Don’t Be Scandalized When This Happens

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“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”

John 16:1-4

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2 Things Every Christian Needs, To Share About Jesus Effectively

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“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.”

John 15:26-27

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The Best Marriage Advice Ever

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We Have Major Differences When It Comes To Doctrine (but I don’t care)

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Outrage for Profit (and the race to your brainstem)

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How To Tell If You’re Growing As A Jesus Follower

We know we are growin when our love for people dwarfs our opinions about them - Bob Goff

–Bob Goff

“Jesus Was Angry, And I Should Be Like Jesus, So…”

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Last week we talked about how some who identify as Christians offer truth, or their opinion on an issue, in a way that engenders hate, and then point to John 15:18-25 and say, “Yeah, well I shared the truth and now they hate me, just like Jesus said they would.” (see They Will Hate You) After reading that post, Kathy felt like I should address the times when Jesus was angry. Continue reading

They Will Hate You

 

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“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’”

John 15:18-25

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How Jesus Chose Andy The Lyft Driver

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You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

John 15:16-17

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Joseph’s 5 Steps To Avoid Temptation: Genesis 39

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Simone Contarini, Italian, about 1640 (Photo Credit: AlainTruong.com)

Today I started reading Drew Dyck’s excellent book Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets of Self Control from the Bible and Brain Science (A guide for sinners, quitters, and procrastinators). And tomorrow I’m going to NBA Summer League with my nephew Kassidy, so inspired by Drew Dyck, here’s one from the archives: Continue reading