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Post  Admin on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 9:17 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
I know what some of you are thinking, because I used to think the same thing.
 
"I'm just a little person, hidden away, nobody sees me or knows who I am. So how can God possibly use me in this ongoing battle of good vs. evil?"
 
The truth is that YOU are more important than you realize.
 
Individually we are not much.
 
But joined together into One Body by One Spirit, we are the only thing preventing the end of the world as we know it.
 
Think about that!
 
Light of the world... salt of the earth... standing in the gap...
 
And if we stop being THAT in the world, then the world is doomed.
 
That you are HERE demonstrates God's grace and love for all people and His desire for them "to be saved and to come to the full-knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4).
 
Consider...
 
He called all of us out of the world, then sends us into the world, to be a light to the world.
 
He called all of us out of the nations, into a Holy Nation, then sends us to all the nations, to be a blessing to all the nations.
 
Incredible, isn't it?
 
Others of you are thinking:
 
"I've got problems of my own! How can God use me to get a big victory over the devil when I'm struggling?"
 
I hear you.
 
But consider how all the promises of God revolve around strength out of weakness; life out of death, wisdom out of foolishness, light out of darkness.
 
We've talked about the Spirituality of Imperfection before.
 
You can be an imperfect person and still pray perfect prayers!
 
Don't believe me?
 
Jesus gave us the Perfect Prayer so we won't be lost, wondering what to say or do.
 
It's so amazing.
 
Join us for this week's online study and see for yourself...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 5)
Thursday, April 23, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Post  Admin on Sat 18 Apr 2020, 9:00 pm

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Hi Elaine!
 
Given everything going on in the world right now...
 
Do you sometimes struggle with out-of-control thoughts – fear, doubt, worry, confusion, anxiety or stress?

Do you want to believe, but find your head keeps getting in the way of your heart?

Have you ever tried reading the Bible for inspiration but found it hard to understand – or you didn’t know where to start – or you couldn’t find enough verses to speak to YOUR particular need at that moment?
 
I get it... and I've been there too!
 
Please, please, please watch the video... read the testimonials... and get these f.r.e.e. programs right now! You'll be glad you did!
 
Go here and watch this video:
https://www.chipbrogden.com/scripture-meditation/
 
In addition to this video, you'll find TWO f.r.e.e. audio programs: Renewing Your Mind and SERENITY Scripture Meditation.
 
I am very excited to support you - not just support your spiritual health, but support your mental, emotional, and physical health as well!
 
(We're still adding the other programs to this page, so stay tuned.)
 
Here's the link again:
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Have a peaceful weekend :-)
 
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Post  Admin on Thu 16 Apr 2020, 11:31 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
There's still time to join us for this week's online Bible study... 
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 4)
Thursday, April 16, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Register here (if you haven't already):
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As we consider God's Purpose in the End Times, there is a framework available for helping us unlock the secret.
 
It's right there in your Bible... and I'll explain it tonight.
 
I look forwarding to "seeing" you there!
 

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Post  Admin on Tue 14 Apr 2020, 8:17 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
I love it when I can create (or discover) a clear framework for understanding spiritual mysteries.
 
As we consider God's Purpose in the End Times, there is just such a framework available for helping us unlock the secret.
 
It is:
 
"Will + Way + Wisdom + Warfare = Total and Complete Victory Over Evil"
 
It's right there in your Bible... and I'll explain it more completely in this week's online Bible study.
 
The intriguing thing is that the cross of Christ DEFEATED evil, the devil, sin, and death, but the cross did not DESTROY these things.
 
All we have to do is look around and see evidence that these things continue to persist - and if anything, they are getting worse...
 
"The devil has come down to you in great wrath, knowing his time is short" (Rev. 12:12).
 
See?
 
His time is short, and even though the devil is defeated, he isn't destroyed; things will get worse before they get better, and he's not going away quietly.
 
Meanwhile, this spiritual evil has hijacked the earth and is holding its people hostage, as much as a demon possessed person is held hostage by an unwanted spiritual darkness.
 
How will God overcome this?
 
The solution, as presented in the Book of Revelation, is not God moving in one mighty stroke to wipe out evil (which He certainly could do).
 
