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Christ in You, a Book Review

ChristinYouEric Johnson has written a powerful book that Christians need to read, with Berean discernment, searching the Scriptures as they read this book. Johnson examines the last section of Colossians 1:27, “Christ in you” sometimes adding “the hope of glory.”

Johnson’s premise is that Christians limit themselves because they do not understand the depth of what it means that Jesus dwells in them. Healings, miracles, and mighty works should follow Christians as they followed the early church.

Johnson writes,”After you turned your face to God, you were grafted into His bloodline and became His son or daughter. So rather than saying, ‘I’m a sinner saved by grace,’ a more accurate statement would be to say something like this: ‘I was a sinner, and grace is what has transformed me into a saint.'”

John writes to Christians, saints who have been saved by grace in 1 John 2:1: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” I wonder how Johnson would respond.

Yet, there is great truth in Johnson’s book. We sometimes define ministry as the work done through “the church” rather than considering our professions as a venue for ministry. He urges us to remove the compartments of our lives and consider it all ministry.

Johnson writes that our Christian walk is like setting a person with musical talent in front of a piano. Before that musical talent is manifested, the person must practice hour upon hour, month upon month, and year upon year. Finally, the person is playing at Carnegie Hall. Finally, the Christian is doing greater works that she ever imagined.

“When you realize who lives in you, you will be shocked at what can take place because you are not limiting yourself to what you think you can do.”

Johnson urges readers to consider their position in light of the fact that Christ lives in them, and to step out in the power of Jesus working through them.

I recommend the book to those readers who will search the Scriptures as they read it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, for an honest review.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Pastor Johnson and his desire to free Christians from the limitations that they have placed upon You and upon themselves. Guide readers as they ponder Your greatness and their walk with You. Thank You for loving us and for dwelling within us.

What’s a Patriot’s life?

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For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Matthew 25:14-15

Last night, Senator Mike Morrell, honored Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future. My husband, Keith Roberts, was honored as a Patriot of the Past Finalist in the Education category. Below is my nomination:

My husband, Keith Roberts, was a JAG in the United States Air Force for 22 years. He faithfully served America throughout the world, serving in the Philippines, Italy, on the East Coast, the West Coast and in the Midwest.

The Philippines during the reign of Ferdinand Marcos and martial law set the foundation that fostered flexibility, adaptation, and a can-do approach to Keith’s service, career, and life. The Philippines boasted the highest rate of Air Force courts-martial in the world. The pressure on JAGs was tremendous. The first week we were in the Philippines, Keith was called upon to travel into the jungle to investigate the crash of an F-16. The remains of the pilot were strewn throughout the jungle. That experience had a profound impact upon him.

I remember Keith preparing young airmen for military action. He prepared their wills and their last arrangements. If President Carter had chosen to send military troops during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Keith would have gone with those Airmen. His bag was packed; he had completed his own will, and he had all of his shots.

Fast forward to 1984. Keith was then stationed at Aviano AB in Italy. When the United States bombed Libya on April 15, 1986, we were there. We lived north of Padua, terrorist headquarters. Base entrances were guarded by soldiers in armored personnel carriers … 50 caliber machine guns on top and pointing at entering vehicles. He regularly drilled with a gas mask and protective gear in case of a chemical weapon attack. He was trained to jab his leg with a syringe filled with atropine. We kept evacuation kits for each member of the family … just in case. In Italy and the Philippines, Keith represented the United Sates Air Force as he worked with local and national dignitaries. Keith was recognized as a leader in the Air Force and in the community.

He began teaching at the University of Redlands as an adjunct professor while he was still in the Air Force. He was passionate about serving as a military officer, and he found that he was passionate about teaching.

After 22 years in the Air Force, Keith chose to serve others as a professor at California Baptist University while still teaching at the University of Redlands School of Business. A few years later, he became a full-time professor at the University of Redlands School of Business and has since become the Interim Dean of the School of Business.

Keith chose to serve America and preserve freedom rather than pursue a corporate attorney career. After his time in the military, Keith chose to lead those focused on teaching college students as well as to teach.

Keith chose a life of service. Keith Roberts chose to preserve freedom. Keith Roberts chose to lead and teach others.

Keith Roberts chose to live a Patriot’s life.

Keith Roberts chose to multiply the talents that God gave him and bless those he touched with freedom, knowledge, and a better life.

My prayer

Father, thank You for all American Patriots. Bless them with the knowledge of You and the knowledge that they have made a difference in America and that they are continuing to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank You for the many blessings You have poured out on America. Revive our souls; heal our land; let freedom ring! God bless America!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Father, thank you for the nurturing love of a mother. That kind of love is a great picture of how You lead us by the hand and teach us Your ways. Thank you for mothers. May mothers throughout the world know Your great love and reflect it. May their children bless their mothers and their husbands praise their wives. Thank You, Lord!

How do your children celebrate Mother’s Day?

Where do you find your joy?

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At an event, I had the pleasure of hosting a table that focused on joy. I asked passersby to write on a flipchart where they found their joy.

To my delight, the first person stopped, smiled, and wrote “Jesus.” Most wrote, “grandchildren” and “family.”

Some struggled to think of something that brought them joy.

I watched men and women take the pen, smile, and write about their joy. Some giggled and hugged their friends or spouses. Children grabbed the pen from their mothers and proudly noted their joy.

They pointed to the hearts and scribbles that others had written and smiled at each other.

There was something special about writing on this communal memorial to joy.

My prayer

Father, thank You that You have set joy before Your children in abundance. Help us to spread Your joy to others and to revel in the joy in Your hand and the joy set before us. We love You, Lord.

Where do you find your joy?

Have you tasted God’s goodness?

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Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (ESV)

David killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, and saved the Israelites from defeat. Years later, David fled from King Saul into the land of the Philistines. Soon, the Philistines recognized him and brought him before the king. David acted insane, and the king released him. Psalm 34 is David’s response to God upon his release.

I enjoy eating. I especially enjoy the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes of vegetables and fruits. I spend hours chopping red, green, orange and purple vegetables. Cooking rainbows of color is my delight as I get ready for a family gathering. We savor the meal as we focus on each other. These meals help us understand each other better.

One day, I was asked to close my eyes and open my hand as someone dropped something into my hand. I was then asked to smell it, put it in my mouth and taste it without eating it. My thoughts were focused upon what was in my mouth, and it became sweeter as it melted in my mouth. I knew this piece of chocolate candy intimately. I understood its goodness.

David tasted God’s goodness like melting chocolate lingering in his mouth.

Have you tasted God’s goodness?

Thought for the Day

When we focus upon God, we understand God’s goodness.

My prayer

O God, help us to savor Your goodness. Your goodness fills our world with pleasures that delight our senses. Your goodness wraps us in Your love and peace. In the midst of our troubles, we take refuge in You and taste Your goodness. Thank You, Lord!

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