Be Not Afraid–Day One

This is part one of the Be Not Afraid series that will appear here every day leading up to Halloween. At the heart of the message of the Gospel is "be not afraid." However, we can believe in the Gospel and share the Gospel and do our best to live out the Gospel and still have times when we are afraid. First lesson of fear: Don't be afraid of it. Fear can be ...

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Three Stages of Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35 When I was about eight years old, I told my mother that I would not be attending Sunday School anymore. I said they just told the same stories over and over again, and that I had heard them all. Needless to say, I did not get out of Sunday School. This is one of those stories that seems to come up over and over again in the Bible...at least the ...

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Breath Prayer

This is one of the prayers we're doing in our 22 plus 44 Days to a Personal Prayer Practice. In the midst of hectic days and troubled times, I've found this one particularly helpful, so I thought I'd share with everyone. Breath Prayer There are several ways to do breath prayer, and we'll go through several types over the next few days. The goal of this prayer is simply to experience God. ...

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Being Angry without Being Hateful

There is a lot to be angry* about right now, but to allow that anger to transform us into hateful creatures is to defeat ourselves instead of the ones who are causing our anger. Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Ephesians 4:26 (The Message translation) Anger isn't a bad thing. ...

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The Bible On Location On-Line Bible Study launches in one week

Make the commitment to study scripture in different spaces and places for 28 days. When television shows or movies are filmed they can be filmed “in studio” or “on location.” The on location shoots are more complicated than the in studio ones, but are generally more exciting and interesting. Too often, our Bible study is relegated to “in studio” study–either only in church or in the same place in our homes or ...

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Thomas Merton on Resistance

I've been thinking (as many have) about what it means to resist in our particular time in history, and how difficult it is not succumb the infectious anger and the addiction to outrage that exists and persists in our world today. Intellectually, I know that the heart of peaceful resistance is not repaying hate for hate or anger for anger and actually loving our neighbors and our enemies just like Jesus ...

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Pre-Prep Prayer Practices for Real Life Living

In my neck of the woods, we are about two weeks away from the start of the school year (except for the kids who have already started at year-round charter schools), so all of the articles about the importance of preparing the night before--backpacks, homework, breakfast, lunches, etc--are starting to appear. We all know mornings go more smoothly when we've taken the time to prep the night before. We don't always ...

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