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    dots Submission Name: The Heart of God.dots

    Author: UnspokenDreamer
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    dotsThe Heart of God.dots

    The heart of God is not that, “People would get Saved."

    And I know that might sound sketchy, but keep reading.

    God’s heart is that the lost and broken might find fulfillment, peace, prosperity of soul... that they may feel loved and cherished, that they would feel valuable and unique. God's heart is that all of the broken pieces of our lives would be put back together, and that can only come through Christ.

    Christ came to show us what eternal life looked like, not just eternal life as in somewhere else that we might get to in the future, but eternal, fulfilling, tangible life, right here and now. To say that the point is getting people to trust Christ is true, but it evades the essence of God's heart.

    Before Christ, there was a Loving Father with a broken heart for his children.

    The only way to find real, authentic, Eternal Life, is through Jesus, but we can't strive so hard to get people to "Be Saved" or whatever churchy jargon you want to insert, that we neglect to talk about the heart of the matter. It's not as simple as, "Jesus Loves you so much that he died for you..." I mean, thats true, but that doesn't quite say it, does it? I mean that doesn't even begin to explain the way God longs for us to be whole again... The point is that Jesus Christ is the way in which God is reaching out to us in Love, and Hope... Jesus is the expression of God's heart toward us who have turned away from him again and again.

    The 'Gospel' is good news because God's patience hasn't worn thin, his heart toward us is still Relentless Love and Hope. Jesus didn't die so that we would feel bad for him, he died so that he could make a statement that would scream into eternity, "I LOVE YOU!" A mighty roar that would drown out all the lies we have been fed from this world. And that statement has been echoing through the universe ever since...

    God is not Angry at you.
    He just wants you to know that you were made for so much more.

    © Tom Brown 2008

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      Hey Tom

    This is brimming with truth. Have you seen/read Rob Bell? He's got a dvd called, Bullhorn that deals somewhat with this matter and a friend of mine posted a blog on her Bebo with a quote from one of his books (Velvet Elvis, I think) about how the Good News is Good News and that that means it should be Good News for all, not just people who have accepted Christ. If we see others as Christ sees them, if we see their needs as humans, we look past any simplicity of getting them 'saved' and attend to their needs. I have so much to say but I don't know how to express it! Jaydee was saying how she sounds like a heretic when she talks this lingo. Are we church people so lost when it comes to getting people saved? If we spend time with Christ, if we get to know Him, then will not we want to save them anyway? Will not we want them to know Christ as we do and continue loving them as Christ does us?

    The numbers one is a big one too. Church growth is interesting and exciting sometimes but how deep are the relationships? Are all the new people in the church accepted into the community? Do they know what it's like to have good Christian friends?

    Just some things about how I feel and what I've been taught is important. It's important to know what's on God's heart and it is so easy to put a human lens up to it and interpret things ourselves. How different are our interpretations in light of the truth! I hear what you're saying and fully agree with you. I hope my points were coherently portrayed? Otherwise, just keep seeking the Kingdom, which is so much more complex than anything!

    God Bless
    | Posted on 2008-08-21 00:00:00 | by Camo Star | [ Reply to This ]
      God is not Angry at you.
    He just wants you to know that you were made for so much more.

    Perhaps the heart of the matter lies in demonstrating what God is rather than what God wants. Otherwise, the entire purpose of church as a whole lies in earning a significant enough number of "points" on a scale of righteousness to be considered Christian. And those who realize this usually become outcasts in their own 'communities' as well as risking being misunderstood among those they attempt to enlighten. Just my babble.

    | Posted on 2008-08-20 00:00:00 | by rws | [ Reply to This ]
      i like this.
    the heart of god isnt to get people saved.
    this has been my rant for a few years but it seems that my thoughts arent understood and i just come off sounding like a heretic when i voice them.

    there is no point in leading someone through an altar call salvation prayer if there is no follow up... if there is no showing/teaching/learning with them about the love of god.

    i always take the love of god right back to the garden. they ate the fruit and god didnt ask what have you done he asked where are you because he was about relationship... then right from genesis 3:15 the bible is a journey of god drawing his people back to him... back into relationship with him...

    one cannot "sell" god the way the church has been trying to do in recent years... the sales pitch being "love god... youre life will be easier" which was never promised at all.

    i think this is the point where i either stop this comment or rant for ever... i think i will stop.
    thank you for your post
    | Posted on 2008-08-19 00:00:00 | by Someones Epiphany | [ Reply to This ]
      The point of the matter is that God doesn't want to see the image and likeness of Himself built into us to die from too little use. He, therefore; sent His Son to tell us that suffering is a by-product of true love. Then as each unites each's suffering in a quest to copy Him there is that marvelous chain reaction which sits at His feet in adoration that our efforts brought us closer to Him.
    | Posted on 2008-08-19 00:00:00 | by realpoet | [ Reply to This ]

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