Brennon Manning – Deep and Delicate Respect

Deep and delicate respect for one another.  That’s how Brennon Manning in his book, “The Furious Longing of God,” describes the only true way that people will recognize true Christianity.  I got to thinking…

The source of anything good originates in God. Therefore…

Deep and delicate respect had to originate in the heart of God, first. It’s not a human invention. So…

We all know the importance of “respect.”  But, how can we truly give it?  By embracing the source of deep and delicate respect.  In other words, we embrace the fact that God’s love for us can also be described as “deep and delicate respect for us.”  So…

Know this: God’s love embraces you with deep and delicate respect.  Not the person you wish you were, or the person you should be.  God’s love embraces YOU (as you are) with deep and delicate respect. Right here.  Right now.  S0…

If you want to move out of the “poor self image zone” into the beautiful field of “What Can Be,”  (cuz He won’t leave you in the squalor of self hate) accept the deep and delicate respect of God’s love for you are right now.  That acceptance will lift you like magic to a higher place….recognizing you are seated with Jesus in heavenly places.

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Don’t let the (K)nots hang you…

K(nots) can have very positive purposes.  So can “nots.”  But, there are K(nots) that will hang you…

  • I’m NOT ever going to have any friends
  • I’m NOT gifted like other people
  • I’m NOT able to “quit smoking”…”(you fill in the blank)”
  • I’m NOT good enough
  • Etc, etc, (ad infinitum etcs)

Those are the kind of K(nots) that will hang you.  To focus on all the negative and seemingly unproductive things in your life will never bring you the hope that encourages trust and faith.  Some people believe that they are only being “realistic” when they boldly declare the K(nots) about their lives.  Unfortunately, the longer they make their beds with this kind of “realism,” the blinder they become to God’s plan, power, and purposes for them.

“I can do all things…through Christ…who has given me His strength.”   Before it’s too late…be bold enough to believe God would never lie to you…ever!

Start agreeing with His Words. It may not be easy at first.  It depends on how tight the k(not) has become around the throat of your mind.  But, before you are hung without remedy, begin untying the k(not) with your mouth, today!

The k(nots) don’t have to hang you.  Start, today, talking the truth of God’s word.  Insist on it.  Let the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be acceptable –  without all the (k)NOTS!

What are some of the “k(nots)” that can hang people.  Join the conversation!  Comment!

Who Does God Love (Like)?

Who does God love?  The make believe you?  The you that you wish you were?  Or the you that has so many inconsistencies that you are a disappointment to yourself, let alone God?   This may surprise you…

At least it will surprise your “religious” self…

God doesn’t love the person you wish you were.  He loves the “you” that you feel has no real redemptive value.

(just as an aside…He likes you, too.  How do I know that?  Because “like” is one of the qualities of love.  And He is LOVE in total.)

In fact, this may surprise you even further…

You may have heard this phrase, “God loves the Jesus in you” -or- “When God looks at you, He sees Jesus.”    Sorry, close…but no cigar.   When God looks at you….He sees YOU in all your inconsistencies and shortcomings.  He sees YOU.   And, He loves YOU.  He has since BEFORE Jesus touched your life.

<break….If you haven’t asked Jesus to wrap His arms around you and make you His…you can, right now as you read this.  Say, “Jesus, I need and want you.”>

Embrace the reality of your weakness. Don’t run from it.  Being honest and letting God love the “less-than-perfect” you is your only hope of being infected by the power of His raging love for you.  Once you have “the disease” and become “love sick” you’ll begin the joyous journey of discovering true freedom and authentic change.

How does this make you feel?  Please comment.  I want to know what you’re thinking!


When Are Words “Just Words?”

When are words, “just words?”  From yesterday’s post you will assume my answer is, never. But, oh contraire.  There’s another side to the story…there usually is.  Words are, in fact, “just words” when they are “empty words.”  Words are void of significance when they are not backed up with actions.

In fact…

Saying words is the easy part.  Embodying those words…demonstrating those words…living out those words….that’s the hard part!

Some examples:

  • I perform quite a lot of weddings each year.  One of the statements I make in describing the significance of the “ring ceremony,” is the fact that Love Covenant Law says, “The vows spoken are not ratified until there is a gift of value given.” This symbolizes that words, by themselves, are potentially empty, and the gift of value (giving of rings) is demonstrating that the couple is symbolically putting weight behind their words.
  • My church just finished putting our Core Values into descriptive statements that communicate well to the reader.  Core Value #3 states that we are, “Building Community Within a Culture of Honor.” – In other words Core Value #3 is  “We Practice Relationships Over Issues.”

It’s easy to craft those words (well maybe not so easy – it took hours to put the 5 value statements together): But now the part that is as easy as nailing jello to a tree on a hot dayEmbodying those words practically in each of our livesYou see if…

  • “I” don’t live those words out in demonstration personally as the Senior Leader
  • “We” don’t put flesh and blood on those words as a Leadership Team
  • Ultimately “the Sanctuary” doesn’t embrace those words with the practical commitment of accompanying action


The carefully crafted words are nothing but, “empty boxes” filled with hot sterile air….or not so sterile….potentially toxic.

