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Apr 4

Beyond Whatever – The Heart of the Book

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

On January 6th I introduced you, my readers, to the origin of my book.

Here’s the heart of the book I’m writing: We need a revolution of love.

In my opinion, we need to admit life, as we’re living it, is not working.

We need a revolution of love in which we become more dependent upon God and more interdependent upon one another. The Bible calls that the fear of God or the Fear of the Lord.

The fear of God is a mindset and a lifestyle.

Practicing the fear of God will draw people closer to God, to ourselves and closer to other people.  This revolution of love will include embracing “the fear of God” and embracing honest, humble, unpretentious relationships with one another.

What’s it mean to Fear God?

To take God seriously.

To take ourselves seriously.

To see who we really are.

To see who God really is.

And, to admit the differences

I came to that conclusion as I studied the Scriptures, myself and the people around me.

What’s Fearing God look like?

When you feel guilty, stop doing it.

When you realize you were a jerk, apologize.

When you screw up, fess up.

Live each day like it might be your last.

Stop sinning—even when you didn’t get caught—before you do & really regret it.

How can we fear God so we connect deeper with people?

While many of us have differing opinions of the historic “Christian church”, but the original followers of Jesus Christ were humble and compassionate.  They shared their time, food, insights, stuff, feelings and faith.  Their love was infectious.  Almost everyone liked them.  [Acts 2:42-47]

What can we learn from those first Jesus-followers?

If we learned to live like them, what would church be like?  What would we be like?

We’d be infectiously loving.

We’d be open and honest and stop pretending.

We’d examine ourselves to see how special God has made us.

We’d see others as God’s beloved children too.

How can we fear God so we connect deeper with people?

We’d be open and honest and stop pretending.

We’d examine ourselves to see how special God has made us.

We examine ourselves to see our own needs, sins and shortcomings.

We’d lovingly listen to others to see their needs.

We’d seek to help others meet their needs.

We’d let them help us too.

Beyond “Whatever” we need a revolution of love.

If you think that this revolution of love sounds a lot like the very best parts of TreeHouse, you are absolutely right!

Bring on the comments

  1. I will read you book. Not just because you wrote it(although that’s a plus). I feel like this is a book that NEEDS to be written. Thank you for writing it! 🙂

  2. your*

  3. =D

  4. “Myers”, thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate your support!

  5. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the slap in the face.

  7. … and the kiss on the cheek!

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