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Post  Admin on Fri 09 May 2014, 8:35 pm

May 9

Finding Grace

“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” 
GENESIS 6:8

It took five hundred years of walking with God, but Noah found grace, and that made it all worthwhile. Let us learn to do nothing apart from this amazing grace. It is better to wait five hundred years for grace than to work for five minutes without it.
What is grace? I teach people that Grace is a Man. Amazing Grace is simply Jesus living in me, doing what I cannot do. It does not matter if “what I cannot do” is save myself, overcome sin, love my neighbor, or build an ark. “For by Grace (Jesus) you have been saved through faith (trusting Jesus to do what you cannot do); and that not of yourselves; it (He) is the Gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). I am insufficient; but His Grace (Jesus) is sufficient. His Grace (Jesus) is more than enough. His Grace (Jesus) is Infinite Supply! But “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
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May 8

Through the Fire

“I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for 
Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 
2 CORINTHIANS 12:10

Now it does not say that Paul made himself weak on purpose. We do not have to seek weaknesses, infirmities, tribulations, temptations, or trials. We already have them. The key is how do we respond to them? We can fight them, or we can embrace them. Paul clearly shows us that it is not always God’s will for us to be saved FROM the fire. Often we are called to walk THROUGH the fire, with no assurance except that His Grace is sufficient. In the fire we learn that “Grace” is a Man, just like Victory is a Man.
To be delivered from weakness is one thing, but to meet Grace in my weakness is something else entirely.
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May 7

God's Progressive Recovery

“Rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” 
PHILIPPIANS 3:3

Self – meaning the innate tendency in man to put himself and his desires above God and others – is the real source of all wickedness. That explains why merely dealing with the devil is not enough to rid the world of evil. If the devil were to disappear tomorrow the problem of Self would remain. It is a condition that exists deep within every man, woman, boy, and girl. Although the Self-life is a formidable obstacle to the Christ-life, it is by no means too difficult for God to overcome.
Christ must increase, and Self must decrease. God is working to reestablish and recover that Heavenly Order in all things, beginning with individuals, then with a company of men and women, and ultimately extending to the entire creation, so that “God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). The Bible is the story of the progressive recovery and increase of Christ in the midst of a world gone astray.
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Post  Admin on Tue 06 May 2014, 8:28 pm

Elaine

Jesus told Pilate: "Everyone that is of the truth hears My
Voice."

Pilate answered, "What is truth?"

To Jesus, "the truth" is something essential to knowing
Him.

Jesus is so intrinsically "True" that He is called
"Faithful and True" and refers to Himself as "The
Truth."

Amazing, isn't it?

If you love the truth, you'll hear His Voice.

If you know the truth, the truth will make you free.

But for most of the world "truth" is a relative term.

For them, "truth" is whatever you want to believe,
whatever you need to believe.

It's all situational; there is no objective standard, no
principle, no foundation, other than each one doing what seems
right in his own eyes - whatever benefits Me, Myself, and I.

But really...

A lot of Christian don't do much better than the world when it
comes to "truth."

"Truth" to them is not what really is, but what they want
to believe.

They want to believe that God always wishes to make them healthy,
wealthy and successful, and so that becomes their "truth."

Their whole Christian experience is a house of cards that threatens
to fall down the moment a little gust of truth blows upon it.

The biggest symptom is: they aren't willing to follow the Truth
wherever the Truth may lead.

The Truth may lead you to contradict what the church teaches.

The Truth may lead you to say and do things that get you accused of
being "unloving" or "judgmental" or
"rebellious."

The Truth will make you free - but first, it may make you mad.

And for that reason, many believers, if they don't fall away
from the Truth completely, they simply shy away from the Truth, the
Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth.

Enough already.

Here's my question for you:

Can you make the radical adjustments necessary to be able to
receive more Truth, and to walk in the Truth of what you already
know?

Answer: yes, you can.

Join us Thursday to find out how:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/webinar

In Him,
Chip Brogden
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What Would Jesus Do?