Rather, we see Divine Intervention in the ministry of the Overcomers.
 
These are they who overcome as Christ overcame.
 
And these are the ones who overcome the dragon.
 
They understand that they aren't fighting WITH the lost, but fighting FOR the lost!
 
Man opened the door to this evil...  and man has to close the door to it.
 
See, it's important that Jesus defeated the devil... but what's even more important is that WE defeat the devil.
 
That's why Jesus didn't do it for us, but invites us to collaborate together with Him and participate in the salvation, healing, deliverance, and reconciliation of all creation.
 
This is what it means to be children of God!
 
This is what it mean to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth!
 
This is what it means to be kings and priests of God!
 
This is what it means to be a holy nation, called out of the nations, yet sent into all nations, to bless all the nations!
 
This is what it means to rule and reign with Christ - not sitting on throne and being served, but going after the lost sheep in a broken world and being the means through which God's love, mercy, and grace can be revealed.
 
It's a wonderful time to be alive and to participate in this important work.
 
Join us for this week's online study as we consider these things in more detail, and what it means to you right now, today, where you are...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 3)
Thursday, April 16, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Apr 2020, 11:24 pm

Resurrected With Christ
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"[God] raised us up with him and
seated us with him in the heavenly
places in Christ Jesus."
(Eph. 2:6)
 
Jesus is Lord of all, preeminent over all, and seated in His throne. And now – glorious truth! – we who are in Him have been raised, ascended, and seated together with Him.
 
Note the past tense of Ephesians 2:6. This is not something for us to enjoy at some point in the distant future; it is something God has already done for us together with Christ when He raised Him up from the dead, raised Him up from the earth and seated Him at His own right hand. Spiritually speaking, that is our position as well: ascended, above the earth, triumphant over all enemies!

How is this possible? 
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Post  Admin on Thu 09 Apr 2020, 11:53 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
We still have room for you on tonight's online Bible study...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 3)
Thursday, April 9, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Scripture tells us that God's Purpose cannot be thwarted, He will perfect the good work He has begun, His zeal will perform all His good pleasure, and His love never fails.
 
That's some good news! 
 
And I look forward to sharing it with you :-)
 

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Post  Admin on Tue 07 Apr 2020, 10:27 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
Surely we must consider God's sovereignty as we try to discuss anything pertaining to His Will.
 
Scripture tells us that God's Purpose cannot be thwarted, He will perfect the good work He has begun, His zeal will perform all His good pleasure, and His love never fails.
 
That's good news!
 
Whatever limitations or frustrations we may perceive in the present all melt away as His eternal purpose irresistibly unfolds.
 
The omniscient God does not have to micromanage every detail, for micromanaging is driven by fear of losing control, and a need to know every aspect of something in order to keep control.
 
God already knows all and fears nothing!
 
Without micromanaging, God certainly can (and does) intervene as necessary in those pivotal happenings where such intervention is needful, or in response to prayer, and in such a way that no one is forced or manipulated.
 
For example (and there are many) Jesus speaks of days so terrible that if they were not shortened, no flesh would be saved.
 
Does this not speak of Divine Intervention to prevent man from being destroyed, or from destroying himself?
 
Who else but God could intervene to prevent such a catastrophe?
 
Who sets the limits on man's inhumanity to man, setting boundaries so that only one-fourth or one-third of the earth is affected by various tribulations that both man and devils unleash in the end times?
 
Such Divine Intervention, carefully balancing free will with God's Will, acting with love but without force, is impossible for men but not for God, Who judges the hearts and knows our thoughts.
 
Let us consider:
 
- How do we fulfill our calling during perilous times?
 
- How can we facilitate God's Kingdom and Will in a hostile environment?
 
- How do we cooperate with, and participate in, God's purpose?
 
- Under what conditions can we expect Divine Intervention to disrupt the flow of history while preserving man's free will?
 
Join us as we discuss this (and much more) during this week's online Bible study...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 3)

Thursday, April 9, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Apr 2020, 8:09 pm

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Here's the first of several *F-R-E-E*
audio programs for you Elaine!
 
From the very beginning we have always offered tapes and compact discs on a "whatever you can afford" basis.
 
