Becoming a Jesus-Lover

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It is a very good thing to be a follower of Jesus. But like people in the gospels, we today can end up following Jesus for many reasons: salvation, miracles, curiosity, etc.

Those are all good things. But they are not the same as actually loving Jesus for Himself. It is good to thank Him for what He does; but it is better to worship Him for who He is.

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First Love: Sat 2/6 Design Summit for Lent 2021

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Lent has always been a time for the followers of Jesus to reflect and prepare for remembering Christ’s death and resurrection. This year, in light of everything that has happened over the last twelve months, I would like to take that to the next level.

My dream for Lent and Holy Week (Feb 15 to April 6) is to host an online group devotional where every week we publicly model how to vulnerably encounter Jesus via His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood. Continue reading

TGR-S5E2: Discipled By Scripture

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This week on The Great Reset, we invite you to learn along with us as we try out a new practice of being cooperatively taught by God.

John 21:15-17 (study starts ~15 minutes in)

Question: How do we shift from intellectually studying God’s word to humbly obeying it?

Perspective: By submitting ourselves to be Discipled By Scripture together to Love More Like Jesus (“LMLJ”)

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TGR-S4E7: Loving More Like Jesus

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This week on The Great Reset the Biastes perform a retrospective on Season 4 by attempting to agree on a Purpose, and then evaluating their recent interactions in light of that Purpose.

We are followers of Jesus 
who invite you to join with us 
as we practice loving more like Jesus

Purpose of The Great Reset (Draft)

  • We are a community of Jesus-lovers who
  • Come together to learn how to
  • Love more like Jesus, and
  • Invite you to learn along with us

Retrospective Statements

  • I like… (what furthered that purpose)
  • I wonder… (what could help us do better)
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TGR-S4E2: ChatScaling

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This week on The Great Reset the Biastes* (and Biasta) try the “Critical Community Protocol” to address an urgent local problem, which might also solve an important global problem.

  • Question: What would it take to focus the whole Body of Christ on fulfilling His Commission and Commandments, by prioritizing the discipling of all peoples into loving as Jesus does?
  • Perspective: A decentralized network of self-replicating Christ-Centered Chat Circles
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TGR-S3E7: Great Works in Fish Bowls

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This coming Tuesday, August 18th (1pm PDT), the Biastes (and our new Biasta Janet) reflect on Season 3 as we discuss a concrete proposal for how to practice co-discipleship in Season 4.

Question: What in God’s name are we trying to do here?

Perspective

  1. Bring a greater experience of Heaven to all Creation, as we
  2. Publicly prototype, model & describe co-constructing networked communities of practice, where we
  3. Together find, refine & fulfill each member’s God-given calling, to
  4. Keep growing us all closer to Jesus; in love, likeness & living.
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TGR-S3E6: Re-Cognition of Discipleship

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We wrap up this Season’s discussion of the Biastes Co-Discipleship Network on the 1pm PST Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 episode of The Great Reset, by attempting to practice what we have been preaching.

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 disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.

John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Do you recognize His disciples in this conversation?

Question: How can we ensure we are following Jesus, not men?

Perspective: Deliberately practice loving all His followers as Jesus has loved us.

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TGR-S3E1: Money, Sex, Power and God (Oikotics)

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This Tuesday on July 7th, 2020 we kick off Season 3 of The Great Reset by introducing oikotics, a novel discipline that unifies economics, politics, psychology & religion.

Question: What is the most useful and healthy way to think about money?

Perspective: Money is the most decentralized mechanism yet for a society to distribute Resources, Status and Relationships. As such, it complements — and competes with! — family, religion, and the state.

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Redeeming Aphrodite: The Sword (Part 2)

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Continued from Part 1.

I follow Jesus through the back wall of the temple, marching straight toward where the goddess awaits.

She is there, unsurprised by my presence.  Beautiful, beyond all earthly beauty.  A slight mysterious smile on her lips.  She is wreathed in a flowing gown that enhances rather than conceals her perfect figure.

“Welcome back, Ernie.  Are you here to worship?” she mouths seductively, as her gown fades to transparent.

I smile grimly, pulling a sword from my belt.

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