“We know that when He is revealed, we shall
be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 
1 JOHN 3:2

If we are abiding in Him then we will be as He is. If we have put on the Lord Jesus then we are being changed into His likeness, we are being made into His image, and we are in the process of being transfigured.
After some time following the Lord we should not have to stop and ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” If we are being transfigured then that Light and that Life will respond spontaneously and effortlessly to any demand placed upon it.
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Post  Admin on Mon 05 May 2014, 6:50 pm

Elaine

Of course you know what Light is.

And you know what Life is.

And you know what Love is.

But in my experience, most people don't know how God designed
Light, Life, and Love to work TOGETHER.

This is the principle of the "Threefold Cord" revealed in
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Go grab this teaching now, because we're only going to make it
available for a few days.

After that, it will be included as a free gift for those who
purchase my new book, "Heart of Fire."

For now, it's a free gift to everyone on my list, just to say
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May 5

Victorously Positioned

“He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power.” 
EPHESIANS 1:20,21

You will find that the whole strategy of the adversary is to bring you down from your heavenly position in Christ and engage you on a fleshly, carnal, earthly level. To overcome, you need only maintain the ascended position with Christ. We are not trying to get the victory. Instead, we have been made one with Victory. If I enter into a room and sit down in a chair I do not have to wonder how I will enter the room. God has already seated us together with Christ; therefore, we do not have to try to enter in, rise up, or “get” the victory. Having already obtained this triumph through the Cross, we no longer have to attain it in our own strength. The Cross of Christ! What a marvelous provision it is!
Source: Embrace the Cross by Chip Brogden

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May 4

Knowing Yourself

“I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh) nothing good dwells.” 
ROMANS 7:18

Paul knew this because he knew the Cross. Do we know it? Those who embrace the Cross have acknowledged this in themselves and have surrendered their way over to His Way.
In what areas must we acknowledge this inability to do anything apart from Christ? It must not only be acknowledged: it must be truly seen, deeply felt, and painfully experienced in every area of our life, one step at a time. This is the work of the Cross. In our daily life we come up against situations that we cannot overcome in our own strength, or with our own wisdom. We need a strength and a wisdom that comes from Above, that comes from Beyond, that comes from Another outside of us and yet rises up from within us.
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May 3

Getting Direction

“They were forbidden by the Holy Spirit
to preach the word in Asia. After they had
come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia,
but the Spirit did not permit them.” 
ACTS 16:6,7

Our destination, as well as our departure, must be governed by the Spirit. How intriguing that the Spirit actually forbade them to preach the word in Asia and Bithynia! This ought to be proof enough that “need,” in and of itself, is insufficient guidance. The only thing that matters is being sent, and it is critical that we go only where the Spirit sends us.
The apostles were indeed sent forth by the Spirit, yet that same Spirit did not permit them to just go wherever they pleased. Later we see that Paul indeed went to Asia and a tremendous work was founded. This tells us that a “no” today does not mean a “no” is forever; nevertheless, when the Spirit forbids us, we dare not take matters into our own hands and go where we have not been sent.
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May 2

The Gate and the Way

“Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way
which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” 
MATTHEW 7:14

We cannot walk the narrow path until we have entered the narrow gate. But we cannot assume that because we have entered the narrow gate we are now finished. Most people lay stress on the gate, and their goal is to get people just far enough through the gate that they can claim salvation. But the narrow gate is only the beginning.
The narrow gate only opens the door to the narrow way. It is the narrow way which leads to Life, and few find it. Fewer still walk to the end of it.
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May 1
Healing the Spiritually Blind

“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” 
JOHN 9:25

We are the man born blind in John 9. It is not that he can improve himself, or gradually come to the place where he can see something. He is BORN blind, and he can see nothing but darkness until the Lord, the Light of the world, makes him see.
So many blind people hope to improve their seeing through sermons, meetings, and more teachings. But one moment of seeing is worth ten thousand years of learning. It is better to sit at the feet of an ignorant man who has seen the Lord than it is to be instructed by the most educated Bible teacher who is blind to the things of God.
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Hey Elaine!

