Men's Advance Conference 2020
Date: Thursday, March 12th (5:30pm) - Saturday, March 14th (noon)
Place: The Auditorium @ Charis Bible College
800 Gospel Truth Way
Woodland Park, CO 80863
At this year’s event, you’ll receive coaching from men who have run hard and been victorious. Among those who will be speaking are Andrew Wommack, sportscaster James Brown, and retired NFL head coach Tony Dungy. This event is FREE! A $40 meal ticket is available for purchase if desired and includes one lunch and one dinner. There will also be food vendors on site.
For more information or to register, visit website.
It is interesting to see where our culture is settling when it comes to the word “tolerance” and its definition. Webster’s Dictionary defines tolerance as “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with”. Does that sound like what our culture is promoting? In the world of Christianity, the word tolerance is not always associated with Jesus, yet, he was the PERFECT example of what it meant to tolerate all kinds of things. I think we need to look a little closer to what that word exactly means.
This may sound funny, but when I think of social media and all the platforms that we live on digitally, I think what would Jesus’ accounts look like? Would they have Bible verse posts? Would it have the “latest miracles I performed” or maybe a request to have prayer needs shared? Would it have instagram pics of amazing wood creations and the ID @NazerethWoodWorker and another account @SaviorOfTheWorld with cool quotes like Toby Mac? J I also think about who his friends might be and how he would respond to posts of people he disagreed with and who challenged his patience. In reality, are we not supposed to be Jesus to the world around us? To take into consideration how the Jesus in us would respond to all of those things considering how everything we say or post will either draw people to Christ or push them away?
I guess we don’t consider that even in Bible times there were people who probably disagreed with Jesus and his teachings but Jesus had to have tolerance for them, not to justify what they were doing, but to keep a door of conversation open with everyone he met. People who don’t understand the teachings of Jesus don’t realize that it is important to temper EVERY action with Jesus’ love.
I read this morning in my devotions a part of the book “The Stronghold of God” by Francis Frangipane about how “The love of Jesus is a preservative in our world.” He gave an example of the cans in a grocery store that looked destroyed or beat up because of the pressure on the outside of the can being greater than what was on the inside. The reference was that when we have the love of Jesus inside pushing us forward and outward then we can withstand the pressures of this life and all the things that come along with it.
Today, be mindful of the importance of the love of Jesus “pushing” you on the inside to withstand the pressures that will come from the outside. Also, never forget that tolerance and being able to listen to people you disagree with MUST come from a standpoint of Jesus’ love and not just patient listening.
The future of our culture depends on our ability to show the love of Jesus not just to people we agree with but those who are looking for peace in their hearts and minds.
James 4:4-10 (The Message)
4-6 You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and His way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”
7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
Who is God? He is the fountain of life, the only source of existence and power and goodness, and throughout the universe there is nothing good but what God works. God had created the sun, and the moon, and the starts, and the flowers, and the trees, and the grass; and are they not all absolutely surrendered to God? Do they not allow God to work in them just what He pleases? When God clothes the lily with its beauty, is it not yielded up, surrendered, given over to God as He works in its beauty? And God's redeemed children, oh, can you think that God can work His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered? God cannot do it.
God is life, and love, and blessing, and power, and infinite beauty, and God delights to communicate Himself to every child who is prepared to receive Him; but, this one lack of absolute surrender is just the thing that hinders God. And now He comes, and as God, He claims it.
You know in daily life what absolute surrender is. You know that everything has to be given up to its special, definite object and service. I have a pen that is absolutely surrendered to the one work of writing, and that pen must be absolutely surrendered to my hand if I am to write properly with it. If another holds it partly, I cannot write properly. Do you expect that in your immortal being, in the divine nature that you have received by regeneration, God can work His work, every day and every hour, unless you are entirely given up to Him? God cannot.
Every one of us is a temple of God, in which God will dwell and work mightily on one condition: absolute surrender to Him. It is with our free will that He has given us, that we do this. God claims it, God is worthy of it, and without it, God cannot work His blessed work in us.
From the Olive Tree One Year Daily Devotional.
Adapted from "Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses" by Andrew Murray.
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