Things I Heard In Church: “Why are you persecuting me?”

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This post was inspired by the teaching I heard in church last Sunday and it impacted me so much I felt compelled to share it. We’ll pick up our journey through the book of John next Saturday. Continue reading

The Best Argument for Christianity

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The most effective, persuasive, results producing argument for Christianity is the love of the Christ Follower.

 

Epilogue (from the soon to be released book: Love Like Jesus)

Holding Moms HandToday’s post is the last from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus). Last Saturday we posted Chapter 31: Love Like Jesus–Jesus And Your Resurrection. Love Like Jesus is due to be published later this year.

Epilogue

Inspiration for this short passage of fiction was drawn mainly from three sources: James Joyce’s famous short story, The Dead, Luke 11:5-13 (which I would encourage you to read before reading this epilogue), and my wife Kathy and my personal experiences caring for her mom during the last nine months of her battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

There was a time when I had earned my mother-in-law’s lasting enmity. And I felt the same about her. It was so bad that

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The Terrible Thing (that’s easier than what we’re all trying to do instead)

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“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead.”

-C.S. Lewis

The Most Valuable Thing On Earth

Earth in Gods HandOver the years I’ve come to realize, the most valuable thing on earth among humankind is a love for Jesus.

Terry Crews’s Porn Addiction, Hikikomori, Enslavement, And Your Means Of Escape

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Read John 8:31-36.

Last post from the book of John we saw Jesus speaking to the crowd and right at the end of that passage, Jesus talks about being lifted up, a reference to his being lifted up on the cross. It’s then that many believed in him. (See previous post: Suicide And Living Forever)

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Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: On A Scale Of 1-10…

I recently had this conversation with my son Nate.

Nate: “Dad, on a scale of one to ten, how important do you feel it is, for you to be right?”

Me: “Is there an eleven?”

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Recently Had This Conversation With Kathy

I recently had the following conversation with Kathy.

Kathy: “Sometimes you can be so dismissive.”

Me: “That’s ridiculous.”

(Kathy appreciates your prayers.)

What Makes For A Happy, Healthy, and Long Life: Via Eric J. Swanson

Do you want a happy, healthy, long life?

It’s amazingly unsurprising how this lines up with what Jesus commanded us.

Excellent article via Eric J. Swanson » What makes for a happy and healthy life?.

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Martin Luther King–And Anger

MLK by Mike Licht - CC“I had spoken hastily and resentfully. Yet I knew that this was no way to solve a problem. ‘You must not harbor anger,’ I admonished myself. ‘You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.” –Martin Luther King

I’m reminded of Jesus’ words when he said, “…go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13)

He quoted this scripture from Hosea–twice. (Hosea 6:6, Matthew 9:13, 12:7)

God loves mercy, and more than that, God wants us to Continue reading