8 of 10 Change is the only Constant

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Change is the only Constant at Renewed Life – Kelsey Tarrant

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice – Rush

Nothing is static in the universe

You can resist it but change happens every moment and not doing anything is setting in motion concrete actions that will eventually change.

Taking care of a house  or not then the weeds and nature overtakes it.

your molecules are even moving all the time in resonate frequency.

The world changes and is moving whether we move or not.

The question isn’t will we change but how will we change?

And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mindthat you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

In this verse there is a negative command followed by a positive command:  “do not be conformed . . . but be transformed . . . .

This word is metamorphosis means to change from immature to an adult. From one stage of being to another. In our spiritual condition there is no room to stay static. This is not in God’s plan. We are either pushing into deeper more spiritually mature waters or going the opposite direction into further and deeper deception.

Does this now explain the chasm between us in the United States today? One side is seeking to adhere to what is known as traditional Christian values and the other is pushing the limit’s. This goes beyond any political discussion. This goes to the core of our understanding of God.

One of our early leaders P. F. Bresee was heard to say something that is relevant for us today in our post-Christian and post- modern world.

“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; but in all things, love.”

As we are seeking our way as a church into a new building we need to remember this quote. There will be many challenges ahead and many new faces and ideals. People always come with agendas and try to change any church or organization. We need to approach them with love.

We need to be quick to listen not just to the questions they ask but to the heart and experiences behind these questions.

What can we learn from them and how can our understanding be flavored by our mutual experience?

The essentials we cannot and must not budge on. These are the foundational and core issues of Christianity. If these move then we have built our house on shifting sand.

The non-essentials are cultural biases which we even see expressed in scripture.

1 Corinthians 11: 13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her as a covering. 16 But if anyone wants to argue about this, we have no other custom, nor do the churches of God.

This is not even an issue today in church because it was more of a cultural requirement than a spiritual command.

What needs to change?

This is a question we do not fear. But we never change just for the sake of change. There needs to be a reason. Do we have scriptural backing? If it is cultural then how do we express this in a way that produces closeness to God by everyone?

Embrace also the continual spiritual enlightenment of God. Our minds are being Renewed – Transformed – daily. Remember what is normal to us is our carnal sinful way of viewing and living in the world. What Jesus through the Holy Spirit brings is a counter – culture way of living. Be prepared to be questioned and even misunderstood. You are not alone in this. As a matter of fact you now have joined countless followers of God who have been misunderstood and even persecuted for loving and being the light in a dark world.

Viva la Change

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7 of 10 Mutual Accountability

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The word we all seem to run from. Accountability means we actually have to have real dependance, real openness with others.

Lets look at a few steps in the process:

1: Scripture encourages us to realize that each person plays a role in the Body. No-one is expendable.

1 Corinthians 12:

14-18 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.

19-24 But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?

25-26 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.

27-31 You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.

Accountability realizes our part actually effect others. We are not alone. That our actions create bonds or divisions.

  • Start thinking of ourselves as a part of something.

The idea we don’t need to be part of the church is un-scriptural and illogical. It sounds good to a battered and bruised soul. Isolation is the tool of the enemy.

  • We are not expendable

The church now has to take a different view. Even if someone is a thorn in your side they are still a part of the body.

2 Thessalonians 3: 14 And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don’t associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet don’t treat him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

  • What part do I play?

Explore what gifts, strengths or talents God has given you. You will find a natural fit for who you are and what you can offer the church. You may want to sing but if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket you may have been created for other things.

  • Do I understand the importance of the role I play?

We may do a particular part but do we understand how important this role is. Looking at the nail on any finger or toe. It seems insignificant and actually worthless. However if you have ever lost a nail you realize how important it is. You realize how quickly the whole body stops and just focuses on that one digit without the nail. Ask God to show you the importance of your gifts and talents.

  • How can I not only be encouraged but encourage others in them fulfilling their roles

Now here is a concept for every Christian. There is no place for gossip, back biting and even negative comments. We are to always see people for who they could be in Christ. Who they were created to be. Imagine being part of another persons success. Our kind words and encouragement could change the course of another’s life.

  • How can I make my role the best it can be? Thinking outside the box and seeking guidance with leadership. This ensures we again are all on the same page.

Do everything as if you are working for God. The most mundane task can be done with great joy if only we renew our mind and take on the right attitude. Purpose is a powerful thing. Knowing why we were created and that our existence has a powerful life changing purpose inspires awe.

It is also humbling to think that the God of this universe sees and wants to use us for the redemptive purposes of the Universe.

