Introduction

For those who want to know more about what is inside the book, here is the introduction:

While following Jesus and abiding in Him go together, they are not the same thing. Following focuses on action, like obedience and service. Abiding emphasizes resting, remaining, living within. As we grow in Christ, we begin by following Him, just like His disciples. When Jesus called the Twelve, He bid them to follow Him. But as His ministry on earth began to draw to an end, He asked them to abide in Him like a branch abides in a vine. He asks us to do the same. We follow Him, but then we must grow to a place of abiding. The way we train children in the lessons of right and wrong, following Christ teaches us the basics of how we function in our Christian walk. We ask, “What would Jesus do?” and we focus on obedience to His word. But at some point we must move from milk to meat. We must allow obedience to flow from something rather than depend on it to get us to something.

I have never met anyone who feels they have too much joy or peace.

Does fruit come from striving or abiding? Does a branch strive to produce fruit or does it come from a healthy connection to the vine? Can we really have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control by trying harder? If so, wouldn’t we have already tried by now? (more…)

Livin’ the dream…

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  I’m sending a book proposal to InterVarsity Press.  I met an IVP representative at the AACC Conference who gave me an editor’s card.  After contacting him, he expressed a willingness to review my materials to see if IVP might publish my work.  I have been praying for 10 years to finish and publish this book.  I have finished it and am hoping this is the chance to finally get this material published.

My book addresses our need to break through our day-to-day Christian lives to experience the deep healing of the Abundant Life.  Life on this side of Eden is not what we hoped for.  It is not what we were made for.  Something is missing.  As we abide in Christ, we offer Him our hearts.  God, in turn, offers His heart.  We point to Him.  He points to us.  We give Him our pain.  He heals and restores us to wholeness.  We give our sin.  He gives His forgiveness.  We give our lives.  He gives His Life. We breathe out ourselves and inhale His presence, a fluid motion of abiding. This is the Abundant Life.  This is the Art of Breathing.   (more…)