A synagogue leader named Jairus had a daughter who was dying. He went to find Jesus and when he found him, he fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come and heal his daughter. At that same time a woman who had suffered for 12 years with bleeding needed relief. She got close enough to Jesus, thinking if she could just touch the edge of his cloak she might be healed…she did and she was healed. Hearing about Jesus and his power to heal, a few guys couldn’t help but think of their paralyzed friend and how great it would be if he could walk again. Seeing the house Jesus was in was full and there was no way to carry their friend to Jesus, they climbed on the roof, made a hole in it and lowered their friend down to Jesus so he would get healed. Jesus healed him.

There are more stories like these but the point is the same – there was one common ingredient that drove each of these people to do what they did. This ingredient is one that I believe is missing from many churches and many Christians today but is something that, if we can reclaim it, would go a long way in the church thriving again.

That word is desperation.

These people were in situations that drove them to make a desperate attempt to seek out Jesus for help. Without Jesus they were doomed. Without Jesus they had no hope.

Whether we feel it or not and whether we realize it or not the same is true for us – we are desperate for Jesus. We just need to realize it. We need to reclaim it.

Too often churches and Christians have grown complacent and comfortable. We can pay our bills, pay the minister, and take care of the basics…so we coast along as if we have it all covered. Have we lost our desperation for Jesus? Have we lost our reliance on the Holy Spirit? Have we come to trust more in our own ability to take care of things than in God’s ability to use us in ways greater than what our own efforts can accomplish? In too many cases, the answer is yes.

What will it take for us to become desperate for God again?

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  1. Jesus died to give us REST meaning REST from whatever has struck churches of Christ in these (hope) end-times. The meaning of GOSPEL is “come to me all you who are laded and heavy laden and I will give you REST.” And of the twos and threes “Come (outside the camp) and LEARN OF ME.”

    Jesus said that the Kingdom does not come with observation: that includes religious observations claiming to represent the King of the kingdom. The WORLD population or the Kosmos are not those Jesus came to seek and save: He said that He was not OF the World and his Disciples (students) are not OF the world and will be hated BY the world.

    Matt. 22:14 For many [polus] are called, but few [little, small] are chosen

    klēt-os klētē (sc. ekklēsia), hē, convocation. The ekklesia which read and discussed material from a higher authority.

    Chosen eklekt-os picked out, select, dikastai, Not personally righteous but those who honored God and practiced social justice in their community.

    Acts 10:35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

    Matt. 11:25 At that season Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst HIIDE these things from the WISE and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes:

    1Cor. 1:26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many WISE not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

    If you can define the SOPHISTS you will understand the palpable sense of panic to SAVE THE WORLD which came on time c. ad 2000. Jesus came to give US rest FROM the sophists.

    Will He find faith when He returns? No, almost none. I believe those NOT OF THE WORLD are “lost spirits” who will automatically hear the code invitation and want to be baptized and have their spirits translated into a heavenly kingdom. They cannot be harassed or “raptured” or taken by violence into the kingdom.

    Cool it and take the heat off the lambs.

  2. The Spirit OF Christ warned about these dry and thirsty days in Amos 8 and Isaiah 5 for example. There is only one thing to fill and satisfy the DISCIPLES of Christ who are OF TRUTH or OF FAITH. We need to find the WORD and Eat it and drink it. Desperation leads to confusion.

    Amos 8:1 THUS hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
    Amos 8:2And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer FRUIT. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
    Amos 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
    Amos 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

    Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD,
    that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
    but of HEARING the WORDS of the LORD:
    Amos 8:12 And they shall WANDER from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east,
    they shall run to and fro to seek the WORD of the LORD, and shall NOT find it.
    Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for THIRST.

    WORD is DABAR, VERBUM as a translation of LOGOS, what is spoken or said, expressions, language, discourse, conversation, discourse, to a word, word for word, exactly, literally

    LOGOS The Greek speakers would recognize that as “of regulative and formative forces, derived from the intelligible and operative in the sensible universe, Logos is opposite of the desire for theatrics, Opposite of one’s personal experiences or opinion, opposite of poetry or an emotional style of treatment, opposite to epagoges or aids or spells incantantations, oration, preludes, Lexis as speech opposite Oide (spells), opposite to meter.

    Didn’t paul always say to SPEAK or READ that which is written for our food and drink. Jesus said His WORDS are spirit and life.

  3. I noticed that members of the first COHORT are forming a second COHORT: theologians and a few preachers bet their souls on the Anti-Regulative Principle. That gives permission to discord and tribulate in Biblical and historical proportions.

    It would generate some traffic to Wineskins if the warriors in the COHORT would explain why they are not subject to the Regulative Principle. They might discuss why God hides from the wise or sophists.

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