This Weekend @ The Gathering: When a Bulldog Speaks, Listen

This weekend @ The Gathering we’ll be continuing our brand new series, “They Promised Me Chocolate: The True Confessions of a Disappointed Christian.” We’re talking about pushing past disappointment to delight.

Last week we introduced this idea of disappointment; that we all get disappointed regularly.  As a matter of fact God sets us up so that everything that He gives us, no matter what it is, will ultimately disappoint us.  Why?  Because He’s mean and cruel?  No.  Because He doesn’t want us to find our satisfaction and our ultimate delight in the things He provides, and fail to fall in love with Him.

We’re going to be talking about a key ingredient in your life with God.  It may not be what you think.  It’s something that God requires.  As a matter of fact, it’s the only thing God requires.

God doesn’t require high morality.  He doesn’t require perfection.  He doesn’t require that we make promises that we can’t keep or make changes to our lives to make us more acceptable in His sight.  He demands one thing and one thing only.  With it, everything God has to offer is yours.  Without it, not even God’s mercy or grace will be yours on a permanent basis.  This ingredient is so important that we have to get our eyes set on it before we can move forward.  It is the key to understanding what I call the bulldog principle.

This weekend we’ll be talking about a unique individual I met when I moved to Huntsville, Alabama back in 1973.  He was a 93 year-old janitor who walked with a limp, was deaf in one ear, had two teeth, and was the happiest spiritual man I’ve ever met, before or since.  He had something that set him apart from all the NASA engineers around.

And what I learned from “Bulldog” in those days still holds true today, so many years afterward.  He had that one thing, that key ingredient, that “it” that unlocks  the life with God.  What is “it?”  Come and find out this weekend @ The Gathering at 9:00 and 10:30 am.

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