How will you now be accountable to your church?

Has God called you to Renewed Life?

If so then the Time is Now. The Work is before us. With God on our side we cannot fail !!!

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6 of 10 Beyond HYPE

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Hype  definition:

noun
  1. 1.
    extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion
    verb
    1. 1.
      promote or publicize (a product or idea) intensively, often exaggerating its importance or benefits
The churches Modern Day answer to Christian success is to Hype Jesus. He has become our modern-day snake oil for all that ails you. Just a little bit of Jesus goes a long way.
All your aches and pains, that pesky trauma from being sexually abused as a child… Gone
Those beatings and verbal abuse you received….Vanished
The emotional scars from so many sexual encounters and living the cultural norm….Wiped Away
Man this Jesus character can do it all and I don’t have to do anything but say a few feigned sincere words at an over emotional moment and poof…. I can keep on living like a sinner but with all the Heavenly benefits.
We never meant to give you Hyped Jesus.
The heart was pure and the reasons seemed good at the time. We really wanted change from the shackles of “religion” or tradition. They just seemed so 1.0 and out of touch. The 2001 version of Renewed Life wanted to give you all the good of the past with some refreshing ways of getting there.
So how do we get away from Hyped Jesus?
Get back to real acts of Spiritual Formation.
We need to stop looking for the light show and the false excitement built by a wall of sound. Now we should look for a meaningful experience with God. We find this in quiet times before the Concerworship.
When is the last time we sat and were quiet before God. Not asking anything just sitting in His presence. Meditating on one short passage or word from the Bible? Listening and quieting the noise all around us to truly listen. In these moments are the true words of God heard. The words we try to drown out by mindless tv or entertainment. Words we drown out by alcohol or drugs. Actually anything addictive or which changes our ability to soberly be clear minded before God.
In these raw and honest places we find healing. We find peace in the presence of God. We find Jesus revealed through the Holy Spirit.
So take some time today and sit before God. Make this part of your daily prayer and Bible reading time. Just sit quietly and see where God takes you.
We have an event coming on September 7-16. This 24 /10 Prayer – Meditation – Reading Scripture and Fasting event.
Our first act in the new building is to consecrate this space to God so that we can Hear God.
You are invited to participate during this event in all forms and ways of seeking.
go to www.renewedlife.church to sign up or get more information.
Scaled down does not describe this event. We are getting back to the basics and foundational practices of the church. There will be no light shows, or even amplified music. What you will find is sincere people being real, open, transparent before our God. If you want real spiritual Renewal then don’t miss this event !!!
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5 of 10 Unity – The Power of God

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Unity – The Power of God.

1 Corinthians 12:God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Unity at its core in Christian thought and practice falls under one word… Value…

Do we see that every person has value?

Someone on the left should challenge conservative thinking. Conservative thinking should challenge Liberal mindsets. Out of this tension we see the world as a whole. The oppressed now have a voice and those with power now have a responsibility. And yet those with responsibility also should have a voice. They can guide and help the forgotten rise above their situation.

We see economic’s, race, gender, and now with the abandonment of truth by Church leaders we shirk our responsibility and leave the world even more confused than before.

John 13: 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Loving each other however does not mean always agreeing with each other.

A child may only want to eat candy, sleep all day and never go to school. A parent however has the responsibility to guide, teach, and even discipline when rebellion takes place.  In a loving community we have to give permission to those who have gone before us. Those who have experience and knowledge we may not have.

Loving and valuing someone means listening to them. Truly hearing what they are saying. Hearing their side and being open to their experience. Your most hated enemy has value. The political leader who you despise has value. The person who lives a lifestyle that is opposite of what you understand also has value. The proverbial walking in their shoes gives us a different insight. It does not mean we have to embrace their philosophy but by taking this step we will grow as a person and as people in community.

Love means hearing someones heart. When someone feels safe enough to express their true feelings then they will be open to yours views. At this point we are actually having real meaningful dialogue.

What is not love?

Personal attacks. This way of communicating does not give value to the other person in your words. Our words speak from the fullness of the heart. I need to not only listen to what the other person is saying but to the words coming out of my own mouth.

Are these word’s bathed in prayer for the situation?

Are these word’s immersed in prayers for blessing even upon someone who has wronged me?

Matthew 5: 43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect,therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect

Unity is the expression of allowing the Holy Spirit control over our thoughts, actions and emotions. In this we will begin to embrace v 48 of being Perfect.

I hear all the arguments you are bringing right now. I know all the emotion rising up in your heart. The frustration is the beginning of the madness.

