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Love Anyway

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. John 13:34 Jesus, I can’t. I’m hurt. I’m sad. I feel betrayed. How can I love them like You? I’m angry. I don’t want to forgive. I want justice. I want them to get it. Love them anyway. Jesus, do you know what you’re asking? To love them anyway, I have to put myself aside. I…

Free Indeed

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1   A look of disgust then, “You call yourself a Christian?” I do. An imperfect one. One who messes up and gets it wrong. A Christian who sometimes doesn’t look or act like a Christ follower. The yoke of slavery Paul speaks of isn’t sin, it’s legalism. You who are trying to…

Kicking Goads

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 ESV I confess, I can be a bit of a goad kicker - a rebellious, malcontent, goad kicker. Gratitude is not always my natural state. “Why this?” “Why me?” “Why now?” I strive. I don’t like my circumstances and want control over life - in my head, it’s all worked out - God just needs to go along with my plan. Except…He often doesn’t.…

God Loves Twinkies

  In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be My disciples. –Luke 14:33 Is it just me or has Western Christianity become a spectator sport? It seems we’ve domesticated our wild, radical Jesus and reduced His call to a Sunday service. In the book, not a fan., Kyle Idleman writes, “And I think Jesus has a lot of fans these days. Fans who cheer for Him when things are going well,…