Tag Archives: forgiveness

Looking at Jesus

  They say that you become what you look at, and I think in many ways they're right.  For example, if we spend a lot of time watching violent movies or video games we can become desensitized to violence, and some studies suggest that we are much more likely to behave violently.  If we focus…
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Oh Father – Our Right of Prayer?

There was a bit of controversy in our small country town.  One of the public elementary school's staff and students have been starting each school day by reciting the Lords Prayer - until the school administration received a letter from a mom describing herself as agnostic,  expressing concern that on two separate occasions, her sons returned home after…
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Light Dispels Darkness

An excerpt for "Becoming Love. Avoiding Common Forms of Christian Insanity"  Exploring how God is faithful when we need Him most! Many people are under the impression that the holy God flees in the presence of sinful people, He cannot stand our sin and removes Himself from us, but as we have seen it is quite the…
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Judge Less. More Filling.

“Judge not lest you be judged” are haunting words for me.  I am coming to realize that a constant problem of the human creation is the propensity to judge others.   I think there are a variety of reasons for this but for our purposes here, suffice to say it is the natural consequence of…
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Love Has Feet

Eugene Peterson writes in the Message translation of the Bible that in so many ways love has been graphitti'd over by a self-absorbed culture.  Our modern love stories are more akin to lust stories, and when we look closely at today's idea of love it is really quite anemic and, for this reason, lacks any…
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Free Indeed

In this audio reflection, Michael leads us through some thoughts on John 8:33-46.  Jesus is speaking about freedom and the fact that His words are truth and bring freedom.  Jesus contrasts this with sin and lies which bring slavery.  Often times we believe lies about ourselves or a situation, and these lies (that may have…
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Leveraging Conflict for Healthier Community

The following is an excerpt from my book "Becoming Love. Avoiding Common Forms of Christian Insanity".  In this brief section I begin to explore how to steward conflict in church communities with love. _______________________________ In the context of the Love Paradigm the Church community is a reflection of the Kingdom of God, if only as through…
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45 Things to Live Well (16-20)

We continue with our 45 things we can do to live well and this installment is good ol' fashioned horse sense.  Ever wonder how cliches came to be?  I think cliche' are great "suitcase" sayings that are a simple way of expressing a bit of wisdom that has been found to be helpful through the…
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Loving Yourself: Forgiveness

Rhythms of the Heart - Video- We are encouraged to love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31) but what if we don't love ourselves? Jesus also taught after the last supper with His friends that we need to love each other as He loved us (John 13:34-35). One key way in which Jesus loves us is through…
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Faith & Forgiveness

I do some marriage counseling with both Christians and those who don’t yet know Christ. In the process, I’ve found that forgiveness is just as much a problem with “believers” as it is with those who have never received God’s forgiveness. While reading Luke 17 the other day, I noticed for the first time how…
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