Monthly Archives: February 2009

Downsizing Jesus

Jesus Christ is a good choice among many good choices. He was a great religious leader among many great religious leaders throughout world history. These views are acceptable – these types of statements wouldn’t be controversial.
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?In our pluralistic society you are allowed to have firm beliefs – strong convictions, as long as you don’t claim exclusive knowledge or that only one way is right. If you do that you are labeled a narrow minded religious bigot. So we feel the pressure to downsize Jesus. To shrink him so that He fits on the same shelf as Allah, Confucius, Buddha, Hare Krishna and the rest.
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?Paul settled things pretty clearly when he wrote to the believers in ancient Philippi:

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Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
? and gave him the name that is above every name,
? that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
? in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
? and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
? to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

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If we believe the Bible, then downsizing Jesus is not an option.

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Peace,
?Dave

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Helpful Reminders

“People more frequently require to be reminded, than to be instructed.” – Samuel Johnson (well known 18th century author)

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Things I already knew but have been reminded of lately:

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•?Chicago winters are a test of our faith – we must endure until the very end.

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•?Seemingly all food that tastes great is bad for me, all food that is really good for me – not so tasty.

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•?Sitting around talking and praying with other Christ followers is the best – I love my Tuesday night growth group and my Thursday morning Soul Purpose men’s group.

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•?I hate picking up dog poo.

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•?I worry too much.

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•?It was dumb of me to have not gotten a flu shot.

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•?People are more important than things or tasks.

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•?Romans 12 may have more truth per square inch than other chapter in the bible.

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How about you? What have you been reminded of lately?

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Peace,
?Dave

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Shooting 3?s

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I love basketball and I love it when an underdog makes good – so I guess it makes sense that I would enjoy this video.

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Why is a story like this so inspirational?

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Maybe because it gives hope. Sometimes the improbable happens. Sometimes even the impossible happens. We need to know and believe that. Hope keeps us moving – counting on better times ahead. Without hope people give up – they die.

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I think that is such a great reason to develop a personal relationship with God. We find hope in Him. When He is part of the equation – anything can happen. “And hope does not disappoint…” (Romans 5:5)

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Peace,
?Dave