UPHEAVAL: Not to break you down, but to break you open…
QUOTE: “We can decide to build our life on God’s goodness, to hold fast to the truth that He is a good, good Father. I’ve come to believe that when God asks us to allow Him to break something open inside, it’s always so that He can plant something. He uproots places of pain, fear, anger, self-protection, etc., so that He can plant life.
If you’ve been feeling that disorder, that agitation, it’s not to shame you . . . it’s to heal you.
The upheaval is not to break you down; it’s to break you open.
It’s His persistent loving intention for you that moves Him to keep knocking on that specific door of your heart. The question is . . . will you let His light shine into that place?
He beckons us to be people who are brave with our lives. We must realize that in pursuing His bravery, ‘convenient’ isn’t really a word that’s going to get us where we want to go.
“So often we think God is just trying to get us to conform, when really what He is committed to is unbelievable transformation. If we could only enter the depths of his love we would find our lives deeply changed.”
“On Good Friday we discover a God who would rather die than kill his enemies. The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive, the cross is what God in Christ endures as he forgives.”
– Brian Zhand
HOW does the cross of Jesus connect to the problem of pain and suffering in the world. How did/does the crucifixion of God Incarnate, affect our individual lives, what could it mean for our own pain and suffering, and that of so many around the world?
Brad first looks at a number of artworks depicting the crucifixion through history, and invites the audience to comment on what they see. Some of the more modern images could be shocking for you. You can skip that part if you wish by clicking here:
“Most Christians are still living with an Old Testament view of their heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, ‘My heart is deceitfully wicked.’ No, it’s not. Not after the work of Christ, because the promise of the new covenant is a new heart.” –John Eldredge