the Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

I just finished reading the Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler.

It is a wonderful book filled with Matt Chandler’s heart for the Lord and for the Church to truly grab hold of the whole gospel.  And I most definitely recommend it.  Chandler writes in an easy to read, yet academic way that I found intriguing.

Chandler splits the book into two parts dealing with the gospel on the ground and the gospel in the air.  The gospel on the ground is basically Jesus coming to Earth to redeem people from their sins and bring them back into right relationship with God.  The gospel in the air is God redeeming all of creation for His glory.  He gives great examples as to why you can’t have just one or the other approach to the gospel in regards to evangelism and discipleship.  Both are needed.  Both are the explicit gospel.

The Explicit Gospel will bring you back to your roots and remind you of what really matters.  You should take time to read this book.  Christians in America need it.  And even if you tell yourself you already know what the gospel is, you should still read it.  Chandler does a remarkable job of bringing the reader back to Scripture, as well as using the thoughts of early Christian thinkers to inform the reader, engage the reader in theological teachings, and allow the reader to feel the responsibility to pass the message along.  He wrote a book that needs to be read.  And nonbelievers need us to read it, so we can be better equipped to share the gospel, the true gospel, to those without hope.

Explicit Gospel

Christian Hypocrisy at a Middle School Basketball Game

Recently I sat in the stands of a middle school basketball game.  A couple things happened that caused lots of emotions to rise up in me.

The guys were playing so well, with lots of determination and heart.  It was a joy to watch them play and see how much they have improved over the season.

But then the shouting started.

One of the coaches on the other team and lots of the parents were yelling at the refs and basically throwing fits.  It was embarrassing to watch.

First of all, it’s a middle school game.  The kids are learning the sport and are there to have fun.  No one is getting recruited to college right now.  No one is going to make it big in the pros because of this game.  It’s to learn the fundamentals, learn how to play on a team, and have fun.

Secondly, I’ve been to a pretty large number of sporting events in my life.  And even on the pro level, there are few times that the refs actually lose a game for the team.  You can’t control the calls the refs make.  So you better play your best and do what you can to win.  And in the end you know, whether you win or lose, you played your hardest and the refs are not to blame.  It made me think of something Dave Ramsey said recently about the financial situation in America.  He said you can’t control the poor decisions the government is making regarding our money and our country’s budget, but you can control how you handle your family’s finances and budget your own money.  You have to do your best with what you have and not get worked up about the things you can’t control.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely competitive.  Most people don’t know that about me because I’m an introvert and usually quiet.  But I am quite competitive.  Ask Spencer, he’ll testify.  And I love sports.  I get into the games.  But there is a line between being into a game and being rude, angry, and selfish.

Lastly, the school we were playing was a Christian school.  It was quite sad to see people who, whether they know it or not, are representing Jesus in our city and were making such a fool of themselves with their speech and anger.  It hurt my heart.

If I wasn’t a believer, I would have had another reason to not trust Jesus.  I would have seen the Christian hypocrisy and continued walking away from the Church.

We are all sinners and we will fall at times.

But by the grace of God, He forgives.  Sanctification is a process.

May my life not make people turn away from God, but turn to God.  To seek His face.  To follow after Him.

May the Church be the people of God we are called to be and stand out in our selfish culture for the glory of God.  May we be a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.  May we seek to be continually changed into people that more accurately reflect the splendor and beauty of our Lord.  May we always, in everything be about Christ.

A New Adventure with Juice Plus!

I first heard about Juice Plus from my aunt and uncle, who lived in California, about five years ago.  They spoke of this pill made of fruits and vegetables that gave them more energy and improved their health.  But unfortunately, I didn’t allow that news to stick at that time.  And about six months ago, my good friend Alice introduced me to Juice Plus once again.  Praise the Lord for her passion to share wellness with her friends!

Juice Plus makes so much sense to me because of the outstanding research that backs it up.  Seriously.  Read the articles and reviews about it.  It will amaze you.  (http://www.jpvf.info/JPVF.info/Introduction_to_the_VIrtual_Franchise_files/JPResearch-Summary.pdf)  The personal testimonies are wonderfully refreshing!  We live in a culture that promotes prescription medication, fast food, and poor health habits.  But Juice Plus provides an incredible alternative.

Since I added Juice Plus to my diet months ago, I am at peace knowing I am doing what I can to prevent disease and illness.  I know I am improving my immune system (which in the past has been quite awful).  I know I am making an investment in my future health and future children’s health.

JP

Fruits and vegetables can decrease and prevent disease.  Have you ever been told that?  I heard that for the first time from Alice a few months ago, and Spencer and I’s lives are forever changed.

My dad had prostate cancer seven years ago.  I was never able to meet my paternal grandfather because he passed away from prostate cancer a few years before I was born.  My paternal grandma had breast cancer.  My maternal grandmother dealt with heart disease and high blood pressure.

I, personally, went through a year of intense pain because my immune system would not allow me to heal from a couple surgeries from pilonidal cysts.  And then I became prone to staph infections.  Let me tell you, those were awful times.  And I’ve dealt with migraines for the past 10 years.

I don’t want to take lots of prescriptions throughout my life or worry about getting certain diseases.

There are ways to fight these awful results of the fall.  Fruits and vegetables can actually reverse DNA damage.  Incredible!

Juice Plus is not a vitamin, but fruits and vegetables in pill form.  (http://www.juiceplus-naturalhealthsupplement.com) Check out the label on the bottle…it says Nutrition Facts instead of Supplement Facts…because it’s food!  It allows your body to get the plant-based, whole foods that your body needs.  It bridges the gap between what our body needs and what we don’t feed it.

Check out some quick facts about Juice Plus here:  http://www.juiceplusfacts.com

And all this to say:  I am now distributing Juice Plus!  Spencer and I are excited about this opportunity and want to talk to you about it.  We believe in this mission to bring health and wellness to everyone around us.  If you have any questions about wellness or Juice Plus, please ask me anytime!

Here is my website:  www.sconnatserjuiceplus.com

Also, Juice Plus offers what is called a Tower Garden.  They are so cool!  If you are interested about growing your own produce, check out my website about Tower Gardens here:  https://sconnatser.towergarden.com

I hope I get to talk to you personally about Juice Plus soon!  Here’s to living life to the fullest!

YOU need to watch this A.S.A.P.

Spencer and I rented the documentary Forks Over Knives from our library this past weekend.

Forks Over Knives

I’ve heard so much about it recently, but we were waiting for a time to be able to watch it together.  We like to process things together and be on the same page.  So when it comes to health and wellness, we want to learn together and be on this journey together.

We sat down for 90 minute presentation of a profound claim that food can be your medicine, phenomenal research, and jaw-dropping testimonies and results.

This changed our lives.

We want everyone we love to watch this 2011 enlightening work.  Please.

There is no way for me to accurately relay the information that was so well presented on the screen.  The research, medical findings, and personal stories shed light on the amazing healing power of plant-based whole foods.

Read about it here:  http://www.forksoverknives.com

Watch it on Netflix.

Rent it from the library.

Whatever it takes…watch it.

And then let me know what you think.