Yet as I long for something deeper than a Sunday celebration service consisting of exceptional music, an above average well articulated sermon -and shallow relationships, I go before Jesus and ask Him to “satisfy” me… I tell Him that I long for something deeper and more authentic. His response comes as a soft loving whisper, “Eric, what you are experiencing was never meant to satisfy your soul. My Kingdom does not work that way.”
Forgiveness is NOT simply giving the offender a “pass” on their misbehavior and looking the other way. Forgiveness is God’s blueprint for enabling us to heal and begin the path towards emotional, spiritual and even physical health and happiness.
God gave you a free will and the ability to make choices for yourself. Do not believe the lie that “things just happen” and everything in your life is completely out of your control. That is a stupid theology/philosophy to live your life by. -I am just being honest…
Then… that moment comes when we realize that we are indeed “healing” and “recovering.” We find ourselves experiencing a level of freedom that we never even knew existed. We smile, a few tears roll down our checks and we think to ourselves, “This must be what recovery looks like.”
During my journey of discovery I have learned that many of my actions are dictated by fear. “Fear?” you might ask. -Yes I know. I was a bit surprised when I discovered this about myself as well. I have never considered myself to be a fearful person. However, as I unraveled the motives that play into my everyday life I found fear to be a central motivator. I would imagine that this would be no surprise to a well trained, well seasoned psychologist.
Am I writing a blog post that compares modern day christians to the pagan Greeks and Trojans who worshiped false mythological gods? Why yes, I sure am. Last night, my wife and I watched the movie “Troy” for the fist time. For various reasons, we are not typically drawn to movies like this, but …
I planted a in church in 2006 that did not make it. I would not call the church plant a failure. God used the experience to grow me as well as others. He used our small church plant and the season that we spent together in profound life altering ways. I am very thankful for the life long relationships that were built during the six years that HealingPointe Community Church existed. -But in the end we closed the doors, we sold the building and we all moved on in life and ministry.