January 2010 Update

Friends,

Wow…Another new year…Seems like we just did that…I’m getting old and so are you…All the more reason to give 2010 to Jesus Christ!

God is quite vivid in remaining us of our temporal nature…He reminds us that human life is like a vapor, a breeze, a shadow, a breath, a phantom, like the grass or the flower that quickly fades…If we have only average comprehension skills, we should get the message here…We’re not here to stay, we’re here to go and the implications are titanic! As a faithful friend said to me one time, “Live your faith huge, for in a few moments we will be with Him!”

So…It’s your call…What will you do with 2010? Again, I say we should give it to Jesus Christ in an extravagant, exaggerated, overstated way! Dare I say it? Can I say it without anyone getting too tense? We should give 2010 to Jesus in a radical way!

That’s what we’re talking about at the Int’l Church of Milan…Consciously, proactively, aggressively, vigorously giving ourselves away to our Lord Jesus. Really walking in His steps in 2010…No, really…Really walking in His steps…No, I mean really walking in His steps…You know, like we really believe our God is God and like He is an irrepressible promise-keeper! You know…radical (oops, I said it again), sold out, never look back, walk on water kind of obedience! You know, the faith-stuff we fancy ourselves doing in our quiet times, but never actually get around to doing… I say no more procrastination… No more hedging… No more half-measures… No more excuses…Just glad reckless joy obedience in 2010.

Do any of you take what God says seriously? God says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon the earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” God expects His children to live like they believe what He says! Like it matters…Like it matters more than anything else in our lives…So, I say let 2010 be a radical (oops, there it is again) all out investment in the Kingdom of God in every sphere of our lives…Let every aspect of your life be more about Jesus than it has ever been before!

So…Don’t just read this and think, well, Jim has gone over the edge again…I challenge you to hear what God is saying to all of us…Pray about it…And then do the radical (okay, I’m tired of apologizing) thing…Radically (I’ve been set free) live like you get the whole vapor thing…Radically live like you get the whole stewardship thing…Radically live like you really believe what God says about eternal reward…Radically point at the Bema Seat every day…Radically give 2010 to Jesus Christ…C’mon, you know you want to!

A little Italian seems appropriate…Sempre avanti! It means…Always forward!

Always forward with Jesus in 2010, for in a few moments, we will be with Him!

Not sure if all of you have seen our 2009 video…If not…Here’s the link:

Much love and every blessing…

Jim & Karen

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