Who Is Jesus?

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“Love your enemy.”

“Blessed are the poor.”

“If someone strikes you on one cheek, let him strike you on your other cheek.”

As strange and as counterintuitive as these things may sound, these are all things that Jesus said – a person that more than 2 billion people believe to be God. Who was Jesus? What did He really teach? And how does a man who lived for 33 years in a distant land more than 2000 years go have anything to do with our lives today? The answers may surprise you.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Progressive Christianity

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Unfortunately Christianity has been politicized. Some politicians will tell you that we need to get back to our Christian values, while often other politicians will tell you that Christianity is a backwards way of thinking and is the enemy of true progress. But, what if I told you that neither of these groups is presenting the real Christianity? What if I told you that Christianity is actually the most progressive way of life, and if we lived out a biblical Christianity we would have a society full of unity, love, acceptance, and peace? Christianity is not a list of traditional truths, nor is it the absence of absolutes. Real Christianity is truth. Real Christianity is a rescue from all evil and hate. Real Christianity is the pathway to living life as it was designed to be lived.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Marriage

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Do you remember the first time you kissed your wife? It’s a pretty exhilarating feeling but what makes a first kiss so exciting isn’t love, it’s ego. When you first kiss a girl its not your love for her that makes it so magical, it’s the fact that she is kissing you. But once you marry a girl and are committed to her and to her only, and have kissed her 5,000 times well then all of the ego goes away, because you have nothing more to gain from her. So then when you serve her, and when you care from her, and when you kiss her, you really are motivated by love for her and not for yourself. You see love, real love, comes from a place of commitment, a lasting and deep, unbreakable commitment. It is why God designed marriage the way he did, so that people could really experience what it is like to love, and what it is like to be loved. I’m Jason Dees encouraging you to think through it.

ISIS

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Christians often ask me how they should pray when it comes to ISIS. Should we pray that they are defeated? Should we pray that they are converted to Christianity? It is interesting when I hear prayer requests from Christians in the Middle East who are actually facing the persecution from ISIS. Their main prayer request isn’t for the defeat of ISIS, but rather that they would stay faithful to the Lord despite the persecution, despite being taken away from their families, despite the threat of death. Even though many Christians are being killed in the Middle East right now, their courage in the face of persecution is proving their faith, and many who were previously far from God are coming to faith in Christ. An early Christian named Tertullian has famously said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” You see, it is the fires of life, it is the pain of life that proves the things we say we believe.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.