The Human Side of Jesus
Theme of the Week: Down-to-Earth Godliness
Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Who Said It … Hugh Halter
Hugh Halter is lead pastor of Adullam, a network of Christian communities in Colorado, and founder of Missio, an apprenticing network for the missional movement. He is the author of Sacrilege, The Tangible Kingdom, and Flesh—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He also speaks extensively, encouraging and equipping pastors in incarnational ministry and missional leadership. Hugh and his wife, Cheryl, live on a small ranch in Denver, Colorado, and have three adult children.
What he Said … The Human Side of Jesus
Can you picture Jesus smashing his finger, biting his lip, dropping to one knee, and wincing in painful laughter? Can you see him waking up in the morning, heading to the facilities (likely an olive tree), and looking around to make sure no one was watching? Can you imagine Jesus with gas after a bad meal of hummus and sardines? Reflect on him freezing cold, huddling next to his brothers or mother to try to stay warm. It's easy to picture him as a baby, but what about as an awkward teenager with raging hormones? What about a 28-year-old virgin who was maybe one of the last single men in his small village? Can you see him working long days with his father, going home exhausted, falling asleep, and then waking with a sore neck and swollen fingers?
If not, it will be hard to relate to him and even harder to live like him. If you see him only as God, you may worship him or study him, but you will miss the joy of emulating him.
Key Study Passage: Galatians 2:16-21
Adapted from Flesh by Hugh Halter. Copyright ©2014 by Hugh Halter. Flesh is published by David C Cook. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to not try to be holy in my own strength, but instead lean on the power of Christ's death and resurrection.
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