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When My Love For Blog Grows Weak

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I haven’t really been in a blogging or teaching mood recently (I noticed I have only posted 4 other posts this month). Maybe in October I can get back to a regular posting schedule but for now I am just trying to follow Jesus one day at a time. I’m not trying to teach right now, I am trying to learn. Maybe I will write more when I am feeling like I’ve learned something new. Thank you to all who are reading this and I hope to return soon.

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September 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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Authentic Church

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Check out this post aboutAuthentic Church. It really gets to the point.

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September 19, 2009 at 5:07 am

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Not Much This Month

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Sorry I haven’t been posting much this month. I am too busy living what I’m saying to be saying it.  I do hope to get back to regular posting soon but I just haven’t been in teaching mode recently.  Thank you to all of you who read this.

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September 18, 2009 at 5:42 am

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The End Of Religion

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Just wanted to drop a note about The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus

This is a great book for those that are starting to question aspects of religion and even to give answers for those of us on the journey to freedom from religion.

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September 11, 2009 at 5:57 am

A Whole New Way To Live

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“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you. “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”  (Luke 6:27-49)

This is the text that I have been thinking about the last week or so.  I’m trying to figure out how to live this way because I don’t think that I was ever taught to actually do this.  I don’t think many Christians are ever taught to actually do this. Most have bought into the idea that this way of living could never actually work and many specifically teach that Christians should do the opposite of these things.  We must trust Jesus enough to live like Him.

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September 2, 2009 at 1:56 am