Kevin H: Are You Really Who You Think You Are?

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  1. Em says:

    reading here this morning brought Jeremiah 17 to mind – particularly verses 9 & 10… i have spent my whole life cursed with double-mindness “unstable as water” – faith isn’t natural, but the grace and immutability of God has somehow always been there… someone yesterday quoted from a sermon they’d heard to the affect: preach Christ and the Faith will follow – amen to that!

    good musing, Kevin (for all of us) and good luck to Pederson and the Eagles… well, at least a little bit 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    I’ve been wrestling with this a lot lately,knowing how far my thoughts and actions often are from the ideals that I want to exemplify.

    I believe in grace…but apply it unevenly as I grow more jaded and cynical by the day.

    I am however, generous in dispensing grace to myself.

  3. JoelG says:

    Thanks for the awful reminder, Kevin. 🙂

    Good thoughts.

    Ditto Michael

  4. Kevin H says:

    I just finished reading Brennan Manning’s memoir, All is Grace. I think there could be a lot of application here.

    My focus here isn’t to get down on people’s strengths. We should be able to celebrate our real strengths and the things God has gifted us with. But to serve as a reminder that even in our strengths, we sometimes fail. And sometimes we have false impressions about ourselves or think more highly of ourselves than we should. Ultimately, our reliance needs to be on God and not ourselves and our abilities.

  5. JoelG says:

    You’re exactly right. It’s ironic when we who need and “preach” (I’m not a preacher) grace become ungraceful in the midst of anxiety and resentment. Thank you for this reminder. Time to dust off “All Is Grace”.

  6. Chris Long says:

    This reminds me of a short video I just recently saw again of Chuck Smith. Whatever criticisms one might want to level (or have leveled) against him, the man – despite having lots of people sing his praises – knew where to put his hope and where not to. This short video is one of best examples or messages I’ve seen from a pulpit and it really is a reminder to me and encourages me and I hope it does the same for you.

  7. Em says:

    i just watched Chris’ link – i came away touched by Smith’s words of faith and also wondering if we don’t ask too much of some of these folk; elevating them higher and placing on them more responsibility than we should?

  8. Chris Long says:

    Em, absolutely – I think that’s exactly what we do. Human nature is to elevate those we like and then put unrealistic expectations on them. I think why people do that is because of our own pride – we’re always looking to someone – even within the Church – to be our “savior” in a sense – to be the one that we can fully identify with and completely agree with because (and this might be getting a tad “deep”) we really on a core level are still in some sense looking for men and women to be our answer, rather than Jesus.

    When I saw that video of Chuck, I thought: “Here’s a guy, that regardless of what some think of him, was used by God as a major part of a powerful renewal movement that ultimately several thousand churches came out of (CC and Vineyard) and who I’m sure CONSTANTLY had people all around him telling him how wonderful he was and how much he has meant to them and blessed them, and yet this video shows that he knew that was not what it was all about and that he still had to 100% bank solely on Jesus and His righteousness.” And that is huge as far as I’m concerned. This short 2 minute video spoke more volumes to me than any sermon I’ve ever heard him give.

    The man obviously wasn’t perfect, but this video shows that he himself knew that, and that’s a big deal and a whole lot more than the way a lot of pastors tend to present themselves.

    As far as responsibility being put upon them, I always got the feeling that Chuck never really wanted a lot of that responsibility. I think that’s probably why as CC grew, more problems became evident since there was (by design) a lack of structure or any real oversight.

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