When the cost of shipping made that impossible to sustain, we moved everything online. This has worked fine, except the shopping cart can't handle our "whatever you can afford" philosophy. I've never liked that limitation but couldn't figure out a way around it.
 
Well, I've been talking to the Lord about this for a long time now and I hear Him saying,
 
"Give them away. Trust Me to provide!"
 
So, in addition to all the Bible studies freely available on the website (nearly 300 and counting), we are making all of our other audio teachings freely available online as well. 
 
This will take awhile to do, but I wanted to let you know the first free program is available now!
 
All we ask is that you listen as you wish, share as you like, and give as you can.
 
This is one of our most requested audio teachings, and I think it speaks to where a lot of people are right now - sitting home in lockdown! (That includes us.)
 
Why not put that time to good use?
 
Thank you for supporting Christ-centered teaching :-)

"Free At Last! How to Be a Christian
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Post  Admin on Thu 02 Apr 2020, 10:33 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
Our response to evil is the same, regardless of "why" we think it exists!
 
What should that response be?
 
Join us tonight for...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 2)
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Go here to register (if you haven't already):
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Hope to "see" you there!


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Post  Admin on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9:24 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
We are barely into this new teaching series on the Overcomers and the "yeah, buts" have been pouring in :-)
 
That's great; it tells me you're thinking.
 
So don't stop thinking now - keep at it.
 
I've been saying that anything coming to steal, kill, and destroy - contrary to God's Will to save, heal, and deliver - is EVIL.
 
Pride is evil because it steals the glory and honor from God.
 
Adultery is evil because it destroys marriages.
 
Racism and sexism is evil because it leads to violence, war, and death.
 
Followers of Jesus don't accept Evil, but we overcome Evil with Good.
 
We surrender to God, but we resist the devil.
 
And, we stand not just for our personal victory, but on behalf of all who are oppressed by the devil.
 
Simple, right?
 
But religion has befuddled us so badly that it's hard to make sense of something so simple.
 
"What about God's judgment?" 
 
"How about God's anger and wrath?"
 
"Doesn't God send punishment and correction?"
 
"Doesn't God use all things for good?"
 
Sorry, that's the Religion of Fear speaking.
 
The implication being that some things we should never question, but just accept as God's Will.
 
In fact, that is how most people DEAL with tragedy - they just accept it as part of God's mysterious plan.
 
A child recently died during a routine operation - and grandma told the reporters that "we don't understand why these things happen, but we know God did it, and that gets us through."
 
It's tragic, but this is how people make sense of the world when the world doesn't make sense - and there are thousands of sad examples of this every day.
 
How, then, SHOULD we view evil in the world?
 
Scripture gives us a range of possibilities... that is to say, when bad things happen, it could be...
 
1. GOD'S FAULT: God's is pouring out judgment and wrath on sinners.
 
2. NATURE'S FAULT - We live in an imperfect, fallen world where accidents happen.
 
3. MAN'S FAULT: The violence and stupidity of mankind accounts for what's wrong.
 
4. MY FAULT / YOUR FAULT: We're reaping what we sowed, and God is punishing us.
 
5. SATAN'S FAULT - There is a spiritual adversary wreaking havoc behind the scenes.
 
Then, there is the non-Scriptural view of life, held by many religions and philosophies...
 
6. NOBODY'S FAULT - Life and death, good and bad, are all a matter of luck, chance, karma, energy, astrology, or fate.
 
Within this category is the most maddening rationalizing of all: there is no good or evil, there is only your experience and evaluation of something as good or evil.
 
Mind-numbing, isn't it?
 
So what will it be? One, more than one, or all the above?
 
I'm saying...
 
IT DOESN'T MATTER :-)
 
Our response to evil is the same, regardless of "why" we think it exists!
 
Trying to figure out who's to blame is a philosophical exercise in futility; overcoming evil with good is a spiritual exercise of love.
 
But we won't make much progress in overcoming something if we think God is sending it to teach us (or "them") a lesson.
 
Worse, when we begin to apply this twisted philosophy to people who are suffering, rationalizing their situation as God's judgment on them (and His approval on us who managed to escape... THIS time...).
 