You know I've been teaching about LIGHT, LIFE and LOVE now for several weeks.
But these revelations have been rumbling around inside of me for over a year now.
Last spring the Lord started dealing with me on this subject and showing me some new things.
So I did what I usually do: I wrote a book.
But this book is different from any other book I've ever written.
Here's why:
It's not the usual teaching book you've come to expect from me.
It's a novel.
I like to think of it as a "parabolic novel." Meaning, it tells a story while it is teaching spiritual truth.
Not a bad way to learn.
It's called "Heart of Fire: A Story of Light, Life, and Love."
This book is a Biblically and historically accurate account of life as a Christian in the first and second century, based on real people, actual events, and timeless truths that are as applicable today as they were then.
This book won't ship until next month - but it's available at a special rate if you pre-order now.
Click here to learn more about it:
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I am your brother,
Chip Brogden
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April 30
Created for Him

“All things were created through Him and for Him.” 
COLOSSIANS 1:16

In the beginning, when man walked with God, there was an obvious Heavenly Order in the earth. This simply meant that Christ was in His rightful place. When Christ has the preeminence, when He has the centrality and the supremacy, then all is well.
God created all things “by Him and for Him” and installed Him as Lord of All. With Christ in His rightful place the rest of creation could proceed. Six times in the Book of Genesis God declared that what He had just made was “good.” When the work was finally completed, God judged the final state of things to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31) and by far the greatest benefit of living under this Heavenly Order was the spiritual condition of man before the fall. Spiritually he was at peace with himself and at peace with his God. In a word, the state of things as they existed in the Heavenly Order was perfect. It was, quite literally, heaven on earth.
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April 289

God's Primary Purpose

“In Him dwells all the fullness
of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him,
who is the head of all principality and power.” 
COLOSSIANS 2:9,10

Everything God has done, is doing, and will do is aimed at bringing us deeper into Christ, to finish what was begun in us when we first received Him. God is the One Who brings us through the Gate, and God is the One Who leads us along the Path.
Everything God has done, is doing, and will do has the same purpose, and that purpose explains everything you have been through, everything you are going through, and everything you will go through.
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Post  Admin on Tue 29 Apr 2014, 8:30 pm

Elaine

You can learn a lot about someone just my listening to how they
talk to God.

John 17 lets us do just that - we get to hear Jesus praying
the night He was betrayed.

John is the only one who records His prayer, word for word.

Yes, it's THAT important.

What does it mean to you and me?

Join us Thursday to find out:
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April 28

The Real Meaning of Baptism

“As many of you as were baptized
into Christ have put on Christ.” 
GALATIANS 3:27

What does it mean to be baptized? It is to go down into death and to come back up into Life. We were baptized into Christ. The water of baptism does not merely signify the washing away of sins, but the death of the sinner. We go down into the water, and we are brought up out of the water. If we were to stay under the water for long we would surely die. But we are quickly lifted back up out of the “grave.” This represents death and resurrection.
The outward sign of water baptism is meant to represent an inward spiritual truth – that I am baptized indeed, not into water only, but into Christ. I died with Him, and I was raised with Him. If I am one with Him then His death is my death; when He is raised, I too am raised. God has placed us in Christ, and since we are joined to the Lord, we are one spirit with Him. The Branches will go the way of the Vine. The Body will go the way of the Head.
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April 27
Our God Delivers

“There is no other God who can deliver like this.” 
DANIEL 3:29

The Lord reveals Himself to us when we are at our end, when the fire burns the hottest. When we have reached the end of ourselves then He intervenes. He is committed to us there in the fire, because we are committed to Him outside the fire. As we have stood for His Will and His Kingdom in a state of universal compromise, darkness, and deception, so He will stand with us in our state of temptation, testing, and trial.
Toward what end? That the preeminence we have been proclaiming may be demonstrated. He will rise to the occasion and prove Himself faithful.
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Elaine

The Vatican has just declared two former popes to be
"saints."

I watched a television interview with the guy who researches
people for possible "sainthood" and he was asked about
the process.

They have to have at least one documented miracle, he said.

But they also have to be popular with the people.

How do they measure popularity?

By how much of their junk people buy.

For example, the more magnets they sell with the person's
face on it, the more popular that person is deemed to be, and
therefore, the more likely that they will be granted "sainthood."

