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Psalms 31:1-17 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly.

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4 Psalms 31:1-17 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 4 Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

5 Psalms 31: I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the LORD. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. 8 You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. 9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.

6 Psalms 31: My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak…. 14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." 15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. 16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. 17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you;

7 Worthy of My Praise I will worship, With all of my heart And I will praise you, With all of my strength And I will seek You, All of my days And I will follow all of your ways I will give you all my worship I will give you all my praise You alone I long to worship You alone are worthy of my praise I will bow down, And hail you as king And I will serve You, I’ll give you everything And I will lift up, My eyes to your throne And I will trust You, I will trust you alone I will worship, With all of my heart And I will praise you, With all of my strength And I will seek You, All of my days And I will follow all of your ways I will give you all my worship I will give you all my praise You alone I long to worship You alone are worthy of my praise I will bow down, And hail you as king And I will serve You, I’ll give you everything And I will lift up, My eyes to your throne And I will trust You, I will trust you alone

8 Worthy of My Praise I will bow down, And hail you as king And I will serve You, I’ll give you everything And I will lift up, My eyes to your throne And I will trust You, I will trust you alone I will give you all my worship I will give you all my praise You alone I long to worship You alone are worthy of my praise I will bow down, And hail you as king And I will serve You, I’ll give you everything And I will lift up, My eyes to your throne And I will trust You, I will trust you alone I will give you all my worship I will give you all my praise You alone I long to worship You alone are worthy of my praise

9 Everyone needs compassion A love that's never failing Let mercy fall on me Everyone needs forgiveness A kindness of a Savior The hope of nations Savior, He can move the mountains My God is Mighty to save He is Mighty to save Forever, Author of salvation He rose and conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave Mighty to Save

10 So take me as You find me All my fears and failures Fill my life again I give my life to follow Everything I believe in Now I surrender Savior, He can move the mountains My God is Mighty to save He is Mighty to save Forever, Author of salvation He rose and conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave Shine your light and let the whole world see We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus Mighty to Save

11 Shine your light and let the whole world see We're singing for the glory of the risen King Savior, He can move the mountains My God is Mighty to save He is Mighty to save Forever, Author of salvation He rose and conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave Shine your light and let the whole world see We're singing for the glory of the risen King Savior, He can move the mountains My God is Mighty to save He is Mighty to save Forever, Author of salvation He rose and conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave Mighty to Save

12 Hosanna I see the king of glory Coming on the clouds with fire The whole earth shakes The whole earth shakes I see his love and mercy Washing over all our sin The people sing The people sing Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest

13 Hosanna I see a generation Rising up to take their place With selfless faith With selfless faith I see a new revival Stirring as we pray and seek We're on our knees We're on our knees Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest [Chorus] Heal my heart and make it clean Open up my eyes to the things unseen Show me how to love like you have loved me Break my heart from what breaks yours Everything I am for your kingdoms cause As I go from nothing to Eternity [Chorus x2] I see a generation Rising up to take their place With selfless faith With selfless faith I see a new revival Stirring as we pray and seek We're on our knees We're on our knees Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest [Chorus] Heal my heart and make it clean Open up my eyes to the things unseen Show me how to love like you have loved me Break my heart from what breaks yours Everything I am for your kingdoms cause As I go from nothing to Eternity [Chorus x2]

14 Hosanna Heal my heart and make it clean Open up my eyes to the things unseen Show me how to love like you have loved me Break my heart for what breaks yours Everything I am for your kingdoms cause As I walk from earth into Eternity Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest Heal my heart and make it clean Open up my eyes to the things unseen Show me how to love like you have loved me Break my heart for what breaks yours Everything I am for your kingdoms cause As I walk from earth into Eternity Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest Hosanna, Hosanna Hosanna in the highest

15 Father Let me Dedicate Father, let me dedicate, all this life to Thee In whatever worldly state Thou would have me be Not from sorrow, pain or care, freedom dare I claim This alone shall be my prayer, glorify Thy Name Be glorified in me, be glorified Father, let me dedicate, all this life to Thee In whatever worldly state Thou would have me be Not from sorrow, pain or care, freedom dare I claim This alone shall be my prayer, glorify Thy Name Be glorified in me, be glorified

