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Day 27: Faith- Part Two (Luke 7:36-50)

We, human beings, think we need to do something to earn God’s love. The fancy phrase is conditional love. It means you must first do something that pleases God, and then he may show you some love. That is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible unconditionally loves you. He loved us before we loved him.

Colossians 3:5-11 — Put to Death…Really?

I have several good friends who describe themselves as “friends of Bill W”. You may know what that means. It means they follow the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps. I have tremendous respect for them. I have learned so much about following Jesus from them. They are people who understand life is a spiritual process—and they understand the need to put things in their life to death. Listen to the words in this letter: “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you…” and “But now you must put them all away…”

Genesis Day 9: Blaming it all on Adam and Eve misses the point

In these early chapters of Genesis we see not merely a tale of something that happened long ago, but something that happens every day. Every day God creates. Every day God breathes life into the world. Every day I take a bite from the forbidden fruit. Every day I make decisions to make myself the most important person—more important than God. These scenes play out over and over again in the lives of human beings… and if that is the point, then perhaps we should consider how this story is our story.

Day 23: Crossed wires

Ideas have power. They move our lives in specific direction. Most of us know the ideas that are guiding us, at least at some level. When challenges comes into our lives these guiding ideas either confirm, confuse, or collapse our world. At times these situations and challenges, often painful, reveal wrong thinking, you might say, crossed-wires.  In today's reading from John 9, Jesus exposes "crossed-wire" thinking.

Sin

Sin, not a popular party topic. Not a popular topic at all. It seems that in our world today we don’t talk about sin. Is sin even real? Is sin the invention of religious types to keep the masses under control?