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God doesn’t care how “Christian” you are…

God doesn’t care how “Christian” you are…

You can read all the right Christian books, know all the worship lyrics, go to all the right church events, and still be missing what God really wants.

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Matthew 9:13 NIV

What Jesus is saying is that God wants you to love people like He loves, not just strive for all the proper “Christian” actions! God is far less concerned with the formalities of religion than we are. Many of the Old Testament rituals were means to distinguish the Israelites from other cultures, not because God needed burnt animals all the time. What He is concerned with is how we enact our faith.
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On being Perfect

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48

Growing up, I felt this was one of those verses that Jesus didn’t really mean or expect us to live. It was just there to sound good. As a kid, I knew I sinned; preachers always told me I was a sinner, and stuck as one until I die. They said that being perfect alludes everyone this side of Heaven…

Or does it?
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Crazy Christians…

We need Christians, who possess knowledge of the Bible, theology, and the grace of Jesus Christ to go online, witnessing to the world. Otherwise Christians who are passionate yet with no knowledge, misrepresent what we hold so dear. And they represent us to the world. God save us…

Read this comment I got today.

“Jesus hung on a tree and said “IT IS FINISHED” he fulfilled the law and the prophets and by Gods grace the gentiles received the holy ghost as well as the Jews. Then Satan rose up constantine in the spirit of Anti Christ. He brought back in all the Jesus Christ fulfilled. constantine brought back; temples made with hands, keeping days holy, paying tithes, priests, he gave a never dying false Jesus to the world called the pope and he made a law book called the bible. then king james was born 6, 1566, 6th king of scotland he authorized 66 books of the bible and gave them power to speak (the bible says). THE BIBLE IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST”

Makes me wonder where he got the idea of “anti-christ” and “beast” since that came from the book of Revelations…

I keep harping on the need for Christians to go online and be Christians there, testifying to the hope that is within them, because this type of crazy Christianity is what I find is out there. These guys are passionate, yes, but oh so Scripturally wrong.

Let’s not give the world the need to pray “God save me from your followers!”

God Bless,

 
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Somebody Stole My Seat!


Some guy just took me seat!

Ugh…

There are two type of people in the world, people who stake out their seats in a class and people who take other people’s seats in a class. After the first day, seats are set. And buddy, you don’t mess with my seat!

I walked into the classroom, and there he was sitting proud in the space I carved out for 4 hours yesterday!

And it hit me, I’m more concerned about “my seat” than I am about this guy. I’ve never talked to him before. Perhaps he’s new. Maybe he’s lonely. He may just need someone to smile at him and make him feel welcome.

Instead, I talk loudly, with obvious distain, about how many new people are here the second day… I know, not my proudest moment.
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How Labor Day Reminds Us about God

Labor Day serves us as a day off of work, a day to relax and enjoy the simpler side of life. Many of us enjoy this time with family and grilling outside with friends. We enjoy a day of rest on a day when otherwise we would be working or in a classroom.

Labor Day is so nice, perhaps we should have one every week! Oh wait, we do. Its called the Sabbath. It was God’s labor day that He instructs us to take advantage of every week. Yet somehow we fail to actually take a Sabbath like God wants us to… designed us to. At least I do. I too often get “too busy” to rest. Too busy with work, school, doing “God’s business,” to take time to rest and worship. But God commands us to live better than business 24/7…

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” – Exodus 20:8-11 NIV

Take a look at this video and leave your comments below. Does a regular Sabbath allude you to?

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