Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Tale of Two Kingdoms

150 people meeting at
We represent two kingdoms. Ron Burkholder founding pastor
This world and following Jesus. This is a good reminder.
My story
I learned this in the marketplace. A willful suspension of disbelief. You need that to enjoy a movie. Batman or Fast and Furious
Some of us want to suspend belief to have success in the marketplace. We think it's too hard to follow Jesus in the workplace. Jesus said you can't serve God and money.
Daniel worked hard for the king.
Is positioning the truth in marketing a conflict?
How do you talk about Jesus without being offensive?

Daniel's friends were brought before the king because they did not bow to the statue. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."
Start with your allegiance and trust forward not the preferred outcome. I'm ready to represent Jesus no matter what.
Daniel knows lions eat people. In spite of that Daniel starts with allegiance.
Deceitfulness of wealth can cause problems. To layer Him in causes problems. Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."
Jesus still says there will be burdens. Don't start at the end and work backwards.
Many Christian feel compromised... Bryan Chappel

Daniel went to his friends for prayer support. Are  you In a fellowship of risk? To help you through difficulty?

If you can balance your agenda share it with someone. But be prepared when things change. It's difficult to live in Babylon.

Next week goals in the kingdom.
Is life in Jesus's kingdom better than this one?

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