So this is going to be an experiment in sound effects. I wanted the message to be more serious but no, seriously, more on that later. And well I have a surprise for the listeners of this message which is that my first book has been accepted by a publisher as of August 31, 2023. What this means is that the ministry will begin to prepare material that will help to equip you for the work of ministry and to help you to settle into being a disciple and being a disciple that will reproduce disciples (Matt 28:19). For those of you that think that God cannot use you for what you don’t have just kill those thoughts and listen to His voice for your ministry and start running. No but ok so you can walk the first five steps then you can move to a brisk walk, then a jog, and then when you are ready, or not, a full-blown sprint. Time is a tickin’ and we don’t have much of that left when you compare it to eternity. No opportunities lost in our generation, right?
The overly dramatic ministry of Jesus. Oh boy this is going to be good for those of you that don’t like heavenly party poppers (Sound). In other words you hear stuff that is so far beyond anything you have been taught in church that you think the guy who is sharing that stuff, as you imagine him standing next to John the Baptizer eating crickets in suckers (Sound), as one who is far from the quiet peaceful heaven that you imagine. But listen, they called Jesus crazy, and Paul was told that he was out of his mind due to looking into this God stuff with every fiber of his being. And what of the Apostles who were killed because they were so, so, so disruptive to the prevailing cult and religious cultures of the day. Oh I would name all of the false gods, false religions, and cults of those days, but no need as we have found a way to add volume to that mess through our own getting sideways in this relationship with God stuff versus religion with God stuff.
Acts 26:24 - 24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”
Mark 3:20-21 - 20 Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.”
Acts 12:15 - But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”