Our Lives for God’s Glory

My wife Wendy, reads daily. One of her devotionals is by an amazing missionary and teacher, Dick Brogden. His devotion is “365 days of Living and Dying with Jesus; Live Dead; Joy.”

She shared one of the devotions from last month that she said she continues to think, pray, and meditate on. It was powerful. Let me share the last paragraph:

“God revives us for His own sake. He heals that He might be glorified. He supplies that He might be worshiped. He forgives that He might be exalted. He delivers that He might be adored. He meets us that we might magnify Him. He acts to bring honor to His divine self, not to exalt man or woman. Let us stop approaching God for answers on behalf our ourselves. Let us learn to approach Him for the defense of His honor, for the glory of His name. Let us seek answered pray for His sake.” (Dick Brogden from his book Live Dead, Joy, page.255, reading for August 12).

We can become so distracted and so easily tripped up. Jesus has to remain at the center. The glory of everything must go to God. Our lives, our talk, our focus, our posting, our giving, our prayers, our families, and our lives.

Be encouraged today to center. Center your life on Christ again. Don’t let the political climate, the pandemic, and all the opinions of everyone and our own move us from wanting all glory to go to our God. I have to remind myself of this and what my wife shared with me is another great reminder. May our lives give God Glory.

Pastor Nate Elarton

We saw the “Son of God” Click on my website for my review.

Son of GodI know there are many out there attacking the movie “Son of God.” They are saying the movie does not completely and perfectly follow the Bible, not made by Christians, blah blah blah. I have read their hate for the movie on a few blogs and I get really sick of mean Christians that are overly critical and self-righteous. We should all pay a little more attention to what Jesus said about the Pharisees, and never become like them.

Wendy, the kids, and I, saw the movie last night. I was moved to tears more than once. Yes, it is true, it does not follow the Bible exactly, but it is clear that Jesus is proclaimed as the Savior, Messiah, and faith in Him is the key. His teachings are pretty accurate and from Scripture, but worded differently than my NASB. My favorite scene was when Jesus called Levi the tax collector. Wow! I loved it.
It is moving, It is creative and did take some liberties. But it declared Jesus the Son of God, and for that I rejoice!
I highly recommend it. I don’t for kids that are younger. The abuse, flogging, crucifixion, and treatment of Jesus is pretty graphic. I felt it was accurate. We will go see all kind of fictional movies, violent movies, sports movies, why not go see one that is about the life of Christ. It is a very good movie. Get out to see it while you can.

I left thankful, and grateful, for the mercy and love God the Father, shows toward us and for the sacrifice of Jesus so I could be saved, forgiven, and live eternal.

“Pharisectomy” by Peter Haas, Chapter 4….Angry Chipmunks..Lazy love?

So in 25 years of pastoral ministry I can sure relate to this chapter. It was funny and as I read his experiences I mentally recalled some of mine that are so similar.  I like the one where someone says his message was awful and then the next person tells Peter how deeply the message moved the heart of God (p.45).  He writes about those in the body of Christ that get critical, spiritually arrogant, and feel it is there job to critique and rebuke the pastors of he church and some of it’s members.  He teaches that we must confront and that to truly confront someone we must have a huge deposit of love in the church and their lives.   I know when I am confronted by newer guests at the church or even long-time members that rarely attend gatherings, events, or small groups, I immediately guard my heart, as their motive is most likely to judge, or just punch me in the gut on the way out. This goes for nasty emails or facebook messages. I must be honest though, I don’t get many at all. Maybe one or two a year.

When we truly are involved in each other’s lives, and love is great, we can have truly high standards and loving accountability (p. 47).   We must make money deposits of care and love into each other’s lives. Our goal cannot be just to proclaim truth but to influence people and lead them to be more Christ-like, with true love, care, and relationships (p. 53).

“Christianity is not a message, it’s a lifestyle. It’s caught, not taught.” P. 53

“People who preach truth outside the context of loving community are like child abusers wo try shoving the steak of God’s Word down a baby’s throat.”  (p. 54). 

Love, God, Love People, and Serve the World. That is our target at Compelled and the second mission cannot be over looked by “lazy love” as Peter calls it.  We must continue to love each other unconditionally.  Even when we are hurt. Even when we don’t get our own way. Even when we think others are wrong. We must love, there is no other path but this path of Christ. The law of love!  Great chapter!  Thanks Peter Haas. Image

Pharisectomy- Questions from Chapter 2. So are you a Pharisee?

by Peter Haas
by Peter Haas
I love that after each chapter, Peter Haas has written discussion questions and a chapter overview so we get the main points and also get to process them through for application to ur lives. Chapter two has a couple of really good questions. I would like some feed back on the comments to these to help the readers grow in grace and encourage us in the faith.
My quote from the book that I love, “There are no shortcuts to spiritual formation.” (p. 24 #2).

In your opinion, what are some examples of people taking short-cuts to sharing the Gospel?

Looking at your spiritual history, has your tendency been to fall into the grace-driven approach or the legalistic approach? (Please Comment)

Do you feel you are striving a lot when it comes to your relationship with God?

I would also like to hear any comments you have or things the Lord showed you as you read chapter 2. Let the comments begin!! Pastor Nate

Pharisectomy by Peter Haas, Chapter one

ImageI hope you have started reading our summer book for Compelled Church. I love Peter’s writing style. This morning I laughed right out loud while reading and not too many authors get me to do that.  His style I can relate with as his experiences in looking for a church and all the non-biblical kooky things that churches do and our bizarre practices in our little subcultures.  

I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Haas and he has a deep love for the church and for  God’s people to be spiritually healthy. He has a desire to see people saved by the grace of God and to eliminate all legalism from the church so Jesus can be seen.  He pastors Substance church in Minneapolis.  Here is his website Peter Haas Blog

What are your comments on the book so far?