There’s Rules, And There’s Rules

There’s Rules, And There’s Rules

Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer...
Temptation and Choices

Temptation and Choices

Good choices are hard, especially in weak moments. Does it help us with our choices to know that Jesus had weak moments and tough choices, too? Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days and...
The Zacchaeus Choice

The Zacchaeus Choice

Repentance is turning around. A 180-degree turn to God’s Grace. But is all repentance identical? Does it matter whether you’re poor or rich? Compare these two stories. The Prodigal Son of Jesus’ Parable of the Loving Father (Luke 15) makes a relatively clear, obvious...
Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Does life seem repetitive? Does each day seem the same? Do you get up in the morning, go the same places, do the same tasks, eat the same meals, see the same people? Even if there’s options, are they the same options each time? One season follows another. Fall,...
Temptation and Choices

What Then Should We Do (Specifically)?

When you get under someone’s skin, they let it out with a yelp, like a pinched puppy. Now struggling with a crisis of conscience because of something you said, they have to do something. Their first impulse is to throw it back at you. They say, “What do you want from...
Trading My Sorrows at Friday Church

Trading My Sorrows at Friday Church

I don’t remember when we first sang it. I don’t know when we decided to make it our weekly theme song. (It’s been years.) I’m told we don’t play it like the recordings, or like other churches sing it. I haven’t bothered to check. I can never remember who wrote it, and...

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