I’m speaking at a venue called [mission] on Thursday night and the theme is [in the dark] which is a place that we frequently live.
—We are terrified of people being able to read the fine print in our story.
—We tremble at the idea of being exposed for who we really are.
—We get caught in the trap of confabulation.
—We value metaphors and concepts like the representation of the Phoenix but, are unwilling to admit the ruin that has been redeemed.
What is the most terrifying question that you can think of in terms of having to be vulnerable with who you are at the core or just the exposing of your actions??
I would really like your feedback on this because the questions that you would be terrified to answer are the ones that I’m going to answer from the stage through amplified sound.
Thank you for your participation!!!
- Unknown #: The bible warns of strong drink right... how do we know if beer of today was not considered strong drink in bible times.. Thanks I'm Justin.
- Dennis: Justin...? And maybe we're the "simple" ones that Solomon warns of.. What's your purpose?
- Justin: I just saw your youtube, I don't mean to argue I just truly wanted to see what u had to say. It's a topic I've been studying.. I'm not implying that drinking is sin.
- Dennis: I don't mind... Even if it was to argue! I have a lot of thoughts on the issue and would like to hear what you've been studying! Would you email me some of your thoughts (email@example.com)? This and most topics I love hearing new ideas on!
- Justin: Cool man, I appreciate it. Right on. Hopefully I can sometime this week.
- Dennis: Looking forward to it! If you get bored, my blog is @ dennisgable.com and feel free to argue there :) hear from ya soon.
- Justin: What do you think about what I asked you? I'm curious. I don't drink as a choice of mine never have but have good friends who do. I don't mean to argue.
- Dennis: I truly enjoy beer (and whisky) however, I have to keep a tight reign on my appreciation for them. I have battled this question very strongly on both sides as I have gone periods of time with no drink and periods of time with excessive drink. The bible warns of numerous things however its most explicit warning is that of a greedy, sinful, selfish, idolizing heart. That is my stance. If you are able to drink without it being your comfort or intoxication then carry on.
Hello, my name is Alan and I am a narcissist. I am a little nervous to be in here with the rest of you, not because there is anything wrong with you, I just don’t know that I am comfortable being here with you people. Please, don’t take that “you people” as a negative thing, I’m sure that you are great people but, this is me we’re talking about. I’m a pretty good Christian, I serve, I have coffee with people, I don’t sleep with my girlfriend, and I don’t judge you people either. I am constantly asking other people about you so that I can pray for you, please know that I wouldn’t gossip about you. And, when I condemn you, or come down on you spiritually, it’s because you’re messing up and it is my place to tell you. You know, Iron Sharpens Iron and I feel so blessed that God would use me to get your life back on track!
If you read this and it rings a little like this, “mirror mirror on the wall…?” then do us all a favor… get up from your computer, walk to the closest mirror and punch yourself repeatedly in the face until you bruise or bleed.
I often hear stories of people that strive after Jesus being condemned, bashed and beaten for things that are not sin. What troubles me the most about this is how quickly we are able to feel justified in acting this way because we have ran from a specific sin three consecutive temptation sessions. Big deal. Maybe your parents did you an injustice and just always told you how great you are… my turn.
You are wicked.
You are selfish.
You are proud.
You are ugly.
You are sinful beyond your wildest imagination.
I know because I used to be this guy, I kept everything in my little “sin closet” except for when some dudes would get together and all share our masturbatory moments of the week. Pride is something that I often struggle with, however, I have prayed for and sought out the wisdom to be more in-tune with my life of sin. This is not something that I have or will ever master but, the greater I view my sin the greater the cross becomes to my heart.
There have been some men throughout the course of history that would be able to boast if they chose to do so and here is one example: Paul, converted Jew and writer of two-thirds of the New Testament wrote these words to the church in Corinth, “on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.”
This might be my favorite line, “so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.” - Beautiful!
After your face heals, pray for this.
It is one thing to use a sinner as an example, no matter how righteous that sinner is, it is another thing to use the Messiah as our example: Mark 10:45 says, “for even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” If Jesus came to serve, being the one individual who could have demanded service and respect, we should probably do the same.
Paul sums this up beautifully as he writes to Timothy, “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of who I am the foremost.” Paul knew that he was the worst sinner that he would ever encounter.
I am the worst sinner that I will ever encounter.
You are the worst sinner you will ever encounter.
