Asher Witmer

rediscovering Jesus

10 Blogs Worth Following (and why you should) spilling the beans on a few excellent writers

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I’ve been writing on this blog for nearly three years and it’s awesome to see how God is using it to help others sort through tough questions they face so they can live more vibrant lives of love. My desire is to serve you as readers. To provide a platform for discussion as well as direction for where to go from here.

Part of serving you and giving direction includes spilling the beans on other blogs I believe you could deeply benefit from. If you enjoy following this blog, I’m going to share with you ten other blogs also worth following. This wasn’t preplanned with any of the authors–there’s no promotional strategy behind it. I simply want to let you in on valuable voices and excellent writing.

I’m excited to see more and more people take writing and communication seriously enough to start and intentionally maintain a blog because I deeply believe in the power of communication to influence the direction of generations, and blogging is one small, simple step we can take in communicating and influencing for Christ.

Nonconformity: does it matter? what the Gospel of grace is really all about

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Because of grace, there are no excuses for sinful living. Only, God is for us. Not against us. Too often we live the Christian life expecting ourselves to be more perfect then even God expects us to be. As if holiness is something we are to accomplish before we have peace with Him. But that matter was taken care of by Christ on the Cross. We have peace, period. We can now live in relationship with God, and it is from that relationship we find the ability to live as He designed, to obey Him from the heart instead of obligation as they did under the Old Testament Law.

We still live in a fallen world, though, bound by a fallen nature. Living as He designed goes contrary to our nature. We have been grafted in—we’re not a part of the trunk that gave us root. It feels more natural to live without Him.

It is within this context that Paul is writing in Roman’s twelve.

Nonconformity: a dangerous alternative how running away from legalism misses the point

Until our relationships accurately represent Christ, our doctrines will always be held in suspect.

Not everyone is rebellious, wanting to do their own thing. Many know the Bible and the God of the Bible and how He relates in love and grace, and when that isn’t being lived out in a community that focuses so much on trying to be like Christ, we feel something is missing.

But what if we’re chasing relationships at the expense of faithfulness? What if in our desperation for Christ, we completely miss Him?

Nonconformity: where we get it wrong how Christ doesn't call us to be different

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One of the internal conflicts those of the Christian faith wrestle with is that Jesus says His Kingdom is not of this world, yet we live in it. We buy and sell, eat and sleep, dress and bathe, use language and experience culture. Reading through the Gospels we discover that the way of Christ is of a new code of conduct, a lifestyle different from what we’re used to. But we still interact with others who do not live by that same code. How is this all supposed to go together?

We as humans have a tendency toward formulas. We look to them to answer our problems and use them to teach our lessons. Yet the issues we face cannot be solved by formulas. Life is too complex, too dynamic to fit into an easy step-by-step guide on how to live.

Unfortunately, though, we’ve tried formulas to resolve the conflict of following Christ, who is of another world, while we ourselves reside in this one.

What Does “Assimilating to Culture” Mean? and what's wrong with it?

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What are we talking about when we say we shouldn’t be conformed to the world? What do we mean when we talk about being transformed, or “holy.”

Can I tell when you are being assimilated to an earthly culture? Can I tell when you are assimilating to a heavenly culture (or mindset)? Is holiness something we dissect from looking at each other? Is worldliness something that can be prevented by keeping the external in order?

Does what happens on the outside actually reveal what’s on the inside? Is the heart the only thing that matters?

How to Know Your Calling living a life that matters - part 5

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We all long for a sense of meaning. Until you and I get a picture for how we individually fit into God’s plan of reconciliation, we will always settle for lesser pleasures that give just enough fulfillment for us to sense deep meaning.

Knowing a lot about God and what He created us to do doesn’t motivate us to actually do it anymore than knowing how to churn butter motivates us to churn it ourselves. Knowing our calling isn’t so much about learning facts as it is discovering God’s work in our lives.

Until we discover His work in our lives, the pleasures that following Him requires us to give up will always have a greater pull on our hearts then Jesus Christ Himself.

Radical Love: how you can tell a true Christian from a fake one living a life that matters - part 4

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If God did create, then His plan for my life is the plan that is most fulfilling. Because I am born with a fallen nature, I constantly trying doing life outside of His plan. I need saved. When I am saved, I become a part of a family that far transcends my immediate friends and connections. Experiencing more of God requires my continual engagement with His people.

Creation and salvation are absolutely fundamental for understanding life as God designed. Church, the body of Christ, is a critical part of going deeper with Him. But understanding creation, experiencing salvation, and participating with church are not enough to live a life that truly matters.

True meaning comes from radical love.

What I Believe About Church living a life that matters - part 3

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What is the point of church? With as many frustrations and variations in the Christian church today, is what we know as church really what God intended? Did He anticipate there being so many different denominations, different approaches to Scripture, and different ways of living out faith? Or this all some grand mistake? Is the church as God designed lost?

The Christian faith is a romance story. God refers to it as such throughout all of Scripture. Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, relentlessly pursues His beautiful bride, the church.

Do you see the church as a place you experience the agape love and redemption of God, or is church to you a place where you experience the brokenness of man? Does engaging the church of Christ feel like a natural overflow of your commitment to Him, or does it feel like an obligation of the Christian faith?

What I Believe About Salvation living a life that matters - part 2

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God does not have a reverse economy. Satan does, and we chose to settle for his perversion of God’s economy, God’s perfect creation.

Nothing exists that God did not create. No creature, no desire, no ability, and no pleasure. He made it all and it is good. The normal way life functions is the way God designed it to. We are the ones who reversed the economy of life. We are upside-down from what God created.

Lust is not our longing of something Satan created, but our settling for his perversions as a way of fulfilling our longing for what God created. In order to live a life that truly matters, life as God intended, we need a supernatural salvation.

What I Believe About Creation living a life that matters - part 1

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I announced earlier that I am starting a study on church: its purpose, how it should function, and the relationships therein. As I study, I’ll write at least one post a month about what I’m learning. To kick everything off, I felt it valuable to go back to the very beginning of that which makes up the church—mankind.

Over the next five posts I will be doing a series on what it means to live a life that matters. This series is not an in-depth exposition, rather a basic understanding of why man was made and God’s plan for him throughout his life. We’re going to start with creation, then look at salvation, then discuss the church, and end the series with two posts focused on ourselves individually and how we find our place in God’s eternal story.

In order to live a life that truly matters, you and I must first understand a few things about our creation.