We beg you to give us a chance to explain why it is absolutely crucial for you to understand what we are saying. We are living in the last days. Your time is short. Terrible delusion and judgement are upon us. If you will greatly exert your will, you can uncover something beyond what you have ever imagined.
When I was 20 years old, having met Jesus at a conference at Notre Dame, I had to honestly admit that I did not understand the gospel (except in theory), or how to live it in this day and age. Now, after 40 years of following Christ and having traveled with my family to more than 40 countries, we have come to see that the complex personal problems everyone has, stem from one source and the only answer requires you to find a broken heart. Living in a culture of over 300,000 “churches” and the constant inoculation of “Christian” terminology, the greatest realization one must have is that to know or “accept” the gospel does in no way result in personal understanding of the practical implication and application of the work and Person of Jesus.
We are compelled by God’s Word to declare the true gospel so that “he who hears” might respond and escape imminent judgement. There are things happening in the world today that reveal these actually are the last days. This world offers you a phony image, self comfort and a false peace but you are in dire need of true repentance and forgiveness.
Don’t quit, my friend. Reach Deep.
Where there is nothing there is everything.
There will never be anything in doing nothing; but there is everything in doing something.
It’s easy to sit back and do nothing, but are you willing to BE nothing? God seems distant because you insist on keeping something called EGO/SELF(sin): self-pity, self-pride and unbelief. It is only when you let go of this “something”, which is really nothing, that anything from God will become everything. People think that we must think we are something to do what we do. Rather, if you were to meet us, you would realize, as we do, that we are nothing (contemplate Jn.12:24-25).
Bringing The Inside Out.
Most people freak out over any mention of SIN. Understandably so. We all fall short and don’t like to be reminded. However, I have learned something absolutely “Wow!” about how to deal with sin. It will blow your mind and change your life; which is exactly what God wants to do. But without a doubt, if you don’t deal with sin it will ruin your life.
As a young guy I was torn by people, on one side, who told me I had to be holy, which I knew I couldn’t be. Others said God’s grace meant I would always sin, but just have forgiveness, which made me wonder whether Jesus offered anything different then I already had as a catholic.
So I decided to stop listening to the “churches” and study God’s Word. If you will expend the heart you can experience the freedom like that of a soaring eagle (Jn.8:32ff).
To understand what I am talking about it will take a bit more of your time. It is profound and beautiful, but won’t fit here. It is worth your time to read this short article to understand something that will change your life (opens in same window):
What About “Church”?
We write, on some of the signs we carry; “Seek the living Jesus – Not a “church”. (Obvious quotes) Why? Consider this: my family and I are often face to face with thousands of prisoners. What are you going to give tell them? “Go to a ‘church’?” They can’t. “Accept Christ as Savior?” They already have (most multiple times). What is the gospel? The fact is: the “churches” today are not the true church. They have no idea what it means to LIVE for Christ. They do not know the gospel. They are not what Paul had in mind when he wrote “do not forsake gathering” (Heb.9:26). Rather the Book of Acts shows what he meant.
Today “Christians” base their eternity on sermons and have no personal revelation of the Word of God. The one hour on Sunday breeds nothing but selfishness as God is presented as a divine Butler in the sky. They may act nice, but the personal love you seek is not there! It’s all a show. Fellowship?! All the pews face forward because you are a mere observer of a religious performance. If you come to know the Person of Jesus and His Father you will understand the full meaning of why we say this.
[Mt.7:15-29, Mk.7:6ff, Jn.4:22ff, Acts 17:24ff]
The Brilliance Of Jesus.
They say Einstein was brilliant because of his theory of relativity, mass-energy equivalence (E=MC2) and quantum mechanics but men hardly consider the profundity of what Jesus revealed.
He had to solve the most complex problem in the world; and initiate a solution judicially perfect for a Holy God and practically accessible to wicked men.
He was not educated even as much as Paul; yet He revealed a gravity of words that shook the world and provoked Jews to kill Him (1Thess.2:15). Jesus could have spoken in a highly technical and sophisticated language so all would marvel. Instead He revealed an even greater wisdom and said “I am lowly and gentle of heart…” (Mt.11: 25-28). He rode not a horse but a donkey. He came not as a scholar but a carpenter. He lengthened a man’s leg; cleansed a leper; gave sight to a blind man and forgiveness to a prostitute. He bypassed the physiological explanation to reveal a stumbling block called FAITH.
Jesus had to kill sin without killing men. He came up with a genius strategy to take sin, in HIS own body, and offer up Himself to be killed. Then He initiated resurrection inertia to provide the impossible: salvation to men. He killed sin then provided the power over it to men who were still in it.
The “formula” would be no prayer, ritual or self-purification. It would rely solely on fellowship with Him as “the living One” (Heb.7:23-25, Rev.1:18). Faith is the greatest invention on earth. It is the equation for divine symmetry. It is the power to be reckoned forgiveness, a righteous life and be reconciled to God. No personal achievement, moral standard or systematic rituals. No matter what men say, He requires nothing more than simple faith in Him…the Living One. What absolute brilliance!
On top of all this, Jesus offers even more. He promises to send to you His very own Holy Spirit to lead, teach and empower you (Jn.14:26, Jn.16:7, 1Jn.2:27). His Spirit is known, not by someone striving to fearfully figure how to live what is right, but by the identity of sonship. God loves ‘a broken spirit’ (Ps.51:17). It is the key to be transformed by access to the same relationship Jesus has with His Father (Gal.4:6, ). The sin of Adam put an inner scream of loneliness in our blood but the shed blood of Jesus enabled His Spirit to bring us another cry; His cry of “Abba, Father” (Rom.8:15).
Dedicated To Service.
We are constantly travelling this world to preach Jesus Mt.28:19. From the campuses and cities of the US, to the undeveloped streets of third world countries, to the prisoners, and the poor and homeless everywhere, we are constantly brainstorming over how we can do more and go further. Let us help you learn the gospel so you can find the fire to share the gospel. It is not what you see us do (outward preaching) that you must do… first. Rather it is what you don’t see us do (fellowship with Jesus) that makes us do what you see us do that YOU must do…first.
Jesus didn’t say “Go into all the ‘churches’…” or “Stay in one place and find yourself a ‘ministry’”. Jesus did not give priority to rich people or politicians but to children and prisoners. Salvation is not finding your life but losing your life to help others find His life. Millions await your personal touch. Don’t follow the road often traveled. Obscurity proves authenticity. Don’t rehash the excuses of unbelievers. Draw from faith courageous reasons to believe. We work ordinary jobs for the money to do what we do. When we run out, we have to take out the time from ministry. We don’t ask for money. No one supports us. And we mean NO ONE. Nonetheless, we have no problem expressing that are needs are great and if you share our burden for the lost and are in a position to help us, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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