Kind of hard to be a king and priest in the Kingdom of God with an attitude like that.
 
Jesus didn't let His disciples speculate about "why" or "who" was to blame for evil.
 
Why?
 
Because Jesus went about doing good and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He saw the devil as the Destroyer, the people as oppressed and needing healing, and Himself as a Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.
 
Plus...
 
WE AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME that "God's judgment" means DESTRUCTION *for* evil.
 
But I can show you dozens of Scriptures that describe "God's judgment" as DELIVERANCE *from* evil!
 
For example, when it talks about God "judging the poor" what does it mean? Giving them more poverty and misery? Punishing them for their lack? No - it means delivering them from poverty!
 
We've got to get clear on this so we can serve a useful purpose in the world and stop charging God foolishly, like Job's miserable friends.
 
We've got to stand for DELIVERANCE, not DESTRUCTION!
 
Stuff like this motivates me to respond to these objections and get you to see that they are irrelevant to our mission and calling as Overcomers.
 
This week we'll answer that primary objection: How should we respond to God's judgment?
 
Join us online for...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES (Part 2)
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Post  Admin on Sat 28 Mar 2020, 11:33 pm

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I just recorded a video message for you, sharing some thoughts, and what I hope is some encouragement, as we all go through this Coronavirus stuff. 
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Post  Admin on Thu 26 Mar 2020, 11:47 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
Quick reminder about tonight's Online Bible Study
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES
Thursday, March 26, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Go here to register (if you haven't already):
http://chipbrogden.com/bible
 
We're just beginning this series so you can learn how you fit into God's Purpose in the end times. 
 
You have a purpose and a calling beyond "survival."
 
Now is the perfect time for all of us to get aligned with something and Someone much bigger and greater than ourselves.
 
I hope to "see" you online!
 

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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10:59 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
"If God is good, why does He allow evil to exist?"
 
We began a discussion last week to explore this question in some detail.
 
It seems God gets all the blame, either for sending wrath and judgment, or allowing bad things to happen.
 
Christians have been taught to accept whatever happens as God's Will, part of a mysterious plan that supposedly explains (yet never really explains) why bad things happen to good people.
 
To be blunt, passive acceptance of evil is the coward's way out - because it doesn't require anything of us.
 
To the contrary, Jesus demonstrates, and Scripture teaches, active resistance against anything that comes to steal, kill, and destroy because these things are opposed to God's Will, which is to save, heal, and deliver.
 
Put that way, the problem seems simple....
 
1. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
 
2. Satan hates you and has a terrible plan for your life.
 
But it still doesn't answer the question of why God lets bad things happen.
 
- Why didn't God prevent the Holocaust?
 
- Why doesn't God stop coronavirus?
 
- Why doesn't God do something about global warming, human trafficking, and serial killers?
 
- Why does God allow evil to exist?
Etc.
 
I would like to propose a different question, one that is seldom asked:
 
"Why do WE allow evil to exist?"
 
Because what we will see from Scripture is that MAN is responsible for evil, and MAN is responsible for overcoming evil with good.
 
Meaning, we opened the door to the devil; we have to close the door.
 
Certainly, we cannot do this alone, which is why the Son of God was manifest: to destroy the works of the devil and to deliver those bound by the devil.
 
The process for how God brings this about, and how God ultimately triumphs over evil through the Overcomers, is a wonderful mystery unfolding over the ages and ongoing as we speak.
 
We need to know this so we can get off the sidelines and get involved in this great movement of God for the salvation and healing of the nations.
 
Scripture provides the puzzle pieces; now, all we have to do is put the pieces together to see the end result.
 
Join us this week as we work on this Biblical puzzle together...
 
THE OVERCOMERS: GOD'S PURPOSE IN THE END TIMES
Thursday, March 26, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Go here to register:
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These studies are free, but your gift (of any amount) makes it possible.
 
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Post  Admin on Mon 23 Mar 2020, 12:26 am

Hi Elaine,
 
In case you're interested, here is a link to the audio recording of this week's Bible study:
 
DEFENDING GOD FROM CORONAVIRUS
https://www.chipbrogden.com/defending-god-from-coronavirus/
 
Feel free to share this link with others.
 
