He who has my commandments and keeps them is he who loves me. His commandments are not burdensome. (John 14:21 & 1 John 5:3)
Much is written and lamented today about the "gap" between what Christians claim to be and how they actually act. Labels like "hypocrisy", "phony", "disingenuous" are all to quickly applied to Christianity as a whole. The reason is simply that "Christians" have failed to apply and hold themselves to Christ's own stated standard.
Christianity is not merely the act of repenting. It's not merely accepting Christ as Savior. While those are the cornerstone of the building, they are not the whole structure. There is yet a standard that then needs to be lived up to.
Imagine for a second if you decided to go to college, you filled out the admissions paperwork, got accepted - received a scholarship even! - and then never went to a single class. Never attended any of the orientation meetings, never enrolled, never picked a major, never even went to see the campus. But, you made sure to tell everyone that you went to that school. Would you be a fit and able representative of that school? Could you really claim to be able to represent that college well? More importantly, would the school even want you to represent them? You received no education, you made no progress, you are still as uneducated as the day you enrolled. You didn't get a better job as a result, you aren't making more money, nothing in your life has "changed" as a result of your so-called "education". Would that reflect well on the college or would people look at you and say "well, that school didn't do much good for that guy over there, I'm not going to waste my time even looking at it".
Isn't that what so many do with Christ? Come to know Him as Savior and then never do anything further. We're quick to tell everyone "Oh, I'm a Christian" but does our life reflect Christ? Are we showing our love for God by keeping His commandments? Are we reading our Bible? Tithing? Praying? Are we abstaining from the things of the world or were we first in line to see that new Harry Potter Movie? Is our time spent growing in Christ or reading Fifty Shades of Gray?
Those that love God, those who are Christians, show it not through word but through action. While the sacrifice of Christ is a finished once for all sacrifice for our salvation, we are responsible to "work out" our own salvation with "fear and trembling". We are responsible for living a life that glorifies Christ on this earth as ambassadors proclaiming His love to world. We are responsible for our growth in grace and knowledge as we diligently seek to follow Christ.
The reason that the word "hypocrite" is so closely attached to the word Christian is that we have neglected the command to follow Christ's commandments. We have neglected to go to the school we just received a scholarship from! Claiming to be a Christian while not living up to the standard of Christ is a ridiculous as claiming to be a Harvard graduate while working as a busboy!
Both in what we do and what we say, in what we choose and from what we abstain, in how we live and spend out time & money, we need to be a credit to Christ so that people look at us and see Him. That will never happen until we recognize that there is something required of us; that there is more then just filing out the admissions paperwork. If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15
Art: Welcome Home by Ron DiCianni
Posted on July 3, 2012 12:29 PM
Come join Tapestry Productions at Temecula Berry Co for a special outdoor showing of Courageous on Friday June 29, 2012. If you live in Southern California, you will want to make this trip!
This beautiful, "U Pick" Blueberry farm is great fun for the whole family. Pick incredibly delicious berries with your family, and then stay for the movie. A great night for everyone, and a chance to hear the beautiful message of Courageous. Best of all, it's all free!
Event starts at 8pm and all are encouraged to bring your own chairs.
For more information on Temecula Berry Co, please visit: http://www.temeculaberryco.com.
For more information on Courageous, please visit: http://www.courageousthemovie.com.
Posted on June 23, 2012 8:05 AM
Tapestry Productions, Inc. is seeking a new Speaking Coordinator. This position offers extreme flexibility and will allow you to work from home. Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Here is more information about the position:
Title: Speaking Coordinator
Type: PT – Work from Home
Summary: Tapestry is looking for someone who can make advance calls to secure speaking engagements for our artists and executives.
Compensation: Pay for performance
Work from Home: YES
Location: This position can be based in any US state or territory. No relocation necessary.
Description: This position will be responsible for sourcing, calling and securing speaking engagements for an internationally known speaker. Target audience is U.S. based churches and ministry organizations. Good phone skills, time management skills and ability to handle detailed tasks required. You can work from your home!
1) Source potential speaking venues.
2) Contact, via phone and email, these venues.
3) Secure confirmed speaking appointments for Tapestry’s artists and executives.
4) Provide customer service as needed to the venues.
Education/Experience: No education or experience required.
Other information: This is an Independent Contractor position.
To see more of Tapestry's open positions, please visit our jobs page.
Posted on June 23, 2012 7:47 AM
In just the few months that Sacred Art has been out we've seen hundreds of copies flying out of the warehouse... thank you, thank you, thank you! Sacred Art was a leap of faith and it's so incredible to see how God is using it!
We're also getting tons of feedback from readers about how much they love the book, how God is using and all kinds of wonderful reviews. We have a favor to ask... would you be willing to post those comments publicly? Especially on Amazon.com!
We created a special product page for Sacred Art on Amazon and would love to see your reviews... so, if you have a moment, please review the book!
To write a review, please click here.
Posted on June 19, 2012 9:28 PM
Thank you so much to our friends over at Qwest Church for their gracious reception of Ron DiCianni this past Sunday, Father's Day!
We enjoyed joining them for an incredible time of ministry and encouragement as Ron DiCianni spoke on the topic of Loving Your Children Unconditionally.
To learn more about Qwest Church, please visit: http://www.qachurch.org.
Posted on June 18, 2012 8:13 AM
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