Mark Buchanan writes about the way in divisions in churches start small… I don’t know what the Apostle Paul’s thorn in his side was. But I know one of mine: the will to be a slave to my own pettiness. Sometimes entire churches fall prey to this temptation. Pettiness becomes their governing principle. Their ethos. …

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Esau cried out for a blessing he never valued until it was no longer his, lost to his younger brother. The elder brother in Jesus’ parable recorded in Luke 16 accuses his father of wasting a blessing that he alone deserves on his prodigal younger brother. The words that the father speaks to his son …

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