Hopefully the message stirs you to consider the "bigger picture" beyond the present crisis.
 
I also hope it stirs up some additional questions, even objections, as we consider issues that theologians have argued about for centuries, including: If God is good and all-powerful, why does evil exist?
 
Will I answer all those questions and objections in one message?
 
Hardly.
 
But, we have to make a beginning somewhere.
 
So give it a listen and make plans to join us for the other messages in the series as we explore these things in great depth.
 
We need wisdom, not wackiness; hope, not hype; faith, not fear; victors, not victims.
 
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Post  Admin on Thu 19 Mar 2020, 11:01 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
Quick reminder about tonight's Online Bible Study:
 
DEFENDING GOD FROM CORONAVIRUS
Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Go here to register (if you haven't already):
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I promise to explain what I mean by "defending God" (it's not what you think) and we'll use the current global situation as a springboard to a much larger discussion on the problem of evil and the purpose of God.
 
It should be interesting!
 
Hope to "see" you there.
 

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Hi Elaine,
 
Life goes on.

This ugly little thing is a baby bluebird I photographed last spring – although it certainly didn’t look like a bluebird when it was first born.

Don’t judge by appearances, because things are hardly ever as they appear to be.

No, it’s not the end of the world; not even close.

But if it were the end of the world, what a way to go – it would be said of this generation that when the end came, we were fighting over toilet paper.

And while the media breathlessly report every negative statistic related to coronavirus, just know that some of us who watch and pray have been discussing these developments at the highest levels of the universe as early as mid-January, before national emergencies, pandemic, and fear gripped the world.

On that authority, the news is good, and the word is: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, persist in prayer” (Rom. 12:12).

Beyond these basics, the current situation offers an opportunity for us to better understand the ways of God.

First, please understand that COVID-19 is not God’s will, nor God’s judgment.

Neither do HIV, influenza, opioid overdoses, automobile accidents, or natural disasters serve some mysterious divine purpose.

God’s desire is to save, heal, deliver, and reconcile all people to Himself. 
 
But there is another who seeks to steal, kill, destroy, and deceive.
 
That’s why Jesus encourages us to pray daily for God’s Will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven” - if His Will is always done, then such prayer is superfluous.
 
The general intent of the Lord’s Prayer is that we daily align ourselves with God and stand with Him against that which steals, kills, and destroys people Jesus died to save; it is both a prayer of surrender (to God) and a prayer of resistance (to evil).
 
If we resist evil in all its forms, might this help to explain why the Revelation plagues - as devastating as they are - are nevertheless limited to only one-quarter or one-third of the earth? Why not the whole earth?
 
Certainly, the Destroyer wants to kill and destroy as much as possible, so it is not any act of kindness on the part of the Destroyer to spare the majority of the earth. Instead, it is God's grace, as well as the intercession of the Overcomers, that limits the destruction. 
 
We have this power now. You can DO something.
 
But if you see all this as God "pouring out His wrath" then you won't resist it at all; indeed, a majority think God will rapture them out at the last minute, so this does not enter their circle of concern.
 
What a slick and seductive deception: to accept what we ought to resist, and attribute to God's judgment what should be more accurately attributed to those elements hostile to God who would destroy the earth and its people.
 
Blaming God for every bad thing that happens is misguided, but praising God for every bad thing that happens is equally misguided. Both perspectives hold God responsible for evil by causing it directly, failing to prevent it, or allowing it as part of some mysterious plan for the greater good.

Sickness, disease, death, and disaster are not unavoidable facts of nature; we are to resist them as enemies coming to steal, kill, and destroy God's Creation and those whom Jesus died to save and deliver. 

To fail in this responsibility is to deny God's original purpose for man to "subdue the earth" as well as the admonition to overcome evil with good, to pray for all to be saved, and to collaborate with God for the healing of all creation.

I realize that is a lot to think about – especially if you are personally going through difficulty, which I understand.
Perhaps seeing the “big picture” will encourage you to know that (1) you are not alone, and (2) you have more power than you realize.

If that resonates with you then I invite you to this week’s online Bible study to explore these things from a Scriptural perspective...
 
