A few years ago, we had a fish.

I say we HAD a fish because we don’t have a fish anymore. I killed it.

You see, I really wasn’t enjoying this fish, and it was getting on my nerves.

Some friends were over and I got talking about how annoying this fish was, and all the talk stirred the waters of my irritation.

So I poured bleach into the fish tank. The shiny little fish jerked and contorted, until I flushed it down the toilet. Poor shiny little fish.

Not my best moment. My self-control should have stopped me, but it failed.

Life can be so slippery. On one hand, the Bible says we, “have been given fullness in Christ.” (Colossians 2:10).

That means Christ has already perfected us, re-made us, completed us. In Christ we’re already as full as we’ll ever be.

But on the other hand, we’re still not living as we truly are. It’s like the rest of us is trying to catch up to our reality in Christ.

That means there will be spills and falls and the pain of growth.

As we learn to live out who we are.

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“A Christian is one who points to Christ and says, ‘I can’t prove a thing, but there’s something about his eyes and his voice. There’s something about the way he carries his head, his hands, the way he carries his cross–the way he carries me.'” – Frederick Buechner

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Be careful what you pray for

Chris Heinz —  October 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

Last week I challenged us to be praying for more love, gentleness, humility or patience.

Did you do it? How did it go?

Well, I prayed for more patience. And you know what happened?

I ended up behind the SLOWEST lady in the salad bar line. She inspected every lettuce leaf and every pepper slice.

And I was stopped at the LONGEST red light ever in history. It must have been broken.

And I was on the phone with the MOST FRUSTRATING customer service lady to have ever been hired.

Then I remembered my prayer. And I realized this was training. And the fact of training turned my whole attitude around.

You see, when we are brave enough to pray for a stretching of our character, God doesn’t just deposit more character in us. He grows it.

He sends the Holy Spirit to use our every day life to train us up into Christ, so that one day we see Christ staring back in the mirror.

So thank God for the slowpokes, the red lights, and the pesters.

“We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)

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There’s a saying that goes, “What you put in, you get out.”

We use this when trying to motivate our kids to stick with an activity: “Come on Johnny, unless you put time into karate, you’re not going to enjoy it.”

Or we coach ourselves with this same advice: “Okay Me, if I master accounting, it’ll pay off eventually.”

It’s sort of a cause-and-effect thing. We expect an equal return on our investment.

But there’s one area that defies this logic. It’s your Christian life.

You may spend just four minutes reading God’s word, but his living word transforms your world.
You may spend just three minutes in a worship song, but draw near to the God of the universe.

You may spend just two minutes in prayer, but it revives you for the day.

And you may spend just one minute thinking about Jesus, but you get swept up in his supremacy.

This is where the balance breaks down.

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Did you ever anticipate something so much, then you got disappointed because it didn’t deliver?

“Riverdance” was like that for me. At one time, Riverdance, Michael Flately, and Irish stepdancing was all the rage. Everyone was talking about, and trying to Riverdance.

So when Riverdance came to town, Colette and I got tickets. I was super excited. I did some stepdancing in front of my mirror leading up to it.

But when the event came…

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Looking for some testers

Chris Heinz —  September 30, 2015 — 2 Comments

In a few weeks, we’re launching a one-of-a-kind website to draw Christians into the one-of-a-kind Jesus.

We’re looking for people who would serve as testers…people we could ask, “Hey, what do you think of this?” and “Hey, can you do that?”

You’d have to offer honest feedback and keep your testing private. It doesn’t pay, but you’d be doing some real good.

If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll be in touch if you are needed.

Oh and please visit http://www.ChristNow.com right now to see what we’re planning.

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The boy with the waxen leg

Chris Heinz —  September 29, 2015 — 1 Comment

On Thursday, Jemar is having surgery. It’s an amazing story how he got to this point.

You may remember Jemar from my trip to the Philippines in May. I met him in Masbate, which is a small island about an hour’s flight from Manila.

Jemar had a bad infection in his leg, so I snapped a photo, and when I returned to the big island, I showed a missionary friend.

A group of doctors were at the missionary base that day, and after examining the picture, said he must get to a hospital in Manila right away.

I asked the LORD, “How would he get to Manila?” We had $26 in our ministry bank account. Then…

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I challenge you

Chris Heinz —  September 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

Today there are all kinds of challenge shows – singing, talent, dancing, cooking, ninja, even preaching, which by the way, I can’t figure out if it’s real or a joke.

Well I’ve got a challenge for you for the next week…

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A few weeks ago, we answered the question of where Jesus is right now, so let’s talk about what Jesus is doing right now.

Because what Jesus is doing right now is of ultimate significance. If Jesus is long gone dead in a tomb, it doesn’t matter how we live beyond trying to “memorialize” him the way we say about dead people, “I am going to do this because Grandma would have wanted it.”

If Jesus is a flimsy flappy angel (not the way angels actually are, but the way we imagine them to be), happily flittering away with nothing on his mind but what tune to play on his harp, he can’t do much in terms of the entire universe. But Jesus is neither dead nor flapping.

Here are seven things I believe Jesus is doing right now…

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There are no boots in Christ

Chris Heinz —  September 22, 2015 — 1 Comment

When I was in high school, I didn’t feel like I was enough. One of my attempts to fit in with the guys whose group I wanted to fit into, failed miserably. They were in the habit of wearing construction boots, jeans, and flannel shirts to parties.

So I came up with a plan: if I dressed like them, they would welcome me in.

So one night I showed up in boots, jeans, and flannel shirt, and courageously stepped toward them…

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