16 Father Let me Dedicate Can a child presume to choose where or how to live? Can a Father’s love refuse all the best to give? Let my glad heart, while it sings, Thee in all proclaim And, whate’er the future brings, glorify Thy Name Be glorified in me, be glorified Can a child presume to choose where or how to live? Can a Father’s love refuse all the best to give? Let my glad heart, while it sings, Thee in all proclaim And, whate’er the future brings, glorify Thy Name Be glorified in me, be glorified

17 Lord, Save Me 11 th Century Save me, Lord, King of eternal glory, You who have power to save us all. Grant that I may long for, do, and perfect those things which are pleasing to You and profitable for me. Lord, give me counsel in my anxiety, help in time of trial, solace when persecuted, and strength against every temptation. Grant me pardon, Lord, for my past wrongdoing and afflictions, correction of my present ones, and ordain also to protect me against those in the future. Amen

18 The River To the river I am going bringing sins I cannot bear Come and cleanse me, come forgive me Lord I need to meet you there In these waters, healing mercy Flows with freedom from despair I am going, to that river Lord I need to meet you there To the river I am going bringing sins I cannot bear Come and cleanse me, come forgive me Lord I need to meet you there In these waters, healing mercy Flows with freedom from despair I am going, to that river Lord I need to meet you there

19 The River Precious Jesus, I am ready to surrender every care Take my hand now, lead me closer Lord I need to meet you there Come and join us, in the river Come find life beyond compare He is calling, He is waiting Jesus longs to meet you there Precious Jesus, I am ready to surrender every care Take my hand now, lead me closer Lord I need to meet you there Come and join us, in the river Come find life beyond compare He is calling, He is waiting Jesus longs to meet you there

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31 The Cages We Find Ourselves in 1.The cage of the smiley face 2.The cage of the safe thing 3.The cage of the fast lane 4.The cage of doing ministry 1.The cage of the smiley face 2.The cage of the safe thing 3.The cage of the fast lane 4.The cage of doing ministry

32 Isn't it possible that Friederich Nietzsche, who announced the supposed death of God, might actually be right on this point:… "You have caged God, tamed him, domesticated him," Nietzsche wrote, "and the priests have pliantly lent their aid. The roaring bull has become a listless ox. You have gelded God!" But what does it mean to domesticate God? We all know what it's like to domesticate a wild animal. By confining the beast to prescribed limits and a routine that serves the owner's schedule, the once free and roaming animal has become an obedient pet. Now, of course, God is God whether we realize it or not. He cannot actually be tamed by us, but when enough people think they've done that, it is just as if we had turned the Maker of Heaven and Earth into a mascot for our own private or corporate games. Michael S. Horton The American Religion

33 Christapalooza 20,000 Christians Convene at the Gorge: God Doesn't Show BY RICK LEVIN

34 Christapalooza 20,000 Christians Convene at the Gorge: God Doesn't Show BY RICK LEVIN To be honest, I was…a bit scared. How does one adequately prepare to meet up with thousands upon thousands of Christian music fans, on their own turf and on their own terms? The best I could do was to throw my old leather-bound Bible (in a spirit of humility and acceptance) into my backpack, along with Stephen Mitchell's The Gospel According to Jesus (to maintain an open mind), some clean underwear, three gallons of water, a toothbrush, three packs of cigarettes, and a small dose of raw opiates (contingency plan for facilitating openness of mind).

35 Christapalooza 20,000 Christians Convene at the Gorge: God Doesn't Show BY RICK LEVIN The Gorge was literally transformed for the weekend into an impromptu strip mall for Christ, with eager shoppers partaking in a variety of blatant consumer activities, each one underwritten by God and bearing the consistent trademark of a muscular and belligerent Jesus Christ…. The incredible adaptability of Christianity to modern marketing techniques was fully evidenced in the logo- mongering and sloganeering that marked these products. The phrases and sayings emblazoned on the clothing … promulgated that brand of neo-Christianity which touts Jesus as a buff, [butt]-kicking man of combat, waging an eternal battle against Satan.

