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A Movement vs. A Settlement - Matthew - pages 272-280

Matthew 11:12 (New International Version)

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

I want to be a part of a movement, not a settlement.

A movement looks toward the future.
A settlement lives in the past.
A movement constantly changes location.
A settlement constantly changes the furniture of its location.
A movement doesn't wait until things are perfect.
A settlement doesn't move until things are perfect.
A movement needs people to keep moving.
A settlement needs policies to keep from moving.
A movement assumes failure as the cost of trying.
A settlement avoids failure at all costs.
A movement refuses to settle down.
A settlement refuses to move out.

Since the days of John the Baptist until NOW, the kingdom of God is on the move. I made up this German word, "gödizmüvin", a while back. I've come to learn that this belief is a driving force in what keeps me moving. I'm not a part of a…

We need a name change - Matthew - pages 265-272

We must be a people who breathe new names over people with our words and lives.We treat people the way we see people.It’s not about going up to someone and giving them a new name, it’s about bestowing the very opposite thing that the world has been telling them about themselves in the name of Christ.

Bestowing new names

I've always loved how God came into people's lives and gave them name changes.  When I was reading Jesus' interaction with Peter..."You are Peter...and on this rock I will build my church."  That's like my dad coming up to me and saying, "You are Jason."  That is who you are.  In case you forgot.  In case you are gravitating back to your old name, Cephas.  Your old identity.
If my father, Charles Frank Holdridge, spoke into me, Jason Matthew Holdridge, and said, "You are Jason."  You are my son and your name means Healer.  It would be like God saying to me:
"Your name is Jason, and on your Healing I will build my church.&q…

A two-by-two relationship with God - Matthew - pages 259-265

Our relationship with God was never meant to be one on one, it was supposed to be two by two.

Let me explain. 
There was a Rabbi/Talmid Relationship in Jewish Culture that had gone on for years.  Jesus didn't start it, he adhered to this cultural norm within the Jewish society.  It is at the heart of how he did ministry and, I think, how he longs for us to continue to do ministry.
You see, a Talmid of Jesus' day would surrender his life in order to be with his teacher, his rabbi. The disciple didn't only seek to know what the teacher knew, as is usually the case today. It was not enough just to know what the rabbi said, but the foremost goal of any Talmid was to become like the rabbi and do what the rabbi did.
This is a huge distinction as it relates to the relationship between students and teachers today. You see, a student wants to learn and know what the teacher knows. A Talmid (or disciple) in Hebrew culture, however, wants to be what the rabbi is.
But there is another hist…

Not a Fan, but a Follower - Matthew - pages 252-259

John is sitting in prison waiting to be beheaded.  Like anyone who pours there life into a good cause, he was expecting a kickback.  Who could blame him?  He has spent his whole life sacrificing for God as the voice of one crying in the wilderness.  He was a zealot of the highest order, devout to beat the band.  In every human sense, he deserved special treatment and honorable mentions.  This was Jesus boy.  He was "the man".

And yet, when he was thrown into prison awaiting his imminent beheading, he had some questions creeping in that he wanted to ask Jesus.  They are questions of entitlement that any human being would have who feels God owes them something for their good behavior.

2When John heard in prison what Christ was doing(in Galilee), he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
Why did he ask this question?  Because he’s a human…not a hero.  
We are all humans…people.
Have you ever had someone ask yo…