DEFENDING GOD FROM CORONAVIRUS
Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Be of Good Cheer!
by Chip Brogden

The Bible does not promise anyone a world free from difficulties, challenges, trials, and tribulations. At the same time, Jesus does not want His followers to be overwhelmed or stressed-out. 
 
Studies have shown that the emotional and physical symptoms of stress are not caused by the event itself, but by how we perceive the event.  Your perception of things becomes your reality.  So if you “think” something is bad, you’ll react badly.  If you “think” something is only a temporary challenge to overcome then you will find a way to overcome it. Stress can be a negative or a positive force, depending on how we choose to interpret life. Apparently, things have no meaning until we attach a meaning to them. Once we decide what something means we give it the power to make us either bitter, or better.

I’m not suggesting that you can just trick your mind into thinking that bad things are really good, or that you can turn your life around with a little positive thinking.  It’s not that simple.  But Christians do have a very good reason to think about life challenges in a different way than the world does...
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Hi Elaine,
 
How did the early Christians see the cross?
 
How did they apply it to their lives?
 
That will be the focus of this week's online Bible study as we look at what Jesus said, and what the early Christians believed, about the cross.
 
Why?
 
Because, 2,000 years later, I think we have gotten sidetracked a little bit by "language."
 
Phrases such as "death to self," "crucify the flesh," "take up the cross," and similar concepts have become muddled.
 
Scripture is very specific; but we tend to be non-specific in our application of Scripture (and inconsistent, to boot).
 
If we get the concepts wrong then we will think the Bible says something it doesn't really say.
 
And if we misunderstand what the Scriptures teach, we will err in putting them into practice.
 
This is why people get frustrated over spiritual-sounding teaching that doesn't produce fruit.
 
Something is wrong.
 
So we've been engaged in this process of adjusting ourselves to God's truth and explaining the way of the Lord more perfectly as it relates to the cross - a mystery of transformation rather than destruction.
 
It has been an amazing journey so far.
 
Join us this week for the final installment...
 
THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 5)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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4 Pillars of a Christ-Centered Faith
by Chip Brogden

The Christian Religion has, for over 1700 years, successfully convinced millions of people to adopt a Church-Centered Faith. 
 
Scriptures are used to justify a view of the spiritual universe that is erroneous. It is a line of thinking in which everyone and everything connected with God is supposed to revolve around the Church: build it, support it, attend it, and invite people to join it. Christ, mistakenly credited with having founded this Church, is in their eyes obliged to protect, defend, love, honor, cherish, bless, and provide for it. Those who challenge this view are likewise seen as rebellious heretics.

The truth is that God never called us to a Church-Centered Faith. From the beginning, God has called followers of Jesus to a Christ-Centered Faith: a way of living that revolves around Christ having the central, preeminent, and most important place in a person’s heart. The Assembly of Called-Out Persons (the Ekklesia) was to be both a spiritual and a practical community of Christ-followers who had entered into a new covenant with God and with one another: to value, believe, teach, practice, and experience a Christ-Centered Faith...
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“If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3).
Just 400 years ago it was commonly accepted that everything in the universe, including the sun, moon and stars, all revolved around a stationary Earth. Not only did this seem obvious to those who lived on Earth, it seemed to be supported by Scripture.
So when the astronomer Galileo began to spread the idea of the earth and everything else revolving around a stationary sun, he attracted the ire of the Roman Catholic Church. Galileo provided a solid scientific basis for his ideas, and tried to show that his theories did not contradict Scripture at all. Nevertheless, Galileo was branded a heretic, forced to recant, and obliged to live the rest of his life as a prisoner in his own home. Today we know that the Roman Catholic Church was wrong, and Galileo was correct.

In a similar way, the Christian Religion has, for over 1700 years, successfully convinced millions of people to adopt a Church-Centered Faith. Scriptures are used to justify a view of the spiritual universe that is erroneous. It is a line of thinking in which everyone and everything connected with God is supposed to revolve around the Church: build it, support it, attend it, and invite people to join it. Christ, mistakenly credited with having founded this Church, is in their eyes obliged to protect, defend, love, honor, cherish, bless, and provide for it. Those who challenge this view are likewise seen as rebellious heretics.

