Lion Chaser’s Manifesto

24 02 2010

Got this from a friend today….great manifesto from the Mark Batterson “In A Pit With A Lion On a Snowy Day.”

The LION CHASER’S MANIFESTO

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Set God-sized goals.

Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Keep asking questions.

Keep making mistakes.

Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

Expand your horizons.

Accumulate experiences.

Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.

Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze a new trail.

Criticize by creating.

Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.

Don’t try to be who you’re not.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Quit holding out.

Quit holding back.

Quit running away.

Chase the lion!

Breathe In & Chase Out,
Chris

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10 Primal Days — The New Movement

16 01 2010

The next reformation will be led by millions of reformers living compassionately, creatively, and courageously for the cause of Christ. It will be marked by broken hearts and sanctified imaginations. And the driving force will be the love of God. A love that is full of compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy.

Mark Batterson proclaims in the new book Primal, “Amo Dei” will be the rallying cry of the church reformation movement. The english translation, “Love God,” will be the action taken in the four dimensions of the great commandment.  It is a love lived out that creates the ripple.  Millions of people will create the tsunami, and the world will be forever changed in the name of God.  This is when the Kingdom of God will usher in to move the holy spirit like never seen before.

I believe Batterson is dead on with this reformation prediction.  If you like fresh perspectives on biblical truths, Primal is for you.  If you like stories of real people living the truths out, Primal is for you.  If you like medical and scientific perspective on biblical truths, Primal is for you.  If you like to be challenged by biblical truths, Primal is for you.  The list could go on and on. I hope these 10 Primal days gave you a snapshot of the book.  Please pass this along if it’s made an impact.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





10 Primal Days — Strength of Love

15 01 2010

We are called to reflect God — His compassion, His wonder, His creativity, and His energy.  You cannot manufacture those things.  You can only reflect them.  Our love for God is nothing more and nothing less than a reflections of God’s love for us.

Mark Batterson brings a unique perspective to the great commandment in this 9th chapter of the new book Primal.  He unpacks the idea of our total & complete love in the 4 areas of the great commandment as strength not of our own…but His strength.  The idea that we can never love like that without His strength of love living in us.  It totally takes us out of the equation and puts God right in the center.  We are called to accept His love.  We are called to be guided by His love.  We are called to harness His strength of love, so we can reflect and give that back.

Loving God with all our strength is living in HIs strength.  But many of us never flip the switch.  We never receive the power He promised.  And without His power, we become nothing more than theological Christians.  Our testimony is reduced to our words.  Our impact is reduced to our abilities.  And not only is that less than exciting, it’s wrong.  Without His power at work within us, we cannot accomplish His purposes.

Have you flipped the switch?  How is His power living out in your life this week? We were never intended to live it out in our own strength.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





10 Primal Days — Sweat Equity

12 01 2010

“Christianity was never intended to be a noun,” Mark Batterson from the new book Primal. In this 8th chapter Batterson challenges readers to take their God ideas and put some blood, sweat and tears behind them.  This is where the power of loving God with all your strength comes in.

Those who follow in the footsteps of Christ ought to be the most passionate people on the planet.  The word enthusiasm comes from a combination of two Greek words: en and Theos.  It means “in God.” And the more you get into God, the more passionate you become.  As we learn to love God with all our strength, He doesn’t crucify our desires.  He sanctifies them and intensifies them .  God doesn’t find our desires too strong.  He finds them too weak.

What desires is God sanctifying in your life?  How are you pursuing them? Loving God with all your strength isn’t comfortable.  Loving God with all your strength will make you sweat…what sweat equity are you putting into your ministry?

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





10 Primal Days — God Idea

10 01 2010

Mark Batterson looks at God Ideas in chapter 7 of the new book Primal.  He looks at idea stewardship as the responsibility of believers.  It’s part of loving God with all your mind, and being in touch with a Creator who births creativity in us.  Batterson claims he would rather have one “God idea than a thousand good ideas.”  Just one God idea can create a revolution, but it starts with a love for God.

God ideas aren’t the by-product of genius, they are the by-product of love.  The more you love God, the more God reveals.  If you love Him enough, not for what He can do but for who He is, then God will give up His secrets.  Why? Because that is the essence of love.  The more you love the more you  reveal.  And there are so many secrets waiting to be revealed.

The great commandment is all about love.  Loving Him with all your mind means taking every thought captive for Him.  It means loving Him daily in real ways.

What God ideas has He birthed in you?  What are you doing with them?

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





10 Primal Days — All Your Mind

9 01 2010

Mark Batterson takes a look at loving God with all you mind in chapter 6 of Primal. That means asking the hard questions. Exploring curiosity and starting a dialogue with God. Some great quotes from Batterson here:

When you try to cram truth into the mind, it rarely gets past the short-term memory.  And it definitely doesn’t get into the soul…I’m afraid we’ve lost our holy curiosity.  We’ve settled for thoughtless theologies and mindless methodologies.

The quest for the lost soul of Christianity is  a quest driven by questions…Holy curiosity asks the tough questions, the honest questions, the questions everyone else is afraid to ask. God isn’t threatened by those questions.  He loves them.

What questions do you have? What are you wrestling with this week?

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





10 Primal Days — Live It Out

8 01 2010

The quest for the lost soul of Christianity always leads us back to the Bible.  Bud rediscovering the wonders of Scripture requires more than reading.  That’s where the quest begins, but that’s not where it ends. Not if you want to get it into your soul.  You have to meditate on it.  Then you have to live it out.  Meditating on it runs one-dimensional knowledge into two-dimensional understanding.  Living it out turns two-dimensional understanding into three-dimensional obedience.

Mark Batterson has a great perspective on living out faith in this 5th chapter of Primal.  You can’t just take in the word and not live it out.  We aren’t called to be the Dead Sea where the water only comes in and never leaves….leaving a stagnant body of water where nothing can live.

What are you meditating on this week?  How are you living it out?

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris