It’s a worry if the church simply transfers the exhausting, life-draining, joy-sucking demands of the rest of life to its own agenda and programs. The Gospel demands that people need something very different than to feel that their church sees them as a resource to meet their goals. Worse still, the thought that coming to …

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When a leper seeks Jesus, the leper wants one thing – not a change in social status – not a change in health – what the leper wants is Jesus. From Rosaria Butterfield. “And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean’” (Luke 5:13). That touch changed the man. But …

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If Jesus had atoned for it, stop living in misery over it. Live like someone who’s been forgiven of something they never thought they’d be forgiven for. From Steve Brown (who makes me smile). If You Want To Kill The Gospel, Add A Bit Of Religious Gloom. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, …

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Hallelujah is a song composed by Leonard Cohen and performed by hundreds of popular music artists. Come Christmas time you may hear another set of lyrics that have been composed as a seasonal (Christian) version. If you want to know more about the background of the song this Mental Floss article has a few facts …

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The sacraments of modern culture are personal achievements, measured, quantified, compared. But they are not enough to provide a satisfaction that we have connection with eternity. There is no rest, only striving. The good news is something better than that. From Chad Bird: In the kingdom of the almighty number, where the first are first …

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Finding security in our ability to successfully construct a life is destructive of relationship because others who do not conform to that from which we derive security detract from our assurance of security. In the Bible it’s as old as Cain and Abel. From J.D. Greear. St. Augustine said that before they sinned, Adam and …

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