The One another commands (more needed than ever)

Today, we humans are rapidly losing our ability to lovingly and constructively relate with one another, and it is damaging us more deeply than we realize. We should change this. The New Testament gives us more than fifty “one another” commands, and if we actually practiced them, the entire ethos of our national, political, and […]

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I Don’t Care…Now I Care

Blind Bartimaeus: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The crowd: “Shut up! Don’t bother the teacher.” Jesus: “Bring him to me.” The crowd: “Great news, Bartimaeus! Jesus is asking for you.” Have you ever laughed at this moment from Mark 10:46-49? Have you ever chuckled or scoffed with just a twinge of self-righteousness […]

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Out-live, out-love, out-think, out-die

It has been said that in the early years of the church, Christians conquered the world of their day by out-living, out-loving, out-thinking, and out-dying everyone else. What do you think of that description? When we mine the depths and essential teachings of the Christian faith it makes sense that its adherents would be described […]

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Beautiful people don’t just happen

Is that true? Is beauty a gift, talent, or a natural asset, or is it something that must be developed and forged over time? In a recent marriage study at Grace, our speaker made the powerful declaration: “Beautiful people don’t just happen.” He was referring to the spectacular beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges that […]

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Trying harder is not your best option

Try harder! Try harder! It is the mantra of both American culture and American Christianity. Do you want to get ahead? Work harder! Do you want to excel? Do more! Do you want to be a better Christian? Strive more intensely! Do you need to deal with some sin or struggle in your life? Start […]

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