Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
Jesus said he came to earth so that we could have a full and abundant life. (See John 10:10). How can I experience an abundant life in spite of the new coronavirus, Covid-19?
The following link offers a great perspective on Covid-19 and how to practically live a life of peace in spite of it:
The early Christians went through so much hardship. Yet they willingly endured it? What did an abundant life mean to them? The following link explains this:
Like a caterpillar experiences a metamorphosis into a butterfly, true Christians are empowered by God's Spirit to be transformed into "new creations" who overflow with the nature and heart of God. However, without a correct view of God, it will be impossible to trust Him enough to let Him transform us from within!
God came to us, in the body of Christ, to show us His true nature, to earn our trust, and to free us from the lies that we have been taught about Him!
If you have been discouraged by a negative church experience or been a victim of abuse/neglect you certainly have a heavy weight on your shoulders. You might feel invisible, abandoned by God, or think he is like those who abused you. Or, you might view God as a perfectionist who is never pleased and is always blaming you for something. These experiences could have impeded your ability to trust Him.
The material in this website focuses on restoring a correct image of God to its readers, so that they might learn to trust Him.
It takes a fresh approach to learning about Jesus' teachings, purpose and heart for you. Its goal is to unveil the "truth", from the Spirit-filled words of God and Christ in the Bible, so that you may be empowered to let go of your obstacles (lies you believe about yourself and God), and take the new path leading to abundant life. This is the path Jesus paved with his very own blood - for you.
John 17:1,2 "Now this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
1 John 4:9 "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him."
"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Jesus, and through Jesus to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." Colossians 1:15
May you be able to heal from a distorted and unhealthy view of God as you develop the skill of listening to His Voice. May you be strengthened in your faith and open to letting God transform you into His image, as you learn how to live in His Presence.
1. Jesus came to earth (as God in human form) to deeply connect with us in a way that we could understand. As Jesus, God experienced what it is like to be human. He experienced life WITH us, showed us His true nature of love, and showed us how much we are worth to Him.
2. Jesus came to earth to bear both our burden of guilt and shame, and to pay the debt we owe both God and one another for not fulfilling our role as image-bearers of God. In doing this, he paved a new path through which we could be reconciled with God and with one another.
3. Jesus came to earth to lead us out of the "wilderness" of a self-centered and purposeless life, to teach us how to live as children (image-bearers) of God, and to restore us to wholeness.
Despite being told differently and having only half-verses (only a portion of Psalm 22) shown to us from the Bible that would suggest otherwise, the Father of Jesus did not abandon Him at the cross.
Psalm 22: 1 - "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
Jesus drew our attention to this psalm while he was on the cross. He wanted us to reference it and study it so that we would understand what was happening to him and not lose heart. After pouring out his heart to the Father in prayer and wrestling with what was happening to him as he "FELT" the distance we feel from God (due to the weight of our sin and brokenness), he concluded the following.
Psalm 22:24 "For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help."
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As you read the New Testament, please consider the metamorphosis of the companions of Jesus. These men, who were so zealous for their cause while Jesus was with them, completely deserted him at his arrest. Only one of them was even at his execution! Yet, after witnessing the resurrected Jesus on Easter and receiving His powerful Spirit, these very same cowardly men eventually became fearless and loyal martyrs , proclaiming the truth Jesus died for and now lives for. What truth? The truth about who God really is, who we really are and how our relationship with both God and each other can be reconciled. The truth that produces SHALOM.
SHALOM means PEACE, in the form of WHOLENESS with God.
This is the truth that has been veiled since the very beginning of time in the Garden of Eden, by our enemy, Satan. He is jealous that we are the apple of God's eye and that God didn't give him authority over us. Satan continues to lie to us about God's character, about our value to God, and about the path to true transformation, wholeness and inner peace. When we listen to and follow Satan, as Adam and Eve did, we reliquish control of our lives to him and put ourselves in a position of oppression. One of Jesus' goals is to free people from the lies of Satan so that they can take back the authority that God gave them and live an abundant life serving Jesus, their living king.
This website will be providing a weekly summary of questions and deep life-giving insights about God's true nature for those attempting to read through the Bible in one year using either the "One Year Bible" reading plan or the "Daily Audio Bible APP" by Brian Hardin.
The Foundations section can be compared to the "feeding stage" of a butterfly's development. It's goal is to equip us with everything we need to build a solid foundation of faith in God. It contains bible studies that shed light on topics such as God's character, our true identity, Jesus' identity & purpose, the Holy Spirit's role in our lives, baptism, the church, the kingdom of light, the word of God, discipleship, truth, faith and freedom from darkness.
The Worship section can be compared to the "resting and digesting stage" of a butterfly's development. It is one thing to read and gather information about God and the people in the Bible. It is another thing to absorb and digest it! Investing in any relationship takes time. Our relationship with God is no different. This section helps us to quiet ourselves an meditate on God in a way that enables us to hear God's voice. We learn about worship here.
The Christian Journey section can be compared to the "activity stage" of a butterfly's development. It contains helpful articles and bible studies that will enrich your relationships with God, others, and yourself. It deals with relationship topics conflict resolution, identity issues, listening, developing healthy boundaries, healing from abuse.
The Resources section contains links to many interesting websites, authors and books that will feed you nurturing spiritual food and inspire you. It has recommendations for Christian Fiction, Christian Non-fiction, and Christian Ministries (some with a special focus). It also has links to impactful sermons from different speakers and churches. It is filled with information.
Dreams and Visions, Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? - What would you do if Jesus appeared to you in a dream? What if He came to you in a vision and told you to follow Him? What if these visions continued for over thirty days? Would you believe? Would you put your trust in him? Would you devote your life to him?
The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People - Imagine being able to read through and understand the major themes of the Bible in only 31 weeks? Max Lucado and Randy Frazee of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas have created a way for you to do just that! Get the "big picture" of the TWO stories in the Bible: the Upper Story (God's multi-dimensional perspective) and the Lower Story (our linear perspective on earth). Join others who are also seeking to know God and themselves better.
The Artisan Soul - Erwin McManus of Mosaic Church has a great way of describing our uniqueness as a species. We are empowered by God to create. His talks are truly refreshing and are in line with the truth that Jesus taught.
Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross - Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? How could someone ever truly love or trust a God like that? How can that ever be called "Good News"? It's questions like these that make so many people want to have nothing to do with Christianity. Healing the Gospel challenges the assumption that the Christian understanding of justice is rooted in a demand for violent punishment, and instead offers a radically different understanding of the gospel based on God's restorative justice.