The truth is that God never called us to a Church-Centered Faith. From the beginning, God has called followers of Jesus to a Christ-Centered Faith: a way of living that revolves around Christ having the central, preeminent, and most important place in a person’s heart. The Assembly of Called-Out Persons (the Ekklesia) was to be both a spiritual and a practical community of Christ-followers who had entered into a new covenant with God and with one another: to value, believe, teach, practice, and experience a Christ-Centered Faith.

That is simply another way of saying that the belief and practice of the New Testament was based upon, and centered around, a relationship with a Person. The focus was not on the systematic theology of a new religious group, nor was it the particular nuance of doctrine from a breakaway splinter group within Judaism. New Testament belief and practice was unique in that it was centered upon a Man Who lived, died, came back to life again, and would now rule in the hearts of men and women until He returned. You could say that in the New Testament universe, God clearly established that everything was to revolve around the SON.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? I believe the answer, as it pertains to the Ekklesia, is to go back to the One Foundation that cannot be destroyed: Christ Jesus the Lord. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11). This Foundation is strong and secure.

We must tear down the flimsy structures we have built and rebuild upon the firm foundation of Christ. I offer the following Four Pillars as a basis upon which the Ekklesia can re-establish itself in the current age and ensure the continuity of an authentic, Biblical, Christ-Centered Faith for this generation and for however many will follow.

The Testimony of Jesus. The preeminence of Christ must be the cornerstone of all our belief and practice. Remember, this Testimony declares that “all are saved in Him, none are saved apart from Him.” This Testimony inspires all prophetic utterance. This Testimony is our lamp, and if the lamp is extinguished, the Ekklesia ceases to exist (Rev. 2:5). We cannot dilute, distort, or disfigure this Testimony for any reason. If we fail to discern and declare the truth concerning Jesus to the world around us, then we have utterly failed.
Scriptural Integrity. Before we seek new, exciting revelation we must master what has already been revealed. The Scriptures are necessary for the spiritual growth and spiritual discernment of the Ekklesia. The Written Word reveals the Living Word, and the Living Word reveals the Written Word: “Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Lk. 24:27, NLT). Since Jesus thought Scriptural teaching was important for His disciples, we cannot afford to lightly dismiss it. We must know the Scriptures, obey them, and teach them to others.
Intentional Fellowship. The post-church landscape is a lot like the Dark Ages after the Roman Empire collapsed; with no institution to keep them in check, people ran wild. In the absence of the Institutional Church, the Ekklesia must provide safe places where people can learn about Jesus in a non-religious, non-traditional setting. Intentional Fellowship means that we gather together for a purpose: to reach up to God, to reach in to one another, and to reach out to the world around us. We must transcend the “meeting” mentality we inherited from the Institutional Church and begin to think in terms of an extended Family that nurtures long-term relationships and meets both spiritual and practical needs.
Passing the Torch. To successfully hand down a Christ-Centered Faith to the next generation, three things are needed. First, we must master the core teachings that constitute basic discipleship; those essential elements of the Faith that need to be passed down. Next, we must find and equip faithful people who know these essentials and will teach them to others. Finally, we must create opportunities for real discipleship to take place within the faith community of the Ekklesia – a nurturing, safe place to be born-again, to be healed, to learn, to grow, and to go forth; a place where spiritual wisdom can be imparted.
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Hi Elaine,
 
Do you ever get frustrated by feeling like you can't measure up?
 
Like, no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to get it together - either in your own eyes or in someone else's? Maybe even God's?
 
I used to feel that way all the time.
 
If you can relate then I think you'll really enjoy this week's topic: The Spirituality of Imperfection.
 
We're discussing the deeper work of the cross as "transformation of Self" rather than "death of Self."
 
And I've been using the phrase "perfection in love" a lot.
 
Here comes the interesting part...
 
We are perfected in love through this amazing process I'm calling "The Spirituality of Imperfection."
 
That is, perfection in love is achieved, not by trying to be perfect, not by trying to achieve sinless perfection, but by embracing our weaknesses.
 
I love me a paradox!
 
