A Passionate Pursuit

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“Let Jesus change your core, then let your passions rule your life.” (Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings)

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~ Ephesians 2:1-10

How many times have you been told to “Follow your passion,” or “Just listen to your heart”?  Well, the truth is, this can be absolutely terrible advice! The Bible tells us that our unconverted passions lead only to darkness. Therefore, Jesus asks that we turn our passionate hearts over to Him. His plan is not to eliminate our desires but to transform them! As Jesus changes us at our core, we are able to release our passions through our work, our creativity, and our love.

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Pete serves the mission of ACTS primarily through vision-casting, communication, fund development, and leadership development. Prior to leading the Community of ACTS, Pete served churches in Ellisville, MO, and Phoenix, AZ. Pete gravitates toward the ‘A’ (Adventure) in the ACTS acronym. He loves to travel, backpack, mountain bike, and ski the trees.

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