James 1: 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

The bottom line of disunity is PRIDE.

My self inflated view and self-righteousness is at the heart of every division. We feel we have a right to be offended but only Jesus has this right. Ultimately every offense is a sin against a Holy and perfect God. When I devalue you then I am devaluing the part of you that is in the Image of God.

Unity then begins when Matthew 22: 37 He said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.

The power of God is Unity Through His Transformative Love

4 of 10 Kindness of God

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Romans 2: 3-4 You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.

The great misunderstanding.

This verse in the Message version nails how people view God. We either see Him as a vengeful God waiting to punish us. With this view our defense is showing God how much better we are than others. The problem with this tactic is we presume God is ignorant of our onion skin charade.

The flip side is that we see God as endlessly permissive. he is a parent that we can manipulate. Like a spoiled child we think we can get away with whatever we want when we want. There is no understanding that we actually will be held accountable for our actions. Someone who is spoiled sees someone with boundaries as hateful and unkind.

These two ways of seeing God sum up how many outside the church view God. The saddest reality however is that many inside the church secretly have one of these two views toward God as well.

As we seek to have a holistic view of ourselves we must gain a Renewed Mind.

This mind doesn’t look at the world as we desire to see it but seeks to be open to a perfect God to help us understand reality in new ways.

God is kind, but he’s not soft.

In our culture we look at kindness as weakness. The weak are to be bullied and thrown aside. As much as our current culture hates bullies we are not in the real business of dealing with the core issues.

The Core issue is God’s kindness guides us to a counter culture way of thinking.

The world around us does not value individuals.

The world does not believe in redemption or that people can change.

The world lives in their pain and hides it from even those closest to us. We are afraid it might be discovered and then exploited.

Or the flip side is we wear our pain as a badge. It defines us so greatly that is would be unthinkable to be healed and have a different self image.

However: 

                     In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand

                                                                    and leads us into a radical life-change.

God’s Kindness honors and values EVERY INDIVIDUAL as being Created in the Image of GOD.

God’s Kindness believes that regardless of the sin God can not only forgive but radically TRANSFORM the person from the Inside Out.

God’s Kindness gives us a safe place to be vulnerable. Like trusting a doctor to perform surgery and remove diseased and cancerous tissues or organs. There will be pain from the procedure but now there can also be healing and a better New life.

God’s Kindness is our New Identity.

John 13: 34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my discipleswhen they see the love you have for each other.

This community we are rebuilding has gone through some deep surgery. It has been a journey not many would take but those who have stuck it out are reaping the benefits. They are experiencing freedom they never knew to be possible.

We all now realize that the Kingdom of Heaven coming to Earth is possible.

It is not possible because of our effort or plans – but possible because of our surrender and courage to allow God’s kindness to lead us by the hand.

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3 of 10 New Mind

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Romans 12: 2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

The true Counter cultural expression of Christianity is how we cut across what the everyday person think’s is normal with this seemingly absurd way of viewing reality. The whole political debate mirrors this polar way of thinking. We see today truly a nation divided not just on one ideal but on truly core values.

The reaction to this counterculture way of thinking causes great emotion from those who hear you. Why? Well the expression of a God way of seeing the world is diametrically opposed to the thinking of the current culture. The emotion is brought about by a frustration with the opposing perception. To admit this opposite has validity would call into question everything.

This is what God wants. We must realize our normal is flawed. The theological term would be sin. It is a self-preservation self-centric world view. This perception puts us or people at the center and relegates God to the unimportant peripheral world. Most people today think: God is a neat concept to ponder but for the real solutions to our true struggles a god in the equation appears weak and 1.0 thinking.

But is this correct?

When we value what is eternal the worldly stuff seems cheap. It is always going to rust, and break down. There will always be a need for a newer model. We just get bored and systems never run as well as they could.

This New Mind however isn’t taking us to a future perfect model but restoring us back to the original. The original purity of two garden dwellers who were innocent and content to be together and in unity with their Creator.

Keeping our old way of thinking is like arguing we need to keep the virus in our computer. That this viral destructive experience is better than the pure flow of a clean perfect system.

Our goal at Renewed Life is to walk with each individual. We are on a journey an adventure. This path will present daily challenges that help us seek God for His Virus scanning abilities. We submit our will and ask Him to clean up the program every day, moment by moment.

Of course we can be seduced to open an old system and reinfect our minds. But in the context of life we learn to trust God and avoid the pop up ads filled with trojan, spyware or whatever devious way to get into our code and corrupt the data.

