A Stirring Christmas Video

I want to apologize for the lack of posts lately. There has been a lot happening – and I hope to have some exciting news about the new deeperChristian website soon (lots of great things in store soon!). We hope to have the new site launched early January with a ton of additional features, posts, and features. Please be patient (and in prayer)!

I recently came across this Christmas video and enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it with you. Note of caution: after the main video, there is a short announcement by the cello player in the video (one of the guys from “Piano Guys”). Please know I don’t support or endorse the additional video he promotes (and I don’t agree with his statement that the purpose of life is to be happy). With that said, I do think this is a great video haha.

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December 2014 Book Giveaway

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Several days ago I talked about Stephen Manley’s new book that has just been released called The Jesus Pusher: a 365 exploration of Jesus. Over the past decade I’ve had a hand in publishing over 15 books, and this may be the most excited I’ve been for a book I’ve worked on.

The Jesus Pusher is a daily devotional with short meditations and musings upon Jesus and the Word. Since 2009, Stephen Manley – one of my good friends and mentors – has written a weekly “Jesus Pusher email,” and now for the first time, an entire year’s collection has been combined into one volume.

Though it differs significantly from the classic My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, this daily devotional will encourage your faith and “push” you closer to Jesus.

As Stephen writes:

I am an undaunted, courageous, stouthearted, bold, adventuresome, brave, fearless, gallant, heroic, lionhearted, unafraid, unflinching, valiant Jesus pusher. I cannot help myself. He is startling and He has overwhelmed me. I do not speak of ideas about Jesus or historical information concerning Him. I speak about Him. I am a Jesus pusher! I am a mastered, possessed, addicted and obsessed Jesus pusher. There seems to be no way to quit. But who would want to? … I want to push Him on you. I want you to join me in this obsession. 

This month I want to give away 3 copies.

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The Need to Cultivate Daily Intimacy with Jesus

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I’m not married as of yet (and no, I’m not taking applications or set-ups either … at least at this time), but I do know that to have intimacy with someone requires a purposeful cultivation of daily intimacy.

Can you imagine a husband who schedules flowers and chocolates to arrive at the house every week but never tells his wife he loves her? While the wife may want the sweet morsels and stunning centerpiece, those should be the outflow of love not the replacement for it.

I once heard the story of a wife who went up to her husband and said, “Why don’t you ever tell me you love me anymore?” The husband, a bit perplexed, looked at his wife and replied, “I told you I loved you when I married you and if it ever changes I’ll let you know.”

The reality of marriage is that it should get better over time – the depth, love, and intimacy should grow more beautiful and rich – but the only way that can happen is to cultivate daily intimacy with your spouse.

The same is true with Jesus.

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The Jesus Pusher Book

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I am sitting here holding a proof copy of a new book I helped publish. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this release!

Since 2009, Stephen Manley – one of my good friends and mentors – has been writing a weekly “Jesus Pusher email.” Now for the first time, we have taken the first 365 Jesus Pushers and have combined them into a yearly devotional entitled: The Jesus Pusher – a 365 day exploration of Jesus. Stephen writes:

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Why I Refuse to Live My Life … and think you should join me

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Most of Christianity today is lived out of self-effort. Growing up in America, I’ve heard from a young age the concepts that

  • we can do anything we want
  • we need to pick ourselves up by the boot straps
  • we can be a self-made success

While it all sounds great, it’s not Biblical. I’m not suggesting we throw out work ethic and diligence (those are both important and Biblical), but we have taken the concept of I’m going to do it all and brought it into Christianity.

Christianity isn’t about what I can do for God, it’s about what He wants to do through me. And there is a radical difference.

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