And of course, the ceremony to officially announce the
newest two "saints" will cost tens of millions of dollars.

But it gets worse.

Last week in Italy, a giant crucifix dedicated to one of
these "saints" fell over fell over and crushed a young
man to death.

Very sad... but that's a graphic example of what Religion is
doing to millions of people every day: crushing them beneath the
weight of idiotic
traditions and man-worship.

I think it's really amazing that God considers all of us
saints.
Don't take my word for it; look up Colossians 1:12
and read for yourself.

"He has qualified us to be partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in the light."

So really...

It's all about walking in the LIGHT.

(Not who can sell the most magnets with their face on them.)

Included in the LIGHT is LIFE and LOVE.

And that's the topic of a very special (free) webinar I'm
conducting this week:

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Don't like what I'm saying about the Vatican?

Speaking the Truth in Love is part of walking in the Light,
too.

I love the saints - the real saints, not the "refrigerator" saints.

I hate anything that keeps the real saints in bondage.

I just needed to get that off my chest.

To learn more about LIGHT, LIFE, and LOVE, click here:
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In Him,
Chip Brogden
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P.S.  This is not the usual Thursday night webinar - this is a
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haven't shared with anyone yet.

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Post  Admin on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 8:20 pm

April 26
Two Destinies Linked

“He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 
2 CORINTHIANS 5:15

Not I, but Christ. That is the goal, and the Cross is where the process begins. The crucifixion of Christ is inexorably, inescapably linked to the crucifixion of the disciple. It cannot be otherwise. This is where everything that is Christ’s becomes ours as well. On the Cross the two are made one, and the destiny of the One is linked forever with the destiny of the Many.
There in the Cross the Head is joined to the many members of the Body; the Vine is made one with the many branches. “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17). Where are they joined? At the Cross. Paul was not there physically when Christ was crucified; yet Paul says, “I am crucified with Christ.” Obviously this is a spiritual union, a spiritual oneness.
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April 25

The Fruit is the Evidence

“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.” 
JOHN 15:8

An orange tree is an orange tree as soon as it is planted, even before it produces fruit. It is not an orange tree because it produces oranges; it produces oranges because it is an orange tree. The fruit is the evidence of what it already is. If it were to suddenly produce rotten apples then we know for certain that it is not what we thought it was. The one who has really been saved will produce “much fruit” and will “walk worthy” of their calling (Ephesians 4:1).
That is to say, the evidence of a “born again” person is not in what they say they believe, but in how they actually live. Even the phrase “born again” indicates more than just a change of heart; it represents a spiritual death, burial, and resurrection; a new life. Thus, no one can be truly “born again” until and unless they embrace the Cross, die with Christ, and are raised to Life in Him.
Source: Embrace the Cross by Chip Brogden

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Light, Life, and Love...

These are powerful, powerful principles that reveal the true nature
of God.

And once the Lord opens your eyes, you see them everywhere you look.

But because these three are so powerful, they are the qualities
most often counterfeited.

So we get...

False Light.

Feigned Life.

Fake Love.

I think we all need a refresher course in THE REAL THING.

Clear.

Simple.

Biblical.

That's why I'm doing a special webinar next week (free)
that explores LIGHT, LIFE, and LOVE in greater detail.

Not just each individual part.

The secret is how God designed them to all work together.

Interested?

Visit this page for all the details...
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In Him,

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special webinar at a special time with some special material I
haven't shared with anyone yet.

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April 24
Ever Learning, Never Knowing

“Always learning, and never able
to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 
2 TIMOTHY 3:7

If in our quest for spiritual growth our idea is only to learn a few facts about the Bible, glean tidbits of information from this preacher and that teacher, fill our brains with facts and fill our libraries with more books and magazines, we run the risk of fooling ourselves into thinking that we know and understand God – when it could be that we are ever learning “truths” without knowing the Truth.
Have you met someone like this? They seem to have all the right answers, but they have the wrong spirit. They tenaciously cling to their minute opinions and cannot be persuaded otherwise. Their knowledge has not changed them, except to make them worse: for now they are puffed up in the vanity of their own mind (1 Corinthians 8:1,2). True spiritual growth is characterized by grace (not works) and an increased knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). And, we maintain that this knowledge of Jesus Christ cannot be obtained by study, but is only granted by way of revelation.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden


