Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cure for the Soul (first in a series)

However, there are plenty of Christians today who profess faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, who faithfully attend worship services and Bible studies, who may even serve in leadership roles in their church, but what they profess with their lips does not always square with how they conduct their lives. Some may be stuck in patterns of destructive behavior, such as substance abuse, infidelity or financial impropriety – and they are at a lossto explain why their faith doesn’t have greater influence over their actions. Others may be riddled with fear or guilt or anger – and they don’t understand why what they believe seems not to make any difference in how they feel. In the lives of a surprising number of Christians today there exists a disconnect between what the lips profess and what the heart believes to be true. Continue reading

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Finding Your True Self, part two

When we turn to Jesus and claim him as our Savior and commit to following him as our Lord – actually, our “boss,” as the word in Greek literally means – we are in a sense “losing” our life. We are letting our old life “die-back,” so to speak, by handing over to Jesus control of it. We are in effect saying, “I am choosing now to make what I want what You want.” This is how true freedom begins for each one of us. The way to be free from the tyranny of the natural self is to “lose” our life by turning it over to Jesus. Continue reading

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Finding Your True Self, part one

However, what we must consider is exactly what Jesus is asking us to disown. He is saying we must disown “ourselves” or more specifically, our “natural” self. Our natural self is our personality: our likes and dislikes, our thoughts and habits, the desires of our heart, as well as our unconscious and intuition. Now some of us may be quite satisfied with our natural self, but if we truly saw it for what it is, apart from Jesus, we probably would be quite happy to disown it. Continue reading

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