repent is an invitation not a curse

Repent Is Not A 4-Letter Word

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What if repentance is an invitation, not a curse? Sometimes it feels like “REPENT” is almost a four-letter word. As if it’s a curse word, intended to bring out the worst in me. Growing up, this was the message of the street-corner preachers yelling at cars as they passed by. (Presumably they were yelling at the people in the cars, …

Lent is Twisted (Like a Pretzel)

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Lent can, and should be, a season of transformation.  It bridges the turn on the calendar from winter to spring and it can bridge the turn in us from the wilderness of self-sufficiency to reliance on God. Along the way, however, we may feel things get a little twisted. The scripture readings that launched us into the season of Lent …

Golden Rule

The Golden Rule, Giving, and Begging

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I think the most universally known Bible passage is not John 3:16, but “the Golden Rule.” Even if we can’t point to chapter and verse (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31), we all know that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. In the Gospel of Luke, just before Jesus offers “The Golden Rule,” he says: “give to …

The Problem With Having It All

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Have you ever really, really wanted something, only to realize when you got it that it wasn’t all you expected or hoped? When I was about 11 years old, I begged my parents for a pair of white roller skates. I know I begged because … well, because I was quite precocious and demanding. Life and maturity have softened some …

freedom

What Captivates Me?

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Jesus preaches release to the captives and this is good news because I’m a captive. I don’t like to think of myself that way. I much prefer thinking of myself as an independent person. I value my freedom. I’m proud that freedom and liberty are core values in my country’s founding documents. And yet, I have to admit, there are …

unity

Learning to Get Over Myself for the Sake of Unity

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Maybe My Opinion Isn’t The Most Important Thing You may not be able to relate to this, but I need regular reminders to get over myself. I tend to think of my ideas, opinions, and viewpoints as “right” or “best,” instead of just seeing them as “mine.” When I convince myself that my way is the right, best, or only …