What Does Jesus Think About Christianity?

Have you ever wondered if Jesus appreciates Christianity in our post-modern world? I’m referring to what “Christianity” has become …

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The global movement bears his name. In the beginning years of Christianity after Christ’s ascension, his followers first began to be called “Christians” — little Christs.

Is today’s “Christianity” what Jesus has in mind?

And what about churches? Does Jesus value many of our churches today?

I’m big on the church. I’m convinced it’s absolutely central to God’s activity on the planet.

Jesus would thoroughly enjoy victorious communities of faith if he actually built his personal life, truth (kingdom reality), and his Father’s love into the mix. After all, he’s the one who said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not stand against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven ….”

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The Golden Pathway to Your Destiny

your destinyAs we move forward in our life and work, we discover those areas and activities where we are most energized and experience the greatest joy.

Take a look at the graphic I put together on the right … the golden arrow is a pathway – our quest to move towards our destiny with accuracy.

The line represents our exploring and experiencing different things in our questing. As we intersect with our destined pathway, we enjoy our highest energy and sense of purpose.

These experiences talk to us. This is the golden pathway we are looking for. The energy and joy we experience are clear indicators to us of our unique destiny.

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Supernatural Means

Most of us live as if what’s possible is directly correlated to our own means …

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Gabriel’s message to Mary was she would conceive and give birth to the expected One. He would be called the Son of the Most High and would be given the throne of his father, David.

Her question to Gabriel was a fair one.

She was betrothed to Joseph, but they were not married yet. They had not known each other intimately. How could she possibly conceive?

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Christmas Longings Are Clues

Christmas longings give our heart a chance to discover true fulfillment and joy …

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Christmastime seems to heighten our personal desires and longings. I believe this is an opportunity for us.

C.S. Lewis wrote in The Weight of Glory  that we long for something from which we are separated. The Germans have a way of thinking about it. Sehnsucht (ZANE-zoocht) in the German is a word which means yearning, craving, “life’s longings.”

Something is missing, incomplete, and unfinished. We search for happiness while at the same time trying to deal with the reality of unattainable wishes. We experience the pain of incompleteness, of being separated. We’re not quite home. Sehnsucht can feel like a longing for a distant country, a country that we somehow know is familiar.

And so we long and yearn …

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Your Recipe for Happiness

The pursuit of happiness is a strong drive in the human family. This post is part of a series on discovering happiness.

One of the keys to experiencing more happiness is making a quality decision to be happier. Then mix it with something uplifting. It’s your signature recipe for happiness.

Consider music. Here’s what recent research is showing us: if we mix our intention to be happy with uplifting music, it will increase our happiness.

There are other uplifting things we can mix with our intention to be happy too. But, for now, spend a moment or two making a decision to increase your happiness. Then listen to some of the following pieces.

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