36 This iconic appeal to such gross capitalist sensibilities is one of the most tragic aspects of modern Christianity's loss of substance. Christ, as a spiritual product, has undergone a stunning military-industrial make-over, emptied of content and shrink-wrapped for the television generation. That this transformation has been enacted by the very same people who so righteously wave the banner of "family values" is beyond ironic. It's sick. It's everything Mark Twain and Friedrich Nietzsche ever feared about the Christian church -- greed and hypocrisy masquerading as righteousness….

37 War metaphors, corporate-label copycatting, and pseudo-hip appropriations of Hollywood gangster talk were all utilized…in the effort to sell the paraphernalia of this absurd Rambo Christ. The haranguing tone was extraordinary. And what was Rambo Christ selling? He was selling success, plain and simple. A way to get on top. Would someone please show me the passage in the New Testament where Jesus lays the groundwork for getting even and getting ahead in society? Where he tells you how to one-up the Joneses next-door? "You have caged God, tamed him, domesticated him, and the priests have pliantly lent their aid. The roaring bull has become a listless ox. You have gelded God!" - Nietzsche

38 I guarantee you Christ would be the toughest guy who ever played the game….If he were alive today I would picture a six-foot-six-inch 260-pound defensive tackle who would always make the big plays and would be hard to keep out of the backfield for an offensive linemen like myself. Fritz Peterson NFL lineman, Miami Dolphins On God’s Squad

39 Why do we want a “Jesus” like this?

40 Isaiah 53:2-3 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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43 John 6:34-42 "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.…” At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"

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45 John 6:43-66 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.… “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.…” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" …On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"…From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

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47 John 6:67-69 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

48 What are the consequences of following a “God of our creation”? Unrealistic Expectations Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

49 What are the consequences of following a “God of our creation”? Unrealistic Expectations 1 Peter 3:17 It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

50 What are the consequences of following a “God of our creation”? Unrealistic Expectations Unfulfilled Accomplishments Unrealistic Expectations Unfulfilled Accomplishments

51 What does “Jesus Uncaged” look like? 1.Jesus is really smart 2.Jesus has no shadows 1.Jesus is really smart 2.Jesus has no shadows

52 What does “Jesus Uncaged” look like? 1.Jesus is really smart

53 What does “Jesus Uncaged” look like? 1.Jesus is really smart Our commitment to Jesus can stand on no other foundation than a recognition that He is the one who knows the truth about our lives and our universe. It is not possible to trust Jesus, or anyone else, in matters where we do not believe Him to be competent…. And can we seriously imagine that Jesus could be Lord if He were not smart? If He were divine, would he be dumb? Or uniformed? Once you stop to think about it, how could He be what we take him to be in all other respects and not be the best-informed and most intelligent person of all, the smartest person who ever lived?...

54 What does “Jesus Uncaged” look like? 1.Jesus is really smart “Jesus is Lord” can mean little in practice for anyone who has to hesitate before saying, “Jesus is smart.” He is not just nice, He is brilliant. He is the smartest man who ever lived….He always has the best information on everything and certainly also on the things that matter most in human life. Dallas Willard The Divine Conspiracy

55 What does “Jesus Uncaged” look like? 1.Jesus is really smart 2.Jesus has no shadows 1.Jesus is really smart 2.Jesus has no shadows “We are so depraved that even our virtues cast shadows of vices” John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

56 What does “Jesus Uncaged” look like? 1.Jesus is really smart 2.Jesus has no shadows 1.Jesus is really smart 2.Jesus has no shadows “We are so depraved that even our virtues cast shadows of vices” 1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

57 How do we follow this “Uncaged Jesus”? Stop pretending in front of everyone Get OK with incompetence Get over your “supposed” maturity Embrace desperation Stop pretending in front of everyone Get OK with incompetence Get over your “supposed” maturity Embrace desperation

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62 Immortal Invisible Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

63 Immortal Invisible Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; Thy justice like mountains high soaring above Thy clouds, which are fountains Of goodness and love. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; Thy justice like mountains high soaring above Thy clouds, which are fountains Of goodness and love.

64 Immortal Invisible To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small; In all life Thou livest, the true Life of all; We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree; And wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee. To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small; In all life Thou livest, the true Life of all; We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree; And wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.

65 Immortal Invisible Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight; All praise we would render: O help us to see 'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight; All praise we would render: O help us to see 'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.


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