And the paradox here is that by embracing our weaknesses, we get stronger; but the more we resist our weaknesses, the weaker we become.
 
Understand... I'm not saying hang on to your sin!
 
But I am saying when we accept our imperfections and weakness, we can cooperate with this process of perfection in love.
 
It's amazing once you see it.
 
But of course I can't say it all here.
 
Which is why I'm inviting you to join us for this week's online Bible study...
 
THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 4)
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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I'm going to show you EXACTLY how perfection in love works through the spirituality of imperfection. It will be an amazing study.
 
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Hi Elaine,
 
If you have not registered for tonight's online Bible study yet, we still have room and you still have time:
 
THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 3)
Thursday, February 27, 2020
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Transformation of self, rather than death of self, is the goal of the Cross. Join us as we explore this deeper work.

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Hi Elaine,
 
As we continue exploring the deeper work of the cross, let's recap the main concerns I've stated so far:
The way some teach, interpret, and try to implement “denial of self” becomes a morbid celebration of death instead of a robust celebration of life.
 
Self-denial as a spiritual discipline is unsustainable; it is like committing yourself to a strict diet that you cannot maintain, dropping some pounds only to gain it all back (and then some).
 
The truth (especially the truth of the cross) should make us free, not frustrate us, or bring us into bondage and fear of failure.
 
Most of all, despite all these teachings, people can’t put it into practice, so they put themselves under condemnation and guilt.
The way to resolve these concerns is not to dispense with the cross, but to understand that our relationship to the cross must be founded on LOVE not LEGALISM.
 
The key idea is:
 
"Not death to Self, but transformation of Self, through perfection in love."
 
I'd like to continue exploring this in this week's online Bible study and show you how Love answers to all our concerns about spiritual growth, discipleship, Body Life, taking up the cross, and overcoming sin, self, and satan.
 
Will you join us?
 
THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 3)
Thursday, February 27, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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The Missing Ingredient
by Chip Brogden
There came a time in my life when I realized I was called, and I was gifted, and God had given me great revelation, but I still lacked something.
 
Now when I was younger I believed that having a calling from God and being gifted by God was all you needed. Then I began to learn some things by revelation and thought that was God’s seal of approval upon me.

Even so, I could not get away from the fact that there were then, and there are now, lots of people in the world besides me who are called by God, have spiritual gifts, and enjoy an abundance of revelation. But God cannot trust them in any kind of a servant leadership capacity. They may have a title or a ministry but they are unqualified because they do not have the missing ingredient. I noticed they lacked something, and worse, I lacked the same thing. Eventually I discovered what everyone, including myself, is lacking.
 
What is the missing ingredient? The missing ingredient is... 
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Hi Elaine,
 
If you haven't registered yet, we still have room for you at tonight's online Bible study...

THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 2)
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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We'll continue to explore the idea of "transformation, not elimination" of Self, and how all of this fits together in a way that celebrates life instead of death, love instead of legalism, faith instead of fair.
 
I hope to "see" you there!
 

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Post  Admin on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10:53 pm

Hi Elaine,
 
A couple of weeks ago I shared with you my thoughts on "The Deeper Work of the Cross."
 
In a nutshell, I admitted that (all good intentions aside) the way we teach this and try to apply this to our lives often leaves us more frustrated than fulfilled.
 
"Death to Self" is really impossible, since "self" never really dies.
 
"Crucifying the Flesh" is also impossible in the present-tense, since Scripture views this as having already happened. :-)
 
"Dying Daily" sounds impressive, but I don't know if anyone has ever successfully done this; and if I successfully died today, why do I have to do it daily?
 
Yes, I'm challenging some of the language we have used regarding the Cross and what it means to follow Jesus.
 
And I'm suggesting the way we have taught and practice this often sets us up for failure, frustration, and a legalistic, morbid view - a celebration of death, rather than a celebration of LIFE.
 
God's goal, rather than "death to self," is TRANSFORMATION of self; specifically, PERFECTION IN LOVE.
 
And we have only just begin exploring this!
 
So I want to follow up that first teaching with part two...

THE DEEPER WORK OF THE CROSS (Part 2)
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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