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April 23

Satisfied in Full

“When Jesus had received the sour wine,
He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing 
His head, He gave up His spirit.” 
JOHN 19:30

The phrase “it is finished” here is a single word in the Greek: teleo. It means, “paid in full,” which certainly confirms that Christ has paid the debt of our sins in full. But teleo also means the process is completed; the work is fulfilled; in other words, “I have accomplished the purpose for which I came.” God is wholly and completely satisfied forever by the one sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. May we never be satisfied with anything less.
Let us lay hold of the complete victory afforded us through Calvary! Let us endeavor to enter into the height, depth, length, width, and breadth of this Cross of Jesus Christ!
Source: Embrace the Cross by Chip Brogden


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April 22

God's One Gift

“In Him dwells all the fullness of the
Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him.” 
COLOSSIANS 2:9,10

I am afraid that we do not truly appreciate the fact that God has never given us THINGS, but has summed up everything into Christ, having poured Himself into His Son. Having the Son, possessing the Son, being one with the Son, we have and possess everything God is. It never has been a question of seeking ten, one hundred, or one thousand different things from God.
If we do not know from our experience, we should at least know from the Scriptures, that CHRIST IS THE GIFT OF GOD. Then our experience will come into line with God’s Thought. If you are used to seeking spiritual “things” (love, joy, peace, anointing, power, blessing, etc.) then this message is particularly for you, but we all stand to benefit from being reminded constantly that Christ is God’s One Gift.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden

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Today at 1:48 PM
Elaine

Last week we saw that "the world" hates Jesus and hates
His true disciples.

Not those lost sinners, unbelievers and pagans...

When He says "the world" He refers to specifically
includes the religious world.

You know... the ones going to church and quoting Scripture about
"forsake not the assembling..."

Yes, they are part of the world.

And that "world" has always been threatened by the Light.

That's why Jesus warned His disciples that "THEY (the
religious world) will put you out of the synagogues..."

He also said that religious people will kill His disciples,
thinking they are serving God by doing so!

How does this apply to you?

Synagogue Then = Church Today

Judaism Then = Christianity Today

Killing Then = Cold Shoulder / Guilt / Shame / Loss of Friends Today

It's inevitable, if you follow Him long enough, and if you are
willing to go wherever the Truth may lead.

And yet, Jesus said you can be of good cheer, even with all this
harassment and rejection.

I'm very cheerful following Him outside the camp.

How about you?

Join us Thursday to explore this more deeply...
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April 21

Four Spiritual Seasons

“You were… buried with Him in baptism,
in which you also were raised with Him.” 
COLOSSIANS 2:12

We can talk about the forces of nature, observe its effects, and sometimes even predict what it will do; but we cannot control it nor do anything about it. Similarly, we can observe the spiritual truths, principles, and laws that make up the Heavenly Order, but we cannot control them or manipulate them to achieve our own ends. In actual experience the invisible seasons of spiritual growth may not be so cut and dry as the visible elements of our world.
Our spiritual journey will probably not correspond with the timely arrangement of the natural seasons. But the periods of life, death, burial, and resurrection in our spiritual walk are as vital to our spiritual growth as the four seasons are necessary to the life of creation. The Heavenly Order exists for our continued spiritual growth and maturity.
Source: The Irresistible Kingdom by Chip Brogden

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April 18
The Two Become One


“[God] raised us up together,and made us sit together 
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” 
EPHESIANS 2:6


Just as certainly as the Vine was crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended and seated, so the Branches were crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended and seated. The whole issue is: will we abide in the Vine and share in the overcoming, or not? Overcoming is bound up with abiding. The Lord says, “Live in Me, and I will live in you.”
Now the Lord says that overcomers will sit with Him in His throne. How is that possible? Because we are in Him, and He is in us: “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17), and “The two shall become one” (1 Corinthians 6:16).
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April 19
Every Spiritual Blessing

“[God] has blessed us with every
spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” 
EPHESIANS 1:3

All we have and all that we are as Christians is based upon our union with Christ. Apart from Him, we have nothing, and we are nothing. But in Him we are blessed with every spiritual blessing.
Think upon the ramifications of that. If this is true then we have very little to ask God for, and very much to praise God about.
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Elaine
The branches that live in the Vine produce real, measurable,
abundant, tangible FRUIT.

