Jesus > Religion

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A lot us (including Christians) sit around complaining about how the ‘others’ live their terrible lives. This is not a spiritual activity. And does not mean we are living how we are supposed to be.

You can find Jeffs book here on Amazon.

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I’m reading Jeff Bethke’s book by this name… and so far, it really is speaking to me. I’ve been thinking these things for a very long time, but I am finding them so wonderfully put here.

For the book on Amazon, click here.

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Jeff, in his book, Jesus > Religion has some wonderful ways to say that religion does not always represent God well. Even Christian religion. Here he says:

The Bible isn’t a rule book. It’s a Love Letter.

I’m not an employee, I’m a child.

It’s not about my performance, it’s about Jesus’ performance for me.

To buy his book on Amazon, click here.

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So much of Christianity’s teaching is about waiting for the future. The not so subtle message is: If you’re good enough now, and you go without enough now… then you’ll reap your reward later.

But… Jesus said “come follow me”.

Nothing about packing your bags or trying to earn enough to keep you going while following. Jesus is not the one who says that we have to get good enough to follow.

Jesus is now. His grace is now.

You can find Jeffs book here on Amazon

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Christians are not the only ones who notice this… onlookers, outside of our sect notice this too.  They know what the Bible says, and they know what we say say on TV.

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I don’t have to be all things to all people. Just a living embodiment of the words of Jesus. And not necessarily all the thou shalts, and the thou shalt nots. Just maybe, even in the mistakes, living with a faith that what Jesus says is real and true.

You can find Jeffs book here on Amazon

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Jesus wasn’t left, he wasn’t right – he was radical. He turned everything upside down, and does the hard part (impossible part) for us.

This series has come about as a response to Bethke’s book: Jesus > Religion which has been a wonderful read to me.

Buy the book here.