREAM BOOK consisting of the dreams of students at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, where I am currently finishing my second year. I suggest browsing our dreams here:
Be inspired. Write out your own dreams. Smash boxes. Dream the “impossible” dream. : )
“As long as this deliberate refusal
to understand things from above,
even where such understanding is possible,
it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
(By materialism, I would assert this refers simply to placing earthly things over heavenly things in worth.)
Someone else once said, “Things are not what they seem.”
We MUST go UP. We MUST ask the Lord to help us get HIS perspective. We must believe that much of the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world. We must let our cells, our minds, our emotions, our worldview DRINK love.
Let your worldview DRINK love. Let it be intoxicated with LOVE. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Even right now, take ten minutes and lay on your floor or be still at your desk and say, “Father, I want to be intoxicated on your love. I want to commune with you spirit to spirit. I want to know you past my comfort zone and INTO yours.”
haha. Get into God’s comfort zone. Now THAT is a fun place.
Once upon a time there were some believers who heard of a man named Paul – a man who used to kill believers, their own friends and family members. They could and would keep their distance. And then God did what no one seemed to expect: He introduced Himself to Paul on a road one day. Pressing past their comfort, many welcomed him in. Pressing past their own experiences, they believed that God could do the “impossible.” Maybe some thought they had the right to despise him… but after that Damascus-going-plodding-moving day, they did not have a right to despise this man.
And you know the craziest part?
Before that Damascus day,
that fated, history-changing, metaphor-ridden, brilliant, fantastic, incredible, unthinkable,
they did not have a right to despise him either.