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The Christ Argument for Helping the Hurt Stranger

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Why were Samaritans the example Christ used to show who we are to love in his really big LOVE law? Looking for the answer to this question, I learned that Samaritans came from Assyria. This is the article I refer to that explains where the Samaritans originated from. This past Sunday in church, I learned […]

When No One Shows Up

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Have you ever felt like the man in the story Jesus told who threw a dinner party for his friends but no one showed up? Instead, each friend had an excuse why they could not come or did not want to come.  The excuses seemed important to that person, two had bought something that needed […]

Humanity or Vanity?

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Humanity or Vanity? The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14) presents two extremes of society’s hierarchal scale of judgment. One one end is the Pharisee, a man lifted up by others as a righteous man who follows in God’s laws and passed on traditions from one generation to the next. On […]

love hate jesus

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Jesus Christ: Love him or hate him? Jesus was a rabble-rouser who disrupted societal norms and the status quo. This is not the image of God who we often celebrate or lift up. We like to paint him as a picture of peace and gentleness because these characteristics are what he preached to all those […]

In Christ’s Sandals

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In Christ’s Sandals: Removing Willful Blindness and Seeing God’s Love “Everyone who is of the truth, listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” John 8:37 How frustrating it is to be seen as a stereotype. To be judged not for who you are, but by someone’s assumption of who you are […]

Love Comes Full Circle: Alchemy of God

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Love Comes Full Circle: Alchemy of God It began with wine and love As I listened to the pastor break down the miracle of Christ turning the water into wine, I found myself in an enlightened moment. As though a great mystery was being revealed to me and I wondered if it was showing itself […]

Churches Who Pay Taxes are Participating in Good Stewardship

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Taxes are functional and not evil. In America, taxes are pooled money from individuals that bring benefits to communities, states, and our country. Taxes are a financial tool designed to bring resources and services to all individuals who could not afford to replace such resources and services out of pocket as individuals. Churches have a […]

Stepping off the Pedestals of Christianity

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CHRISTIANITY IS NOT ABOUT SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS Are you using God like a shield so you can point fingers of blame?  Do you look at the problems of the world and shake your head, tsk and think, “If they had Jesus they would not act like this.” Then my next words will make you feel uncomfortable. […]

Pastors, The Church is Your Child

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Pastors, the church is your child. You can nurture, support, mentor, encourage, teach, and instruct your child, but you cannot do for your child and expect it to grow. Your child must be given the flexibility to make mistakes when it tries something new without the fear of being scolded and punished. You must have […]

The Book of Job and How We Justify Suffering Today – Part 2

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PART II: To Recap, in this conversation between legal professionals concerning why Job is suffering we have had one friend blame Job directly for his fate and another friend blame his kids. Neither have given Job the comfort he needs during this time of tragedy. It’s about to get worse. Keep in mind that Job […]

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