Jesus said "Works you will do; fruit you will produce."
It's not a question of "Being NOT Doing."
It's a question of "Being AND Doing."
The difference is...
It's not about the things you do (or did) out of bondage to
religion.

It's the things you do for love.
Legalism = I'm obligated to.
Love = I want to.
Big difference.
Go here to listen to the replay:
JOHN 15: ABIDING IN THE VINE
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In Him,
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Resurrected With Christ
by Chip Brogden
Scripture bears witness to a most amazing spiritual truth: that disciples of Jesus are the crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended, and seated Branches of a crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended, and seated Vine.
If we share in His death then we will share in His life. How could it be otherwise? What is true of the Vine is true of the Branches that are part of the Vine. It would be impossible for the Vine to be raised while the Branches that are part of the Vine to remain buried. So long as the Vine and the Branches are one, they share in both the suffering and in the glory that is revealed afterwards.
In the same way, when God made us one spirit together with Christ on the Cross, His intention was for us to experience both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. So Paul says that if we suffer with Him, then we will reign with Him (2 Tim. 2:12)...
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April 20

Friend of Sinners
“Jesus said to him, ‘Are you the
teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?’” 
JOHN 3:10

When you read the Gospels two things become quite clear. First, Jesus is undeniably, unquestionably GOD IN THE FLESH, Wholly Other. Second, the more religious you are, the less likely it is that you will see, recognize, and appreciate Him for Who He really is.
Sinners, on the other hand, had little trouble recognizing Him. The Samaritan woman may have been a despised outsider to the Jew’s system of religion, but it only took her a few minutes to realize that she had found the Messiah. The Roman centurion, an unworthy Gentile, nevertheless knew where to go when his servant was sick, and Jesus said this man’s faith was greater than anyone in Israel. The Syrophoenician woman had enough faith to ask Jesus for only a few crumbs from the table, and even though she was technically not a Jew, Jesus gave her everything she asked for. Yes, Jesus was indeed a friend of sinners, publicans, tax collectors, and women caught in adultery.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden

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April 17

God Rewards Our Reckoning

“Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed
to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 
ROMANS 6:11

We do not reckon something to be so after we see it happen, but before we see it happen. What happens if, right after we reckon ourselves dead to sin, we fall back into sin? Does this nullify the Word of God? Does this make God a liar? We can become disappointed and quit (which is what most people do), or we can repent and go right back to reckoning.
Here’s what happens: God rewards our reckoning. He delights to see us believing in His Word when it seems impossible! And so He says, “Very well, you have believed having not seen; now you will begin to see the truth of what you have been reckoning!” And eventually we begin to see that our reckoning begins to produce fruit. Sin will be broken, not just in theory, but in actual practice. Victory will be ours, not just in principle, but in fact.
Source: Embrace the Cross by Chip Brogden

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Elaine
I'm a little bit concerned because I've gotten a few emails
from people asking if there is a live teaching tonight.

The answer is YES, we are all set for tonight.

Some of you didn't understand my "watered-down fruit
juice" reference.

I just meant that you can always buy fruit-flavored sugar-water in
a cardboard box from the grocery store and drink it; but there is no
substitute for real, living spiritual fruit.

(Did you know that God is GLORIFIED by fruit-producing disciples?
So what do disciples that DON'T produce fruit make God look
like? Something to think about...)

If you haven't registered yet, here's the link:
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Below is the original email (in case you missed it).

-CB

-----------------

Elaine

We learned last week that LOVE CAN BE MEASURED.

It's oh-so-easy to say we love God...

To say we love God's people...

But the proof isn't in the mushy-gushy words we say on Facebook.

