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Stop Being Judgmental — A Word on Heart Opening (People. Matter. 01.17.17)

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my all-time favorite theologians. If you’re not all into religion, though, he’s still one of the best writers on theological subjects and life in general. It turns out that he had something profound to say about being judgmental too… Read more…

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To Know Him Deeply (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 342)

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Habakkuk 3:2a (NLT)
I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works.

God doesn’t just want to be Lord of our lives; He wants to be our very best friend. Sometimes, when we think about God or even speak about God, we tend to put Him in a narrow box and place Him far away in the heavens as One who is disconnected and unconcerned about humanity. But God is not like that. He gives us vision and sets dreams in our heart and stands close by ready and willing to help us fulfill it. Read more…

The Day After Thanksgiving (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 330)

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1 Chronicles 16:34 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

With Thanksgiving behind us, it is easy to think less and less about the many things we have to be thankful for. The holiday of Thanksgiving peaks our interest because it is a day set aside especially and specifically for that reason. But when the day is over, the thanks should still be there even as many people rush stores and wait in long lines to gather up more stuff hours after they just through being thankful for what they already have. Read more…

Injustice Proves We Need Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 250)

Injustice Proves We Need Grace

Ecclesiastes 3:18 (NLT)
I also thought about the human condition—how God proves to people that they are like animals.

If you were to ask most people in the world whether or not they believe people are generally good, 9 out 10 would speak in the affirmative. They would say it is the environment that causes people to do evil. But people in and of themselves have basically good hearts and good intentions. Read more…

Contamination (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 192)

Contamination

Matthew 5:8 (NLT)
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

We live in a world that is contaminated. War, terror, abuse, violence, and evil human intentions are some of the results of corruption that exists in the world. These and other things cause us to live in fear of the unknown and guilt of the past. Contamination in the world begins with pollution in each individual mind and life. When pollution takes effect, it has the power to spread rapidly to larger portions of society. Read more…

No Law Against These Things (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 181)

No Law Against These Things

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

We are often told what we should not do, where we should not go, or what we should not say. Laws have been set in place against many things for a reason. It is the law that helps to establish boundaries in society. If the laws of the land are broken, harsh consequences for the perpetrators often follow. Read more…

Invited (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 133)

Invited

Romans 10:14 (NLT)
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

The church should extend an open invitation for all people to come and take part in the Bread that gives life. Jesus is our ultimate joy, hope, peace, and purpose of living. Without Him, life will take a turn for the worse. This is why Jesus invites all people to come to Him. We should be facilitators of that. Read more…

Let Your Light Shine (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 76)

Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5:16 (NLT)
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Let your light shine isn’t just a song we sing in Sunday School. It is a way to live out our Christian faith and reflect the love of God to the world. God has not called us to save anybody, but to point everyone we meet in the direction of the One who can save them. Read more…

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