Your soapbox is starting to bow, step off of it, look to Jesus on the cross and resurrected from the grave. Focus on Jesus’ purpose, that He came to serve yet he owes us nothing!
*all sentences and phrases that are written to “you” are also written to me.
dennis alan gable jr.
A few weeks ago, I was posed this in an email “I wanted to start a conversation with you about Love. What is it?
I want to start this conversation about what Love is because your ministry boasts to be about it. This may sound sarcastic but please don’t take it that way. I’m actually really serious about trying to grasp what your take is on Love. Please take some time and help me understand.”
What a fantastic inquiry… I wish more people would be bold about challenging the “thing” that we choose to advocate. Now, I am going to give my definition of love from a biblical view, an experiential view and lastly what I would consider an overall world view. I will not necessarily be defining which of my views I am drawing from at any specific moment because although I believe there is a foundational truth of what love is that can only be seen through the lens of the creator, on some level they all have to coexist in order for love to be fully understood.
There are many different words and expressions for love. Some are justified and some are not. I have a much larger respect for cultures that have numerous words for the different types of loves that can be expressed as to where the English language only has one, Love. We love our food. We love our pets. We love our spouse. We love our children. We love our extended family. We love our friends. We love music. We love our cars. We love our houses. We love our clothes. We love our jewelry. We love television. We love movies. We love beverages. We love sports. We love Jesus. We love equality. We love charity. We love strangers. I think you get the point. There is no separation between the word we use to describe the feeling towards our best friends and our favorite food. So what is love, really? Is it an emotion, that can only be expressed toward another human? Is it an explanation of our like and desire of something? Is it an appreciation that draws us to our favorite hobbies? Is love all of these things? According to us, as humans living in 21st century America, yes.
Unfortunately, the tone in which we use the word is the only defining moment of the declaration.
Let’s try something, break down the word into categories used, and define it in each category.
Food: to love our favorite food must mean that the specific dish or genre tickles our taste buds to the point of complete consumptive satisfaction. Is it possible to have more than one food that you love? Due to the definition, I would say yes. What that means is that there are foods that take your mouth from a container for teeth to a watering hole of delight and those foods can be different.
Spouse: to love our spouse [which I don’t have, so if I’m wrong, correct me] there is a special expression that we use. We add the word “in” before we use the word love. We are [or are supposed to be] IN Love with our spouse. I’m not entirely sure how this plays out, or what makes it different. I thought I had experienced this, and maybe I had, however, my definition for such an emotion is this: To feel and express such feeling for one person without condition and without the fulfillment of their “love” towards you. I would like to believe that such a term as “in love” would mean that there is nothing unworkable as a team, no matter the obstacle, no matter the sin. This is very easy for me to say because I am not in love with anyone. Just above these words I mentioned that “I thought I had experienced this, and maybe I had.” I’ll explain, a couple years ago I was in a relationship like I had never experienced, everything that makes a good relationship seamed to be there, however, there was a disconnecting factor. Is this factor enough to say that I wasn’t “in love” with this woman and rather be explained as the most loving relationship that I had experienced and because of that I felt the need to give that feeling a title. So there is the story, maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, at any rate, someday I hope to enter into a relationship with a woman whom I can be in love with in the manner that I have layed out.
Friends: This might sound odd, but friends are like food and maybe anything else except the love of a spouse and the love for parents can fit into the food category of love. There are different experiences and attributes that bind our hearts to people, activities and things. I think because of the diversity we are able to experience we are able to love numerous things, and maybe I say that because “love” is the only word that comes to mind when wanting to express an overwhelming appreciation for, or desire of something/someone.
The general public: In order to truly love the average human I believe without a shadow of doubt that this has to be motivated by the creator of love, and come from the fruit of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. The only man to every truly love, purely, without selfish motive or ambition is Jesus which I would argue has to make him our foundation for such a love. What does this look like? A willingness to invest in to the people who are around you. An investment is a risk, it is putting something in without the promise of getting anything in return. Some investments are very fruitful and some end in a complete loss of all that was waged.
When it comes to food, sports, or anything that would fit into the stuff category, love is an enjoyment of and appreciation for that/those thing[s].
When it comes to people, Love is a compromise. An endless battlefield of sacrifice, honesty, trust and looking towards the future as opposed to the past.
What is love? It’s your turn to answer the question… I am not an expert and that’s not hard to figure out.