Love is measured by its fruit (being + doing).

Jesus said the ones who love Him will obey Him and continue to live
in Him.

And if you continue to live in Him, you will produce fruit.

Your "doing" and your "being" need to be in
alignment.

Too many people are laying down in the Light instead of walking in
the Light.

They are drinking watered-down fruit juice out of little sippy cups
instead of producing real, tangible fruit.

What happens when you don't produce fruit?

Your branch gets cut back until you become fruitful.

What happens if you don't continue to live in the Vine?

Your branch is "cast forth," withers, and is burned.

"You're scaring me, Brother Chip!"

No, I'm just repeating what Jesus said in John 15.

All the promises (and warnings) are right there in the open, plain
as day.

Only lazy people will be offended.

The rest will be inspired.

Join us Thursday to learn more about spiritual fruit-producing...
http://theschoolofchrist.org/webinar


In Him,
Chip Brogden
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April 16

The Precious Seed

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” 
JOHN 12:24

Everything accomplished by way of the Cross brings the fullness of Christ and His Irresistible Kingdom into the heart of every person who believes that He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). This great Gift of Christ has been deposited into the depth of the disciple the same way as a precious seed is buried into the soil. Contained within that seed is a bountiful harvest of rich fruit. But one does not plant a seed on Sunday morning and expect to find fruit on Monday.
The seed must surrender itself to the process of growth before it can mature into something that bears fruit. This amounts to a death, burial, and resurrection.
Source: The Irresistible Kingdom by Chip Brogden

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April 15

Only One Thing is Needed

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
LUKE 10:41,42

This One Thing relates to Christ filling all things as the Preeminent One. If we see that God is working all things together according to this Purpose of summing up everything into Christ, towards the One Thing, then we will naturally seek those things which are conducive to this, and we will naturally shun those things which are not.
Later we see Martha continues serving, but everything is all right – there is no complaining about Mary, and everything seems to go on as it should. It is not that service, fellowship, or preparing meals is a bad thing: it simply has to be in the right order. It is not that we cannot perform many good works and spiritual duties, but the work of the Lord must never have preeminence over the Lord of the work.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden
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Elaine

We learned last week that LOVE CAN BE MEASURED.

It's oh-so-easy to say we love God...

To say we love God's people...

But the proof isn't in the mushy-gushy words we say on Facebook.

Love is measured by its fruit (being + doing).

Jesus said the ones who love Him will obey Him and continue to live
in Him.

And if you continue to live in Him, you will produce fruit.

Your "doing" and your "being" need to be in
alignment.

Too many people are laying down in the Light instead of walking in
the Light.

They are drinking watered-down fruit juice out of little sippy cups
instead of producing real, tangible fruit.

What happens when you don't produce fruit?

Your branch gets cut back until you become fruitful.

What happens if you don't continue to live in the Vine?

Your branch is "cast forth," withers, and is burned.

"You're scaring me, Brother Chip!"

No, I'm just repeating what Jesus said in John 15.

All the promises (and warnings) are right there in the open, plain
as day.

Only lazy people will be offended.

The rest will be inspired.

Join us Thursday to learn more about spiritual fruit-producing...
http://theschoolofchrist.org/webinar


In Him,

Chip Brogden
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org
P.S. Our online classes are free, but your gifts help keep it that
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Post  Admin on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 6:21 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Correcting One's Course  

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of
season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great
patience and careful instruction."1

The following story has been around on the email for a
while but it isn't true. It does make for a good
parable however. "Once upon a time" there was a radio
conversation between two ships off the coast of
Neverland.

Ship One: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the
North to avoid a collision.

Ship Two: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees
to the South to avoid a collision.

Ship One: This is the Captain of a navy ship. I say
again, divert YOUR course.

Ship Two: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Ship One: This is an AIRCRAFT CARRIER and we are
accompanied by numerous support vessels. I demand that
YOU change YOUR course 15 degrees north, that's one
five degrees north, or counter measures will be taken
to ensure the safety of this ship.

Ship Two: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to be
carried away with my own importance, never blame others
for my problems, and always be open to correction and
guidance. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV).

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