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Stay Strong in the Lord

Don't live a backwards life, live a courageous life.


I think the older I get the more intense I get about this, because I feel like we do things backwards in the Christian church. A lot of times we do these radical, amazing things for Jesus when we're eighteen to twenty-five, and then we start to mellow out. We get more and more comfortable and there are fewer and fewer things we do by faith. I look at that and I think that's so backwards, because I'm turning forty-seven this year and I think, You know, I'm getting closer. I'm getting closer to that moment when I'm going to see him, I'm going to stand in his presence and there's nothing left. If you know you're getting closer and closer to the end, wouldn't you get more urgent and think, You know what, I don't even care anymore.

That's the way I've been trying to live my life because let me take the number sixty, for example. I started looking at my life and thinking as if I only have thirteen years left. Then I started looking at my schedule and with thirteen years left on this earth before I stand before God, is this a good use of my time? Is this a good use of my time? I'll even pray about this morning, God, I don't want to waste this time. If I've got thirteen years I don't know if I'll come back here. This could be the last time. I know this will be the last time I see some of your faces. So what is the most loving thing I could say to you in this brief time, because I don't want to waste a minute.

My wife described it perfectly. We were speaking together at a marriage retreat, and she came up with this analogy. "Being married to Francis, you ever watch that TV show The Amazing Race? It's this competition where you pair up with ...

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Francis Chan is former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and author of Crazy Love and Forgotten God.

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Craig Howard

May 05, 2018  3:53pm

What he describes is so easy to fall into. I will be 60 this year and understand to well what he is describing. After 38 years of ministry it is a subtle trap. Thanks for the kick in the pants Francis!

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Marty Johnson

June 18, 2016  11:10pm

I don't find the idea of Jesus coming up to Francis 'as a human' to greet him as suprising. The idea that he's on his throne with countless angels singing as a distraction, does. Christ ascended in the flesh, pierced hands and feet, the marriage of God and humanity forever. He is us and we are in Him. John tells us in his revelation that there is no temple in heaven - for God and the Lamb are that place where man meets with God. The idea of us perhaps running into God in heaven someday makes me sad. I admire Chans drive for excellence, but lacking in this message is the reality of what we already have in Christ - intimacy.

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mark hoffmann

November 18, 2014  8:47am

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I. God is actively looking for courageous people

II. An example of courageous living

III. Relying on self rather than God

IV. Becoming Calebs not Asas