So…yep…Words can be “just words.” It’s words that are pictured by a practical visual demonstration that are powerful.


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Love Your Tongue

Words do matter.  They matter a lot.  Words are never…”just words.”   Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of death and life.  And those who love it will eat it’s fruit.”   And those who love it will eat its fruit. I’ve heard a lot of teaching on the life and death part of the verse.  But, my attention is drawn to the second sentence, “Those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Here’s something to consider…

Life is what it is for you because of the seeds your tongue is planting.  If you love your tongue. If you pay attention to the words of your mouth.
How is what you are saying affecting your “space?”  How is what others are saying affecting your “space?”  How are you affecting other’s “space?”
How are you molding yours and others futures with your words?

Somebody recently said to me, “It’s just words” as if words don’t play a significant role in the direction of our lives and beliefs.

What do you see that God has to say about the importance and power of words?  How much power do you think they have?  In what ways can they shape or alter a life?   Let me give one scenario that takes us beyond the obvious “saying nice things vs. bad things.”  Here’s an example:  What importance do words play in the life of a teacher, or author?  What emotions to we control with our words?

What other things can you think of?  How can you love your tongue?   Please leave a comment.

Easy Is Over-rated

I liked “easy.”  It was a good friend of mine.  I loved hangin’ out with “easy” and it’s first cousin, “comfortable.”  That was…until I discovered that they lied to me, cheated me, and stole from me.  You see, I also discovered that they were often good entertainment; but they kept me from growing into what my heart desired me to be. Watch the video, and if you find my thoughts helpful, subscribe by RSS or email.  In fact, why not repost on your FB page?  Thanks! ~ Gary

Angels & Miracles Conference

I just finished the video promo and decided to put it up on my blog.  This event is going to be “of the hook” great!  Too many true Christians believe that God does miraculous things.  But, they don’t realize He is doing them through US.  As one of the testimonies on this promo video says, “I attended thinking it was going to be another circus.  Then He touched me!”  Watch the promo and if you can, COME, PARTICIPATE, LEARN, EXPERIENCE.

To register for the A & M Conference, October 28 – 30, 2010 GO HERE TO REGISTER.

Eyeballs Materialize

We need demonstration of God’s power, today.  Not just excellency of speech.  In fact the Apostle Paul said those words, himself, a couple of centuries ago…”not with persuasive words of wisdom.  But, in demonstration and power” (1st Corinthians 2:4).  If it was true then, how much more NOW?!

I’ve personally witnessed many, many verifiable miracles.  In ministry meetings in other countries;  But, also in my own church, Sanctuary Revival Center, Davenport, IA.

However, this one blows my mind.  Not only the blind seeing, but eyeballs appearing. Watch:

Ground Zero Mosque and Freedom of Religion

Let me first be clear about one important fact.  Jesus died for the world, Muslims included.  The focus of this post is not about promoting fear or hatred.  But, it is also clear to me that the Ground Zero Mosque is not about freedom of religion. It’s about domination of Islam. Here is why…

To think that building a Mosque at “Ground Zero” is demonstrating freedom of religion is a misunderstanding of Mideastern Culture.

The truth is…

For centuries, Muslims have built mosques on the sites of their greatest military victories.  The purpose was to celebrate their triumph over their enemies.

The ground zero mosque will be a clear signal and celebration of victory to the Arab World (I repeat, “I am not against the Arab race as a people and individuals…but, I do oppose radical Islam as a religion.)

The last words on the lips of the 9/11 hijackers were “Allah Akbar”(Allah is the Greatest)…and those words will ring out over the grave site of more than 2,700 innocent Americans day and night if this mosque is built.  To me, and 70% of the American public, this is not a signal of the Muslim world showing honor but, instead, dishonor.

I do not, normally, post a political subject matter here.  But, I don’t believe this is a political issue, nor a topic on freedom of religion.  It’s a spiritual issue and needs to be handled as such.  The scriptures say, “If my people who call on my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.” Do with this what you will.  But, first…check in with your own heart.  True life is about more than building a bigger, better, widget; Or, checking one’s own belly button lint to see if it feels good.


Desired Behavior Change

Most people like change about as much as getting a root canal.  (Just the words sound…<shiver>)  HOWEVER, most people also have things they would like to change in their behavior patterns.  Here’s some solid advise:

A change of habit is essential.  However, changing a habit requires practice.  You have to practice the new habit before you feel it, understand how it works, or “do it right” before that habit will impact your desired behavior change.

Most of us already know the little “change agents” that will move us the right direction. Most of the time we don’t “feel” like it at the moment we need to be practicing it.

So, stop waiting to feel like doing it before you engage the action part. If we wait for the feeling, nothing will probably ever change.  Scientific tests tell us that.  Practice of something must precede the feelings.  Always.  But, practice will usher in the satisfaction of positive change.

What other things have you discovered brought about some positive changes in your life?  Please share for everyone’s good.  Add a comment: