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Psalm 23 (NKJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the ...
Thanks for all the great resources you provide. I’m trying to reconcile the what seems to Jesus to be a “forsaken-ness” or estrangement/alienation of God and Jesus on the cross. How are we to interpret the cross in light of this? Love you guys.
My sense of this much debated statement on the cross – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) – begins with a Christ-centered interpretation, which is the place where I try to start any question about a biblical passage.
Jesus was and is God – (see John ...
June 4, 2023 - Quote for the Day
“The phrase ‘upside down kingdom’ was popularized by Donald Kraybill in his 1978 book, The Upside Down Kingdom. Kraybill pointed out that Jesus, the king of the kingdom, is the king who triumphs through losing, who is victorious through the humiliation of the cross and who serves by dying. The kingdom of heaven 1) seeks out, serves and gives grace to the lost, the least and the last, 2) opposes religious scorekeepers who meticulously record both good and bad behavior, and 3) turns the kingdoms of religion upside down ...
"Irresistible and Inescapable Love"
God’s love is endless. Much of Christ-less religion emphasizes our search for God, but the gospel is clear – God will relentlessly and incessantly search for us.
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Muslims do not speak of Muhammad living in them, nor do Buddhists speak of Buddha inhabiting them. Yet as Christ followers we believe that Christ IN us is the hope of glory.
Some people in my life refer to the Bible verse about not being "lukewarm" in what feels like a really hurtful way. They leave me wondering if I am getting this faith thing right. Am I lukewarm? Will god spit me out? Is there perhaps a misunderstanding here? Can we read this in other ways that don't feel so discouraging, like either you're in or you're out?
That's such an important question. I recall the many times when it was used as a heavy-handed "clobber verse" used to contrive conviction and manipulate a response. It was a classic ...
June 1, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“Do you think Joshua and Caleb didn’t see the same giants and giant obstacles as the ten cynics who were LOOKING BACK? Though all twelve of the advance military ‘operatives’ saw exactly the same things as they explored and ‘spied out’ the land, Joshua and Caleb saw a glass half full while the ten merchants of doom and gloom described the glass as half empty. Joshua and Caleb saw the same difficulties, but they insisted on LOOKING FORWARD.”
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Letters to My Friends
When the love of God is stripped away from the significance of the cross of Christ, revenge and violence is all that is left - but that anger is not the wrath of God.
The life of Samson is filled with scandal and sleaze, yet perhaps one of its great lessons for us is seen in the context of Jesus Christ, so that we realize that no matter how far we may have run from God, God is always near.
Friend and Partner Letter from June 2023
Two friends had been drinking at their local bar most of the night, and now they were finishing their evening by watching the 11:00 news. The lead story was about a despondent man standing on the side of a bridge threatening to jump. As viewers watched footage of the main poised to jump, the newscaster promised to get back to the story after a short commercial break.
Don, thinking that his friend Gary had not seen the 6:00 news which showed footage of the man eventually jumping off the bridge, said to Gary “I’ll ...
The Four No-s:
Watch a short video and message on "The Four No-s" by Ed Dunn as he updates us on the latest from Christianity Without the Religion and Plain Truth Ministries.
May 30, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“I was recently reading a brief essay by an unknown author – let me share some of it with you:
Religion enslaves; Christ liberates!
Religion condemns; Christ pardons!
Religion brings pain, heartache and tears; Christ heals and wipes the tears away.
Religion searches for meaning in life; Christ, who is our life, is the ...
The elements of bread and wine/juice instituted by Jesus are symbols of the limitless favor and lavish grace of God, poured out on us without measure.
There is no place in the gospel for continually finding fault, threats and intimidation, even when Christ-less religion says that the end justifies the means.