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Belief in Angry God is Perhaps the Most Damaging, Misguided Christian Belief of All

What is more central to our religious experience than our relationship with God? But some believers understand their relationships with God much differently than others do. Most of us believe God loves us and cares about us. We even talk … Continue reading

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How Legalism Stunts Our Spiritual Growth

When I was young I read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It took place during the Jewish holocaust in Europe, and the Ten Boom family (who were Christians) protected Jews from the Germans by building a secret compartment … Continue reading

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Loving Our Enemies—Tough Cases

Previously I shared my thoughts, based on Jesus’ teaching, about valuing people over property and personal rights, and I talked about the Father’s loving attitude toward all of us even though we are broken and hurt each other. Yet, even … Continue reading

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Do What to My Enemies? No Way!

Jesus told the crowds that the poor were fortunate and the rich were not. It was about the way people relate to possessions and how people treat people. Jesus introduces an extreme set of relationships to make his point: But … Continue reading

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How Terrible for the Rich!

Jesus spoke to a group of his followers, along with a crowd of others who came to hear him. Luke chapter 6 records that Jesus told them strange things about the poor, the hungry, and the mournful. This was appropriate … Continue reading

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Fortunate are the Powerless and Disadvantaged

When I was in Bible college, the cold weather changed and everyone suddenly had spring fever. Imagine our delight when we arrived at Educational Ministries class to find a note on the chalk board to meet the professor under a … Continue reading

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