When faced with suffering, pastoral ministry does not try to fix the one who is suffering. Instead the one who suffers is taken seriously and offered a fellowship of faithful companionship to be with them in the darkness. This is not therapeutic, it is is ministry. Encouraging grief and suffering to be expressed in isolation, …

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The Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, which is why our earthly citizenship matters too. It represents the people and place that we acknowledge we’ve been established in order to live out God’s love, and share God’s love with others. Welcome to Australian citizenship Gabi. Being invited to witness this special moment in life (along with …

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An observation from Fleming Rutledge about the Gospel of John and how it demonstrates that while Jesus was relating to individuals, he was creating a community, a family, a body, branches joined to a common vine. Taking the Gospel and the Epistles of John together, no writings in the New Testament are more concerned with …

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Legalism among Christian disciples is the product of misplaced or misundertood trust that diminishes grace. From Sam Storms: Legalists feel good when they can identify another person’s errors. It reinforces their feelings of superiority. They actually think themselves more spiritual, more godly, and more favored and loved by God. There’s a flip side to the …

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