God gives us a system reboot and then has us plugged into an ongoing help desk called prayer and the Bible. Staying plugged in keeps our lives free of chaos.

My challenge is not new. But it has never proved to fail.

Come to Renewed Life for 3-4 months. Truly plug-in not just on Sunday. Read your Bible. Seek to talk with God in that wonderfully mysterious yet simple way called prayer. Be open to new ways of thinking and seeing the world.

We are not here to debate or argue you into faith. We just want you to join us all in this great conversation and journey. We compare notes in small group discussions. We encourage each other to live different then the world around. A new way that is honoring, truthful and transparent.

The only question is:

Are you brave enough to join us?

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Week 2 of 10: Jesus Want’s You

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Jesus Want’s You!!!

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate theme for our next part of the journey. I mean knowing Jesus wants us may be a hard thing to swallow. many of us believe we are so bad that if we even walked into a church it or us would burn up. lol

We walk around knowing our dark thoughts and actions and if we were honest we don’t believe God could or would forgive us. The sad thing is we definitely don’t think the people who call themselves Christians would ever give us a chance.

If this has been your experience then I want to say a very LOUD I AM SORRY.

The whole message of Jesus was about not just the good people getting closer to God but the main message was that the outcast, the sinner, the biggest heathen, prostitute and whatever other sin you want to add can not only be accepted by God but can be Transformed in such a dynamic way that everyone around them will have to confess something amazing has happened.

THIS IS THE COMMUNITY OF RENEWED LIFE CHURCH.

So what do I base all this on? How do we keep pushing to be this kind of community?

Well here are a few scriptures I wanted to share that I believe outline how every person who says they are a Christian should live.

1: Jesus want’s you to do the right thing for the right reason.

Matthew 7: 21-23 “Knowing the correct password saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience doing what my Father wills. I can see it now at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.

many religious people do great works in helping the poor and other acts of compassion but if it is about the act and being seen for doing it then you missed the point. At renewed Life we do allot of things to help people in need but they are all done because we see every person as VALUABLE. It’s not because of a command but because if everyone is valuable and created in God’s Image then we need to LOVE THEM WHERE THEY ARE.

The Only reason we wouldn’t do this is if we have selfish reasons or motives. Trust me these get revealed and exposed quickly. Many join us in acts of love and service for the wrong reasons at first. But then God grabs ahold of their heart and they begin to change which changes why they continue to do the acts of service and love.

2: Jesus wants you To Chose the right foundation for your life.

  • If you start wrong then you end in chaos, loneliness and pain.

Matthew 2237-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.

Starting just at love is not enough. If what and who we love is misplaced then our hearts can be broken and all our hopes and dreams can not just be crushed but tragically lost forever.

Loving God first puts us on the right track. God being Holy and Perfect knows true love. A love that is not selfish but selfless. A love that isn’t for the moment but has the best plan for the most good. God’s love is transformative. His love never leaves us but heals our wounded places where others love has damaged us. His love even extends to those who would be our enemies. Jesus did not just die on the cross to reconcile the a relationship with Israel. He did so that every pagan, every one who denied, refused and turned their back on Him would have the same opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness.

3: Jesus wants you to make your life count

Romans 12: 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

A living sacrifice isn’t something that is burned up and gone. No a living sacrifice is a person devoted to leaving a LEGACY.

This type of person realizes every day and every moment counts. Every encounter with every person can have meaning. They realize that every action, job, and word can be an act of saying THANK YOU to GOD for the gift of life now and Life to come.

Most of us have played some sort of sport or game with a ball. To connect you have to keep your eye on the ball. When you do this then cool things can happen. You are actually engaged and in the game. If you miss then you are out or someone else gets the glory.

The writer of this letter to Christians in Rome was saying; ” Hey I live in the most pagan place there is right now. Everyone here thinks they have power and are above everyone. They believe this will never end. They honestly want everyone else to disappear and they leave a legacy of little images of them every where. Well accept for the nobodies who are their slaves who have to serve them.

I am telling you the nobodies are just as important. Those who fall through the cracks and are powerless are vastly important to us and more importantly to God!

Are you getting what the RENEWED Version of LIFE and CHURCH is supposed to be?

If so then you don’t have to sit on the sidelines.

I challenge you to join us!!!

Take 3-4 months of your life and commit to come every week.

Commit to actually read the Bible and be open to what it has to say.

Commit to actually pray as if you believe someone hears you.

Commit to use your talents to help the community and others outside of it.

The greatest adventure of your life is about to happen.

You will experience more purpose and freedom than you ever have before in your life.

What are you waiting for???

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