The Deep Longing

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Why have so many Christians embraced the idea that
following Christ means losing individuality, creativity, ingenuity, and
the passion for excellence in all spheres of life? Too many believers
are trapped in “the ordinary” when God promised an extraordinary life!

In stark contrast, believers in the early church were
often mistaken for “gods.” What has happened to our power and
influence? Have we neglected our access to God’s ability and presence
purchased through the cross?

It’s time we lay hold of our core faith! Within each person is an innate desire to rise above the norm.

It’s no surprise we’re captivated by those who do
remarkable feats or possess super powers: Superman, Spiderman, Batman,
to mention just a few. Did you know that 17 of the top 25 blockbuster
films of all time tell of extraordinary feats and superheroes? Strength
and bravery capture our imagination and encourage us to believe in a
life greater than we’ve known.

How intriguing that the bulk of the most popular movies
of all time are not love stories, murder mysteries, espionage
thrillers, war movies, sports flicks, westerns or dramas. No, the top
box office draws are films that center on extraordinary characters
doing remarkable feats. Why? Because “extraordinary” is how we were
created to live. It was God’s plan from the beginning.

This extraordinary life is more than a fairytale, it’s
available through Christ. You see, more than a need to escape or be
entertained, there is a God-inspired longing in everyone for the
extraordinary! Within every believer is a hero waiting to be unveiled!

“My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what
God who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret
and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like
yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is
becoming known and talked about even among the angels!” (Ephesians
3:9-10, The Message)

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers
uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and
best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest
book is
Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live. More information is available at

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