Think Again

From Bob Hamp.

“Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  So simple, yet so many ways we can misunderstand.  I think the key to understanding this phrase, is understanding who it is is that spoke it and how He might be thinking.

Men and women who have spent a lifetime, (or even a day) in church are so bent towards connecting Scripture with behavior control, otherwise known as “The Knowledge of Good and Evil”, that almost all our experience and perception comes through that lens. Continue Reading…

What does it mean to Repent? What is repentance?

After a deeper study of repentance in the original language, I think we’ve got it wrong.

I was reading today in Acts 2 and 3, and I was reading from some newer translations.  Two scriptures stood out:

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38, emphasis mine)

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. (Acts 3:19, emphasis mine)

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Chasing your Passion

From this year’s devotional from Gateway Church called “Let’s Go!”:

God wants to use you … to send you. Don’t think you’re too young or too old for Him to use you. Regardless of your age, His plans for you are so much greater than you could ever imagine. What stirs your heart? What burning passion has God given you? Don’t grow weary and give up. The dreams He has placed in your heart He will accomplish—in wonderful, creative, unexpected ways—if you choose to seek Him, trust Him and obey Him. Ask yourself today: “Am I willing to be open to God’s will for my life?”

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Stop praying for revival, and BE the revival

Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. — TERESA OF AVILA

My 2010 New Year’s Resolution is to stop praying for revival and BE the revival.

Divine Power within us to ask

This week, I’ve had some wonderful connect time with God. He was reminding me of Ephesians 3:20. We have such a limited understanding of what this scripture means, because we so often only quote the first part of it: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…”

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