Resources for Following Jesus

“We never start the Lord’s Prayer in the middle. We always start with God in heaven, ruling His kingdom unopposed. Follow this pattern when you pray. Don’t begin your prayers with your needs, or with the problems you see around you. Always begin with God. Your victory comes from heaven. Let your prayers also begin in heaven.”

Pray with the Confidence of Victory and the Urgency of War

“For Bonar, it was a mistake to try to figure out exactly where faith resides in a person, or what part of ourselves we exercise when we exercise faith. For him, the answer was, ‘all of us.’ We believe with everthing we’ve got.”

Faith Is a Verb Before It’s a Noun – Horatius Bonar on Spiritual Renewal

“Job seems like someone who has spent his lifetime talking to God. He not only prayed, he interceded for others. Before he entered into his trial, Job had established a habit of intercession. This affected the way he experienced his trial, and maybe it helped him come out on the other side with God’s approval.”

What Job Got Right and His Friends Got Wrong: Are We Misreading a Key Verse?

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The Natural Holiness of Jesus – What It Looked Like on Him and What It Means for You

Jesus Christ lived a life designed to help you live yours. Learn from Him how to be human, and you will find that He has also made you holy.

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Learning Christ – The Joy of Being Renewed in His Image

Avoid legalism. Get grace right. Be corrected without being offended. Be humble without being insecure. Be confident without being arrogant.

It’s not about balance, it’s about fullness—the fullness of Christ within you.

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To Live Is Christ – 30 Days with God’s Servant Paul

Study the life of the apostle Paul with this 30 day devotional.

Spend five minutes a day with Paul and get a sense of his life, understand why he did what he did, and, most importantly, see Jesus Christ glorified in his life so that He may be ever more glorified in yours.

From his conversion to his death, this book covers the important events in Paul’s life. It also looks at his principles, and how you can apply them to your life.

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“Biblical righteousness is about more than morality and good behavior. That’s part of it, but there is a lot more to it than that. It’s about acceptance and favor with God, confidence and a sense of belonging; it’s about being aligned with the truth and being certain of your place in the universe, not only in this life, but also in the life to come.”

Articles

On this website you’ll find insights from Christian classics (like Watchman Nee, A. W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, and others).

For example, here’s a lesson from C. S. Lewis’ book The Weight of Glory:

Are There Really Streets of Gold? – Believing in a Down-to-Earth Heaven

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You’ll also find lessons from scholars and from church history.

For example, here’s a look at one scholar’s translation of Job 42:7-8, with special attention on the part where God says, “…you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has”:

What Job Got Right and His Friends Got Wrong: Are We Misreading a Key Verse?

Here are some lessons from the Azusa Street Revival of 1906:

Frank Bartleman on Revival

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You’ll also find practical lessons from the Bible. For example, here’s one on vision and leadership from the life of Moses:

Don’t Write the Book of Leviticus While You’re Still at the Burning Bush

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Two Ways to Be Human

To be human is to be a sinner.

To err is human, and so is to sin.

That’s how we often see things, anyway. But, in fact, humanity was not created to sin, and sin is not part of our original design.

Therefore, if someone were to live a life completely free of sin, they would be acting in a more human way than the rest of us.

This is what Jesus did.

Jesus lived a sinless life and He is ready to help you to overcome sin because He overcame sin perfectly.

So what did this life look like?

Here is where it gets interesting. If Jesus hadn’t started preaching the kingdom of God and doing miracles, He would not have been recognized as a unique man of God.

He started His ministry when He was about thirty years old. By that time, He had been living a sinless life for thirty years and yet nobody seemed to have noticed. In fact, the people who knew Him best, the people of Nazareth and even members of His own family, rejected His ministry. They knew Him so well, they were convinced that He was a normal guy, not a great prophet.

Sinless humanity is normal humanity. It is the natural way to be human. In this sense, Jesus was more normal than we sinners are. It is sin that is unnatural and even anti-human.

Yet it seems so easy and natural for us to sin.

This is because we have it backwards. Jesus set it straight.

If we want to overcome sin and live the lives that we were meant to live, we will have to re-learn everything we thought we knew about humanity from the greatest human who ever lived.

In other words, we will have learn to be human from God, for Jesus is also God just as He is fully human.

Jesus said to His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

You and I may never be able to comprehend exactly how Jesus could be God and man at the same time, but here He assures us, as He assured His disciples, that His humanity didn’t conceal His divinity from us, it revealed it.

For Jesus, being human wasn’t incompatible with being God. For you, being human isn’t incompatible with being holy.

You were created to be holy as certainly as you were created human.

Learn from Jesus how to be human, and you will find that He has also made you holy.

This has been a summary of chapter one of The Natural Holiness of Jesus.

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