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I got permission from one of the best bloggers that I know to share one of his recent blog post. All credit for this post goes to http://thewayitcouldbe.com and Chad Missildine. Post found at 25 Ways to Become a Christian Atheist.

The Christian Atheist: Someone who believes in God, but lives as though He doesn’t exist.  Someone who has gone to church for years but realizes their relationship with God has done nothing to change how they lived. Here is a link to Craig Groeschel’s blog with info on the book and how you can pre-order his new book The Christian Atheist.

I was a Christian Atheist for many years and had a blast (for awhile)! I picked up the below tips from personal experience and by watching others.  Live your life incorporating as much of the below as possible and you can become a Christian Atheist:

1. Don’t submit yourself to any form of accountability in a local church. Just set your own rules and whenever you don’t like something, just change churches….again.

2. Don’t ever open your life up to others. Instead live in a bubble and make sure all your relationships are surface level.

3. Go to church every time the doors are open. Listen really closely to the message, and then don’t think about it once you leave.

4. Blame the “church” for your lack of spiritual growth and don’t take personal responsibility for you or your family.

5. Make your kids go to church all the time, but don’t ever show them any evidence of your faith at home. This is a great way to create other Christian Atheists.

6. Don’t ever talk to anyone about your faith. Make it all an intellectual pursuit in your own brain, in your own world.

7. Be as divisive as possible with other Christians. Make unchurched people thankful that they have nothing to do with you and your arguements.

8. Be rude to waiters, kids, and poor people. Kick dogs too while you’re at it.

9. Be hateful all the time to certain groups of people.

10. Wear a cross around your neck while you defile God publicly with your body in public.

11. Make your kids your god and don’t ever serve any one outside your family.

12. Don’t serve anyone ever. Instead fill your schedules every night of the week with as many activities as you can.

13. Don’t ever pray. Hearing what God would have you do is way over-rated!

14. Don’t ever seek out truthful feedback from others about what they see in you.

15. Worship your money and your success. It’s all about you.

16. Judge people frequently and be thankful you are better than they are.

17. Say Christian things all the time like “brother” or “praying for you,” then never do what you say you are doing.

18. Have an emotional affair with your spouse and don’t ever tell anyone about it.

19. Blame the church for your kids’ lack of spiritual growth. Don’t ever take personal responsibility.

20. Put “Christian” on your Facebook or Twitter profile, then blend in with the rest of the world with what you post.

21. Don’t ever forgive your self or seek forgiveness. Instead, just try to be a good, moral person without God in your life.

22. Don’t ever listen to other people.  Talk about yourself during the whole conversation. This will give them hints that you don’t care about anyone but yourself.

23. Don’t ever engage with the Scriptures. Allow your mind to become numb to the things of God.

24. Place your popularly above your desire to be obedient.

25. Read about becoming a Christian Atheist from TheWayItCouldBe.com, then continuing to live out many of the above items.

What other ways can one become a Christian Atheist? Please share!


Chad, Thank you for this thought provoking, gut wrenching, heart transforming, insight, into “the cultural church.”

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Having spent the much of the past two days at http://www.catalystbackstage.com  it’s really gotten me thinking about leadership qualities. We all have leaders that we really admire and some that we just don’t care for at all, and I’ve found that the traits for each are common across the board whether they be leaders in nonprofit or for profit, the Church or corporations.
 
From everyone I’ve talked to over the past couple of days it’s become very obvious to me that we all know leaders that have traits that are admired and traits that are disliked, sometimes even despised.
 
For today’s “Fill in the blank Friday” question I’d like to hear from you all about is, what is the trait that you admire most in a leader __________, and what is the trait you dislike most in a leader _________.

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Insanity= doing what you have always done and expecting a different result.
Are you insane?
Am I?
How do you worship?
What do you hold on to?
God, is He our magic lamp, where we can do whatever we want? (8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;9 not of works, that no man (including myself) should glory. Ephesians 2:8-9)
Should grace abound so that sin can much more abound? God no! (1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?)
God, let your holiness abound so we can catch fire.
 
Insanity= I can keep doing as I always have, after all I said “the prayer…”
Love, acceptance-you define it, I have. They are different words, they have different meanings.
Love-Acceptance
I love, but according to God’s word with you in blatant sin I cannot accept you.
Does that mean that I don’t love you? No, I just can’t accept you as a brethren. If you are to be a fully devoted follower of Christ, my brethren and in sin you cannot fully know God. Like Paul explained to the church in Corinthians (1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife.2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present.4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. 6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-13)
Judgment is past. Where times past judgment has fallen and I hurt, I die where God has called me to.
God loves,
God demands,
Old testament,
New testament-No, wait that’s to easy…
 
Are we called to be happy or holy?
I don’t expect much response.
But when God shows up and we are not on our faces before him-Are you happy?
Will you be with me on your face before God-Are you holy?
 
