Jesus concluded his parable of the two sons by saying, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes will enter the kingdom of God before you do.” This was a rebuke to the religious leaders who pretended to obey God like the son who said “yes” but instead lived with a “no” heart (Matthew 21:23).

These religious leaders like the Pharisees focused on the appearance of obedience to God while in their hearts hiding rebellion. This focus on behavior while ignoring or denying the condition of the heart is what I call “religious behaviorism.” Religious behaviorism is the opposite of “Deep Change,” choosing ‘cheap talk’ over ‘real obedience’.

“Deep Change” is a dynamic and transformational experience of God. The result reaches deeper than superficial improvement. We become a different person.

Begin with the feature study, then move to the daily quiet times, so you can develop the sense of destiny, understanding of purpose, and experience of God’s grace that is “Deep Change.”

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Russ Ewell serves as Director of BACC Next, where he is tasked with thinking about the future.

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