June 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm #63783
Have you all checked out Radical Acts? It’s our summer focus on living some of the teachings of Jesus. This is for anyone who longs to live the way Jesus lived and to experience some of the benefits of his teachings. We expect lives to change!!!
This space is for people of all faiths — or of no faith at all. I hope you join us…or even just check it out. And feel free to share these links with anyone who might be interested. The more the merrier…and the bigger God party!
This is the overview:
Here are the dynamic threads — where the real action is documented:
Songs that directly correspond to these teachings in fresh new ways:
And here are some true life stories — spiritual healings and experiences told in every day language that anyone could understand:June 9, 2012 at 5:07 am #64057
Wow this looks amazing, I think its a great opportunity to look at what Jesus said and did from a whole new angle and see how it can apply to our every day lives!June 9, 2012 at 11:27 am #64060
I have been so energized and inspired by all the comments people have been sharing, but this morning I realized that I haven’t been walking the talk the way I envisioned. I start today. I’m going to pick one Radical Act and dig in.
Anyone want to join me?July 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm #65874
I wanted to leave some feedback on the “Radical Acts” initiative that has been going on. First of all — wow! There have been some really powerful testimonies and stories shared there already! I’ve felt inspired to share one of my own, and have so appreciated all the many voices that have come forth to share their stories, too.
However, I also want to voice a concern. As it happens, I actually had this thought as kind of a knee-jerk reaction immediately when I first saw the Radical Acts program go live. Namely, that there’s a danger it can just devolve into a popularity contest where people are only sharing things for the love of applause. Many times, a truly radical act is just keeping these measures of personal growth between yourself and God, so I was worried that some people (like myself! lol. but others too) might feel intimidated or even excluded by seeing all the other posts that go up by those who are more extroverted or just have louder voices, and then worry that their own progress isn’t as worthy as some of the other “radical actors.”
But I kind of got over that feeling.
However, today, I’ve been revisiting that feeling again. And as I was thinking about some of these commands that Jesus gives to his followers, I was putting into practice some of them in ways that I’m not really comfortable sharing with anyone else. Sometimes it is important to keep it just between yourself and God, trusting that “your Father seeth in secret.” So really I just wanted to say, that I have two or three stories of putting into practice, in some measure, the “Forgive 70 x 7″ and the “Cast the Beam out of your own Eye” radical acts that I do not feel comfortable sharing on this public website.
And I should say, just in case anyone else has felt similarly, that you don’t have to share it on the web. What counts is that you do it, and know that your Father is proud of you.July 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm #65875
Well said Gordon. I completely agree. The point is not to TELL everyone just how radical you are, but to BE radical.
Some of the most radical people I know, have not taken the time to post. They are too busy being radical.
There is a certain level of humility involved with letting your works speak for themselves.
Having said that, I appreciate TMCYouth for bringing this goal to the front. It is something we all could be working more diligently to demonstrate on a daily basis…at least I know I can.July 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm #65908
Hey Gordon and Ian –
I hear your concerns. And we’ve heard from more than a few who are doing their best to live these Radical Acts, but are not posting about them. And that’s perfectly fine. The point is to live them! I’ve got a few ongoing that I haven’t shared yet either.
But we’re not shy about sharing most of our healings, are we? That’s what a Radical Act is, a healing experience. It’s living Jesus’ teachings in a very spiritual and fundamental way.
For instance, I’ve been thinking much more deeply about “FEED the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter strangers, visit prisoners.” I could go do all of those (and I have), but if I think it’s Amy doing it because she’s a good person for the most part, it’s different than if I see that it’s Amy expressing God–even if it doesn’t look different to anyone but me. And maybe if I keep moving more and more in the direction of Amy expressing God, the way those around me are fed and clothed and sheltered doesn’t have anything to do with me handing them food, giving them something to wear or taking them into my house. Maybe their needs are met more along the lines of the way peoples’ needs were met when they were around Jesus. Okay, I’ve got so far to go before I get there, but that’s what I’m working towards.
So the project isn’t about tooting your own horn, though some people could do that. But then they’re missing the point. The project is about a church family in the broadest sense (because this is a project for anyone who wants to join in) who supports one another as we do our best to understand Jesus’ teachings better…and put them into practice.
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