Happy-Holy
You decide.
I choose Holy!

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David and Nathan
Every great leader, be it king, political, military, corporate, or ministerial has advisors that they keep close to in order to gain feedback and insight from. In my opinion, these same advisors no longer challenge “the king” for two basic reasons. One being the fear of retribution, the other is the comfort of complacency.
The Fear of Retribution presents itself when leaders become prideful they began to believe they need no accountability (i.e., advisement) to the point that anyone that dares to try and speak into their lives, or share their thoughts into the leaders decisions. The leader feeling threatened, feels a need to ‘do away’ with the threat. Creating fear in those that not only are closest to the leader, but that care the most about the vision the leader has cast, thus causing them to not speak into their leaders lives.
The Comfort of Complacency happens most often when the ‘advisors’ see themselves as being in such relationship to the leader that their advise is centered on keeping the leader ‘happy’ (non threatened). Because they are well taken care of this way and wouldn’t want to create ‘waves’ that would cause their comfort to be diminished. Thinking more of themselves then those that the leader’s decisions affect the most.
Not only should “the king” be challenged, but I believe it’s a must for greatness. Will I be willing to risk it all for those that seek my advise in order to help them achieve greatness? Would you? If we don’t we are simply left with mediocre leaders that have the potential to change the world with their leadership, but wont achieve their full potential because of our willingness to allow their pride to be established and strengthened or because of our unwillingness to be uncomfortable.

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One of the definitions of passion in Websters dictionary is a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. With that in mind I’d like to use this weeks “Fill in the blank Friday” post to not only share what I am most passionate about but to also challenge all of my readers to share their passion in life as well.
People and seeing real and lasting lifechange is what I am all about at my core. It goes much deeper than fervor or enthusiasm on my part. It is a full on passion. Not that I own or possess, but that owns and possesses me.
Now please share what your passionate about.
My passion is __________.

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Some thought it fell apart from the start but they didn’t push all in, they wanted to be on the outside looking in. If we are His (God’s) Church (ecclesia) in this place that we perceive as the body, His Body. Or are we in what just makes us comfortable? Example: Paul was beheaded, was he ungodly or did he not fit in?

Many of you preach or teach the New Testament as if it is all God has to say. I challenge you to read through First Samuel, one chapter a day and deal with what that chapter says to you. We had just gone through this in our LifeChurch Mens LifeGroup, it will break the way you think.

For now I submit this video to anyone and everyone. I would love your feedback here on the blog, because I don’t have all the answers and I have been where this video takes you. God, I don’t wanna be there again!

Any and all un-vulgar comments are welcomed. 

I wish I could but I don’t, always keep the promises I’ve kept, I wish I could, but I can’t, always give, whatever I have left, and now its all so clear, doesn’t anyone see what’s happening here?
 
**Disclaimer** This video is for all those that haven’t pushed ‘all in’ within the local community of believers to which God has called them. For those of us that have pushed ‘all in’, we look forward to seeing what God has planned for us.

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onethingdifferent

Stare at the picture above and find which sheep is not like the others. “Take your time…good job I knew you could do it!” That, my friend, is called discernment. Some of you might not have been able to be discerning because you did not want to pass judgment on the sheep. Maybe you feel that it is not your place to say if there is any difference between the sheep and that it is for God to judge. For those that believe we are called to be discerning, you followed a simple process. You put the suspecting sheep to the test. From across the room everything looks fine but as you come closer you start to see some differences. You just distinguished between the flock of sheep and a wolf in sheep’s clothing, which was pretty tricky since they are the same size and shape. But, you know enough about sheep to sniff out the impostor.

The world we live in is becoming one ecumenical lazy river of religion. Where religious deception abounds, how can we possibly discern the true from the false? So many churches, so many preachers. Here is a simple strategy for seeing clearly. Study the Word of God verse by verse. It is the measuring stick for testing all preaching and teaching. The more you know the truth, the easier it will be to identify or expose a false teaching.

Why is it so important? It was the apostle Paul who wrote, “…there are some that…would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:7-9).

The Apostle Paul was pretty clear with his continued warnings.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Having discernment means that you can separate truth from error. You examine teaching; you don’t believe everything you hear, but you test the teachings. Even the Bereans tested Paul’s teaching to see if it was in harmony with the Word of God.

You will never notice the counterfeit unless you know what the original looks like. The Bible is clear that there is only one true gospel and MANY false gospels. Don’t be afraid to contend for the faith. No one is above being tested against scripture, not even the angels. Test, evaluate, and examine the teacher and the message.

Discernment is your responsibility. Use your brain to reason what you hear against scripture. It should become a life’s discipline.

I John 4 1-4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

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